Walker Hayes Earns Wave Of RIAA Certifications
Walker Hayes earned some impressive RIAA metal last week as his smash hit “Fancy Like” was certified 4X Platinum, “AA” went Platinum, and his Country Stuff The Album reached Gold. As of July 2022, Country Stuff is one of only three albums in any genre released this year to have gained an RIAA certification, and the only country album to do so.
Robert Carlton, Senior Vice President, Development at SMACKSongs and Katie McCartney, GM of Monument Records, surprised Hayes at his sold out show in Long Island, New York ahead of his performance on the Citi Summer Concert Series on the Today Show. During the celebration, his single “U Gurl” also became RIAA certified Gold.
“To watch these songs grow and impact more and more people is everything you can ask for as an artist,” says Hayes. “My fans are the most incredible fans out there, and this is all due to them.”
Hayes is preparing for his headlining “Glad You’re Here Tour,” kicking off this fall with more dates being added last week.
Hannah Ellis Celebrates Release Of New Single, ‘Country Can’
The Curbs Records team gathered last Thursday (Aug. 11), on the eve of the release of Hannah Ellis‘ new single, “Country Can.”
Taking up residency at the Virgin Hotel in Nashville, the group celebrated and listened to the single’s first spin on WSIX’s “The Wayne D Show.”
The track celebrates country music’s ability to connect generations across time and space. The Kentucky native wrote the tune with Jason Massey, Parker Welling, and her husband, fellow singer-songwriter Nick Wayne.
BMI Hosts First Showcase At Third Man’s Blue Room
BMI held its first showcase at the Blue Room in partnership with Third Man Records last Wednesday (Aug. 10). The show featured performances from Future Crib, Babe Club, and Jo Schornikow.
The audience got a taste of multi-genre musical performances including up-and-coming BMI talent. The show is the first of a series, with the second event slated to be held in December.
The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys Earn IBMA Nods, Sign New Management Deal, More
The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys are celebrating quite a list of recent achievements, including a slew of IBMA nominations, a remastered version of their God’s Love Is So Divine record, and signing a new management deal with Steve Johnson and SJ21 Music.
On the IBMA front, the group’s latest release, Never Slow Down, is up for Album of the Year on the IBMA ballot and the group is nominated for IBMA’s Entertainer of the Year. They are also nominated for IBMA’s Collaborative Recording of the Year for their version of “East Bound and Down,” which features fiddlers Jason Carter and Bronwyn Keith-Hynes. Additionally, PRB fiddler and vocalist Laura Orshaw is nominated on her own for IBMA’s New Artist of the Year, making four nominations for the greater Po’ Ramblin’ Boys family.
The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys and Sound Biscuit Studios also announced the remastered release of God’s Love Is So Divine with 100% of the pre-order sales being donated to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund.
“Good things seem to happen in threes for The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys,” says the band’s mandolinist C.J. Lewandowski. “We have an album out, God’s Love Is So Divine, that will support Kentucky flood relief efforts. We have three band award nominations with the International Bluegrass Music Association for the upcoming World of Bluegrass gathering in Raleigh, North Carolina. And, we have signed with our long-time pal and well-known industry leader Steve Johnson (SJ21 Music) for management.”