Today, The Marcus King Band shared their first-ever official music video for “Goodbye Carolina,” a poignant, lyrical ballad from their critically acclaimed album Carolina Confessions. The visual, directed by Tess Lafia and shot in Nashville, is a stunning portrayal of the pain and struggle of change, a subject that resonates with King, who recently moved to Music City from his native Greenville, South Carolina. Read more “THE MARCUS KING BAND SHARE CAPTIVATING VIDEO FOR “GOODBYE CAROLINA””
Country singer and songwriter Jon Pardi, born May 20, 1985, and raised in Dixon, California, discovered his love of country music early, thanks in no small part to his grandmother’s country karaoke machine. Falling under the spell of traditional country artists like George Jones and George Strait, and with a special affinity for Hank Williams, Jr., Pardi was playing guitar as a child, and was only seven years old when he belted out “Friends in Low Places” at his father’s 30th birthday party at a local hall. Pardi was 12 when he started writing his own songs, and he joined his first band at the age of 14.
Country music was the only thing Pardi really wanted to do. He formed a duo with friend Chase McGrew after he graduated from high school, and the pair began playing the regional clubs and bars. Pardi and McGrew moved to Chico together to attend Butte Junior College, and for the next three years played in a local band called Northern Comfort. Pardi always knew he had to end up in Nashville, the home of country music, in order to fulfill his dream, and he moved there in 2008 when he was 23. He supported himself initially as a lifeguard, but he had developed into a natural narrative songwriter, and landed a publishing deal just 18 months after arriving in Music City. The publishing deal led to a lot of well-connected co-writing for Pardi, and he honed his writing skills even more, usually singing his own demos of the songs to shop them around. His name got frequently noticed and recalled, and following a showcase gig with his band, Pardi signed a recording deal with Capitol Records Nashville.
Using friend and collaborator Bart Butler as producer (Butler had handled most of Pardi’s demo sessions), he began recording his debut album. A first single from the project, “Missin’ You Crazy,” was released in the spring of 2012, and in 2013 Pardi cracked the Top Ten of the country singles chart with the song “Up All Night.” The album itself, Write You a Song, finally arrived early in 2014. It peaked at number three on the country albums chart, and rose to number 14 on the Top 200 listings.
In September 2015, Pardi released “Head Over Boots,” his first single from his second album, California Sunrise. “Head Over Boots” climbed to number one on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, helping California Sunrise reach number one on Billboard’s Country Album chart; it reached 11 on their Top 200 album chart. Thanks to “Head Over Boots” and “Dirt on My Boots” — a second single that bested its predecessor, reaching number one on Country Airplay and crossing over into the pop Top 40 — California Sunrise turned Jon Pardi into a star. The album stayed on the charts through 2018, spinning off additional hits: “Heartache on the Dance Floor” went to three in 2017, “She Ain’t In It” peaked at 21 that same year, while “Night Shift” reached 14 in 2018.
Pardi’s third album was scheduled for release in the summer of 2019
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Check out our favourite Jon Pardi songs on our Spotify playlist
A native of Hannah, South Carolina, country crooner Josh Turner burst onto the scene in 2003 with the powerful “Long Black Train,” a song he’d written after listening to a Hank Williams box set. Sounding like a gospel-blues tune from the ’40s — and featuring Turner’s deep, rich baritone at the forefront — “Long Black Train” wrestled with the grand themes of temptation, salvation, death, and redemption. It also earned Turner national media attention, peaking at number 13 on the country charts and paving the way for a full album, Long Black Train, which was released by MCA in 2003. The album went platinum, and was followed by a string of successful hits that would eventually earn Turner a coveted membership in the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 30.
A second release, Your Man, followed in 2006 and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200. The title track topped the country charts (and experienced an unexpected revival in 2011, when American Idol champion Scotty McCreery performed it during his audition), as did the follow-up single, “Would You Go with Me.” The impressive Everything Is Fine appeared in 2007, again from MCA Nashville. Turner issued his fourth album, Haywire, in 2010, with its first two singles as its opening cuts: “Why Don’t We Just Dance” and “I Wouldn’t Be a Man.” Released in 2012, Punching Bag debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Top Country Albums chart on the strength of the singles “Find Me a Baby” and “Time Is Love.” In the summer of 2016, Turner issued a new single, “Hometown Girl,” in anticipation of his upcoming sixth studio album. The record, entitled Deep South, appeared in March of 2017.
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Check out our favourite Josh Turner songs on our Spotify playlist
Following stunning reviews and standing ovations across the globe, the fantastic Tedeschi Trucks Band are proving a very hot ticket indeed.
The band quickly sold out two London Palladium Shows this month following previous sold out shows at Indigo and the Royal Albert Hall in London. Read more “TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND ANNOUNCE THEIR ONLY EUROPEAN SHOW OF 2020 AT THE LEGENDARY SSE WEMBLEY ARENA IN LONDON”
Multi-Platinum US singer/songwriter Kip Moore has confirmed a second run of UK headline shows for later this year.
With tickets for his initial 4-show UK run in May – part of his intimate ‘Room To Spare’ acoustic tour – selling out immediately, the Nashville-based artist will return in September for a trio of full-band, full-throttle electric dates. Read more “KIP MOORE ADDS UK HEADLINE DATES FOR SEPTEMBER FOLLOWING SOLD OUT SHOWS IN MAY”
Nashville-based duo Brothers Osborne are set to play O2 Academy Islington on Friday June 14th as an exclusive, one-off headline UK show in advance of their inaugural appearance at the Download Festival – the premier event in the UK rock calendar.
Following their triumphant UK tour in December last year, culminating in a sold-out show at the O2 Kentish Town Forum in London, this performance on the hallowed grounds of Donington Park not only marks The Brothers’ debut appearance at this high-profile event, it also makes them the first country / rock crossover act to play both Download Festival and C2C (Country To Country Festival). Read more “BROTHERS OSBORNE ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE ONE-OFF UK HEADLINE SHOW AS WARM-UP FOR DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL”
A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, Mercury Nashville’s Travis Denning vividly remembers the moment he realized he wanted to pursue music for a living. He was seven years old sitting in his Dad’s truck and heard AC/DC for the first time. From then on, he was hooked and devoured all types of music from country, pop, rock and heavy metal. Travis started playing local bars at the age of 16 and built a solid following from his distinctive songs and raucous guitar licks. He moved to Nashville in 2014 and within a year signed a publishing deal with Jeremy Stover’s RED Creative Group. After securing outside cuts by Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Michael Ray and Chase Rice he caught the attention of Universal Music Group where he eventually signed a record deal in 2017. Travis just released his debut single “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs,” an upbeat coming-of-age song that paints a picture of a young man reminiscing on his carefree college memories. The singer/songwriter has previously opened shows for Cole Swindell, Alan Jackson, Chase Rice as well as Justin Moore and is set to hit the road with LANCO on the “Hallelujah Nights” tour this fall. When Travis is not touring, he is in the studio working on his debut album.
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Check out our favourite Travis Denning songs on our Spotify playlist
Iconic Grammy and Oscar-winning singer/songwriter and activist Melissa Etheridge has announced the release of her new album, ‘The Medicine Show’, out April 12th, 2019 via Concord Records and Snakefarm Records in the UK. Read more “MELISSA ETHERIDGE LINES UP NEW STUDIO ALBUM ‘THE MEDICINE SHOW’ FOR APRIL 12TH”
Exciting occurrences down on the (Snake)farm!
Not only have a number of iconic artists & acts been added to the list of those we’re proud to align with for the UK, but I’ve also recently made my first ever trip to Nashville Rock City…
To be honest, this expedition was long overdue, given the amount of connections I now have with this rapidly expanding hub of all things related to music & tech; add to this the direct British Airways flights which now make the trip so much easier (I was able to re-watch ‘Anchorman’ from the comfort of my aisle seat, always a worthwhile experience), and I just kept asking myself why I hadn’t embarked on this important ‘pilgrimage’ sooner. Much sooner. Read more “A Few Thoughts From Dante Bonutto”
Iconic entertainer and King of Country Music George Strait announces his brand-new album, ‘Honky Tonk Time Machine’, due out March 29th on Snakefarm Records in the UK.
Read more “KING OF COUNTRY GEORGE STRAIT ANNOUNCES 30TH STUDIO ALBUM”