Elvis Presley gets a posthumous number one hit when “Guitar Man” written by Jerry Reed, hits the top of the Billboard Country Singles Chart. Jerry Reed’s version was a very minor country hit in 1967.
After a nine-year drought, John Anderson is back at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Straight Tequila Night”
Cynthia May Carver is born in Lamb, Kentucky. Known by her stage name “Cousin Emmy” she becomes one of country music’s first successful female artists. Her song, “Ruby (Are You Mad)” was a Top Five hit for Buck Owens in 1971.
United States Marine Corps veteran-turned-singer-songwriter Tony Jackson stopped by the 95 Country studios this afternoon for an interview and performance of his current single “Old Porch Swing.” I really love songs that paint a mental picture, and Tony’s song is one of my favorite ones on my station’s playlist. His song is currently sitting at #27 on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart.
I’ll grab the audio from the full interview tomorrow. Meanwhile, check out the Facebook Live video of his performance this afternoon. Stop by Tony’s website and pick up a copy of his new album and some merch too. Stream songs all you want, but if your want your favorite artists to keep making music, it’s very important that you support them with your wallet too.
– The very talented and fun country group Southern Halo stopped by for an interview and in-studio performance. They are a super traditional country group, and you really hear those Mississippi Delta roots in their music.
– Kelsea Ballerini dropped a new single from her sophomore album Unapologetically. I love the first line: “I hate Shakespeare and Gosling and cakes with white frosting.” Country radio so wanted Kelsea to be the “next” Taylor Swift, which is just such an unrealistic expectation to place on any new singer. I’m glad to hear Kelsea finding her groove as an artist.
– Right before I got off the air, Cole Swindell released a new single from his next album. It’s called “Break Up In The End” and it definitely has some serious feels.
– Viral Video: UK nursing home hires pole dancers to keep residents entertained (more-or-less SFW)
Super excited to finally get to interview Natalia, Hannah and Christina from the group Southern Halo. They’re from the Mississippi Delta, and you can really hear that history and tradition come through in their music. Check them out and buy some new merch on their website! Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Instagram.
The crowd of radio programmers and music industry representatives gave the Abilene, Texas native a warm welcome back. Eric Paslay co-wrote with Chris DeStefano (“That’s My Kind of Night,” “Something in the Water,” “Don’t Ya”) and singer-songwriter Morgan Evans.
“It all points back to your youth, and it’s about the feeling of it of ‘shooting stars lighting up the boulevard,’ like you’re just young enough to get away with anything almost…It’s that summer love; it’s that first time rush. And I hope I live that way, and I hope everyone who hears this song gets that feeling and makes ‘em want to feel young forever every time they do something in their life and experience it for the first time or the hundredth time.”
“Five More Minutes” music video to debut on March 15th
Independent country artist Scotty McCreery is working on a new music video for his single “Five More Minutes, and he wants you to be a part of it. You can submit one to three-minute video clip of them reuniting with the people in their lives they want to spend five more minutes with including their families and friends, as well as loved ones in military service.
Submitted videos will have the chance to be featured in the new music video for McCreery’s hit single which will premiere March 15, 2018. The deadline for video submissions is March 4th, so you have to hurry. Visit Cracker Barrel’s official entry page for more information on how you can get in on this
We call it “CRS” for short. The one week a year when country radio and country music converge in Nashville for three days of seminars, networking, sharing ideas, and incredible live performances. It’s quite the whirlwind of music, fun, and incredibly valuable content. Every one is an adventure, and this past week’s Country Radio Seminar was quite the trip for me.
After Delta Airlines tried twice to put me on a broken airplane, I got a refund on my tickets and baggage fees and decided to make the ~500 mile drive to Nashville. Even though the route defies logic, turns out it was considerably faster to go from Natchez to Memphis to Nashville, than it was to go Natchez to Meridian to Birmingham to Nashville.
The first day of CRS, there isn’t usually a lot going on as far as seminars go. It’s mostly the day to sign in, mingle, reconnect with old friends, and go to various artist showcases. The Country Hall Of Fame opens its doors for CRS attendees on the first day, which is always a nice touch. A walk through the CHOF always sets the mood for the rest of my time in Nashville.
The second day is all about seminars. Got a ton of value out of the ones I attended. In the middle of the second day, everyone goes to the Ryman Auditorium for an acoustic showcase of Universal Music Group artists, which is always incredible. Highlight of that performance for me was Chris Stapleton’s performance of “There Ain’t No Easy Way.”
UMG has an amazing repertoire, and the setting can’t be beat. New artist Travis Denning delivered a really good song with a interesting lyrical twist.
After the UMG showcase, you do a couple more seminars, then it’s time for more dinners, more drinks, and more showcases.
The third day is similar to the second, with lots of seminars on the schedule, a lunch featuring performances by Big Machine Label Group artists, and then the big show of the seminar, the annual Country Radio Seminar New Faces show. The lineup at New Faces is chosen entirely by the country radio and country music industry, and getting selected is a huge honor. This year, Carly Pearce, Michael Ray, Midland, Lauren Alaina and Luke Combs all performed 3-4 song sets. All of the performances were top notch, and I feel very good about the future of country radio.
On my final morning in Nashville, I made the point to head a few miles south and check out the
legendary Blaw-Knox tower that sends 650 AM WSM’s signal into the ether. Such a cool sight, and site!
Here’s a Spotify playlist I whipped up that represents the artists and songs that I really liked. In some cases, the songs performed aren’t available online yet (like Kassi and Travis’s songs above) so I just used a song that was available.
Country singer Chris Stapleton had a busy weekend.
He and fellow Kentuckian Sturgill Simpson performed two INCREDIBLE songs on Saturday Night Live, and then, Stapleton picked up three Grammy Awards on Sunday night: Best Country Song for “Broken Halos,” Best Country Solo Performance for “Either Way,” and Best Country Album for From A Room: Volume 1.
And on Monday, he announced he’s performing at the brand-new Brandon Amphitheater near Jackson, Mississippi.
Turn your speakers or headphones way up and enjoy both performances.
Maren Morris performed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas the night before the mass shooting that left over 50 concert goers dead.
She was one of the first country performers to respond to the tragedy, and she tweeted a Youtube link to a song called “Dear Hate” and this note, where she says she’ll donate all proceeds from the song to charity.
Maren Morris actually wrote the song three years ago in response to another mass shooting; the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shootings in Charleston, South Carolina in June 2015.