When Brantley Gilbert wrote “What Happens In A Small Town,” the lead single from his new, chart-topping fifth studio album Fire & Brimstone, via The Valory Music Co., the southern rocking songwriter quickly knew he needed an equally as hard-rocking female to portray both perspectives of a break up in a small town. After playing the song for Lindsay Ell, there was an immediate connection with the notion. Adding not just vocals but guitar, the result was one of the most-added songs at Country radio upon its debut.
Triple Tigers recording artist Scotty McCreery joined Old Dominion’s Make It Sweet Tour last Friday (Nov. 1) in Tampa, Florida at the Yuengling Center on the campus of the University of South Florida. Judging by the cheers and applause, the North Carolina native was an immediate hit with the sold-out crowd. McCreery hit the stage soon after opening act Ryan Hurd finished his set to deliver an energetic 45-minute hit-packed show which included his current single “In Between” as well as his two No. 1 hits “Five More Minutes” and “This is It,” among others. Later that weekend, the tour moved across the state to perform two shows at the Saint Augustine Amphitheater on Nov. 2-3. All three shows this weekend were sold out.
Members of legendary southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Van Zant and Rickey Medlocke, took New York City by storm Monday to promote the band’s new concert film, “Lynyrd Skynyrd: Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour” in theaters tomorrow only. The packed day of activity included stops at Q104’s “Jim Kerr Rock & Roll Morning Show;” “Fox & Friends;” SiriusXM’s Deep Tracks, Volume, NASCAR Radio, Insight, ‘70s on 7 and Patriot; Barstool Sport’s “My Mom’s Basement” and “One Bite Pizza Review;” as well as Cheddar.
Last month, Ole Red Gatlinburg launched “The Hitmaker Series,” a free, monthly concert series featuring two nights of songwriters performing “in the round” on the Ole Red stage. The intimate acoustic performances offer guests an authentic Nashville-style entertainment experience in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains as the songwriters perform the hits they have written and share the stories behind the songs.
Country-music duo Haley & Michaels (Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels) will celebrate the release of their full-length album Hail Mary with a performance of the rising title track on NBC’s TODAY on Nov. 15. The upcoming performance will mark Haley & Michaels' third time on TODAY, as their debut appearance occurred via special invitation from co-host Hoda Kotb, who discovered the song based on their wedding vows, “Giving It All (To You).”
Hootie & the Blowfish make a triumphant return today, Nov. 1, with the release of highly-anticipated album Imperfect Circle, their first in nearly 15 years. Named one of the “biggest albums to hear this season” by Entertainment Weekly and highlighted in The New York Times’ fall music preview, the album arrives on the heels of the band’s critically-acclaimed, sold-out Group Therapy Tour that played to nearly three-quarters of a million fans across the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Ireland this year.
George Strait, the undisputed “King of Country Music,” is set to release Strait Out of the Box: Vinyl Collection, a limited-edition, 10-volume vinyl set on sale Friday, Dec. 9, with pre-orders beginning today at GeorgeStraitBoxSet.com.