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DIGITAL RODEO ANNOUNCES ARTIST LINEUP AND ANDY GRIGGS AS HOST FOR DRX SHOWCASE

Showcase to take place Nov. 11 at 3rd and Lindsley

(Nashville, Tenn. – Nov. 6, 2014) – Online social network and country lifestyle portal Digital Rodeo announces special guest host, Andy Griggs, for the upcoming DRX Artist Showcase to be held November 11th at 6 p.m. on Nashville’s famous 3rd and Lindsley Bar & Grill stage. The live performance will be streamed and can be viewed at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/digitalrodeox-live.

The DRX monthly showcases highlight some of the platform’s most promising Country artists and will help to promote some of the website’s featured Independent Artists. The November DRX showcase will feature The CheatersAmber Hayes, Jason JamesPhoenix Drive and Mitch Rossell.

To view a sizzle reel from the Sept. 2014 showcase, visit here.

Music industry representatives that RSVP in advance to showcase@digitalrodeo.com will be offered a limited number of complimentary drinks during the event.  DRX Members/Fans who RSVP are entered for special prizes (must be present to win).

Andy Griggs

About Andy Griggs: 

Andy Griggs often says his influences in music are like a pot of gumbo. Growing up in Monroe, La., he was raised on Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggert, Waylon, Bill Monroe, hardcore blues and hardcore rock and roll, sprinkled with a touch of jazz. He often says, “There is no defining a style of song. As long as there’s soul, it has a place in music.” Andy moved to Nashville in 1995 after a childhood filled with major mountains and valleys. Music was such a huge inspiration in his young life that it helped him grieve. And he did plenty of that. His father, the praise and worship leader at their church, died from a brain tumor when Andy was 11 years old. His brother Mason, his only sibling, took his father’s baton and ran with it. Throughout their teenage years, Mason was Andy’s hero. Mason died at the early age of 21 from heart complications that he had had since birth. Andy grabbed that same baton and he quotes, “when I jumped into the pool of music, I jumped into the deep end and never came out.”

After several years of playing in the bluegrass band, Jerry and Tammy Sullivan, Andy found himself a record deal with RCA and exploded after the release of his first single, “You Won’t Ever Be Lonely.” After two #1’s, five top 5 and four other top 10 hits, Andy came to a musical crossroad in his life – there was something missing. Andy felt that his music was only releasing 99% of what was in his heart and soul, leaving his life feeling incomplete. “My childhood was a rollercoaster ride and so has been my profession as a singer. I’m at that point in my life where I either want to make a difference with a song and a worn-out guitar, or I need to find something else to do. I’ve learned that you don’t come to this town and TRY to fit a certain mold. You don’t TRY to fit a certain style. You don’t TRY to sing your heart out. You either DO or you DON’T.” This awakening led Andy to start writing most of his songs and producing his own music. “Heck, I don’t know how to produce, I just know what I hear and feel. That’s what I want and that’s what I have to have.” Now, as you listen to his songs, you will realize that he is finally complete and one with his music.

The Cheaters'

About The Cheaters:

The Cheaters’, Jason Morton and Brett Wilmer, have finally made the trek to Tennessee to allow their infectious tunes and high-energy harmonies to make their Nashville debut as a lead act. With enviable talent they have held their own, opening for renowned bands such as ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, Eric Church, Shooter Jennings and many others.

Lead singer and guitarist, Jason Morton, started playing piano at age 4 and later picked up guitar in his early teens. “I performed the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ on guitar at my 8th grade talent show and got a standing ovation,” Jason said. “That is when I knew I wanted to do this the rest of my life. I actually met Brett through a mutual friend in high school who was talking about music and how awesome his band was. He took me to one of their shows at a fraternity party, and I became a fan. Then, the lead singer left the band, and I had the opportunity to audition. We have been together ever since, touring and playing our music all over the world.”

The Cheaters’ dream of coming to Nashville, writing songs and producing a new EP has finally come true. Their melodic lines and vocals on their eight-song EP, Waitin’ On Right Now, were perfected under the production of Tommy Harden, Reba McEntire’s drummer. “We have never been more proud of anything we have ever created,” Jason said. “This is our 4th record, and it is scary because it is more mainstream than what we are used to. Our original fans have had a great reaction even though some of the elements are more diverse than previous projects. They seem to have embraced the change. ”

Amber Hayes

About Amber Hayes

Country artist Amber Hayes is as gracious as she is talented.  Considering Amber lists singer, songwriter, theater performer and actress among her credits as an entertainer, that says a lot.

Born and raised in tiny Weleetka, Okla., Amber grew up idolizing the iconic female entertainers before her: Dolly, Reba and Barbara Mandrell.  Their pioneering efforts, which extended far beyond the simple guise of “Country singer,” made a strong impression on Amber as a little girl.  With that being said, it should come as no surprise that the talented singer-songwriter is making strides today that follow a similar path to those trailblazing women before her.

One song in particular, titled “Any Day Is A Good Day,” stands out as the centerpiece among the rest. The single scored Amber her first Top 30 record. Written with her longtime guitarist/co-writer Bill DiLuigi and friend JP Williams, the track’s positive, inspirational message not only serves as a captivating backdrop for her latest single, but also as a genuine reflection of Amber’s outlook on the “big picture” items in life.

“You know, I knew we had something special when we finished writing this song, because it has that timeless message of hope to it,” says Hayes. “When I perform it at my shows, you can kind of just see it connecting with people. I’ve gotten so many comments from people about how this song touched them or brought them hope in all kinds of different ways. I like to think of it as a reminder that each day is a gift and not to take it for granted.”

With the release of Any Day Is A Good Day, Amber has taken a creative leap as a singer, songwriter and artist. Thanks to her recent opportunities in film and television, she is also taking significant strides in the footsteps of her heroes.  For Amber Hayes, these are indeed good days.

Jason James

About Jason James:

Born in Georgia, Jason now calls Nashville his home. After connecting with Garth’s electrifying performance energy and amazing story telling ability, Jason decided he wanted to be that guy and credits Garth with his move to Nashville.

Immediately upon moving to town, ASCAP’s Ralph Murphy introduced Jason to Kim Copeland and Susan Tucker. Seeing something unique and special in him, the ladies began developing his songwriting and vocal talents. He is now a full-time performer and songwriter, whose co-writers include, hit makers Billy Montana, Monty Holmes, Arlos Smith and Buddy Owens.

Jason is currently the headliner at Paradise Park, one of Nashville’s premier clubs on Broadway, where he performs every Friday and Saturday night for standing-room-only crowds of loyal fans and tourists alike. This has helped him build a fan base that stretches from Australia to France, all over the United States and across the world.

He has performed at CMA Fest and at many other Nashville hot spots, such as Exit IN, 12th and Porter and Douglas Corner, and is a sought after entertainer for corporate and prestigious private events. Jason has also been a featured performer at the William Morris “Speakeasy” private, invite-only industry Showcase.

Jason says, “I try to take all of the good elements from Country music of the past and build on it with my own voice and style. I grew up on 90′s Country and that’s what drew me to Country music and to Nashville. Some people call me a blend of Garth and Gary Allan, and I love that! I’ll always be striving for that! Bring on the guitars, fiddles, tattoos, and Country music!”

Phoenix Drive

About Phoenix Drive:

Phoenix Drive is a modern country/rock band hailing from the Atlanta/Athens, Ga., area. Phoenix Drive came to full fruition with the addition of co-lead singer Charissa Nicole, lead guitarist Jason Roller and drummer David Rollins to its founding members, Jon Scott and Brian Powers, in early 2010. With a sound that has often been compared to the earlier music of Fleetwood Mac, Keith Urban and The Civil Wars, this group is turning many an ear and eye with their dynamic live show, solid musicianship, powerful duo lead vocalists and intricate three-part harmonies. Phoenix Drive’s original songs and modern infusion of country, rock, folk and soul caught the attention of hit producer and songwriter Joe West, who subsequently recorded their first full-length album in Nashville, Tenn. Their unique yet mainstream sound is creating buzz in the Southeast and gaining fans fast! Their album, “A Fool’s Melody”, is already receiving major accolades from many industry professionals as well as fans alike. The future is looking bright for Phoenix Drive, and they are making waves wherever they go…so hop on!

Mitch Rossell

About Mitch Rossell:

Mitch Rossell, originally from Chattanooga, Tenn., made the move to Nashville in 2009, after graduating from the University of Tennessee- Chattanooga. Mitch has been on the fast track since his arrival and Nashville, and is currently a regular in Music City’s most popular establishments, such as Tootsies, Rippy’s, Honky Tonk Central and 3rd and Lindsley. Mitch also books regular gigs outside of Nashville, traveling for much of the year in an effort to touch as many fans as possible.

At 25, Mitch has refused to bow to typical industry pressures. He has been approached several times to try out for popular reality television shows such as “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent,” but believes he can make it the old-fashioned way—with pure talent, strong songwriting, selling records independently, increasing his booking schedule and merchandizing. He has already written over 250 songs, and fans say his talents are increasing with every song he writes. Mitch currently spends most mornings, when he is in town and not out on the road touring, writing with some of the biggest-song writers in country music such as: Monty Criswell, Mark Nesler, Odie Blackmon, Tim Menizies, Pat McLaughlin, Bill Luther, Shane Minor, Mark Beeson, and Ben Stennis.

Mitch is widely known for his accessibility and friendly demeanor. Through his social media channels, Mitch makes a consistent effort to answer all questions and comments and keep his fans informed about new music or events. Mitch says he plans to keep that up for as long as he is able to, and remains humbled by it all.

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CRS Honors Rusty Walker with 3rd Annual Scholarship Program

Applications now being accepted at CountryRadioSeminar.com

(Nashville, Tenn. – Nov. 3, 2014– Country Radio Seminar is now accepting applications for its 3rd Annual Rusty Walker Scholarship program, created to honor Country Radio Hall of Fame member Rusty Walker, who passed away in May 2012.

The scholarships provide for an all-expense paid trip and attendance to CRS 2015, held Feb. 25-Feb. 27, 2015.  Interested parties can apply now through Mon, Dec. 1st at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

Each applicant must fill out an online application and submit a paragraph explaining why he/she should be considered as a Rusty Walker Scholar.  Eligible applicants must be a full-time radio station employee and a first time CRS attendee.  Three individual scholarships will be awarded.

Each scholarship includes a full CRS 2015 registration, one ticket to the Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner, and airfare and hotel room expenses for three nights (Wed., Feb. 25, 2015 – Friday, Feb. 27, 2015).  Scholars will be recognized at the CRS 2015 opening ceremonies and will have the opportunity to meet and engage with CRS board members during the three-day seminar.

The CRS Selection Committee will announce the winning recipients on Monday, Dec. 3, 2014.

CRS 2015 is held Feb. 25-Feb. 27, 2015, at the Nashville Convention Center in downtown Nashville, Tenn.

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.  CRS 2015 will be held Feb. 25 – Feb. 27, 2013, in downtown Nashville, Tenn., at the Nashville Convention Center.  $499 Regular Registration is now available. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information.

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The Cains Trio Release Debut Album, Stay On Board

(Nashville, Tenn. – Oct. 28, 2014) – Up-and-coming sibling group, The Cains Trio, have released their debut album, Stay On Board, today, Oct. 28.Stay On Board was released through DayStreet Records/GMV Nashville, and follows the release of the group’s current single, “Be Yourself With Me,” to Country radio, which recently garnered the group MusicRow Magazine’s prestigious DisCovery Award.

Award-winning songwriter Ed Hill commented of the group, “The Cains are the most exciting group I’ve ever worked with. This dynamic trio is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to raw talent – unusually interesting harmonies, contagious energy and addictive songs. I believe they’ll play an important role in pioneering positive change in today’s quality of country music, attracting and impacting listeners and fans of all ages.” 

The emerging group has already achieved success in their home state of Alabama and has garnered a solid fan base by performing shows at music venues across the state. While all three were students at Troy University, the trio entered into a video contest, eventually winning the opportunity to open for Dave Barnes at WorkPlay in Birmingham, Ala. They have also opened for Andrew Ripp and share co-writes with Ed Hill, Billy Lawson and Roger Murrah.

Of the new album, the trio’s Madison Cain commented, “The album (Stay On Board) is an accumulation of years of writing and singing together, and we can’t wait to introduce it to our fans. We feel as if our debut single, “Be Yourself With Me,) truly represents the trio perfectly, and we’re looking forward to sharing more of our musical labors of love with our fans and radio as we dive into this journey!”

The group’s current single, “Be Yourself With Me,” is a mid-tempo, tenderhearted tune about allowing loved ones to take their guard down and be open and honest with one another. To hear the single, visit the group’s SoundCloud at www.SoundCloud.com/TheCainsTrio, or, click here. The group has also released a music video for the single, which can be viewed on their YouTube page at www.YouTube.com/user/TheCainsTrio, or, click here.

Stay On Board – Track Listing and Songwriter Info:

1. Be Yourself With Me (Taylor Cain, Billy Lawson, Ed Hill)
2. Smoke On The Hill (Taylor Cain, Madison Cain, Billy Lawson, Ed Hill)
3. I’ll Take That Any Day (Taylor Cain, Madison Cain)
4. Someone Loves You (Taylor Cain, Billy Lawson)
5. She’s My Girl (Dylan Altman, Kris Bergsnes, Jim McCormick)
6. Fighting For Love (Taylor Cain, Billy Lawson, Ed Hill)
7. Beautiful Life (Taylor Cain, Madison Cain, Logan Cain, Billy Lawson, Ed Hill)
8. Traveling Kind (Taylor Cain, Billy Lawson)
9. Say Less, Love More (Taylor Cain, Madison Cain, Logan Cain, Billy Lawson, Ed Hill)
10. Stay On Board (Taylor Cain, Madison Cain, Logan Cain)

For more information on The Cains Trio, view their website at http://www.thecainstrio.com/ and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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KEITH URBAN ANNOUNCED AS FEATURED SPEAKER FOR CRS 2015

(Nashville, TN – Oct. 21, 2014 Country music superstar Keith Urban has been announced as a Country Radio Seminar 2015 featured speaker. The event, Keith Urban: Being Present, is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at 3 p.m. during the annual convention, which takes place at the Nashville Convention Center.

Radio consistently says Keith Urban is known for ‘being present.”  He was one of the first to tear down the walls between the artist and their live audience.  Being present has been his calling card.  This is a very important topic for not only on-air talent and programmers who now have multiple jobs, multiple air shifts, and management responsibilities. It is relevant to everyone in today’s business environment who must be proficient in multi-tasking with many individuals.  When your life has many different facets you need to manage. It’s how you’re present in “that moment,” with an employee, listener, business colleague, and your audience.

“This will be a definitive ‘memorable moment’ for all of us this year: having this incredible talent address this most critical skill in today’s hectic professional business environment, with far reaching effect on one’s ability to communicate,” says CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne. “Urban is one of the first artists to have literally broken down the separation that can exist even on the concert stage.  Not only has he been leaving the stage, to join his audiences for years, he was the first artist that I’ve ever seen, whose stage literally bled into the crowd, with no barrier of any kind – no doubt entirely by design.”

Mayne continues, “Keith is one of the most impressive and successful artists of our time. There’s no doubt that both the musician and the man have set the standard for the way any artist’s relationship should be with his or her fans.  His ability to connect on a human level whether in person or through his music is unprecedented.  Radio air talent and programmers are unanimous when referring to Urban’s uncanny ability to connect with people.  It is genuine, heartfelt and authentic.  Through the years we have all seen how Keith conducts himself during backstage visits both with fans and industry personnel.”

Keith Urban: Being Present is sponsored by BMI at CRS 2015 and is one of many highlights scheduled for CRS 2015.

Registrations for Country Radio Seminar are available for purchase through www.CountryRadioSeminar.com or by calling the CRS offices at 615-327-4487Friday, Oct. 31 marks the deadline to purchase $399 Early Bird registrations for Country Radio Seminar 2015. The regular rate will take effect on Nov. 1, increasing registrations to $499 per person.

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. CRS 2015 will be held Feb. 2527, 2015. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information and an advance agenda.  Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2015).

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CRS 2015 NEW FACES OF COUNTRY MUSIC DINNER TICKETS SOLD-OUT

$399 Early Bird Registration and Digital Liners Deadline Expires October 31

(Nashville, Tenn. – Oct. 20, 2014)– CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne  has announced that dinner tickets for the New Faces of Country Music Show held during Country Radio Seminar 2015 have sold-out.

According to Mayne, “All registrations sold prior to Oct. 20 will include full access to the New Faces Show and Dinner.  Going forward, we will be allocating seat only entry on a first-come, first-served basis until that area is sold-out.”

Seat only admission does not include meals. Talent for the New Faces of Country Music Show will be announced in early December.

The CRS 2015 Early Bird registration rate of $399 expires October 31. Full registrations include access to all panels, educational events, networking opportunities, two label luncheons, featured speakers, research presentations and much more. After the deadline, registration will increase to the regular rate of $499 per person.

Nov. 1 also marks the last day in which stations can sign up to receive digital liners. Introduced in 2010 to replace the on-site Artist Radio Taping Sessions, the digital liners program has proven to be a solid success with stations and artists alike.

To register for the 3-day event, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

Country Radio Seminar 2015 will be held at the downtown Nashville Convention Center February 25-27, 2015.. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information.

Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2015).

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CRS 2015 AGENDA PREVIEW RELEASED

$399 Early Bird Registration Rate Ends Oct. 31, Rate Increases To $499 Nov. 1

(Nashville, Tenn. – Oct. 20, 2015) – Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. has revealed an early version of its agenda for Country Radio Seminar 2015, to be held Feb. 25-27, 2015, at the Nashville Convention Center. The preliminary agenda details were released in advance of the CRS 2015 Early Bird Registration Rate deadline, which is Oct. 31.

Every year, Country Radio Seminar is packed full of great performances, educational seminars, networking opportunties and intriguing panels that will cover all areas of the radio and records industry.

CRS Agenda Committee chairman Jeff Green states, “The Agenda Committee wanted to create for 2015 not only something for everyone, but a lot for everyone. We’re excited about showcasing more than 20 first-time presenters, panelists and participants – new faces to go with the New Faces! Experts in technology, social, imaging, talent and programming are all part of the focus on practical, professional productivity that will provide information to take home and put to work immediately. We’re working hard to make next year’s CRS the best program ever.”

The CRS 2015 Agenda-At-A-Glance includes:
(*schedule subject to change*)

Wednesday, February 25

8:30 – 7:00 P.M. Registration Opens

3:00 – 3:30 P.M. Opening Ceremonies Sponsored by ALS Therapy Development Institute

3:30 – 4:00 P.M. Artists Humanitarian Award Presentation

4:00 – 5:00 P.M. Keynote Speaker-Todd Wagner Sponsored by Fisher House Foundation

5:30 – 7:00 P.M. Welcome Reception

7:00- 9:30 P.M. Grand Ole Opry

9:45 P.M. CRS After Hours

Thursday, February 26

8:00 – 9:00 A.M. Programming Mentoring Breakfast

9:00 – 9:50 A.M. Daily Featured Speaker

10:00 – 10:50 A.M. How To Use Real Time Research to Think Like Your Target

10:00 – 10:50 A.M. State of the Music: When a Style Becomes a Movement

10:00 – 10:50 A.M. The Connected Car Info Panel

11:00 – 11:50 A.M. CRS Research Presentation

12:00 – 1:50 P.M. Performance Luncheon Sponsored by Capitol Records

2:00 – 2:50 P.M. Artist Profile Panel

2:00 – 2:50 P.M. CRS Recap

2:00 – 2:50 P.M. How to Move People in Order to Move the Needle

3:00 – 3:50 P.M. Get Your Unfair Share of the Digital Pie: Secrets of Top AEs in Digital Sales

3:00 – 3:50 P.M. Want a Winning Team? Get a Killer Coach

3:00 – 3:50 P.M. From Zero to Hero: Successful Promotions with No Budget

4:00 – 5:00 P.M. Gensetters: 18-34 Listening Trends and How They Will Shape Our Future

7:00 – 11:00 P.M. CRS After Hours

Friday, February 27

8:00 – 9:00 A.M. Managers Breakfast

9:00 – 9:50 A.M. Daily Featured Speaker

10:00 – 10:50 A.M. Social Media Bootcamp: Track 1 – How To Speak in Your Brand’s Voice and Get Content Shared

10:00 – 10:50 A.M. How to Create a Win – Win for Radio Music Events

10:00 – 10:50 A.M. Imaging from Both Sides of the Mic

11:00 – 11:50 A.M. Social Media Bootcamp: Track 2 – Finding & Engaging Your Consumers in Real-Time

11:00 – 11:50 A.M. Behind the Numbers: The Insider’s Guide to Nielsen Data

11:00 – 11:50 A.M. Unlocking the Secrets to Successful Music Scheduling

Noon – 1:50 P.M. Performance Luncheon Sponsored by Black River Entertainment

2:00 – 2:50 P.M. #CRSTrendingNow

2:00 – 2:50 P.M. C’mon, Get Apply! The Latest in App Technology for Radio

2:00 – 2:50 P.M. The Stars Come Out in the Morning

3:00 – 4:00 P.M. Artist Superstar Interview

5:30 – 6:15 P.M.  New Faces Cocktail Reception

6:30 – 10:00 P.M. New Faces of Country Music Dinner and Performance

After Hours

Friday, Oct. 31 marks the deadline to purchase $399 Early Bird registrations for Country Radio Seminar 2015. The regular rate will take effect on Nov. 1, increasing registrations to $499 per person. Registrations are available for purchase through www.CountryRadioSeminar.com or by calling the CRS offices at 615-327-4487.

Nov. 1 also marks the last day in which stations can sign up to receive digital liners. The digital liners program was introduced in 2010 to replace the on-site Artist Radio Taping Sessions and has proven to be a solid success with stations and artists alike.

Country Radio Seminar is the world’s largest radio event. The event is always packed full of great performances, educational seminars, intriguing panels and networking opportunities.

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. CRS 2015 will be held Feb. 25-27, 2015. Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2015).

 

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Keb’ Mo’ To Release BLUESAmericana On Vinyl Nov. 11

Pre-order Now Only Through www.KebMo.com

(Nashville, Tenn. – Oct. 15, 2014) – Three-time Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist and contemporary blues artist, Keb’ Mo’ will release his 12th studio album, BLUESAmericana, on vinyl Nov. 11, 2014. The vinyl package will be available through www.KebMo.comAmazon, select retail and independent record stores, and will include a poster and an album download card with an exclusive instrumental bonus track that was not included on the CD.

Fans can pre-order BLUESAmericana vinyl special packages now exclusively through Keb’ Mo’s official website, www.KebMo.com. The BLUESAmericana bundles are offered in three options, including a very limited amount of autographed and numbered LP’s. All bundles include a complimentary Keb’ Mo’ Spirit of the Holidays EP. The pre-order packages range from $20-$35.

Since it’s initial release through Kind of Blue Music on April 22, the BLUESAmericana album has remained in the Top 5 on the Soundscan Blues Album chart for 5 months, with 6 weeks in the #1 position. It will be one of the top-selling blues albums of 2014.

Recorded in Nashville, and produced by Keb’ Mo’ and Casey Wasner, the album features ten tracks, nine of which were co-written by Keb’, and has been described as having a mix of personal, raw honesty blended with folksy, upbeat roots rock-type material that is distinctly Keb’ Mo’. “I only make albums when I’m inspired to, and these 10 songs come from a very honest place,” says Keb’.

Earlier this year, Rolling Stone reviewed the album and called it, “Tasteful, well-played and sung, and conspicuously respectful of tradition—mostly blues tradition—this new release from the former Kevin Moore is his 12th since abbreviating his name to Keb’ Mo’ 20 years ago and it, like the man himself, is sturdy and reliable. The instrumentation is precise, well arranged and deliberately subtle, and many of the songs echo a description he himself gives one song: ’where the blues meets the church.’ Inevitably this will turn up in this year’s Grammy nominations—Keb’ Mo’ generally does—and that will not be a bad thing. While he has made a living being all over the place—singing, acting, writing, playing—his music has never lost its core, authentic focus. Which is why ‘more of the same’ isn’t always a bad thing.“

BLUESAmericana Vinyl Tracklist:

  1. The Worst Is Yet To Come (Kevin Moore, Pete Sallis, Heather Donavon)
  2. Somebody Hurt You (Kevin Moore, John Lewis Parker)
  3. Do It Right (Kevin Moore, Jim Weatherly)
  4. I’m Gonna Be Your Man (Kevin Moore, John Lewis Parker)
  5. For Better Or Worse (Kevin Moore, Victoria Shaw, Heather Donavon)
  6. Move (Kevin Moore, Tom Hambridge)
  7. That’s Alright (Jimmy Rogers)
  8. The Old Me Better (Kevin Moore, John Lewis Parker)
  9. More For Your Money (Kevin Moore, Gary Nicholson)
  10. So Long Goodbye (Kevin Moore, Rebecca Corriera)

Over the past two decades, Keb’ has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music through the understated excellence of his live and studio performances. B.B. King, Buddy Guy, the Dixie Chicks, Joe Cocker, Robert Palmer and Tom Jones have all recorded his songs. His guitar playing has inspired leading instrument makers Gibson Brands to issue the Keb’ Mo’ Signature Bluesmaster acoustic guitar and Martin Guitars to issue the HD-28KM Keb’ Mo’ Limited Edition Signature model. He’s collaborated with a host of artists including Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown, Cassandra Wilson, Buddy Guy, Amy Grant, Solomon Burke, Little Milton and many others. Keb’ also wrote and performs the theme song for the smash sit-com, Mike & Molly and was music composer for TV’s Memphis Beat.

He has also been featured in TV and film, playing Robert Johnson in the 1998 documentary “Can’t You Hear The Wind Howl,” appeared three times on the television series, “Touched By an Angel,” and was the ghostly bluesman Possum in John Sayles’ 2007 movie, “Honeydripper.” Most recently, Keb joined the Playing For Change movement, which was created to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music. Keb’ is featured on the Playing For Change album: Playing for Change 3: Songs Around the World, which was released June 17, and features over 180 musicians from 31 countries, including Keith Richards, Sara Bareilles, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Taj Mahal and many others. For more information on Keb’ Mo’ or to view a list of upcoming tour dates, please visit http://www.kebmo.com/ and follow him on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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THE CAINS TRIO TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM, STAY ON BOARD

Album Available on iTunes, Amazon and Other Major Digital Retailers on Oct. 28

(Nashville, Tenn. – Oct. 7, 2014) – Up-and-coming sibling group, The Cains Trio, will release their debut album, Stay On Board, on Oct. 28, with an iTunes pre-sale beginning on Oct. 10Stay On Board will be released through DayStreet Records/GMV Nashville. The album follows the group’s release of their current single, “Be Yourself With Me,” to Country radio, which recently garnered the group MusicRow Magazine’s prestigious DisCovery Award.

Award-winning songwriter Ed Hill commented about the group, “The Cains are the most exciting group I’ve ever worked with. This dynamic trio is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to raw talent – unusually interesting harmonies, contagious energy and addictive songs. I believe they’ll play an important role in pioneering positive change in today’s quality of country music, attracting and impacting listeners and fans of all ages.”

The emerging group has already achieved success in their home state of Alabama and has garnered a solid fan base by performing shows at music venues across the state. While all three were students at Troy University, the trio entered into a video contest, eventually winning the opportunity to open for Dave Barnes at WorkPlay in Birmingham, Ala. They have also opened for Andrew Ripp and share co-writes with Ed Hill, Billy Lawson and Roger Murrah.

Of the new album, the trio’s Madison Cain commented, “The album (Stay On Board) is an accumulation of years of writing and singing together, and we can’t wait to introduce it to our fans. We feel as if our debut single, “Be Yourself With Me,) truly represents the trio perfectly, and we’re looking forward to sharing more of our musical labors of love with our fans and radio as we dive into this journey!”

In addition to their new album release, The Cains are currently honing their songwriting and recording skills by collaborating with established songwriters in both Nashville and Muscle Shoals. Besides drawing from their own DNA, their original music is inspired by a vast combination of genres from country, soul and pop to Americana, folk and contemporary Christian. Even with a wide variety of influences, they know exactly what they want in their music.

“Our hope is to brand ourselves as fun music,” says Logan Cain. “No matter the song or genre, we want our songs to be uplifting, joy-filled and fun.”

The group’s current single, “Be Yourself With Me,” is a mid-tempo, tenderhearted tune about allowing loved ones to take their guard down and be open and honest with one another. To hear the single, visit the group’s SoundCloud at www.SoundCloud.com/TheCainsTrio, or, click here. The group has also released a music video for the single, which can be viewed on their YouTube page at www.YouTube.com/user/TheCainsTrio, or, click here.

For more information on The Cains Trio, view their website at http://www.thecainstrio.com/ and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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ANNUAL COUNTRY RADIO BROADCASTERS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION DINNER AND AWARDS CEREMONY MOVED TO JUNE 2015

Nashville, Tenn. – Oct. 6, 2014) – The Country Radio Broadcasters Board of Directors have announced that the Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Awards ceremony will take place on June 24, 2015.

The event, which is typically scheduled in conjunction with Country Radio Seminar, will now coincide with the Country Radio Broadcasters annual summer Board and Agenda committee meetings. Information regarding ticket prices and the event location will be available in the coming months.

In making the announcement, CRS Hall of Fame Chairman RJ Curtis stated,“Due to a slightly abbreviated CRS 2015 schedule, hotel rooms and event space were not available for our Country Radio Hall of Fame event to coincide with the Seminar, as is usually the case.  Nonetheless, we are excited to restore the Hall of Fame Induction and Dinner as a companion piece to the June Board and Agenda meetings.  Before it served as the front-door to CRS, the Hall of Fame Dinner was the centerpiece of Summer and a successful, stand-alone event. We’re both confident and excited that our beautiful, new and soon-to-be revealed location will serve as the perfect venue to honor our deserving Class of 2015 inductees to the Country Radio Hall of Fame.”

The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of those individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period, 15 of which must be in the Country format.  Nominations for the Country Radio Hall of Fame categories will be accepted starting Monday, Nov. 3rd. Interested parties can access more information and make their nominations through www.countryradioseminar.com.

The Country Radio Hall of Fame was founded in 1974 to recognize outstanding individuals working in the broadcasting industry who are promoting the Country radio format. The Hall of Fame has two categories: Radio and On-Air Personality. The CRB President’s Award and the Artist Career Achievement Award are also recognized at the event.

Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information.  Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter.

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SOUNDS AUSTRALIA SEES POSITIVE GROWTH AT 2014 AMA WEEK

Aussies Well Represented During the Annual Americanafest in Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. – Sept. 30, 2014) – Sounds Australia kicked off the Americana Music Week this year by hosting the Tamworth Presents “Australiana At Americana” showcase at Nashville’s Bluebird Café. Once again it was a truly wonderful celebration of great songs, great musicianship, industry legends and dazzling performances.

From an initial touring party of 6 artists in 2010, Sounds Australia’s involvement this year hit record levels this year with 54 artists, 5 music managers/promoters, 4 media representatives plus a tour group of 15 delegates. Many Australians came to Nashville to represent Sounds Australia by performing in various events scheduled during AMA week.  These included A Taste of Australia luncheon, The Annual Aussie BBQ and The Sister City Jam held in conjunction with the Sister Cities of Nashville Organization and the City of Tamworth. All events were standing room only.

“Astonishing, exciting – and a logistical challenge!” is how Dobe Newton, Sounds Australia’s project manager, describes the week.

“After somewhat tentatively dipping in the Americanafest waters only a few years ago, Sounds Australia has now confidently jumped into the deep end,”he adds. “None of it would have been possible without the encouragement and support of the AMA’s Jed Hilly, Danna Strong, Michelle Aquilato, Whitney Homes, Sarah Comardelle and their wonderful team of volunteers, nor the years of support from dear friend, colleague and this year’s Americana President Mark Moffatt.” 

Newton further comments, “The original ‘mission’ (in 2009), was to create an Australian presence and profile at Americanafest that would not only allow us to showcase our talented writers and performers, but also facilitate and build the networks and contacts vital to creating business/career opportunities.” 

The building of the organization’s profile and the ever-growing number of Australians wanting to be involved are proof that it’s working. Sounds Australia is proud to be part of this world-class event, and grateful for the wonderful support from the AMA, its members, delegates, the local music industry and Nashville music fans.

Performers and executives at the Tamworth Presents “Australiana At Americana” gathered for a photo. Pictured below L to R: (Back Row)- Mia Wray, Melody Pool, Maggie Rigby (Mae Trio), Kirsty Akers, Dobe Newton, Imogen Clark, Rob Draper, Jeremy Dylan, Chris Coleman. (Front Row)- Anita Hillman (Mae Trio), Helen Shanahan, Pepita Emmerichs & Olivia Hally. Photo credit: Kim Reed – Hi-res

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