Sunday, 23 April 2017

Jason Aldean takes a seat at the Top Of The Radio Charts earning 19th Career No. One With "Any Ol Barstool”

The Multi-Platinum Entertainer Earns Most Chart-toppers On Billboard Country Airplay Chart And Concurrently Announces “They Don’t Know” As Next Single

 Same Momentum Launches JASON ALDEAN: THEY DON’T KNOW TOUR, On April 27

NASHVILLE, TN - Apr. 17, 2017 - While "slowing things down with the open-hearted...Jack Daniels-laced song" (Entertainment Weekly), RIAA's top digital Country male artist of all time Jason Aldean earns his 19th No. One with "Any Ol Barstool," topping the Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay charts this week to tie for the most career No. One’s in the Billboard Country Airplay chart’s history. Serving as the third consecutive chart-topper off his seventh studio album THEY DON'T KNOW, "the soundtrack of heartache" (Billboard) also marks Aldean's first No. One since claiming the coveted ACM Entertainer of the Year award back-to-back, making him one of only nine artists in history to achieve this accomplishment. 

"'Any Ol Barstool' brought that classic Country vibe I grew up on, so it’s pretty cool to me that my fans and Country radio took it to No. One," said Aldean. "We’ve worked up big moments around ‘Barstool’ and ’They Don’t Know’ and it’s made me even more ready to get back out on the road and see the fans.”

Aldean keeps the momentum moving as he announces the title-track of his PLATINUM album THEY DON'T KNOW, will serve as his next single as he returns to the road next week with his JASON ALDEAN: THEY DON'T KNOW TOUR, launching in Toledo, OH, on Apr. 27. “Packed with stadium-size songs and arena-ready hooks" (The Boston Globe), Aldean is sure to bring that same energy to the stage while boasting support from special guests Chris Young, Kane Brown and Dee Jay Silver. 

"When I first heard the song it really made me think about how rural communities can come across misunderstood. It's a classic scenario in movies, a Hollywood producer films in small towns and packs in every stereotype you can imagine," noted Aldean. "This song wraps all those feelings together perfectly and basically says not to judge a book by its cover. I relate to that growing up in the backwoods of Georgia.”

“Country music's hard-rocking everyman” is “the mirror image of his fans” (Rolling Stone) as THEY DON'T KNOW falls in line with each album release earning PLATINUM certification or better, tallying more than 14 million total album sales and 19 No. One hits. The longevity of his career reached new heights as he debuted at the No. One position on Billboard’s all-genre Top 200 Album chart for the third consecutive time. In addition to the new tour, the "reigning Entertainer of the Year shows why he holds the title” (Newsday) as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will showcase a special exhibit opening its doors on May 27, commemorating his wide-open sound that has been one of the defining influences on today’s Country Music.

Ahead of the start of his 2017 summer tour, Jason Aldean has selectedThey Don’t Know” (Broken Bow Records/Macon Music LLC) as his newest single.
Writen by Kurt Allison, Jaron Boyer, Josh Mirenda the song has been sent to country radio with an impact date set at May 8th

The song is one for Aldean’s rural fans — the ones from “a two-lane, just-passing-by, slow-down town” with “just a few street lights, speed limit signs that all say 25.” Visitors only see “tractors, barbwire and tall green grass,” not “the years spent working, busting their a–.”
‘They ain’t seen the blood, sweat and tears it took to live their dreams / When everything’s on the line,” Aldean continues in the chorus of “They Don’t Know.” “Ain’t just another field, just another farm / No, it’s the ground we grew up on / They think it’s a middle-of-nowhere place where we take it slow / Aw, but they don’t know …”
Published on Oct 11, 2016 They Don’t Know” has received 755K Audio streams on Vevo & 760K YouTube streams:

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Country Billboard Chart News April 17, 2017

Country Billboard Chart News April 17, 2017

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of April 29, 2017)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (4 weeks non-consecutive) RIPCORD Keith Urban
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (10 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** "Any Ol’ Barstool” Jason Aldean
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (11 weeks) ** “Body Like A Back Road” Sam Hunt

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of April 29, 2017)

The Billboard 200 chart measures multi-metric album consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

The Chainsmokers bowed at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart with their debut full-length album, MEMORIES… DO NOT OPEN. The EDM duo's set earned 221,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 166,044 were in traditional album sales.
Memories’ sales launch was powered by a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion with the duo’s tour, which kicked off on April 13 in Miami. The ticket/album offer was also included with select dates of the act’s residency at the XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club in Las Vegas. Memories is the first album to simultaneously lead both the Billboard 200 and the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart in nearly three-and-a-half years. The last to do so was Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP, when it debuted at No. 1 on both tallies dated Nov. 30, 2013 (with 258,000 copies sold in its first week).
Vocal group Pentatonix claimed its seventh top 10 album as PTX Vol. IV: Classics starts at No. 4 with 54,000 units (50,337 in traditional album sales). The new Classics effort includes renditions of familiar favorites like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Over the Rainbow” and the group’s Grammy Award-winning redux of Dolly Parton’s Jolene” (alongside Parton herself). In the UK they delivered their third Official UK Top 75 Album entry, debuting at No.41 (1,994 sales).

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of April 29, 2017)
Top Country Albums now ranks the most popular country albums of the week, as compiled by Nielsen Music, based on multi-metric consumption (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA), and streaming equivalent albums (SEA)).
10 digital track sales from an album = 1 track equivalent album (TEA) “sale”
1,500 on demand song streams from an album to one streaming equivalent album (SEA) “sale”.
Nielsen Music compiles the sales and streaming data. Billboard continues to publish pure album sales charts (subscription to billboard biz ), exclusively comprising Nielsen’s sales data.

Keith Urban with RIPCORD (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville) climbed 2-1 (#13-23 Billboard 200) selling 10,785 copies (down 38%; 49-week total 536,700). It’s his 4th non-consecutive week at No.1 returning to the top since chart week issued April 8, 2017.

Miranda Lambert with THE WEIGHT OF THESE WINGS (Vanner/ RCA Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) slipped (12-31 BB200) selling another 9,727 copies (down 57%) in her 21st chart week.

Chris Stapleton with TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) was a non-mover at #3 (#32-38 BB200) selling 6,789 copies (down 21%; 102 week total 1,893,400).

Florida Georgia Line with DIG YOUR ROOTS (BMLG) held at #4 (#33-40 BB200) selling 3,578 copies (down 20%; 33-week total 375,600).
Brett Young with self-titled debut (BMLG) bumped 11-5 (#51-49 BB200) selling 4,085 copies (down 2%; 9-week total 51,600).

Joey Feek with IF NOT FOR YOU (Farmhouse/Gaither/Capitol CMG), the solo album that Joey Feek, half of the duo Joey + Rory, recorded in 2005, arrived on Top Country Albums at No.6 (#50 BB200). It earns 11,000 equivalent album units, with 10,492 in pure sales marking the 21st best seller in America and #2 on Country Album Sales.

Feek, who died March 4, 2016, after battling cervical cancer, recorded the album prior to Joey + Rory’s first LP release, The Life of a Song, which debuted and peaked at No. 10 on the Top Country Albums chart dated Nov. 15, 2008. If Not for You was co-produced by her husband, Rory Feek, and Bill McDermott. The disc contains 12 songs, including a tribute to Joey Feek’s brother Justin (“See You There”) and the original version of “That’s Important to Me,” a charting single (No. 51) for Joey + Rory in 2010.

ccmmagazine : “This recording is, of course, a significant one for us,” said Paul Sizelove, vice president of Gaither Music Group. “I grew up in the same hometown with Joey and watched she and her family love each other and the people along their paths. We all watched her move to Nashville to pursue her dreams. Things seemed to come full circle when, years later, our label was able to join hands with Joey and Rory along their recording journey.  What a blessing it has been to be a part of their inspiring story. It is an honor to release this recording that captures so much of her heart and heritage and represents a dream of hers coming true.”
A special CD deluxe edition features a 48-page booklet of photos, memories and stories penned by Joey, her family and husband, Rory. Containing her original rendition of “That’s Important to Me,” cameo appearances from her parents and a tribute to her late brother, this recording highlights Joey’s unmistakable voice and honours her life of never-wavering faith that continues to inspire.

BLOG In the spring of 2005, Joey and I were still newlyweds (we had only been married for three years). I was still just writing songs for a living and Joey was a solo artist, at least she wanted to be. But unfortunately, the doors on music row weren't opening for her. And the few that did open, seemed to close again right away.
So, that April, we went in a small studio in Nashville and recorded an album of songs with Joey singing and me and our friend Bill McDermott behind the control board....Read More

Critical reception for Joey Feek’s If Not For You:
12 Tracks/ Time: 43:19
Feek originally recorded If Not for You in 2005, but the record was only available via her husband Rory Feek’s online store and at live shows that the Feeks performed as Joey + Rory.

Sounds Like Nashville by Chuck Dauphin (Rating: Very Positive) …Upon first listen to these
“new” cuts, you will find there is nothing too drastically different from the duo’s records here. “That’s Important To Me,” a staple of the couple’s live show is included, and it doesn’t differ much from the version that you know. As is the case with their music, you will find several songs with emotional undercurrents, such as “Strong Enough To Cry” and the tender “Nothing To Remember” that will definitely leave an impact on the listener......All in all, fans of the music that this couple made together will definitely gravitate toward the sounds here, proving that Martin knew exactly who she was and who she wanted to be. Thankfully, she got to become that very artist. This is a testament to that!

Roughstock (Rating: Positive) ...What’s especially interesting about these songs is that they tell stories that still fit within Joey’s worldview. This is an artist who knew who she was and who she wasn’t. The honest and sincere vocal delivery is a delight even 12 years after the record was recorded. This is a record that deserves a wide audience and one that I’ll be going back to whenever I need a soothing voice to heal broken parts of my soul.

Thomas Rhett with TANGLED UP (Valory) rose 10-8 (#46-56 BB200) selling 2,653 copies (down 22%; 81-week total 564,000).
Reba McEntire with Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope (Rockin' R/Nash Icon | BMLG) fell 7-9 (43-63 BB200) selling 8,212 copies (down 18%; 10-week total 153,900).

The Lacs with their 12 tracks AMERICAN REBELUTION (Backroad Records/Average Joes Entertainment; Amazon UK - UK iTunes - made a debut at No.10 (#65 BB200) selling 8,370 copies.
The Lacs career trajectory accelerates with every new album and every new beat. Staying true to who they are, the new studio album is a 12-pack of party anthems with a fresh take on what they know best.

With American Rebelution, Georgia-bred country rap unit the Lacs turn in their sixth volume of hick-hop party anthems, drinking songs, and skits. A staple of the Average Joe's Entertainment label, the Lacs once again team up with Florida rappers Hard Target on a handful of tunes while also collaborating with country duo Montgomery Gentry on hooky lead single "Jack in My Coke." There's a somewhat ominous tone to the title cut, but overall the veteran group stays true to their time-tested formula.
Published on Apr 15, 2017 The Lacs and Montgomery Gentry team up on new music video “Jack In My Coke.”

The Lacs Chart History: Released May 26, 2015 OUTLAW IN ME (Backroad Records); made a debut at #27 Billboard 200 & #3 Billboard Top Country Albums selling 14,260 copies.
Released October 28, 2014 NOTHING IN PARTICULAR (Backroad Records), a bits and bobs album of rarities, sold 4,594 copies to make a Billboard 200 bow at No.86 (#17 Country). The LACS’ (made up of Clay ‘Uncle Snap’ Sharpe and Brian ‘Rooster’ King, whose name is short for ‘Loud Ass Crackers,’) released the 11-song collection as a “fan must-haves”.
Released August 20, 2013 The Lacs enjoyed a career-best rank and biggest sales week on Billboard’s Top Country Albums with their third album, KEEP IT REDNECK (Backroad/Average Joes) which opened with 14,460 copies to land at No.3 on the country chart (#23 BB200, #5 on Billboard Rap Charts). By October 2014 it had sold 100,000 copies.
Their previous best was a No.16 bow (#68 BB200) with 190 PROOF, which debuted in April 2012 with 6,745 units sold and was on country album chart for over 72 consecutive weeks.

Outside the Top 10

Jon Pardi with CALIFORNIA SUNRISE climbed 13-11 (#55-75 BB200) selling 2,586 copies (down 34%; 43-week total 137,400).
Brantley Gilbert with THE DEVIL DONT SLEEP (Valory) climbed 17-12 (#75-78 BB200) with 4,208 copies sold (down 6%; 11-week total 152,500).
Jason Aldean with THEY DON'T KNOW (Macon/Broken Bow) held at #14 (#60-84 BB200) selling 3,262 copies (down 22%; 31-week total 365,100).
Little Big Town with THE BREAKER (Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) fell 12-15 (#53-91 BB200) selling 4,477 copies (down 27%; 7-week total 93,400).

Maren Morris with HERO (Columbia Nashville | SMN) fell 6-16 (39-101 BB200) selling 2,987 copies (down 59%) on her 45th frame.
Kane Brown with self-titled set Kane Brown fell 21-24 (#103-139 BB200) selling 2,952 copies (down 29%; 19-week total 135,100)
Josh Turner with DEEP SOUTH (MCA Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) held at #25 (#132-140 BB200) selling 2,898 copies (down 11%, 5-week total 33,900).

Outside the Top 25
Trace Adkins with SOMETHING’S GOING ON (Wheelhouse/Broken Bow Music Group) fell 5-31 in his second week selling 4,034 copies (down 70%, 2-week total 17,476)

SECOND WEEKS: The Mavericks with BRAND NEW DAY (Mono Mundo) fell off the top 50 after a #31 debut the previous week. It sold 1,529 copies (down 68%; 2-week total 6,437) falling 10-31 on Country Album Sales.
Rodney Crowell with CLOSE TIES (New West) also fell off the top 50 following a #28 debut (#138 BB200). It sold 1,468 copies (down 71%; 2-week total 6,611) falling 8-32 on Country Album Sales.

There was one new entry at #45 The Essential Elvis Presley by Elvis Presley

Ryan Hurd with his self-titled (EP) landed at #36 on Country Album Sales and Front Country with OTHER LOVE SONGS was new at #44.

Year-To-Date Albums
5,669,000 (Physical sales 3,842,000 (down -11.5%) + Digital sales 1,826,000 (down -19.3%) which is 14.2% down at the same point in 2016 (6,607,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
20,880,000 down 23.6% at the same point in 2016 (27,345,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of April 29, 2017)

On Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart - which blends:
a) All-format airplay, as monitored by BDS
b) Sales, as tracked by Nielsen SoundScan and
c) Streaming, (tracked by Nielsen BDS from such services as Spotify, Muve, Slacker, Rhapsody, Rdio and Xbox Music, among others) according to BDS it results in:

Sam Hunt with “Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) dominated Hot Country Songs for a 10th week. After debuting at No. 2 on the chart dated Feb. 18, “Body” has spent the following 10 frames on top. Hunt is now within a week of matching his longest-running leader on the list: “Take Your Time” led for 11 weeks beginning Feb. 21, 2015.
“Body” bumped 4-2 on Country Airplay, increasing 12% to 42.3 million in audience, and, despite a 12% dip (to 61,000), it paced Country Digital Song Sales for an 11th week. Dating to the launch of “Body” atop Country Digital Song Sales (Feb. 18), it has sold 677,000 downloads; it is the fourth-best-selling song among all genres in 2017. On Country Streaming Songs, “Body” ruled for a 10th week, increasing 4% to 13.8 million U.S. streams

Dierks Bentley banked his 21st Hot Country Songs top 10 as “Black” (Capitol Nashville) bounded 11-8. The track increased by 5% to 29.9 million impressions and bulleted at No.9 on Country Airplay.

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (10 weeks)/ Airplay Gainer/ Streaming Gainer ** “Body Like a Back Road” Sam Hunt
** Digital Gainer ** No.20 “My Girl” Dylan Scott
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.45 “Last Time For Everything” Brad Paisley
Debut No.47 “Every Little Thing” Carly Pearce
Debut No.48 “Back To Us” Rascal Flatts
Debut No.49 “Round Here Buzz” Eric Church

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of April 29, 2017)

In its 21st week on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (dated April 29), Jason Aldean with “Any Ol’ Barstool” (Macon/Broken Bow) ascended 2-1, increasing 5% to 45.2 million audience impressions in the week ending April 16, according to Nielsen Music.
Aldean, who won the Entertainer of the Year trophy at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs) on April 2, earned his 17th Country Airplay leader. “It’s always a cool feeling to know country radio and fans are behind you,” he told Billboard. “It never gets old making it to No. 1, and it proves I’ve got the best and hardest-working band, crew and team there is.”
Aldean ties Luke Bryan for 11th place among acts with the most No. 1s in the history of the Country Airplay chart, which launched Jan. 20, 1990. Tim McGraw leads with 29.
“Barstool,” written by Josh Thompson and Deric Ruttan, is the third single from Aldean’s seventh full-length, THEY DON’T KNOW, with all three now having reached the Country Airplay summit. Lead track “Lights Come On” topped the chart dated July 23, 2016, and “A Little More Summertime” crowned the Dec. 3, 2016, list (for a week each). Aldean reached No.1 for the first time with his second single, “Why” (May 27, 2006).
On the Hot Country Songs chart, “Barstool” bumped 6-5, becoming Aldean’s 21st top five hit on the tally. (“Lights” climbed to No.3, and “Summertime” reached No. 5.) His latest lifted 4% to 4.6 million U.S. streams in the tracking week. On Country Digital Song Sales, although it drops by 27% to 10,000 downloads sold, it hiked 19-13. (The week before, the track gained by 74% to 14,000 sold in the wake of the ACM Awards.)

 Brett Young notched his second Country Airplay top 10 with his sophomore single, “In Case You Didn’t Know” (Big Machine Label Group). It increased 14% to 27.8 million and hopped 12-10. Young’s debut single, “Sleep Without You,” peaked at No.2 on Country Airplay on the Dec. 10, 2016, chart.

Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (1 week) *** "Any Ol’ Barstool” Jason Aldean 45.236 million audience (+2.274 million) / 8,170 radio plays (+330)
** Most Increased Audience ** No.5 “Hurricane” Luke Combs 6.114 million audience gain
** Most Added ** No.44 “Tin Man” Miranda Lambert (20 ADDS)
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.53 “Round Here Buzz” Eric Church
Debut No.59 “Love Again” Todd O’Neill

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart 
(Chart issue week of April 29, 2017)

Sam Hunt with Body Like a Back Road” (MCA Nashville) held at No.1 on the Billboard Country Song Sales Chart for a eleventh week selling 61,000 downloads (down 12%).
It had surged by 19% in the prior tracking week after Hunt performed it at the Academy of Country Music Awards April 2.
On the overall Digital Song Sales chart, it was a non-mover at No.4, three places behind the No.1 “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles (142,000 downloads sold, in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen Music).
Sam's "Body Like a Back Road" pulled into reverse, backing up to No.9 on the Hot 100 after reaching No.6 last week. It rose 23-17 on Radio Songs (53 million, up 16%) and gained by 7% to 14.8 million streams (despite dropping 24-25 on Streaming Songs). The track, which is crossing over from country to pop radio, topped Hot Country Songs for a 10th week.

Keith Urban with “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville), lifted 3-2 (7-18 Digital Songs) in their 15th frame
Brett Young with “In Case You Didn’t Know” rebounded 7-3 (#20-19 Digital Songs) in his 28th week.
Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris with “Craving You” fell 2-4 (#6-30 Digital Songs) in their second week.

Miranda Lambert with “Tin Man” slipped 4-5 (9-32 Digital Songs)
Jon Pardi with “Dirt On My Boots” rose 10-6 (#29-33 Digital Songs) in his 29th frame.
Florida Georgia Line feat. Backstreet Boys with “God, Your Mama, And Me” climbed 8-7 (24-40 Digital Songs) in their 10th week.
Luke Combs with “Hurricane” improved 12-8 (#41 non-mover Digital Songs) in his 20th frame.
Lady Antebellum with “You Look Good fell 5-9 (#11-45 Digital Songs) in their 12th week.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill with “Speak to a Girl” (McGraw/Arista Nashville) fell 6-10 in their third week.
Outside the Top 10
Keith Urban with “Blue Ain’t Your Color” fell 9-11 in his 39th week.
Cole Swindell feat. Dierks Bentley rose 18-12 in their 5th week
Jason Aldean with last week’s Country radio No.1 “Any Ol’ Barstool” rose 19-13 in his frame.
Little Big Town with “Better Man” fell 13-14 in their 26th week.
Brothers Osborne with “It Ain’t My Fault” fell 14-22 in their second week).

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

17 April 2017

Congrats to Jason Aldean, Carson James, Lee Adams, Jim Malito, Renee Leymon and the Broken Bow promo team on scoring this week’s No.1 with “Any Ol’ Barstool.” The song is the third chart-topper from THEY DON’T KNOW. Songwriters are Deric Ruttan and Josh Thompson.

The song logged 8,835 radio spins (+539) and 61.135 million audience impressions (+3.05 million) with 27013 Total Points from 158 tracking stations for the tracking week April 9 to April 15, 2017 and published chart April 17th 2017.

Kudos to Dennis Reese and the RCA team (above) on notching 31 adds for Jake Owen’s Good Company.The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.

NEWS: High Valley Deliver Top 4 Most Added Single At Country Radio
She’s With Me” - follow up to Top 20 debut single - has already amassed nearly 5 million on-demand streams
After landing their first Top 20 hit with their major label debut single “Make You Mine,” Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville duo HIGH VALLEY is on track for a repeat performance with their newest track, “She’s With Me.” Written by High Valley lead singer Brad Rempel with Seth Mosley and Ben Stennis, >> “She’s With Me” became the fourth most added single this week at country radio and can be found on their recently released album, DEAR LIFE.

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 546 - April 17, 2017  [PDF File]
For the very latest up to the minute Mediabase Chart (Past 7 Days) go here -

Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)

Rank Artist: #13
Event Venue City/State: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Brothers Osborne Smoothie King Center New Orleans, La.
Dates: April 7, 2017 Gross Sales: $1,324,355 Attend: 14,959/ 14,959
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $119.50, $89.50, $69.50
Promoters: Messina Touring Group/AEG Presents

Rank Artist: #20
Event Venue City/State: Eric Church Pepsi Center Denver, Colo.
Dates: April 5, 2017 Gross Sales: $1,099,179 Attend: 16,351/ 16,351
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $89, $29
Promoters: Messina Touring Group/AEG Presents
Rank Artist: #33
Event Venue City/State: C2C Country To Country: Reba McEntire, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Marty Stuart, Chris Young, Hunter Hayes, Maren Morris, Jennifer Nettles, Brothers Osborne, Cam SEC – Armadillo, Glasgow, U.K.
Dates: March 10-12, 2017 Gross Sales: $752,897 Attend: 8,342/ 8,409
Shows/ Sellouts: 3/0 (67 unsold tickets) Prices: $291.94, $60.82
Promoters: DF Concerts

Rank Artist: #35
Event Venue City/State: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Brothers Osborne BancorpSouth Arena Tupelo, Miss.
Dates: April 9, 2017 Gross Sales: $685,612 Attend: 8,323/ 8,323
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $119.50, $89.50, $69.50
Promoters: Messina Touring Group/AEG Presents

Rank Artist: #99
Event Venue City/State: Paul Carrack, Sarah Munro Philharmonic Hall Liverpool, U.K. 
Dates: Feb. 11-12, 2017 Gross Sales: $126,010 Attend: 3,236/ 3,236
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/2 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $48.09, $18.74
Promoters: Triple A Entertainment
Latest Billboard Boxscore Chart

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Luke Caccetta releases new single "Cue The Rain", out now

Country Artist Luke Caccetta releases New Single
“Cue The Rain” on April 21st

(Nashville, Tenn.--April 17, 2017) 
Country singer-songwriter and guitarist, Luke Caccetta, has released his new single Cue The Rain on April 21st; his first release of new material in three years. The single will be available on all major digital outlets.

Release Date: 21 April 2017
Label: Thumbprint Productions
Time: 3:53
Genres: Country/ Rock
Amazon UK - -UK iTunes - US iTunes

The guitar slingin’ entertainer has infectious charm and an unbelievable vocal range that results in material that never disappoints. However, “Cue The Rain” explores Caccetta’s vulnerable side with verses that share a cinematic play-by-play of a love worn thin.

"I cannot wait for people to hear this song," said Caccetta. "I'm so grateful to have had the chance to work with amazing people and arrange in a musical form a moment in my life where I was truly heartbroken."

Co-written by Trent Jeffcoat, “Cue The Rain” was recorded at Watershed Studios in Brentwood, Tenn. and produced by lead guitarist
 Matt Carey.

"Producing 'Cue The Rain' felt more like directing a movie scene," said Carey. "The vivid visuals Luke and Trent [Jeffcoat] constructed lyrically were so fun to put to music. The song takes you on a dynamic journey of highs and lows which makes it so captivating to listen to. Also, we had some incredible musicians working on this record. With Stephen Puckett on drums and Ted Gadja on bass we created a solid rhythm section, which was essential. This whole project was easily one of my favorites I’ve done because everyone we worked with were great friends."

Caccetta continues to travel much of the Mid-West and East Coast to perform his high-energy set for attendees of the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam and the Country ThrowDown Festival and will appear at Lance Carpenter’s Music on the Mulberry this summer. He has been fortunate enough to perform at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, open for 1000 Horses, and play guitar for singer-songwriters Levi Hummon and Nick Sturms.

Caccetta’s debut EP Cheers (April 22, 2014 Amazon UK - CD Baby), was distributed through Match Records in the spring of 2014.

 “Cheers,” took the No.1 spot on the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Top 40 chart while the full project claimed No.108 on the iTunes Top 200 Country Albums chart the day of launch. 

The five tracks, all written solely by Caccetta, were recorded at Ocean Way Studio off of Music Row in Nashville. “Cheers” brought Caccetta to the attention of numerous industry professionals. In result, he was invited by NSAI to share the stage with songwriter Mark Irwin (Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw) for his debut at the famous Bluebird Café.

Originally from Williamsburg, Virginia, Caccetta’s talent blossomed at 12 years of age as a mostly self-taught guitarist. He spent the majority of his time studying the lyrical content and guitar licks of influencers such as Elvis Presley, Waylon Jennings, and Bruce Springsteen; blending his southern roots with his passion for rock ‘n roll.
Caccetta also dabbled in musical theatre where his stage presence came into fruition. In high school, Caccetta auditioned for a position as a guitarist in at Busch Gardens Willaimsburg. Caccetta found himself with a regular gig before evolving as multi-faceted solo act. Caccetta relocated to Nashville in 2011 to further pursue his music career. He attended Middle Tennessee State University as a songwriting major where he was mentored by Rick Carnes (Reba McIntire, Garth Brooks) and later, Lance Carpenter (Kelsea Ballerini).

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L.A band The Americans sign to Loose - share new single The Right Stuff

The Americans announce signing to Loose Music

Share single “The Right Stuff”
Taken from EP The Right Stuff due out on 28 April
Mixing old-time blues and country with a blue-collar rock'n'roll/rockabilly vibe
Listen to "The Right Stuff" on Soundcloud: (feel free to share!)

Live date: Wed 3 May 2017 - Sebright Arms, London
Performing: The Americans + William the Conqueror | Tickets £11 Event
Where: Sebright Arms, London (31-35 Coate Street, E2 9AG) down the narrow Sebright Passage off Hackney Road

 The Americans feature in American Epic documentary airing on BBC on 21 May
Produced by Jack White, T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford
Including artists such as Beck, Elton John, Nas, Willie Nelson and Alabama Shakes

The Right Stuff” is the new single to be released by new Loose signing, The Americans. Hailing from Los Angeles, the quartet blend country and blues with a fiery blue collar rock’n’roll attitude, absorbing and reconfiguring the history of American music from Chuck Berry and Tom Waits to Bruce Springsteen. The Americans have appeared on US TV talk shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman, and served as a backing band for Lucinda Williams, Nick Cave and Courtney Love. They will release “The Right Stuff” as part of a four-track EP in April, with a one-off show at Sebright Arms in London on 3 May.
 “The Right Stuff” is a bold and intoxicating calling card. The track invites the listener to enter a windswept world of regret and rebellion, whilst singer Patrick Ferris weaves literate and impassioned stories, rich in history and underpinned by frustration. As he remarks: “Winston Churchill told his alma mater, ‘never give in... never, never, never never....’ You don't often hear the end of the sentence: ‘except to convictions of... good sense.’ ‘The Right Stuff’ is about taking a shot at something and then quitting, not necessarily gracefully, but because it's the best option left.”

Journalist Griel Marcus wrote about the track for Pitchfork; From the first rolling guitar notes, carrying sadness and defiance like dust, this sweeps me up: I want to know everything about where that feeling came from, and where it’s going… The Americans are four guys from Los Angeles: This is a tale, somehow steeped in the past, a story that retraces the history of the once ever-advancing, then ever-retreating frontier every time it’s told, that lives up to their name.”
The band named themselves after the controversial photo series by Robert Frank, which was first published in 1958 with a forward by Jack Kerouac. Like Frank's photos, The Americans' songs are miniature biographies, intimate and empathic portraits of individuals that leave much unsaid.

The Americans were plucked from obscurity by Jack White, T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford to appear in the forthcoming documentary American Epic, which is due to be shown on the BBC starting on 21 May. Directed by British documentary filmmaker Bernard MacMahon, it features artists such as Beck, Elton John, Nas, Willie Nelson, Alabama Shakes and many more. The film reconstructs the story of the first American music in the 1920s and re-assembled the recording apparatus that was used at the time. As experts in early music, The Americans were invited in to figure out the equipment and make the first recordings. Once the sessions were underway, they functioned as the house band, backing up various artists and suggesting songs to the filmmakers. Burnett was quoted as saying; “The Americans are part of this group, these genius 21st century musicians, that are reinventing American heritage music for this century. And it sounds even better this century.”

The Americans are made up of frontman Patrick Ferris, upright bassist Jake Faulkner and Guitarist Zac Sokolow, brought together through their love of American roots music. Spurring one another on, they spent years digging through obscure records and arcane field recordings, busking and teaching themselves banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and slide guitar. They were deep into a purist phase, as Patrick recalls; "We were suspicious of modern rock music. I think we were all curious whether we could summon the spirit of old blues and country through what we'd learned firsthand, and create something brand new, leaving behind the nostalgia and musical aesthetics."

The Americans' debut album seems to have achieved just that. "They’ve shape-shifted back into the modern-day rock and roll band," writes Cara Gibney (No Depression), "writing contemporary music of their time, incorporating the kernel of their traditional roots, enhancing their rock and roll credentials with the emotional quality of music made generations earlier."
Their live show, honed over many hundreds of performances, is something to behold. Ron Wray (No Depression) writes, "They’re led by lead singer, guitarist Patrick Ferris, looking like James Dean but even better.... Jake Faulkner, with his dark black beard and jaunty hat, dances across the stage, lifting his stand-up bass like a dancing partner."  They’ll be playing a special advance date in London at Sebright Arms on Wednesday 3 May, with further UK shows to follow later in the year.

The Americans: The Right Stuff EP
28 April - Loose
Single “The Right Stuff” available digitally

4-track EP CD Only
1. Nevada
2. The Right Stuff
3. Last Chance
4. Gospel Roads

Published on Aug 3, 2016 The Graylings Sessions live recording with The Americans:

First Recordings - EP The Americans available to stream and purchase on digital platforms

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