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Superstar Duo Packs In Over 25,000 For The Festival’s Final Show

Superstar country duo Florida Georgia Line continued their history-making streak on Saturday (7/30), shattering the Cheyenne Frontier Days concert attendance record during the legendary Western festival’s grand finale show.
Packing an astounding 25,011 fans into Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena, the hit-making team of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley topped a mark previously set by Jason Aldean, more evidence that FGL has arrived as one of the genre’s premiere touring acts.
“Saturday night’s show in Cheyenne was truly amazing, setting the new record for concert attendance,” said Bob Romeo, President of Romeo Entertainment Group. “It was incredible to see how much Florida Georgia Line has grown into a polished, undeniable headline act in just a few short years. Everything from the production to their energy on stage was spot on and the fan response was overwhelming. I’m so proud of Brian and Tyler and all that they have accomplished.”
Tallying over 1.5 million concert tickets sold in 2015, this summer has seen the duo rise to even greater heights with their DIG YOUR ROOTS Tour, selling out venue after venue with a high-octane bill that also includes Kane Brown, The Cadillac Three and Cole Swindell. Fans and media alike have responded with raves and praises for the concerts, with outlets such as the Oakland Press writing that the shows are further “cementing FGL as a bona fide headliner after just two albums.”
Meanwhile, Hubbard and Kelley’s latest single “H.O.L.Y” has now been at No. 1 for 12 weeks on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and also reached the top spot at country radio, marking their 11th No. 1 hit as artists and songwriters. The song is the first taste of the boundary-pushing duo’s third studio album, DIG YOUR ROOTS, which is set for release August 26 on Big Machine Label Group and features collaborations with Tim McGraw, Backstreet Boys and Ziggy Marley.
Since breaking out in 2012 with the mega smash “Cruise,” FGL have solidified their place as one of the elite acts in country music, earning prestigious honors from the AMA, ACM Awards, CMA Awards, Billboard Music Awards and CMT. Their previous releases – 2X PLATINUM debut HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES and PLATINUM ANYTHING GOES – have attributed to sales nearing 26 million tracks, over 3.5 million albums worldwide and RIAA DIAMOND-certification for “Cruise,” solidifying the hit as the only country single to ever reach sales of over 10 million copies. Their massive debut also overtook the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.


Dylan Scott
“My Girl”
While Dylan Scott is signed to Curb Records he is considered an indie artist and Curb is considered a indie label. Like most artists Dylan is not an overnight success he has been around town for a while. Even in the tide of hopeful young singers rising daily in Music City, Dylan Scott stands out.


New Single: “My Girl”

  • Written by Dylan Scott and Josh Kerr
  • Single inspired by the true story of his 10 year relationship

Dylan just married his high school sweetheart over Memorial Day

  • Over 700k Video Views, 40k+ Likes in one week
  • “My Girl” – Biggest Country Debut on the SoundScan Country Singles Chart at #30
  • 4 weeks before going to radio airplay
  • Completed the Life Off My Years Tour with Lee Brice this year
  • Made his Grand Ole Opry Debut this year

Not just this song, mind you — we’re talking about a career. Dylan Scott’s respect for traditional country, embrace of multiple modern genres, unique voice and welcoming personality guarantee his success in country music for years to come.
Scott’s vocal on the brand new single “My Girl” spans a vast range of expressions, from the intensity of the choruses to the spoken-word interlude, and plays out a true story that Dylan remarks was “ten years in the making”.  The song, written about Dylan’s girlfriend at the time, and now wife, has already garnered the attraction of legions of female fans.  Millions of them, in fact.  The song has been cycling amongst fans for quite awhile which led to the clever revealing of Dylan’s new single, album and impending marriage through the video playlist, “Based on a True Story” on his Facebook page.  Dylan’s success in the digital space has created unusually large crowds at his live performances with fans singing practically every word to every one of his songs all across the US and Canada.
As one of the most successful developing artists stories of the year, Dylan Scott rides a wave of momentum leading into his debut, self-titled album due out August 12th.  Having been named one of Spotify’s Spotlight on 2016 Country Artists, fans have already consumed millions of plays on new music through his engagement across social media and streaming.   Following the success of his debut single, “Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy”, “Crazy Over Me” debuted at #14 on the Billboard Sales Chart and “My Girl” subsequently repeated as the highest charted country single its week of release at #30.
Everything that defines Dylan Scott lies in rural northeastern Louisiana, about 15 minutes from Bastrop, the nearest small town. “Growing up in the country is part of my music,” he says. “There were woods near our house. I grew up duck hunting and deer hunting. I went fishing and I played ball. That’s just what we did and who we were.”
What made Scott different was that his father was often out of town and on the road, playing guitar behind Freddy Fender, Freddie Hart, and other country stars. Young Dylan listened attentively to stories of Dad’s adventures on the road and in Nashville, which took shape in his imagination as a kind of Emerald City beyond the horizon.
“From as far back as I can remember, I wanted to go there,” Scott says. “Even in elementary school, that’s all I thought about. I never thought, ‘Gee, I’d like to be a police officer’ or whatever. There was always this understanding that someday, somehow, I would go to Nashville.”
He first saw Music City when he was about 15 years old. “My dad brought me up here with one of his buddies,” he recalls. “We looked at Music Row and the Ryman. My dad showed me an alleyway where he had to sleep in his truck one night. He introduced me to the guy who became my manager and still is. It was really fascinating and intimidating at the same time.”
Just before turning 19, Scott accepted a contract from Curb Records and began recording. From the start, his most important mentor was and continues to be Jim Ed Norman, the distinguished producer, record label executive and current Chief Creative Advisor for Curb. “You name it, Jim Ed has done it,” Scott insists. “When you’re making records, it’s about creativity and how you feel and how much fun you’re having. And along with his background, he brings a lot of fun to it because he loves making records, and I love making records with him.”



An artist who not only “knows his audience” (USA Today) but also lives, breathes and works right alongside them, Chase Rice is taking the rallying message of his new single “Everybody We Know Does” to heart and hitting the road this fall to play new music for fans right in their home towns. Rice, who has headlined four tours and opened for country superstars Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley, decided to route his upcoming Everybody We Know Does Tour directly to those who have grown with him and supported him since he was playing dive bars and fields, selecting a number of unconventional tour markets that are home to some of his most rabid fans so he can bring the music to them. The Everybody We Know Does Tour will launch in September, with the first round of dates announced today and more to follow in the coming weeks.

Written by Jeremy Bussey and Travis Denning and set to impact country radio on Monday, July 18, Rice’s new single has already piqued the ears of fans and critics alike, with Taste of Country calling it “a country-rock anthem that grabs you with guitars and keeps you with a unifying message” that has “the potential to be a career song for Chase Rice.”

Fans rallied around “Everybody We Know Does” en force on social media after the song’s June 24 release, with @dabest_11 sharing, “@ChaseRiceMusic This is the most excited I’ve been in a while for a single & forth coming [sic] album. Sounds like the original Chase Rice. #EWKD” and @jennyyernstt declaring, “#EverybodyWeKnowDoes is the new small town country anthem @ChaseRiceMusic #ewkd #onrepeat.”

“When I first heard ‘Everybody We Know Does,’ I was immediately reminded of all the songs I listened to growing up, the songs my dad and I would listen to out on our farm and it just put me right back at home in those moments,” said Rice. “It’s a message that I needed to hear, and from the feedback we’ve been getting already, I think fans feel the same way. So that’s what this tour is about – finding those fans, whether they’ve been with me for a while or might be seeing my show for the first time, and experiencing music together in some of those places that mean the most to us.”

Hit Songwriter Penned 15 #1 Country Song



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Big Loud Shirt Industries/Round Hill extends publishing deal with hit songwriter Chris Tompkins as announced today (7/7). The undeniable tunesmith has ruled the Country radio charts with penning #1 hits for Florida Georgia Line (“Anything Goes”), Jason Aldean (“Burnin’ It Down”), Dierks Bentley (“Drunk On A Plane”) and more. In celebration of the continued partnership, BLS’s Craig Wiseman pulled out all the stops to gather music business executives and world leaders for an unforgettable toast to Tompkins.
“This fall will be 10 years of Big Loud Shirt with Chris; 15 #1s, two GRAMMYs, and a thousand beats thumping through the wall,” said Wiseman. “It has been a fun, crazy, magical, maddening, meaningful, miraculous mayhem from the first day. And, I thank God for everyday since and everyday yet to come.”
With over fifteen #1’s to date, Tompkins’ chart-toppers also include Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy,” FGL’s “Dirt,” The Band Perry’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely,” Chris Young’s “Voices,” Luke Bryan’s “Drunk On You,” Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away,” Frankie Ballard’s “Helluva Life,” and Blake Shelton’s “Sure Be Cool If You Did.” Racking up the industry recognition, “Blown Away” was awarded the 2013 GRAMMY for  Country Song Of The Year nod, and “Drunk On A Plane” was proclaimed one of the “Songs I Wish I’d Written” at the 2014 NSAI Awards.
Tompkins said of the continued partnership, “I’m looking forward to many more dice rolling, beer drinking, story-telling, cliff jumping, offensive, first class moon shining and corn dog converting good times … roll tide!”
With his impressive discography, Tompkins has experienced no lack of success since his arrival in Nashville. After moving from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, he received his first publishing deal at the age of 22 with Little House Music and started working with Big Loud Shirt in 2006. His first Top 20 single came soon after his first deal with Rachel Proctor’s release of “Me And Emily”, and in 2006, his song “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood dominated the country charts. Not only did it land at #1 on every country chart and hold the top spot for five consecutive weeks, but it also earned the ASCAP Song of the Year (2007), GRAMMY Country Song of the Year (2008), and was the first country song to sell over two million digital downloads.
Big Loud Shirt Industries is led by GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter Craig Wiseman and is home to hit songwriters Sarah Buxton, Rodney Clawson, Matt Dragstrem, Chris Tompkins and the Warren Brothers. The publishing house touts 40 No. 1 songs since 2003.



When acclaimed singer/songwriter, CMA Award winner and four-time GRAMMY nominee Brandy Clark went into the studio with Jay Joyce last year to record what would become her June 10-released Big Day In A Small Town, she can now admit she did so with a self-imposed pressure.

“There was definitely pressure – even just in the idea of recording a follow-up to 12 Stories-but that was honestly a good thing as we channeled it into more of a driving force; for me, it helped me focus, and really take what we had nurtured on the road, and funnel those miles and experiences into these recordings,” reveals Clark now after having her new music out from underneath cloak and dagger for nearly one month’s time.

Before Big Day even hit shelves, Garden & Gun’s Matt Hendrickson had already dubbed her “the best songwriter in Nashville,” but Clark had personal ambitions to obtain acclaim as a singer and an artist in her own right for her sophomore album. With Big Day landing on numerous critic lists including Rolling Stone’s 25 Best Country & Americana Albums of 2016 So Far who lauded, “it’s music tooled alternately for stadiums and songwriting circles, commercial and public radio, line-dance bars and coffee shops…Clark is good at bending country boilerplate,” she now feels one step closer toward that acceptance.

“Anyone that knows me knows I’m a sucker for a good story,” Clark says, grinning. “It’s the challenge of depicting an entire scene in a 3-minute song that I really love. However, the one thing I’ve recently realized is that performing those songs for an audience has become a favorite part. The anticipation and wonder, questioning each night if they’re going to respond to the lyrics… wondering what their reaction will be … it’s just magical.” NPR’s Jacob Gantzremarked at Clark’s ability to transcend the strictly-songwriter stigma noting, “Clark’s gift as a performer is making any room – even a newsroom on a cold, rainy spring afternoon – feel as warmly human.”

It’s a balance Clark has worked hard to achieve, and with a rich vault of material on her new album, critics are noticing more than just her writing this time around.

“Brandy Clark digs deeper in the dirt with this rave-up, which takes its titular metaphor and a persistent guitar line and twists them into a sharp parry against societal expectations,” writes Maura Johnston of TIME Magazine, where Clark’s feisty single “Girl Next Door” landed on the Best Songs of 2016 So Far list.

“…as usual, Clark’s words are worth a thousand pictures,” claims Otis Hart of NPR, where she landed acknowledgement on their Songs We Love list for the poignant track she penned about her father’s death, “Since You’ve Gone To Heaven,” which has quickly become a favorite of fans and critics alike.

“If 12 Stories established Clark as a storyteller, Big Day in a Small Town makes for poetic (and at times brutally honest) evidence of the empathy that comes with that territory,” acclaims Dacey Orr of Noisey/VICE.

Big Day also appears on Rolling Stone magazine’s 45 Best Albums of 2016 So Far and garnered the “Critic’s Pick” from Taste of Country. Chris Herrington of Memphis’ The Commercial Appeal boasts Clarks’ is “the best album by any woman across the country continuum over the past decade.”



When Kenny Chesney makes an album, he wants to expand the themes he’s already explored. “American Kids” took the joy of youth he celebrated with “Young” – and went even deeper into the realm of what it means to be free-spirited, alive and in the moment. “Wild Child” captured the same awe at what women truly are that made “Anything But Mine” such an enduring No. 1. Even the hard rocking “The Big Revival” embraced a fuller-tilt take on the reggae-tinged “Everybody Wants to Go Heaven” and its hardcore love and live your life ethos.
With its propulsive look at information addiction, 24/7 news cycles and sonic overload “Noise” became Chesney’s most added first week single ever – and as the Chesney/Shane McAnally/Ross Copperman /Jon Nite song approaches the Top 5, Chesney thought about what he wanted Some Town Somewhere to mean. Not just an album about the state of the world, he wanted to get to the state of the heart – and a song that captured the euphoria of those moments when love turns into something more: “Setting The World On Fire.”
“To have a song that is so ‘right in the moment’,” the songwriter/superstar from East Tennessee says, “is a rare thing. ‘Somewhere With You’ had it, too. But that’s a song of wanting, and this, this is a song of being. But the more I listened, the more I knew I needed a woman’s voice, to be in the song with me.”
While spending time in California, Chesney had run into and become friendly with P!NK. The Grammy Award winning singer and powerful vocalist, seemed both an unlikely choice and the perfect candidate. As Chesney explains, “P!NK’s voice holds so many feelings all at the same time: joy, desire, a bit of toughness, a little hurt. She’s an incredible singer – and has this great tone that shines but has a little wear to it, but doesn’t sound beat up. So I called her.”
The resulting duet took the song of lipstick on mirrors, bands on t-shirts and the electric sensation of being completely and wildly enamored to a whole other place. While commitments and album release schedules are for business, for Chesney, the larger issue is always doing right by the songs.
“The thing about P!NK, beyond what a great singer she is, is what a generous spirit she has. To me, great singers are the ones who can get inside a song and capture the spark. When you hear P!NK on this song, you believe her – and to me, that’s everything the song required to come to life.”
Having spent the winter writing, listening to songs and recharging his batteries, the only country act on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years had plenty of time to consider what he wants. Given his groundbreaking series of No. 1 duets with Uncle Kracker, Grace Potter, Dave Matthews, Mac McAnally and the Wailers, Chesney realized this duet was something worth waiting for – moving the album, Some Town Somewhere, to October 28.
“Sure, it would be easier to just leave everything on schedule,” allows the man who headlined Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field Saturday. “But when you have something you know is great, and it captures the best part of being alive, why wouldn’t you slow down enough to make it happen in the moment? That’s what ‘Setting The World On Fire’ is all about – and I figure it may be a while before I make another record, and I don’t want to wait to share this because it’s so good.”





Not sure what the format will be but it looks like it will be Garth 24/7. Yes Kenny Chesney has his No Shoes Radio but he plays everything from his favorite artists plus his own music. We will see how this plays out.
We already knew that Garth Brooks had friends in low places, but now he has them in high – like orbiting the Earth high – places, too! The music icon is launching his own exclusive SiriusXM channel on September 8, marking the first time Brooks’ music is being presented 24/7 in one place, on radio or online.


The Garth Channel will be curated and presented by Brooks himself and will feature songs spanning his four-decade-long career – including hits like Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til The Sun Comes Up), Rodeo, The Dance, Thunder Rolls, Shameless, The River, Unanswered Prayers, and What She’s Doing Now – along with songs from the artists who influenced him.


SiriusXM’s The Garth Channel will also include regularly hosted shows and behind-the-scenes commentary from Brooks, guest DJ specials hosted by Brooks’ fans and friends, live concert recordings and other rarities from Brooks’ treasured archives.


“It’s rare to be handed an opportunity that can grow as big as you can dream. That is exactly what SiriusXM has just done,” said Garth Brooks. “I speak for myself and the entire team when I say we are very grateful for this opportunity and very excited about its potential.”
Garth Brooks is certified by the RIAA as the No. 1-selling solo artist in U.S. history with over 136 million albums. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. Garth has been inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and most recently, the Musicians Hall of Fame.


Garth is currently on the three year Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. The tour began with 11 sold out shows at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. The tour is smashing records previously held by such act as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and even Garth Brooks.  In just over a year and a half, the tour is approaching 5 million tickets sold, making it the biggest tour in the world.


The Garth Channel will debut on September 8 on satellite and will also be available online and through the SiriusXM app.







National recording artist, Ty Herndon, is among a star-studded list of artists featured on a new tribute track, titled “Hands.” The single, released through Interscope in conjunction with GLAAD, is a musical tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando, which took place on June 12 and resulted in 49 lives lost and 53 injured.

The musical tribute is an iTunes-exclusive download-only track, available HERE, and proceeds benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD.

In addition to Herndon, other artists lending their vocals on the track are Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor.

Florida Georgia Line Announces ‘Dig Your Roots’ Album, Reveals Album Artwork



REPUBLIC NASHVILLE duo FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE (FGL) revealed both the album artwork and release date for their third studio album, “Dig Your Roots,” which drops on FRIDAY, AUGUST 26th. The album’s throwback cover was unveiled to fans through FGL’s #DigYourRoots social initiatives featuring childhood snapchats of the duo’s BRIAN KELLEY and TYLER HUBBARD.


“Our album cover says it all,” said KELLEY. “TYLER and I are continuing to grow musically and personally. We really wanted this album to reflect who we are and our lives in this moment, but also where we came from.” The duo is currently headlining their “DIG YOUR ROOTS TOUR” with COLE SWINDELLTHE CADILLAC THREE, and KANE BROWN through the end of 2016.



Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, Keith Whitley


Ricky Skaggs sent us this picture late on Friday along with his feelings about Ralph Stanley passing away. A very young picture of Ricky and I wouldn’t have known that was Keith Whitley.
“The end of an era, the passing of a King, a kind and humble King from the mountains.  He carried the ancient sounds from God knows where.  Ralph found it in the music of the mountains, in the hollows, in the people and in the churches.  He was my hero and I was blessed to know him, love him and make music with him as a young teenager.  The Scriptures tell us ‘God uses the simple things to confound the wise.’  He certainly used Ralph Stanley to bring the music of the mountains to the masses.” 
-Ricky Skaggs
Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as Bluegrass, died Thursday following a battle with skin cancer.  He was 89.