On this date in country music history
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.
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.
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!
– 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)
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.
He performed this new song, “Young Forever,” for a packed Ryman Auditorium during the 2018 Country Radio Seminar.
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.”
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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:
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
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”
Florida Georgia Line
Little Big Town
William Michael Morgan
Florida Georgia Line
Florida Georgia Line