Artist Updates: Zac Brown, Chris Janson, Lori McKenna

Zac Brown Debuts Z Alexander Brown Wine Brand

Pictured (L-R): John Killebrew, Zac Brown

Pictured (L-R): John Killebrew, Zac Brown

Zac Brown Band lead singer Zac Brown has teamed with winemaker John Killebrew to debut Z Alexander Brown “Uncaged” Wines. The brand’s official website lists a cabernet sauvignon (2013-North Coast), which boasts notes of black cherry, cola, and mocha. There is also the Uncaged proprietary red blend (2013-North Coast), which incorporates aromas of blueberry, black cherry and baking spice. 

“Wine has always fascinated me because of its inherent connection to the land and the artistry necessary to craft a distinct and memorable experience,” said Brown.

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Chris Janson Performs For Grand Ole Opry Employees

Chris Janson performs for Grand Ole Opry employees.

Chris Janson performs for Grand Ole Opry employees.

Chris Janson is a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry, having played the revered stage more than 120 times already during his career. The Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville artist recently performed at a gathering of Grand Ole Opry employees, performing four songs, including “Buy Me A Boat” and “Power of Positive Drinkin'”.

“It’s incredibly humbling to play in a room full of heroes and patriots who love America as much as I do,” says Janson. “ And when The Opry calls – I’m always there!”

Named to MusicRow Magazine’s 2016 Next Big Thing list, Janson will perform at the New Faces concert during Country Radio Seminar on Feb. 10 in Nashville.


Lori McKenna Recording With Dave Cobb

Pictured (L-R): Dave Cobb, Lori McKenna. Photo: Becky Fluke

Pictured (L-R): Dave Cobb, Lori McKenna. Photo: Becky Fluke

Lori McKenna, a co-writer on Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush,” is a recording artist in her own right. The multi-talented McKenna has been in the studio working with superstar producer Dave Cobb, who is known for his work with Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, A Thousand Horses, and more.

McKenna released the project Unglamorous on Warner Bros. Nashville in 2007. Her latest release, Numbered Doors, released in 2014 via Hoodie Songs.

Her songs have been recorded by Tim McGraw (“Humble and Kind”), Faith Hill (“Stealing Kisses,” “Fireflies”), RaeLynn (“God Made Girls”), Hunter Hayes (“I Want Crazy”), Reba (“Until They Don’t Love You”), Carrie Underwood (“Like I’ll Never Love You Again”) and more.


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