Granger Smith To Follow Chart Success With Frank Rogers-Produced EP

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On the Soundscan country tracks chart, indie artist Granger Smith recently scored the top single debut with “Backroad Song” sliding in to No. 4 with 32K downloads.

He’s following up that success with the announcement of his upcoming EP, 4X4, available May 4, 2015 via Thirty Tigers. Producer Frank Rogers was at the helm of the four-song project, which includes a track by Granger’s alter-ego, Earl Dibbles Jr.

The project includes “Backroad Song,” as well as “Tonight,” “Tailgate Town,” and “City Boy Stuck” (feat. Earl Dibbles Jr.).

“After years of making music in my home studio, it’s an honor to collaborate with my long-time friend, Frank Rogers on this new EP and full-length album,” said Smith.

“I have been a friend and fan of Granger Smith for a long time,” added Rogers. “He is a uniquely talented artist who has an amazing way of connecting with his fans through his music.

Granger’s current “YEE YEE NATION” national tour has sold out and broken attendance records and merchandise sales records at nearly every venue.

DISClaimer: A Celebration of Songwriting


Toby Keith

It all begins with a song.

The thing that unites all of the standout records this week is that they all feature the craftsmanship that good country music has always boasted.

Whether it’s Zane Williams’s outstanding story lyric, Chris Stapleton’s road tune, Rich Karg’s cool description of momentary love without commitment, Toby Keith’s meditation on decaying society or Steve Azar’s musing about lost innocence these discs contain writing that makes me proud to be a country fan.

Throughout the career of Toby Keith, the consistent excellence of his songwriting has beamed brightly. He wins the Disc of the Day.

The DisCovery Award goes to Rich Karg. His CD is full of unexpected pleasures.

Writers: Mitchell T. Goudy; Producer: Bryan White; Publishers: Bread N Pants, ASCAP; Third Floor (track)
-Sunny and sugary. Sorry, I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth.

LADY ANTEBELLUM/Long Stretch of Love
Writers: Dave Haywood/Charles Kelley/Hillary Scott/Josh Kear; Producers: Nathan Chapman/Lady Antebellum; Publishers: Beards and Bullets/30A Getaway/Hobbs Hill/Kobalt/Global Dog/Book of Spells, ASCAP/SESAC; Capitol Nashville
-The multiple audio layers make it sound like there are a lot more than three voices on this. Dense sounding, but highly commercial.

Rich KargRICH KARG/Beautiful Distraction
Writers: Weston Burt/R. Karg/S. Mitchell; Producer: Rich Karg; Publishers: Rich Karg/Green Hills Music Group/Grin Like Dog, SESAC; RK (track)
-This Nashville singer-songwriter is selling a CD titled U Turn at his gigs. It contains this deliciously melodic power ballad about hooking up with no strings attached. You big-time stars and producers out there need to be mining this and the other tunes on this collection for gold. Recommended listening.

JOSH GOODLETT/Why You Gotta Be That Way
Writers: Bobby E. Boyd/Brad Wolf/Phillip Moore; Producer: Bobby E. Boyd; Publishers: Boyd Where Prohibited/Green Dog, BMI; Good
-The country-rocking production is on the money, and he is a fine country singer. The song doesn’t do much for me, but overall this is a perfectly OK effort.

Writers: Toby Keith/Bobby Pinson; Producers: Toby Keith/Bobby Pinson; Publishers: Tokeco/Bobby’s Lyrics Land & Livestock/Do Write, BMI; Show Dog (CDX)
-This is an extremely well written song about a mother who doesn’t like what she sees around her these days. She cautions her boy that things aren’t like they used to be. Toby’s vocal is a masterpiece of urgent phrasing, and the dramatic production totally kicks butt. Play it again.

Writers: Steve Azar; Producer: Steve Azar; Publishers: Steve Azar, BMI; Ride (CDX)
-Their duet about lost youth and forgotten innocence glides on wafting wings of sound. Ear catching.

Writers: Will Bowen/Joshua Carter/Zach Carter; Producers: Chris Lindsey/Casey James; Publishers: Vaughn Fenwick/Little Extra/Ten Thousand Hours/Petite-T/Music of Parallel, BMI; Columbia (CDX)
-Pleading with a broken heart, he sings the fire out of this. But I’m sorry: “Every time I run into you, I fall apart” is not exactly the most original idea in songwriting history.

TYLER HAMMOND/Wild One Tonight
Writers: Chris Jones; Producer: Chris Jones; Publishers: Chris Jones, ASCAP; Milley (CDX)
-I like the moody, thumpy production and the up-close-and-personal quality in his singing. I also like the way it builds in sonic complexity. I’m intrigued. Send more.

Writers: Chris Stapleton; Producer: Dave Cobb; Publishers: WB/Ken Tucky, ASCAP; Mercury (CDX)
-He remains one of the most gripping vocalists on today’s scene. This lonely-wanderer song is right up his alley. The tempo rolls along appropriately. Super listenable.

ZANE WILLIAMS/Jayton and Jill
Writers: Zane Williams; Producers: Zane Williams/Tom Faulkner; Publishers: Born Into Love/Be Original, ASCAP; Be (CDX)
-I love a good country story song, and this one is a pip. Jayton is an everyday guy working at a filling station and feeling suicidal. Jill is preacher’s daughter gone wild. They meet, talk all night and save one another’s troubled souls. A dandy, an instant classic.

Artists Added to 3rd Annual ACM Party For A Cause Festival

ACM Party For A CauseThe Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced that John Anderson, Deana Carter, Eric Church, Brandy Clark, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Alan Jackson, Ashley Monroe, Kip Moore, David Lee Murphy, Joe Nichols, Jake Owen, Reba, Marty Stuart, Cole Swindell, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry will perform at the 3rd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival. The two-day outdoor music festival celebrating the 50TH ACM Awards will take place on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas and be taped for a two hour special, ACM Presents: Superstar Duets, which will air on Friday, May 15 on the CBS Television Network.

These artists join previously announced performers including, Dierks Bentley, Clint Black, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, Darius Rucker, Dwight Yoakam, Alabama, Eli Young Band, and Florida Georgia Line. Over 50 music acts will participate. A full lineup including additional performers and duet collaborations will be announced in the coming weeks.

ACM Presents: Superstar Duets is produced for television by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan and R.A. Clark are executive producers. Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman and Tom Forrest are co-executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

Weekly Register: Solid Debuts From ‘Nashville,’ ACM ZinePak

The ACM ZinePak

The ACM is celebrating the big 5-0 with this ZinePak, as well as an upcoming “Now That’s What I Call…” set.

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Info from Nielsen Soundscan

The “Girl Crush” controversy was much ado about nothing, but all the hype translated to a sales boost. The Little Big Town single moved from No. 4 to No. 1 (+137%) on the country tracks chart, selling 60K TW for a RTD total of 330K. The song also gave album Pain Killer a shot in the arm. Adding 6.1K units this week (+113%) it moved from No. 15 to No. 7 on the country album chart. After 23 weeks, it has a RTD total of 162K.

Making solid debuts on the country albums chart were Nashville: On The Record Volume 2 (Live From The Grand Ole Opry House) with 13K, and the 2015 ACM Awards ZinePak with 8.7K, entering at No. 3 and 4, respectively. The ZinePak, available at Walmart, includes two compilation CDs, a 96-page magazine, an ACM Awards nominee ballot, and a window decal.
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Other key debuts include Canaan Smith’s EP (2.9K) and the first album from Striking Matches (1.8K).

Luke Bryan (18K) and Sam Hunt (15K) hung tight in the No. 1 and 2 country album positions.

On the country tracks chart, Granger Smith scored the top single debut with “Backroad Song” sliding in to No. 4 with 32K downloads. It is from his Frank Rogers produced EP, 4X4, available May 4 via Thirty Tigers.

A few upcoming albums
March 31
• Darius Rucker/Southern Style/Capitol
• Various/NOW That’s What I Call The ACM Awards 50 Years/UMG-Sony Music-ACM
• Cam/Welcome to Cam Country [EP]/Arista Nashville

April 7
• Kristian Bush/Southern Gravity/Streamsound Records
• Will Hoge/Small Town Dreams/Cumberland-Thirty Tigers

April 14
• Reba McEntire/Love Somebody/Nash Icon

April 28
• Zac Brown Band/Jekyll + Hyde/Southern Ground-John Varvatos Records-BMLG-Republic Records
• Tyler Farr/Suffer In Peace/Columbia Nashville


Artist Updates: Willie Nelson, Craig Campbell, Florida Georgia Line

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic Set To Return to Austin

Willie NelsonWillie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic will return to Austin, Texas, for the first time in five years. The event, presented by Live Nation, C3 Presents and Circuit of The Americas, will take place at Circuit of The Americas’ Austin360 Amphitheater on Saturday, July 4.

The lineup includes performances from more than 20 artists on two stages, including Willie Nelson & Family, Eric Church, Merle Haggard, Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, Asleep At The Wheel, Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell, Leon Russell, Billie Joe Shaver, Ray Wylie Hubbard, David Allan Coe, Chris Stapleton, Johnny Bush, Insects VS Robots, Folk Uke, Amber Digby, Raelyn Nelson Band, Pauline Reese and more.

Tickets are priced at $75 for Reserved Seats, $55 for Tickets in the GA Pit Section in front of the stage and starting at $35 for H-E-B General Admission Lawn.  There are also a limited number of special VIP packages available for sale.  All tickets will go on sale Friday, April 10th and will be available at, all Ticketmaster outlets throughout Texas or can be charged by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Craig Campbell Helps Raise More Than $100,000 To Fight Colorectal Cancer

Red Bow Records/BBR Music Group artist Craig Campbell helped organizations Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) and Bayer Healthcare raise more than $100,000 for colorectal cancer education, research and prevention, through his 3rd annual Craig Campbell Celebrity Cornhole Challenge.

The event, held March 29 in Nashville, featured performances from Jerrod Niemann, Charlie Worsham and Campbell.

Craig Campbell performs during the third annual Cornhole Challenge.

Craig Campbell performs during the third annual Craig Campbell Celebrity Cornhole Challenge.


Florida Georgia Line Headline at Live In The Vineyard

Florida Georgia Line held an intimate brunch at the beautiful Regusci Winery in Napa before heading to the Uptown Theatre to headline Live In The Vineyard Music, Food and Wine Festival.

Florida Georgia Line with Live In The Vineyard co-founder Bobbii Jacobs

Florida Georgia Line with Live In The Vineyard co-founder Bobbii Jacobs


The Willis Family To Debut Reality TV Series on TLC

The musical Willis family, hailing from just outside of Nashville, will debut a 13-episode series on TLC, following their life at home and on the road. The Willis Family will premiere May 5 at 9 p.m. CT. It will follow Brenda and Toby Willis, and their 14 children, as they balance home life and managing a touring band.

The Willis Family first found themselves in the spotlight after performing on America’s Got Talent. The group also frequently performs at the Grand Ole Opry.



Mark Your Calendar – April 2015

Blake-Shelton-SangriaSingle Add Dates

April 6
Blake Shelton/Sangria/Warner Bros.
SaraBeth/I’m Sick Of It/Circle S
Bryan Mayer/This Is Me/Nine North
Jillian Kohr/The Way That I Love You/Black Cherry

April 13
Toby Keith/35 MPH Town/Show Dog
Thompson Square/Trans Am/Stoney Creek
Amanda Watkins/If I Were You/in2une
Michael Sarver/Miss You Something Crazy/S&G Music Enterprises
The Lacs/God Bless A Country Girl/Average Joe’s
Rebel Hearts/Broke The Mold/Rebel Hearts

April 20
Danielle Bourjeaurd/Cowboys Again/Render
George Ducas/LoveStruck/Loud Ranch

April 27
Katye Hamlin/Love Is Like Rain/Katye Hamlin Music
Tyler Barham/Just Two Kids/YN Records
Charee White/Keepin’ It Country/Slugfest Records

Nashville Film Festival NAFFIndustry Events

April 10
The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Lexington Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom

April 16-25
Nashville Film Festival

April 18
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 induction ceremony in Cleveland

April 19, 2015
50th Annual ACM Awards held live on CBS from the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas

April 30-May 2
ASCAP’s 10th annual “I Create Music” Expo at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles

Reba_LoveSomebody_CoverAlbum Release Date

April 7
Kristian Bush/Southern Gravity/Streamsound Records
Will Hoge/Small Town Dreams/Cumberland-Thirty Tigers
John Conlee/Classics 2/RCR
The Boxmasters/Somewhere Down The Road/101 Ranch Records
Chris August/The Maker/Fervent Records
Point of Grace/Directions Home (Songs We Love, Songs You Know)/Word Entertainment

April 14
Reba McEntire/Love Somebody/Nash Icon
Dwight Yoakam/Second Hand Heart/Reprise
Amy Grant/Be Still And Know…Hymns & Faith/Sparrow Records-Capital Christian Music Group
SaraBeth/SaraBeth [EP]/Circle S Records

April 18
Lee Ann Womack/Trouble In Mind [Record Store Day limited edition 12″ vinyl]/Sugar Hill

April 28
Zac Brown Band/Jekyll + Hyde/Southern Ground-John Varvatos Records-Big Machine Label Group-Republic Records
Tyler Farr/Suffer In Peace/Columbia Nashville
Mitchell Tenpenny/Black Crow/Creation Lab Records

Sugar Hill, Vanguard Purchased By Concord Music Group

concord sugar hill vanguardRecord labels Sugar Hill and Vanguard have been purchased by Concord Music Group. Both entities were previously owned by Welk Music Group.

In Nashville, Sugar Hill’s operations and label team will be merged under Concord’s Rounder Label Group. Cliff O’Sullivan, General Manager of Sugar Hill prior to the acquisition, will be the label group’s Chief Operating Officer and will report to group president, John Virant.

In Los Angeles, Vanguard’s operations and label team will be merged under Concord’s Fantasy Label Group. Dan Sell, General Manager of Vanguard prior to the acquisition, will continue to lead the label’s operations as Vanguard’s Chief Operating Officer. He will report to Fantasy Label Group president, Margi Cheske.

Welk’s president Kevin Welk will remain engaged with Vanguard and Sugar Hill as Chief Creative for the labels. He will also continue to contribute to development and optimizations of the labels’ artist rosters.

Nashville-based Sugar Hill’s roster includes Sarah Jarosz, Lee Ann Womack, Liz Longley, Corey Smith, Kasey Chambers, Sam Bush, moe., Bryan Sutton, Black Prairie and more.

Vanguard’s current roster includes Indigo Girls, Chris Isaak, John Butler Trio, John Fogerty, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Matt Nathanson, O.A.R., Barenaked Ladies, Sallie Ford, Marc Broussard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Trevor Hall, among others.

Other labels under Concord Music Group include Nashville-based Rounder Records, as well as Stax, Fantasy, and more. Currently, Sugar Hill’s Nashville-area offices are located at The Factory at Franklin, and Rounder’s offices are in the Gulch.

The acquisition of Vanguard and Sugar Hill closely follows the recent merger of Concord Music Group and The Bicycle Music Company, a leading independent music publisher, record label and rights manager, into Concord Bicycle Music. In connection with the merger, Concord Bicycle Music raised $100 million in added capital to fund additional growth through music rights acquisitions and artist development investments.

“Concord is strengthened today by the addition of Vanguard and Sugar Hill’s acclaimed artist roster, renowned catalog and gifted executives,” stated Concord Music Group CEO Glen Barros. “This acquisition further establishes Concord Music Group as a home for extraordinary artists. We welcome Vanguard and Sugar Hill into the Concord family and look forward to building upon their great legacies.”

“Strategically, we couldn’t find a better home for Vanguard and Sugar Hill,” stated Kevin Welk. “Not only will they care for our historic catalog and distinguished artists, their desire to grow the new artist business was paramount in the decision. Combining the executive talent of both companies will strengthen Concord’s ability to nurture new talent and be a force in this business.”

Vanguard’s catalog includes hundreds of pivotal titles from Joan Baez, Doc Watson, Levon Helm, Buddy Guy, Country Joe and the Fish, Big Mama Thornton, Mississippi John Hurt, John Fahey and Buffy Sainte-Marie amongst many others.

A sampling of classics from the Sugar Hill catalog includes albums from Nickel Creek, Don Williams, Doc Watson, Dolly Parton, Guy Clark, New Grass Revival, Robert Earl Keen, Tim O’Brien and Tony Rice.


Artist Pics: A Thousand Horses Bring “Smoke” To Hollywood

A Thousand Horses, made up of the four core members, Michael Hobby (lead vocal), Graham Deloach (bassist), Zach Brown (guitarist) and Bill Satcher (guitarist), performed two 30 minute sets at The Sayers Club in Hollywood on Monday night. Their current single “Smoke,” is making waves at radio, currently standing at No. 8 on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Chart. The single is off of their upcoming album, Southernality, which will be released by Republic Nashville on June 9.

Pictured (L-R): Bill Satcher, Michael Hobby, Graham Deloach, Zach Brown. Photo: Chris Polk for Getty Images

Pictured (L-R): Bill Satcher, Michael Hobby, Graham Deloach, Zach Brown. Photo: Chris Polk for Getty Images

The band hits the road May 14 on Darius Rucker’s Southern Style Tour and will also be making appearances at ACM’s Party For A Cause, Bonnaroo, and CMA Fest.

Pictured (L-R) Back Row: Scott McGhee, Scott Borchetta, Rob Light, Jimmy Harnen, Matthew Hargis; Front Row: Bill Satcher, Graham Deloach, Michael Hobby, Zach Brown. Photo: Chris Polk for Getty Images

Pictured (L-R) Back Row: Scott McGhee, Scott Borchetta, Rob Light, Jimmy Harnen, Matthew Hargis;
Front Row: Bill Satcher, Graham Deloach, Michael Hobby, Zach Brown. Photo: Chris Polk for Getty Images

Industry Signings: BMI, Demolition Music Publishing, SB21

Circle S Records artist SaraBeth has signed with performing rights organization BMI.

SaraBeth recently finished recording her new, self-titled EP, which will be released on April 14. She co-wrote all the songs on the project, including the new single “I’m Sick of It.”

 Pictured (seated, L-R): SaraBeth, and BMI’s Senior Director, Writer-Publisher Relations Bradley Collins. Standing: Verge Management’s Nancy Eckert

Pictured (seated, L-R): SaraBeth, and BMI’s Senior Director, Writer-Publisher Relations Bradley Collins.
Standing: Verge Management’s Nancy Eckert

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Demolition Music Publishing and SB21 have announced a joint venture signing of Nashville guitarist and songwriter, Phil Roselle.

“Signing Phil was a no brainer,” says Demolition Music Publishing’s President Jon D’Agostino. “He’s an incredibly gifted guitar player with veteran lyric sensibilities and a spirit that shines brighter than any other in the room, He’s also written with and played with some of the best in the business. We’re looking forward to getting him into the mix and chemistry of our team to write some hits.”

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Pictured (L-R): Jon D’Agostino, DMP President; Phil Roselle; Steve Pasch, SB21

PR Maven Asha Goodman Promoted to Vice President

Asha Goodman. Photo: Heidi Ross

Asha Goodman. Photo: Heidi Ross

Sacks & Co. public relations firm has promoted to Asha Goodman to Vice President for its Nashville office.

Goodman was hired at the company’s New York headquarters in 2006 before moving to Nashville in 2010. She was previously Sr. Director for the public relations company–overseeing PR for Chris Stapleton, Joy Williams (The Civil Wars), Lucie Silvas and Sturgill Simpson. 

With a 20-year reputation, the company leads many more clients among their Los Angeles and New York City offices.