60 Seconds Of Country Music History For March Fifteenth

On this date in country music history


In a New York City recording studio, Tex Ritter records his first two singles, “Rye Whiskey” and “Goodbye Old Paint.”
Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs’ “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” is released by Mercury Records.  It becomes a Bluegrass standard, and the theme to Warren Beatty’s 1967 movie “Bonnie And Clyde
Freddy Fender’s iconic song “Before The Next Teardrop Falls” reaches Number One on the Billboard Country Singles Chart.
Garth Brooks gets put in a San Diego Padres spring training game as a pinch runner for Wally Joyner, and gets forced out on a double play.
Dierks Bentley’s debut, self-titled album goes platinum.
Country Hall Of Fame Member Carl Smith is born in Maynardville, Tennessee.  He releases over 30 hit singles during the 1950s, including “Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way,” “Don’t Just Stand There,” and “Hey Joe!”
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Live In Studio Interview With Tony Jackson

A Performance By Country Star Tony Jackson

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.

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Miranda Lambert’s Muttnation Foundation Donates Nearly $200,000 To Shelters In All 50 States

Miranda’s Muttnation Foundation just donated nearly $200k to animal shelters across the nation.

Miranda Lambert’s foundation hand-picked at least one shelter from each state based on criteria like high adoption rates, volunteerism and fiscal responsibility.  Each shelter received $3-5,000 from the Foundation.  In total, The MuttNation Foundation donated $189,000 to shelters across the US.

animal shelter

Locally, they selected the Mississippi Animal Rescue League and Animal Rescue New Orleans as deserving recipients.

The next time you’re looking for a new animal companion, stop by the Natchez-Adams County Animal Shelter and meet their adoptable animals, or stop by the shelter near you.  Don’t shop, adopt!


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Radio Show Notes From February 22 2018

In Case You Missed It:

– 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.

– The Natchez Board of Aldermen approved funds to build a monument dedicated to the Parchman Ordeal.  An incident largely ignored by history, it was one of the most egregious treatment of African-American civil rights workers from the 1960s.  First time you’ve heard of it?  Learn more.

– New Orleans Saints & Pelicans owner Tom Benson is hospitalized with flu symptoms.  Sending positive thoughts and healing vibes his way.

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)


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In-studio Interview With Southern Halo

My interview with Southern Halo

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.

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Eric Paslay Releases New Single Called “Young Forever.”

Four years after the release of his debut album, Eric Paslay is back.

He performed this new song, “Young Forever,” for a packed Ryman Auditorium during the 2018 Country Radio Seminar.

Photo via UMG Nashville


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.

Eric says:

“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.”

Eric is set to headline the 21st Annual JDRF Promise Gala: A Country Side of a Cure on Saturday (February 24th). The event raises money and awareness for Juvenile Diabetes and the JDRF, which is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.

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Songs I Loved From The 2018 Country Radio Seminar

My Dispatch On Country Radio Seminar 2018

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.

Kassi Ashton has a really unique style too.

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.

am radio tower

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.


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Heading To The 615

Off to Nashville for #CRS2018

crs 2018


Country Radio Seminar is the annual three-day gathering of country radio people, and country music people.  We’ll all be in the same place, sharing ideas, drinks and discovering new artists.

I’m going to be posting updates over on my Instagram.  Give me a follow!  DM me on Instagram if you wanna meet up!

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ICYMI: Country singers Chris Stapleton & Sturgill Simpson Perform on SNL

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.


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Update: RIAA Gold & Platinum Country for August 2017

Certified multi-platinum single awards for Billy Currington, Brett Young, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Eric Church and Keith Urban

Every month, the good folks at the RIAA tabulate single and album sales for the music industry.  And every month, they put out a list of every song and album that was certified Platinum (sales of one million copies) or Gold (sales of half a million copies) that month.

Now, times and technology has changed, and now the RIAA factors in streams when it calculates the Gold and Platinum certifications:

RIAA set the new Album Award formula of 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale.

So, having said that, let’s get to the list:



Certified Multi-Platinum


Billy Currington “Must Be Doing Something Right”  Double Platinum


Billy Currington “People Are Crazy”  Double Platinum


Brett Young “In Case You Didn’t Know” Double Platinum


Eric Chuch “Drink In My Hand” Double Platinum


Keith Urban “Blue Ain’t Your Color” Double Platinum


Luke Bryan “Strip It Down” Double Platinum


Tim McGraw “Humble And Kind” Double Platinum 


Certified Platinum:


Billy Currington “Let Me Down Easy”


Billy Currington “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer”


Eric Church “Record Year”


Kelsea Ballerini “Dibs”


Little Big Town “Better Man”


Shania Twain “Man! I Feel Like A Woman”


Certified Gold:


Billy Currington

  • “That’s How Country Boys Roll”
  • “I Got A Feeling”
  • “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To”
  • “Don’t It”
  • “Don’t”
  • “Love Done Gone”


Chris Lane

  • “For Her”


Chris Young

  • “Another Sober Saturday Night (f. Vince Gill)”


Eric Church

  • “Mr. Misunderstood”
  • “Kill A Word”


Florida Georgia Line

  • “Here’s To The Good Times”
  • “Tell Me How You Like It”


Keith Urban

  • “The Fighter (f. Carrie Underwood)”


Little Big Town

  • “Better Man”


Luke Bryan

  • “Fast”



  • “Drinkin’ Problem”


Russel Dickerson

  • “Yours”


Shania Twain

  • “That Don’t Impress Me Much”
  • “From This Moment On”
  • “Any Man Of Mine”


Thomas Rhett 

  • “Craving You (f. Maren Morris)”


William Michael Morgan

  • “I Met A Girl”



Certified Platinum:

Chris Young

  • “Neon”


Florida Georgia Line

  • “Dig Your Roots”


Justin Moore

  • “Outlaws Like Me”
  • “Justin Moore”


Kip Moore

  • “Up All Night”


Lee Brice

  • “Hard 2 Love”


Certified Gold:


Brett Young

  • “Brett Young”


Florida Georgia Line 

  • “Dig Your Roots”


Jon Pardi

  • “California Sunrise”


Justin Moore

  • “Off The Beaten Path”


Kip Moore

  • “Up All Night”






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