Artist Releases: Otto, Hogan, Block, Lang, Sibling Rivalry

James Otto Releases New EP

James OttoJames Otto’s new digital EP, Somewhere Tonight, hits stores today (July 24). The three-song EP marks the first release for Otto on Blaster Records, and includes the title track single, “Back It Up,” in addition to Otto’s take on the Bob Seger classic “Night Moves.” “Somewhere Tonight,” written by Otto with Corey Crowder, JT Hodges, Patrick Davis and James Slater, recently cracked the Top 5 on SiriusXM’s The Highway Hot 45.


Brooke Hogan 2015Brooke Hogan Wants To Be Your Girlfriend

Brooke Hogan will release her country debut on September 4 with a five-song EP, titled I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend, on Molly Dog Entertainment. The collection features tunes co-written by Hogan and Matt Ramsey, Josh Osborne, Drew Davis, and more. The Music City resident has spent the last four years in Nashville writing and recording. “Writing alongside some of the most creative songwriters has been invaluable,” said Hogan. “I feel like today’s country music format is a perfect fit for the type of music I am writing and recording today.”

Ron Block

Ron Block Goes to Hogan’s House

Alison Krauss banjo and guitar player for more than 24 years, Ron Block, is releasing his first instrumental album, Hogan’s House of Music, September 25. Named for his father’s music store in Lawndale, Calif., Hogan’s House of Music features guest appearances by Sam Bush, Tim Crouch, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Mark Fain, Clay HessSierra Hull, Rob Ickes, Krauss, Adam SteffeyDan Tyminski, and more.

Kelly Lang, Paul Shaffer, Loretta Lynn

Kelly Lang, Paul Shaffer, Loretta Lynn. Photo: Stacie Huckeba.

Kelly Lang’s Last Date With Shaffer

Kelly Lang recently recorded “Last Date” for her upcoming CD with Paul Shaffer of the Late Show With David Letterman, who was in town to play a July 4 show at Loretta Lynn‘s Hurricane Mills. “I’ve known Paul forever, but we’d never had the chance to perform together,” said Lang. “He came down on vacation to see me, check out Nashville, and do a show. After that, we decided, ‘Why not record this for the record’?” The new CD will be out later this year.

Sibling Rivalry

Sibling Rivalry Sees First Light

Sibling Rivalry, brother and sister Olivia and Mitchell Butaud, are releasing their new CD First Light on August 21. The six-track debut EP was produced by Shane Stevens and Neeki Bey. The duo will spend this summer in Nashville immersing themselves in the local songwriting scene.


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