Sunday, 14 October 2018

Derek Ryan & Lisa McHugh release new single ‘Honey Honey’

Debut #1 UK Country iTunes Singles Chart

Honey Honey” out now:

Irish Country-Music super-star heavyweights, Derek Ryan and Lisa McHughcombine forces to unleash their fizzing new fuzzy love song; Honey Honey. The latest single released on October 12th (iTunes) to coincide with an exclusive live duet in Belfast at the SSE Arena for the annual mass gathering for Country fans - the ‘Farmer’s Bash.’

iTunes Success! 

Debut #1 UK Country iTunes Singles Chart (#106 UK iTunes all-genres, then #67)
Sat Oct 13: #1 UK Country iTunes Singles Chart (#119 all-genres)
Sun Oct 14: #2 UK Country iTunes Singles Chart (#287 all-genres)

Taken from the upcoming album TENthe song was written by the established poster-boy of Country-Music, Derek Ryan. Honey Honey displays the vintage country song-writing craftmanship and signature bouncing rhyming couplets commonly associated with Derek’s music, with the added sprinkled magic of Lisa’s delicately enchanting vocals.

Lisa and Derek both began their solo careers at a similar period in Ireland. Derek traded the smog of London to return home to the lush rolling hills of Ireland. Lisa meanwhile, relocated from her native Scotland in order to chase her country-music dream. Both musicians began their careers with humble surroundings, performing relentlessly in small venues to limited audiences across the live circuit. In the space of as little as six years, they now face a mouth-watering duet performance at the SSE Arena to over eight thousand country-music fanatics as part of the ‘Farmer’s Bash,’ the latest unmissable event on the Irish country music calendar.

Since his return to Ireland, Derek has amassed a legion of fans, gathering shelf- filling awards. God’s Plan, a song Derek had previously written in his London bedsit, became a huge hit in Ireland. A combination of supreme, God-given talent and a magnetism for creating and performing new music continues to propel Derek’s career to incredible new heights. Derek is constantly performing.

Accommodating his fans’ enormous appetite for fresh Irish country, Derek has previously released nine best-selling albums: A Mother’s Son (2010), Dreamers and Believers (2011), Country Soul (2013), as well as two Number One chart-topping albums – The Simple Things (2014) and One Good Night (2015). In 2016 Derek audaciously released two albums in a single day; Happy Man and This is Me. Most recent album, The Fire (2017), released last September, spent several weeks at Number One in the iTunes Country Chart.

Lisa boasts a similarly illustrious resumé. Her seductive and enticing live performances soon accumulated an army of fans and has seen her become the most touted and talked about heroine in country music.

Lisa has won a number of awards throughout her stellar career including the prestigious ‘Outstanding Achievement on the World Stage,’ ‘Female Entertainer’ and ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ for five consecutive years.

Lisa is a prolific recording artist, boasting an extensive discography containing 7 albums including best-seller, Wildfire which reached number 7. Her latest album, Who I Am went straight to the top of the iTunes chart featuring the co-written stand-out song Country Girl. #Country peaked at number 3. #LisaLive, accompanied her first live DVD, was recorded live at the packed-out Marketplace Theatre in Armagh.

Lisa is an all-round entertainer. Alongside her celebrated music career, she is also a highly accomplished TV presenter. The multi-talented artist has previously had her own smash hit TV series On The Road With Lisa and she also co-presented the Irish TV awards broadcast live Worldwide.

Both musicians continue to tour and will come together to create the ultimate power-duo exclusive performance of Honey Honey on its release on the 12th  October 12th at the ‘Farmer’s Bash’ in Belfast at the SSE Arena.

To pre-order the single via iTunes, follow the link below;

For full tour listings please visit Lisa’s website at:
Alternatively, visit Derek’s website at:

‘Blue Tacoma' gives Russell Dickerson 2nd U.S. #1 with RIAA Gold certification


The rising Nashville artist returns to the UK later this month

Weds, 10th Oct 2018 - This week, country star Russell Dickerson is celebrating his second consecutive US Country Radio #1 single and RIAA gold certification with his fan-favourite Summer anthem “Blue Tacoma ahead of his latest trip to the UK later in October.

Inspired by a sun-drenched road-trip with his wife along Southern California’s famed Pacific Coast Highway, the track is taken from his full-length Top Five debut album “Yours” (Sony Music UK / Triple Tigers), and has now made its way to the top of both the Billboard Country charts and the Mediabase Country Radio charts.

“Blue Tacoma has been such a crazy fun ride. It has been amazing to see it catch fire and go all the way to the top! And not only a No. 1 single but now an RIAA certified GOLD single as well. Now having two number ones in a single year is a dream come true for me! I’m so thankful for all my country radio family and my fans aka the RD Fam for such a huge year”, said the Nashville-based singer/ songwriter.

Photo credit: Matt Baker

2018 has undeniably proven to be a landmark year for the artist. In addition to the chart success with debut single “Yours”, Dickerson also made his late-night USA TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live in February. In addition, the Platinum-selling singer/songwriter nabbed his first-ever ACM nomination for “New Male Vocalist of the Year” and his first-ever CMT nomination for “Breakthrough Video of the Year”.

After spending the last three months on the road with Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker on their North American “Summer Plays On” Tour and now, having headlined the Nashville Meets London festival last year, and being highlighted as one of the standout artists at this year’s C2C festival, Russell Dickerson returns to the UK this month to support Rucker’s six-date national tour, and to play his own headline show at The Borderline, London (27th October) as part of Country Music Week. Full dates below:

Darius Rucker + special guest Russell Dickenson
UK Dates
Sunday 21 October 2018 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham (Broad Street, B1 2EA | Capacity: 2262) plus support £24.75 - £41.25 Ticketmaster UK |
Monday 22 October 2018 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (Website; Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY) plus support £36.55 (£32.50 Ticket + £4.05 Fees) £42.20 (£37.50 Ticket + £4.70 Fees) Ticketmaster UK
Tuesday 23 October 2018 –The Sage, Gateshead (St Marys Square, Gateshead Quays NE8 2JR | Capacity: 1640) plus support
Thursday 25 October 2018 – O2 Academy, Bristol (Frogmore Street, BS1 5NA) plus support £33.70 (£29.50 Ticket + £4.20 Fees) TicketmasterUK |
Friday 26 October 2018 – Albert Hall, Manchester (Peter Street, M2 5QR) plus support £32.45 (£29.50 Ticket + £2.95 Fees) Ticketmaster UK |
Sunday 28 October 2018 – Royal Albert Hall, London (Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP | Capacity: 5272) Part of Country Music Week 
On sale on Friday, 02 Mar 2018 at 9:00 AM
Ticketmaster UK | gigsandtours and @AXS_UK

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The Nashville-based breakout platinum recording artist and 2018 CMT and ACM nominee, Russell Dickerson, kicked off what has quickly become his landmark year with two consecutive weeks at #1, and as Billboard’s No.1_Emerging_Artist, a Spotify RISE artist and CMT’s 18 for 2018.
With a deep understanding of the importance of authentic connection, Dickerson (named People Magazine’s “One to Watch,”) spends as much time on the road and with the fans who made “Yours” (recently featured in the hit “X-Men” franchise film “Logan” and repeatedly called the “biggest love song of the year”) the most-listened-to country song for weeks. The “hypnotic” (CMT) crooner kicked off Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker’s “Summer Plays On” Tour this July. The singer/songwriter is the launch artist on Triple Tigers Records, a joint venture with Sony Music.

Morgan Evans celebrates new album with Ed Sheeran & presents BBC Radio 2



Breakout Warner Music Nashville/Warner Bros. Records Country artist MORGAN EVANS is toasting yet another career highlight today with the release of his brand new album THINGS THAT WE DRINK TO.

Last night he was joined in celebrations by his wife Kelsea Ballerini, who features on the album track 'Dance With Me', and Ed Sheeran. You can see a Facebook video of them together 

Release Date: 12 October 2018
Label: WMN-Warner Bros. Records)

11 Tracks
Time: 36:33

Debut #3 UK Country iTunes Album Chart (#74 UK iTunes all-genres) | Sun Oct 14: #4 UK Country iTunes Album Chart (#351 UK iTunes all-genres)

Debut #2 US Country iTunes Album Chart (#14 US iTunes all-genres)

Morgan also made his BBC Radio 2 DJ debut last night presenting highlights of Nashville’s CMA Music Festival 2018. Over the next four weeks, he will be talking to stars of the event including last night’s guests Dan + Shay, Jason Aldean, Carly Pearce, Darius Rucker and the star of the "Nashville" TV series Charles Esten, and playing snippets of their live sets giving the UK audience an insight into the huge four-day country music celebration. You can listen back to last night’s show 

Following this, the Aussie star will also be making his US morning-television debut on Thursday 18thOctober, when he will perform his irresistible #1 hit single ‘Kiss Somebody’ live on NBC’S TODAY.

Coming just days after the release of his full-length American debut, the magnetic entertainer will take the stage during the show and deliver his romantic chart-topper in signature style, connecting directly with fans nationwide using only two guitars and a loop pedal. 

Things That We Drink To has been championed by Maverick Magazine in the UK and Morgan features as one of PEOPLE magazine’s Ones To Watch 2018 in the latest issue. 

Evans has also been announced to join Old Dominion as a special guest on the band’s upcoming Make It Sweet Tour in the US, kicking off in January.

Things That We Drink To is a collection of 11 songs co-penned by Evans over the last two years, reflecting his exciting journey since moving to Nashville from Australia. Each instrument heard on the project was played by Evans and the album’s producer, Chris DeStefano..

Continuing to build momentum after his chart-topping arrival on the Country scene, Evans is poised for his second consecutive smash single with ‘Day Drunk’ – the party-ready, high-on-life anthem which has already racked up millions of on-demand streams and received critical acclaim from Rolling Stone as one of the “10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week”.

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Praised by Rolling Stone as “a savvy performer with strong songwriting chops,” Australian-born rising Country artist Morgan Evans is celebrating the release of his highly anticipated debut album, THINGS THAT WE DRINK TO (Warner Music Nashville), out now.

The project features his #1 debut US single ‘Kiss Somebody’. as well as chart-rising follow-up ‘Day Drunk’. Forging a path as one of the genre’s up-and-coming stars, he has been named to PEOPLE’s elite “Ones To Watch” 2018 list and spotlighted as an emerging artist by CMT, SiriusXM, Pandora, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Bobby Bones, The Tennessean and more.

A bona fide Country force in Australia, he has garnered countless awards and honors, most recently claiming Country Work of the Year for “Kiss Somebody” at the 2018 APRA Music Awards. After sharing the bill with global superstar Taylor Swift, Country hit-maker Cole Swindell and more A-list acts, Evans recently wrapped his 10 IN 10 TOUR, performing 10-straight shows in 10 days including SOLD-OUT headline dates in Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta, GA, and New York, NY. He is currently featured as a special guest on Chris Young’s LOSING SLEEP WORLD TOUR and will hit the road with Old Dominion on the MAKE IT SWEET TOUR beginning January 2019. 

Ashley McBryde wraps UK TOUR: “Later... with Jools Holland” & sold-out London headline show


Watch The Performance Of ‘Girl Goin’ Nowhere’ here:

London’s Islington Assembly Hall was the fourth sold-out Show of the Girl Going Nowhere Tour (Weds 10th October)
LONDON, U.K. —For a girl that was supposedly going nowhere, Ashley McBryde has been taking her music everywhere over the past year. Since the release of her major label debut Girl Going Nowhere in March, the artist that NPR called “one of the genre’s most important new voices” has been all over the USA on her first-ever headlining The Girl Going Nowhere Tour and recently made a return trip across the pond to play a few select dates with Luke Combs in the U.K, having been named one of Rolling Stone’s highlights of C2C Festival in London earlier in the year.

McBryde closed her first full tour of the UK Wednesday night (10th Oct) with a sold-out headline show at London’s Islington Assembly Hall, having 
performed on “Later…with Jools Holland” this week - the live show featuring “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” aired on Tuesday’s (9th Oct) “Later Live” show on BBC2, with another performance on the full Saturday night programme (13th Oct).

In addition to the appearance on “Later…”, McBryde’s busy media schedule brought her to the sofa of BBC Breakfast (1st Oct) and recording interviews with some of the most influential and respected voices in country music broadcasting, including Chris Country Radio, Ricky Ross, and ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, who described ‘Girl Goin’ Nowhere” as “a wonderful song,” giving listeners a preview of the full session which will air early next year, Following the successful run in the U.K., she will return to the U.S. for further tour dates.

Ashley McBryde on ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ - BBC2 (Photo credit: Andy Heathcote / @andyheathcote (IG/Twitter) /

Lauded by The New York Times as “an alluringly flexible singer, fluent in classic country, blues and Southern rock, with a voice that moves easily from tender to tough,” Ashley McBryde caught the attention of some of Nashville’s most raucous entertainers, landing her dates opening for Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, and, most recently, Miranda Lambert and Luke Combs. 
The Washington Post raves, "McBryde's blue-collar storytelling and straightforward singing set her apart," including a set during her debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage, notably sharing "Girl Goin' Nowhere," the seminal title track from her March 30, 2018 Jay Joyce-produced LP for Atlantic Records/Warner Nashville. Girl Going Nowhere was the biggest debut by a solo country artist this year and earned the Arkansas native critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Variety and more. McBryde is currently on her first-ever headlining tour, The Girl Going Nowhere Tour. 
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Thursday, 11 October 2018

Australian Singer/Songwriter Tamara Stewart starts her UK October Tour

Nashville based Australian Award-winning Singer/Songwriter Tamara Stewart has long been regarded one of Australia’s finest exports. With multiple Number Ones to her name in her own releases, Tamara is also the pen behind many of her peer’s musical successes, enjoying multiple chart-topping hits and album cuts on some of Australian Country Music’s most successful artists. Touring her homeland and headlining festivals for well over 10 years,
Tamara will be undertaking her third UK Tour this October to promote her latest single, the emotional Birds In Cages, from her forthcoming seventh album, THE TRUTH THE MUSIC AND ME.
One of my favourite Australian singers, the lead single is absolutely beautiful,  I could listen to Tamara Stewart all day long” – Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire BBC Page
Tamara Stewart LIVE DATES
Thursday, October 11th, 2018 - FAT LILS, Witney (64 Corn Street, Witney, OX28 6BS) with Elles Bailey - 7:30
Friday, October 12th, 2018 - Arlington Arts Centre, Arlington Arts, Newbury (Mary Hare, Snelsmore, RG14 3BQ) with Elles Bailey
Thursday, October 18th, 2018 - The Bassment, Chelmsford (16-18 Wells St, CM1 1HZ) with Elles Bailey
Friday, October 19th, 2018 - The Shed, Leicester (5 YEOMAN ST, City Centre) with Elles Bailey £7.84 Event
Wednesday October 24, 2018 - The Dancing Dog Bobbing, Nr. Sittingbourne (Sheppey Way, ME9 8QP, Kent)
Saturday, October 27th, 2018 - Little Rabbit Barn, Colchester (Swallows, Bromley Road, Ardleigh, C07 7SN) with Elles Bailey

The singer's first in a three-part series about heartbreak and healing The Truth, The Music & Me, Pt. 1: Ruin – EP dropped June 22, 2018 on iTunes.

A gifted singer, songwriter, performer and producer, Tamara is a regular on stages in Nashville such as the infamous Bluebird Café, as well as various Songwriting Festivals across the USA. Those who are fortunate enough to see Tamara’s show, are treated to this very real, uniquely talented woman who shares and connects in a way that only the truest artists can. 

A charismatic and seasoned performer, all she needs is a guitar and a microphone, armed with her own story, the audience is transported to a place of self-reflection and connection. The audience is left with little doubt as to why Tamara Stewart is now emerging as a major international country music star.
One of the most inventive songwriters of her generation, Tamara Stewart’s smart, thoughtful songwriting has been knocking the wind out of listeners since she first came on the scene some 20 years ago. She has long been regarded as one of Australia’s finest musical exports. With multiple number ones to her name in her own releases, Tamara is also the pen behind many of her peer’s musical successes, enjoying multiple chart-topping hits and album cuts on some of Australian Country Music’s most successful artists.
On stage she is a riveting, intense, spring-loaded presence able to impress equally with heartfelt story ballads and up-tempo funky workouts. Her distinctive, somewhat sultry voice is full of a natural, soulful edge that is immediately disarming. More often than not she draws from personal experience and her childhood for her tales of the joys and drama of everyday life. I urge you to try and catch Tamara Stewart on one of her UK dates and also to seek out her music, I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed. – Alan Cackett
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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Country Bites News snippets October 1, 2018 – October 7, 2018

UK News, Christmas updates, UK Chart News, Album & Single Releases, Canadian & US News, TV news, Award News, Press Releases, Gossip, Birthdays,

Country Routes British News
Bournemouth singer-songwriter Helena Mace (Website) brings you news of The Buckle & Boots Festival heading Down Under, The Adelaides inspiring trip to Nashville, The Wandering Hearts and Katy Hurt’s new single.

Country News – 10 October 2018 with Shannon McCombs


On the BBC Radio 2 Playlist for the week commencing Saturday 6 October 2018
B Playlist
Elle King - Shame upgraded to "B" Playlist
Carrie Underwood - Love Wins removed from the “A” Playlist

(4 Oct 2018) The Buckle & Boots Festival have announced the artists who will be joining them on tour in Australia in January. Jade Helliwell, Darcy, Sarah Jory, Kezia Gill, Stew Mac & Dean Roberts and Izzie Walsh will be hitting Brisbane, Gold Coast, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Hunter Valley and Sydney!

(5 Oct 2018) at the Kelso Festival
October means country music fans flock to the Scottish Borders for the Kelso Country & Western Festival.
Described by as “a great lineup” (Website), with performances from Jonny & Lynnette, Zenne and Clear Cut amongst many more.
Once again's Nutty Norah will be there - providing updates into programmes across the weekend. The Festival takes place October 12th to 14th.

(5 Oct 2018) Introducing The Rocky Road Ramblers
The Rocky Road Ramblers are a family band fronted by husband and wife Jonny Williams and Lynnette Marie - known as country music duo Jonny & Lynnette. They are joined by Lynnette's brother Adrian Marsh on lead guitar and Jonny's daughter Sophie O'Shea on drums.
The band have just released their debut album IN THE JAILHOUSE NOW. It's crammed with 19 classic country and rockabilly tracks including the title track, written and originally recorded in 1928 by Jimmie Rodgers. The Rocky Road Ramblers are heading to Memphis in early 2019 to record a second album at the legendary Sun Recording Studio. They'll be following in the footsteps of Sun Records legends including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.

A nine-track compilation album featuring some of the artists who work with Country Music Social Media. Includes tracks by Emma Jane, Michael McMillan, Penny Jayne Black, Danny McMahon, Helena Mace, Wayne Jacobs, Hearts Tha Beat, Lee Paul Band and Dina Andrews (aka “The Pink Cowgirl) has been added to's online store priced £10. Note a FREE copy is available to DJs.

(5 Oct 2018) "Hey Ace" is described as "the dazzling debut" by U.K. singer/songwriter Bailey Tomkinson and that "her powerful storytelling ability and fresh-air vocals shines through across all 5 Songs of the EP".
She's an 18-year old, born in Derbyshire, UK and has lived in Milan, Italy as well as Brussels, Belgium and currently living in Cornwall, UK
Her 5 track EP dropped on Sept 7, 2018 (Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Listen on Spotify)
Hook-laden melody from the sun-bleached country pop of the title cut:

Christmas Countdown 2018 - CLOCK

Visit our Christmas Store Page for details on this year’s Christmas Country releases, 2019 Calendars and music, merch  from UK artists Saskia Vese & Sabrina Maria.

Official UK Top 100 Singles Chart (Week Ending 11 October 2018)
5 October 2018 - 11 October 2018
Calvin Harris & Sam Smith’s Promises spent its fifth week atop the singles chart on sales of 56,888 copies, including 43,725 from sales-equivalent streams and 13,163 pure sales.

A week hence, Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s soundtrack to A Star Is Born will be looking to debut atop the album chart. Meanwhile, Shallow - the first single from the set, was the highest of eight Top 75 debuts. Opening at No.13 (20,425 units), it is actor Cooper’s first hit but Lady Gaga’s 23rd.
Ex-Factor? Reigning X Factor champions Rak-Su reached No.2 with coronation hit Dimelo, with help from Wyclef Jean & Naughty Boy, last December. Subsequent Banx & Ranx collaboration Pyro Ting failed to chart at all, but new single I Want You To Freak fares a little better with a debut at No.58 (7,770 units).

Official UK Top 100 Albums Chart (Week Ending 11 October 2018)
5 October 2018 - 11 October 2018
Eminem was swept off the top of the album chart, with 73-year-old Rod Stewart taking the throne and 72-year-old Cher was runners-up slot.
It is the first ever Top 2 made up of septuagenarians, and Stewart is (just) the second oldest male soloist to have a No.1 – only Paul Simon, who was 74 years when he topped with Stranger To Stranger in 2016 was older. Stewart’s 30th solo studio album, Blood Red Roses, debuts in pole position on consumption of 41,186 units (including 505 from sales-equivalent streaming + 40,681 pure sales) 26,931 days after his birth, making him just eight days older than Bob Dylan, the third oldest male soloist to have a No.1 - was when he topped the chart with Shadows In The Night in 2015.

Foster & Allen with PUTTING ON THE STYLE made a debut at No.29 (2,730 sales), the 33rd chart album by veteran Irish duo Mick Foster (70) and Tony Allen (66), consisting of new and previously released material

Kylie Minogue with GOLDEN fell 40-46 (2,000 sales) in her 20th chart frame.
Carrie Underwood with CRY PRETTY fell off the Top 100 from previous weeks' No.89 in her third week at retail.

Official UK Country Album Top 20 (Week Ending 11 October 2018)
5 October 2018 - 11 October 2018
Carrie Underwood with CRY PRETTY held at #1 (3 weeks; #1 peak)
Clare Bowen with CLARE BOWEN rebound 5-2 (5 weeks; #1 peak)
Catherine McGrath with TALK OF THIS TOWN fell 2-3 (10 weeks; #1 peak)
Kacey Musgraves with GOLDEN HOUR fell 3-4 (27 weeks; #1 peak)
Ashley McBryde with GIRL GOING NOWHERE re-etered at No.5 (12 weeks; #4 peak)
Chris Stapleton with FROM A ROOM - VOL 1 rose 9-6 (74 weeks; #1 peak)
Neil Young & Promise Of The Real with PARADOX - OST held at No.7 (20 weeks; #4 peak)
Luke Combs with THIS ONE'S FOR YOU TOO rose13-8 (18 weeks; #5 peak)
Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER made a re-entry at No.9  (55 weeks; #1 peak)
Chris Stapleton with FROM A ROOM - VOL 2 fell 8-10 (44 weeks; #1 peak)
Outside the Top 10
Dawn Landes with MEET ME AT THE RIVER fell 4-11 (3 weeks; #4 peak)


(1 Oct 2018) Stone Mountain Sinners - Tones of Home (2018 Sonny Jim Recording Co Ltd) UK
9 Tracks/Time: 37:57 Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Debut #5 UK Country iTunes Album Chart | Fri Oct 5: #32 UK Country iTunes Album Chart (#1300 UK iTunes all-genres)
Americana, Country, Roots, Rock n Roll | Home Town: Worcester
Band Members: Neil Ivison, Sarah Warren, Nick Lyndon, Roger Roberts, Adam Hood, Duke Delight
"One minute summoning the ghost of Janis Joplin, the next, channelling Paul Rodgers and the dusty Americana of Jason Isbell " Rhythm & Booze
"Total Awesomeness - Watch Out World!" BBC Introducing

(3 Oct 2018) Danielle Johnson - Danielle Johnson (Danielle Johnson)
5 Tracks/ Time: 16:48 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -

(5 Oct 2018) Eric Church - Desperate Man (EMI Nashville)
11 Tracks/Time: 36:41 (CMP Oct 2018 3 STARS)
Amazon UK - UK iTunes - -
Debut #1 UK Country iTunes Album Chart (#19 UK iTunes all-genres) | Sat Oct 6: #2 (#31 all-genres)

(5 Oct 2018) Martha L. Healy - Keep the Flame Alight (FrogEye Records) UK
10 Tracks/Time: 44:50 (CMP Sept 2018 4 STARS) Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Debut #11 UK Country iTunes Album Chart (#548 UK iTunes all-genres) | Sat Oct 6: #23 (#809 all-genres), then #42 (#1367), then #61

(5 Oct 2018) Will Hoge - My American Dream (EDLO Records)
8 Tracks/Time: 29:38 Rock / Singer-songwriter Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Debut #929 UK iTunes all-genres | Sat Oct 6: off top 1500 all-genres

(5 Oct 2018) For King & Country - Burn the Ships (2018 Curb | Word Entertainment)
11 Tracks/Time: 42:20 Christian & Gospel Amazon UK - UK iTunes

(5 Oct 2018) Heather Morgan - Borrowed Heart (Eleven Feathers Records)
Debut #3 US Singer-Songwriter iTunes Album Chart (#70 US iTunes all-genres), then #67 | Sat Oct: #81 US iTunes all-genres
Produced by Paul Moak (John Paul White, Marc Broussard, Caitlyn Smith), Heather Morgan's debut record 'Borrowed Heart' bows Oct. 5, but she's no ingénue.

A Richardson, Texas native, Morgan has written songs for artists like Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Maren Morris, Brett Eldredge, and more. Alongside friend Ross Copperman, Morgan and Eldredge have formed a power writing trio, penning almost a dozen songs for Eldredge's albums, including chart toppers "Lose My Mind" and "Beat of the Music." Her dedication has earned her No. 1 singles and a BMI Country Song of the Year Award.
Morgan also penned two songs with ACM Songwriter of the Year Lori McKenna: the title track "Borrowed Heart" and the poignant, "Arms of a Lion," a song on which McKenna lends her vocals.

(5 Oct 2018) J.P. Harris - Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing (Free Dirt Records)
10 Tracks/Time: 30:32 Amazon UK - UK iTunesWebsite Store (CMP Sept 2018 5 STARS Album of the Month; Chris Smith)
Debut #21 UK Country iTunes Album Chart (#924 UK iTunes all-genres), then off top 200

(5 Oct 2018) Aaron Watson - An Aaron Watson Family Christmas"
10 Tracks/Time: 35:02 Amazon UK (CD Oct 19) UK iTunes -
Debut #43 US iTunes all-genres

(5 Oct 2018) J R Harbidge - First Ray of Light (Mob Acoustic Recordings) UK
10 Tracks/Time: 41:26 Americana Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Debut #9 UK Country iTunes Album Chart (#317 UK iTunes all-genres)
J R Harbidge is an Americana / Folk singersong writer from Derbyin the UK. (156 Likes)

(5 Oct 2018) Tanner Fenoglio - Lucky Man (2018 Tanner Fenoglio)
10 Tracks/Time: 38:48 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Debut #18 US Country iTunes Singles Chart (#104 US iTunes all-genres)
Nocona, TX native singer/songwriter Tanner Fenoglio is coming up on entering a new chapter in his life.

(5 Oct 2018) Canaan Bryce - Hwy 287 (Canaan Bryce)
9 Tracks/Time: 37:49 Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Debut #113 US Country iTunes Singles Chart (#1040 US iTunes all-genres)
"Just a small-town kid trying to live a small town dream." | (2,560 Likes)

(5 Oct 2018) JK Nick Nichols - Hometown, USA (Star 1 Entertainment & Records)
14 Tracks/Time: 51:13 Country: Traditional Country Amazon UK - UK iTunes - CD Baby
“HOMETOWN, USA” is the seventh CD project released by JK Nick Nichols. The album is a return to more traditional country and soulful sounds and is dedicated to his hometown of Union, SC where he grew up.

(5 Oct 2018) Kaylyn Sahs - Joy Ride (Icon One Productions) 
5 Tracks/Time: Pop/Country Amazon UK - UK iTunes
A mixture of upbeat and meaningful songs combined with art and story in perfect unison
At only 21, singer/songwriter Kaylyn Sahs is already making a name for herself in her hometown of Omaha as well as on the Internet and social media.

(5 Oct 2018) Lexie Green - Indigo Blue (2018 Alexandria M Green) UK 
6 Tracks/Time: 23:40 Amazon UK - UK iTunes - CD Baby Americana, Country Rock and soulful Blues brushed with velvet vocals
Lexie Green is a songwriter from the UK who's influences are described as Americana, Country Rock and Vintage Blues.
Recorded at Grange Farm Studio, Emneth together with her touring band of friends 'The Indigo Blue' (John Wright - Electric Guitar, Kat Moore - Fiddle, Steve Wilson - Bass Guitar and Sam Carter - Drums) the EP 'Indigo Blue' is the 4th studio release from Lexie Green.

(5 Oct 2018) Missy Raines - Royal Traveller (Compass Records Group) 
11 Tracks/ Time: 42:50 Bluegrass/ Folk / Americana Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
The 2018 IBMA Award Winner for "Recorded Event of the Year” releases her new studio album today! On this record, Raines comes her own as a vocalist and songwriter on a collection of songs that reflect the vast scope of her musical vision. The album's title track is a nod to Missy's many years of dedication to her craft and the challenges she's encountered pursuing an itinerant musician's life. Over the years and miles, Raines has become a true icon in bluegrass music. But her solo projects have found her exploring other musical avenues, delving into indie folk, jam grass and jazz-leaning material. With ROYAL TRAVELLER, Raines corrals these influences into a project that illustrates the full range of her musicality.

(5 Oct 2018) Sabrina Redman - Risk (EP; Sabrina Redman) 
6 Tracks/ Time: 21:24 Amazon UK - UK iTunes 
21-year-old Sabrina Redman is a singer-songwriter from Florida who has always had a love for making people smile. Sabrina has performed at various open mic nights and gigs all over Florida and hopes to one day be able to move to Nashville permanently. Her goal through her music has always been to touch and connect with people. She wants everyone going through a hard time to know they’re not alone and hopes they can find comfort through songs and lyrics, the way she and so many others have.

(3 Oct 2018) NEW MUSIC KIRA "Danger Danger"
Written by:
Maren Morris (Brothers Osborne, Morgan Wallen)
Shy Carter (Keith Urban, Meghan Trainor)
Sam Ellis (Martina McBride, Kane Brown)

Kira Isabella is back with cool new music. Since her debut release in 2011, KIRA has landed three Top 10 singles on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100, and eight consecutive Top 20 radio singles. 

Earlier this year KIRA celebrated her return to the airwaves with the release of her single, "Little Girl," which raced up the Canadian country music charts, peaking at number 14. 

Never one to shy away from momentum, on Oct 5th KIRA will release "Danger Danger" (UK iTunes), a track that speaks directly to her desire to continue pushing the envelope, taking chances and debuting a new sound she's been eager to unleash with a confidence she's never felt before. 

"Danger Danger" is a big song for KIRA showcasing her voice in a new mature style that highlights her control, feel and groove. KIRA's sound is clean, sophisticated and reflects the current movement of young women reinventing the "Nashville" sound for new, young country music listeners.The track will be followed by release of a two-part EP, before the end of the year. 
"Known for her courageous attitude in taking on social issues, she has made herself a positive role model for many young women." - FACES Magazine (2017)
"Ottawa-born Kira does exactly that, bringing in a blend of Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood with a modern twist. Her music sounds like a fusion of pop and country music, very emotionally charged, and hits you right at the heart. It's pretty amazing, especially when you consider she is soon to be turning only 25!" - The Arts Guild (2018)
"A great song makes you feel something and can cause you to open your eyes, mind and heart," - KIRA, Rolling Stone on "Quarterback" (2014)

(1 Oct 2018) Remembering Those Who Lost Their Lives At The Route 91 Harvest Festival
Monday October 1st marked one year since the ROUTE 91 HARVEST FESTIVAL tragedy that left 58 dead and hundreds wounded

A Country music-wide “moment of silence” was observed at 10:05a (PT)/12:05p (CT) wherein all radio in the state of NEVADA, Country radio nationwide, record labels, publishers, agencies, organizations, and more stopped for a moment, a minute, or 58 seconds to remember the 58 lives lost and all that were affected.

America remembered the lives of those lost, all of whom were Country music fans who will forever be a part of the #CountryStrong and #VEGASstrong families.

The victims included: Hannah Ahlers, 34; Heather Alvarado, 35; Dorene Anderson, 49; Carrie Barnette, 34; Jack Beaton, 54; Steve Berger, 44; Candice Bowers, 40; Denise Burditus, 50; Sandy Casey, 34; Andrea Castilla, 28; Denise Cohen, 58; Austin Davis, 29; Thomas Day, Jr., 54; Christina Duarte, 22; Stacee Etcheber, 50; Brian Fraser, 39; Keri Galvan, 31; Dana Gardner, 52; Angela Gomez, 20; Rocio Guillen Rocha, 40; Charleston Hartfield, 34; Chris Hazencomb, 44; Jennifer Topaz Irvine, 42; Teresa Nicol Kimura, 38; Jessica Klymchuk, 34; Carly Kreibaum, 33; Rhonda Lerocque, 42; Victor Link, 55; Jordan Mcildoon, 23; Kelsey Meadows, 28; Calla-Marie Medig, 28; James "Sonny" Melton, 29; Patricia Mestas, 67; Austin Meyer, 24; Adrian Murfitt, 35; Rachael Parker, 33; Jenny Parks, 36; Carrie Parsons, 31; Lisa Patterson, 46; John Phippen, 56; Melissa Ramirez, 26; Jordyn Rivera, 21; Quinton Robbins, 20; Cameron Robinson, 28; Tara Roe, 34; Lisa Romero-Muniz, 48; Chris Roybal, 28; Brett Schwanbeck, 61; Bailey Schweitzer, 20; Laura Shipp, 50; Erick Silva, 21; Susan Smith, 53; Brennan Stewart, 30; Derrick "Bo" Taylor, 56; Neysa Tonks, 46; Michelle Vo, 32; Kurt Von Tillow, 55; Bill Wolfe, 42.

Stoney Creek Records Dir./West Coast Promotion Matt Vieira and Broken Bow Records Dir./WEST COAST Promotion Layna Bunt understandably took the entire day off. The two were not only in LAS VEGAS last year, they were standing together on stage, just a few feet from Jason Aldean at the instant shots rang out. As VIEIRA posted on his FACEBOOK page today, "You never know what is going to happen from one minute to the next. We were having a great night with friends, watching an amazing show, and in a blink of and eye, all hell broke loose."

(1 Oct 2018) Congratulations To Charlie Worsham
Congratulations to WARNER BROS./WAR's Charlie Worsham, who wed Kristen Korzenowski over the weekend. Worsham shared via INSTAGRAM, "Putting that gold band on my left finger is the best thing I've ever done. KRISTEN just about made me faint she was so beautiful walking down the aisle. We threw the party we always dreamed of, surrounded by the folks in this world we love the most."
Worsham and Korzenowski first announced their engagement in March.

(5 Oct 2018) Cole Swindell Reveals Peppermint Moonshine
WARNER BROS./WMN's Cole Swindell has teamed up with Sugarlands Distilling Company to release Cole Swindell's Peppermint Moonshine. The moonshine will be available in select retail locations and online here starting MONDAY, OCTOBER 15th. Recipes and more information can be found at

(5 Oct 2018) Warner Music Nashville (WMN)'s Tegan Marie will join the cast of Lythgoe Family Panto's "Peter Pan And Tinker Bell -- A Pirate's Christmas" as the character, Wendy. Shows will take place at Nashville’s Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) from Thursday, December 13th through Sunday, December 23rd. Other cast members include Seinfeld’s John O’Hurley as Captain Hook and Disney Channel's Garrett Clayton as Peter Pan.

(3 Oct 2018) Full Lineup Of Performers Unveiled For CMT 'Artists Of The Year' Special
Carrie Underwood with Maddie & Tae and Runaway June; Miranda Lambert with Pistol Annies; Kelsea Ballerini with Alison Krauss; Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman with Gladys Knight; and Hillary Scott with Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin will all perform during the upcoming first-ever all-female CMT-TV "ARTISTS OF THE YEAR" special.
The event will premiere Wednesday, October 17th on CMT-TV at 8p (ET) (NET NEWS 9/11).
Additionally, Maren Morris will join with Brandi Carlile to pay tribute to the late ARETHA FRANKLIN.
The 90-minute program will honor Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of LITTLE BIG TOWN, and Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, as well Loretta Lynn as the "Artist Of A Lifetime".
In addition to the special, CMT will continue to champion Country music women through a day-long "WOMEN OF COUNTRY MUSIC" takeover across all CMT platforms the same day.

(1 Oct 2018) Premiere's Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess danced the Foxtrot and John Schneider and Emma Slater danced the Charleston on ABC's Dancing With The Stars Monday night (Oct 1).

(3 Oct 2018) Atlantic/WMN's Brett Eldredge and Edgar appeared on NBC's Today yesterday (10/3). Watch here.

(4 Oct 2018) In Case You Missed It: MCA's Kacey Musgraves performed "Wonder Woman" (>> YouTube) and "Love Is A Wild Thing" on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday (10/2). Watch here.

(4 Oct 2018) Loretta Lynn appeared on NBC's Today this morning (10/4). Watch here.

(3 Oct 2018) Thomas Rhett’s Double #1 Party
Current multi-CMA nominee Thomas Rhett celebrated his 10th and 11th No.One singles at Nashville’s Hi-Fi Clyde's with friends and family, and hosted by BMI and ASCAP. The newly certified DOUBLE PLATNIUM “Marry Me” was written by Thomas Rhett, Ashley Gorley, Jesse Frasure and Shane McAnally and the GOLD selling “Life Changes” written by Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley and Jesse Frasure were both produced by Dan Huff, Jesse Frasure and Thomas Rhett. Following LIFE CHANGES’ four previous GOLD-or-better selling chart-topping singles, Thomas Rhett’s new single “Sixteen” was also the most added song at Country Radio this week.

(3 Oct 2018) Charlie Daniels Announces Latest Studio Album, Beau Weevils - Songs In The Key Of E
Fans who follow Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels online may have noticed what appears to be a serious infestation of boll weevil bugs on his social media accounts and website. As it turns out, those critters aren't boll weevils at all. They're actually, "Beau Weevils," and are a nod to Daniels' upcoming studio album, Beau Weevils - Songs in the Key of E, set for release on Friday, October 26 (
 The new ten-track album features lead vocals, guitar and fiddle by Daniels, James Stroud on drums and percussion, Billy Crain on guitar, and Charlie Hayward on bass.
 "Beau Weevils - Songs in the Key of E is the culmination of a long held desire of James Stroud and myself to do a project together," says Daniels. "We had worked together, with James in the capacity of producer, which had resulted in some of our most successful albums for The Charlie Daniels Band, but James is one of the finest and most soulful drummers in the business and I figured we could get together, musician to musician, and come up with something special. We just needed a vehicle in the form of songs that would fit the bill."

(5 Oct 2018) After wrapping his 2018 HIGH NOON NEON TOUR this past weekend, current three-time CMA nominee Jason Aldean celebrated his annual "Concert For The Cure” at Jason Aldean's Kitchen + Rooftop Bar in Nashville consummating more than $4.1 million for Susan G. Komen chapters across the country

(2 Oct 2018) Ferris & Sylvester have released the second in the Aardman directed series of videos for their new song 'London's Blues'. It features the band performing in a private members club as woman seduce an overwhelmed guest. The band have also just been announced as support for Lucy Spraggan on her upcoming UK tour starting later this month.
The audio draws similarities to Miranda Lambert's Mama's Broken Heart.

(6 Oct 2018) To perform with Texas’ own Maren Morris (Arlington, TX, October 5, 2018) and her massive hit “The Middle”, Taylor Swift wore a Jaded London ‘Festival Sequin Bomber’  ($158.00; sold out Product Code 390009) . The brand and style is the same when opening her 1989 Tour.
Taylor added a custom Jessica Jones bodysuit and Christian Louboutin boots (Product). Taylor also brought out Sugarland tonight for “Babe”. First time performing it live and closing out the US Reputation Tour

(1 Oct 2018) Taylor Swift brought joy to a young fan with autism by inviting him to her show two years after she helped him secure a service dog.
The singer invited eight-year-old Jacob Hill to attend her Houston, Texas show at NRG Stadium on Saturday night (29Sep18), along with his therapy dog Reid, his mother Allison Hill and sister Jordan Fox.
"Taylor Swift was so kind," Allison said in a Facebook post opposite a photo of her and her family with the star. The image was shared by the organisation Autism Speaks.
"She said Reid was a big puffball and so cute. She was especially awesome with Jacob,” she added. "She didn't see my son's disability she just saw him. She got down on her knees and looked him right in the eyes and said hello and that she was thankful HE came to her show even though she knew it was loud and there was so much going on."
The Shake it Off hitmaker donated $10,000 (£13,000) back in 2016 to go towards a service dog for the boy. She became aware of the then six-year-old when he and his cousin Makaylee Duhon’s shared a version of her track Blank Space on YouTube, which was reworked to feature lyrics calling attention to his page on the fundraising site GoFundMe.
Swift and her mother then contributed to the campaign and posted a touching message on the charity site.
“Jacob, we hope you love your new dog!" they shared. "Please tell your cousins that they did a great job on the song! Love, Taylor and Andrea Swift."

(4 Oct 2018) Carrie Underwood fronts Disney's new anti-bullying initiative
Carrie Underwood is spearheading a new campaign to prevent bullying.
The country star has signed on as Disney's Choose Kindness campaign ambassador, and she's kicking off America's National Bullying Prevention Month with a message.
"It's time to stop the hate and spread some love," the country singer said in a new public service announcement. "You are beautiful. You are smart. You are awesome. And you never have to change for anybody.
"You have the voice and you have the power. You're so much stronger when we come together. It's your choice, so choose to be inspired. Choose to be accepting. Be strong. Be brave. Be awesome. Be daring. Be kind. Choose kindness."

The 35-second ad includes a snippet of Underwood's new single, Love Wins, which she also co-wrote, and she explains she wanted to record a track that helps people in troubled times.
"We weren't trying to speak negatively about our world, because we live in an amazing world, but I feel like we get really caught up in surface things and I feel like in this world, we're quick to get angry at each other," she said recently. "I personally think that we're all different for a reason. I feel like if you just sit down and talk to somebody who's not like you and keep it calm, we can all learn from each other."
The 35-year-old, who is currently expecting her second child with husband Mike Fisher, previously told Redbook magazine in 2016 that the bullying she experiences online has forced her to "have a barrier up" to protect herself, meaning the trolls have stopped her from being able to interact with her fans on various social media platforms.
Carrie is already mum to a three-year-old son named Isaiah.

(5 Oct 2018) Zac Brown and his wife Shelly have split up after 12 years of marriage.
The 40-year-old Zac Brown Band singer and his 34-year-old wife have five kids together, ranging in age from four to 11. In a joint statement to People they admit it was a difficult decision.
"We feel blessed to be on such an incredible journey in life and sometimes the journey begins to lead in different directions," they say jointly.
Shelly Brown is a jewelry designer. The magazine recalls Brown saying they met at a New Year's Eve show his band was playing. He'd been stood up and was lacking someone to kiss at midnight. Once they touched lips, it was "game over."
Soon after getting married, the Browns welcomed daughter Justice, who's now 11 years old. Three more daughters came in the next four years: Lucy, Georgia and Joni, now ten, eight and seven respectively. In May 2014, the couple welcomed a baby boy named Alexander, delivered naturally at 11-pounds, 7-ounces.

(3 Oct 2018) Songbird In Flight: Country Music Hall of Famer Emmylou Harris previews the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's latest exhibit, Emmylou Harris: Songbird’s Flight. 

Pictured (l-r) are CMHoF's Kyle Young and Steve Turner, Harris, CMHoF's Brenda Colladay and Vector Management's Ken Levitan and Kevin Spellman.

Birthdays in the week ahead
Oct 9: Gary Bennett (BR5-49) (1964), Brandy Clark (1975), Scotty McCreery (1993)
Oct 10: Tony Arata (1957), John Prine (1946), Tanya Tucker (1958), Luke Thomas (Jess and the Bandits; UK formerly of Luke & Mel)
Oct 11: Paulette Carlson (1952), Gene Watson (1943), the late Dottie West (1932; Oct 11, 1932; died Sept 4, 1991 (aged 58))
Oct 12: Martie Erwin (Dixie Chicks) (1969), Shane MacAnally (1974), Lisa Matassa.
Oct 13: Marie Osmond (1959), Rhett Akins (1969), Lacy J Dalton (1946), John Wiggins (1962)
Oct 14: Melba Montgomery (1938), Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks) (1974)