Author Archives Staff


AUSSIE BBQ Moves and The Sister City Jam Is Introduced

(Nashville, Tenn. – Sept. 2, 2014) – For the fifth consecutive year, the Australians are traveling across the globe, looking to make their mark in Nashville as part of the 2014 Americana Music Festival & Conference with four big showcase events between September 16th and 21st.

The Americana Music Association has officially invited five Australian artists to be part of the 2014 event including The Audreys, Brooke Russell and the Mean Reds, Falls, Immigrant Union and The Mae Trio, all of whom will be performing multiple times during the week.

The five official invites are just the tip of the iceberg with 50+ Australian artists and industry descending upon Nashville. The artists in attendance represent genres across commercial and alternative country, folk, bluegrass and of course Americana and the industry attending will include some of Australia’s best managers, publishers, labels, festival bookers and promoters.

For detailed information regarding all of the Australian artists playing and industry doing business in Nashville during Americanafest, download the SOUNDS AUSTRALIA APP, which is free for Anidroid and iPhone.

Mark Moffat President Americana Music Association says –

“Australia has emerged not only as a key market for Americana music but has also developed its own very strong roots music community with many of its artists recently attracting global industry attention. Sounds Australia has played a large role in building these bridges and accordingly the Americana Music Association once again extends a warm welcome to this year’s visiting Australian artists and industry delegates.”

Dobe Newton President of the Country Music Association of Australia and Sounds Australia representative adds –

“It’s an absolute joy and privilege to again be part of this very, very special event. We get to present seasoned veterans and exciting new talent to one of the world’s most discerning music audiences, in a city where music really matters. We make new friends, get treated wonderfully and hear amazing music. This will be our biggest celebration ever – I can’t wait!”

Glenn Dickie, Export Music Producer for SOUNDS AUSTRALIA continues –

“Australia is currently going through an amazing period of international success across all genres of music but we realise it’s hard for many to make the trip “down under” to discover our talent first hand. This is why the Americana Festival and conference has become such a key event for our artists and industry to showcase and do business in Nashville. We’ve saved you the time and the money so that you can easily discover the next Boy & Bear, Kasey Chambers, Keith Urban or even Clare Bowen, AKA Scarlett O’Connor.”

Tamworth presents ‘Australiana @ Americana’
Tuesday, September 16th
Bluebird Café –6-8 p.m. & 9-11 p.m.
4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville
Australiana @ Americana is the annual preview event which this year will highlight 14 of Australia’s finest at the iconic Blue Bird Cafe. The show is presented in two sittings with artists performing in a line during four separate sets of fantastic music. It’s a fantastic way to kick start your Americana Music Festival week.

Artists performing on the night include: Chris Altmann / Christopher Coleman / Dan Waters / Daniel Champagne / Helen Shanahan / Imogen Clark / Jemma Nicole / Kevin Bennett / Kirsty Akers Melody Pool / Mia Wray / Rob Draper / Sal Kimber / The Mae Trio.

This event sells out each year so buy your tickets early through the Bluebird to avoid disappointment – – 615 383 1461.

SOUNDS AUSTRALIA presents ‘A Taste of Australia’
Friday, September 19th
Blue Bar – 12p.m. – 2 p.m. (Lunch Provided)
1911 Broadway, Nashville

Hosted by SOUNDS AUSTRALIA Representative Dobe Newton “A Taste Of Australia” luncheon and showcase has become a must-attend event for the Americana delegates and local industry as SOUNDS AUSTRALIA showcase Australia’s five official artists at Americana 2014.

This year the event moves to a new venue, Blue Bar on Broadway. This event is an invitation only or delegate event.

See below for full details on the five official Australian artists attending Americanafest 2014.

Saturday, September 20th
The 5Spot (East Nashville) – 11:30 a.m.– 7:30 p.m.
1006 Forrest Ave, Nashville

Now in its 4th year in Nashville, THE AUSSIE BBQ is an established favorite at major music events around the world. THE AUSSIE BBQ returns to Americana this time in its new East Nashville home, The 5Spot. The BBQ also moves to Saturday so that evem more people have the chance to see and hear their new favorite Australian acts.

Featuring Brooke Russell & The Mean Reds / Chad Mason / Chris Altmann / Dan Waters / Daniel Champagne / Dianna Corcoran / Falls / Immigrant Union / Kevin Bennett / Oxford & Co / Sal Kimber / The Audreys / The Mae Trio / The Weeping Willows, THE AUSSIE BBQ continues to be the best place to discover new talent and do business with the Australians taking part in Americana 2014.

The music is free and the food is ‘by donation’ with all proceeds going to the Nashville Kangaroos, Music City’s champion Aussie Rules football team.

For more information about THE AUSSIE BBQ, visit their Facebook page,here.

The Sister Cities of Tamworth & Nashville present ‘The Sister City Jam’
Sunday, September 21st
Blue Bar – 12.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.
1911 Broadway, Nashville

The Sister Cities of Nashville and Tamworth will play host to the inaugural‘Sister City Jam’ toasting, the official twinning of ‘Music City USA’ and Australia’s ‘Country Music Capital.’

The Sister City Jam will highlight more than 20 Australian artists in short sets including Tamworth Road to Discovery winners Helen Shanahan andChristopher Coleman and will culminate in a jam session hosted by renowned music party animals Mustered Courage. This all day all night party is our way of saying ‘thanks Nashville & Americana – see you next year.’

Artists participating throughout the day will include: Ben Wright Smith / Christopher Coleman / Dianna Corcoran / Helen Shanahan / Immigrant Union / Imogen Clark / Jackie Bristow / Jemma Nicole / John Flanagan / Katie Brianna / Katie Cole / Kevin Bennett / Kirsty Akers / Melody Pool / Mia Wray / Mustered Courage / Oxford & Co / Personal Deluxe / Rob Draper / Sal Kimber / Sue Ray / The Weeping Willows and more.

If you play an instrument and you’re in Nashville come along and jam with some of Australia’s best roots musicians that happen to come from the other side of the world.

For more information about The Sister City Jam, visit their Facebook page,here.


The official artists chosen this year highlights the diversity of song writing talent and the engaging and dynamic live shows coming out of Australia.

The Audreys are made up of song writing duo, Taasha Coates and Tristan Goodall. Formed in Adelaide in 2004, they are now one of Australia’s highest profile roots bands. They have released three records, one in 2006 called “Between Last Night and Us”, another in 2008 called “When the Flood Comes” and “Sometimes the Stars” in late 2010. All three records have won its year’s ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album, so they can’t be half bad. They like vintage clothes, anything on vinyl, drinking, touring and each other.

With songs about boozy nights, bad decisions, broken hearts and the best intentions, Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds blend country, blues, folk and swing to appease their love of all things vintage. Drawing influence from swing, alt country and trad jazz, the band are also inspired by the songs of Ryan Adams, Joe Henry, Gillian Welch, Tom Waits and Neko Case.

Having toured with The Lumineers, Of Monsters And Men and Passenger,Falls are fast developing an impressive live resume that also includes performances at Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and CMJ. In August 2014 they will be heading into the studio to record their debut LP due for release in 2015.

Part psychedelic folk, part country rock, Immigrant Union have been building their name through stellar live performances at some of the country’s most iconic venues and boutique festivals like Boogie and The Hills Are Alive. Consecutive years of performing at the Tamworth Music Festival has earned the group a reputation as the peculiar but beloved alternative country “out of towners” at Australia’s best know country music event.

The Mae Trio is a multi-award winning band, made up of three of the Australian folk scene’s most talented young songwriters, singers and performers. Sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby (The Rainmakers) have teamed up with cellist Anita Hillman (Evelyn’s Secret). They perform an insightful collection of original songs arranged for ukulele, banjo, guitar, fiddle, cello, bass and superb three part vocal harmony. The trio are winners of the Folk Alliance Australia Youth Award 2013 and the Lis Johnston Award for Vocal Excellence 2011.

Australiana at Americana FINAL

Americana Half Page advert

The AudreysThe Audreys

Brooke Russell and The Mean RedsBrooke Russell and The Mean Reds


Immigrant Union

Mae Trio
The Mae Trio 



  Staff   Sep 02, 2014   Blog   0 Comment   Read More


Wins 2014 CMT Music Video of the Year Award for Carrie Underwood’s “See You Again” and Receives Three Dove Award Nominations

(Nashville, Tenn. – Aug. 25, 2014) – Filmmaker Eric Welch has a lot to celebrate in 2014. This summer kicked off as Welch received one of Country Music’s most prestigious awards, the 2014 CMT Music Video of the Year Award for Carrie Underwood’s hit single, “See You Again,” which currently has over 13.5 million views on YouTube. To view the music video, visit his website at, or click here.

As this summer comes to a close, Welch’s work has also garnered three 2014 Dove Award nominations for Short Form Music Video of the Year.  The nominations include directing Toby Mac’s “Speak Life,” “Never Gone,” byAmerican Idol’s Colton Dixon and Mandisa’s “Overcomer,” featuring Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton and Biggest Loser Winner Hannah Curlee.

Welch comments about his work, “2013 was an incredible year. I had the privilege of working with amazing artists who create so much passion in their music, and I’m thankful to be able to help bring their stories to life. Carrie’s Video of the Year and the three Dove Award nominations serve as a reminder to the great year it was.”

Since launching the company in 1997, Welch has directed hundreds of music videos and worked with some of today’s leading artists across multiple genres of Country, Pop and Christian music formats, including Carrie Underwood,Hank Williams Jr.Kid RockTim McGrawTobyMacBen Folds,LifehouseLee BriceJars of Clay and 3 Doors Down, to name a few. For a full list of clients, visit his website at, or click here.

Prior to moving to Nashville, Welch, a Southwest Kansas native, worked in advertising and originally broke into the music world when editing DC Talk’s live concert video “Welcome to the Freakshow.” While wrapping the project, Welch formed Broken Poet Productions and based his company in Nashville, where he worked with artists including Brad PaisleyTobyMacRandy HouserVince GillRodney CrowellMercyMeDolly Parton and Lady Antebellum.

Welch brings a creative eye to music videos, commercials and photography, as well as live broadcast programs such CMT Crossroads with Zac Brown and Jimmy BuffetCMT Invitation Only with Tim McGraw, and three consecutive years of directing GACs ACM New Artist Showcase.  In addition, Welch also directed the video for Lee Brice’s hit single “I Drive Your Truck,” which received an ACM award nomination. Additionally, Welch’s work has been featured on The Daily ShowFox NewsCNNNBCABC, BCS, MTVCMT, and

To learn more about Eric Welch, visit, and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter.

About Eric Welch: Defined by diversity and creativity, Eric is known as a bold visionary with a sharp eye and a keen sense for capturing emotion through imagery. From music videos and live concerts to still photography and commercials, Eric has consistently brought his captivating visual style to a broad range of clients. Whether the classic or the contemporary, Eric’s commitment to creative excellence has garnered himself and his clients both awards and acclaim. A true artist with poetic vision, Eric has a distinct gift for bringing ideas to life. From his creative writing style to his specialized editing skills, he carries passion, knowledge and experience into every aspect of the production process.

EricWelch-Hi_resEric Welch

  Staff   Aug 25, 2014   News   0 Comment   Read More

Austin Webb To Be Spotlighted In Mini-Series, Follow

Available on Taste of Country Aug. 22 and set to broadcast Aug. 24 on Your Country (AXS-TV)

(Nashville, Tenn. – August 22, 2014) Streamsound recording artist Austin Webb will be featured in a behind-the-scenes, three-part mini-series, titled Follow. Beginning Aug. 22, the first of three weekly episodes will stream through Taste of Country and later broadcast on Your Country (AXS-TV) Aug. 24 at 11:30 a.m. ET / 10:30 a.m. CT. Each episode is under three minutes in length and follows Webb as he travels the country to perform shows and connect with fans while spotlighting his unique sense-of-humor and cheeky personality. In the series, fans will witness Webb’s dedication to his music and get to know the artist he has been influenced to become.

Webb is coming off his most recent singles, “Raise ‘Em Up” and “Slip On By,” which both received strong airplay at Country Radio. “Slip On By” reached Top 40 on the Country radio airplay charts and the video aired on CMT Pure, Great American Country (GAC), Heartland/RFD-TV, ZUUS Country and more. He is a return performer at the Grand Ole Opry and has been featured in Country Weekly as “One to Watch” and “Who’s New.”

Since 2013, Webb has made his mark in Country music with his authentic lyrics and soulful sound. Growing up in Greenville, S.C., Webb listened to a variety of musical formats, including Motown, R&B, rock, and retro country from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. He also loved authors like Oscar Wilde, O Henry, Walt Whitman and Dylan Thomas, and started writing poetry at nine years old. He knew he was going to be a writer of some sort, and at 16 when he picked up a guitar; he began pouring out his emotions into songs.

Webb is signed to Streamsound Records, the Nashville-based label founded and co-owned by Grammy award-winning producer Byron Gallimore (Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Sugarland) Jim Wilkes and Tim McHugh. He is currently on the road performing shows across the country and spending time to write and record music for his forthcoming album. To view a list of upcoming tour dates, visit

For more information on Austin Webb, visit and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Austin Webb

  Staff   Aug 25, 2014   News   0 Comment   Read More

Digital Rodeo Launches DRX Monthly Showcase Series at 3rd and Lindsley

First DRX Showcase to be held August 26

(Nashville, Tenn. – Aug. 18, 2014) – Online social network and country lifestyle portal Digital Rodeo has announced the launch of a monthly showcase series, which will be held at 3rd and Lindsley. The DRX monthly showcases will highlight some of the platform’s most promising Country artists and will help to promote some of the website’s featured unsigned acts.

The first DRX showcase will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 6:00 p.m. and will feature acts Jim Brown, The Cains Trio, Chasin’ Jaymie, Pete Kennedy and Templeton Thompson. To learn more about the artists set to appear, please visit their artist profiles on

Artists that are DRX Members will be considered to perform at one of the forthcoming shows within the series. DRX membership is free until Dec. 31, 2014 and only available through the Digital Rodeo website.

“Since the very beginning, Digital Rodeo has been committed to helping promote independent artists and remain a trusted partner in this business,” said Digital Rodeo President, John Pyne. “This is going to be an exciting event and will be full of great talent!”

Music industry representatives that RSVP in advance to will be offered a limited number of complimentary drinks during the event.

About Jim Brown: Jim Brown first got on stage to sing at the famous Nashville Palace when he was 19-years-old. He remembers how he felt looking at the audience and being nervous and excited all at the same time. Throughout his career, Jim has found the unique ability to share his life stories through his songwriting. Growing up listening to some of the rock n’ roll greats like Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top and Peter Frampton as well as Country legends like Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard, has molded the man Jim is today and the music he sings. Jim has recently released a 14 song album and is enjoying sharing the music of the talented individuals who contributed to his project.

About The Cains Trio: The Cains Trio is made up of sisters and brother, Taylor, Madison and Logan Cain. Born and raised in Hartselle, Ala., the trio is gearing up to release their debut album, Stay on Board, this September. Included on the album is their debut single “Be Yourself with Me,” a tender hearted tune about encouraging loved ones to take their guard down. The siblings, who have been singing and playing music together since they were kids, are not only singers and songwriters, but are multifaceted entertainers and musicians who play guitar, piano, bass, harmonica and more. In 2012, the trio opened for Dave Barnes at the Workplay Theater in Birmingham Ala. after winning a video contest. 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. For more information on The Cains Trio visit and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

About Chasin’ Jaymie:  Natives of the North Florida Gulf Shore, vocal duo Chasin’ Jaymie is proof that two is better than one. Since coming together in 2010, the duo relocated to Nashville and has quickly become known for their exceptional vocal blend and high-energy performances, having landed the duo opening slots for country superstars Florida-Georgia Line and Jake Owen. Most recently, they’ve been performing for their beloved army of fans in their home state of Florida and stayed tucked away at Oceanway Studios in Nashville working on their debut album, set to release in 2014.

About Pete Kennedy: Nashville transplant Pete Kennedy is an award winning singer-songwriter from Ireland. Since his debut in 2010, Pete has won international music awards, toured extensively across the US and Europe and built an established, dedicated fan base. Pete’s musical influences stem from his Celtic roots of upbringing to the Americana, folk and country songs of the southern U.S. From early idols like The Eagles, Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris to contemporary artists such as Garth Brooks and Rascal Flatts, Pete’s influences are evident in his distinctive crossover style. His debut single, “This Time,” landed him a spot on the International Artist Showcase at the 2010 CMA Music Festival. In 2012, Pete won Album of the Year at the BCMA Awards for The Nashville Session Vol.1. Pete has since been featured on numerous international television shows including Inside Music Row TV as well as the prestigious ‘Hollywood Meets Nashville Grammy Viewing Party and Benefit Gala.’ Pete is currently back in the studio recording new tracks, with a new single scheduled for late 2014 and a worldwide tour in the works for 2015.

About Templeton Thompson: Templeton is one of Nashville’s sought-after vocalists and songwriters and has performed for audiences across the United States, Europe and Japan. She’s penned songs for a wide array country superstars from Reba McEntire to Jo Dee Messina to Little Texas. With several CDs to her credit, Templeton maintains a busy touring and promotional schedule. Templeton wrote and recorded a song called “I Love To Run” for the Emmy award winning documentary Sculpting the Wind. Templeton recently released a music video for her song, “When I Get That Pony Rode,” which premiered on The video climbed to #1 in its first week and made its network TV debut on GAC’s Daily Countdown show. Currently, Templeton is focusing on writing, recording and touring.

About is the premier country news, music and lifestyle site for country music fans everywhere. DRX membership is free until Dec. 31, 2014 and offers fans and artists alike added perks and benefits above and beyond a basic Digital Rodeo membership. Basic DR memberships are always free and provide the opportunity for country fans and artists to connect with each other, upload and download audio and video, watch exclusive content and stay updated on what’s happening in the world of country music. For more information, visit


Jim Brown
Jim Brown

The Cains Trio

Chasin Jaymie
Chasin’ Jaymie

Pete Kennedy
Pete Kennedy

Templeton Thompson
Templeton Thompson

  Staff   Aug 18, 2014   Blog   0 Comment   Read More


Releases Single “Cookies and Cream” to Country Radio as Davy Crockett Introduces New Flavor of Whiskey

(Nashville, Tenn. – Aug. 18, 2014) – In conjunction with the release of her current single, “Cookies and Cream,” country recording artist Veronica Ballestrini has been named brand ambassador for Davy Crockett’s Cookies & Cream Whiskey. Based in Gatlinburg, Tenn., the distillery chose to partner with her as she continues her travels across the country visiting radio in support of her single.

“I’m so thrilled to be entering into this partnership with Davy Crockett’s distillery,” said Ballestrini.  “I not only have a single that I’m proud to be delivering to my friends at radio, but I also have some great whiskey that I’m packin’. My friends at radio better watch out – they haven’t tasted any whiskey like this!”

Chuck Edwards of Davy Crockett’s Whiskey added, “Davy Crockett’s Cookies and Cream Whiskey is proud to be partnering with Veronica. Her strong social media presence and her ability to connect with her fans, along with the release of her single ‘Cookies and Cream,’ made a partnership with her just seem natural.”

Ballestrini released her sophomore album, Flip Side on June 17th and it is available through iTunes and other major digital retailers. Ballestrini co-wrote all eleven tracks on the album and is the writer of her current single “Cookies and Cream.” Destiny Nashville’s Brandon Metcalf produced the album.

The catchy, upbeat track, “Cookies and Cream” showcases her growth as a more mature singer and seasoned songwriter. This high-spirited anthem is reminiscent of the “can’t eat, can’t sleep” feeling of falling in love and being in a “love spell” where life seems to only be filled with love, laughter and magic.

To listen to the song and view the lyric video for “Cookies and Cream,” visit Ballestrini’s YouTube page at

The Waterford, Conn. native first saw success at the age of 17 when she caught the attention of New York Times journalist, Jon Caramanica for her YouTube and social media success. Caramancia wrote an article about the still undiscovered talent who boasted undeniable success on social media, writing:

“… When someone like Ms. Ballestrini arrives essentially unannounced and begins to attract attention, it’s significant.”

Ballestrini’s debut single, “Amazing,” scored the talent a Top 30 on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart, with the video debuting at #3 on CMT Pure. Following the debut, leading pop culture magazine, Marie Clare featured Ballestrini as their “Artist To Watch For.” She then set out for her Gotta Make A Change Tour, which took Ballestrini all over the country to perform at various camps, festivals, Girl Scouts of America events and women’s correctional facilities in order to spread the project’s motivational message to women of all ages and backgrounds.

In April 2013, the talent was chosen by Ford Motor Company to be an agent for the Ford Fiesta Movement as part of a promotion with Ford and YouTube. She and Rock band Secondhand Serenade created a music video for their track “La La Love,” which was featured in Ford’s advertising of the Ford Fiesta. Additionally, she spent much of 2013 on tour with Secondhand SerenadeAlex Goot and The Voice’s Juliette Simms, and is currently gearing up for a 2014 US and Asian tour with Secondhand Serenade.

To learn more about Veronica Ballestrini, visit and follow Facebook on, Twitter and YouTube.

To learn more about Davy Crockett’s Tennessee Whiskey, visit

VB8Veronica Ballestrini
Photo credit: Mackenzie LaRoe

Flip Side Album Cover
Flip Side Album Artwork
Photo credit: Glenn Sweitzer

Veronica Ballestrini-Davy Crockett's
Photo cutline (above):  Country recording artist Veronica Ballestrini recently visited Davy Crockett’s distillery, located in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Ballestrini and Matt Lane, a representative of Davy Crockett’s distillery, gathered together for a photo during her visit as a brand ambassador for Davy Crockett’s Cookies & Cream Whiskey.

Veronica Ballestrini - Davy Crockett's Cookies & Cream Whiskey
Photo cutline (above):  Country recording artist Veronica Ballestrini recently visited WKCQ in Saginaw, MI to share new music, including her single “Cookies & Cream,” as well as Davy Crockett’s Cookies & Cream Whiskey. Pictured here: Veronica Ballestrini and Greg Cole at WKCQ in Saginaw, MI.

  Staff   Aug 18, 2014   Blog   0 Comment   Read More


(Nashville, Tenn. – August 11, 2014) – Country music newcomer Clare Dunn recently became the highest charting independent female artist on the Music Row Country Breakout chart in 10 years.  Her debut single, “Get Out,” currently sits at #15 on the Music Row chart. Over 80% of the Music Row panel supported the record, which has accumulated over 30,000 spins on the chart to date.  In addition, “Get Out” has reached #41 on Billboard Indicator and #43 on Aircheck Activator.

In response to the news, Dunn commented, “I am so blown away and so honored. I want to thank everyone at radio for all of the support and belief in me. Thanks for getting this music out there to the people, and to all the peeps out there rockin’ with us, thank you so very, very much! Y’all are makin’ a farm girl’s dream come true, for that I can’t thank you enough.”

Dunn co-wrote “Get Out” with writer-producer Ben West, whose writer credits include Pink’s #1 “Try,” Cassadee Pope’s “Champagne,” and more.  Dunn played all the guitar parts on the infectious mid-tempo track, which is the first single from her forthcoming EP release.

“Get Out” is available on iTunes and other major digital music retailers.  To listen to “Get Out,” view the official lyric video on YouTube

The young performer is in today’s USA Today. The article, “Country Lassos ‘Fresh Voices’,” discusses her inclusion as one of SiriusXM’s Fresh Female Voices on The Highway (Ch. 56) and announces the release of a new single, “Cowboy Side of You,” which will be airing on the satellite radio station.

Dunn is a fearless performer and guitar player whose music possesses a unique blend of country and rock. Born on a farm in Southeast Colorado, she grew up driving silage trucks, combines, eighteen-wheelers and spent countless hours behind the wheel of a John Deere tractor. Now her time is spent on a stage performing shows all across the country.

She has already opened up for some of the format’s biggest stars, including Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Hank Jr., Jamey Johnson, and many others.  This coming November, Dunn will join Florida Georgia Line on the “This Is How We Cruise” cruise.  For a full list of upcoming shows and appearances, visit

In addition to establishing herself as a performer, Dunn is also earning a name within the songwriting community.  She has written with some of the most highly regarded songwriters in Nashville and LA, including Hillary Lindsey, Blair Daly, David Hodges, Troy Verges, busbee, Liz Rose, Angelo, Terry McBride, Brice Long, Will Hoge, Chris Lindsey, Tommy Lee James, Dylan Altman, Marshall Altman and more. She’s also contributed background vocals to some of Nashville’s finest, including Luke Bryan’s smash “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).” Most recently, a song she co-wrote called “Farm Life” was recorded by Colt Ford featuring Justin Moore and is on Ford’s new album, Thanks For Listening.  Dunn is signed to a world wide publishing agreement with BMG/Chrysalis

For more information on Clare Dunn, visit or follow Clare Dunn on Facebook and Twitter.

Clare Dunn


  Staff   Aug 11, 2014   News   0 Comment   Read More

Former Member of The Harters, J. Michael Harter, Launches Career As Solo Artist

Releases New Single “Holy Cowgirl” To Country Radio and Dance Clubs

(Nashville, Tenn. – Aug. 6, 2014)J. Michael Harter, former member of the brother-sister trio, The Harters, is in the midst of launching his career as a solo artist with debut single, “Holy Cowgirl.”  The single is Harter’s first release from his forthcoming EP, Ride On, which will be released on GMV Nashville/Anozira Records Sept 30, 2014. The single has been released to radio and is now available for sale on iTunes and other major digital retailers.

A dance remix for “Holy Cowgirl” has also been created and is being distributed by Nashville-based venue marketing company Marco Club Connection to Country nightclubs across the country. The song is already receiving positive feedback and airplay in venues across the United States.

J. Michael Harter, Scott Harter, Earl Bud Lee, Scott Laurent, and Bruce Wallace co-wrote the up-tempo party song during a songwriting retreat in Alaska.

J. Michael commented about the day the song came to life, “I had the title in my phone for years and often brought the idea up when I’d do co-writes, but I had a hard time getting people to understand where I was going with it. While brainstorming for ideas with my co-writers at our retreat in Alaska, I thought, what the heck maybe they would get it. At first when I said the title, they were all silent, pondering what I’d just said. Scott Laurent laughed and said, ‘You mean like a really religious Cowgirl?’ I said no man, but that’s funny! I mean like you see a woman all dolled up in tight jeans and boots and you think, Holy Cow Girl!!! At that moment, Bruce Wallace started playing that very infectious guitar hook and the song came to life.”

A Tempe, Ariz. native, Harter’s music blends up-beat Country melodies with profound lyrics and a unique Western flair.

Harter most recently recorded with The Harters, which was made up of himself, his brother, Scott, and sister, Leslie. J. Michael’s forthcoming EP, co-written and produced by his brother Scott, contains some of the most special and refreshing music he’s ever written.

Of the new music, Harter says, “I am striving to be part of the pendulum swinging the other way to lyrically driven songs that would make you cry, laugh, or make you remember something that touches your heart.”

For more information about J. Michael Harter, view his website at and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

About J. Michael Harter: Tempe, Ariz. native J. Michael Harter is no stranger to the music business. After a run in the sibling trio The Harters, J. Michael Harter is now releasing music as a solo artist. Citing influences such as Garth Brooks, George Strait, Clint Black and Alan Jackson, Harter’s music contains lyrics about real life relationships, experiences and struggles. Harter, a blue-collar, hard working “man’s man” credits much of his songwriting to the close relationship he has with his brother, Scott. Their strong relationship has produced some of the best music J. Michael believes he’s ever recorded. In addition to having co-writes with his brother featured on the project, Scott Harter is also credited for producing the EP.  The music will soon be heard and available on Harter’s new EP titled, Ride On, which will be released later this year on iTunes and other major digital retailers. Harter just released his new single, titled “Holy Cowgirl” to Country radio and dance clubs across the country.  For more information about J. Michael Harter, visit and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.


  Staff   Aug 06, 2014   News   0 Comment   Read More


Charlie Morgan, Sr. VP and Market Manager for Emmis Communications/Indianapolis, has been re-elected as President of the Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. for the 2014-2015 term. In addition, returning as officers are R.J. Curtis (All Access Music Group) as Vice President, Carole Bowen (WKIS-FM) as Secretary and Jeff Walker (The AristoMedia Group) as Treasurer. Charlie Morgan […]

  Staff   Jun 24, 2014   News   0 Comment   Read More