Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The Cains release new music video for single Journey's End

The Cains Release New Music Video For Single, “Journey's End”

We loved seeing and speaking with Taylor, Madison and Logan Cain at the 2015 Country To Country Festival (C2C) in March
They are not only singers and songwriters, but also multifaceted entertainers and musicians who play guitar, piano, bass, harmonica and more.
Their single “Journey’s End” (DayStreet Records / GMV Nashville; Amazon UK) which was released to radio and digitally on 28th April 2015 is one of our favourite tracks of 2015.
We’re now delighted to bring you this update.

(Nashville, Tenn. – July 28, 2015) 
Sibling harmony band, The Cains, have released a new music video for their single, “Journey's End.” Produced and directed by Fresh Films' Glenn Sweitzer, the music video is now available for viewing on The Cains' Youtube channel.

Of the new video, The Cains’ Taylor Cain commented, "What we want to achieve in the music video for "Journey's End" is a sense of nostalgia for the viewer. No relationship is ever too far gone. No memory is ever too far out of reach. There is always hope. Just when you think you've reached your journey's end, you've only just begun!"
Written by Taylor Cain, Madison Cain and Becki Devries, “Journey's End” is a sentimental ballad about love, family and hope. The track is currently playing On The Horizon on Sirius XM's The Highway.
On July 21, the group dropped their new, self-titled EP, The Cains, which features songs co-written by the group’s own Logan, Madison and Taylor Cain, with additional writer credits, including Jaida Dreyer, Stephony Smith, Billy Lawson, Ed Hill, Becki Devries and Dave Thompson. The EP was produced and mixed by Daniel Agee, and was recorded at Nashville'sStudio of Solitude.

The Cains - EP (DayStreet Records / GMV Nashville)
5 Tracks/ Time: 18:08
Available: Amazon UK (MP3) - UK iTunes - Amazon.com
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Tracklisting/ Credits
“Journey’s End” (Taylor Cain / Madison Cain / Becki Devries)
“Knock Knock” (Jaida Dreyer / Stephony Smith / Dave Thompson)
“Smoke On The Hill” (Billy Lawson / Ed Hill / Taylor Cain / Madison Cain)
“Down To The Water” (Taylor Cain / Madison Cain)
“Miss Red, White, And Blue” (Taylor Cain / Madison Cain / Logan Cain / Becki Devries)

The group recently partnered with Bravo TV to write and perform exclusive re-cap tracks for the network’s hit reality television show, “Southern Charm.” The group wrote and recorded original tunes, all titled “Southern Charm,” that musically recount episodes within the series.  The “Southern Charm” music videos can be viewed on Bravo TV's website, www.BravoTV.com, here.

In March of 2015, hot off the heels of a successful radio debut and packed performances at Country Radio Seminar 2015, The Cains broke onto the U.K. Country music scene with their first international appearance at London's Country to Country (C2C) festival, Europe's largest and most well-attended Country music event of the year. Upon their return to the U.S., the group inked an exclusive booking agreement with Nashville’s The Kinkead Entertainment Agency. 

Most recently, The Cains have announced their addition to Sasha McVeigh’s I Stand Alone U.K. Tour. 
The group will open for the lovely Sasha on select dates in various clubs all over the U.K.

The Cains – I Stand Alone U.K. Tour Dates:

Fri 11th September 2015 - Culpeppers, Basildon (Gardiners Ln S Basildon SS14)
Sun 13th Sept 2015 - Oran Mor, Glasgow (Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX)
Tues 15th Sept 2015 - The Musician, Leicester (Clyde Street, Leicester LE1 2DE)
Thurs 17th Sept 2015 - The Bullingdon, Oxford (162 Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 1UE)
Fri 18th Sept 2015 - The Ruby Lounge, Manchester (28-34 High St, M4 1QB)
Tues 22nd Sept 2015 - Water Rats, London (328 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8BZ)

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The Shires land BBC Radio 2 Playlist All Over Again

UK Country Duo The Shires land BBC Radio 2 A Playlist for new single ‘All Over Again’

The Shires announce summer of UK country with live performances including:
  • BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, supporting Tom Jones and Camp Bestival
  • The Shires To Join Joan Armatrading And Ray Davies For Glastonbury Festival’s Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza
  • UK National Tour in October with dates including Shepherd’s Bush Empire

The soundtrack to your summer will be UK country music this year, as The Shires today announced their new single ‘All Over Again’ has been added to the prestigious BBC Radio 2 A Playlist, repeating the success of their debut single ‘Nashville Grey Skies’, which was added to the Radio 2 A list earlier this year. 
The Shires will release ‘All Over Again’ on 21 August.

The UK country hitmakers also announced details of their summer live shows, which will include BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, Somersault Festival in Devon, Camp Bestival and a prestigious support slot for Tom Jones on Monday 27 July at Greenwich Music Time. For more information about Greenwich Music Time visit: http://www.greenwichmusictime.co.uk/book-tickets/tom-jones-plus-the-shires 

The Shires will also share the stage with music legends Joan Armatrading and Ray Davis for the 19th annual Extravaganza, held in Glastonbury Abbey on 8 August 2015. The event is held each year after Glastonbury Festival to thank locals for their support of the festival, with previous prestigious artists performing at the event including: Robert Plant, George Ezra, Status Quo, Madness, Van Morrison, Jools Holland and Bryan Ferry.

The Shires - Grand Ole Opry DEBUT!
The Shires, who made their Glastonbury debut this year stated: “We are really enjoying the summer so far. 

Playing Glastonbury was a dream come true, but there is so much more to come. 

Getting the A list and playing BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park again is so fantastic, Radio 2 have been so supportive of us and we can’t thank them enough. 

Also warming up the stage for Sir Tom is a pinch me moment for sure. We are also honoured to be invited by Michael Eavis to share the stage with Ray and Joan at the Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza. They are songwriting legends and an inspiration to us and all emerging songwriters out there. We can’t wait!”

Michael Eavis recently stated that: “The Shires… are making a name for themselves within months of being formed...” and Janet Bell, Abbey director, also recently added: “To have these world-class performers showcasing their talent in the abbey grounds is going to make a for a wonderful event...”
The Shires at Sheffield World Snooker with BBC Radio 2s Ken Bruce

The Shires who only formed in 2013, have quickly spearheaded the British country music revolution in the UK and the US, which has seen them score a top 10 album, secure inclusion on Radio 2 playlists, achieve critical acclaim from the UK’s music critics and taste makers and play Nashville and country music’s most important stage The Grand Ole Opry as well as stealing the show at the UK’s leading country music festival C2C Festival at the 02. 

Following their summer shows, The Shires tour the UK in October, with performances across the UK and the tour beginning at Bedford Corn Exchange on 1 October and culminating in a headline show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 24 October. For more information please visit: http://www.theshiresmusic.com

‘All Over Again’ is released 21 August 2015. For more information please visit: http://www.theshiresmusic.com


Official UK Top 100 Album Chart (Week Ending July 30, 2015)

The Shires with BRAVE (DECCA NASHVILLE) rose 9 places 99-90 (700 estimated sales; 21 week estimated total 48,800) in their 19th top 100 chart frame.
The Shires "Brave" Official UK Top 100 Album Chart run (beginning week March 14, 2015):


The Shires - Brave - Deluxe Album (Decca)

14 Tracks Time: 47:30
CD (Standard Version) MP3 - UK iTunes - Test Drive on SPOTIFY  

The Shires 9,516 sales BRAVE debut bettered most the US country “superstars“ by quite some margin who charted during 2014.
Some of the highest Official UK Albums Top 100 debuts last year came from Sheryl Crowe’s FEELS LIKE HOME (No.16 debut; 5,498 sales; chart week Feb 8, 2014), Lady Antebellum’s 747 (No.12 debut; 5,998 sales; chart week Oct 18, 2014) and Garth Brooks MAN AGAINST MACHINE (No.23 debut; 7,608 sales; Nov 22, 2014). Swedish Folk duo First Aid Kit's STAY GOLD fell just short of the Top 10 at No.11 but sold more (11,281 sales; chart week June 21, 2014). Albums to chart higher than “Brave” were legend Johnny Cash with OUT AMONG THE STARS debut at No.4 (19,347 sales; chart week April 12, 2014) and Dolly Parton’s compilation set BLUE SMOKE / THE BEST OF debut at No.6 (20,860 sales; chart week June 21, 2014).

The Shires – Live Dates:

Summer Dates:

Monday 27th July, 2015 - supporting Tom Jones, Greenwich Music Time
Wednesday 29th July – supporting Tom Jones, Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Friday 31st July – Bitts Park, Carlisle
Saturday 1st August - Camp Bestival, Dorset
Sunday 2nd August - Carfest North, Cheshire
Saturday 8th August - Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury
Friday 14th August - Farm Festival, Crewe
Sunday 30th August - Carfest South, Hampshire
Friday 4th September - Cottingham Folk Festival, Cottingham
Saturday 12th September - Boomerang Hickstead, Hickstead
Sunday 13th September – BBC Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park 
October National Tour:

Thursday 1st October - Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford
Friday 2nd October - The Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen
Sunday 4th October - Glee Club, Cardiff
Monday 5th October - Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
Tuesday 6th October - Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth
Thursday 8th October - Leas Cliff Hall Theatre, Folkestone
Saturday 10th October – Ironworks, Inverness
Sunday 11th October - Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
Monday 12th October - Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Wednesday 14th October – Empire, Middlesbrough
Thursday 15th October - The Leadmill, Sheffield
Friday 16th October – Roadmender, Northampton
Sunday 18th October – The Institute, Birmingham
Monday 19th October - O2 Academy Liverpool, Liverpool
Tuesday 20th October - Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
Thursday 22nd October - Bath Pavilion, Bath
Saturday 24th October - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Kacey Musgraves - New Album PAGEANT MATERIAL & UK Tour Dates

Kacey Musgraves new album PAGEANT MATERIAL is NOW OUT (released 23rd June 2015).
Scroll down to take a listen to the FULL Album and read the reviews.

  • UK TOUR DATES: She has announced a fresh UK tour this November and is the cover feature for the UK's Country Music People’s July issue magazine.

The "Follow Your Arrow" Texan native is a frequent UK visitor who has appeared several times in the last three years including BBC Radio 2’s >> Live in Hyde Park event in the Summer 2014.

She is now set to return for shows at The Sage in Gateshead, Birmingham Institute, Dublin Academy, the O2 ABC Glasgow, Manchester's Albert Hall and London's Royal Albert Hall between November 9 and 18.
Tickets go on GENERAL Sale: Friday 26th June 2015 at 9am priced at £22.50 (£27.50 in London), plus fees.
UK Tour Dates
Monday 9th November, 2015 - The Sage, Gateshead (Venue Sage One; £24 (includes £1.50 booking fee) Event Detail
Tues 10th November 2015 - The Institute, Birmingham (78 Digbeth High Street, B5 6DY)
Thurs 12th November 2015 - The Academy, Dublin, IE (57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, 1)
Sunday 15th November 2015 - O2 ABC, Glasgow (9300 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JA)
Weds 18th November 2015 - Royal Albert Hall, London (Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP)

(June 16) Kacey wanted to have a fabulous album release party for her sophomore project, Pageant Material, so she enlisted the drag queens of Nashville gay bar, Play, to perform the album for her friends and industry insiders.
The party took place Monday night (June 15th) in front of a capacity crowd, but Kacey and her publicist friend, Elice Cuff, dreamed up the party during Elice's recent birthday bash at Play.

Before the album release show got started, Kacey recalled, "We were here for [Elice's] birthday, slightly inebriated, and she leaned over and was like, 'You have to do something here for your album.' And I was like, 'That is a brilliant idea.' So, it's all Elice's idea, and it was a really good one." The drag queens performed most of the tracks from Kacey's album, including the lead single, "Biscuits." In between the performances, Kacey took the stage to introduce each song while decked out in a black,
sequined jacket and satiny, black hot pants. As for the venue of her party, Kacey has been a regular at Play ever since she moved to Nashville several years ago. She went to a few gay bars while living in Austin, Texas, but none of them compared with the drag shows she saw in Music City.
WATCH Kacey >> Introduces Pageant Material Drag Show Album Launch
Watch Fun "Pageant Queen" Instagram Video

She's hosting another party at Nashville's Acme Feed & Seed to launch Texas-based vodka brand, Zodiac.
“When I first tried the vodka, I loved it and knew I wanted to be a part of it,” Kacey told the crowd. “It’s really cool that it is gluten free, I love that it is a healthier alternative and it tastes great. Make sure you visit your local retailer to buy a bottle, and if they don’t have it, tell them to get it.”
NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 16:  Kacey Musgraves attends the Official Party for
 Zodiac Vodka’s Debut in Tennessee. (Photos by Jason Davis/Getty Images for Zodiac Vodka)

Kacey, who serves as the product’s brand ambassador, wasn’t just there to look pretty, which she did. A contest showcasing inventive vodka cocktails from six of the hottest bartenders in Nashville was part of the evening’s fun, and Kacey, her bandmates and the guests served as judges while they nibbled on mini beef and hot chicken biscuits . . . of course. …Read More at countryweekly.com
Related Post: Interview HOW (THE OTHERWISE GLUTEN-FREE) Country Music Star Kacey Musgraves Gets Her Biscuit Fix
Press Release PDF File (Oct 2014) Zodiac Vodka Launches in Texas and Announces Brand Partnership with Grammy-Winning Artist Kacey Musgraves

Watch Kacey Musgraves - Roses, Pantyhose & Pedal Steel (album introduction)

Watch  "Biscuits" Official video Published on Jun 10, 2015 (1 million+ views)
Peak Postions:  US Country Airplay (Billboard) #41, US Hot Country Songs (Billboard) #28

14 Tracks/ Time: 46:02
BUY:  CD - MP3 - UK iTunes - Amazon.com

1. High Time (Luke Laird / Shane McAnally / Kacey Musgraves) >> Live in Manchester
2. Dime Store Cowgirl  (Luke Laird / Shane McAnally / Kacey Musgraves) >> Audio
3. “Late to the Party” (Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Josh Osborne)
4. “Pageant Material” (Musgraves, Laird, McAnally)
5. “This Town” (Musgraves, Laird, Clark)
6. “Biscuits” (Musgraves, McAnally, Clark)
7. “Somebody to Love” (Musgraves, McAnally, Osborne)
8. “Miserable” (Musgraves, Osborne, Clark)
9. “Die Fun” (Musgraves, Laird, McAnally)
10. “Family is Family” (Musgraves, McAnally, Osborne)
11. “Good Ol’ Boys Club” (Musgraves, Laird, Natalie Hemby)
12. “Cup of Tea” (Musgraves, McAnally, Osborne) >> Live at The Ritz Manchester
13. “Fine” (Musgraves, Ashley Arrison, Shane McAnally)
14. Are You Sure (Hidden Track) ft. Willie Nelson)" (Willie Nelson, Buddy Emmons)

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Our Top Tracks:
**** “Dime Store Cowgirl”, *** High Time, ** "Biscuits", ** "Somebody to Love", **" "Die Fun"

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What The Critics are saying about Pageant Material:

Musgraves is not just an original but very catchy. Pageant Material is a master class in how to produce a commercial album. This is an extremely strong outing that will likely out-do all the achievements of its predecessor. I guarantee you'll be singing it’s a hi-i-i-i-gh time before very long! (4.5 STARS) Duncan Warwick Country Music People

This is an even better album than her last, with more consistency and variety (Billboard; 4.5 STARS)

This album is comprised of many strands; thoughts, emotions, ideas that are enacted both sonically and lyrically, and delivered with an expression and personality that is purely Kacey....it’s one of the most brilliant records I have ever heard...What’s a sophomore slump? - For The Country Record 

Despite this conspicuous lack of hits, Pageant Material doesn't make concessions to commercial radio. It is of a piece with Same Trailer Different Park, partially because a chunk of it was written around the same time... Pageant Material favors softness, sometimes nearly swooning in its slowness.... on "Family Is Family," where it seems like she can't wait to be rid of those leeches -- but it's hardly enough to prevent the album from being a rich, enchanting collection of stories, confessions, and the occasional joke - AllMusic Review (Rating: 4 STARS)

While the album shares her debut's blend of old-fashioned country stylings and lyrics that adjust for a millennial's perspective, it's also a lot less assertive; it's a laidback, if melodically impeccable, set that makes subtle strides in developing Musgraves's sound....All this leaves Musgraves a bit short of the revolutionary edict the press have foisted on her. Her music is as rooted in organic country and western traditions as ever, flush with cosmopolitan strings, instrumental banjo breaks, and generous portions of pedal steel, but the songwriting comes less organically, too often stretching itself thin over a genre that's historically benefited from a measure of simplicity - Slant Magazine (Rating 3 STARS)

Musgraves' greatest strength, though, is in her storytelling. The way she captures bucolic life in "This Town" is remarkably evenhanded (NewsDay; Grade A)
Her understated sophomore masterpiece.... But Musgraves produces her finest songs when she squints into the sun and wonders about the future..... On her excellent second album, she brings us the whole block - SPIN (Rating: 9 of 10)

Her country pop remains warm and easy-going, her vocals relaxed and her most likable quality, a perky, faintly provocative wit, is very much intact. There’s a cheerful rejection here of the male country establishment, a breezy tribute to family that blends exasperation and affection, and even her forays into the classic second album themes of fame and dislocation are delivered with a self-deprecating charm. Though hooky and melodic, none of these songs quite has the earworm adhesiveness of the best country pop but Musgraves makes for enjoyable company nonetheless. (The Guardian; 3 STARS)

Pageant Material is an album of small, personal pleasures: the late-'60s countrypolitan touches of This Town, the confident individualism of Good Ol' Boys Club, the in-our-own-world romance of Late to the Party. Campy and sweet and touching, with the occasional winking allusion to drug use, these songs come from a woman determined to feel comfortable in her own skin...She may not be everybody's cup of tea, but Musgraves is certainly worth loving on her own terms (USA Today 3 out of 4 STARS)

Pageant Material adheres to the same winning formula of Same Trailer — almost too closely. Taken individually, the album’s 13 tracks serve as a master class on how to write a charmingly unique country song using smart metaphors that a fifth grader can grasp and that can make an octogenarian ache with recognition. But for now, saying the same thing over and over, even in fancy phrasing, is just another broken record. (Consequence Of Sound; Rating C)

Country Music People Cover Feature
Kacey is the cover feature for the July 2015 issue of Country Music People found in W.H.Smith stores from the first Thursday in July or via their subscription service or at www.uniquemagazines.co.uk
Country Music People editor Duncan Warwick writes: Here is the new front cover. The July issue includes possibly the longest reviews section ever... and still there wasn't room for them all! "Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy!" Enjoy.

In 2014 Mr. Warwick received The Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award which recognizes outstanding achievements in the media, which contribute to the development of Country Music outside the United States. Radio, TV, print journalists, authors, editors, television writers, producers, and PR companies who reside outside the United States are eligible to win this award. Past UK recipients include: Wally Whyton, BBC Radio 2 (1992), Tony Byworth, Byworth Wootton (1993), Mark Hagen, VH-1 (1996), Terry Wogan and Paul Walters (2005), Alan Cackett editor of Maverick Magazine (2008), Al Booth, BBC Radio 2 (2010) and Bob Harris OBE, BBC Radio 2 (2013).
The way that country music is perceived in the U.K. has always been of concern to me and over the years I have done anything I could to further the cause,” said Warwick...Read more in the Full CMA Press Release

About Kacey Musgraves
Birth name: Kacey Lee Musgraves
Born: August 21, 1988 in Alba, Texas, United States
Origin: Golden, Texas
Genres:  Country, Alt country, Americana
  • Texas-native and Nashville-based singer/songwriter, Kacey Musgraves released her Mercury Records Nashville debut album, SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK, in the spring of 2013 to massive critical acclaim and recognition.  The album which she co-produced with Shane McAnally and Luke Laird released to retail on March 19, 2013 landing the No.1 position on the Billboard Country Chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart with 43,496 units sold and has since scanned GOLD selling over 500,000 copies. On the Official UK Albums Top 100 (Week April 27, 2013) made a debut at No.39 with sales of 2,634 sales for her first UK chart album. As of May 2015 it has spent 97 chart weeks on the UK Official Country album Chart
  • “Same Trailer Different Park” includes her top 10, platinum-selling single "Merry Go 'Round," (peak # 14 Hot Country Songs chart; #10 on Billboard Country Airplay). 2015 “Blowin’ Smoke,” (peak # 23 Billboard Country Airplay chart) gold-certified “Follow Your Arrow,” (peak # 10 Hot Country Songs chart; #43 on Billboard Country Airplay) and “Keep It to Yourself.” (#32 Billboard Country Airplay)
  • She’s received CMT Music Award and Teen Choice Award nominations, and has taken home the award for "New Artist of the Year" at 2013's CMA Awards.
  • "Follow Your Arrow" (writers: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves) WON Song of the Year at the 2014 Country Music Association Awards
  • Musgraves won two Grammy Awards for Best Country Song (“Merry Go ‘Round”) and Best Country Album
  • (Same Trailer Different Park) and took home the ACM Award for Album of the Year (Same Trailer Different Park).
  • She has performed and appeared on the "Today Show," "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," "Late Show with David Letterman," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," “”BBC Breakfast” and Aled Jones’ ITV “Weekend”.
  • She opened for Katy Perry on her Prismatic World Tour.
  • On March 16, 2015 she released "Biscuits" as the lead single from her second major label studio album, Pageant Material which has peaked at #41 on Billboard Country Airplay.
  • PAGEANT MATERIAL (Mercury Nashville) her fifth studio album and second major label album was released June 23, 2015. Musgraves co-wrote all thirteen tracks and co-produced the album with Luke Laird and Shane McAnally.

For more information about Kacey’s upcoming performances visit: www.kaceymusgraves.com

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Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue Tour Dates:
8/27 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Buckhead Theatre
9/11 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Wiltern
9/18 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant
9/23 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ryman Auditorium
10/1 – Detroit, Mich. @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/3 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Trocadero Theatre
10/9 – New Orleans, Louisiana @ The Howlin’ Wolf
10/11 – Tulsa, Okla. @ Cains Ballroom
10/15 – Charlottesville, Va. @ Paramount Theater
10/16 – Washington, D.C. @ Lincoln Theatre
10/23 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
10/24 – New York, NY @ Apollo Theater
11/9 –  Gateshead, UK @ Sage Gateshead
11/10 – Birmingham, UK @ The Institute
11/12 – Dublin, Ireland @ Dublin Academy
11/15 – Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow ABC
11/16 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
11/18 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall
11/20 – Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
11/22 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Melkweg