Eagles Push Hotel California Tour 2020 Dates To September

Legendary band Eagles, (Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with Deacon Frey and Vince Gill) have announced they are rescheduling their “Hotel California” concerts in Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, and St. Paul due to COVID-19 concerns.

Tickets to the re-scheduled shows will be honored for the new dates. Each night’s concert will feature a “Hotel California” set, with an accompanying orchestra and choir, followed by an additional set of the band’s greatest hits. The shows are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. each evening, with a brief intermission.

The new “Hotel California” 2020 Tour dates:
Fri, Sept. 18-Denver, CO-Pepsi Center
Sat, Sept. 19-Denver, CO-Pepsi Center
Fri, Sept. 25-Los Angeles, CA-Forum
Sat, Sept. 26-Los Angeles, CA-Forum
Tue, Sept. 29-Los Angeles, CA-Forum
Fri, Oct. 2-San Francisco, CA-Chase Center
Sat, Oct. 3-San Francisco, CA-Chase Center
Fri, Oct. 16-St. Paul, MN-Xcel Energy Center
Sat, Oct. 17-St. Paul, MN-Xcel Energy Center
Wed, Oct. 21-Dallas, TX-American Airlines Center
Sat, Oct. 24-Phoenix, AZ-Talking Stick Resort Arena
Sun, Oct. 25-Phoenix, AZ-Talking Stick Resort Arena

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Kenny Chesney Releases Track List For ‘Here And Now’

Kenny Chesney has released the track list for his upcoming Warner Music Nashville album Here and Now, which will release on May 1.

“I’d say it’s weird, the way people hear songs, and say, ‘That’s me!’” he says, “except I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said, ‘That’s me.’ When it started happening, I was honored… and as it went on, I started to realize how important music is in all of our lives. It’s a life raft, a coach cheering for you, a shoulder to cry on, a reason to take stock. When I’m listening to songs in the studio, actually putting a record together, I’m thinking about that. I’m thinking about Vibe Room conversations, people I meet moving around, the stories I’m told… the reasons people connect with the songs. I don’t take it lightly, even when the song is supposed to be fun.

“It’s funny how you cut a song because you believe in what it says, or think it captures what No Shoes Nation teaches me every day,” Chesney adds. “But then the world turns, and suddenly, it truly is right now. And when I looked at these songs, this dozen recorded over the last two or three years, they were Polaroids from the parking lots, back home, the islands, my friends’ lives. Every single one is someone I know, you know or may even be—and right now, our friends are absolutely the most precious thing we have.”

Here And Now Track Listing
We Do
Here And Now
Everyone She Knows
Knowing You
Someone To Fix
Happy Does
Tip of My Tongue
You Don’t Get To
Beautiful World
Guys Named Captain

Nashville Studio Singer Community Presents "It Is Well With My Soul" With Virtual Cell Phone Choir

Thirty-one of Nashville’s studio singers came together using their cell phones during Nashville’s ‘Safer at Home’ order to record and lift their collective voices to share a message of hope and encouragement with “It Is Well With My Soul.”

Presented by TenTwoSix Music Group, the recorded performance was produced and arranged by David Wise, and featured vocalists: Laura Cooksey, Shane McConnell, Debi Selby, Phil Nitz, Carlos Santiago, Shelley Jennings, Shelly Justice, David Wise, Melodie Kirkpatrick, Rod Fletcher, Alyssa Oliver Cone, Kirk Kirkland, Armand Hutton, Jason Barton, Janice Gaines, Terry White, Kala Balch, Terrell Hunt, Jason Eskridge, Nickie Conley, Lici Brown, Jenn Crider, Kylie Phillips, Jennifer Holm, Katie Peslis, Jaimee Paul, Julianne Kirkland, Zach Fisher, Raleigh delos Reyes, Chris Chavez, and Chris Barker.

The recording was mixed by Garth Justice and mastered by Mike Haynes; while the video was edited by Carlos Santiago.

for KING & COUNTRY To Livestream "Together: A Night Of Hope" Tomorrow

Curb | Word Entertainment’s for KING & COUNTRY will present “TOGETHER: A Night of Hope,” a livestream event filled with split-screen performances from Joel and Luke Smallbone and their six band members from their respective homes, and insightful stories from special guests, including Kirk Franklin and Kathie Lee Gifford. The Grammy-winning duo will also be premiering a brand new song during the stream.

Fans can tune into the livestream event through either YouTube or Facebook Live tomorrow, March 27 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST.

Thomas Rhett Reschedules Center Point Road Tour Dates For July

Thomas Rhett has rescheduled his Center Point Road Tour featuring special guests Cole Swindell and HARDY until Summer as a precaution due to coronavirus concerns.

The tour is now slated to kick off this summer and tickets previously purchased will be honored for the rescheduled dates listed below. Any further ticket inquiries can be addressed at point of purchase, and more information can be found at thomasrhett.com/tour.

7/15 – Charleston, SC – Volvo Car Stadium
7/26- Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
8/6- Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
8/7- Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park
9/10- Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center *
9/11- Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Music Center *
9/12- Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center *
9/19- West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
9/20- Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/25- Gilford, NH – Bank of NH Pavilion *
9/26- Gilford, NH – Bank of NH Pavilion *
* Lineup May Vary

DISClaimer: Buddy Brown Offers Some Humor In Troubled Times With "The Coronavirus Song"

Buddy Brown

Name attractions on indie labels is today’s theme.

Brett James, John Anderson, Delta Rae, Dean Miller and Sara Evans all used to record for major conglomerates. Now they’re all here under their own steam, sounding as good as ever.

In fact, Miller snags a Disc of the Day prize for his new slab of sound. Pay heed also to Jenee Fleenor‘s tough little rocker.

Give a DisCovery Award to Buddy Brown. I guarantee he’s make you smile and provide you with a light-hearted view of the pickle that we’re in.

Writer: Dean Miller; Producer: none listed; Publisher: none listed; DM
-Awesome. His singing has never sounded more resonant and powerful. The song is stirring, nostalgic, pulse-quickening and truth telling. Play it once and you are hooked completely.

JOHN ANDERSON/I’m Still Hanging On
Writer: none listed; Producer: Dan Auerbach and Dave Ferguson; Publisher: none listed; Easy Eye Sound
– This guy is one of the great country vocal stylists. World weary, yet hopeful and somehow sweet, this soars with echoey atmosphere. Lay back and let this superb production roll over ya.

BUDDY BROWN/The Coronavirus Song
Writer: none listed; Producer: none listed; Publisher: none listed; BB
– It’s a YouTube video with this dude playing guitar and sitting on the tailgate of his pickup truck with Clorox disinfectant products and toilet paper stacked behind him. It’s country and cute as the dickens. The virus might not be funny, but the song is. There’s a follow-up, too. It’s called “I Got a Case of Corona.” This man is performing an important public service. I believe they call it morale boosting. Play and smile.

Writers: Jenee Fleenor; Producer: none listed; Publisher: none listed; TuneCore
– The CMA’s Instrumentalist of the Year rocks out on this fiddle-driven quick stepper. Her drawl is charming as is the country name-dropping lyric. The recording session sounds like it must have been blast. Lend this lady your ears.

Writers: Alexander Palmer/Michael Tyler Spragg/Thomas Archer; Producer: Michael Knox; Publisher: peermusic; BBR
– Despite her concerns, he swears he’s content and happy with her. The echo-chamber production helps what are otherwise fairly routine proceedings.

AVENUE BEAT/Ruin That For Me
Writers: Justin Ebach/Samantha Backoff/Savana Santos/Sami Bearden; Producer: David Garcia/Ashley Gorley/Santos/Justin Ebach/John Dennis/Salvatore; Memory Days/Curb Wordspring/Big Blue Nation/Indent; BMLG
– The female trio harmonies are as smooth as a Dairy Queen cone. The lyric is a girlie-survival treatise. Catchy, commercial and cool.

SARA EVANS/If I Can’t Have You
Writers: Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb; Producer: Evans/Jarrad K; Publisher: none listed; Born to Fly
-Yes, it’s the 1978 Yvonne Elliman pop hit penned by The Bee Gees for Saturday Night Fever. Who can resist? Those boys sure knew how to craft a hooky melody.

Writers: Dan Smyers/Shay Mooney/Jennifer Schott/William Bradford Weatherly Jr.; Producer: Brian Howes/Jason Van Poederooyen; Publisher: none listed; EE
– She’s left, so now she only exists in his dreams. He sings well, and the well-crafted song has an excellent pedigree, as well as lotsa hooks. Ethridge is regarded as a promising up-and-comer in his homeland, Canada.

DELTA RAE/Only In America
Writer: Eric Holljes/Ian Holljes; Producer: none listed; Publisher: none listed; DR
– This genre-defying sextet has released its first crowd-funded indie project, The Light. This political track from it shouts for Southern progressivism. It’s basically saying that it’s great that we’ve tackled segregation and women’s suffrage, but that the country still has a long way to go. The production becomes too busy-sounding as it strives to make an Important Statement.

BRETT JAMES/True Believer
Writer: Brett James; Producer: Brett James; Publisher: Songs of Brett, ASCAP; Ingrooves/Label Logic (track)
– This Music Row songwriting superstar (25 No. 1 hits) has also had a recording career at several points in his journey. His new EP drops tomorrow [Friday] and is titled I Am Now. The five-song set concludes with this touching ballad of reassurance and shelter, written for his daughter. It’s beautifully framed with an arrangement involving acoustic guitar and string quartet. His vocal is a soul-drenched with greatness. Essential listening.

Steve Earle & The Dukes To Release New Album In May

Steve Earle & The Dukes will release a new project on New West Records in May. The new 10-song album, titled Ghosts of West Virginia, will release May 22 and marks Earle’s 20th studio album. The project was produced by Earle and engineered by Ray Kennedy at Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios in New York City.

The album features Chris Masterson on guitar, Eleanor Whitmore on fiddle and vocals, Ricky Ray Jackson on pedal steel, guitar & dobro, Brad Pemberton on drums and percussion, and Jeff Hill on acoustic and electric bass.

Ghosts of West Virginia centers on the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion that killed 29 men in that state in 2010. Investigations revealed hundreds of safety violations, as well as attempts to cover them up, and the mine’s owners were forced to pay more than $200 million in criminal liabilities.

Playwrights Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank approached Earle as they were working on a theater piece, Coal Country, based on the events. They interviewed surviving miners, as well as families of miners who died, and crafted monologues for characters using those conversations. Earle was also onstage during the entire play, performing seven of the songs included on Ghosts of West Virginia. The play opened on March 3, but then the production was postponed indefinitely due to restrictions and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19.

Earle, who believes in ending fossil fuels and relying more on sustainable energy sources, wanted to make an album that addresses a different audience.

“I thought that, given the way things are now, it was maybe my responsibility to make a record that spoke to and for people who didn’t vote the way that I did,” he says. “One of the dangers that we’re in is if people like me keep thinking that everyone who voted for Trump is a racist or an asshole, then we’re fucked, because it’s simply not true. So this is one move toward something that might take a generation to change. I wanted to do something where that dialogue could begin.” He adds, “I said I wanted to speak to people that didn’t necessarily vote the way that I did, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have anything in common. We need to learn how to communicate with each other. My involvement in this project is my little contribution to that effort. And the way to do that — and to do it impeccably —is simply to honor those guys who died at Upper Big Branch.”

Steve Earle Ghosts of West Virginia Track Listing: 

1. Heaven Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
2. Union, God and Country
3. Devil Put The Coal In The Ground
4. John Henry Was A Steel Drivin’ Man
5. Time Is Never On Our Side
6. It’s About Blood
7. If I Could See Your Face Again (featuring Eleanor Whitmore)
8. Black Lung
9. Fastest Man Alive
10. The Mine

Marcus Hummon Signs With LBK Entertainment

Pictured (L-R): Mariah Topel, Marcs Hummon, Carl Kornmeyer

Marcus Hummon has signed an exclusive publishing deal with LBK Entertainment.

Hummon, a songwriter, recording artist, producer, studio musician, playwright and author, is also a 2019 Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee who has co-penned iconic hits like “Cowboy Take Me Away” and “Ready To Run” by The Dixie Chicks, “Born To Fly” by Sara Evans, “One Of These Days” by Tim McGraw, “Only Love” by Wynonna, “The Cheap Seats” by Alabama and many more.

“Bless The Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts earned Hummon a 2005 Grammy for Best Country Song, as well as NSAI Song of the Year. Hummon has written an opera (Surrender Road, staged by The Nashville Opera Company in 2005) and six musicals, three of which were featured as part of the New York New Musical Festival. He is currently in production of a new musical, American Prophet, anticipated to be staged this Fall. Hummon has also scored two films: Lost Boy Home and The Last Songwriter, a documentary that he co-produced.

CEO and majority owner of LBK Entertainment Carl Kornmeyer said, “We are honored to have Marcus join the team of amazing talent at LBK. His versatility as a songwriter and producer in all genres is remarkable and will be valuable to the continued growth of LBK and all our songwriters.”

“I am thrilled to have signed a deal with LBK Entertainment,” said Hummon. “For me, it’s both an exciting new venture, and also… a kind of coming home! I have worked with some of the team members before such as Tim Dubois, as I was a development artist on his original Arista Records roster and Debby Dill, pitched my first chart-topping song, ‘Only Love,’ to Wynonna Judd back in 1993. Although Carl Kornmeyer and I haven’t worked together in the past, I am well aware that he has a tremendous reputation in the business, and I am excited for the opportunity to work with the talented and very capable Mariah Topel who leads the creative team.”

Ashley Alexander, Amber Packer Promoted To Sr. Creative Directors At Big Deal Music Group

Ashley Alexander, Amber Packer

Ashley Alexander and Amber Packer have both been promoted to Senior Creative Directors at Big Deal Music Group.

Alexander joined Big Deal in 2014 and works day-to-day with the company’s growing roster of hit writers including Joe London, Steph Jones, Danny Parker, and Shungudzo. In addition to her A&R work, Ashley is the managing producer of the songwriting podcast, “And The Writer Is…,” which has surpassed 2.7 million downloads. Alexander is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Packer joined Big Deal in 2016, transitioning from JGM Artist Management, where she handled management duties for Dan Wilson and Jenny Owen Youngs (both Big Deal writers). At Big Deal she handles day-to-day for songwriters including Dan Wilson, Jake Sinclair, Jenny Owen Youngs, Tobias Wincorn, and Danny Silberstein, among others. She also runs point for Big Deal’s joint venture with Nice Life, which includes writers Tele and King Garbage and their joint venture with Mad Decent, which includes Dillon Francis, Tourist, and Phil Scully. Packer is a graduate of Berklee College of Music.

“Ashley and Amber are both incredible success stories who’ve grown along with the company, making a huge difference in our songwriters’ careers,” said Big Deal Chief Executive Officer, Kenny MacPherson. “They are very deserving of these promotions and I’m looking forward to them continuing to make valuable contributions as we grow this company.”
Both executives will be based in Big Deal Music Group’s Los Angeles headquarters.