Chart Action: Brett Eldredge Impacts Country Radio

Brett Eldredge earns the most adds at country radio this week, pulling 85 new stations on his latest single, “Songs About You.” The single debuted on the Billboard Country Airplay at No. 38, on Mediabase at No. 46, and on MusicRow at No. 76. 

“Songs About You,” which namechecks lines from tunes such as Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark,” Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl,” was written by Eldredge, Jessie Jo Dillion, and Ben West. It is the title track to his upcoming June 17 release.

“There are songs that just transport you back in time to a moment with someone you love,” Eldredge shares. “Even though you’ve not been with the person for a long time, these songs take ahold of you. You might be having a fine day, then you walk into a store where the song is playing, and you’re transported into the past.”

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Luke Bryan Heads Back To The Farm This Fall For Six-Date Tour

Luke Bryan. Photo Jim Wright

Luke Bryan will headline his thirteenth “Farm Tour” this September during a two-week break from his “Raised Up Right Tour,” which launches in June. Riley Green, Jameson Rodgers, the Peach Pickers, and DJ Rock are special guests on the shows.

The Georgia native will set up stages in the fields of local farmers across six states from Sept. 15-24, and two of the farms have never been played before. Tickets are on sale May 5 at LukeBryan.com.

“I look forward to these shows every year mainly because of the meaning behind them and why it was important to me to start the ‘Farm Tour’ thirteen years ago,” Bryan explains. “It has allowed communities who don’t normally get a concert in their areas to experience a fun night in their backyard all while lifting up the American farmer. Small town and farming pretty much sum up my childhood. It is my way of life and I know it is a way of life for so many. It is truly the highlight of my year for me and my whole team.”

Bayer is once again the presenting sponsor for the shows, teaming up with Bryan to fight hunger through its #HerestotheFarmer campaign. From June 1-Oct. 31, for every share Bayer will provide one meal to a person in need through Feeding America with the goal of helping to provide 1 million meals. Since the partnership’s inception, nearly five million meals have been donated and more than $180,000 has gone to Feeding America member food banks and local farmers at each of the tour cities.

Over 100,000 fans have attended the tour each year since its inception in 2009. Bryan will continue giving back to the farmers by awarding college scholarships to students from farming families who are attending the local college or university near the tour stops. To date, more than 60 scholarships have been granted.

Miranda Lambert Rings In New Album Era At Sold-Out Franklin Show

Miranda Lambert performs at Franklin, Tennessee’s FirstBank Amphitheater. Photo: Acacia Evans

Reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Miranda Lambert celebrated the release of her eighth solo album Palomino on Thursday night (April 28) at the FirstBank Amphitheater near Nashville.

After battling the traffic the venue has become known for, The Cadillac Three kicked off the music for the evening. The rocking country trio set the tone for a night full of fun, playing some songs from the two records they released during the pandemic, Country Fuzz and Tabasco & Sweet Tea.

The Nashville natives slowed the tempo down on a lot of their tunes, creating a swampy feel. Before turning things over to Lambert, TC3 played their beloved “White Lighting” and “The South.”

When Lambert made it to the stage, she picked up the hell-raising vibe TC3 put down with a new tune from Palomino, “Actin’ Up.” The up-to-no-good smash quickly segued into her 2005 hit “Kerosene.”

Throughout the night, Lambert kept up a timely pace, weaving in new songs with her collection of hits. Although she was clearly on a mission to play as many crowd-pleasers as possible, she was having a ball all night. Her fans, some playing off of Lambert’s cool cowgirl aesthetic, donned their best denim, rhinestones and fringe for the occasion.

Audience members threw their hands up and danced to “Fastest Girl In Town,” “Famous In A Small Town,” and “Only Prettier.” They closed their eyes and swayed to “Vice,” “Automatic,” and “The House That Built Me.” They sang their hearts out to “Bluebird” and “Settling Down.”

For the new songs Lambert played, the crowd already knew all the words to “Strange” and “If I Was A Cowboy.” The entertainer glowed with excitement to the crowd singing back the new lyrics.

Miranda Lambert performs at Franklin, Tennessee’s FirstBank Amphitheater. Photo: Acacia Evans

The most powerful moment of the night came when Lambert slowed things down. Before playing an acoustic song, she admitted that she was nervous for the show and had put a lot of thought into what she wanted to play.

“Thank y’all so much for coming out tonight to the first weekend of the tour,” Lambert said. “I was thinking about the set tonight and I know I’m throwing a couple new ones at y’all. Thanks for singing along to the new ones.

“I was thinking about some songs that meant the world to me in times in my life that I really needed them. I started thinking about what I wanted to play tonight and I always go back to this one because I’m a sucker for a sad song.”

Lambert showed off of magnificence when she played “Tin Man.” Alone in the spotlight, her exquisite country voice echoed off the rough exposed edges of rock in the rock quarry-turned concert venue. The crowd was quiet, taking in every note, some even weeping.

In another awesome moment, Lambert brought out her best friend and co-writer, Ashley Monroe, to sing their song “Heart Like Mine.” TC3’s Jaren Johnston then joined the women on stage to sing “Willin’.”

“Y’all wanna hear a real country song?” Lambert asked at one point, before playing an awesome rendition of “Tequila Does.” The rhinestone fringe gals loved this one, too.

Before saying goodnight, Lambert blitzed us with “Gunpowder and Lead,” “Mama’s Broken Heart,” “White Liar,” “Little Red Wagon” and “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).” With a smile on her face and a 22-song setlist completed, she left the hometown crowd thoroughly entertained.

Little Big Town will join Lambert and TC3 for “The Bandwagon Tour” next week. For dates, click here.

‘A Celebration Of A Beautiful Life’ For Jimbeau Hinson Slated For May

“A Celebration Of A Beautiful Life” has been scheduled in remembrance of country songwriter Jimbeau Hinson. The event will take place Monday, May 9 at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville.

Hinson, who penned several hit songs for the Oak Ridge Boys, Brenda Lee, Steve Earle, Kathy Mattea, David Lee Murphy, and more, died at age 70 on March 4, 2022 due to complications from a stroke.

Doors will open at 12 noon for the commemorative event for family, close friends and industry colleagues, with a special Video Tribute starting at 12:30 p.m. CT. Music performances by special guests will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Seating is limited and those wishing to attend are asked to send their RSVP to JimbeauHinson.com by Wednesday, May 4 at 2 p.m. CT. A livestream of Hinson’s celebration will be available at JimbeauHinson.com on May 9 beginning at 12:30 p.m. CT.

In lieu of flowers, the family has kindly requested that donations be made to the Alex LeVasseur Memorial Fund.

Chris Young Adds Jimmie Allen, Old Dominion To ‘Famous Friends (Deluxe Edition)’

Chris Young has enlisted the help of some more famous buddies for the expanded edition of his album Famous Friends (Deluxe Edition), due out June 3.

Fans are being treated to a first taste of the expanded project with “Everybody Needs a Song,” a collaboration with Old Dominion, available everywhere now. The track is one of six new tunes on the upcoming project.

The 20-track album also features a collaboration with Jimmie Allen, “Music Note;” the multi-week No. 1 “Famous Friends” with Kane Brown; “At The End of a Bar,” his newest single with Mitchell Tenpenny; plus two new solo songs, as well as acoustic versions of fan favorites “I’m Comin’ Over” and “Think of You” with Cassadee Pope.

Young produced or co-produced all twenty sides on the new release.

Famous Friends (Deluxe Edition) Track List:
1.  Raised on Country
2.  Famous Friends (with Kane Brown)
3.  Town Ain’t Big Enough (with Lauren Alaina)
4.  Drowning
5.  Rescue Me
6.  Break Like You Do
7.  At the End of a Bar (with Mitchell Tenpenny)
8.  Love Looks Good on You
9.  One of Them Nights
10. When You’re Drinking
11. Cross Every Line
12. Hold My Beer Watch This
13. Best Seat in the House
14. Tonight We’re Dancing
15. Everybody Needs a Song (with Old Dominion)
16. If I Knew What Was Good for Me
17. Music Note (with Jimmie Allen)
18. Like a Slow Song
19. Think of You (with Cassadee Pope) (Acoustic Version)
20. I’m Comin’ Over (Acoustic Version)

Luke Combs Announces ‘Middle Of Somewhere Tour’ For Fall

Luke Combs. Photo: Jeremy Cowart

Luke Combs will kick off his “Middle of Somewhere Tour” this fall beginning Sept. 2. Special guests featured on the tour include Jordan Davis, Mitchell TenpennyMorgan Wade and Lainey Wilson.

Upcoming stops include two nights each at Green Bay’s Resch Center, Albany’s MVP Arena, Charleston’s North Charleston Coliseum, Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center, Omaha’s CHI Health Center and Oklahoma City’s Paycom Center, among others.

As the official wireless partner for the “Middle of Somewhere Tour,” T-Mobile and Combs are teaming up to bring T-Mobile customers exclusive access to lower bowl tickets at every U.S. tour stop, even sold-out shows. Un-carrier customers can snag their Reserved Tickets starting 30 days prior to each show at first-day prices. Tickets for the “Middle of Somewhere Tour” will be available for pre-sale starting May 4 through Ticketmaster Verified Fan, with general on-sale following May 6. Combs’ official fan club, The Bootleggers, will have early access to tickets through Ticketmaster Verified Fan pre-sale starting May 4.

For the “Middle of Somewhere Tour,” Combs made a concerted effort to price tickets at a pre-pandemic rate.

“I know that the price of everything has been going up these last couple years and there’s nothing I can do about that, but the one thing I could do is set the price of my tickets,” shares Combs. “So, what I wanted to do was keep the ticket prices the same as they were before the pandemic. I really really hope you guys will come out and check us out. Can’t wait to see you on the road!”

Along with heading back on the road, Combs is gearing up for the release of his new albumGrowin’ Up, June 24 via River House Artists/Columbia Nashville.

Luke Combs Tour Dates:
May 1—Indio, CA—Stagecoach
May 5—New Orleans, LA—New Orleans JazzFest
May 21—Denver, CO—Empower Field at Mile High* (SOLD OUT)
May 29—Napa Valley, CA—BottleRock
June 4—Seattle, WA—Lumen Field*
July 7—Cavendish, PEI—Cavendish Beach Music Festival
July 8—Quebec City, QC—Festival D’Ete International De Quebec
July 9—Ottawa, ON—RBC Bluesfest
July 23—Columbus, OH—Buckeye Country Superfest
July 30—Atlanta, GA—Mercedes-Benz Stadium* (SOLD OUT)
September 2—Bangor, ME—Maine Savings Amphitheater‡
September 3—Bangor, ME—Maine Savings Amphitheater‡
September 16—Green Bay, WI—Resch Center+
September 17—Green Bay, WI—Resch Center+
September 22—Lake Tahoe, NV—Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys+
September 23—Lake Tahoe, NV—Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys+
September 30—Albany, NY—MVP Arena+
October 1—Albany, NY—MVP Arena+
October 14—Charleston, SC—North Charleston Coliseum^
October 15—Charleston, SC—North Charleston Coliseum^
October 21—Louisville, KY—KFC Yum! Center^ (on-sale 5/13 at 10:00am local)
October 22—Louisville, KY—KFC Yum! Center^ (on-sale 5/13 at 10:00am local)
October 28—Omaha, NE—CHI Health Center^
October 29—Omaha, NE—CHI Health Center^
November 4—Uncasville, CT—Mohegan Sun Arena^
November 5—Uncasville, CT—Mohegan Sun Arena^
November 12—Quebec City, QC—Videotron Centre# (SOLD OUT)
November 14—Toronto, ON—Scotiabank Arena# (SOLD OUT)
November 15—Toronto, ON—Scotiabank Arena# (SOLD OUT)
November 17—Ottawa, ON—Canadian Tire Centre# (SOLD OUT)
November 18—Montreal, QC—Centre Bell# (SOLD OUT)
November 21—London, ON—Budweiser Gardens# (SOLD OUT)
November 22—London, ON—Budweiser Gardens# (SOLD OUT)
December 9—Oklahoma City, OK—Paycom Center%
December 10—Oklahoma City, OK—Paycom Center%

BOLD on-sale Friday, May 6
*with special guests Cody Johnson, Zach Bryan and Morgan Wade
‡with special guests Mitchell Tenpenny and Morgan Wade
+with special guests Jordan Davis and Morgan Wade
^with special guests Jordan Davis and Lainey Wilson
#with special guests Riley Green and Chayce Beckham
%with special guest Jordan Davis and more to be announced

Morgan Wallen Nabs MusicRow No. 1

In just 9 weeks, “Wasted On You” by Morgan Wallen reaches the chart peak on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Radio Chart. The single adds +79 spins for a total of 1,777 spins this week. 

Wallen wrote “Wasted On You” with Big Loud label mate, Ernest, Josh Thompson, and Ryan Votjesak. He is currently on his nearly sold-out “Dangerous Tour” which consists of 54 dates that run through September. 

His latest single, “Don’t Think Jesus” is the top country streaming song and fifth all-genre song this week racking in 17 million first week streams, according to Luminate data. “Wasted On You” sits at No. 2 of the country streaming songs chart with 6.9 million streams.

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Industry Ink: Brooke Meris, Jeff Carson, Tyler Rich, More

Warner Music Nashville Rounds Out Radio Team With Brooke Meris

Brooke Meris

Warner Music Nashville has added Regional Manager Brooke Meris to its WEA radio team. Meris, covering the west, will join team members Ray Mariner (south) and Diane Monk (north). Reporting to National Director, Radio, Stephanie Hagerty, Meris will officially assume her new role on May 2.

“Brooke is highly respected by everyone in the industry, from radio to artists and managers,” shares VP Radio Anna Cage. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome her to the Warner Music Nashville radio department.”

Meris joins Warner Music Nashville with more than 14 years of radio experience, including APD/MD of KILT in Houston. She most recently spent five years as Director of Southwest Promotions at Curb Records. Previous stops include Director of Radio Tour Marketing at Triple 8 Management and Manager of Regional Promotion at Columbia Nashville.

“I’m looking forward to being a part of an awesome team full of great people!” adds Meris. “I have always admired the team dynamic at WMN, so I’m really excited to now be a part of it and work with everyone… including the amazing roster of artists! I love music and working with passionate people who love what they do.”

 

Tracy Lawrence, John Berry, More Join Lineup For “A Musical Memorial For Jeff Carson”

Tracy Lawrence, John Berry, Halfway to Hazard, and War Hippies will join the lineup for “A Musical Memorial for Jeff Carson,” taking place on May 10 at The Nashville Palace.

Previously announced performers include Michael Ray, Wade Hayes, Ty Herndon, Lee Greenwood, Ricochet, Craig Campbell, Rhett Akins, and more. General admission tickets are currently available for purchase.

“The 90s was such a different time for artists making it in country music. Many of us traveled on the bus together in package tours and really got to know each other and become close friends,” Berry shares. “Jeff was always a ray of sunshine to be around as he was always fun, positive, and ready to make us laugh. This night is going to be really fun as we sing our hits of the 90s and help raise money for Law Enforcement Assistance Partnership.”

An online auction has also been set and donations can be made in Carson’s honor by clicking here or texting “Carson” to 76278.

 

Tyler Rich & Friends Band Together For Writers For Rhinos

Pictured (L-R): Tyler Rich, Sara Barlow, Emily Falvey, Ashley Collier-Medley, Trent Tomlinson, Hannah Quintero, CJ Solar, Lauren Lott, Jason Fassler, and Andy Albert. Photo: Ashley Collier-Medley

Earlier this week, Tyler Rich led a sold out round called “Writers For Rhinos” alongside Andy Albert, CJ Solar, and AIMP Nashville Songwriter Series class of 2019 member Emily Falvey and Trent Tomlinson.

The annual event at The Listening Room in Nashville supports rhino conservation in partnership with the Nashville Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers, Rich Rescues and Nashville Zoo Roar Corps.

“Now in our third year, we could not be more thrilled to have such a talented group of musicians lend their voices to help save an endangered species. ‘Writers For Rhinos’ is such an important fundraising event for our mission to protect Rhinos for generations to come, and we want to express our sincere gratitude to Tyler, Andy, CJ, Emily, Trent and all who joined for this special event,” says Ashley Collier-Medley, Writers For Rhinos Founder.

“I’ve never tried to save a Rhino, but I’m happy to be a part of it. They are kind of like Pitbull unicorns,” Rich quipped. “In all seriousness, the need to protect animals whether it be at your local shelter or more exotic species across the globe is real and a big reason I started Rich Rescues to advocate out on tour. Any time I can support this cause, I’m all in.”

 

Tony Jackson Inks With BFR

Tony Jackson

Traditional country singer Tony Jackson has signed with BFR in Nashville, a division of Bob Frank Entertainment. BFR is distributed by BFD/Sony/Orchard and is helmed by Frank with Chuck Rhodes overseeing the Nashville label.

Jackson is best known for his viral hit rendition of George Jones’ “The Grand Tour,” which has surpassed 80 million Facebook and YouTube views to date. His upcoming new album is slated for release in August 2022 with singles and videos slated for release in the coming weeks.

“I am thrilled to join the BFR team and be heading back into the studio to give people what they have been asking me for. It’s been an interesting few years. I have a lot to share,” Jackson says.

“Tony is one of country’s pure traditional singers and we are extremely proud to represent him now at BFR,” adds Rhodes.

 

49th Annual Music City Tennis Invitational Slated For May 27-29

The 49th Anniversary of the Music City Tennis Invitational is set for May 27-29 at the Centennial Sportsplex. This year’s tournament will also feature a pickleball event in addition to the annual tennis tournament.

Registration for either the two-day tennis tournament or the pickleball event is $175 and open now. A portion of the entry fee is tax-deductible and includes a goodie bag, two days of tournament play, breakfast and lunch, and trophies for the winners.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition (TBCC), which aims to be a financial provider and advocate for Tennesseans facing breast cancer.

NSAI Holds The ‘World’s Largest No. 1 Party,’ Honors Jody Williams

Pictured (L-R): Dustin Miller, Senior Vice President, and Chris Trokey, Managing Director (Truist Wealth, Sports and Entertainment Group), Jody Williams (2022 ‘NSAI Champion’ award recipient) and Steve Bogard (NSAI Board President). Photo: NSAI / Savannah Grimm

On a hot and sunny Wednesday afternoon (April 27), the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) gathered hundreds of songwriters, publishers, and industry friends to celebrate the songs that hit the top of the charts during the pandemic.

Along with event sponsors Truist Wealth and Ford, NSAI packed out the The Reserve at Fat Bottom Brewing Co. for an event they billed as the “World’s Largest No. 1 Party.”

NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison kicked off the celebration by letting the crowd know how hard the organization works for the benefit of songwriters.

Songwriters and industry members gather at the NSAI event. Photo: NSAI / Savannah Grimm

“When we shut the doors for COVID in March of 2020, we did what we do,” Herbison said, saying that NSAI immediately got to work on how to protect songwriters’ livelihoods from the impact of the pandemic. “In that first week when we were closed, we offered some language that got put in the first CARES Act that made every self-employed person in America, including songwriters, eligible for unemployment and paycheck protection.”

The crowd roared after hearing that. “We also handed out a quarter of a million dollars of grants during that time. I’m proud of the work we do,” Herbison shared.

Before celebrating the hits of the past two years, NSAI honored a true Music Row trailblazer, Jody Williams, with NSAI Champion award. This honor is given in recognition of generous support for—and dedication to—songwriters, the music industry and NSAI, and is chosen by the NSAI Executive Director.

Williams shared a few words to the room full of creatives and industry personnel. He thanked his family, his team at Jody Williams Songs, and his writers; and recognized four important people in his journey: Charlie Daniels, Kix Brooks, Layng Martine, and Liz Rose.

Williams recalled an observation he made a few years ago on a plane ride to Austin, Texas he shared with some hit songwriters, Rose, Jon Randall, and Lee Thomas Miller. He observed that although his friends had written award-winning hit songs, no one else on the plane knew who they were.

“They’re all blending in with humanity on the plane. They’re quiet, they’re reading or sleeping. No one knows they are here. They’re exactly like you and me, but they’re actually magicians. They have superpowers. They have abilities to transcend logical thinking,” Williams shared. “Like you and me, they’re insecure, doubtful at times, hopeful most of the time, hardworking, family-oriented people. When they wake up most mornings to approach their jobs, they have nothing.

Pictured (L-R): Jimmy Robbins, JT Harding, and Jon Nite. Photo: NSAI / Savannah Grimm

“That’s when these Peter Parkers become Spider-Man,” he said. “They create a song that starts out having zero chance of making it through the myriad of gatekeepers to become a hit. Then against all odds, unbelievably, their hope becomes a hit.”

Williams summed with, “After a few decades of working with songwriters, I’m still in complete awe when I am in the presence of you all. Complete awe. I can’t receive this award without offering my thanks to all of you. You are all heroes to me.”

Herbison shared of Williams, “Jody Williams has spent his professional career in the music industry helping songwriters and others. I am one such individual, in my twenty-five years as NSAI Executive Director enlisting Jody’s help dozens of times. He’s always responded and his word is as good as gold.”

After presenting Williams with his award, Herbison read off a list of 99 songs that hit No. 1 on the Billboard Airplay, Digital, Hot or Mediabase charts during the period of September 2019 through December 2021. The songwriters in attendance hustled up to the stage with their peers cheering them on, took a quick photo, and joined their friends back in the crowd, perfectly exemplifying the strength and camaraderie in the Nashville music publishing community.

Pictured (L-R): Steve Bogard (NSAI Board President), Tyler Hubbard, Blake Redferrin, Chris Loocke. Photo: NSAI / Savannah Grimm

Pictured (L-R): Steve Bogard (NSAI Board President), Tenille Arts, Alex Kline, Chris Trokey (Truist Wealth, Sports and Entertainment Group). Photo: NSAI / Savannah Grimm

Pictured (L-R): Jennifer Turnbow (NSAI Chief Operating Officer), Jody Williams, Bart Herbison (NSAI Executive Director). Photo: NSAI / Savannah Grimm

Pictured: Madeline Merlo with her NSAI Award. Photo: NSAI / Savannah Grimm

Brandi Carlile Cancels Upcoming Stagecoach Appearance After Contracting COVID-19

Brandi Carlile. Photo: Neil Krug

Brandi Carlile will no longer be performing at the 2022 Stagecoach Festival after contracting COVID-19, as she revealed on social media.

“Hey buddies, it finally happened: I have the COVID. I won’t be able to come to Stagecoach,” the Grammy-award winning entertainer shared. “It’s horrible.”

In her video, Carlile also shared her symptoms, explaining that she is suffering from a chest infection due to the virus. “I’m a few days in, and I have a chest infection, but I think I turned a corner today and I’m starting to feel a little bit better,” she adds. “I just want to let everybody know that I’m devastated to be missing you, and I hope that you have a wonderful time out there with all my freakin’ friends. See you on the other side of this trash.”

 

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Carlile was slated to headline the festival’s Palomino Stage on Friday (April 29). However, in light of these events, Tanya Tucker will now be taking over Carlile’s 7:40 performance slot. Amythyst Kiah, The Cactus Blossoms, Charley Crockett, Neal McCoy and the Marcus King Band will perform on the Palomino Stage earlier in the day.

Taking place this weekend in Indio, California, the T-Mobile Mane Stage will deliver a packed opening day with performances from Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris, Jordan Davis, Ryan Hurd and more. Carrie Underwood, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs and Cody Johnson will also be on hand for the weekend’s festivities.