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Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Increases Ways to Better Serve Music Industry Members

(Nashville, Tenn. – April 17, 2018) – The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce is creating new and innovative ways to better serve their existing music industry members and to also grow their music membership. They are passionate and committed in discovering additional ways to collaborate and create partnership opportunities enabling both industries to work more closely together as a team to achieve common goals.  The Chamber has recently created a music industry roundtable and has already had three successful working lunches.

The Chamber, whose mission is to facilitate community leadership to create economic prosperity, is Middle Tennessee’s largest regional business advocacy organization, working alongside more than 2,000 member companies to help them to grow and flourish. Some of the current members include AAA, The Loveless, Lightning 100 and March of Dimes.

“Our music business, Music Starts Here, was actually launched in a meeting with Nashville Chamber CEO Ralph Schulz. We’re so excited to be part of the Chamber’s music industry focus group – the networking and brainstorming opportunities make our membership absolutely worthwhile,” Says Doak Turner & Will Carter of Music Starts Here. 

Some of the benefits of becoming a member include visibility options, like inclusion in their online business directory utilized by 10,000 viewers each year, added visibility in Google searches and media placements including their newsletters and social media platforms (which have a combined readership of over 40,000), direct connections to some of the most influential business and community leaders in the area, and engagement and membership networking opportunities through events and programs and access to members-only content and resources.

At nashvillechamber.com, there is a detailed list of upcoming events including a digital marketing academy and small business programming and educational workshops that include networking coffees and mixers.

The Chamber offers an array of membership levels to meet everyone’s business objectives. You can learn more about membership by visiting nashvillechamber.com.

About the Nashville Chamber of Commerce:  
Since 1847, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has been working for Middle Tennessee businesses.

The Nashville Area Chamber is Middle Tennessee’s largest business federation, representing more than 2,000 businesses in 10 counties (Davidson, Dickson, Montgomery, Cheatham, Robertson, Wilson, Sumner, Williamson, Rutherford and Maury). Through a wide variety of programs and initiatives, the Chamber works to positively impact the economic vitality and enhance the quality of life in the region, while supporting the growth and prosperity of Chamber-member businesses.

For more information, visit nashvillechamber.com. You can also visit the Chamber on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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Kelsey Lamb Gears Up To Hit Country Radio Airwaves with Debut Single, “Little By Little”

(Nashville, Tenn. – April 17, 2018)– Country singer-songwriter Kelsey Lamb has released her debut single, “Little By Little,” to Country Radio. The single is now available through all digital retailers and streaming services and is soon to hit the airwaves.  Listen to “Little By Little” here.

Co-written with Erik Dinardo and Jesse Labelle, and produced by Bill McDermott, “Little By Little,” is a universal truth-tale about a relationship meeting in the middle. With its hypnotic melody and sweet sensibility, it is bound to be a crossover summer hit.

“I love the message behind this song because I think everyone can relate to a time a relationship was moving a little too slow or even a little too fast. This song gives me butterflies and I hope it gives everyone else the same feeling,” says Lamb about her new release.

Fans can expect to see an official music video for “Little By Little” in the coming weeks.

As a singer-songwriter, Lamb made a name for herself as a vocalist with a rich, emotionally transparent voice, influenced by the likes of Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett and Tim McGraw. Performing since the age of ten, Lamb is considered one of 2018’s frontrunners to breakout as a new artist in Country/Pop music thanks to her powerhouse vocal ability and blonde beauty.

The multi-talented Lamb has appeared in multiple movies including Hallmark’s “Christmas in Homestead” and “Traces” where she played the character of Zia. To further her singing and acting career, Lamb recently released her first original single, “Warning Sign” which made its debut in the Lifetime Original Movie, “Bad Stepmother,” at the start of 2018. Most recently opening for Kenny Rogers in Duqube, Iowa on his farewell tour, Lamb has performed at venues, large and small, both as a headliner and opener. She has also performed with Alan Thicke on the Kenny Rogers  Toy Shoppe Tour across the United States and performed onstage again with Thicke at B.B. Kings in New York City in January 2016.

Lamb has continued to work on her personal sound by recording covers of top artists’ hits such as Sam Hunt, Chris Young, Rascal Flatts and most recently, Sam Smith. For each song, she adds a new twist to make it her own. In 2018, Lamb will find success by performing throughout the Southeast and recording her own original music, which will quickly move this Country/Pop singer to the top!

Lamb says, “My music is unique to my story and my perspective on life is unique to who I am. I think that my sound is unique because it’s a mix of so many different types of music, and I am so excited to share this new song!”

Marco Promotions will be handling Lamb’s Secondary Radio Promotion as AristoMedia oversees Digital Marketing, PR, and Video Promotion.

For more information on Kelsey Lamb visit her website, www.kelseylamb.com and follow her @kelseylambmusic on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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New UK Outdoor Country, Americana and Roots Festival, the Long Road, To Take Place in Leicestershire, England

Lee Ann Womack, Angaleena Presley, Billy Bragg, The Shires, Una Healy, Aaron Watson, Brent Cobb, Danielle Bradbery and more confirmed for The Long Road at Stanford Hall in Leicestershire

(Nashville, Tenn. – April 10, 2018) – A major new greenfield music and lifestyle camping festival is set to bring the world-famous, inimitable sights and sounds of the Country music scene to the UK in 2018. Taking place within the grounds of Stanford Hall in Leicestershire, England from September 7th – 9th 2018The Long Road will present one of the UK’s largest, most authentic celebrations of Country, Americana and roots music featuring five stages of live performances, bespoke food events and a wide range of themed outdoor activities.

Curated by Tennessee-born country music specialist and radio presenter Baylen Leonard, The Long Road will present a broad array of artists, from iconic US stars to up-and-coming home-grown talent, and the first wave of acts to be announced for the inaugural event includes US Country star Lee Ann Womack, acclaimed singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter Angaleena Presley, British Country duo The Shires, Popstar turned Country music singer Una Healy and Texan singer and winner of The Voice USA Danielle Bradbery. Reflecting the extraordinary surge in popularity that Country music has enjoyed in the UK in recent years, The Long Road will also feature a strong contingent of rising star UK acts across the weekend including hotly-tipped London-based duo Ferris & Sylvester and Country-Soul singer-songwriter Yola Carter.

Much more than just a music festival, The Long Road will embrace all aspects of the Country and Americana scene and, alongside its live music offerings, will incorporate an array of themed activities including Moonshine and bourbon tasting, instrument and songwriters’ rounds, lake swimming, a Southern-inspired food & shopping village and much more, providing festival goers with a unique, authentic Country music lifestyle experience.

Marking the first time the platform has teamed with a Country music event, BBC Music Introducing will host their own stage at the festival, which will be fronted by the presenter of BBC Radio 2’s weekly Country show, Bob Harris and will showcase some of the UK’s best-unsignedtalent. The festival has also partnered with a carefully selected pool of specialist Country and Americana organisations including The Birthplace of Country Music, which showcases the role that Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia played in the birth and development of Country music, The Bluegrass Situation (BGS), an online music magazine and curator promoting the continued growth of Bluegrass, Roots, progressive Folk Rock, Americana music and culture, The Americana Music Association UK, and independent UK label Loose Records, who celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2018. These organizations will all be involved in bringing artists to the festival to showcase a broad array of talent from across the spectrum of Country, Americana, and Roots music.

The Shires:
We are very excited to be playing the first Long Road festival. Country music in the UK is starting to really gain momentum and an outdoor festival dedicated to it will be great fun to play.”

Angaleena Presley:
“I’m so excited to be a part of The Long Road Festival. I love the inclusive vibe. I’m not only looking forward to performing, but also hanging out and enjoying all the fixins’. Great Food, good old-fashioned country music and salt of the earth people. It’s gonna be yeehawsome y’all.”

The Long Road’s Creative Director Baylen Leonard:
“Being from Tennessee and having lived in the UK for close to 20 years, I’m thrilled to bring the music and culture of both together in one festival. The dedication and passion of the UK country community is so amazing, we wanted to put together a festival that celebrated the music and lifestyle they love as a thank you to the fans for supporting country music. Whether you’re a country fan, an Americana fan, or a fan of great music in general, we wanted a welcoming place where everyone could come together to celebrate. This is a festival for the fans and we’re excited to share it with you.”

The full line-up to date is as follows:

Angaleena Presley
The Shires
Billy Bragg
Striking Matches
Danielle Bradbery
Ashley Campbell
Brent Cobb
Aaron Watson
Lee Ann Womack
Danny and The Champions of the World
Catherine McGrath
The Wood Brothers
Megan O’Neill
Two Ways Home
Holloway Road
Kevin McGuire
Twinnie
Laura Oakes
Ruby Boots
Jess and The Bandits
Gary Quinn
Parker Millsap
Yola Carter
Treetop Flyers
William The Conqueror
The Arlenes
Joana Serrat
Ferris & Sylvester
Kasheena Sampson
Danni Nicholls
Cardboard Fox
Worry Dolls
The Lone Bellow
Frontier Ruckus
Folk Soul Revival
Amythyst Kiah
Andrew Alli

Hi-Res Talent Images Here.

The Long Road will take place at Stanford Hall in Leicestershire from September 7th – 9th 2018. Day tickets start at £40*, Weekend No Camping tickets at £85* and Weekend Camping tickets start at £99* (*plus booking fees).

Tickets go on sale at 9 am on Thursday, April 12th and are available from www.thelongroad.com.

Editors notes:

BBC Music Introducing 
BBC Music Introducing is BBC Radio’s platform supporting unsigned, undiscovered, and under-the-radar UK talent. It gives artists the opportunity to be played on BBC local radio and nationally on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, 6 Music, the Asian Network and Radio 3, as well as playing Introducing stages at festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and now The Long Road!

The Bluegrass Situation
The Bluegrass Situation (also known as BGS) is an organization designed to encourage and support the continued growth of bluegrass, progressive folk rock, Americana, roots and everything in between. As well as curating stages at festivals and producing their own one-of-a-kind events and shows, their online hub creates unique editorial and video content which has become a valuable resource for the international roots music fanbase.

Americana Music Association
The AMA-UK is a professional trade association representing and advocating for the voice of American roots music in the UK. Our aimsare to have greater recognition of Americana music in the UK and build a vibrant network of like-minded businesses to promote Americana music in the UK and foster links to similar networks internationally, not least the Americana Music Association in the US. We aim to Nurture and support UK artists in the Americana field and support international Americana artists touring the UK.

Stanford Hall
Stanford Hall is a beautiful stately home set in 700 acres and located in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside, near Stanford on Avon. Avenues of established, majestic trees radiate in all directions from the Hall, most prominently the North Avenue which stretches as far as the eye can see. Woodland, ridge and furrow pasture and ancient remains of buildings of a previous age and the enclosed rose garden nurture an atmosphere of profound tranquillity and peace.

Loose Records
Started in West London 20 years ago by Tom Bridgewater, Loose has grown to become Europe’s premier Americana label. Loose released the first albums by The Felice Brothers, Neko Case, M.Ward, Grand Drive, Mark Mulcahy, Hurray For The Riff Raff & Dawes. In its 20-year existence highlights for the label have included securing the theme tune to HBO’s True Detective with their first signing, The Handsome Family, a Grammy nomination for Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds In Country Music and two Number 1 albums in the UK Americana Chart for Courtney Marie Andrews.US acts on Loose include Andrew Combs, Jim White, Joe Pug, Israel Nash, The Americans, Gill Landry, Ian Felice, The Handsome Family, Courtney Marie Andrews and Frankie Lee. UK acts include multi AMAUK Awards winners Danny & The Champions Of The World and AMAUK nominated acts William The Conqueror & Treetop Flyers.

Birthplace of Country Music
The Birthplace of Country Music is a non-profit organization that seeks to perpetuate, promote, and celebrate Bristol’s rich musical heritage; to educate and engage audiences worldwide regarding the history, impact and legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions; and to create recognition, opportunities, and economic benefit for our local and regional communities. BCM accomplishes this mission through its three primary branches (The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, and Radio Bristol), special projects and events, and a multitude of community and educational outreach programs.

US-BASED MEDIA CONTACT:
Christy Walker-Watkins – AristoPR – 615-269-7071 – Christy@aristomedia.com

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James Dupré and Laura Oakes Set to Perform At Nashville Meets London Presents at Pizzaexpress Live (Holborn) On April 25

Limited tickets available – here

(Nashville, Tenn – April 9, 2018) On the heels of last month’s SOLD OUT Nashville Meets London Presents at PizzaExpress Live (Holborn), which featured stellar performances by Noah Guthrie and Liv Austen, organizers have released the talent for this month’s showcase. Rising artists James Dupré and Laura Oakes will take the stage to perform at the showcase held on April 25. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase here.

James Dupré was born and raised in Bayou Chicot, Louisiana, U.S.A.  The one-time aspiring meteorologist turned paramedic became a YouTube sensation in 2007 upon posting cover videos of Country songs. He received an invitation to perform on “Ellen” and, shortly after, released his debut album It’s All Happening in 2010, which charted on Billboard. After signing a record deal with Warner Music Nashville in 2011, Dupré began performing and touring full-time through 2014. It was shortly thereafter Dupre’ appeared on NBC’s “The Voice” Season 9, where all four coaches turned their chairs around, and ultimately landed his rich, baritone voice a spot on Adam Levine’s team. The father of four recently made his acting debut in the film, The Price, playing the son of a country singer portrayed by Randy Travis.  In 2016, Dupre’ was also named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know” and has over 10 million views to his credit on YouTube. James Dupré has released “Hurt Good” to Country radio in the U.S.A.  This month’s appearance at Nashville Meets London PizzaExpress Live marks Dupré’s first performance in London.   For more information on James Dupré, visit www.jamesdupre.com.

Laura Oakes released her debut self-titled EP to iTunes in the summer of 2015 receiving great support from BBC radio across the UK, and similarly from Digital Radio (Chris Country and Amazing Radio). Bob Harris included it in his Best of 2015 retrospective on BBC Radio 2. As the year came to an end, Laura was also awarded the prize of The British Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year and followed up again in 2016 winning the prize for the second year running.  In 2017, Oakes earned three nominations for BCMAs, including for ‘Best Song of the Year’ as well as a nomination for ‘Best Female Vocalist.’  She’s performed at some of the UK’s most prestigious festivals and stages including at C2C: Country 2 Country at the 02 Arena – London, Cornbury Music Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Camp Bestival and Time Out Presents: Rising Stars of Country at The Jazz Café. As well as support slots for some of the most notable talent coming out of the UK and US, including Andrew Combs, The Shires, Colm Mac Com Iomaire (The Frames), Jess and The Bandits and Ward Thomas. Her new acoustic EP “Nashville Stole Your Girl” was released end of September 2017 and achieved number 5 in the iTunes UK Country Music Chart and received critical acclaim, securing a session on Bob Harris’ BBC Radio 2 show. For more information on Laura Oakes, please visit www.lauraoakesmusic.com/.

Nashville Meets London Presents takes place the last Wednesday of every month at the PizzaExpress Live at 99 High Holborn in London. One of city’s newest live music venues, PizzaExpress Live is an intimate space for the best in live entertainment featuring a state of the art sound system, stage, and setting. Each acoustic show will feature two rising country music artists, one from the UK and one from across the pond.

Additional confirmed dates for the Nashville Meets London Presents residency at Pizza Express Live (Holborn) include: May 30 and June 27. Doors are at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 8:30 pm with a £15.00 cover each evening. Only a limited number of tickets are available and can be purchased here. For more information visit: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/venues/pizzaexpress-live-holborn.

The new Nashville Meets London monthly residency is co-produced by Peter Conway Management and Nashville-based agency, The AristoMedia Group in collaboration with PizzaExpress Live. U.K. based radio DJ Baylen Leonard is the Head Artistic Programmer.

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Kyle Daniel Gets Ready To Shake Up the Country Music Scene with the Release of His Long-Awaited Debut EP This Friday, March 30

“From life to love, to the crippling sting of heartbreak, these songs are a part of my soul. I’ve not only written these songs, I’ve lived them.” – Kyle Daniel

(Nashville, Tenn. – March 29th, 2018) – Kentucky-born singer-songwriter, Kyle Daniel will release his debut self-titled EP this Friday, March 30

(Pre-order here). The 5-song release, all co-written by Daniel, puts his life experiences in lyrical display and sheds light on personal situations that have shaped who he is.

Daniel can’t wait to share this new music; each song is extremely personal and close to his heart. He stated, “Sometimes emotions are so strong, they must be written about and vocalized to be felt. My main reason behind writing this record: to be honest. This is an inside look at my life over the past few years. From life to love, to the crippling sting of heartbreak, these songs are a part of my soul. I’ve not only written these songs, I’ve lived them.”

Self-produced by Daniel and recorded at Welcome to 1979 Studios in Nashville, TN, the EP has rich hints of Americana, Blues, Country, Soul, and Rock.

The EP’s debut focal track, “Hangover Town” was written by Daniel along with Josh Mitcham. Daniel adds, “‘Hangover Town,’ was inspired by the life I lead as a touring musician, finding it difficult to sustain a romantic relationship.”

Music has played a crucial role in Daniel’s life, serving as an outlet for him since his teen years. Early on in his music career, the Bowling Green, Kentucky native grew up listening to iconic southern rockers like Gregg Allman and credits him as a lifelong musical influence. Today, he adds Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, and Brent Cobb to his list of inspirations as well.

At the age of sixteen, the young Daniel won the Southern Kentucky Blues Society Blues Challenge.  A year later, he was a finalist at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.  Quickly making a name for himself in Music City, he earned the title of “Nashville’s Best Guitarist” at the 102.9 Buzz Rock Awards.

After years of being content writing songs and playing a support role for some of the top names in music, Kyle discovered a voice that had a story of its own.  Sharing the stage with artists such as Anderson EastJimmy HallWet Willie, Casey JamesClare Dunn and Jericho Woods, Daniel created a lifetime of memories. However, the future is bright and the spotlight is focused on Kyle Daniel.

For more information on Kyle Daniel, please visit his website, www.kyledanielmusic.com and follow him on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Kyle Daniel EP Track Listing
1. “Hangover Town” (Kyle Daniel and Josh Mitcham)
2. “Keep On Rollin’” (Kyle Daniel, Seth Rentfrow, and Bart Allmand)
3. “Ain’t No Difference” – Feat. Brent Cobb (Kyle Daniel and Brent Cobb)
4. “Halfway To Your Heart” (Kyle Daniel and Jason Graumlich)
5. “That Somebody Ain’t Me” (Kyle Daniel and Seth Rentfrow)

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John Carter Cash to Release We Must Believe In Magic on April 21

(Nashville, Tennessee – March 29, 2018) On April 21, when music enthusiasts flock to record stores in honor of “Record Store Day,” fans of John Carter Cash will have the opportunity to pick up Cash’s new album, We Must Believe In Magic. 

The 17-track release is a collection of songs recorded over the last ten years and features an astounding host of musical guests, including some of Nashville’s most recorded session players and artists representing Rock, Gospel and Country Music. Tony Rice, Ana Cristina Cash, John Cowan, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Jerry Douglas, Dave Roe, The Daeger Brothers, Bob Moore, Etta Britt, Charlie McCoy, Tony Harrell, Jamie Hartford, Sam Bush, Jack Clift and the Cedar Hill Refugees, Sarah Peasall McGuffey, Ira Dean, Ronnie and Rob McCoury, Eric Hamilton and many others took part in the project. The album’s imaginative cover features the faces of many of the individuals who contributed to the music and is designed by Roberto Parada.

The project is made up of original material, some co-written with master songwriters, including Bill MillerShawn Camp, and Wesley Orbison. A remake of Trent Reznor’s “Hurt,” previously released by Cash’s father is also a highlight on the release. Much of the production is sparse and simple, focusing on the song and the individual instrumentalist. John Carter holds no limit or containment around his creative energy, and the double-album promises to be diverse and presents an unparalleled epic journey.

The title song, written by Bob McDill and Allen Reynolds, is the essential message of the album. John Carter commented about the track, saying “I remember believing in MAGIC. I recall the wind in itself being alive and with a voice… It smelled awake, purposeful and spoke in a resounding tongue I perfectly understood. All was vast, open, dazzling and wondrous. I believe this to be the truth of the world……the MAGIC is inside us all. And though it may be forgotten, it can be remembered once again… It is only up to us to do one single thing, and do it purely…BELIEVE.”

Released through Reviver Legacy, the full-length album is produced by John Carter Cash and was engineered and mixed by Chuck Turner at Cash Cabin Studios in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where John Carter worked with his parents Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash on much of their latter life recordings.

Growing up among one of Country music’s most recognizable families, there’s no surprise that John Carter Cash would mature to become an accomplished and award-winning record producer. Having been a producer for over 25 years now, he’s garnered six Grammy Awards and seven Grammy nominations, and has production credits that includes Alison Krauss and Union Station, Chris Cornell, Elvis Costello, John Cowan, Rodney Crowell, Sheryl Crow, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Carlene Carter, Emmylou Harris, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Rosanne Cash, John McEuen, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Jamey Johnson, John Popper, Ruston Kelly, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tim O’Brien, John Prine, Earl and Randy Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, Josh Turner, Dr. Mavis Staples, The John Randal and Jessi Alexander, Wylie and the Wild West, to many more.

Having written music for decades, John Carter continues to live inside a creative world reaching far beyond just music production. He is a singer-songwriter and author. The grandson of Maybelle Carter and the only son from the marriage of John R. Cash and June Carter Cash, he preserves the family legacy and is a caretaker to the heritage of his musical ancestors.

For more information or forthcoming show dates, please visit www.johncartercash.com and follow him on Facebook.

For press inquiries, contact Christy Walker-Watkins at 615-269-7071 or christy@aristomedia.com

We Music Believe In Magic – Track Listing:
1. We Must Believe in Magic (Bob McDill and Allen Reynolds)
2. Feel Like Going Home (Charlie Rich)
3. Brave Young Man (John Carter Cash, Bill Miller)
4. Dragon Song (John Carter Cash)
5. Runaway Train (John Carter Cash, Sarah Peasall McGuffey, Janie Lidey, Trey Call)
6. Prayers For St. Regis (John Carter Cash and Shawn Camp)
7. The Dungeon (John Carter Cash)
8. Heaven’s Song (John Carter Cash and Justin Miller)
9. Holy Train (John Carter Cash, Natalie Aulvin, Dave Daeger)
10. Dance With Me (John Carter Cash and Wesley Orbison)
11. Awake Sweet Dreamer (John Carter Cash and Jack Clift)
12. Jayne Hill (John Carter Cash and Jack Clift)
13. Hurt (Trent Reznor)
14. Let the Lower Lights Be Burning (John Carter Cash)
15. Paradise (John Prine)
16. Poor Boy & the Captain’s Daughter (John R Cash and John Carter Cash)
17. Into the Blue (John Carter Cash, George Daeger, and Dave Daeger)

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Glaad and Country Star Ty Herndon Set To Bring Third Concert for Love & Acceptance to Nashville This June in Partnership with CMT

Music legends and newcomers from across genres will take the stage at LGBTQ-affirming concert

(Nashville, Tenn. March 28, 2018) – GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, announced the 2018 Concert for Love and Acceptance set for June 7 at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. The show, taking place the night after the 2018 CMT Music Awards, will feature a coalition of artists and celebrities appearing and performing to accelerate acceptance for the LGBTQ community. Ty Herndon and CMT’s Cody Alan will host, and the event will feature performances by Herndon, as well as Terri Clark, Cassadee Pope, Michael Ray, Calum Scott, Brandon Stansell, and more. Additional appearances and performances to be announced. CMT will return as the event’s media sponsor and will amplify the event and line-up across its radio and social platforms. Additional support for the event is provided by Nissan.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.glaad.org/nashville

“Music has the power to uplift, empower, and change hearts and minds across the country,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO. “GLAAD is honored to present the third Concert for Love and Acceptance to help drive forward acceptance with an amazing lineup of talent and messages of support for the LGBTQ community.”

“We’re proud to once again lock arms with our friends at GLAAD to lend our voice and support to an event that champions love and acceptance through the power of music,”
 said Frank Tanki, General Manager of CMT and TV Land.

The inaugural Concert for Love and Acceptance was held in 2015 to kick off GLAAD’s Southern Stories Tour and the second iteration was held in 2017. The event has been supported by artists like Reba McEntire, with a lineup of performances has included Chris Carmack, Crystal Gayle, Billy Gilman, Dana Goldberg, Kree Harrison, Mickey Guyton, Levi Hummon, Runaway June, Ryan Kinder, Meghan Lindsey, Street Corner Symphony, Thompson Square, and Trent Harmon. GLAAD’s Southern Stories initiative tells the stories of LGBTQ people and their allies in the South to create a cultural shift towards LGBTQ acceptance and understanding in the region.

“I’m thrilled to partner with GLAAD once again for this show that has broken so much new ground and started so many important conversations over the past three years,” said Herndon. “Letting our LGBTQ friends, family, and neighbors know they are accepted and loved just as they are isn’t just making the world a better place – it’s literally saving lives – and I’m so proud to be a part of it.”

In recent years, country music has become a more affirming environment for the LGBTQ community with chart-toppers like Luke Bryan and “Most People are Good” following in the footsteps of Garth Brooks, Kasey Mugraves, and The Dixie Chicks sharing inclusive messages through their lyrics. Furthermore, CMT host Cody Alan came out publicly in late 2016 in People Magazine with the help of GLAAD and received an outpouring of support and love from the country music community and his fans. Stars like Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, and Dierks Bentley all voiced their support on social media. Ty Herndon, a Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning artist with album sales of more than 4 million, was the first major male country music star to come out, when he shared his story with the world in 2014.

“As we fight attempts to roll back equality and compromise the ground we have gained for acceptance, it is important for our community to continue to tell our stories and for allies to stand up and be counted,” said Ellis.

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Deep Chemistry, Unimaginable Feelings and Temptation of Love Serves as Inspiration behind James Dupré’s New Release “Hurt Good”

Listen to “Hurt Good” – here

(Nashville, Tenn. – March 27, 2018) – NBC’s “The Voice” alum and Country singer-songwriter, James Dupré has released “Hurt Good” to Country radio.

The soul-piercing track spotlights a relationship of deep chemistry that leads to unimaginable feelings and temptation between two individuals.

“‘Hurt Good‘” is about a relationship that progresses unexpectedly and faster than anticipated. Now that they are in it, it’s all they can think about, and they can’t get enough of it,” 
comments Dupré.  “I immediately loved the feel of the song; it’s such a dark and sexy lyric.”

Dupré pairs the edgy lyrics with his deep vocal tone, singing, “You’re a twisty road that I can’t un-drive. You’re the perfect knot that I can’t untie, and I don’t wanna try. Of all the crazy things I’ve ever done, you’re my favorite one.”

The song is the follow-up to his debut release “Stoned To Death” which reached #45 on the Billboard Indicator chart and #33 on the Music Row CountryBreakOut chart.

The track from Dupré’s forthcoming project, written by Nashville hit-makers, Jessi Alexander (“The Climb”, “I Drive Your Truck”), Travis Meadows (“Hot Beer & Cold Women”, “What We Ain’t Got”) and Mike Mobley (“Easy,” “Man of the House”) is produced by Jordan Lehning(Kacey Musgraves, Kree Harrison) and Kyle Lehning (Dan Seals, George Jones, Randy Travis) and is receiving early attention from radio. “James Dupré is one of the more surprising new voices I’ve heard recently, and he’s got a story to match!” Fletch Brown, OM/PD WXFL-FM Florence, AL.

“Hurting never sounded so good!” commented Country music superstar and Dupré’s mentor, Randy Travis. “James Dupré has a voice and a delivery that leaves you shaking your head—so pure, so strong, so effortless. I could listen all day!  His talent deserves notice, by all—writers, producers, labels, and listeners. I’m anxious to see ‘Hurt Good’ hit the charts and take wings!”

GrassRoots Promotion is handling radio promotion and booking.
Contact: Nancy Tunick at 615-403-6121nancy@grassrootspromotion.com
Or Teresa Chance at 615-456-0187, teresa@grassrootspromotion.com

Upcoming Dates:

March 31:       Southbound Bar & Grill, Springfield, MO
April 19:         Whiskey Jam @ Winners, Nashville, TN
April 21:         Scoreboard Bar & Grill, Nashville, TN
May 12:          Private Event, Pensacola, FL
July 5:             Smith County Fair, Carthage, TN
July 6:             Bluebird Café, Vallonia, IN
July 7:             Private Event, Brownstown, IN
Sept 22:          Private Event, Brownstown, IN
Oct 20:            Private Event, Lake Charles, LA

James Dupré was born and raised in Bayou Chicot, Louisiana.  The one-time aspiring meteorologist turned paramedic became a YouTube sensation in 2007 upon posting cover videos of Country songs. He received an invitation to perform on “Ellen” and, shortly after, released his debut album It’s All Happening in 2010, which charted on Billboard. After signing a record deal with Warner Music Nashville in 2011, Dupré began performing and touring full-time through 2014. It was shortly thereafter Dupre’ appeared on NBC’s “The Voice” Season 9, where all four coaches turned their chairs around, and ultimately landed his rich, baritone voice a spot on Adam Levine’s team. The father of four recently made his acting debut in the film, The Price, playing the son of a country singer portrayed by Randy Travis.  In 2016, Dupre’ was also named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know” and has over 10 million views to his credit on YouTube.

For more information, visit www.jamesdupre.com
And follow him on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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Grammy Award-Winning Contemporary Blues Artist, Keb’ Mo’, Announces 2018 Summer Tour

(Nashville, Tenn. – March 27, 2018) Contemporary Blues artist Keb’ Mo’ will kick-off a 2018 Summer Tour beginning this April.  Recently winning his fourth Grammy award for the outstanding collaboration album entitled TajMo, with musical icon, Taj Mahal, the internationally acclaimed Blues artist will perform at various venues across the U.S.  The Keb’ Mo’ tour will launch on April 26 and will be a series of solo or full band appearances.

The 2018 Keb’ Mo’ Summer Tour Dates are as follows:
*= Solo show
April 26 – Chicago, IL*
April 27 – Chicago, IL*  (two shows)
May 6 – Solana Beach, CA*
May 7 – Solana Beach, CA*
May 18 – Bensalem, PA
May 19 – Westhampton Beach, NY
May 20 – Annapolis, MD
May 22 – Derry, NY
May 23 – Brownfield, ME
May 24 – Boston, MA
May 25 – Tarrytown, NY
May 26 – Hartford, CT
June 12 – Bonita Springs, FL*
June 13 – Clearwater, FL*
June 15 – Fort Lauderdale, FL*
June 22 – Bayfield, WI*
July 1 – Laytonville, CA*

Additional shows and markets are to be added and released at a later date.  For more information on Keb’ Mo’s 2018 tour dates or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.kebmo.com/tour/.

Over the past two decades, Keb’ Mo’ has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music through the understated excellence of his live and studio performances. TajMo, his latest release, is a cross-generational collaboration with legendary blues musician Taj Mahal which merges the two artists’ distinctive voices and guitar styles. The project, which won the 2018 GRAMMY for “Best Contemporary Blues Album,” features guest appearances by Sheila E., Joe Walsh, Lizz Wright and Bonnie Raitt. Keb’ Mo’s latest solo release, Keb’ Mo’ Live – That Hot Pink Blues Album (Kind of Blue Music; 4/15/16) was recorded while on tour in 2015. The double-disc album features 16 live recorded songs from Keb’ Mo’s extensive catalog.

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.

For press inquiries, contact Christy Walker-Watkins at 615-269-7071 or christy@aristomedia.com.

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Haley Mae Campbell Releases New Single “Oughta Be” And Extends Invite to Her EP Preview Show

Rising Star’s Sophomore EP, Lovers Lottery, Available for Pre-Order Today

(Nashville, Tenn. – March 23, 2018) – Rising star Haley Mae Campbell’s latest single – the violin-laden barnstormer of hope and longing, “Oughta Be” – is now available at all digital retailers and streaming services.

Written by Campbell alongside Patrick Thomas, “Oughta Be” is the second single from Campbell’s upcoming sophomore EP, Lovers Lottery, which is available for pre-order today (3/23). Lovers Lottery will be officially released on April 27.

Pre-order Lovers Lottery and purchase “Oughta Be” HERE.

Campbell (a multi-instrumentalist who counts guitar, violin, and piano among her talents) began busking on the streets of Charleston when she was only 13 years old. New York-born and South Carolina-raised, Campbell’s original music is a hybrid of city slicker sass and small-town sensibilities, mixing rock-style vocals with a country-style twang.

“Lose My Number,” the lead single from Lovers Lottery, is a spirited, radio-ready Pop Country tell-off to a “loser ex-boyfriend” that has earned Campbell considerable notoriety. Upon its release, “Lose My Number” earned local and regional airplay and debuted at #43 on the iTunes Singer/ Songwriter Chart. The song also peaked as a #5 pre-order on the iTunes Country Chart.

Campbell will celebrate the release of her new single and upcoming EP with a special EP preview show at Nashville’s Douglas Corner Café (2106 8th Ave. S.) on Tuesday, March 27th at 6 pm sharp. The event is free and open to the public.

Campbell wrote or co-wrote as well as co-produced every song on the upcoming Lovers Lottery.

Lovers Lottery Official Track Listing:
(Produced by Zachary Manno & Haley Mae Campbell)
1)    “Lose My Number” (Haley Mae Campbell)
2)    “Blisters” (Haley Mae Campbell)
3)    “Take a Chance” (Haley Mae Campbell)
4)    “Through The Door” (Haley Mae Campbell)
5)    “Oughta Be” (Haley Mae Campbell, Patrick Thomas)
6)    “No Place to Go” (Haley Mae Campbell, Ben Sewell

Upcoming Shows:
March 27th – Douglas Corner Cafe (Nashville, TN)
April 13th – Music Farm (Charleston, SC)
April 14th – Wild Wing Cafe (Mount Pleasant, SC)
April 20th – Tin Roof (Charlotte, NC)
April 21st – The Windjammer (Isle Of Palms, SC)
May 11th – Dockery’s (Charleston, SC)
May 12th – My Father’s Moustache (Mount Pleasant, SC)
May 16th – Home Team BBQ West Ashley (Charleston, SC)
May 21st – Red’s Ice House (Mount Pleasant, SC)
May 25th – Wild Wing Cafe (Bluffton, SC)
May 26th – My Father’s Moustache (Mount Pleasant, SC)

About Haley Mae Campbell:
Nineteen-year-old Haley Mae Campbell is well on her way to becoming one of Music Row’s next shining stars. The young singer-songwriter was named the 2016 Independent Tone Awards’ “Country Artist of the Year” as well as “Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year” by the i93.7 Locals Only show, receiving local and regional airplay for her previous EP, Phone Home. Campbell’s recent single, “Lose My Number,” peaked as a #5 pre-order on the iTunes Country Chart and debuted at #43 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart. “Lose My Number,” the lead single from her upcoming sophomore EP, Lovers Lottery, set for an April 27, 2018 release will be followed up by her second single, “Oughta Be” which will be released on March 23, 2018.

Campbell began crisscrossing the U.S. at a young age, going on tour with her band, The Hardware, immediately after graduating from high school on their “Hugs & Disses Tour.” Since then, Campbell has opened for country stars including Luke Combs, Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, David Nail, Lauren Alaina, Love and Theft, Thompson Square and Tyler Farr as well as folk stars The Avett Brothers and performing at the 9th Annual First Flush Festival in her hometown of Charleston, SC with headliner Sheryl Crow. For more information on Haley Mae Campbell visit: www.haleymaecampbell.com.

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