Warner Releasing Music From Three Rising Acts

Warner Music Nashville is working new releases from rising acts Frankie Ballard, Jason Jones and Mandy Barnett. The label is also bringing back its Pickin’ On The Patio parties starting tomorrow night (5/26).

Frankie Ballard’s full-length debut album hit shelves this week and he is celebrating with a string of performances in his home state Michigan. Ballard opened for Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Bob Seger in Detroit, performed a free show for fans, held an in-store signing at an area Walmart, and played a CD release party in Grand Rapids. Produced by Michael Knox, the self-titled album includes Ballard’s singles, “A Buncha Girls” and “Tell Me You Get Lonely.”

Warner Bros. will release a digital Six Pak from newcomer Jason Jones on May 31. His debut single “Ferris Wheel” was delivered to country radio on Monday (5/23). It’s also available on iTunes and will be on his debut album produced by Brett Beavers. The song was written by Kyle Jacobs, Josh Kelley and Rachel Thibodeau, and landed the Discovery Award from MusicRow’s Robert Oermann. Jones is a native of Wakulla, Florida who will be spending the summer on the road visiting radio and playing concert dates.

Mandy Barnett’s new studio album Sweet Dreams is now available via the Opry Music imprint, with digital distribution by Warner. The release is a collection of twelve Patsy Cline classics from the singer who will reprise her role as Cline this summer in the stage production “Always…Patsy Cline” at the Ryman Auditorium.

Barnett will launch Warner’s Pickin’ On The Patio parties tomorrow night (5/26) at 5:30 p.m. at the label’s offices. The series will be held the fourth Thursday of every month, from May to September. Guests must be 21 & up with ID.


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