When Kenny Chesney wrapped his 2022 Here And Now tour – playing to over 1.3 million people and breaking personal records in many of the 21 NFL stadiums he played – the East Tennessee songwriter/superstar knew he wanted to create a touring experience to make 2023 every bit as special. He made the decision to dial in on those cities that were a major part of establishing what has become the soundtrack of coming of age in the 21st Century, naming the tour I Go Back and taking his music to the fans beyond the stadium markets.
Hailed as “The King of the Road” by the Wall Street Journal and “The People’s Superstar” by the Los Angeles Times, Chesney’s music distills living beyond the media centers – recognizing the dignity, richness and fun of an authentic American life. As Variety offered of his immediacy and appeal: “classic-rock-infused country with his in-the-moment philosophy.”
“All grit and no quit.” These are the deeply rooted words that Josh Ward lives by to an absolute fault.
An anchored mindset that has led this Texas country music rising star from a drifter’s adolescence to the jeopardous game of the rodeo circuit to the punishing toil of the Texas oil fields, and on into the fickle arms of the music business. Some might argue whether it is having nine consecutive #1 hit singles in Texas under his belt that has garnered him staying power, or that he is killing it in the social media world with over 2 million views on YouTube and over 3 million streams globally on Spotify. Maybe it’s his 3 venerated album releases, or maybe because he can not only bat a full house on a 200 plus dates a year touring average, but also rope in crowds on a first time performance in an unfamiliar town. While impressive, all those distinctions can come and go in the world of music. The reason for his staying power turns out to be quite a simple one. And that is because Josh Ward is country music blood to bone, and both Josh Ward and country music are simply not going to go away.
On the heels of his historic MTV VMA performance as the first male country artist to perform on the show, Multi-Platinum, 5X AMA award-winning entertainer Kane Brown today announced his Drunk or Dreaming Tour will arrive in the US next year. Produced by AEG Presents, The Drunk or Dreaming Tour will make a stop in Wichita at INTRUST Bank Arena on April 13.
The new tour follows the success of Brown’s Blessed & Free Tour in which he visited all 29 NBA basketball arenas, making the “breakthrough entertainer” (AP) the first country artist in history to headline every NBA basketball arena in a single tour.
As the fifth most-played female artist at country radio in nearly the last two decades — her five No. 1 singles include “No Place That Far,” “Suds In The Bucket, “A Real Fine Place To Start,” “Born to Fly,” and “A Little Bit Stronger,” which spent 2 weeks in the top spot and was certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. Sara’s “stunning, country voice” (Rolling Stone) has earned her the prestigious ACM Top Female vocalist accolade as well as numerous American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Country Music Association, CMT and Grammy nominations. In addition, the CMA awarded Video of the Year honors for her hit single, “Born to Fly” from her landmark double-platinum album of the same name. Evans’ discography also includes the platinum-selling studio albums Real Fine Place and Restless as well as the gold-certified projects Stronger and No Place That Far. Sara has continued to forge her bold, creative path with Copy That, which opened at #1 on the iTunes Country chart, released on her own Born To Fly Records on May 15, 2020. The 13-song collection, spanning six decades, showcased Evans’ distinctive creative stamp on some of the most iconic songs in country and pop music, songs that have inspired her life and career, as well as shining a spotlight on some little-known gems. Copy That follows her critically acclaimed Words, which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart in 2017. Last year brought album and touring collaborations with her children, Avery and Olivia Barker, for The Barker Family Band. Sara released her memoir, Born To Fly, on Sep. 8, 2020 through Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Named after her landmark double-platinum album, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, Born To Fly finds Evans sharing stories not only about her career and what it is like living in the spotlight, but about what inspires her and how her faith keeps her strong. For more info on Sara Evans, visit SaraEvans.com and engage with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
On the heels of wrapping his first headlining arena tour in November, the GRAMMY Nominated Walker Hayes announces his new headlining Duck Buck Tour for 2023. The new tour gets its name from the chorus of the title track off Hayes’ most recent album, Country Stuff The Album, in which the Mobile, AL native celebrates the trademarks of life in the country.
One of the top streaming artists in country music last year, Hayes single “Y’all Life” is steadily climbing the charts, currently sitting in the top 30 on country radio’s Mediabase chart. His most recent release, “Face In The Crowd” is an ode to his biggest fan who remains side stage during many of his tour dates, his wife Laney. The song is especially meaningful after a breakthrough year for Hayes and his family that saw the superstar earn a GRAMMY nomination, six Billboard Music Awards nominations, five ACM Awards nominations, a CMT Awards nomination, a CMA nomination and his first No. 1 at Country radio.
Hailing from Prosper, TX, Tanner Usrey is an emerging singer/songwriter with a vocal styling all his own. Since beginning his career, Tanner has developed into a soulful, American-rock artist that heart-wrenching lyrics and soul-touching vocals provide the cherry on top of his unforgettable melodies and hard-hitting sound.
Drawing inspiration from the rigors of touring life, Tanner’s most recent single, “Take Me Home”, is an invocation of committed love as Usrey deftly blends Americana and heartland rock influences with his distinctive, soul-tinged vocals.
As Tanner continues to grow, that momentum landed his single “The Light” on the Season 4 finale of Paramount Networks’ hit TV show, Yellowstone.
His EP SOL Sessions (2021), features 5 songs that showcase Tanners’ talents as a writer. His diverse artistry is juxtaposed with energetic songs like “Time Bomb” and softer, more intimate melodies as heard in “With You.” Tanner weaves together heartfelt lyrics that tell stories people will easily find themselves connecting with and thinking about long after the song stops playing.
At the end of the day, Tanner Usrey’s soulful southern style and dedication to his craft create a space where audiences can’t help but listen.
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PECOS & THE ROOFTOPS ARE A CLOSE KNIT GROUP OF FRIENDS FROM NORTHEAST TEXAS THAT CAME TOGETHER WHILE IN COLLEGE IN LUBBOCK. THE BAND IS PECOS HURLEY (VOCALS/ACOUSTIC GUITAR), BRANDON JONES (RHYTHM GUITAR), ZACK FOSTER (LEAD GUITAR), KALEN DAVIS (BASS), AND GARRETT PELTIER (DRUMS). THEIR LATEST E.P. “RED EYE” RELEASED JANUARY 24, 2020.
Anywhere off Hatteras Island, Chicamacomico sounds made up, like some wine-drunk incantation or maybe a tongue twister—try to say it ten times fast. But as a former life-saving station built in 1874 on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the name is perhaps the perfect metaphor and title for American Aquarium’s ninth studio album.
The Old North State is tattooed on the bones of front man BJ Barham, who has never lived more than two hours from his hometown in Reidsville. But, more so, what better to represent an album about loss than a place built to save the lives of shipwrecked mariners and passengers?Song as a sort of salvation is something Barham hopes this album can do for the band’s established and growing fanbase. Sometimes when we’re drowning, music keeps us afloat.
“When these massive life changes happen, we feel like we are the only ones facing these problems,” Barham said. “I hope this album serves as a salve to anyone who has experienced this sort of loss over the last few years. I hope it makes them feel a little less isolated and disconnected. I want them to know that someone out there is going through the exact same shit and that they are not alone.”
With tracks tackling personal loss—the loss of his mother and grandmother, the loss of a child, the loss of youth and time and the creative spark that drives him—Chicamacomico feels stripped down and bare-boned in its instrumentation compared to earlier records. The orchestration is dialed back leaving the lyrics to stand naked front and center. It’s reminiscent of Rockingham, Barham’s 2016 solo album, and this may be in part a result of producer Brad Cook, who produced both albums as well as the band’s 2015 record Wolves. But it’s likely more a sign of the maturing sound and expanding scope of a songwriter now fully comfortable and confident in his own skin.
“When you are young, you want to play everything loud and fast and I think that comes, at least in part, from uncertainty. I hadn’t fully found my voice back in those early days so the louder and faster the songs were the less chance someone could actually hear what I was saying. I’m not afraid of the lyrics sitting way out front anymore because I am confident in the songwriting. The band can still cut loose and take over a song, but they aren’t expected to do all the heavy lifting these days.”
Few songwriters swing the hammer as hard and precise as Barham and it is a testament to the humility and trust of his bandmates that they take the back seat and allow his storytelling to drive us home. With a heavy tour the rest of the year and a backlist of brass-knuckled bangers, each will surely have their fair share of time at the wheel.
But as for this record, be thankful for the subtlety, for the stillness and for the quiet. For ten songs, Chicamacomico will hold your head above water.
Genre-bending band Whiskey Myers has been described by USA Today as “a heavy blend of Southern rock and gritty country that has earned comparisons to the Allman Brothers Band and Led Zeppelin.” Rolling Stone notes the band, led by frontman Cody Cannon, is “the seminal combination of twang and crunchy rock & roll guitars that hits a perfect sweet spot.”
Their fifth studio album, WHISKEY MYERS, debuted at No. 1 on both the Country and Americana/Folk sales charts, at No. 2 on the Rock chart, and at No. 6 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.
Hailed as “The King of the Road” by the Wall Street Journal and “The People’s Superstar” by the Los Angeles Times, Kenny Chesney’s music distills living beyond the media centers – recognizing the dignity, richness, and fun of an authentic American life. As Variety offered of his immediacy and appeal: “classic-rock-infused country with his in-the-moment philosophy.”
“I Go Back 2023 is going to be so awesome,” Chesney raves. “To be able to take this music to where it comes from? To have Kelsea Ballerini out there with me, maybe even singing ‘half of my hometown’? It’s going to be a tour unlike any other – and I can’t wait.”
Joining the only country artist who’s made Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Past 25 Years for the last 14 years for this highly anticipated tour is three-time GRAMMY nominee Kelsea Ballerini. A songwriting force, she launched her singular career with three consecutive No. 1s and a Best New Artist GRAMMY nomination and has not looked back. Having enlisted Kenny for their No. 1 “half of my hometown,” which won the 2021 Country Music Association Vocal Event and Video of the Year Award and was nominated for the 2022 CMA Single of the Year, she, too, embodies that feeling of loving where you’re from, but knowing your heart has bigger dreams.
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Ten years ago, when Logan Mize was busy being a Music Row staff songwriter, he’d occasionally feel homesick for Kansas, where he grew up. So he invented a way to get back there without leaving Nashville.
“My friend Blake Chaffin and I came up with this imaginary town called Prairieville,” Mize says. “Blake is from Kansas, like me, and we have this certain way of speaking, with similar quirks in the way that we say things. So over the years, we wrote about fifty songs together about this town.”
They based the characters on people they’d grown up around, and used stories they’d heard as inspirations for their sharply-observed portraits of heartland life. “Whenever we’d get together, we’d be like, ‘What’s happening in Prairieville this week?’,” Mize says with a smile. “It was almost like our Lake Wobegon. It inspired us. Gradually, it morphed from writing about a town into a certain style of writing that we found to be completely our own, to where we could really tell that our songs had a certain stamp on them. We took the best of those songs and that’s this project.”
Welcome to Prairieville, Mize’s fifth album, may be based on a fictional place, but it’s also his most deeply personal work to date. And while the project was first conceived in Nashville, he’s now closer to a real life version of Prairieville, as he and his family recently moved back to Kansas, to his wife’s family farm in Andale.
“This project probably never would’ve come out if I’d stayed in Nashville,” he says. “I think that moving back to Kansas gave me perspective. Once I got out here, and I’m actually immersed in this lifestyle, I found it much easier to be myself, to be the heartland rock dude who’s singing these songs, rather than a Music Row writer. I think I was always worried that it seemed fake what I was doing. I farm up here. The whole thing’s more believable. You listen to it, and I’m living that lifestyle. I think that’s an easier sell for people, and it’s easier for me to sell it because it’s real.”
The album is real in the deepest sense of the word, articulating Mize’s native territory with eleven songs full of rural color, one-take energy and a heart as big and wide as a wheat field in summer. Lead single “George Strait Songs” and “River Road” are three-chord magic tricks that drop you right into the midwest with its “fields of gold, rusty Chevys and old Coke signs,” and rousing choruses. The sly, winking rocker “Wine at the Church, Beer at the Bar” uses its clever title and nature imagery (“Barnyard cats, junkyard dogs, it’s a jungle out there, don’t get lost”) to hint at the darkness on the edge of all those idyllic small towns. And indeed, songs like “I Need Mike,” “We Ain’t Broke,” and the coolly observed “Welcome to Prairieville” (“Benny’s brother Joe sells firewood when he ain’t passed out on the hood”) take honest, candid looks at the occasional desperation that goes hand in hand with the glowing nostalgia of the American midwest.
“I didn’t want to make it all Norman Rockwell-ish,” Mize says. “I wanted it to be real, an accurate representation of where I’m from. There are so many characters out here that you meet, and everyone’s pretty stoic and quiet. But if you pay attention long enough, there’s always a story that you’ll pick up on. And those stories can be across the spectrum, from light to dark.”
Logan Mize’s own story began an hour from where he lives now, in Clearwater, KS. There, his family has been running Mize’s Thriftway, a local grocery, for over fifty years. From a young age, Logan worked unloading trucks and carrying groceries. But there was also music in the family – his great uncle Billy Mize was an architect of the ’60s Bakersfield Sound – and in the air, leading Logan in a different direction. And it wasn’t always country music.
“As a kid, I was obsessed with Elton John,” he says. “We listened to Goodbye Yellow Brick Road non-stop in the tape deck of my dad’s Jeep. Every day on the way to school, it was that or Madman Across the Water. That’s where my love of piano came from. I started taking lessons, and then I got into Clannad and Enya and Celtic stuff. So at nine years old, I was learning Enya piano ballads. To this day, I love those. Then when I found out about country music in the ’90s, I thought, ‘Wow, this really sounds like my surroundings.’ But the pop rock stuff from the ’70s and ’80s like John Mellencamp and Tom Petty was just as big, if not a bigger influence on me. That’s what I wanted to do.”
After two “distracted” years in college (“Songwriting was more interesting than my studies”), he dropped out and moved to Nashville, which he says loomed as a “kind of a mystical place.” The Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry, Music Row – it all felt a bit intimidating. So Mize was surprised when he landed a publishing deal in short order. “I didn’t even know what a publishing company was,” he says with a laugh. “A song plugger heard me at an open mike, invited me to play a song for Brett Jones, a songwriter who ran Wyoming Sky Music, and I had a deal by the end of the day.” While Jones championed Logan and helped shape his songwriting skills, the deal fell apart after a year. “I naively thought everything was going to be smooth sailing,” he says. “But then I found it impossible to get another publishing deal. That’s when I really started to feel like, ‘Okay, I need to buckle down and get serious about this.’”
While he dug in on his craft and put his own band together, he worked a slew of jobs to support himself – from driving a dump truck to building forklift palettes to being a bouncer at Coyote Ugly. In 2009, he landed a deal with publisher Big Yellow Dog, and released his first, self-titled album. Over the next decade and three more albums, he scored hit singles with “Ain’t Always Pretty” and “Better Off Gone” (which was recently certified Gold by the RIAA), logged over 350 million streams on different platforms, and toured constantly, sharing stages with Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, and Lee Ann Womack.
Welcome to Prairieville was recorded in Nashville with producer Daniel Agee. Mize says their influences for the album’s sonic palette might come as a surprise. “Daniel’s a big Mutt Lange fan, and I love Jeff Lynne. We were like, ‘Let’s get those two worlds and mix them together!’ That was kind of the goal. Daniel has really great ears. He understands every angle of the business too. He was on the road playing as a musician for years. He can speak very technical language. He can play anything you want him to. We recorded at Shannon Forrest’s studio, all to tape. From there, we went to Daniel’s house and did minimal overdubs.”
The resulting sound has a wide-screen shimmer, abundant with warmth, feel, and hooks. It also seems tailor-made for sky-punching singalongs in sheds and stadiums. But for now, the touring world is still only inching forward through these uncertain times. While Mize has been venturing out, playing some smaller gigs and open-air festivals, he says simply, “I hope we can just get back to doing our jobs and having fun.”
As he looks forward to the album’s release, he reflects on what he hopes listeners will take away. “I always try to think, ‘What is the goal here?’” he says. “But really, I just love these songs. I think they came from a real place. I hope listeners have a really good listening experience, and it makes them want to come see my show. I hope it inspires them in some way. I know there’s a dark side to it, but I hope they can see the positive in it. I just want people to enjoy the songs the way that I do.”
Little Big Town: Friends of Mine Tour is making its way to Hartman Arena on May 19, 2023! Tickets go on sale Friday, February 3!
DATE: Friday, May 19
DOORS: 7:00 PM
TIME: 8:00 PM
Tickets can be purchased at the Hartman Arena Box Office Monday – Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM or through Ticketmaster.com.
Last month, she made a grand return with her latest single “Waking Up Dreaming.” Right out of the gate, Vulture hailed it as “a motivational, synth-laden pop-rocker with few of the country touches you’d expect from Twain, all of the glamour.” Rolling Stone raved, “It gradually builds to a Shania-worthy maximalist sound, a dance party of gleaming guitars and unfettered bliss.” People affirmed, “Shania Twain is baring it all with her new era of music,” and The Tennessean proclaimed, “Country icon Shania Twain’s season in the sun continues with the release of ‘Waking Up Dreaming’.” Perhaps The TODAY Show summed it up best as “an absolute bop.”
“Waking Up Dreaming” marked her first release in five years since 2017’s critically acclaimed, Now, which bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Top Country Albums Chart upon arrival. It also arrives on the heels of her blockbuster career-spanning documentary Not Just A Girl—streaming on Netflix now. It was notably produced by Mercury Studios and directed by Joss Crowley. To accompany the film, she also presented the compilation album Not Just A Girl (The Highlights) available HERE. And in other news this once-in-a-generation Renaissance Woman joins the star-studded cast of Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration in the role of Mrs. Potts, premiering on ABC December 15 and streaming on Disney+ as of December 16.
PRESALE: Citi is the official card of the North American leg of the Queen of Me Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, November 1st at 10am local time until Thursday, November 3rd at 10pm local time through the Citi Entertainment program. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.
Additionally, Shania and Live Nation have announced that $1 of every ticket purchased to Shania’s “Queen Of Me” Tour will be donated to SKC. Established in 2010 by Shania Twain, SKC provides services that promote positive change in children’s lives in times of crises and economic hardship. SKC provides children with one-on-one consultations, academic support and group activities, as well as nutritious snacks and meal programs where needed, all while in the safe, confidence-building environment that is the Shania Kids Can Clubhouse. These children are learning the skills to cope with and overcome family hardships which, in turn improves their ability to succeed in school. For more information about Shania Kids Can, please visit: www.shaniakidscan.com
ALBUM: Pre-order/Pre-save Queen of Me—HERE.
She excitedly heralds the highly anticipated album with a new song entitled “Last Day of Summer.” Listen to “Last Day of Summer”—HERE. The track unfolds as a nostalgic and cinematic anthem set in the final moments of everyone’s favorite season. Delicate guitar melts into a steady beat and big screen-worthy strings as she nostalgically recalls, “The last time we were together the first thing I remember every time September comes.”
Multi-Platinum entertainer Thomas Rhett just announced his HOME TEAM TOUR 23 will stop at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City on May 19, 2023. Special guests of the tour include Cole Swindell and country newcomer Nate Smith.
“Being on the road is one of my favorite places to be,” said Thomas Rhett. “I can’t wait to see the joy on y’alls faces next year and with my buddies Cole Swindell and Nate Smith. We’re definitely gonna have a good time.”
Flatland Cavalry is breaking out into a gallop. After years of hot trotting across their native Texas, the country outfit is primed for a breakout with the release of their third full- length album, the sonically sprawling and wistfully written Welcome to Countryland.
The Texas sextet–bandleader and chief lyricist Cleto Cordero, guitarist Reid Dillon, bassist Jonathan Saenz, drummer Jason Albers, fiddle player Wesley Hall, and recent newcomer utility instrumentalist Adam Gallegos–continue to embrace their trademark sound while further pushing into the wild unknown. When it was time to embark on recording a new album, resting on their laurels was simply out of the realm of possibilities. After the release of 2019’s critically-acclaimed Homeland Insecurity and their 2016 full-length debut Humble Folks, they’ve been on a healthy trajectory rising through the country ranks. After years of working with Lubbock stalwart Scott Faris in the friendly confines of Amusement Park Studios, Flatland decided a change of scenery was necessary. Despite some hesitation and a mix of emotions, they instantly knew recording at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studio A withrising producer Jake Gear was the right move.”With our last two projects, we knew that room and setup. There’s comfort in working withScott,” says Albers. “I think it was important to try and further expand with this album. Sonically, this album is definitely something bigger.”“I think everyone kind of experienced this bit of nervousness going from Scott’s studio to SoundEmporium,” adds Dillon. “That first day, everyone was a little fidgety and shy. You eventually fall
into this comfort zone.”
While the roster of collaborative confidants and colleagues (Spencer Cullum, Jim Hoke, Billy Justineau, Hailey Whitters, and Kaitlin Butts) has continued to expand with Flatland’s sound stride for stride, Countrylandisn’t a cut and paste effort with Nashville studio musicians. Rather,it finds the rootsy Texans delivering their A-game due to countless tour runs zig-zagging acrossthe country and becoming seasoned performers and musicians.
Since their humble beginnings out in the Panhandle town of Lubbock, Texas, Flatland Cavalryhas embraced their surroundings and rural West Texas roots. Formed in 2014 while attendingTexas Tech University, Cordero and company made their presence felt within the Hub City’ssongwriting circles and dancehall circuits. Banking on Cordero’s earnest pen and the band’sblend of country instrumentation, toe-tapping grooves, and earworm choruses, Flatland quicklybecame a regional sensation.
The Tyler Childers performance on June 15, 2023, is sold out.
Kentucky-born and raised singer-songwriter Tyler Childers will bring his unique mix of country, bluegrass, and folk music to Starlight Theatre on June 15, 2023.
Childers’ breakthrough album, “Purgatory,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart, No. 17 on the Country albums chart, and No. 4 on the Americana/Folk albums chart. His fifth studio album “Can I Take My Hounds To Heaven” released to critical acclaim on September 30, 2022.
GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist, performer, and songwriter Marcus King was downright destined to play music. By eight-years-old, the fourth generation Greenville, SC native performed alongside pops, grandpa, and his uncles for the first time. Logging thousands of miles on the road as “The Marcus King Band,” he established himself with unparalleled performance prowess and a dynamic live show. During 2020, he linked up with Dan Auerbach [The Black Keys] and cut his solo debut El Dorado, garnering a GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best Americana Album.” Beyond praise from NPR, American Songwriter, and more, Rolling Stone christened it “excellent,” and Associated Press went as far as to claim, “El Dorado already stands out as a definite high point of 2020.” In between packing venues on his own, he performed alongside Chris Stapleton, Greta Van Fleet, and Nathaniel Rateliff in addition to gracing the bills of Stagecoach and more with one seismic show after the next. Along the way, he caught the attention of Rick Rubin and signed to American Recordings.
Plugged into his old man’s dusty amp with a ’59 Les Paul in hand, Marcus set out to make a rock ‘n’ roll record in 2022. He didn’t disguise his ambitions at all. He didn’t hold back. He didn’t think about anything but writing from the gut, shooting from the hip, and playing straight from the heart. Joined by Auerbach, he made the kind of rock ‘n’ roll record that makes arenas and asses shake, and it’s called Young Blood [American Recordings/Republic Records].
Kentucky-born Chris Stapleton is an 8x Grammy, 15x CMA and 10x ACM Award-winner and one of the country’s most respected and beloved musicians. Most recently, he was named CMA Male Vocalist of the Year for the sixth time—setting the record for most wins ever in the category.
Additionally, his most recent album, Starting Over, won Best Country Album at the 67th Annual GRAMMYs as well as earning Album of the Year honors at both the 54th Annual CMA Awards and 56th ACM Awards. The record follows Stapleton’s pair of Platinum-certified releases from 2017, From A Room: Volume 1 and From A Room: Volume 2, as well as his x5 Platinum breakthrough solo debut album, Traveller.
David Nail’s candor cuts like a laser through star-making propriety, a ritual of predictable answers to predictable questions, recited by artists averse to the controversy that truth can bring.
True, he is respected up and down and beyond Music Row. He’s written or co-written multiple hits. Critics laud his singing too: The late, revered Chuck Dauphin, for one, marveled at Nail’s ability to turn an “ordinary lyric and arrangement” into a “tour de force,” adding, “simply put… he is not one of us.”
So he’s got rock-solid credentials. And he earned them despite a refusal to present himself in a false light. His songs pull no punches in evoking the demons with which he has wrestled through much of his life. As Nail explains, it’s not so much an act of courage to write about depression and its effects. Rather, it is simply who he is; he says, in conversation and through music, what he must say.
In Nail’s own words, “My philosophy has always been, I just hope to have a good enough year that I can have a next year while staying as true to myself as I possibly can.”
Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Parker McCollum released his major label debut album, Gold Chain Cowboy, with MCA. The album follows his Hollywood Gold EP which was met with widespread critical acclaim and became the top-selling debut Country EP of 2020. McCollum earned his first-ever No. 1 hit with his double-platinum certified premiere single, “Pretty Heart,” and his follow-up gold certified single, “To Be Loved By You,” also hit No. 1 on the charts.
McCollum has been named an ‘Artist to Watch’ by Rolling Stone, Billboard, SiriusXM, CMT, RIAA, and more with American Songwriter noting, “The Texas native teeters on the edge of next-level superstardom.” MusicRow listed McCollum as their 2021 Breakout Artist of the Year and Apple also included him as one of their all-genre “Up Next Artists” Class of 2021. A dedicated road warrior, McCollum made his debut at the famed Grand Ole Opry in 2021 and he already sells out venues across the country (over 40 sold out shows nationwide in 2021).
Gearing up for another monumental chapter, five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning legend and the best-selling female artist in country music history Shania Twain will also embark on a global 49-date Queen of Me Tour. The tour marks the first time fans around the world will get to see the queen in all of her glory in nearly five years. Mickey Guyton will be joining Shania when she stops at T-Mobile Center on July 19.
Multi-Platinum entertainer Thomas Rhett will join the Home Teams of 40 cities next summer, today revealing US tour dates for his HOME TEAM TOUR 23, produced by Live Nation, presented by Dos Primos Tequila and Fueled by Marathon.
Known for his “bombastic, good time energy” (Esquire), after kicking off 2023 in Canada, the summer tour will begin May 4 in Des Moines, IA at Wells Fargo Arena with Cole Swindell and Nate Smith, and end at Thomas Rhett’s hometown Nashville, TN, at Bridgestone Arena on September 23, 2023.
After dominating Billboard’s Emerging Artist Chart for a record-breaking 25 consecutive weeks, ultimately breaking the record of most weeks spent at No. 1, with his single, “Son Of A Sinner,” multi-genre hitmaker Jelly Roll announced his Backroad Baptism Tour. The 44-city arena tour stops at T-Mobile Center on Saturday, Aug. 26 with support from Ashley McBryde, Struggle Jennings and Josh Adam Meyers.
GRAMMY® Award-nominated rising country superstar Zach Bryan returns to the road in 2023 for the Burn Burn Burn North American Tour, his biggest tour yet. Last year, each date on his AMERICAN HEARTBREAK tour sold out in minutes.
Bryan’s chart-topping 2022 triple album, AMERICAN HEARTBREAK, has become a critical sensation that continues to garner global accolades and unstoppable momentum, appearing on numerous Year-End Best Of 2022 lists, and emerged as the “#1 Country Album on Spotify for 2022 and has spent the past 104 consecutive days on Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits chart. To date, AMERICAN HEARTBREAK has accrued over 3 billion streams globally and has been RIAA certified Gold in the US and Canada along with Gold certified single “From Austin,” Platinum certified single “Heading South,” and now double-Platinum certified single “Something in the Orange,” which is currently on Billboard Top 10 Hot 100 chart.
Zach Bryan will celebrate Pinnacle Bank Arena’s 10th anniversary on August 29. Register now for the chance to purchase Zach Bryan tickets via Fair AXS at www.axs.com/zachbryan. After the Fair AXS registration period concludes on January 29 at 9 p.m. CT, the AXS team will work to ensure any suspicious, fraudulent, duplicated registrations are removed. Fans that registered will then be randomly selected for the chance to purchase tickets in batches starting Feb. 13, subject to availability by market. If a fan has been selected to purchase tickets, they will be notified via email with all pertinent information for them to complete their purchase.
The transfer of tickets to these shows will not be possible unless required by law. If a fan can no longer attend a show, tickets can be resold on the Zach Bryan AXS Marketplace for face value to another fan.
ABOUT ZACH BRYAN:
Hailing from Oologah, Oklahoma, Zach Bryan has quietly gone from serving in the U.S. Navy to rising to the forefront of country as a captivating storyteller, tried-and-true performer, and once-in-a-generation voice without comparison. After grinding it out independently and building a devout audience one fan at a time, Bryan signed with Warner Records and arrived as country music’s brightest and boldest star, and to date, has tallied over 3 billion global streams. He notably earned Gold certified singles “Condemned,” “Letting Someone Go,” and “From Austin” plus platinum single, “Heading South” and now double Platinum “Something in the Orange.” The latter also garnered a 2023 GRAMMY® Award nod in the category of “Best Country Solo Performance,” and made former US president Barack Obama’s Favorite [25 Songs] Music List for 2022. His third and first studio album for Warner Records album, AMERICAN HEARTBREAK, bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and in the Top 5 of the Billboard 200, enshrining it as one of the most successful country album debuts in the genre’s history. Bryan also topped the Billboard Country Songwriters Chart at #1. Simultaneously, AMERICAN HEARTBREAK, emerged as the “#1 Most Streamed Country Album on Spotify” for 2022. The record closed out a banner year at #1 on The New York Times “Best Albums of 2022” and Billboard’s “Best Country Albums of 2022,” and attaining RIAA certified Gold sales status in the US and Canada and will soon be certified Platinum. The hit single “Something In The Orange” graced year-end lists by NPR, Associated Press, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Consequence, SLANT, and many more. The song has become a global hit charting in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden. Bryan’s AMERICAN HEARTBREAK Tour sold out every show, which included headlining theaters and amphitheaters coast-to-coast and performing at prestigious music festivals such as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Stagecoach. He chronicled his November 2022 Red Rocks Amphitheatre stop with his first-ever live album, ALL MY HOMIES HATE TICKETMASTER (LIVE FROM RED ROCKS), released digitally on Christmas Day 2022 as a heartfelt “Thank You” to his fans. Bryan and band performed “Motorcycle Drive-By” and “Summertime Blues” on the hit TV series Yellowstone season 5, episode 7, (Dec 18, 2022) which also featured the song “Quittin Time.” “The Good I’ll Do” and “Tishomingo,” both featured in previous episodes immediately reacted in a big way globally on Shazam. At the top of 2023, Bryan scored his First #1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs and is presently climbing the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with “Something In The Orange,” plus ALL MY HOMIES debuts on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Expect more new music from Zach Bryan this year.