Sunday 31 March 2019

Thompson Square announce first ever International Tour Dates


 Third album 'Masterpiece' and family-focused video for title track & single out now (watch here)
Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum Country duo THOMPSON SQUARE are opening a brand-new international chapter of their career this fall. The hit-making team of Keifer and Shawna Thompson will embark on their first-ever overseas tour in September.

Booked to hit five countries in Europe and the United Kingdom over 10 days, the whirlwind trip will kick off in Amsterdam on September 2nd and visit Germany, Ireland, Scotland and The Long Road festival before wrapping with a show in London, England, on September 12th.

It marks not only the chart-topping duo’s first time performing for fans across the pond, but also their debut tour outside the United States. With international interest in Country music at an all-time high, they can’t wait to showcase their hooky, heartfelt songwriting and unmistakable vocal blend that has made them stars at home since 2010.

"Today is the realisation of something that has been a long time coming," says the duo's Keifer Thompson. "We are so excited to announce tour dates that will take us all over this big world and can't wait to finally meet so many of our fans. We'll see you all soon!"

September 2 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Q-Factory
September 3 – Hamburg, Germany @ Nochtspeicher
September 4 – Berlin, Germany @ Privatclub
September 5 – Cologne, Germany @ Blue Shell
Fri 6 September 2019 - Green Room at The Academy, Dublin, Ireland (The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland)Sunday 8 September 2019 - The Long Road Festival 2019 (Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, Leics, LE17 6DH)
Tickets available from Ticketmaster UK
Tuesday 10 September 2019 - Oran Mòr, Glasgow (Top of Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX) supporting Eric Pasley
Weds 11 September 2019 - Band on the Wall, Manchester (Website; 25 Swan Street, The Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 5JZ) supporting Eric Pasley
Thurs 12 September 2019 - Bush Hall, London (310 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 7LJ) supporting Eric Pasley Thompson Square - Website

In addition to planning their international tour, Thompson Square has been busy celebrating one big news story after another.

The duo just signed a worldwide recording deal with Reviver Entertainment, as reported by The Tennesseean and MusicRow. Under the new agreement, Reviver will release Thompson Square’s third album, MASTERPIECE, which Sounds Like Nashville hails as “a work of art in itself” and finds One Country heralding the duo’s “triumphant return.”

Featuring family themes and their signature romantic connection – plus a boundary-pushing mix of Country, Rock, R&B and more – the project includes the heartwarming “Masterpiece” title track, which Keifer wrote about his crowning achievement – his family.

Meanwhile, a deeply-personal music video for the song was released in early March, offering a peek into the duo’s home life through videos from Keifer’s childhood, footage from the couple’s wedding day and clips of their three-year-old son, Cooper, intertwined with an intimate live performance of the track. 

Watch the video for “Masterpiece” here:


Since breaking out in 2010 with 2X-PLATINUM #1 chart-breaker “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” husband-and-wife team Keifer and Shawna Thompson have delivered two Top 5 Country albums and another romantic #1 hit with PLATINUM-certified “If I Didn’t Have You” -- plus two more Top 10s with “I Got You” and “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About.” 

With five Top 20 hits, nearly 1 BILLION digital streams and a social media following of over 1.9 million, the duo has been honored with multiple GRAMMY nominations and wins at the ACM and CMA Awards for Vocal Duo of the Year. 

The duo has tallied national television appearances on TODAY, Fox & Friends, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Conan, Hallmark’s Home & Family and CBS This Morning. After welcoming their son Cooper in 2016, Thompson Square released their third studio album, MASTERPIECE, produced by the duo alongside GRAMMY winner Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift), perennial hitmaker Dann Huff (Keith Urban) and Ilya Toshinskiy. Their first children’s book, TIME TO GET DRESSED, is available now.

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Maddie & Tae return with new EP, out April 26

Platinum-Selling Duo Share Journey to Eagerly-Awaited New Music with Associated Press

ACM Nominated Duo Hitting the Road with Carrie Underwood
Beginning May 1
Nashville, TN - March 25, 2019 - Platinum-selling duo Maddie & Tae have been seeding fans with tastes of new music signaling a new chapter of fearlessness and sonic maturity, leading critics like Esquire to praise them for “their finest moment yet.” The duo unveiled details today with 
Associated Press for their upcoming EP One Heart To Another, available April 26 on Mercury Nashville. Featuring five tracks, predominantly co-written by Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye, the highly-anticipated project represents stories of love, loss and redemption and is a snapshot of more music to come from the award-winning duo later this year. Preview the EP here.

"This is much more than just a new project for us. It has been our light at the end of tunnel for the past two years. It is about two best friends experiencing the highest of highs, the lowest of lows, and everything in between together. We hope our fans hear the vulnerability, heart break, strength, truth and passion we’ve poured into this. This is only the beginning,” said Marlow.

"The journey to create this project was long, but beautiful,” added Dye. "We put our heads down and tried to be the best artists we could be. And to us that looked like writing lyrics from a very honest place and sharing them with the hopes that someone out in the world feels less alone. So here is One Heart to Another. From our hearts to yours."

Release Date: 1 March 2019
Single: Tourist In This Town
Label: Mercury Nashville
Time: 3:26

“Ushering in the new era” (Billboard), the EP features the flirty “Friends Don’t,” the woeful heartache of “Die From A Broken Heart,” which has tallied over 23 million streams already and “Tourist In This Town,” a song Music Row praises for its “spunk, vocal verve and tempo.” The swaggering kiss-off “New Dog, Old Tricks,” a winking, hip hop-inflected anthem that marks the first outside cut Maddie & Tae has recorded and vulnerable title track “One Heart To Another,” round out the boldly honest collection, which shows "a more sophisticated side” (Associated Press). 
Maddie & Tae recently earned a Duo of the Year nomination for the upcoming 54th Academy of Country Music Awards making it their sixth career nomination from the ACM. Tune in April 7 for the broadcast live from Las Vegas on CBS at 8pm ET. The duo is also gearing up to hit the road as part of Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour 360, kicking off May 1 in Greensboro, N.C.

One Heart To Another Track List 
1.  Friends Don't (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Jon Nite, Justin Ebach)
2.  Die From A Broken Heart (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Jonathan Singleton, Deric Ruttan)
3.  Tourist In This Town (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Barry Dean, Jimmy Robbins)
4.  One Heart To Another (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Jonathan Singleton, Deric Ruttan)
5.  New Dog Old Tricks (Laura Veltz, Jesse Frasure, Emily Weisband)

Award-winning duo Maddie & Tae are drawing praise for their new music “anchored around their stellar vocal pairings and some of the tightest harmonies on Music Row (Rolling Stone). 

“The sound is identifiable while still representing a distinct step forward” (Billboard), giving fans a taste of what to expect from their highly-anticipated forthcoming debut on Mercury Nashville on April 26. Maddie & Tae first broke out in 2013 with their brilliant take down of bro-country, “Girl In A Country Song,” which took Country radio by storm, skyrocketing to the top of the charts and quickly going PLATINUM. The duo became only the third female duo in 70 years to top the Country Airplay charts, also earning trophies from the Country Music Academy and Radio Disney Music Awards along with multiple ACM, CMA and CMT Award nominations. Receiving widespread praise from NPR, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, Glamour and others, country music’s hottest stars including Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice and Brad Paisley have welcomed Maddie & Tae on the road, with Carrie Underwood recently inviting the duo out as direct support on her 2019 Cry Pretty Tour 360 kicking-off in May.

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Country Belles Radio Show March 23, 2019

Country Belles Saturday 23rd March 2019
Artist Of The Week – Lisa Redford |  Interview with Becca Hess |  Country Routes News Song Of The Week: Maren Morris
First broadcast on Belter Radio Saturday March 23, 2019
Find Out More About The Show Here

Lisa Redford – Let Go 
Miranda Lambert – White Liar 
Carly Pearce – Closer To You 
Kira Isabella – Holiday | Side B (11 Jan 2019; EP;
Amazon UK)
Sophia Chesworth – You’re A Thief
Hannah Anders – Crazy Train 
Parker McKay – This Far 
(15 March 2019; Single; Amazon UK)
Maren Morris – To Hell And Back (8 March 2019; GIRL; Amazon UK )
Emily Frith – The Blue (2 March 2019; Single; Amazon UK)
Amber Lawrence – Outrageous (
22 Feb 2019; Single; Amazon UK)
Amy Corey – Ghost Tour (
4 March 2019; Single; Amazon UK)
Justine Blazer – Pioneer Soul Shaker (8 March 2019; Single; Amazon UK)
Ava Rowland – Exit Sign
Lauren Corzine – Ain’t That Lonely 
Lisa Redford – The Edge Of Love 
Lisa Redford  I Just Can’t Forget 
Dariann Leigh – Give Me A Minute 
(11 March 2019; Single; Amazon UK)
Ingrid Mae – Undoin` The Good (16 March 2019; HOLY SMOKE; Amazon UK) 
Katie Jayne – Use Me (29 March 2019; Single; Amazon UK)
Pamela McNeill – Intoxicated 
Becca Hess – Interview
Becca Hess - If I Can’t (4 Feb 2019; TRUTH;
Amazon UK)
Becca Hess - Mountain Child 
Lainey Wilson – Waste Of Good Whiskey (13 April 2018; LAINEY WILSON;
Amazon UK)
Michelle Walker – What I Love 
Melanie Gray – My Bet’s On Love (8 Nov 2018; Single;
Amazon UK)
Paige Davis – Baby I Don’t Think So


Genre; Rock/ Folk Rock / Country | Pamela McNeill - Vocals, piano and harmonica
Home Town: Minneapolis, MN  | Record Label: SweetHeart Records
At three years of age, Pamela McNeill starred as an angel in her church Christmas Eve pageant. When she saw the audience smiling back she declared that was what she wanted to do the rest of her life.

McNeill grew up between the Mississippi River and Highway 61 in the small town of Minnesota City, Minnesota with a population of less than 200. She was raised in a home musically divided. Her mom brought in the pop genre, while her dad was all about country music, and these mixed influences can still be heard in McNeill's music today. In her early twenties, McNeill moved to England and landed a gig touring with British superstar Rick Astley.

She also appeared in his video, “Take Me to Your Heart.“ After returning to America, she was introduced to the legendary performer and composer Yanni backstage at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The two hit it off professionally and shortly afterwards McNeill collaborated with Yanni, writing lyrics to several of his songs on his albums, “Tribute” and “Ethnicity”. McNeill released her second album, “American Breakup”, in 2002 and spent the next couple of years headlining festivals, shows and State Fairs. She was playing about eighty shows a year when tragedy struck in 2004. She lost her voice, was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis and was unsure if she would ever sing again. After a year of treatment and rest, McNeill performed a comeback concert in October 2005 at the famed Bunkers in Minneapolis for a standing room only crowd of cheering fans. Over the past few years McNeill has split her time between Nashville and her home state of Minnesota, where she performs over 150 shows a year.

McNeill's latest album SOLITARY (SweetHeart Records | Amazon UK - UK iTunes -, released March 14, 2019, was co-produced in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning songwriter, Bobby E. Boyd. It has already garnished rave reviews for her video release tribute to Prince with her song, “The Bigger Picture”. All fourteen songs were penned by McNeill and reflect different seasons of life – the struggles and victories, the love and love lost, and the power to persevere. The first single, “Dear Radio”, tells McNeill's personal story of falling in love with the music she found as a child with her transistor radio, and how that relationship grew over the years. It's a story everyone can relate to no matter the age or background.

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Genre: Pop / Country-Pop / Singer-Songwriter | Home Town: Southend-On-Sea
Influences: Taylor Swift / Maren Morris

Emily Frith is a dreamer who decided to pick up an old guitar at the age of 11 and ended up discovering a passion for writing songs. "I'm obsessed with country music and inspired by artists like Taylor Swift, Maren Morris and Kacey Musgraves" she shares. She turned 19 on the 29th April and finished her first year at University, studying Graphic Design.

On Sept 11, 2017 she released her debut 5-track EP titled ONE DAY (iTunes) and performed at countless festivals and music venues across London and Essex.

 She released her debut music video for the single 'You and I'.

Wednesday 27 March 2019

Lauren Alaina Touring the UK in July

Georgia native Lauren Alaina has added six more dates to her previously announced appearance at the new Dixie Fields Festival in Essex. She will be making stops at Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Brighton, Nottingham & Bristol. 

It will mark Alaina’s first time in the UK since performing at C2C: Country to Country in 2016.

PRESALE begins: Wed 27 March 2019 @ 9:00 | General SALE starts from: Fri 29 Mar 2019 @ 9:00
Lauren Alaina
Saturday 13 July 2019 - Dixie Fields Festival, Rollstones Farm, Chelmsford, Essex (Website
Tues 16 July 2019 - The Deaf Institute, Manchester (135 Grosvenor Street, M1 7HE)
Weds 17 July 2019 - Arts Club, Liverpool (90 Seel St, L1 4BH)
Fri 19 July 2019 - Saint Luke's, Glasgow (17 Bain St, G40 2JZ)
Tues 23 July 2019 - The Haunt, Brighton (10 Pool Valley, BN1 1NJ)
Weds 24 July 2019 - Bodega Social, Nottingham (23 Pelham Street, NG1 2ED)
Thurs 25 July 2019 - Hy-Brazil Music Club, Bristol (7-9 Baldwin St, BS1 1RU)
Tickets available from Ticketmaster UK

Georgia native Lauren Alaina captured America’s hearts when she competed on Season 10 of American Idol.

Her debut album WILDFLOWER (19/Interscope/Mercury), her first proper LP, followed two top 10 American Idol collections, after she placed second on the series’ 2011 season. It debuted and peaked at No.2 (69,000 sales) on Billboard Top Country Albums. Her debut album was the best-selling female country debut since 2006 and youngest female artist to debut that high on the Billboard charts since LeAnn Rimes 15 years previous.
With total sales of 221,000 Wildflower was ranked #10 for the Top-Selling Country Albums, Fourth-Quarter in 2011.

She released a 5 track self-titled EP on October 2, 2015 (Mercury Nashville Interscope 19) selling 1,600 copies to debut and peak at #28 Top Country Albums (chart dated Oct 3, 2015)

Lauren released the critically-acclaimed ROAD LESS TRAVELED on January 27, 2017. The album landed on multiple end-of-year “Best Of” lists including Billboard, Rolling Stone and Amazon, and it became the top-streamed female country album release of the year. Praised as “full of life lessons and uplift” (PEOPLE), the collection of 12 songs all written by the young star includes Lauren’s first No. 1 hit, title track “Road Less Traveled."
ROAD LESS TRAVELLED (19/Interscope/Mercury Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville), arrived at No.3 on Top Country Albums (No.31 Billboard 200) with 13,000 equivalent album units. Of that sum 9,700 were pure sales. The album had sold 34,500 copies in the US as of January 2018.

In the UK it made a debut at #12 on the Official UK Country Album Top 20 (Week Ending 02 March 2017) and climbed 12-7 the following week.
Alaina branched out of emotional tunes to deliver “My Kinda People,” “Queen of Hearts” and “Next Boyfriend,” which all keep it light, fun and can serve as summertime anthems. “Think Outside the Boy” and “Crashing the Boys Club” appealed directly to female empowerment. She served as a role model, reminding fans that there is life way beyond boys and being a female doesn’t hold you back from doing anything.
In 2016 Alaina came out about her battle with bulimia. She expresses what she went through in “Pretty” as well as title track and  single “Road Less Traveled.” In both songs, as well as in real life, she came out triumphant. The feel-good songs brought the album full circle showing how far she had come since her days as an American Idol. - Sounds Like Nashille (Rating: Positive) .

In March 2016 while in the U.K. for the 2016 C2C (Country 2 Country) Festival, the Country Music Association hosted its first-ever Nashville Music and Brand Forum Friday, March 11 at the Gibson Brands Studio in London. CMA invited U.K.-based brands, agencies, and music companies to learn about the growth of the genre in the U.K. and share new Country Music consumer research. Special artist appearances included Lauren and Frankie Ballard.
Additionally, she was confirmed to perform at the C2C events in Norway and Sweden alongside Carrie Underwood, Jill Johnson and the UKs Pauper Kings.

On March 13, 2016 she played at C2C on the Indigo at The O2. Setlist: My Kinda People, Medley Man! I Feel Like A Woman / I Wanna Dance With Somebody / Wide Open Spaces / Fancy / Baby One More Time / Umbrella / Single Ladies / Roar, Road Less Traveled, Next Boyfriend, Georgia Peaches

The “sassy Southerner with killer pipes” (PARADE) has shared the stage with superstars including Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Martina McBride. Lauren recently joined Cole Swindell on the Reason to Drink Tour and Jason Aldean for this summer’s High Noon Neon Tour.

Lauren was 2018’s ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year and performed live from Las Vegas. She was also nominated for ACM Vocal Event of the Year for “What Ifs,” the double-platinum-selling No.1 collaboration with Kane Brown. Lauren was one of CMT’s Next Women of Country and she received her first CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year with her No. 1 smash “Road Less Traveled,” This year she received her second CMT Music Award for Collaborative Video of the Year, with Kane Brown. In addition to performing on the 51st Annual CMA Awards, 2017 saw Lauren earning nominations for CMA New Artist of the Year, several Teen Choice Awards and Radio Disney Music Awards.

The MERCURY NASHVILLE artiste performed her current single, "Ladies In The '90s," on Wednesday (Feb 20) episode of NBC-TV's "Late Night with Seth Meyers."

Ladies In The '90s (Lyric Video):
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Cassadee Pope adds UK dates to CMT Next Women Of Country Tour

LONDON, UK / NASHVILLE, TN - (Mon 25th March 2019) - Following the success of her brand new album ‘Stages’ - released in February to an overwhelming response from fans and media -  country star Cassadee Pope has confirmed she will be extending her CMT Next Women of Country tour to include five UK headline shows in May, kicking off on May 9th in Bristol. This will also be the first time the CMT Next Women of Country initiative has expanded outside of the USA:
O2 presale: Wednesday, 27th March – 9:00am GMT / 
General tickets on-sale Friday, 29nd March – 9:00am GMT

Thu 9 May 2019 - The Fleece, Bristol (12 ST Thomas ST, Bristol, BS1 6JJ) | Ticketmaster UK
Fri 10 May 2019 - Arts Club, Liverpool (90 Seel Street, Liverpool, L1 4BH) | Ticketmaster UK
Sun 12 May 2019 - O2 Institute3 Birmingham, Birmingham (78 Digbeth High Street, B5 6DY) Ticketmaster UK
Mon 13 May 2019 - O2 Academy Islington, London (Angel Central, London, N1 0PS) | Ticketmaster UK
Wed 15 May 2019 - King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow (King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, 272A St Vincent Street Glasgow G2 5RL) |  Ticketmaster UK | Ticketweb @ 8:30 pm

This is in addition to an eleven-date headline US tour under the same banner, starting April 11th in Pope’s home state of Florida, after she wraps her current national tour with Maren Morris. These dates will also mark her debut UK headline tour as a solo artist, following an appearance at C2C Festival 2017 and two performances as part of Country Music Week in London last year.

Check out the lyric video for current single ‘If My Heart Had A Heart’ here: 

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Cassadee Pope is a Grammy-nominated, Platinum-certified singer-songwriter who has recently released her highly-anticipated second solo album STAGES, featuring hit singles “Take You Home,” “One More Red Light,” and “If My Heart Had A Heart.” From fronting rock band Hey Monday to winning season 3 of The Voice and releasing her #1 debut album FRAME BY FRAME, Cassadee has effortlessly re-arranged the lines of country and pop.

She has experienced tremendous success throughout her career, with her Platinum-selling single “Wasting All These Tears” being named “Breakthrough Video of the Year” at the 2014 CMT Music Awards and her #1 hit “Think of You” with Chris Young receiving a 2017 Grammy nomination for “Best Country Duo/Group.”
Cassadee has toured extensively, joining legendary artists Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley, playing London’s iconic O2 Arena during C2C: Country to Country Festival, and earning the distinction of the only country artist to perform at 2018’s Warped Tour. Cassadee recently performed “If My Heart Had A Heart” on the TODAY show and is now on tour with Maren Morris on her GIRL: THE WORLD TOUR.
Cassadee will continue touring throughout the spring as the headliner of the “CMT Next Women of Country Tour,” bringing the franchise outside of the U.S. for the first time ever. For more information about Cassadee, visit

A staunch advocate for country music’s female artists, CMT first launched its “Next Women of Country” campaign in 2013 in an effort to support and expose developing female talent, both signed and unsigned, in a male-dominated format. The campaign showcases emerging female artists across all CMT screens throughout the year, and in five years since its launch, CMT has expanded the initiative to include five CMT Next Women of Country Tours, anchored by superstar acts including Jennifer Nettles, Martina McBride and Sara Evans, a digital series, Next Women of Country Live, and more.

CMT is the leading authority on country music and lifestyle, offering a mix of original series, music events and specials. CMT is everywhere its fans are including two cable channels (CMT and the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music), radio (CMT Radio), digital (CMT App, and social (CMT on Facebook, CMT on Instagram and CMT on Twitter). CMT is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).