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December 12, 2018

Kane Brown Named Among Breakthrough Entertainers of 2018 By Associated Press

Multi-platinum country entertainer Kane Brown has been selected by the Associated Press as a 2018 Breakthrough Entertainer of the Year. The “boundary-breaking country star” (AP) is one of eight entertainers spanning a range of actors, comedians and musicians whose distinguished work earned them a spot on the annual year-end list, with the AP noting “it is hard to imagine what entertainment might have looked like without them in 2018.”

Brown is the only country artist to be recognized on the list, which includes film stars Awkwafina and Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians), Golden Globe nominee Elsie Fisher, Award-winning Comedian Hannah Gadsby, Grammy nominee Ella Mai, Actress and Producer Natasha Rothwell (HBO’s Insecure) and Actor and Producer John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman). Brown’s full Associated Press feature is available here:

On the heels of a record-breaking 2018, the Georgia-native continues to add to his year-end accolades, with country radio recently naming “Heaven”  this year’s #1 Top Country Airplay song on Billboard and the #1 Most Heard Country song on Mediabase/Country Aircheck. Revealed in the Country Aircheck/Mediabase and Billboard year-end issues, the milestones continue to stack up since the song’s incredible ride began with the release of theDeluxe Version of Brown’s 12-week #1 self-titled debut album. Written by Shy Carter, Matt McGinn and Lindsay Rimes, “Heaven” earned a 2018 American Music Award for Favorite Country Song, was certified Triple-Platinum by the RIAA, became SESAC’s “Song of The Year” and was named “2018’s Biggest Pure Country Hit” by Variety as they featured it as the only solo country song in their annual Variety Hitmaker’s Issue.

According to additional Billboard year-end information, Kane Brown was ranked #2 Top Country Artist. This list was determined by combined chart activity on Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums charts as well as social data and Billboard Boxscore grosses.

Brown’s sophomore album Experiment was released November 9 and debuted #1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Country Albums charts with 124,000 units. In his November Billboard cover issue, the country star received accolades for “arguably changing the future of Country forever.” The only artist in Billboard history to simultaneously top all 5 Billboard Country Charts at the same time with his #1 debut album, the #1 Quadruple-Platinum single “What Ifs” and the Triple-Platinum multi-week #1 “Heaven,” Brown is also the first artist in more than 24 years to top the Billboard 200 chart with a sophomore release. Since making his national debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2016, Brown has appeared on the American Music Awards, ACM Awards, CMT Awards, Latin Grammys, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live with Kelly and Ryan, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Nightline, The Voice and was recently featured by The New York Times, USA Today, Associated Press, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, The Tennessean, Variety, People Magazine, Essence, Stereogum, Vogue, and more. Brown is set to hit the road on his LIVE FOREVER Tour, starting January 2019. For more information, including a list of tour dates, visit To stream or download Experiment, visit HERE.


December 12, 2018


Country music superstar Brad Paisley has teamed with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) to launch a rodeo version video of his current single, “Bucked Off.” The video premiered during Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Kickoff at World Champion Bull Riders’ Gary Leffew’s Bucking Ball – held at The Tropicana Las Vegas, an official WNFR Hotel/Casino. Fans can view the video here.

“This is the 45th year of my Bucking Ball and it just keeps getting better and better.  We could not have been more excited and honored to host Brad Paisley’s World Premiere Video (rodeo version) to a sell-out crowd at this years Bucking Ball,” says Gary Leffew.

The Bucking Ball is co-hosted by World Champion Bull Rider, Gary Leffew and Nashville, Tennessee’s Sharla McCoy (former Miss Rodeo and Country Music Radio Veteran Producer and Host).

The video premiered before a sell-out crowd including multiple PRCA riders/contestants, BFO (Bull Fighter’s Only), Miss Rodeo America Contestants, the Pendleton Posse and others from all over the country as well as Australia and Canada. The excitement grew when a grand prize give-a-way was drawn and winner announced for a trip for two to attend a 2019 Brad Paisley show with meet and greet.

Promotional partners for video digitally & socially include: PRCA, WNFR, The Wrangler Network, Cowboy Lifestyle Network, Gary Leffew’s Bucking Ball, The Tropicana Las Vegas, Boot Barn & CBS Sports Network (WNFR broadcast partner).


December 11, 2018


Luke Combs is nominated for Best New Artist at the 61st GRAMMY Awards. The live awards ceremony will be broadcast on CBS from Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT.

The recognition adds to an already monumental year for the breakthrough singer, songwriter and performer, who recently won New Artist of the Year at “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards.” Additionally, Comb’s Platinum-certified debut album, This One’s For You, is Billboard’s Top Country Album of 2018 (River House Artists/Columbia Nashville). Since its release June 2, 2017—79 weeks ago—the album has spent a total of 20 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1, including 16 weeks in 2018—the most of any album this year. The only other country album to achieve 16 weeks at No. 1 in a calendar year is Chris Stapleton’s Traveller.  The first four singles—3x Platinum “Hurricane,” 2x Platinum “When It Rains It Pours,” Platinum “One Number Away” and Platinum “She Got The Best of Me”—have all reached No. 1 making Combs the first solo artist to score four consecutive career-opening No. 1’s on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. Moreover, his new single, “Beautiful Crazy,” is the first country single shipped to radio already Platinum-certified since Taylor Swift’s “Red” in 2013.

Combs will embark on his largest North American headline tour in 2019. After selling out the “Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour” spring leg, Combs recently confirmed select summer shows, including Columbia, MD’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, Gilford, NH’s Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion and Alpharetta, GA’s Verizon Amphitheater. Once again, Combs’ official fanclub, The Bootleggers, will have first access to tickets through a Ticketmaster Verified Fan pre-sale, which begins Wednesday (12/12) with general on-sale starting Friday (12/14). For tickets and information, please visit See below for complete tour details.

Since the release of This One’s For You, Combs has been named Billboard’s Top 100 Artist and Top New Country Artist of 2017, “Best New Country Artist” at the iHeart Radio Awards, Music Row’s “Breakthrough Artist Of The Year” and 2017 Artist To Watch by Amazon Music, Billboard, Bobby Bones, CMT, HuffPost, Nashville Lifestyles, Pandora and Rolling Stone.

This One’s For You was produced by Scott Moffatt (except for “One Number Away,” which was co-produced by Sammy Mitchell and Jackie Boyz) and recorded in Nashville, TN at Gold Cassette Studios and Direct Image Recording Studio. Released earlier this summer, This One’s For You Too debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Country Albums Chart and No. 4 on Billboard 200 Chart.

January 31—Birmingham, AL—Legacy Arena at the BJCC* (SOLD OUT)
February 1—Huntington, WV—Big Sandy Superstore Arena* (SOLD OUT)
February 2—Greensboro, NC—Greensboro Coliseum* (SOLD OUT)
February 7—Wichita, KS—INTRUST Bank Arena*
February 8—North Little Rock, AR—Verizon Arena* (SOLD OUT)
February 9—Baton Rouge, LA—Raising Cane’s River Center* (SOLD OUT)
February 14—Greenville, SC—Bon Secours Wellness Arena* (SOLD OUT)
February 15—Knoxville, TN—Thompson-Boling Arena* (SOLD OUT)
February 16—Evansville, IN—Ford Center* (SOLD OUT)
February 21—Hershey, PA—Giant Center* (SOLD OUT)
February 22—Columbus, OH—Schottenstein Center* (SOLD OUT)
February 23—Charlottesville, VA—John Paul Jones Arena* (SOLD OUT)
February 28—New York, NY—Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom† (SOLD OUT)
March 1—Bangor, ME—Cross Insurance Center* (SOLD OUT)
March 2—Worcester, MA—DCU Center* (SOLD OUT)
March 8—Tupelo, MS—BancorpSouth Arena* (SOLD OUT)
March 9—Orange Beach, AL—Amphitheatre at The Wharf* (SOLD OUT)
March 28—London, ON—Budweiser Garden* (SOLD OUT)
March 29—Oshawa, ON—Tribute Communities Centre* (SOLD OUT)
March 30—Kingston, Ontario—Leon’s Centre* (SOLD OUT)
April 11—Duluth, MN—AMSOIL Arena* (SOLD OUT)
April 12—Moline, IL—TaxSlayer Center* (SOLD OUT)
April 13—Saginaw, MI—Dow Event Center* (SOLD OUT)
April 25—Green Bay, WI—Resch Center* (SOLD OUT)
April 26—La Crosse, WI—La Crosse Center* (SOLD OUT)
May 10—Tulsa, OK—BOK Center* (SOLD OUT)
May 11—Omaha, NE—CHI Health Center Omaha* (SOLD OUT)
May 12—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheater* (SOLD OUT)
May 30—Detroit, MI—DTE Energy Music Theatre‡
May 31—Columbia, MD—Merriweather Post Pavilion‡
June 15—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion#
July 11—Charleston, SC—Volvo Cars Stadium‡
July 12—Alpharetta, GA—Verizon Amphitheater‡
July 13—Charlotte, NC—PNC Music Pavilion‡

*with LANCO and Jameson Rodgers
†with Jameson Rodgers
‡with Cody Johnson and Ray Fulcher
#with Ray Fulcher

BOLD The Bootleggers pre-sale 12/12, general on-sale 12/14


December 10, 2018


The momentum continues to build behind multi-Platinum group LANCO’s first-ever headlining HALLELUJAH NIGHTS TOUR as they extend the run with their return overseas in May 2019. The UK trek will launch May 1 at London’s O2 Academy Islington, as presale tickets for the new dates will be available to the “FANCO” fan club on Wednesday (12/12), before tickets go on sale to the public Friday (12/14) on LANCO’s official website . The new dates follow LANCO’s 26-city run, which picks back up Jan. 9 with two nights in Chicago and will take them to the mid-west and Canada. LANCO hand-selected Caylee Hammack and Bailey Bryan to support the upcoming runs, with Hammack added to previously announced US and Canada dates, while Bryan will join in Europe.

1/09/19  Chicago, IL – Joe’s on Weed St*
1/10/19  Milwaukee, WI – The Rave*
1/11/19  Rosemont, IL – Joe’s Live*
1/12/19  Minneapolis, MN – Varisty Theater*
1/16/19  Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot*
1/17/19  Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House*
1/18/19  Seattle, WA – The Showbox*
1/19/19  Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom*
1/20/19  Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom*
1/22/19  Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre*
1/23/19  Edmonton, AB – The Ranch Roadhouse*
5/01/19 London, UK – O2 Academy Islington**
5/03/19 Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute 3**
5/04/19 Manchester, UK – Academy 3**
5/05/19 Glasgow, UK – Oran Mor**
5/06/19 Bristol, UK – The Fleece**
*With Caylee Hammack
**With Bailey Bryan

“2018 has been a big year” after the “high-energy five-piece band” (Rolling Stone) closed out the first leg of their debut headlining run in front of a sold-out crowd at Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom on Friday (12/7); the same building where they signed their record deal on the spot with Sony Music Nashville six years ago. While “dazzling thousands” (Hits Magazine) the “arena-rock leaning band” (Entertainment Weekly) is “at the top of their game” (Pitchfork) and has rapidly created a loyal fanbase with more than 400 shows as the featured act and with sold-out club runs in major markets such as New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Coincidentally, the hometown show fell nearly a year after the 2x Platinum single “Greatest Love Story” became a multi-week chart topper followed by the release of their No. 1 selling debut album HALLELUJAH NIGHTS. Both pivotal moments were historical in Country music as Lancaster became the first artist in 10 years to have a No. 1 on the chart solely written by that artist while LANCO serves as the first Country group in a decade to appear at the top of the Billboard Country albums chart with a debut album, which now boasts over 423 million streams. “2018’s best Country debut album” (Tampa Bay Times), paved the course for national television performances including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, TODAY, The Bachelor and Dancing With The Stars. LANCO “won admirers among its peers” (Billboard) as they earned nominations this year from the ACM, CMT, CMA and American Music Awards and Lancaster became the first member of a group to ever win NSAI’s “Songwriter/Artist of the Year.” Their distinct southern storytelling with a modern punch of rock and roll continues to unravel as they head back to the studio with award-winning producer Jay Joyce to begin recording their sophomore album. For more information and upcoming tour dates, visit


December 7, 2018


1. Record of the Year

“The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

3. Song of the Year

“The Middle” – Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha & Anton Zaslavski, songwriters (Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey)

4. Best New Artist

Luke Combs

6. Pop Duo Or Group Performance

“The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

26. Country Solo Performance

“Mona Lisa and Mad Hatters” – Maren Morris

27. Country Duo/Group Performance

“Dear Hate” – Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill

28. Country Song

“Dear Hate” – Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill


December 5, 2018


International superstar Dolly Parton continues to make appearances this week in support of her Dumplin’Original Motion Picture Soundtrack featuring 12 newly-recorded tracks produced by  GRAMMY®  nominee Linda Perry on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville (Sony Music Entertainment).  The Netflix Film “Dumplin’,” directed by Anne Fletcher and starring Jennifer Aniston, Danielle Macdonald, Odeya Rush and Harold Perrineau, Dumplin’” will premiere in select theaters and on Netflix this Friday, December 7.

Tomorrow, December 6, Dolly Parton and Jennifer Aniston will appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Additionally, the eight-time GRAMMY® award winner will be interviewed on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday” on December 9. Previously announced, Parton will appear on the Thursday, December 6 episodes of the nationally-syndicated “Ellen DeGeneres Show” and CBS’ “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” both shows also featuring Anniston. Parton will appear on “The Talk” on Friday, December 7; the entire show is dedicated to the singer-songwriter and the Dumplin’ soundtrack and Netflix Film.

Following months of anticipation, Dolly Parton released last Friday, November 30, the Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack featuring Parton on every song. The selections are all newly-recorded, some Dolly classics from her catalog as well as brand new songs co-written by Parton and Linda Perry. The exceptional guests on the album are as follows: Sia, Elle King, Mavis Staples, Miranda Lambert, Willa Amai, Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, Macy Gray, and DOROTHY, as well as cameos by “Dumplin’” stars Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston.


December 4, 2018


Following months of anticipation, eight-time GRAMMY® award winning entertainer Dolly Parton released last Friday, November 30, the Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack featuring 12 newly-recorded tracks produced by  on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville (Sony Music Entertainment). Directed by Anne Fletcher and starring Jennifer Aniston, Danielle Macdonald, Odeya Rush and Harold Perrineau, “Dumplin’” will premiere in select theaters and on Netflix this Friday, December 7.

The soundtrack, which features Parton on every song, was produced by GRAMMY®  nominee Linda Perry, who co-wrote six songs with Parton. The exceptional guests on the album are as follows: Sia, Elle King, Mavis Staples, Miranda Lambert, Willa Amai, Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, Macy Gray, and DOROTHY, as well as cameos by “Dumplin’” stars Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston.  A track list with song title, performer and songwriter information is below. Click here  to listen.

With her People Magazine cover story (December 3 issue) on newsstands everywhere and critics’ raves pouring in from such publications as Esquire, The Tennessean/USA Today Network and Elle, Parton began her first round of television appearances in New York City on the Dumplin’ soundtrack’s November 30 street date in New York City: NBC’s “TODAY” [ view here] and “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” [view here] and [view here].

In Los Angeles this week, the world-renowned singer-songwriter will continue her support of the Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by appearing on the nationally-syndicated “Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday, December 6, and CBS’ “The Late Late Show With James Corden” on Thursday, December 6, and “The Talk” on Friday, December 7.

Music videos of three tracks from the Dumplin’ soundtrack are available on VEVO now: “Here I Am” (with Sia) [view here], “Jolene (New String Version)” [view here] and the stunning “Girl In The Movies” [view here ]. “Girl In The Movies” has already garnered a nomination for Best Original Song from a Feature Film by the Hollywood Music In Media Awards. Media attention is swirling leading into awards season with Entertainment Weekly proclaiming “an empowering anthem” and Vanity Fair opining “one thing is clear, Oscar season will be a lot more joyous with (Parton) in it.”

Looking forward to 2019, Dolly Parton already has confirmed three fascinating events.

Parton is set to return to the hallowed Grand Ole Opry stage to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her Opry membership, performing on Saturday, October 12, 2019, and capping a week-long celebration of Parton’s impact on music and the Opry, dubbed Dolly Week 2019. The week will include: Thursday, October 10 – Opry Country Classics – Featuring performances of #1 Dolly hits, Friday, October 11 – Friday Night Opry – Dolly’s Mountain Soul: Bluegrass, Americana & Roots Music honor Dolly and Saturday, October 12 (two shows) – Dolly Parton’s 50th Grand Ole Opry Anniversary Celebration featuring Dolly Parton and more artists to be announced. Tickets went on sale last Friday at , and instantly each show sold-out.

Now through January 17, Parton is partnering with Omaze to offer an extraordinary opportunity. Fans will have a chance to win the ultimate Dolly Parton experience: a winner and their guest will get to to spend one night in Dolly Parton’s personal suite at her Dollywood Dream More Resort! Additionally, Dolly herself will give a private tour of her home-away-from-home, while meeting the guests, taking pictures with them and signing autographs for them. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will be enhanced with additional nights at the resort in other rooms, tickets to Dollywood during its 2019 Grand Opening Weekend, and passes to Dolly Parton’s Stampede dinner theater. Fans can visit to enter for their chance to win. Proceeds support Dolly’s own Imagination Library.The Omaze campaign integrates special donation bundles including a copy of Parton’s Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

Dolly Parton will be honored at the 2019 MusiCares® Person of the Year tribute on Friday, February 8, as announced in September by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of MusiCares and the Recording Academy. Proceeds from the 29th annual benefit gala will provide essential support for MusiCares ( ), a charity founded by the Recording Academy that ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need. The tribute will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center two nights prior to the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards®. Recognized for her considerable creative accomplishments and her longtime support of a number of causes through her Dollywood Foundation, Parton will be the first artist from the Nashville music community to be honored by MusiCares. The partial list of artists who have already signed on to perform in honor of Parton include: Norah Jones, P!nk, Mark Ronson, Chris Stapleton, Leon Bridges, Lauren Daigle, Shawn Mendes, Vince Gill, Don Henley, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples and singer-songwriter and Dumplin’ soundtrack producer Linda Perry.

1. Here I Am (Dolly Parton & Sia)*
2. Holdin’ On To You (Dolly Parton & Elle King)*
3. Girl in the Movies**
4. Red Shoes**
5. Why (Dolly Parton & Mavis Staples)*
6. Dumb Blonde (Dolly Parton & Miranda Lambert)+
7. Here You Come Again (Dolly Parton & Willa Amai)^
8. Who**
9. Push & Pull (Jennifer Aniston & Danielle Macdonald)**
10. If We Don’t (Dolly Parton & Rhonda Vincent with Alison Krauss)**
11. Two Doors Down (Dolly Parton & Macy Gray with DOROTHY)*
12. Jolene (New String Version)*

Songwriters: *Dolly Parton, **Dolly Parton/Linda Perry, +Curly Putman, ^Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil

NOTE: Additional original catalog songs and catalog remixes as featured in the film from Parton will be available as part of the streaming version of album.


December 3, 2018


Breakthrough vocalist Kane Brown celebrates his third career #1 single on country radio this week, with the Gold-certified hit, “Lose It.” Co-written by Brown, Chase McGill and Will Weatherly, “Lose It” is the first single off of Brown’s #1 debuting (Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts) sophomore album, Experiment. With the November 9th release of Experiment, the three-time American Music Award winner became the third country artist this year to reach the summit of the Billboard 200 and the only male country artist in 24 years to debut on top of the Billboard 200 with a sophomore release.

“Lose It” follows Brown’s 3X Platinum, multi-week #1 hit, “Heaven,” which was honored this week (12/1) by Variety Magazine as one of the most-streamed songs of the year in all music genres. Both “Heaven” and Brown’s 4X Platinum #1 hit “What Ifs” appear on the breakout star’s 12-week #1 Platinum-certified self-titled debut album.

Two weeks ago, Kane Brown’s “Lose It” dethroned Bebe Rexha and Florida Georia Line’s “Meant To Be” after a record 50 weeks atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, a similar feat to when his “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina halted Sam Hunt’s then recorded-setting 34 weeks at #1 with “Body Like A Backroad.” Brown is the first artist to lead the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums charts simultaneously since he did so in October 2017 with “What Ifs” and his debut album.

Brown first took to his Instagram account to thank country radio, his fans and his team for the support of this milestone third #1, adding, “When we were in the studio working on this album, I knew we had songs that I was incredibly proud to put on the record…that felt different, but still said what I wanted to say. ‘Lose It’ was one of the first songs we recorded, over a year ago. I knew I wanted it to be the first single off the record, but never could have predicted the way people have embraced it. Thank you to everyone in country radio, to my fans and my team for all of the support.”

Noted as “one of Nashville’s most promising young stars and also one of its most flexible” (The New York Times) the 25-year-old singer-songwriter continues to earn rave reviews for Experiment.

“(Experiment) channels…musical confidence…it proves why Brown has become one of the genre’s hottest up-and-comers” (Rolling Stone).

“Experiment finds the breakthrough star branching out sonically and lyrically, taking command of his voice, whether bravely facing adversity or expressing …Brown brings a sense of strength to his storytelling,” (Sounds Like Nashville)

“…with his new album, Experiment, Brown is about to become inescapable, arguably changing the future of country forever,” (Billboard).

To stream or download Experiment, visit HERE.


November 29, 2018


Tenille Townes has been selected for the inaugural “Opry NextStage” class along with Riley Green, Tegan Marie and Travis Denning. The yearlong campaign in collaboration with Opry Entertainment includes live performances, strategic marketing support and short-form documentary style storytelling created by Opry Entertainment’s award-winning content team. As part of the new collaboration, Townes will perform on the Grand Ole Opry at Ryman Auditorium on December 7.

“Opry NextStage” will officially launch with a kickoff party and concert featuring performances by the inaugural class at Ole Red Nashville on January 8—tickets go on sale this Thursday, November 29 at 10:00AM CST. More info and ticket purchases available here. Watch here to see what fans can expect from “Opry NextStage.”

Last week, Townes’ “My Opry Debut” episode premiered at Billboard featuring clips of her first performance on the historic stage as well as “an emotional mix of the young songstress and her massive support system of 140 family members and friends as they head to the venue.” Watch/sharehere . Additionally, earlier this month, Townes was inducted into CMT’s Next Women of Country class of 2019. Of Townes’ performance at the showcase Rolling Stone Country praised, “the gut wrenching storytelling of Townes, who loads her breed of country with a bit of Ani DiFranco fire…”

The partnerships add to an already exciting 2019, which will see Townes joining Dierks Bentley on his extensive “Burning Man Tour.” The tour features performances across Canada and the U.S., including stops at Vancouver’s Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and Columbus’ Nationwide Arena among many others. See below for complete details.

The live shows will feature material from Townes’ anticipated forthcoming full-length debut album—produced by Jay Joyce—and set for release in 2019 on Columbia Nashville. Already receiving attention, Townes’ first single, “Somebody’s Daughter,” is out now. Of the song praises, “embodies elements of the astute storytelling that Bobbie Gentry mastered in her classic ‘Ode to Billie Joe,’” while Taste of Country proclaims, “her debut single is a life-changer.”

Of the song and video, Townes shares, “It makes me so happy to have this video out in the world, telling a visual story of this song with a message that is so important to me. My hope is for people to feel empowered to recognize those around us. We’ve all got a story and something we’re working through and I believe the little things count. There’s a lot we can learn from a kid at a lemonade stand.”

An alternative acoustic version of the song also appears on Townes’ recently released Living Room Worktapes EP. Released earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim, Rolling Stone calls it, “…a stripped-down introduction to an artist with a whole lot to say,” while Billboard furthers, “Her Living Room Worktapes EP is a piece of art! Her unique voice and storytelling sets her apart…you’ll have it on repeat.” Additionally, Townes is the subject of an in-depth profile at NPR Music’s The Record . Calling her “Nashville’s Newest Voice,” writer Jewly Hight gives a rare glimpse into the early stages of Townes’ burgeoning career and asserts, “…she’s an heir to Twain and Swift, Griffin and McKenna alike, as well as a potential peer to figures like Morris and Musgraves, who’ve built significant followings and visibility with strong, self-written material…” Read the full profile here.

Canadian-born and Nashville-based, Townes first made her public appearance at age nine alongside Shania Twain after being invited to sing on stage at a concert she attended with her parents. In addition to her work as a musician and songwriter, Townes remains committed to charitable causes including her own initiative, Big Hearts For Big Kids, which has raised over $1.5 million to date benefiting a youth shelter in her hometown of Grande Prairie, Alberta. More information can be found at

December 7—Nashville, TN—Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium
January 5—Muskegon, MI—Frauenthal Center‡
January 17—Hamilton, ON—FirstOntario Centre*
January 18—Ottawa, ON—Richcraft Live at the Canadian Tire Centre*
January 19—Oshawa, ON—Tribute Communities Centre*
January 22—Winnipeg, MB—Bell MTS Place*
January 23—Saskatoon, SK—SaskTel Centre*
January 24—Edmonton, AB—Rogers Place*
January 26—Calgary, AB—Scotiabank Saddledome*
January 28—Kelowna, BC—Prospera Place*
January 29—Vancouver, BC—Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena*
January 31—Spokane, WA—Spokane Arena*
February 1—Tacoma, WA—Tacoma Dome*
February 2—Eugene, OR—Matthew Knight Arena*
February 14—Ontario, CA—Citizens Business Bank Arena*
February 15—Fresno, CA—Save Mart Center*
February 16—Reno, NV—Reno Events Center*
February 21—Lexington, KY—Rupp Arena*
February 22—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena*
February 23—Columbia, MO—Mizzou Arena*
February 28—Sioux Falls, SD—Denny Sanford PREMIER Center*
March 1—Wichita, KS—INTRUST Bank Arena*
March 2—Omaha, NE—CHI Health Center Omaha*
March 7—Moline, IL—TaxSlayer Center*
March 8—Duluth, MN—AMSOIL Arena*
March 9—Grand Forks, ND—Alerus Center*
March 28—Toledo, OH—Huntington Center*
March 29—Columbus, OH—Nationwide Arena*
March 30—Grand Rapids, MI—Van Andel Arena**as part of Dierks Bentley’s “Burning Man Tour”
‡supporting Bobby Bones


November 29, 2018


Dolly Parton’s spirit of imagination is stamped on culture, as evidenced by her Imagination Library, which since 1995 has delivered more than 100 million books to children from birth to five years of age across the globe. Now, on the eve of the release of her much-anticipated Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album release (November 30), Parton is teaming with Omaze, to offer her fans an extraordinary opportunity.

Beginning today, through January 17, 2019 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time, fans will have the chance to win the ultimate Dolly Parton experience: a winner and their guest will get to to spend one night in Dolly Parton’s personal suite at her Dollywood Dream More Resort! Additionally, Dolly herself will give a private tour of her home-away-from-home, while meeting the guests, taking pictures with them and signing autographs for them. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will be enhanced with additional nights at the resort in other rooms, tickets to Dollywood during its 2019 Grand Opening Weekend, and passes to Dolly Parton’s Stampede dinner theater. Fans can visit to enter for their chance to win. Proceeds support Dolly’s own Imagination Library.

The Omaze campaign integrates special donation bundles including a copy of Parton’s Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Today, VEVO premiered the third music video from the project—following the compelling “Here I Am” (with Sia) [view here] and the stunning “Girl In The Movies” [view here] – for “Jolene (New String Version)” [ view here] which saw its broadcast television premiere over the weekend during Parton’s appearance on CMT Hot 20 Countdown. The clip will also be featured in “Dolly & Friends: Making of a Soundtrack,” a one-hour special premiering on CMT on Thursday, November 29, 9/8 pm Central Time.  The prime-time special features Parton in the recording studio with famed producer Linda Perry and recording with artists Alison Krauss, Elle King, Macy Gray, Miranda Lambert, Mavis Staples and Rhonda Vincent. To view a promo of the special clickHERE.

Music fans can pre-order now the highly anticipated Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The soundtrack, which features Parton on every song, releases November 30, and “Dumplin’” will premiere in select theaters and on Netflix on December 7.

About “Dumplin’”
Dumplin’ (Macdonald) is the teenage daughter of a former beauty queen (Aniston), who signs up for her mom’s pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town. The Netflix Film stars Macdonald (Bird Box, Patti Cake$) and Aniston (Upcoming Murder Mystery, Horrible Bosses, Marley and Me), in addition to Odeya Rush (Lady Bird, Goosebumps), Dove Cameron (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Liv and Maddie, Descendants), and Harold Perrineau (Claws, Lost). It is directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses).

Screenwriter Kristin Hahn wrote the adaptation of Julie Murphy’s No. 1 New York Times bestselling novel of the same name. Producers include A Cota Films and 50 Degrees Entertainment Presentation – Michael Costigan (American Gangster, A Bigger Splash, Brokeback Mountain, Ghost in the Shell), Hahn (The Switch, Cake), Mohamed AlRafi (Above Suspicion, Lying and Stealing), and Trish Hofmann (Gringo, Get On Up). Executive producers are Aniston and Danny Nozell.