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February 6, 2019

Carlton Anderson Shines at Sundance Film Festival

Nashville artist/songwriter Carlton Anderson joined a star-packed round at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café during the Sundance Film Festival with theAcademy of Country Music and the famed Bluebird Café on Jan. 30 and 31. The Sundance ASCAP Music Café, which has featured songwriters and artists from a variety of music genres for 21 years, featured (left to right) Anderson, Lee Ann Womack,  Deana Carter, and Jacob Davis.

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February 6, 2019

MITCHELL TENPENNY DEBUTS ON COUNTRY’S MOST FAMOUS STAGE, THE GRAND OLE OPRY, FEB. 16

On the heels of his national television appearances on NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” powerhouse vocalist and breakout star Mitchell Tenpenny is confirmed to make his Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Riser House/Columbia Nashville recording artist will perform on Country’s most famous stage just days following the official radio impact of “Alcohol You Later,” his newest single, on Monday, Feb. 11.

Mitchell Tenpenny’ Telling All My Secrets released December 14 and earned the best country first-week showing for a major label debut album of 2018, amassing 20,000 units. The 11-song project includes “Alcohol You Later,” which was written by Tenpenny, Michael Lotten and Sam Sumser who also produced this track, in addition to the Platinum #1 airplay and streaming hit “Drunk Me.” Telling All My Secrets is available to download and stream HERE.

Named by The New York Times as one of the Best Songs of the Year (all genres), “Drunk Me,” which topped Nielsen’s Country On-Demand Audio Stream Chart the first week of 2019 and has accumulated over 180 million streams, made multiple Amazon Music “Most Played” and “Best Of” year-end lists. The smash track, which remains a streaming chart Top 5, fueled a breakout year the entertainer. Tenpenny was the only country up-and-comer included in Pandora’s 2019 Artists to Watch list, and was also dubbed one of MusicRow’s Next Big Thing honorees and The Tennessean’s Next Nashville Stars for 2019.

On Feb. 1, Tenpenny concluded his “Telling All My Secrets Album Release Tour” which took the celebration of his album release to his long-supportive fans cross-country. He will join Old Dominion’s “Make It Sweet Tour” from February 27 through April 27 as a special guest.

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February 4, 2019

RCA Records Nashville Breakout Artist/Songwriter Ryan Hurd Expands Sold-Out Tour

Following the success of his sold-out, headlining “To A T Tour,” RCA Records Nashville artist/songwriter Ryan Hurd has added new dates in March and April. Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 8.

Just added concert stops include Washington, D.C. (3/21), Raleigh, N.C. (3/22), Kansas City, MO (4/12), Atlanta, GA (4/25), and Athens, GA (4/26). Hurd is in the midst of his first headlining tour with capacity crowds at some of the most respected music rooms in the country including the Troubadour in Los Angles, the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, Joe’s on Weed in Chicago (2/23), and the Exit/In in Nashville (2/28). ET Live said of the LA opener, that Hurd “crushes his first headlining show.”

With career streams exceeding 100 million worldwide, Hurd has a compelling point of view and an eager audience as he releases his endearing, love letter, “To A T,” to country radio on Feb. 18. The song already hit No. 1 on the SiriusXM The Highway’s Hot 30 Countdown and has caught the attention of entertainment tastemakers including men’s lifestyle playbook Esquire.

Accolades include Wide Open Country, which called the song “a gorgeous ode to intimacy and quiet moments spent with a soulmate,” Cowboys & Indians which wrote, “swoon-worthy lyrics,” Music Row, which stated “It has a coy, cuddly and super romantic flavor that’s as tasty as a candy bar,”PopCulture, which called “To A T” “a looping, relaxed jam that’s all about love,” and The Boot, which wrote, “To A T” “oozes romance, love and the intimacy that comes from truly knowing a partner.”

Hurd co-wrote the sultry “To A T” with Laura Veltz and Nathan Spicer with attention-grabbing bass, sonic guitar work, and drop-you-in-your-tracks harmony from creative muse and wife, Maren Morris.

Hurd’s ascension seems obvious. He was named the ONLY country artist on Sirius XM’s all-genre “Future Five” for 2019. He was tapped by AOL as one of their country artists set for a breakout year, Amazon Music’s Best of 2018, and named an Artist to Watch by VEVO, Pandora, CMT, The Huffington Post, and Rolling Stone Country, which lauded him for “generating major buzz” and “making waves.”

The praise is earned. The native of Kalamazoo, MI is one of Nashville’s most multi-dimensional young songwriters. He has had co-pen credits on some of the format’s biggest hits including “Lonely Tonight” (Blake Shelton), “You Look Good” (Lady Antebellum), and “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” (Luke Bryan). Now with the release of his own music, fans are discovering the fuel that drives Hurd is often love with all its avatars. 

Hurd recently released new music “Michigan For The Winter,” which is available on all digital retailers and streaming platforms with “To A T” and “Diamonds Or Twine.” Listen HERE.

Sounds Like Nashville summed it up this way: “Whether it’s the recent radio release of ‘To a T,’ or his sold-out headlining tour, Hurd is coming into his artistic own right before our eyes and ears.”

Ryan Hurd’s “To A T Tour” includes:
Feb. 23 – Joe’s on Weed, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Feb. 28 – Exit/In, Nashville TN (SOLD OUT)
March 21 – Gypsy Sally’s, Washington, D.C.
March 22 – City Limits Saloon, Raleigh, NC
April 12 – Knuckleheads Saloon, Kansas City, MO
April 25 – Terminal West, Atlanta, GA
April 26 – Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA
**Schedule is subject to change and additional dates may be added.
For more information on Ryan Hurd, visit RyanHurd.com.

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February 4, 2019

CHRIS YOUNG ANNOUNCES 2019 HEADLINE TOUR

After launching his first arena headlining tour last year, multi-platinum entertainer Chris Young is excited to announce the “Raised On Country Tour 2019.” Sharing the same name as his “funky, rollicking, lively” (Music Row ) new single, which name-checks his predecessors and country music icons Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Joe Diffie, George Strait, Alan Jackson and Hank Williams Jr., Chris Young’s “Raised On Country Tour 2019” will kick-off May 16 in Alpharetta, Georgia. The first leg of the tour will include over 25 shows from coast-to-coast through September. Markets include Charlotte, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Las Vegas, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Phoenix, San Diego and more. He’ll be joined by special guest Chris Janson as direct support along with Dylan Scott, LOCASH and Jimmie Allen.

Consistently praised for his “rangy baritone and classic meets contemporary production,” (Entertainment Weekly) in just the past 15 months Chris has been honored with membership into the Grand Ole Opry, included in the Country Music Hall of Fame’s American Currents exhibit, earned his 2nd ACM Male Vocalist nomination, added two new chart-toppers to his discography, totaling 11 No. 1 singles, and headlined a massive 55-city arena tour, including a hometown stop at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena playing to a capacity crowd of nearly 14,000 fans, friends and family. The ACM and Grammy nominated singer, whose “deep, soulful vocals hold the crowd’s attention,” (Detroit Lakes Tribune) is thrilled to launch his new headlining tour in 2019.

“Last year on the road was incredible and I’m crazy excited to get back out there with new music and the ‘Raised On Country Tour’ and to have Chris Janson, Dylan Scott, Jimmie Allen and Preston and Chris from LOCASH join me on tour,” said Chris.

Tickets for Chris Young’s “Raised On Country Tour 2019,” promoted by Live Nation, go on sale beginning February 15 at 10am (local time). Citi is the official presale credit card of the Chris Young tour. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Fans can purchase tickets now for select cities as part of Live Nation’s Country Megaticket at www.Megaticket.com and additional dates will continue to rollout over the coming weeks. In addition, Chris Young VIP packages will be available for the “Raised On Country Tour 2019.” Find a complete listing of tour dates, including additional Chris Young concert stops for 2019, VIP package details and purchase tickets at ChrisYoungCountry.com.

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January 28, 2019

TIM MCGRAW TO HEADLINE SUPER BOWL LIII PREGAME FESTIVITIES IN ATLANTA FEB. 3

Tim McGraw will headline the Super Bowl LIII pregame festivities in Atlanta, GA on Sunday, February 3, the NFL announced. His performance will take place at the NFL Tailgate Party with his new single “Thought About You” televised live on CBS’s Super Bowl LIII Pregame Show, The Super Bowl Today. Click HERE to listen to “Thought About You.”

Tim McGraw has sold more than 50 million records worldwide and dominated the charts with 43 worldwide No. 1 singles. He’s won 3 Grammy Awards, 16 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, His iconic career achievements include being named BDS Radio’s Most Played Artist of the Decade for ALL music genres and having the Most Played Song of the Decade for ALL music genres. He is the most played country artist since his debut in 1992, with two singles spending more than 10 weeks at No. 1. His career-long tour successes include the record-setting “Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017” with his wife, Faith Hill. McGraw starred in and narrated the hit movie “The Shack” and his other movie credits include “Friday Night Lights” and “The Blind Side.”
For updates on Super Bowl LIII festivities, fans may visit SuperBowl.com or follow @SuperBowl on Twitter.

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January 28, 2019

MAREN MORRIS’ “GIRL” MAKES HISTORY INTERNAL

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Maren Morrismakes history with her inspired female anthem “GIRL,” which had the highest debut on the Country Streaming chart by a female artist and the highest weekly streams by a female country artist with 3.3 million audio streams.

“GIRL” was No. 13 (with 3.3 million streams) on Nielsen’s Country On-Demand Audio Streaming chart for the week ending Jan. 24.

Morris, who HITS says “transcends genres with a statement that unifies,” co-wrote “GIRL” with Sarah Aarons (“The Middle,” Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey), and Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia), who also co-produced the track with Morris.

The music video for “GIRL” was described by Rolling Stone as highlighting “women in various situations as it seeks to illustrate the struggles they face in everyday life.” It was released Jan. 24 via YouTube/YouTube Music and has since been embraced by mainstream online media outlets including including Teen VogueSeventeen, and Elle for its encouraging message of self-love. See the video for “GIRL”HERE.

Morris tapped director Dave Meyers, the award-winning music video director who has worked with Missy Elliot, Kendrick Lamar, P!nk, and Katy Perry, to lead the charge with the video, which marks Meyer’s first country music format video.

The message is certainly something that connects and motivates. “Sometimes we just need someone like Morris to give us a pep talk in the form of a slow-burning country jam.” – Time.

Morris will launch her headlining GIRL: THE WORLD TOUR, March 9 in Chicago with 40+ international and U.S. tour stops. Joining Morris for GIRL: THE WORLD TOUR is Cassadee Pope and RaeLynn. Tickets are available now.

Stay up-to-date on Maren Morris by visiting her website www.MarenMorris.com or click HERE.

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January 28, 2019

CHRIS YOUNG’S NEW SINGLE “RAISED ON COUNTRY” ADDED TO 65 RADIO STATIONS ON OFFICIAL IMPACT TODAY

Multi-platinum RCA Nashville recording artist Chris Young officially impacts radio today with “Raised On Country”garnering 65 country station adds. Written by Young, Cary Barlowe and co-producer Corey Crowder, the new track is one of this week’s most-added songs at country radio. “Raised On Country” is available on all platformsHERE.

“A traditionalist in an era of boundary movers” (New York Times), the 33-year old entertainer pays homage to his predecessors and country music iconsMerle HaggardWillie NelsonJoe DiffieGeorge StraitAlan Jackson and Hank Williams Jr. in his new single.  “Raised On Country,” released on the heels of his eleventh No. 1 hit, “Hangin’ On,” has been received with praise from multiple music critics, including the following:

“With his booming Southern baritone and a sonic presence that often skews toward the conservative end of the spectrum, Chris Young has never been shy about his traditional country influence. But in a new single titled ‘Raised on Country,’ the Tennessee native spells it out in plain English.” – Rolling Stone Country

Chris Young takes a step back to take a step forward on his new song, ‘Raised on Country.’ The song gives a lyrical tip of the hat to some of the classic country artists that Young listened to in his own formative years, but it’s no throwback. Though the verse starts out with some appropriately twangy guitars in a fairly traditional rhythm figure, the chorus is pure modern-day radio-friendly country music with an irresistible hook that will have his fans singing along from the very first chorus and remembering the music of their own youth.” – Taste of Country

Chris Young is tracing his traditional roots in his new single, “Raised On Country.” The country crooner sings the praises of the genre he grew up on, while also tipping his hat to the singers of those songs.” – Sounds Like Nashville

“Chris name-checks influences Strait, Diffie, A.J., Merle, Willie and Bocephus in this funky, rollicking, lively, joyous bopper. A smile from ear to ear.” – Music Row

Leading up the release of “Raised On Country” earlier this month, Young offered fans the chance to vote on artists to cover and he  gave weekly acoustic performances of “Silver Wings” (Merle Haggard), “Chattahoochee” (Alan Jackson), “The Fireman” (George Strait) and “ Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox” (Joe Diffie). During his career thus far he has had the honor of recording with Willie Nelson – “Rose In Paradise” found on Young’s Platinum certified The Man I Want To Be – and Alan Jackson – “There’s A New Kid In Town” found on Young’s first-ever holiday album It Must Be Christmas. He’s also had the opportunity to tour with both Alan Jackson and George Strait.

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January 25, 2019

SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE SIGNS ROBERT COUNTS

Sony Music Nashville has announced today the new signing of ROBERT COUNTS to its roster. 

“I just can’t believe that my music has caught the attention of a major industry powerhouse like Sony Music Nashville,” said Counts. “This label has been home to many of my own artistic influences and musical heroes over the years and I am honored and humbled today to be adding my name to this roster. I’m looking forward to big things with this team and this partnership!”

Counts’ first two releases “Backseat Driver” and “Someone in My Someday” are available now at all streaming platforms and digital retailers. He has writing credits on both tracks, co-penning “Backseat Driver” with Nicolette Hayford and Matt Willis, while Daniel Ross and Laura Veltz were co-writers on the latter. Dann Huff and Jimmy Ritchey served as co-producers.

Growing up in Franklin, Tenn., Counts first got a taste of musicality in church with a house band filled with local session players and touring musicians, giving Counts a front-row seat to learn from some of the most talented working performers around. He first learned guitar as a teenager, and continued to develop his performance and songwriting skills through college. The summer after he graduated from Lee University, Counts won a multi-week songwriting competition that ignited his urge to pursue the craft full-time. He is an ASCAP-represented writer, signed to Sony/ATV Publishing, and booked through WME.

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January 25, 2019

Fairground Saints Release New Song “California”

Buzzing California-bred and Nashville-based trio,Fairground Saints – Elijah EdwardsMeg McAllister, and Mason Van Valin – have released their new song, “California” today. The track was produced by Marshall Altman (Natasha Bedingfield, Walker Hayes, Frankie Ballard, Amy Grant, Eric Paslay) and mixed by Ryan Hewitt (The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile, Dixie Chicks).

The lyrics are filled with signature California imagery and the instrumentals boast the trios breezy, So-Cal country sound with McAllister’s beautiful vocals at the forefront. “California” is available now on all digital retailers and streaming services HERE.

“We’ve always written our own songs, but this time our producer and good friend Marshall Altman gave us this song and from first listen we were hooked,” said the band. “It felt tailor made for us…Almost as if it was born out of our own personal experience. It’s quintessential California imagery and it’s heartfelt melody felt like home to us and we’re so happy to be able to bring the song to life.”

“California” comes on the heels of the release of “Somewhere Down the Line,” which was the first music released under the group’s newly-minted, global development partnership with Sony Music Nashville and Sony-owned distribution and digital marketing arm The Orchard. The track was praised by Rolling Stone who stated that the song “…marries the coed Californian harmonies of Fleetwood Mac with the polished punch of modern country-pop.” The two tracks are just a taste of what’s to come from the band’s exciting forthcoming EP, which is due out later this Spring.
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January 18, 2019

MAREN MORRIS’ “GIRL” AVAILABLE NOW

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Maren Morris’ highly anticipated new song “GIRL” available now across all digital music platforms for fans to stream and download.

The rousing new recording was written by Morris and Sarah Aarons (“The Middle,” Zedd/Maren Morris/Grey), along with Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producerGreg Kurstin (Adele, Sia), whom is credited for producing “GIRL,” and serves as the first music to be released from Morris’ forthcoming 2019 album and follow-up to the 2016 critically acclaimed, RIAA Gold-certified album, HERO.

Yesterday, “GIRL” made its world premiere on country radio, almost three years, to the day, from when Morris was first introduced to the airwaves when her debut single, the now 2x Platinum, Grammy-Award winning, “My Church,” arrived on country radio (Jan. 20, 2016).

Just hours before “GIRL” would be heard for the first time, Morris doubled-down on the momentous day when she announced her headlining “GIRL: THE WORLD TOUR,” the 40+ city tour, which kicks off March 9 in Chicago, IL, and includes Cassadee Pope and RaeLynn on select dates. Tickets for the general on-sale will begin Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 10:00 AM local time. Scroll down for full list of all tour dates.

Starting today Morris’ Fan club presales for ALL shows will begin at 10:00 AM local time. Click HERE to sign up for the Maren Morris’ HEROES Fan Club.

Citi is the official presale credit card of “GIRL: THE WORLD TOUR.” As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets for the U.S. dates beginning today, 10:00 AM local time, until Monday, Jan. 21 at 10:00 PM local through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com or click HERE.

Tickets for “GIRL: THE WORLD TOUR general on-sale will begin Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 10:00 AM local time. Stay up-to-date on Maren Morris by visiting her websitewww.MarenMorris.com or just click HERE.