Bobby Bones Maps Out Plans For Inaugural Bobbyfest This September

Radio and TV personality Bobby Bones’ musical comedy band Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots has announced its inaugural Bobbyfest will take place September 4 and 5 in New Braunfels, Texas and Wichita, Kansas, respectively.

The family-friendly music festival will feature The Raging Idiots headlining both evenings with special guests Russell Dickerson and Maddie & Tae as part of the musical lineup. More event details will be revealed over the coming weeks, and tickets for both dates are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

The band’s latest project, Award Winning EP, will be available on May 14 with the lead track, “Can’t Say That (In A Country Song)” featuring Jon Pardi, is available now. Later this month, Bones’ new travel TV series Breaking Bobby Bones is slated to debut with two back-to-back episodes on May 31 on National Geographic. He is also currently the official in-house mentor on ABC’s American Idol, with new episodes airing Sundays and Mondays at 7 p.m. CST.

Kenna Turner West Extends Relationship With Curb|Word Music Publishing

Pictured (L-R): Curb|Word Music Publishing VP Christian A&R, Publishing Jonathan Mason; Kenna Turner West; Curb| Word Music Publishing Senior Director Publishing, A&R Trevor Mathiesen

Kenna Turner West is extending her publishing agreement with Curb|Word Music.

Over the last two decades, West has cowritten songs such as “Say Amen,” “Revival,” and “Even Me,” and has over 100 Song Of The Year nominations, 25 Song Of The Year wins, and eight BMI Awards to her credit. The multi Dove award-winning songwriter has also penned songs on projects by Jason Crabb and Lady A’s Hillary Scott. West also recently released her debut single as a Crossroads Label Group recording artist, “Calling All Prodigals,” which is currently rising on the charts. The full project, A Reason For Hope, is slated for release this summer.

“When I look back over the years and see what God has done with the songs He’s given us, it’s truly humbling. All I have wanted to do since I committed my life to Christ is to find creative ways to communicate the gospel—and He continues to allow me to do just that. Sometimes it’s through singing or teaching, and sometimes it’s through writing,” says West. “Since everything I am comes together around music, it’s a total joy for me to partner with the amazing team at Curb|Word Music Publishing. It really is a great place to call home as a songwriter.”

Curb | Word Music Publishing VP of Christian A&R and Publishing, Jonathan Mason, says, “We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Kenna here at Curb | Word Music Publishing. To work with someone who has such a deep musical heritage alongside her own personal track record of success across multiple genres inspires us all.”

Zac Brown Band To Hit The Road This Summer On The Comeback Tour

Zac Brown Band’s long-awaited return to the road has come to an end with the announcement of 2021’s The Comeback Tour, running from August 5 through October 17.

The 23-city run will bring the band to some of the nation’s most storied venues including Boston’s Fenway Park, Hersheypark Stadium in Pennsylvania, Ohio’s Riverbend Music Center, and Nashville’s famed Bridgestone Arena. Teddy Swims, Adam Doleac, Gabby Barrett, Devin Dawson and Ashland Craft will also be accompanying the band at various points along the tour.

“We couldn’t be more excited to get back out on the road and share our new music with our fans,” says Brown. “It’s been a long, difficult year for everyone and we’re fired up to be reuniting with our crew, get back on tour, and celebrate a brand new world.”

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, May 14 at 12 p.m. local time at ZacBrownBand.com. Zac Brown Band fan club members will have priority pre-sale ticket access beginning Tuesday, May 11 at 12 p.m. local time.

Dan + Shay Announce Rescheduled Tour Dates To Kick Off In September

Dan + Shay. Photo: Catherine Powell.

Three-time consecutive Grammy Award-winning duo Dan + Shay are gearing up to get back on the road with Dan + Shay The (Arena) Tour kicking off September 9 in Greenville, SC.

The trek will continue to over thirty stops before concluding on December 7 in Boston, MA and includes a show at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York, NY on September 16. Additionally, two new shows were announced – October 15 in Los Angeles, CA at Staples Center and October 16 in San Diego, CA at Pechanga Arena.

Alternative pop rockers The Band Camino and 3x Grammy nominee and multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Ingrid Andress will join The (Arena) Tour as special guests for all dates. Pre-sales for those shows begin today, May 10 at 12 p.m. CST, with general on sale for all tickets beginning Friday, May 14 at 12 p.m. CST.

The tour, presented by AEG Presents, marks the duo’s first ever headlining arena trek which officially kicked off in March of 2020 with three consecutive sold-out shows at more than 40,000 tickets sold – two back-to-back in Nashville and another in Columbus, OH.

The tour was rescheduled due to COVID-19. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for new, rescheduled dates. Tickets for all other dates and more information is available at http://www.danandshay.com.

Meghan Patrick Announces New Album ‘Heart On My Glass’

Back-to-back CCMA Female Artist of the Year and 15-time CMA Ontario winning country artist Meghan Patrick has announced that her third studio album, Heart On My Glass, will be released on June 25 via Riser House Records.

To celebrate the announcement, Patrick surprised fans last week with the release of “Mama Prayed For,” the latest single from the 10-song collection. Written by Patrick with James McNair (Luke Combs, Hardy, Keith Urban) and Ben Stennis (Tim McGraw, Ronnie Dunn), the track is sung from a rough-around-the-edges woman accepting that she might not be every mother’s dream girl for their son.

The song follows Patrick’s “Never Giving Up On You,” which landed on several playlists like Spotify’s Wild Country and Next From Nashville, Amazon’s Introducing Country, Pandora’s Rising Women In Country, Apple Music’s New In Country, Country Risers and more.

Heart On My Glass Track Listing:
1. Heart On My Glass – Meghan Patrick, Sam Sumser, Michael Lotten, Sean Small
2. Goes Good With Beer – Patrick, Joey Hyde, Adam Craig
3. My First Car – Patrick, Hyde, Craig
4. Never Giving Up On You – Patrick, Victoria Banks, Karen Kosowski
5. Mama Prayed For – Patrick, James McNair, Ben Stennis
6. Better Story – Patrick, Blake Bollinger, Phil Barton
7. Where You Drink – Patrick, Brent Anderson, Jake Mitchell
8. Cool About It – Patrick, Carly Barlowe, Corey Crowder
9. Belong In Boots – Patrick, Hyde, Fancy Hagood
10. Liar Too – Patrick, Brian Davis, Ben Simonetti

Noah Hicks Signs With RED Creative Group

Pictured (L-R): RED Creative Group VP of Publishing Taylor Lamb; RED Creative Group Owner Jeremy Stover; Noah Hicks; Red Creative Records General Manager John Cantu. Photo: Courtesy of RED Creative Group

Noah Hicks has signed an exclusive publishing, label, and development deal with RED Creative Group. The 22 year-old’s debut single for the label, “No More of ‘Em,” a duet with songwriter Rhett Akins, is set for release this Friday, May 14.

A Carrollton, Georgia native, Hicks quickly made a name for himself in Nashville as a promising writer and performer, and his musical talent and high-energy live shows initially caught the attention of RED Creative Group’s Taylor Lamb, who was recently promoted to Vice President of Publishing. “No More of ‘Em” (produced by Will Bundy and Jeremy Stover) kicks off a series of releases that Hicks has coined ‘Shot & Chaser’ – two back-to-back songs released simultaneously. (The follow-up single “Miss You Back,” produced by Paul DiGiovanni and Jeremy Stover, is due out May 28).

“Noah’s the real deal,” says Jeremy Stover, owner of RED Creative Group. “The energy and raw talent he brings to every writer’s room and every stage is next level. We’re proud to have him at RED Creative. We’re not knocking on doors, we’re about to kick some down.”

“RED Creative felt like home the second I walked in for my first meeting,” says Hicks of signing with RED. “Working with Jeremy and the team is a dream come true. I love their creativity, work ethic, and ability to move mountains. It’s going to be a fun year and we’re just getting started.”

Chart Action: Chris Lane Earns Station Adds

Big Loud Records artist Chris Lane is most added at country radio this week with 54 new station adds for his single, “Fill Them Boots.” Receiving 23 adds on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart, Lane moves six positions from No. 47 to No. 41. On the MusicRow CountryBreakout Radio Chart, he earned 16 adds and debuted at No. 69 with a spin gain of +173.

Lane wrote “Fill Them Boots” with Josh Miller, Ernest Keith Smith and Mark Trussell, and it is built around a homegrown pickup line. “I wrote ‘Fill Them Boots’ with three of my favorite songwriters in town,” shares Lane. “I had the idea for a long time, and I’m incredibly proud of the way it turned out. It makes me think of how my wife and I first met, so I hope it’s a song people can easily relate to as well. I can’t wait to play it live and hear y’all sing it!”

Adam Sanders’ Debut Album, ‘What If I’m Right, Set For Release May 21

Breakout country artist and sought-after songwriter Adam Sanders has announced his debut, full-length album What If I’m Right, due out on May 21.

What If I’m Right is a collection of 13-songs entirely co-written by Sanders, including the title track that has garnered over 400,000 streams to date. Also included on the project is his up-tempo “Do What We Do;” an anthem for NASCAR fans “Daddy Jesus and Earnhardt;” the wistful “Burn The Stars;” and the mid-tempo, fan-favorite “Make Em Wanna Change.”

“It’s taken a long time to get to this point in my career where I feel comfortable enough to release a full-length project and music as a solo artist. I never lost faith or passion for my dream of becoming an artist, and this album is all about that, and the possibilities… what if I’ve been right all along and it’s just taken a while to get here?” says Sanders.

Sanders has earned his reputation as an artist to watch with over 100 million streams, over 70,000 singles sold, and landing on Billboard’s Top 40 Country Albums chart with his previously released self-titled debut EP. Signed to a co-publishing deal with Round Hill Music Nashville, Sanders has wrote No. 1 songs for Dustin Lynch (“Hell of a Night”) and Cole Swindell (“Ain’t Worth the Whiskey”), as well as songs for Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Blake Shelton.

What If I’m Right Track List:
All About That – Adam Sanders, Craig Campbell, Jacob Rice
Just Need One – Adam Sanders, Lynn Hutton, Jacob Rice
What If I’m Right – Adam Sanders, Lynn Hutton, Jacob Rice
Make Em Wanna Change – Adam Sanders, Adam Craig, Dallas Wilson
Bible Versus – Adam Sanders, Ben Stennis, Brice Long
Daddy Jesus And Earnhardt – Adam Sanders, Brock Berryhill, Cole Swindell, Taylor Phillips
So Good At That – Adam Sanders, Adam Craig, Neil Medley
Do What We Do – Adam Sanders, Brice Long, Jesse Heimer
Burn The Stars – Adam Sanders, Josh Kear
My Kinda People – Adam Sanders, Cary Barlowe, Jessi Alexander, Will Weatherly
I Got Roots – Adam Sanders, Ben Stennis, Taylor Phillips
Good Way To Go – Adam Sanders, Ben Stennis, Brice Long
In Case You’re Listening – Adam Sanders, Josh Mirenda

Live Nation Q1 Results: Concert Pipeline For 2022 Up Double Digits From 2019

Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. has released its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.

The live entertainment empire posted $290 million in 2021’s Q1, which was down by 79% year-on-year due to the effects of COVID on the music industry. However, as reopening efforts worldwide are ramping up and more people are receiving their vaccines, Live Nation’s President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Rapino expressed his hope for redemption for 2022.

“When we reported our 2020 results in February, I was optimistic that we would soon be returning to live events, and since then, our confidence has increased for our key markets,” says Rapino in a letter that accompanied the report. “Complementing our event pipeline, Ticketmaster continues to build its global client base to further accelerate its growth. This year, we have already added new clients representing over 5 million net new fee-bearing tickets, which we expect to grow further throughout the year as more venues prepare for 2022.”

Rapino continues, “Our brand partners remain engaged and are responding well to our reopening, and like our concerts business, our sponsorship pipeline of committed activity for 2022 is up double digits for next year relative to where it was at this time pre-pandemic in 2019 for 2020.”

 

Live Nation Financial Highlights:

  • Concerts Pipeline for 2022 Up Double Digits from 2019
  • Ticketmaster Continues Signing New Clients, Adding Over 5 Million Net New Fee-Bearing Tickets Year-To-Date
  • Sponsorship Commitments for 2022 Up Double Digits from 2019
  • $750 Million Cost Reduction and $1.5 Billion Cash Management Program Targets in 2021

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2021:

  • Total cash and cash equivalents were $3.0 billion
  • Event-related deferred revenue was $1.5 billion
  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $74.6 million
  • Free cash flow adjusted was $(225.7) million

Read the complete report here.

Nashville Music Equality Sets Panel For AAPI Heritage Month

For Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Nashville Music Equality will present a panel that invites AAPI members of the Nashville music industry to share their stories and participate in an open conversation. The panel will take place on Zoom on Wednesday, May 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST.

Among the guests slated to join the panel are Grammy-nominated producer and head of deciBel Entertainment, Dave Brainard; Director of Operations, Cox Music Group Houston, Johnny Chiang; Strategic Development Director, Give A Note Foundation, and Independent Contractor at AGD Entertainment, Juliana Lee; Vice President Management Division at Paquin Entertainment Group, Michelle Szeto; and International Relations Coordinator, Country Music Association, Katherine Wong.

The panel will be moderated by Kurt Bardella, Publisher of the Morning Hangover and Contributor for Los Angeles Times and USA Today. CMT, mtheory, Quinton Digital, Morning Hangover, and the Academy Country Music are sponsoring the panel.

Register for the panel here.

Nashville Music Equality will celebrate its first anniversary on June 1, the first day of Black History Month, with a special event. More details are to come.

The organization also extended an invitation to observe a moment of silence on May 25 to give respect to the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s death.