Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Brandy Clark plays to Sold Out Crowds Across the Pond on Unplugged U.K. Tour

Four-time GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter stripped it down to take Big Day to Birmingham, Glasgow, London and Manchester

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If attendance is any indicator, a "big day in a small town" is the same in U.S. as U.K.! The “best songwriter in Nashville” (Garden & Gun), Brandy Clark returned to the U.S. this week after an overwhelmingly successful stretch of sold out acoustic dates in the U.K. The tour included a stop at Cadogan Hall in London, which No Depression’s Lyndon Bolt praised “may have been in a big city far away but I felt very much part of small town American life as illustrated by the photos on the new album. Perhaps overused, but in this case spot-on, authentic is the way to describe Brandy Clark. This isn’t pop country glitz but the real deal in playing, voice and lyrics.”

“I was blown away by the response I got from everyone in the U.K. There were times I couldn’t even hear myself because the crowd was singing so loud,” shares Clark, who also spent time last week with BBC’s 
Bob Harris, Ricky Ross and Robert Elms. “I had such a great week over there and I’m already looking forward to going back.” 

“…any chance to catch her live in the UK is a much anticipated event,” shared 2Country’s James Daykin. “Relaxed, open and honest. Brandy Clark’s music is pure Country with a modern lyrical twist. Her songs sound like they could have been recorded anytime between 1973 and 2016. She sings with a clarity and conviction that many other acts would kill to have and as a singer and focal point she draws her audience in with personal stories and anecdotes that are part amusing, part tragic. A fantastic performer, great lyricist and warm hearted entertainer –the very definition of what this genre is about.” 

Brandy Clark U.K. tour dates with special guest Ben Glover
Tues Sept. 20, 2016 - Birmingham, Glee Club (The Arcadian, Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TD)
Weds Sept. 21 - Glasgow, Glasgow Oran Mor (Top of Byres Road, 731-735 Great Western Rd, G12 8QX) £21.00
Fri Sept. 23 - London, Cadogan Hall (5 Sloane Terrace, Chelsea, SW1X 9DQ)
Sat Sept. 24 - Manchester, Manchester Gorilla (54-56 Whitworth St West, M1 5WW) 

Clark performed not only seasoned favorites such as “Stripes” and “Take a Little Pill” from he widely lauded 12 Stories, but she also shared much of her latest album, Big Day in a Small Town, which released this June and debuted Top Ten on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Big Day has been at the top of critic’s lists since, garnering places on TIME magazine’s Best Songs of 2016 So Far, Rolling Stonemagazine’s 45 Best Albums of 2016 So Far, Rolling Stone’s 25 Best Country & Americana Albums of 2016 So Far, NPR’s Songs We Love lists and also “Critic’s Pick” from Taste of Country.

The Morton, Washington-native received her first of four career GRAMMY nominations in 2013 in the Best Country Song category for co-writing the Miranda Lambert No. 1 hit “Mama’s Broken Heart.” She won the 2014 CMA Song of the Year Award for “Follow Your Arrow,” which she co-wrote with Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves, and was also named the 2014 Music Row Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The Academy of Country Music voters nominated her for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2015. 

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Country Bites News snippets September 19 - September 25, 2016


Thomas Rhett elevates red-hot sophomore album with upcoming release of TANGLED UP DELUXE out Oct. 28

The Multi-CMA Nominee Offers Up Next Single 
“Star Of The Show” As One Of Five New Tracks

Nashville, TN – Sept. 26, 2016

Multi-CMA nominee Thomas Rhett heightens the success of his PLATINUM certified sophomore album's "retro, soul-inspired danceable mix of arena-sized tunes and hooky melodies” (Associated Press) with the upcoming release of TANGLED UP DELUXE (The Valory Music Co.), available on Oct. 28.
The 18-track album is filled with party anthems, dance tunes, drinking songs, love ballads and five never-before-heard tracks including his new single "Star Of The Show” and a remix of his ACM and Billboard Music Award winning “Die A Happy Man” feat. Tori Kelly. This Friday (9/30), “Star Of The Show” will impact Country radio and fans can pre-order the new Deluxe collection.

“"Star of the Show" is one of those songs that I have lived with for a while and kept coming up as a song we needed to record and get to the fans," said Thomas Rhett. “I wrote it with my dad right after I got married, and it was the first song I ever wrote about Lauren. It was a staple in our set before we had any hits and fans still request it to this day. The Deluxe allows us to thank our fans for an incredible year by putting out a few new songs like this one, and also by reworking a couple of favorites by adding some friends into the mix." 

Produced by Thomas Rhett and a combination of music’s most respected and fresh talent, the dynamic singer has already proven he is unafraid to blur the lines between genres. The album has produced three chart-toppers including the 2X PLATINUM six-week No. one and ACM award-winning "Die A Happy Man” as well as the PLATINUM certified No. one's “T-Shirt” and “Crash And Burn." 

For a preview of the new music and highlights of its chart-topping hits, click here:

TR-Deluxe Trailer from Big Machine Label Group on Vimeo.

1. Anthem   
(Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally, Jimmy Robbins)

2. Crash & Burn     
(Jesse Frasure, Chris Stapleton) 

3. South Side       
(Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Chris Stapleton)

4. Die A Happy Man       
(Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Sprague)

5. Vacation       
(Thomas Rhett, Thomas Allen, Harold Brown, Morris Dickerson, Sean Douglas, Gerry Goldstein, Leroy Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Osker, Andreas Schuller, Howard Scott, Joe Spargur, Ricky Reed, John Ryan)

6. Like It's the Last time       
(Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip)

7. T-Shirt       
(Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally)

8. Single Girl       
(Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ben Hayslip)

9. The Day You Stop Looking Back      
(Jaren Johnston, Luke Laird)

10. Tangled       
(Chris DeStefano, Adam Hoffman, Matt Lipkins, Josh Osborne, Scott Schwartz)

11. Playing With Fire feat. Jordin Sparks*      
(Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley)

12. I Feel Good feat. Lunch Money Lewis**    
(Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Teddy Geiger, Jacob Hindlin, Gamal Lewis, Charlie Puth, Joe Sprague)

13. Learned it From the Radio*     
(Nicolle Galyon, Ashley Gorley, Jimmy Robbins)

14. Star Of The Show***
(Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip)

15. American Spirit****
(Thomas Rhett, Chris DeStefano, Jaren Johnston)

16. Background Music*****
(Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, Lindsay Rimes)

17. Playing With Fire feat. Danielle Bradbery*
(Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley)

18. Die A Happy Man (The Remix) feat. Tori Kelly******
(Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Sprague)

Produced by Dann Huff and Jesse Erasure
*Produced by Chris DeStefano 
**Produced by Joe London
***Produced by Thomas Rhett & Joe London
****Produced by Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure & Jaren Johnston
*****Produced by Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure & Lindsay Rimes
******Produced by Carl Falk

The singer/songwriter sparks "an ushering in of Country's future" (Rolling Stone) as he dominates the Nielsen 2016 Mid-Year List with TANGLED UP, landing in the Top 5 Country albums while "Die A Happy Man" was the most streamed song overall with more than 80 million streams. Garnering two CMA nominations this year, Thomas Rhett was also recently chosen as one of CMT's Artists Of The Year which airs 10/20 on CMT at 9P ET/PT. For more information on new music and for a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit

Dierks Bentley embarked on the first of two sold-out nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

DIERKS BENTLEY relishes first of two sold out nights at RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE
breaking curfew for “CRAZY” NIGHT including surprise guest MAREN MORRIS

Photo Credit: Ryan Silver

Nashville, TN - Sept. 26, 2016 - Current four-time CMA nominee Dierks Bentley embarked on the first of two sold-out nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre tonight playing off the landmark’s three iconic walls, boldly opening with his bluegrass-inspired “Up On The Ridge.”  As family, friends and long-time supporters lined side-stage, Bentley wove seamlessly between his biggest party anthems like “What Was I Thinkin,’” “Drunk On A Plane” and “Somewhere On A Beach” and his weightier hits including “Riser,” “I Hold On” and “Different For Girls.”

“We’re all trying to hold it together here,” Bentley told the crowd. “This is my fifth time playing Red Rocks, but it gets more crazy and crazy every time. It’s not every night you get to play here, so I texted a friend to see if she could be part of tonight. She’s got one of the best voices in Country music and came all the way from Boston to be here tonight…Maren Morris y’all!" 

Photo Credit: Ryan Silver

Mid-way through the epic night, Bentley invited surprise guest Maren Morris to the stage for their haunting duet “I’ll Be The Moon” off his critically-acclaimed No. one album BLACK.

The two harmonized on Morris’ “My Church” before Randy Houser joined to swap vices on “Bad Angel.” 

As the night rolled through Bentley’s jam-packed set and the capacity crowd sang back to hit after hit, fans ultimately demanded an extended set causing Bentley to break curfew.

“I’ve been waiting so long for this show and trying to think of ways to surprise you,” Bentley continued from stage. "I’ve told you about my friends and family who are here tonight, but I’m here for you fans."

Known for “traveling his own path...Country music’s most relatable star" (Esquire) shows his depth and diversity as an artist with four CMA nominations in the Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of The Year, Vocal Event of the Year and Video of the Year categories. Bentley will bring the “foot-stomping, fist-pumping good time” (Arizona Republic) of his 2016 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH TOUR to Denver again tomorrow (9/27) before stops in the Midwest next week on the newly extended leg of the tour. For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit

Photo Credit: Ryan Silver

Yola Carter shines a light on the UK at British Underground’s AmericanaFest Bootleg BBQ

Americanafest favourite Yola Carter shines a light on the UK at British Underground’s Americanafest Bootleg BBQ - Bringing The Best Of British Americana To Nashville

Please credit: Beth Gwinn  |  Yola Carter 

Monday 26 September, London/Nashville
AmericanaFest favourite Yola Carter delivered a show stopping performance at UK international showcase producer British Underground’s hotly anticipated fourth annual UK Americana day party: the Bootleg BBQ, hosted in Nashville this weekend, during AmericanaFest the world’s biggest celebration of Americana music.

Yola, with an authentic sound so deeply rooted in Americana you would think she hailed from Bristol Tennessee not Bristol England, performed in front of a crowd of newly won U.S fans and music industry executives, who packed out 500 capacity east Nashville record store and venue - The Groove, desperate to catch the set of this year's most hyped artist.
Yola, who stunned the crowd with her unique and soulful take on country influenced Americana, stated: “It was a privilege to play at British Underground's Bootleg BBQ - it's an incredible show, at the very heart of AmericanaFest and perfectly represents the best of British Americana. I'm totally overwhelmed by the incredible support I have received in the U.S., who have fully embraced my music and I'm excited for the future and hope to come back to play in the U.S. very soon!
Yola performed alongside other fantastic UK talent including Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones, rock and blues influenced Americana group William The Conqueror and country songwriter Robert Vincent. USA bands Frontier Ruckus and The Americans also performed, giving the U.S. stamp of approval on the British focused event. 

Photo credit: Beth Gwinn  | Yola Carter and Baylen Leonard

Yola Carter’s rapid ascent and unparalleled support at this year’s AmericanaFest which included praise from NPR’s All Songs Considered and The Wall Street Journal, marks a vintage year in UK Americana, which has seen the introduction of the Americana Chart in the Official UK album chart and the continued support of international music showcase producer British Underground and the Americana Music Association, who annually spotlight the fantastic international talent coming to perform at the event.

Danna Strong, Director of Operations at the Americana Music Association stated, “British Underground’s Bootleg BBQ has become one of the most important international events at AmericanaFest, a key networking space for U.S. music industry and artists to connect with UK delegates and it plays a huge role spotlighting UK Americana and the fantastic musical talent coming out of the UK at the moment.”

The Bootleg BBQ follows a series of high profile international showcases hosted by British Underground this year, including a triumphant UK music showcase at the Rio Olympics, which saw Elf Kid and Nadia Rose perform for Team GB at British House in Rio. British Underground also play a key role in facilitating The International Showcase Fund, which is funded by key cultural institutions including Arts Council England, PRS For Music Foundation and British Underground which this year has funded BBQ acts, William The Conqueror, Yola Carter and Robert Vincent. The Fund offers vital support for artists and bands based in England who have been invited to play an international showcasing festival or conference.

About British Underground:
In 2016 BRITISH UNDERGROUND is celebrating 15 years curating and producing UK music showcases that have helped hundreds of music-makers break into international markets at events like SXSW, WOMEX and British House at the Rio Olympics.  Since creating the first ever UK showcase at SXSW in 2002 (featuring Elbow and Oxide and Neutrino) we have worked with artists from every genre including household names like Amy Winehouse and Stormy to pioneers like Gabriel Prokofiev and Moses Boyd. We offer financial help with travel and accommodation for musicians through our relationship with the PRSF International Showcase Fund and we produce new music radio shows for British Airways in-flight entertainment system.  We are funded by Arts Council England and our offices are in the Musicians' Union in Oval, London.
Yola Carter
A black woman and U.K. Born, a self produced singer-songwriter. Yola Carter is a lover of country music, southern soul, roots, gospel and rock n roll music. At times a fiercely focused mind, sometimes a hippy freewheeler, her influences include The Staple Singers, John Lee Hooker, Neil Young, Otis Redding, The Byrds and Emmylou Harris. She is in herself the vast umbrella of the emerging Americana genre expertly crafted into the most harmonious singularity and equally as explosive. Her band sound has been described as sounding “like Mavis Staples Fronting the Band” (Bristol 24/7) and her Trio as “Crosby Stills Nash and Woah!” (Sam Outlaw). The project isn’t yet a year old and it is already gathering much critical acclaim after Starting out her summer supporting Sam Outlaw and St Paul And The Broken Bones and playing to huge crowds up and down the country. The Summer2016 tour includes sets at the Summertime Americana Festival, London Meets Nashville Festival, a set supporting Imelda May at the Southern Fried Festival and now she has been selected to play at the Americana Festival, Conference and Awards in Nashville TN.

Robert Vincent

Robert Vincent’s debut album ‘Life In Easy Steps’ received amazing press with Q Magazine calling it a “A thoroughly modern piece of country rock.” In February Robert won the 2016 Bob Harris Emerging Artists Award at the UK Americana Association Awards and has recently announced the release of a new album called ‘I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins’. The album has already had four BBC 2 Radio plays and therefore the timing of the AmericanaFest couldn’t have come at a better time!

William the Conqueror

William the Conqueror is not what you might expect. He could be the alter-ego of that one-time treasure of the folk circuit, Ruarri Joseph. But perhaps not. William is his own man, with his own voice – and who is to say which voice is the more authentic?
You only need to listen to Ruarri Joseph attempt to explain the need for his “transition” into William to understand that this is no marketing tactic, or rebrand; this is a man on the verge of a precipice, looking for an outlet that doesn’t need to be sanitised; a genuine narrative of self deconstruction; an audience’s opportunity to watch the car crash unfold before their eyes; to follow a suppressed artist along a journey into the essence of self, paradox and identity and all the madness that might lie beneath.

“I want people to hear the stories from a different perspective. After three years of keeping William in the dark, I want to switch things up. Ruarri can go off the radar; it’s William’s turn now.”
Why AmericanaFest, Ruarri? “As well as the style of our music sitting so neatly with Americana sensibilities, the attitude and ethos of AmericanaFest in Nashville is about keeping music real and rooted in the traditions of song writing and performing. That’s precisely what inspired us to create William the Conqueror and how we feel we can make the most impact.”
“Bursting with retro-infused energy; a myriad influence, underpinned by a taste for good, old-fashioned roots”

Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones
Little Windows
“Life is full of little windows that open now and then . .” On their debut collaboration, Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones give listeners ten engaging views of the joys and sorrows of love and the vagaries of the human heart - from wide-eyed wonderment (“Wondering”) to lingering nostalgia (“I Thought That We Said Goodbye”), from promises (“Make A Wish On Me”) and pleas (“Don't Remind Me”) to sad self-deception (“Better At Lying”).
Longtime mutual admirers, Teddy and Kelly (or TT and KJ, as they affectionately call each other) first sang together at LA's Club Largo in 2011. A George Jones song. The harmony blend was goose bump good. It seemed only natural to do more.
There began a two-year, bi-coastal, multi-seasonal creative volley. Some of the songs were penned in summer, in a West Hollywood bungalow surrounded by palm trees and cactuses. The others arrived during fall and winter, in a Greenwich Village high-rise with a skyline view. But no matter the setting or season, Teddy, Kelly and their writing partner Bill DeMain (aka BD) were only concerned with capturing complex emotions with simple honesty, and writing songs that would measure up to those by favourite artists like the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly and Sam Cooke.
In keeping with the classic sound of the material, the album, produced by Mike Viola, was cut quickly and decisively, live to a 16-track tape machine. Standing side by side in the vocal booth, Teddy and Kelly sang to the accompaniment of an ace backing band of Pete Thomas (drums), Davey Farther (bass), Stevie Elliott (guitar) and Daniel Clarke (keys). There was much laughter, much feeling, and more than a bit of magic that found its way onto the magnetic tape. In these timeless songs, you can hear the give and take, the dynamics, the occasional imperfections, the deep human soul of performances.
And open these Little Windows, one by one, over and over, and you'll discover something wonderfully moving and true in each.

Rascal Flatts will release first-ever Xmas album "The Greatest Gift Of All" on Oct 21


CMA Awards Vocal Group Of The Year 
Nominee’s Festive Collection is set for release On Oct. 21

Nashville, TN - Sept. 23, 2016 

CMA Awards Vocal Group of The Year nominee Rascal Flatts will release THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL, their first-ever Christmas album, on Oct. 21.  The much-anticipated 10-track collection was produced by Rascal Flatts and features moving and powerhouse performances that the trio is known for, while offering personal touches to some fan-favorite staples of the festive season.  The album is available for pre-order starting today here.

THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL opens with a rousing rendition of “Joy To The World,” and features a sentimental version of “Silent Night” opening with vocals from the children of all three band members.  Adding some Motown flair with Stevie Wonder’s “Someday At Christmas,” while a standout track on the record comes in the form of “A Strange Way To Save The World,” a reflective song originally recorded by 4Him, which has been given a contemporary update by the trio.  

“It probably seems crazy that we waited this long to release a Christmas record,” said Jay DeMarcus. “We just wanted to do it right!  There are certain songs I think most everyone wants to hear during Christmas, and we wanted to put our own special spin on those songs, while adding in a couple of our personal favorites.  We had a blast making this album, and being in the producer’s chair ourselves, makes it extra fun and challenging for us."

1. Joy To The World
2. O Holy Night 
3. Deck The Halls 
4. A Strange Way To Save The World 
5. Go Tell It On The Mountain 
6. Let It Snow 
7. Silent Night 
8. Someday At Christmas 
9. The First Noel 
10. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Currently nominated for CMA Awards Vocal Group of the Year, Rascal Flatts has sold over 23.1 million albums, 32 million digital downloads worldwide, as well as earning over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People's Choice Awards and more, making them the most awarded country group of the past decade.  The trio recently added to their many accolades, scoring their 16th #1 single with their summer anthem “I Like The Sound Of That.” 

Known as one of the hottest-selling touring acts in any genre, the group celebrated a major milestone of 10 million tickets sold this past month, following a rousing run of headlining shows. Their RASCAL FLATTS: RHYTHM AND ROOTS TOUR continues this weekend in Tuscaloosa, AL (Sept 23) and Tallahassee, FL (Sept 24.)  

For more information, visit

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Texas country icons Wade Bowen and Willy Braun tour the UK

Coming together for an exclusive UK tour, Wade Bowen and Willy Braun are
ready to bring their unique country sound to the UK.

Wade an award-winning singer songwriter and recording artist, he is used to performing energetic shows.
Willy Braun is best known for his work with Reckless Kelly, so the two put together really create something special.

“ earnest and direct singer who wrings feelings from small vocal gestures and whose songwriting .. is graceful, with twists like small sighs”
  - The New York Times on Wade Bowen

Coming together for an exclusive UK tour, Wade Bowen and Willy Braun get set to take their Americana sound across the pond.

Texas native Wade Bowen is an award-winning singer-songwriter and recording artist with a number of albums under his belt. He has made a name for himself with his energetic live shows, extensively touring the Texas circuit, often accompanied by a full band. He had previously appeared on the Conan O’Brien Show and made the pages of The New York Times and Rolling Stone.

Watch Wade Bowen live on The Texas Music Scene: 

Willy Braun meanwhile is best known for his work with red dirt band Reckless Kelly. He is one of multiple musical siblings, playing the Braun Brothers Reunion Festival every year.

The tour follows in a familiar fashion to that of veteran songsmiths John Hiatt & Lyle Lovett, the pair of whom would often trade songs and stories.

Inspired the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Guy Clark and Rodney Crowell, Wade is swiftly building his own legacy, previously supporting the likes of Hank William Jr and Chris Stapleton, as well as regularly touring with fellow troubadour Randy Rodgers.
Confirmed UK Dates:
From Waco, Texas. Hosting Wade Bowen's acoustic show as a joint double header with Reckless Kelly frontman Willy Braun. 

Thurs November 10, 2016 - London, Borderline (Orange Yard, Manette St, W1D 4JB) £16.50 Standing Event 
Fri November 11, 2016 - Brighton, Bleach (75 London Road, Brighton BN1 4JF) £13.20 Event Detail
Sat November 12, 2016 - Bristol, Thekla (East Mud Dock, The Grove, BS1 4RB) £13.75 Event Detail
Sun November 13, 2016 - Nottingham, Bodega £13.75 (23 Pelham Street, NG1 2ED) £13.75 Event Detail
Mon November 14, 2016 - York, Fibbers Event Detail Event Detail (Toft Green (behind Micklegate), YO1 6JT York)
Tues November 15, 2016 - Leeds, Brudnell Social Club (The Club House, 33 Queens Road Leeds LS6 1NY) £13.75 Standing Event Detail
Weds November 16, 2016 - Manchester, Night and Day (26 Oldham Street, Northern Quarter, M1 1JN) £13.75 Standing Event Detail
Thus November 17, 2016 - Liverpool, Arts Club (90 Seel Street, L1 4BH) £11.50 Event Detail
Fri November 18, 2016 - Glasgow, Oran Mor (Byres Road, G12 8QX) Ticketmaster UK
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