Saturday 30 November 2019

Olivia Lane announces UK Headline Tour in February 2020

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LONDON, UK – (Nov 2019) – Following the release of her latest EP ‘The One’ this summer and a much-anticipated national US TV debut on NBC’s Songland, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Olivia Lane has announced her return to the UK in February for a run of five headline tour dates, with additional shows to be announced in the next few weeks.

With her previous singles ‘Hey 3AM’, ‘You Got Me’ and ‘So Good It Hurts’ gaining radio play on both sides of the pond including from BBC Radio 2 (Bob Harris) and BBC Radio Scotland (Ricky Ross), the announcement ties in with the release of a brand new piano version of EP favourite ‘The Cape’ (listen here / original video here).
Looking forward to the tour, Olivia said: “There aren’t enough words to express my excitement about coming back to play in the UK! I love the people and the culture.” 

UK Tour dates below:
Tues 4th February 2020 - The Grace, London (20-22 Highbury Corner N5 1RA) Ticketweb £14.50
Weds 5th February 2020 - Crofters Rights, Bristol (117-119 Stokes Croft Bristol BS1 3PY) Ticketweb £11.20
Thurs 6th February 2020 - Night and Day, Manchester (26 Oldham Street, M1 1JN) Ticketweb £12.32  
Fri 7th February 2020 -  Bodega, Nottingham (23 Pelham Street, NG1 2ED) Ticketweb £11.20
Sat 8th February 2020 - Proper Cycle Café, Hassocks (Brighton) (26 Keymer Road, West Sussex, BN6 8AN)
Tickets went on sale at 10am GMT on Thurs 21st Nov.

Country songstress Olivia Lane is a Houston-born and Nashville-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and performer. She started entertaining during her formative years, and immersed herself in records by Shania Twain, Frank Sinatra, and Carole King for inspiration very early on.
Garnering a loyal fan base after the release of her self-titled EP in 2016, Olivia has received widespread praise from major publications like Rolling Stone, Taste of Country, Billboard, Music Connection, and more in addition to a cumulative stream tally in excess of 20 million. 
In 2019, Olivia released her latest EP ‘The One’ to rave reviews, and was a featured songwriter on NBC’s premiere songwriting competition series Songland. With a catalogue of impeccably crafted tunes along with critical adulation in and out of the industry, Olivia is poised to take the next step in her burgeoning career.

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Friday 29 November 2019

The Shires announce new album 'Good Years', new song ‘New Year’ + 2020 UK Tour

The Shires announce new album 'Good Years' recorded in Nashville, the home of country music!
The album drops 13th March 2020


The Shires 2020 APRIL - MAY UK Tour Dates & Ticket Links below

United Kingdom, Friday 22nd November 2019 - The UK’s best-selling country act The Shires released a taster single New Year’ from their eagerly awaited forthcoming album ‘Good Years’.  ‘New Year’ is out now on BMG, listen here. ‘Good Years’ will be available as a limited edition red vinyl as well as on CD and streaming platforms.

The title of the group’s newest record couldn’t ring truer for Ben and Crissie as the release follows two gold-certified albums and three Top 10 singles firmly cementing their status as two of country music’s most prominent voices. 

The band’s new music coincides with the announcement of a UK tour which will see the duo play the likes of the London Palladium, Bristol Academy, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and Brighton’s Dome alongside a number of other venues across the UK.

The Shires - Good Years

Release Date: 13 March 2020

Label: BMG Rights Management (UK)

12 Tracks

The Shires - New Year (Official Audio) 4K Streams in 7 Days:

New Year single iTunes chart run and success

Nov 22: Debut #6 UK Country iTunes Singles Chart (#212, #219 UK iTunes all-genres), then #5 (#160), then #4 (#146)
Sat Nov 23: #4 (#149; #145; #144 UK iTunes all-genres selling 58% of the No1 country track), then #5 (#160)
Sun Nov 24: #4 (#189 UK iTunes all-genres)
Fri Nov 29: #5 (below #250 UK iTunes)


1 Lightning Strikes
2 On the Day I Die
3 Good Years
4 No Secrets
5 About Last Night
6 New Year 3:47  ** Pregrat track available 22 Nov 2019
7 Only Always
8 Independence Day
9 Thank You Whiskey
10 People Like Us
11 Better Place
12 Crazy Days

Pre-order ‘Good Years’ from this store for exclusive pre-sale access to The Shires' upcoming UK Tour.
Pre-ordering the album provides access to pre-sale tickets and is not a guarantee of tickets.
Good Years CD (Signed) £10.00
Good Years Limited Edition Red Vinyl + 12 X 12 Inch Artwork Print (Signed) £25.00
Good Years Vinyl + 12 X 12 Inch Artwork Print (Signed) £20.00
Good Years CD (Signed) + Vinyl + Limited Edition Red Vinyl + 12 X 12 Artwork Print (Signed) £50.00
Good Years CD (Signed) + Limited Edition Red Vinyl + 12 X 12 Artwork Print (Signed) £30.00
Good Years CD (Signed) + Vinyl + 12 X 12 Artwork Print (Signed) £25.00

"As far as we're concerned our third world exclusive of the evening tonight and the very first play of the first track from the brand new 4th album from The Shires and I can also exclusively reveal it's called Good Years and will be available as a red vinyl edition as well as on CD and streaming platforms, and if this is anything to go by, it's going to be amazing...Oh YES, New Year brand new from The Shires and there will be a UK tour too starting on April 27th in Weymouth" - Bob Harris BBC Radio 2 BBC Sounds

As with all their albums ‘Good Years’ was recorded in the home of Country Music, Nashville. It is a poignant project for Crissie and Ben now having made huge waves both on home soil and across the pond as the first UK artists to win ‘Best International Act’ at the prestigious CMAs.

Speaking on the release of their latest single and the new album Crissie and Ben said; “We are so excited to be releasing ‘Good Years’, our 4th album recorded in Nashville and also announce our next UK tour!  Honesty and storytelling has always been such an important part of our songwriting. We’ve poured some of the incredible experiences and life we’ve lived into these songs. We can’t wait to hit the road next year and play these live across the country. The songs mean so much to us personally, but there really is nothing like looking out at our fans in the crowd and seeing how much of an impact they can have in someone else’s life. It’s truly a very special thing”.

Ben and Crissie will embark on a UK tour in May 2020.
The PRE-SALE began at 10:00AM GMT on Weds 27th November 2019 and went on GENERAL SALE for tickets begins at 10:00 GMT on Friday 29th November 2019.
Full list of dates noted below:

The Shires 2020 UK Tour

Mon 27 April 2020 - Weymouth Pavilion (The Esplanade, Dorset, DT4 8ED Event *
Tues 28 April 2020 - Princess Theatre, Torquay (Torbay Road TQ2 5EZ) Event * £36 - £41
Weds 29 April 2020 - Victoria Hall, Stoke-On-Trent (Bagnall Street, Stoke-On-Trent, ST1 3AD)
Fri 1 May 2020 - Engine Shed, Lincoln (Brayford Pool LN6 7TS)
Mon 4 May 2020 - Symphony Hall, Birmingham (Broad Street, B1 2EA | Capacity: 2262)
Tues 5 May 2020 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth (The University of Wales, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DE)
Wed 6 May 2020 - G Live Guildford, Guildford (London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA) 
Fri 8 May 2020 -  O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol (Frogmore Street, Bristol, BS1 5NA)
Sat 9 May 2020 - Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge (Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street, CB2 3QE)
Sun 10 May 2020 - Royal Concert Hall Notts, Nottingham (South Sherwood Street, NG1 5ND; Venue Capacity: 2500)
Tues 12 May 2020 - Carlisle Sands Centre, Carlisle (The Sands, CA1 1JQ | Capacity: 1400)
Weds 13 May 2020 - Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen (Esplanade, Sea Beach, AB24 5NR)
Thurs 14 May 2020 - Liquid Room, Edinburgh (9c Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2HE)
Sun 17 May 2020 - Ipswich Regent Theatre, Ipswich (3 St. Helen's St, Ipswich IP4 1HE)
Tue 19 May 2020 -  Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (Lower Moseley Street, Lancashire M2 3WS | Capacity: 2400) Event *
Wed 20 May 2020 - Barbican, York (Paragon Centre, YO10 4NT | Capacity: 1900)
Fri 22 May 2020 - New Theatre, Oxford (George Street, Oxford OX1 2AG | Capacity: 1800)
Sat 23 May 2020 - Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool (36 Hope Street, Merseyside L1 9BP | Capacity: 2381)
Sun 24 May 2020 - St David's Hall, Cardiff (The Hayes, CF10 1AH | Capacity: 2000)
Tues 26 May 2020 The Anvil, Basingstoke (Churchill Way, Basingstoke, RG21 7QR) Event * £36.50
 Wed 27 May 2020 - The London Palladium, London  (Argyll Street, W1F 7TF)
Tue 2 June 2020 - Brighton Dome, Brighton (Church Street, East Sussex BN1 1UE | 1,860 capacity)
Wed 3 June 2020 - Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone (Leas Cliff Hall, The Leas, Kent CT20 2DZ)
Thurs 4 June 2020 - Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford (St. Paul's Square, MK40 1SL)
Tickets available from Ticketmaster UK

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Thursday 28 November 2019

67th Annual BMI Country Awards & Fashion

Amazon Black FridayImage MapTop Country songwriters & publishers honoured at November 12th event; “Rocky Top” to be presented inaugural Evergreen Award

Country music great Dwight Yoakam was in the spotlight at this year’s BMI Awards Banquet on Music Row (Tuesday Nov 12, 219) .
The new Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee was presented with the organization’s President’s Award at the BMI ceremony. His songs were sung by Jon Pardi (“Guitars, Cadillacs”), Bob Weir with Margo Price (“Fast As You”) and the sensational, harmonizing Highwomen backed by Jason Isbell (“A Thousand Miles From Nowhere”).
Video tributes were offered by Paige Levy, Billy Bob Thornton, Eric Church, Peter Cooper, Jim Ed Norman, Ken Burns, Emmylou Harris and Marty Stuart.
“Awards…remind me of how lucky I am to make a living doing what I love,” said Yoakam. “I wrote primarily because these were things I needed to say.
BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill hostedthe ceremony with Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Creative, Nashville. The BMI President’s Award is presented to songwriters who have distinctly and profoundly influenced the entertainment industry. In receiving the award, Yoakam joined an impressive list of past honourees that includes Kenny Chesney, P!nk, Harlan Howard, Brooks & Dunn, Pitbull, Adam Levine, Billy Sherrill, and Toni Braxton.
Yoakam has sold over 25 million albums worldwide, with five reaching the #1 spot on Billboard. He is a 21-time nominated, multiple GRAMMY Award winner, who has 12 gold albums and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums. He is also the recipient of the Artist of the Year award from the Americana Music Association.
Highlights from the 2019 BMI Country Awards Honoring Dwight Yoakam

BMI’s Songwriter of the Year award was a tie between Ross Copperman and Nicolle Galyon. “I’m so thankful every day of my life,” said Ross. “And thank-you, BMI, for everything you do for us.”
GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter and producer  Copperman addied to his cachet as one of the most influential figures in country music after taking home his third BMI Songwriter of the Year award last night, following wins in 2016 and 2017.

“I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to work with incredible artists and co-writers and can’t thank the BMI team enough for their unwavering support,” Copperman said after the event.

Ross Copperman takes home his third BMI Songwriter of the Year award.
Photo Credit: Erika Goldring/Getty Images for BMI

Fortuitously, his fourth solo track of 2019, “Feels Like I’m Home,” co-written with hitmakers Lolo Pritchard and Jon Nite, was made available to all digital partners last Friday, Nov. 8. Recently Copperman moved up to No. 3 on the MusicRow Top Songwriter Chart with four tunes in rotation, including “Living” (Dierks Bentley), “Tip of My Tongue” (Kenny Chesney), “Catch” (Brett Young) and “What She Wants Tonight” (Luke Bryan).
Ross Copperman Accepts The Songwriter of the Year Award at The 2019 BMI Country Awards

Fresh off his ACM Award win for Music Event of the Year as producer of the Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne collaboration “Burning Man,” Copperman continues to extend his impressive list of professional accolades. A five-time CMA Triple Play Award winner, Copperman is nominated for CMA Single of the Year for the Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne collaboration “Burning Man” and was nominated twice last year for CMA Album of the Year for Keith Urban’s Graffiti U and Dierks Bentley’s The Mountain.
 Likewise, Copperman’s songwriting talents have shined on a total of 21 No. 1 hits for artists such as Luke Bryan (“Strip It Down”), Kenny Chesney (“Setting the World on Fire”) and Florida Georgia Line (“Confession”). Earlier this year, his “Stars Are on Your Side” was featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday and was also featured on an episode of ABC’s award-winning show Grey’s Anatomy. Copperman has had numerous other major placements in TV shows and movies including CSI: NY, The Vampire Diaries, The Biggest Loser, NCIS and Nashville.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Copperman is on the ACM board of directors for Lifting Lives, a philanthropic effort that funds music health programs while also serving members of the music community who face unexpected hardships. He has also led a very personal nonprofit initiative as co-founder of Songfarm, a program that provides high school students the proper studio equipment to help them reach their music dreams. visit
Being a Part of the BMI Family at the 2019 BMI Country Awards

Nicole Galyon’s co-written “Tequila” was named Song of the Year. She movingly recalled first coming to the BMI banquet and watching from outside as the driver for Greg Oswald. Then she attended as a “plus one” on the arm of her award-winning songwriter husband Rodney Clawson. Then she started writing songs and winning BMI awards, herself. So it was a long trip to the stage to accept Songwriter of the Year.

“Coming to this night has been a metric of how I measured my career,” said Nicolle. “I have stars in my eyes.”
Nicolle Galyon Accepts The Songwriter of the Year Award at The 2019 BMI Country Awards:

BMI introduced a new honour, the Legacy Award. The Legacy Award will honor indelible classics that not only found commercial success, but have also found a life of their own in the consciousness of the public. This year’s honour went to the timeless “Rocky Top,” penned by legendary BMI writers Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. The invitation-only ceremony will take place at BMI’s Music Row offices.
One outstanding feature of the gala was that there were an impressive 20 songwriters receiving their first BMI Awards – Riley Green, Ryan Hurd, Michael Hardy, Morgan Evans and Morgan Wallen, for starters.
The other first-time honorees were Jeff Middleton, Will Weatherly, Jason Gantt, J.P. Williams, Rob Snyder, Channing Wilson, Blake Chaffin, Brad Clawson, Phillip LaRue, Chase McGill, Erik Dylan, Lindsay Rimes, Rob Willford and Mark Holman. Also receiving his first BMI country songwriting award was Chris Stevens, although he has many big CCM hits to his credit.
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Celebrating over 78 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in 14 million musical works created and owned by more than 900,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.‘s Facebook page. Sign up for BMI’s The Weekly™ and receive our e-newsletter every week to stay up to date on all things music.
67th Annual BMI Country Awards Carpet Fashion

Abby Anderson – The bubby 22-year-old “Make Him Wait” singer-songwriter wore a wine coloured one shoulder tiered gown and open heels.

Carrie Underwood – The 36-year-old “Southbound” superstar received a BMI award for her hit tune Cry Pretty. She looked relaxed and sparkled in glittering floral halter gown that featured an emerald top half and a dark blue skirt; the sleeveless number featured floral designs embroidered throughout with a charcoal metal chainlink accent along the neckline, waist and sides.

Dustin Lynch arrived to the BMI awards show with beautiful model Kelli Seymour (Select Model); in April, he said during his The Bobby Bones Show interview that he was on a date recently but didn't divulge if he was in a relationship. Kelli stunned in a rose and silver wrap dress wearing silver heels.

TOP (L-R): Abby Anderson, Carrie Underwood, Kelli Seymour (Select Model)
BOTTOM (L-R): Heather Morgan, Ingrid Andress, Jessie James Decker

Heather Morgan – The 34-year-old "Stranger to Myself" songwriter wore a full length polka -dot with side black and white waitline accents.

Ingrid Andress – The 28-year-old Colorado "More Hearts Than Mine" singer-songwriter wore a black trouser suit with silver detailing adding matching black pointy heels.

Jessie James Decker – The 31-year old singer-songwriter and TV personality wore a low-cut striped dress with ruffled sleeves
showing off cleavage in the plunging low-cut striped number which has a symmetrical hemline with lace accents. She paired the black and cream hued number with some strappy gold heels adding her large diamond wedding ring with matching diamond studded earrings and a gold pendant necklace.

Jessie Jo Dillon SWAG RAGS: The Love Her Like She’s Leaving and Break Up In The End songwriter wore a multi-colored sleeved Alice and Olivia full length dress | Neil Robison (hair + make up), Tan (Beautiful By Joule) Instagram

Kalie Shorr – The 25-year-old "F U Forever" singer-songwriter wore a bubble sleeved Elleryland back top adding a grey skirt for a monochromatic look. She carried a Zadig & Voltaire and stepped out in style adding black open Cape Robbin flame accent wedge heel sandals She carried a Sac Lolita Leo Flower purse | Hair (shannon skybolt)

Kelsea Ballerini – Attending the awards with Aussie husband Morgan Evans (who was a BMI medallion award winner) rocked a red set strapless low-cut crop top; she paired the red top - which featured a zipper detail in the center  with matching hued trousers adding cream Stuart Weitzman sandals. | Stylist (Hannah Kerri), Makeup (Kelsey Deenihan)

TOP (L-R): Jessie Jo Dillon (Alice and Olivia), Kalie Shorr (Elleryland), Kelsea Ballerini
BOTTOM (L-R): Lindsay Ell (Attico), Maggie Rose, Maren Morris

Lindsay Ell - Golden Girl Moment: The 30-year old Canadian singer-songwriter glowed in a short gold striped Attico dress (Shop) with sequinned details. Nashville Fashion Stylist (Cherie Kilchrist LA/), Nashville Wardrobe Stylist (Logan Wilson);
Glam (Tarryn Feldman). Swipe Instagram photos.

Maggie Rose – The 31-year-old "Body on Fire" singer-songwriter donned a black jumpsuit adding silver spiked heels | Wardrobe (Raina Gir)

Maren Morris – The 29-year old "The Bones" singer-songwriter hit the carpet with husband and father-to-be Ryan Hurd wearing a smart crystal emblazoned blazer with matching trousers; her barely-there baby bump peeked through the cover up

Meghan Patrick – Attending the attend the 67th Annual BMI Country Awards with her boyfriend Mitchell Tenpenny the 32-year- old Grace & Grit songstress wore a strapless black plunging leather dress with a side slit adding open black ankle strap heels | 
Styling (Bed Head by TIGI), Hair (amika), Hair & Makeup (Kristen Carbine Alford; Chantal Ingram)

RaeLynn – The 25-year-old "Bra Off" / The Voice season 2 alum choose a gown by designer Michael Fausto. The God Made Girls singer accessorized with Vince Camuto shoes, a Gedebe bag, Andrea Fohrman earrings and rings by Dannijo and Nina Tank - Instagram Video Clip

Sara Evans Rainbow Number: The 48-year old "Born to Fly" singer sparkled like a disco ball wearing a Retrofete "Gabrielle" cocktail dress in sequin rainbow-striped georgette. It features a V neckline, Long blouson sleeves, removable velvet sash at waist.
With a hem that hits above the knee (Product BGF20_TZ8D3). She added a pair of Massimo Bonini Gold pointy heels and carried a lemon
Gedebe clutch. | Tiffany Gifford (Celebrity Wardrobe Stylist), Hair & Makeup / Glam (Debbie Dover; #maccosmetics #nyxcosmetics)

TOP (L-R): Meghan Patrick, Natalie Hemby, RaeLynn (Michael Fausto)
BOTTOM (L-R): Sara Evans (Retrofete), Stephanie Quayle (ALEXIS), Tanya Tucker (Double Dranch

Stephanie Quayle – The 37-year-old "If I Was A Cowboy" singer-songwriter wore a
black embroidered lace ALEXIS Hilaria Dress from their Fall-Winter 2019 ready to wear collection. The embroidered dress had a  mock neck. (Product £498.52

Tanya Tucker – The 61-year old "Bring My Flowers Now" singer chose a patterned multitude of colour look adding  
Double Dranch attire from her own collection (Website)

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