Hootie & the Blowfish surprised fans Monday by announcing that for the first time in over a decade they will be releasing new music and embarking on the Live Nation-produced Group Therapy Tour in 2019. Loyal fans of the band described by Rolling Stone as “mixing elements of rock, soul, folk and pop” sold out the tour’s Columbia, S.C. homecoming finale on Friday, Sept. 13 during the pre-sale and initial few moments when tickets went on sale to the general public this morning, prompting the band to add a second Colonial Life Arena show on Thursday, Sept. 12.
George Strait releases brand new track “Código” today – available HERE – ahead of sold-out shows at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena this weekend. Strait, a partner in and longtime fan of Código tequila, wrote the song with his son Bubba Strait and longtime collaborator Dean Dillon. With its accordion and fiddle, the lighthearted track transports the listener to carefree days where the tequila flows. “Código” celebrates its namesake tequila melding the sounds of southwest Mexico and southwest Texas and as the lyrics suggest, “A little sip and you’re ready to roll…I'm talkin' 'bout Código."
“Girl going nowhere” Ashley McBryde has done anything but in 2018. The artist NPR deems “country music's most charismatic, naturalistic new voice this year,” released her major label debut Girl Going Nowhere in March to much critical acclaim—from Billboard, Rolling Stone and Variety to The New York Times, NPR and The Washington Post—and today, the 11-track album, released via Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville, features McBryde as a co-writer on every song and earns the Arkansas-native her first GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album. McBryde joins Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves and Kelsea Ballerini in this category, and marks the only debut album nominated.
Twenty-one-year-old Sadie Robertson has already proven herself a New York Times best-selling author, influencer and motivational speaker. Now, Robertson is trying her hand at music, as she releases her new song “One.” The song, written for this year’s Live Original Tour, is a testament to Robertson’s faith and embodies the beliefs she continues to share with those of her generation.
On the one-year anniversary of the release of Danielle Bradbery’s intimately vulnerable album I Don’t Believe We’ve Met, she went directly to her fans to announce a special EP project celebrating the album's most personal tracks.
For Kenny Chesney, the Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour is about going to the people, leaning in and creating music in a more intimate realm than his massive 1.3 million fan, 19-stadium summer tours contain. With a focus on arenas half the size he normally plays, it offers the songwriter from East Tennessee the opportunity to introduce an emerging country artist who’s done it outside the lines to No Shoes Nation.
Renowned music industry photographer Joseph Llanes, who has shot for the likes of Billboard, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Spin and numerous album covers/musicians, launches Greyland, a new media outlet/merchandising/design company, in Music City. The new venture sees Llanes and his team bringing together a group of artists from the Nashville area to benefit MusiCares this holiday season in what will be referred to as “12 Days of Greyland.”
Iconic pop-rock band Hootie & the Blowfish appeared on NBC’s TODAY this morning to announce a highly anticipated return to full-time touring in 2019, as the foursome sets out on the 2019 Group Therapy Tour with direct support from special guest Barenaked Ladies.