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Industry Veteran Cheri Cranford Joins the Aristomedia Group as PR & Special Events Manager

(Nashville, Tenn. – Aug. 28, 2017) The AristoMedia Group has announced the addition of Cheri Cranford to the company’s publicity and events division, AristoPR. Cranford, who will serve as PR and Special Events Manager, can be reached at cheri@aristomedia.com or 615-269-7071.

Cranford’s role will consist of working with the PR team in the preparation and execution of PR campaigns as well as the planning and activation of events.

Originally from New York, Cranford transplanted to Nashville over 35 years ago. Most of her music industry career was spent at Sony Music Nashville, formerly Arista Nashville and RCA Label Group. While at Sony, she was Manager, Office Services and Executive Assistant to the music industry’s top label-heads and handled all corporate events for Sony, including efforts surrounding the ACM awards, CMA awards, CMT awards, and the GRAMMY awards. Additionally, Cranford oversaw the planning and execution of the popular Sony Boat experience during Country Radio Seminar for over 10 years. Most recently, Cranford worked as Manager, Human Resources and Executive Assistant to GM/SVP, Program Sales at Rural Media Group/RFD-TV; and General Manager at Streamsound Records.

AristoMedia Group co-owner and AristoPR President, Christy Walker-Watkins comments, “Cheri is excellent at what she does. Her diverse experience working in our industry has provided her with a pulse on many areas in which our company operates, and we are thrilled to have her join our team.”Watkins adds, “Live event opportunities have become a fast-growing segment of our company. Comprised of marketers, branding experts, conceptualists, writers, designers, event planners and consummate tastemakers, Cheri’s strong skills suit the team and the position perfectly.”

Cranford adds, “It is an honor and privilege to work with Christy, Matt and the amazing team at AristoMedia. Through the years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jeff Walker and his company, and I am truly excited about this opportunity. I look forward to this next chapter and working with the team to take the already successful AristoMedia to the next level.”

For over thirty-five years, The AristoMedia Group’s publicity services have played a significant role in the careers of new and established artists, companies and events. Additionally, AristoPR specializes in events and tailoring activations to communicate specific brand messages. From creative concepts and planning to event publicity, AristoPR handles a wide range of services. Over the years, the company has handled a diverse list of projects, including awards events, fan engagement parties, holiday parties, grand openings, release events, artist showcases, movie premieres, red carpets, seminars, press trips, charity events and more.
Founded in April 1980 by Jeff Walker as a public relations firm, the AristoMedia Group has grown into a multi-faceted media, marketing, and promotion company. For full details on the company and the various departments, visit www.AristoMedia.com. The company includes specialized departments, including AristoPR (publicity and PR), AristoVideo (video promotion and marketing), AristoDigital (digital development and marketing), Marco Promotions (secondary radio promotion), Marco Club Connection(dance venue marketing) and Jeff Walker & Associates (international marketing, consulting and event programming). The company offers project management and music consulting through Jeff Walker and Associates.

The AristoMedia Group is located at 1620 16th Ave. S., Nashville, TN, 37212. Contact the company at (615) 269-7071 or visit www.AristoMedia.com for more information.

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Odysseo’s 65 Horses Vacationing at a Local Farm

Ahead of the much anticipated August 30th Premiere in Nashville

(NASHVILLE, TN – Thursday, August 17, 2017) #OdysseoTN – As the logistic and technical teams are working on completing the Odysseo Village near Opryland in Nashville for the much-anticipated August 30 opening of the largest touring show on earth, Odysseo’s 65 magnificent horses are enjoying a relaxing 10-day stay at a nearby farm.

After sold-out performances in Toronto, Canada, the four-legged stars were transported to a lavish farm in Franklin, TN, in specially equipped trailers alongside Odysseo’s equine specialists. The Odysseoherd comprising horses of 12 different breeds – including Appaloosa, Arabian, Canadian Horse, Holsteiner, Lusitano, Paint Horse, Percheron Hanoverian Cross, Quarter Horse, Selle Français, Thoroughbred, Spanish Purebred (P.R.E.) and Warlander – is under the care of Cavalia’s 20-person stable team.

At their retreat, the horses are surrounded by spacious paddocks, where they can bathe in the sun and roll in the grass. This interlude between shows is part of Cavalia’s horse care and training philosophy, which is based on understanding the needs, preferences, and emotions of the animals, and on mutual respect, kindness, patience, and trust.

The world’s largest touring show, Odysseo is a show unlike any other on the planet, an immersive theatrical experience in which horses are front and center. Imagined by Normand Latourelle – creator of Cavalia and renowned for combining different forms of artistic expression and reinventing the scenic space – Odysseo is a veritable revolution in live performance that makes hearts race. Audiences of all ages will be transported on an epic journey to some of nature’s greatest wonders by this breathtaking production that features the 65 horses plus 50 talented riders, trainers, acrobats, aerialists, stilt walkers dancers and musicians.

TICKETS – BUY NOW AND ENJOY “PRESALE” PRICES – Up to 15% discount is applied automatically for online and phone transactions for purchases made through August 29, 2017. The presale ticket prices range from $39.50 to $109.50 + applicable fees. For a memorable outing, the Rendez-Vous package offers the best seats in the house, a full meal buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit to the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. The presale Rendez-Vous package prices range from $144.50 to $224.50 + applicable fees. Special pricing and packages are also available for groups of 12 spectators and more. Tickets for Odysseo are available at www.cavalia.com/nashville or by calling 1-866-999-8111.

ABOUT CAVALIA INC. – Cavalia Inc. is an entertainment company that specializes in the creation, production and touring of innovative shows. Founded by Normand Latourelle, the company reimagines the equestrian and theatrical arts. With its headquarters in Montreal, Cavalia Inc. is an integral part of Canada’s cultural heritage and the largest Canadian-owned cultural enterprise. Its expertise in high technology, multimedia and special effects creates magical, unique, never-before-seen experiences. Its first show, Cavalia, has been seen by more than 4 million people across North America, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Asia since its 2003 debut. Odysseo, the company’s second show, has toured to rave reviews and public acclaim since its 2011 premiere. Follow Cavalia’s latest developments at www.twitter.com/cavalia or www.facebook.com/cavalia. #OdysseoTN

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WHAT: Odysseo by Cavalia
WHEN: Premieres August 30 – Matinee and evening performances scheduled through September 10
WHERE: Under the White Big Top in Nashville, near Opryland by Briley Parkway at exit 12 – 2750 Pennington Bend Rd – Nashville, TN 37214 * Site entrance via McGavock Pike
TICKETS: Available at www.cavalia.com/nashville or by calling 1-866-999-8111.
INFO: www.cavalia.com/nashville

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For photos, show b-roll, music (mp3) and more information on the production, visit the Odysseo Press Room: https://cavalia.com/press/nashville Password:odysseo

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Nashville Serves as Backdrop of Paulina Jayne’s New Video, “Country Music Everywhere”

Video now available for viewing here.

(Nashville, Tenn. – August 17, 2017) – Country singer/songwriter, Paulina Jayne, is proud to announce the release of her latest video for “Country Music Everywhere.” Shot on location at several Nashville hotspots, including Fat Bottom Brewery and The Country. Music City was the perfect framework for capturing the essence of the song. The video is now available for viewing here.

Jayne proudly took the reins for the video shoot, calling on friends, strangers and everyone in between. Jayne and her team managed to gather thirteen actors, 5 country music star look-alikes, an award-winning videographer (Tyler Manuel), craft services, hair/makeup, and 7 of Nashville’s hottest locations and venues in 5 days with NO BUDGET! While most would consider such feat a modern day miracle, to Paulina Jayne, it was just another day in the office. “We aren’t scared of the independent life,” Jayne says grinning.

When Jayne called Manuel to shoot the new music video, he quickly developed the concept into a series of vignettes featuring 5 of country music’s biggest artists, who are referred to in the lyrics of “Country Music Everywhere.” This music video aims to humanize the artists we love and reminds listeners that Zac Brown still buys groceries at Kroger and Garth Brooks still pumps his own gas.

“With such a great song, making the video was easy. Everything we needed was in Paulina’s lyrics. The video is really an extension of the story the song tells! It was such an honor to get to work with such a talented artist! Paulina Jayne and her team brought this thing to life and allowed me to come on board and be a part of it. We had an absolute blast over the two days it took to film!” says Tyler Manuel.

To celebrate the video release, Jayne has launched the #CME Campaign. She is asking country music fans to retweet, share, and repost the video from her social media to theirs, tagging at least 3 artists in their post. Everyone who participates will be entered into a drawing for an exclusive giveaway. Jayne hopes this provides a unique interaction between her fans, their favorite artists, herself, and the country music community.

In just 2 weeks, “Country Music Everywhere” has received over 10,000 Spotify streams, landing an add on one of Spotify’s hottest playlists, “Release Radar.” Simultaneously, Noisetrade featured Paulina as one of their New and Notable Artists on the landing page of their website.

About Paulina Jayne:
Made in Detroit, Paulina Jayne’s musical style has been curated by a melting pot of influences coming together under one genre she calls urban country. At just 21 years old, Jayne has written with renowned writers Shane McAnally, JT Harding, Trey Bruce, Danny Orton and the list goes on. She has opened for Sheryl Crow, Sam Hunt, Chase Rice and Blackberry Smoke to name a few. A year ago, Paulina embarked on the creation of an all-encompassing entertainment group with a student body infrastructure spearheaded by Jamie Polen and #1 hit songwriter, Trey Bruce. When she isn’t whipping her hair on stage, she is keeping the books for her team. As equally left-brained as right, Jayne is moving the marketing and musical needles simultaneously with the help of a young and hungry group to break their careers and her own. In 2016, Jayne released an EP under their company, Girl King Records. The single, “Love’s Gonna Always Win,” written by Jayne, Bruce and Hailey Steele, won Robert Oermann’s DISCovery Award in MusicRow Magazine. “From the lyric to the searing lead guitar, from the pulsing tempo to her soprano swoops, this record has an audio delight around every corner,” says Oermann. In July of 2017, Jayne released “Country Music Everywhere,” self-written with Caroline Baker. It landed placement on Spotify’s Release Radar and racked up over 10K streams in just over a week! Meanwhile, the corresponding music video received over 30K views in just one week! Her inimitable lyricism and powerhouse vocals lure your attention. Her drive and dedication to her art and the business demands your respect, and her overall enthusiasm for her craft paired with her high energy performances keep you wanting more. Paulina Jayne is an unmistakable and unyielding force that is taking country music by storm!

Stay Connected with Paulina:
Website: www.paulinajayne.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/paulinajaynemusic
Twitter: @paulinajayne
Instagram: @paulinajayne

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Sandra Lynn Shines In Video for Latest Single, “Hey California”

Premiering Exclusively on Taste of Country

(Nashville, Tenn. – August 15, 2017) – Country singer-songwriter, Sandra Lynn has debuted the video for her single, “Hey California;” exclusively available on Taste of Country (here). The video showcases a playful romance between Lynn, with on-screen love interest, actor Liam McNeil (“Manchester by the Sea”).

The video was shot over two days on location in Los Angeles. Viewers will recognize many of Los Angeles’ famous landmarks including the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Griffith Observatory, Chinese Theater and the iconic coast of Malibu. “I had an absolute blast shooting the music video for my latest single, ‘Hey California!’ Not only did we get to film in some of Los Angeles’s most iconic locations, but I also got to work with my incredibly good and talented friends,” comments Lynn.

The video, directed by husband and wife duo, Brandon Hess and Tara Tucker, captures the spirit of the song perfectly. “Brandon and Tara went above and beyond to deliver a visual, beautiful video that captures the essence of what I was trying to communicate when I wrote the song. I hope fans love it as much as I do!” says Lynn.

“Hey California” premiered earlier this summer on Radio Disney and has since garnered over 200,000 streams on Spotify. Co-written by Lynn and Dave Brainard (Brandy Clark), who also produced the track, the song describes a picture-perfect day on the West Coast and all that comes with it—sunshine, romance, with a hint of mystery.

Currently, Lynn is busy writing, putting her lyrics to melodies, recording and putting the finishing touches on her highly-anticipated, full-length debut album due out January 2018. Fans can expect to hear more of Lynn’s unique blend of California vibes and contemporary country sound throughout the upcoming album. Lynn’s goal is to create music that strikes a chord with people, to get them dancing or through a hard time—letting her lyrics speak for themselves.

About Sandra Lynn: Since the release of her self-titled EP in 2014, produced by Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, Lynn has been on the road opening for Country music giants such as Josh Thompson, Kenny Chesney, Cole Swindell, Kenny Rogers, and Jana Kramer. Her singles “Afterparty” and “Bar Hoppin’” produced by Ross Copperman in the Fall of 2014, received substantial airplay on Sirius XM, with “Bar Hoppin’” featured on Spotify’s ‘New Boots’ country playlist, and her music video for “You Belong” (directed by Trey Fanjoy) being featured on major country networks such as CMT, GAC, and the Country Network. Mixing its tradition with her own cotemporary flair, “Hey California” is the first track released from Lynn’s highly-anticipated, debut album that will be out early 2018.

For more information about Sandra Lynn, visit www.SandraLynnMusic.com and her FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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Amber Hayes Returns to Her Roots with New Song, “My Hometown”

Hayes will appear on new HGTV series, Home Town, on May 23

(Nashville, Tenn. – May 16, 2017) – Singer/Songwriter Amber Hayes is releasing new music and marking a return to her small town, Southern roots, with latest single, “My Hometown,” to release on May 19. The pride and smile that comes across your face, when reflecting on where you grew up, “Hometown” achieves this heartwarming feeling expanding beyond a physical destination.

“I was raised in a very small town in Oklahoma and that was a big inspiration behind this song, and honestly a bunch of the songs that I write,” comments Hayes, “This song in particular focused on the reasons why you’d never want to leave your hometown, and why you’d end up returning to your roots or returning to your hometown eventually.” 

Amber Hayes penned the song with Bill DiLuigi and JP Williams years ago. It wasn’t until after she was selected for the new HGTV series, Home Town, in which the hosts, husband-and-wife team, Ben and Erin, did a complete overhaul and renovation on Hayes newly purchased home in Laurel, Mississippi that Hayes brought the song to life and recorded the track. Reflecting the purpose behind the show, “My Hometown” is featured during Hayes’ episode, airing on HGTV on May 23.
Additionally, Amber Hayes will once again host her popular show, Sweet Sunday Singing with Amber Hayes and Friends on Sunday, June 11 at the Listening Room, starting at 9 a.m.  Hayes, Jeff Bates, Williams Honor, The Runaway Hamsters and more are set to perform.

About Amber HayesCountry artist Amber Hayes is as gracious as she is talented, and considering Amber counts singer, songwriter, theater performer and actress among her credits as an entertainer, that says a lot. Over the past few years, the Oklahoma native has been touring and performing at fairs, festivals and performance venues across the country. She has performed as the opening act for one of her biggest musical influences, Reba McEntire, and she has entertained fans overseas at military bases and International festivals, including the Country Gold Festival in Japan and the Scandinavian Country Music Festival in Sweden. She has made multiple appearances performing the national anthem at NFL and NBA games.

Her first break at Country radio was with her debut EP C’mon in 2010, which landed her two Top 40 singles (“C’mon,” “Wait”) on the national MusicRow Country Breakout chart. In 2012, she released her sophomore album, titled Any Day Is A Good Day. Her latest release, a new EP titled Running Out of Memories, features three songs produced by Bobby Terry, as well as a remix of her previously released tune, “Me & Loretta,” and a new rendition of the classic “Cotton Eyed Joe,” which was featured in the family-film, Cowgirls ‘N Angels 2: Dakota’s Summer.  More recently, Hayes released the track “Hero’s Heart” in honor of her uncle who was honored with the Medal of Honor, the United States of America’s highest military honor.
For more information about Amber, visit and follow her on www.AmberHayesMusic.com,  Facebook,Twitter and Instagram.
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Mark Mackay to Perform At Los Angeles’ Lucky Strike Live This Thursday, May 11

Set to perform songs off his new album, Trials & Tribulations

(Nashville, Tenn. – May 10, 2017) – Southern California’s country rocker Mark Mackay is scheduled to appear and perform songs off his new album, Trials & Tribulations, at Lucky Strike Live in Los Angeles this Thursday, May 11.

Recorded in Los Angeles with producer, Phil Dixon and mixed by Christian James Hand, Trials & Tribulations was released on May 1 and is an eight-track collection written solely by Mackay. The project represents his songwriting and authentic sound that sits at the crossroads of country and rock-and-roll. CMChat referred to Mackay as one “with guitar riffs reminiscent of Tom Petty.”

Tina Michelle and the Rhinestone Cowboys and Bleeding Harp will also be performing in celebration of MacKay’s release.

Currently on tour with Joe Nichols and Jackie Lee, Mackay has headlined numerous clubs and festivals. He’s also had the opportunity to open for country stars like Frankie Ballard, Eli Young Band, Cole Swindell, Tracy Lawrence and Old Dominion, plus legendary rockers The Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and Orianthi. This past year, Mackay played 230 shows in which Music Connection recognized him as one of the Top 100 National Live Acts. For an extended list of tour dates, click here.

Raised in the greater San Francisco area and a longtime resident of Los Angeles, Mackay is a talented multi-instrumentalist who can play guitar, banjo, and piano–in which he was classically trained. Mackay attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood to further expand his abilities and knowledge within the music industry.

Mackay is sponsored by Schecter GuitarsD’AddarioSeymour DuncanDeering, and Red Bull.

For more information on Mark Mackay, please visit www.MarkMackayOfficial.net or follow on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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Country Radio Seminar Announces New Members to 2017-2018 Agenda Committee

(Nashville, Tenn. – May 4, 2017) – Country Radio Seminar welcomes 12 new members onto the 2017-2018 Seminar Agenda Committee. Along with the returning majority, these industry professionals will lead the discussion in planning the agenda for next year’s Country Radio Seminar 2018 that is scheduled for Feb. 5-7, 2018 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

The newly selected individuals joining the 2017-2018 CRS Agenda Committee are: Josh Bennett(Nielsen Music), EJ Bernas (Social Pulse Media), Bill Macky (Black River Entertainment), Brent Michaels (KUZZ/KRJK/Buck Owens Prod.), Lou Ramirez (Warner Music Nashville), Larry Rosin(Edison Research), Toby Tucker (Neuhoff Media), Monta Vaden (All Access), Lisa Wall(WLHK/Emmis), Robin Ward (KFRG), Erich West (iHeartMedia/WDRM), and Sue Wilson (Rubber City Radio Group/WQMX).

Returning committee members are: Lee Adams (Broken Bow Records), Sam Alex (Townsquare Media), Andrew Curran (DMR/Interactive), Tim Gerst (Thinkswell), Carolyn Gilbert (NuVoodoo Media), Jeff James (Signet Interactive), Bruce Logan (CBS Radio), Billy McKim (Texas A&M University), Eric Michaels (WTHI-Midwest Communications), Terry Phillips (CBS/WYCD), J.R. Schumann (SiriusXM), Jenny Shields (Premiere Radio Networks), and Brook Stephens (Leighton Broadcasting).

The CRS Agenda Committee is comprised of industry professionals from all areas of Country radio and records. The committee is responsible for planning the educational panels for the upcoming year’s Country Radio Seminar. Heading up this year’s agenda committee is Greg Frey (Cumulus) serving as Chairman, alongside Co-Chairmen Judy Lakin (Cox) and Jay Cruze (iHeartMedia).

Please direct agenda committee inquiries to Sheree Latham at 615-329-4942 or Sheree@CRB.org

To purchase tickets to this year’s Country Radio Hall of Fame hosted at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University on June 21 at 6 p.m., please click here.

About Country Radio Seminar: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. Country Radio Seminar 2018 is set for Feb. 5-7, 2018 at the Omni Nashville.

For more information, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com, and follow CRS on FacebookTwitter (Hashtag #CRS2018) and Instagram.

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Country Duo American Young Set to Headline European Tour This Summer

Tour Commences June 24th in Switzerland

(Nashville, Tenn. – May 2, 2017) Curb Records’ recording duo, American Young is kicking off summer with an eleven-date European tour. Although this is the duo’s fifth time overseas and secondEuropean tour in 2017, this will be the first time they are headlining the entire leg of the tour, making stops in Switzerland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Norway. In promotion of their recently released debut album, AY, the tour will commence on June 24th in Switzerland.

“We are very excited to experience the European audiences again, we connect with them in such a special way, it’s hard to describe,” comments Jon Stone“The energy, the enthusiasm—It’s so much fun to be able to bring our passion to Europe, and the fans be so welcoming.”

Comprised of songwriter/musician, Kristy Osmunson, and songwriter/producer, Jon Stone, American Young released their debut album in late 2016. Penning 11 of the 12 tracks, showcasing Osmunson and Stone’s natural songwriting abilities, the record features their first single, “Love is War,” along with tracks such as “God Sends a Train,” which speaks of the real-life devastation Osmunson endured when her mother was hit by a train but lived and eventually walked again, “Be Here,” which pleads for a moment of peace without the distractions of today’s world, and “Something to You,” which Osmunson fought back tears to record in the studio.

Upcoming European Tour Dates are:

June 24        Interlaken, Switzerland         Trucker & Country Festival
June 25         Manchester, UK                     Buckle & Boots Country Festival
June 27         St. Albans, UK                       The Horn
June 28        Glasgow, UK                           King Tuts
June 29        Newcastle, UK                       Think Tank
June 30        London, UK                            Nashville Nights Under the Bridge
July 1            Suffolk, UK                            Maverick Festival
July 2           Wolverhampton, UK             Slade Rooms
July 5           Amsterdam, Netherlands   Melkweg Bovensal
July 7           Vinstra, Norway                   Vinstra Countryfestivalen
July 8           Vinstra, Norway                   Vinstra Countryfestivalen

About American Young: American Young is comprised of songwriter/musician, Kristy Osmunson, and songwriter/producer, Jon Stone, who are complete opposites when it comes to personality, but come together to create hauntingly beautiful music stemmed solely from their own personal experiences. Both are established songwriters in their own right and wrote 11 out of the 12 tracks on their recently released debut album, AY.

Kristy Osmunson, born and raised in Idaho, grew up playing the violin. She went from playing at honky-tonks to co-founding the electrifying fiddle-duo Bomshel and writing the Joey + Rory hit “Cheater, Cheater,” well on her way as a songwriter and solo artist before crossing paths with Stone.

Jon Stone, originally from Oregon, is too country born and bred, for a while even working as a bull rider, before he was a solo act turned successful producer/songwriter including Kenny Chesney’s “Seven Days,” Blake Shelton’s “Kiss My Country Ass,” and Rascal Flatts’ “Me and My Gang.”

For more information on American Young, please visit www.AmericanYoung.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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The Country Network Releases First Look Into Enhanced Summer Programming

Schedule to include On the Rise, Live from the Couch, Saturday Night Field Party, and Songs & Stories with John Berry

(Nashville, Tenn. – May 1, 2017) – With two Telly Awards under its belt, The Country Network is starting to earn a name for itself, releasing the first look into its new-and-improved summer programming, with shows On the Rise, Live from the Couch, Saturday Night Field Party, and Songs And Stories with John Berry.

On the Rise will debut the first music videos of brand new artists, as well as videos from more seasoned veterans, but the show will be solely hosted by these up-and-comers and the playlists they create. Designed to showcase those striving to make it in country music, On the Rise will introduce the audience to those they wouldn’t normally hear on the radio for a “you heard it here first” mentality.

Live from the Couch invites artists to the “Couch” to perform their tracks acoustically and be interviewed in a way meant to bring the fans closer than ever to their favorite artists; where guests can talk openly about themselves, their music, and the future of their careers. Each session will contain multiple artists’ performances and interview snippets.

Saturday Night Field Party will be hosted by a variety of musical guests, but the first four episodes will feature Colt Ford, leading up to the release of his newest music video and album, “Love Hope Faith.” The hour-block show features the best of country-party videos that will speak straight to the heart of young, rural America—make you want to shut down the John Deere, spark up the bonfire, pop your tailgate, and crank up those tunes.

Songs and Stories with John Berry will focus on the connection between the artist and their most popular and meaningful songs that influence their careers. The series is being filmed at Nashville’s historic Douglas Corner, the same venue where Berry originally showcased to receive his first major record deal. Alongside Berry, the first season will feature special guests Billy Ray CyrusCraig MorganClay WalkerSuzy BoggussMo Pitney, Neal McCoyBilly Dean, and more.

Already having won two Telly Awards in creativity for shows “Our Land—The Music Highway” and “Guitars & Swim Up Bars,” the Network’s initiatives has broaden its scope to include music video production. The team already has five music video projects with artists on the books, with development in progress.

Finally, in honor of the 25th Anniversary of George Strait’s Pure CountryThe Country Network is airing a special TV event dedicated to the film that took place mid-April and hosted at the Western Kountry Klub, where the movie was filmed. The celebratory special, airing on May 15th, will include Jim Lauderdale, Steve Dorff, and Rex McGee, the movie’s song and screen writers, recounting their stories about the cast and production.

About The Country Network: Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. and Fort Worth, Texas, national television network, The Country Network (TCN), airs music videos, countdowns, special programming and more. Available in 51 markets, a reach of over 41 million DMA households, TCN can also be viewed on Roku devices, and via streaming online at www.tcncountry.comA full list of affiliates/markets is available here.  Throughout 2017, TCN remains focused on special programming and its growth strategy.

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Country-Rocker Mark Mackay Releases New Album—Trials & Tribulations

Southern California’s country-rocker Mark Mackay releases his new album, Trials & Tribulationsintertwining his west-coast lifestyle with country appeal, one guitar lick at a time. The project is available for download via major digital retailers, and physicals can be purchased at Mackay’s live shows.

“This album compiles my personal songwriting and co-written material, along with outside finds, but all of the tracks remain true to my artistry,” said Mackay. “I think the flow of this album has a quality that traditional country fans will appreciate, while including enough mainstream influence for today’s audience.

Trials & Tribulations was recorded in Los Angeles with producer, Phil Dixon and mixed by Christian James Hand. With half of the eight-track collection written solely by Mackay, the project exemplifies his evocative songwriting and authentic sound that sits at the crossroads of country and rock-and-roll.

Los Angeles’ Lucky Strike Live will host Mackay’s album release party on May 11, which will include performances from Tina Michelle and the Rhinestone Cowboys and Bleeding Harp as well as Mackay.

Trials & Tribulations Track Listing:

  1. I’ve Already Won (Debra Gussin)
  2. Settle for a Small Town (Mark Mackay)
  3. I Can’t Stop You (Jeffery Steele)
  4.  Road to Mustang (Mark Mackay)
  5.  I’ll Be Alright (Mark Mackay)
  6.  Better in Love (Mark Mackay)
  7.  Without Me (Beau Garner)
  8.  Reno (Alex Woodard)

Currently on tour with Joe Nichols and Jackie Lee, Mackay has headlined numerous clubs and festivals. He’s also had the opportunity to open for country stars like Frankie Ballard, Eli Young Band, Cole Swindell, Tracy Lawrence and Old Dominion, plus legendary rockers The Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and Orianthi. This past year, Mackay played 230 shows, leading Music Connection to recognize him as one of the Top 100 National Live Acts. For an extended list of tour dates, click here.

Raised in the greater San Francisco area but a longtime resident of Los Angeles, Mackay is a talented multi-instrumentalist who can play guitar, banjo, and piano—in which he is classically trained. Mackay attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood to further expand upon his musical abilities and knowledge.

Mackay is sponsored by Schecter GuitarsD’AddarioSeymour DuncanDeering, and Red Bull.

For more information on Mark Mackay, please visit www.MarkMackayOfficial.net or follow on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.


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