Thursday, 29 January 2015

Video: Brantley Gilbert // One Hell Of An Amen


Lifted from his 2014 album Just As I Am, Brantley Gilbert has dropped the music video for his new single One Hell Of An Amen. The emotional ballad which was inspired by Gilbert's support for the military alongside the experience of losing a good friend to cancer is one of the Georgia native's more emotional releases in recent times.

The heartfelt video features a dedication to "Jon and Kory, and all those who fought the good fight" as Gilbert performs the tune in an abandoned church, with intermittent clips paying tribute to a fallen military officer. Gilbert will be hoping to match the success of his record's lead single Bottoms Up which managed to nab the top spot last year.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

First Listen: David Fanning // Doin' Country Right


Currently working on his debut album, country newcomer David Fanning has given us a taste of what's to come with his new single Doin' Country Right.

There seems to be two distinct threads in country music right now, those who vehemently stand by traditional country and those who like to strip down the genre to its bare bones and rebuild it with a modern twist. David Fanning falls into the latter of these two categories on his latest release. Making use of novel production and infectious echoing hooks, Doin' Country Right will suit the new generation of country listeners to a tee. Having arrived in Nashville at the age of 20, Fanning initially channelled his love of music into songwriting before being snapped up by Red Bow Records to become their newest recruit.

Already having a successful run behind the scenes of Music Row has put David Fanning in a good position to launch his own career. The songwriter turned performer knows what country radio listeners want to hear and he's doing it well with Doin' Country Right.

Country To Country Add To 2015 Line-Up


With less than two months to go until Country 2 Country rolls into the O2 Arena, London on March 7th and 8th, festival organisers have announced a long list of exciting big names. Country newcomers Sam Hunt and The Shires will play the brand new Satellite Stage, while over 40 more acts will perform on the arena's various pop-up stages:

Pop-Up Artists (in alphabetical order): Acoustic Journey, Ann Doka, Aubrie Sellers, Balsamo Deighton, Callaghan, Carolynne Poole, Case Hardin, ChloĆ« Chadwick, Claydon Connor, David Bradley, Dexeter, Ellie Dibben, Emma Jade, Emma Swindells, Fitzwallace, Flats & Sharps, Hannah Jane Lewis, Harper J, Holloway Road, Honey Ryder, InBlauK, Jeannine Barry, Jess & The Bandits, Jess Roberts, Jon Randall  & Jessi Alexander, Katie Armiger, Katie Nicholas, Laura Oakes, Lewis & Leigh, Lisa Redford, Liv Austen & The Banned, Luke and Mel, Lucy May, Megan O'Neill, Mim Grey, Paul Carella, Pauper Kings (formerly McKay), Raintown, Sam Hunt, Sasha McVeigh, Sonia Leigh, Stephanie Manns, Talia Simone, The Cains Trio, The Dirty Beggars, The James Clode Band, The Shires, The Tuesday Syndicate, Ward Thomas, Winters Hill.

The fun doesn't stop there though because you can now head along to The Saloon, an intimate new stage where singer-songwriters will be performing their tracks and talking about the stories that inspired them. BBC Radio 2's legendary host Bob Harris will be curating the events happening in The Saloon, so you definitely don't want to miss this one.

When the sun goes down, the Brooklyn Bowl will play host to the first official C2C after parties with a surprise guest performing each night alongside DJ Baylen Leonard.

Tickets for C2C 2015 are available from www.axs.com/c2c and www.gigsandtours.com.

Previously announced headline acts include Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Lee Ann Womack, Brandy Clark, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and Kip Moore.


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Ricky Gunn // King Of This Town


Telling a genuine, honest story is the cornerstone of a good country track, something Ricky Gunn certainly hasn't forgotten on his latest release King Of This Town.

Filmed in the singer's hometown, Columbus, Georgia, King Of This Town is a coming of age tale that reminds us all to remember our roots and first loves too. It's no surprise to learn that Gunn was inspired by old-school legends like Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams given the solid songwriting and traditional vibe he exudes on his new single. Lifted from a debut album of the same name, Ricky Gunn proves himself to be a talented musician that stoically stands by his back road upbringing and values.

While you're just as likely to catch this Georgia native happily on stage at your local bar, Ricky Gunn won't be sticking around for long when his full-length record drops April 21st and the big time comes knocking.

First Listen: Michael Ray // Kiss You In The Morning


Country performers hailing from reality TV shows often face the sort of criticism that can prove fatal to their promising careers, however, the unfair stigma doesn't seem to have affected Warner Music Nashville's latest recruit Michael Ray in any way at all.

After winning CW's The Next in 2012 and working with John Rich, the Florida native returns to the country fold with his debut single Kiss You In The Morning. The release couldn't come at a better time with the sunny tune offering us a bit of respite from the cold weather outside, filling us with images of warm weather and moonlit parties. Ray's vocals are slick and on-point, with word on the grapevine indicating the studio version of the single will exploit a pop-ready melody that will go down a storm on country radio.

There's a real sense of honesty and raw talent surrounding Michael Ray that sets him apart from the frenzy of country newcomers that stake a claim on Nashville's bright lights. His infectious debut is a sign of good things to come.

Kip Moore Streams New Single Ahead Of ACM Awards


Ahead of the release of Kip Moore's much anticipated new single I'm To Blame, you can stream the track exclusively here to mark the country star's New Artist of the Year nomination at the upcoming ACM Awards. Airing on April 19th, the current list of semi-finalists, including the likes of Chase Rice and Thomas Rhett, will go head to head leaving just three finalists. Kip Moore hopes to carry on his award season success by claiming the hardware following his Breakthrough Artist of the Year win at the recent American Country Countdown Awards.

I'm To Blame is the third single from Moore's forthcoming sophomore album. The Georgia native has been performing the song at his live shows over the past year, giving rise to excitement that this might be one of his biggest hits to date. While the single is currently making its way around country radio, you can also see it live at a string of headline shows that kicked off today that will see the Georgia native cross the big pond to play the UK and Ireland.

Monday, 26 January 2015

First Listen: Jill & Julia // Cursed


Since signing with Lamon Records Nashville in 2013, sibling duo Jill & Julia have experienced a wealth of praise on the festival circuit culminating in the release of their debut EP last year. Cursed is the latest release to the country scene from the Las Vegas natives.

Like a darker version of Maddie & Tae, Jill & Julia play with the theme of a scorned female lover on the hunt for revenge on their new single. Featuring ominous harmonies and a moody banjo-centric melody, the neatly crafted lyrics allow the country duo to shine. The dark tone of Cursed fits perfectly with Jill & Julia's solid vocal performance, creating an entertaining song that has quite a lot of mileage when it comes to replay value.

Jill & Julia might not be household names yet, but if the duo continue on their current path, I wouldn't be surprised to see them occupying some serious space on Music Row in no time.