The Highwomen is an all-female fo(u)rtress of songstresses delivering classic-esque country sounds via their own special style (and as it so happens in their quirky character-filled just-premiered video for single "Redesigning Women" that hard-hitting unconventional style features the not-quite prima-donnas donning some mighty fine hard-hitting firefighting hats as they "design" and put out old flames). The cutting-up and carrying-on group is comprised of Amanda Shires, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, and Natalie Hemby - and if this morning's YouTube video premiere (complete with countdown clock) is any indication no one can hold a torch to the fired-up foursome. Take a look at those live numbers in the screen capture above. As of this writing in the less than one hour since its debut those numbers have traveled to over 4,000. Oh, and speaking of numbers? It features a special guest or two. --Melissa Coker
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Feeling hot, sticky, sweet? Lewis Brice has partnered with Waffle House® Restaurants and TouchTunes to slather, smother and cover "Summertime Vibes" across the U.S. A little bit Alan Jackson, a little bit Uncle Kracker (but still a bit in between); the song is now available to play on TouchTunes jukeboxes in more than 1,900 Waffle House locations nationwide.
In fact, as further proof it's hip to be square - fans can post a picture of themselves playing "Summertime Vibes" on a Waffle House jukebox to Instagram with #WHvibes or #LewisWH to enter for a chance to win an exclusive Waffle House prize. Now THAT's keeping things on the sunny side (up). The contest will run through August. Lewis's previous singles "Blessed" and "Messing With My Mind" have also been added to TouchTunes jukeboxes in all Waffle House locations.
Lewis will be hitting the road this summer with a full tour schedule including select dates with his brother, Lee Brice where he will be playing his new single as well as fan-favorite hits that have amassed the singer with more than 7 million streams across all streaming platforms.
"This song was co-written with my buddies Nick Norman and Ben Simonetti. I got the idea from when I was a kid and was always told 'When it’s cold outside, think warm thoughts.' This song was written in the winter and we were thinking about summer," said Lewis.
The new music video for “Summertime Vibes” will debut in mid-July. For more information and the latest news on Lewis, follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and go to LewisBrice.com.
LEWIS BRICE ON TOUR
July 12 Five Star Dive Bar - Elkhart, In.
July 13 Blarney Island - Antioch, Ill.
July 20 South Shore Music Circus - Cohasset, Mass. *
July 21 Bold Point Pavilion - East Providence, R.I.*
Aug. 23-24 Pigeon Forge, TN
Nov. 15-21 Carolina Country Music Cruise - Charleston, S.C.
*Tour date with Lee Brice
ABOUT LEWIS BRICE:
Lewis’s debut self-titled EP, produced by himself and his brother Lee Brice, was released on July 14th, 2017, landing at No. 11 on the US iTunes Country chart. Since, Lewis has been named one of Rolling Stone Country’s “New Country Artists You Need to Know” and Billboard’s “Country Artists to Watch in 2018”. Tracks from the EP were featured on SiriusXM The Highway, CMT Music, and Spotify’s New Boots & Wild Country playlists, and its lead single 'Best Ex Ever' reached the Top 40 of MusicRow’s Country Breakout radio chart. The next chapter of Lewis’s music was unveiled in November 2018 as the first single from his forthcoming second collection of songs, titled ‘Blessed’, was introduced to the world by a special Thanksgiving acoustic performance with his brother Lee. Rumor is 2019 will be his best year yet.
Brett Eldredge Helps Freedom Sing - CMT to Broadcast Brett's Entire Downtown Nashville Performance (AND Will Re-Air It)
CMT's “Red, White and Blue Week” continues with the exclusive 90-minute special, CMT Let Freedom Sing! on Thursday, July 4 at 10 pm ET/9 pm CT. Fans are treated to a front row seat to one of the biggest Independence Day celebrations in the country, and a concert by hit-maker Brett Eldredge. Eldredge, who recently celebrated his seventh #1 single, kicks off the live event with a one-hour musical set, which is followed by a half-hour, commercial free presentation of the NCVC’s Fourth of July fireworks presentation. The entire 90-minute program will encore immediately following the premiere telecast.
“Let Freedom Sing!”is produced by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp for the city of Nashville. This is the 15th annual celebration produced by the NCVC and the 35th in the city. For more information on this fireworks spectacular, visit https://www.visitmusiccity.com/media/press-release/2019/july4th-funfacts.
****With plenty of clips as well as the all-out full celebratory special available (subject to certain TV provider terms) to watch on CMT.com and on TV re-air dates throughout the weekend; CLICK HERE FOR SPECIFICS.
Even Better Off: Country Hitmaker Doug Stone Set to Join the Ever-Rosy Legendary John Conlee in Texas
"I don't care what state you come from - - or what state your mind is in," Johns's inviting warbling exudes on "Down."
Co-written by Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Famer Byron Hill (a pen behind "Fool Hearted Memory" and oh-so-many-more memories), the soothing melody of "Back Porch Gettin' Down" is delivered via Johns's twinge of David Ball-like vocals to remind that there's nothing like a good time in your backyard (and maybe a mandolin) to properly help the summer soak in. Listen to the song via the video embedded below.(Coming full-house-circle; another track to be found on this coming-soon album is "Front Porch Revival" by Crystal Yates). Previous Summer collections have included songs recorded by Joe Diffie and Halfway 2 Hazard. Find out more about Royce Johns by visiting his Facebook page. And to get YOUR groove on with Summer on Repeat 3 click here to purchase.
By now maybe you've already heard talk about the Randy Travis memoir, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life released in May. And how he bravely made some CMA Fest rounds and meet-and-greets. What you may not know about the legendary true-life tale, though; is that it's available on audiobook - and told by a wordsmith who's seen his own share of battles. Touchingly narrated by award-winning songwriter Rory Feek, the Forever and Ever, Amen audiobook version exclusively features Feek's memories and personal reflections of Randy. (SIGN UP for a free 30-day Audible trial with Amazon; including two free downloads here). There is an Audible preview clip of the book on Amazon also.
“We all have mountains to climb and battles to fight—I’m no different. It’s my hope that someone may read my story, and either be inspired to keep up the fight and/or detour off the roads that are dead-ends,” he says. “I have always been transparent in the mistakes I’ve made—the book is no different.” - Randy Travis in Billboard
With the help of New York Times Best-Selling Author, Ken Abraham, and Travis’ wife Mary, this memoir recounts the singer’s journey of perseverance and redemption from his early childhood memories up until the book was penned, recovering from a life-changing stroke and painful divorce, enjoying the life he was given and learning to “sing a new song.”
PS: Speaking of new songs - don't believe the hype that there's a "new" single from Randy Travis out there. Yes, "One in a Row" is new to the public; however, it's previously recorded. -TCC
Buy Forever and Ever, Amen the book by clicking image above.
(Photo courtesy Conqueroo).
THE MAVERICKS CELEBRATE THREE DECADES OF MUSIC WITH 30th ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR
Tour to run from June to November 2019.
Will include stops at noted venues in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the U.K.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In 2019, multi-platinum, Grammy-winning, rock ’n’ roll-country-Tejano phenomenon The Mavericks celebrate 30 years of entertaining millions of people around the world with a whirlwind of new activity.
The Miami-born band — back and better than ever since its reunion in 2012 — will mark three decades of uniting great Latino and American music traditions with a series of special events that celebrate a great past and look forward to the future. Over the summer and fall, the Mavericks will perform a unique version of their renowned live show that has won over crowds internationally, including appearances at some of the finest venues in Europe, Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. With special staging and a unique narrative, this anniversary show will reimagine the group’s catalog, from their early days in Miami’s punk and alternative scene through their chart-topping years in the ’90s and 2000s and right up to their reunion and creative rebirth. As well as telling storyof the Mavericks, the shows will chart the many ways in which they have intertwined traditional Tex-Mex, Latino, Norteño and Tejano music with country, rock ’n’ roll and the great American songbook — a true American story of cross-cultural inspiration.
“We’re going to be bringing stuff out from the very early material right up to the most current,” explains guitarist and long-time Maverick Eddie Perez.“ And we’re going to present that in a way that’s a little special. A real production, shall we say!”
When they reunited in 2012, the Mavericks promised one another that they would never become a nostalgia act and they’ve been as good as their word.
“I’m not one to look back, I never have been,” says co-founder, singer and key songwriter Raul Malo. “I always want to move forward with our music and look to the future, and our fans want that too — they always respond really well to every new album.
“But if you can’t celebrate 30 years in such a tough business as the music industry, what can you celebrate? I’m proud that we’ve made our mark and it’s good to celebrate that. I think we’ve found the perfect way to mark these 30 years without thinking only about the past and I’m really excited to get out and play these shows.”
Now releasing music and developing artists for their own Mono Mundo Recordings label, running their own live shows and controlling every aspect of their career, the Mavericks are in charge of their own destiny — and they’re enjoying it.
“The reason for our longevity is that we’ve been able to take control of the music we play, how we play it, and where and when we play it,” says drummer and co-founder Paul Deakin. “We’ve made enough mistakes once, twice or three times, but now we run the show. We can keep the creative spark that’s so central to what we do.”
Few bands get to see even ten years in this business, let alone thirty. With a past to be proud of and a future still to be written, it’s time to celebrate the Mavericks once more.
*Click "read more" for a complete tour schedule.* And speaking of the (recent) past -- Click here to buy The Mavericks 2017 album Brand New Day.
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