Lauded by MusicRow as a “master country talent,” twenty-three-year-old Dalton Dover first started singing at church as a kid, winning his fifth-grade school talent show performing Justin Bieber’s “Baby.” In that moment Dover’s love of performing was born. By the age of 16 he had picked up a guitar and started teaching himself to play, yet it was his grandfather who turned him on to country music and artists such as Keith Whitley, Rhett Akins, Joe Diffie and Steve Wariner. Enamored with the honesty and storytelling found in country music, Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes” was the first song Dover taught himself to play on guitar. Performances at local bars soon followed along with sharing covers of some of his favorite songs on TikTok. It was there he caught the ear of producer Matt McV and A&R veteran and founder of Droptine Recordings, Jim Catino, who quickly signed Dover.
Dover is married to his high school sweetheart, Faith, and the two have lived in the same small rural Georgia town, population 1,200, all their lives. The Dovers hope to give their two young children, Taylor and Alyiah, the same idyllic childhood they had growing up — the life one finds in a small town. And it is that pace and familiarity he enjoys so much that he sings about on his debut track “You Got a Small Town.” Produced by McV, “You Got A Small Town” quickly garnered critical acclaim from Billboard, MusicRow, Country Now and Wide Open Country. With his debut and his follow-up “Baby I Am” earning notable playlisting, Dover was named a Spotify Hot Country 2022 Artist to Watch. Dover’s latest single “Damn Good Life” is available now.
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Check out our favourite Dalton Dover songs on our Spotify playlist
Catie Offerman may be a new name to country music fans, but she’s already gaining a reputation as one of the genre’s most skilled players and promising modern traditionalists and Nashville’s music community is responding. Originally from New Braunfels, Texas, Offerman grew up on a horse ranch. Home schooled by her father in the tack room of their barn, she gravitated towards music at a young age. Offerman started playing piano at the age of four which eventually led her to pursue other instruments such as violin, accordion and more. When she was 11, Offerman’s accordion teacher asked her to join their polka band where they traveled across Texas performing. Offerman graduated from Berklee College of Music at the age of 19 and signed her publishing deal with Universal Music Group Publishing about five years later. Offerman was featured in The Highwomen’s “Redesigning Women” video, inked her record deal with Universal Music Group in 2020 and was named one of “The Boot’s” 2021 Artists to Watch.
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Check out our favourite Catie Offerman songs on our Spotify playlist
Punk veteran. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Americana and rock songwriter. Modern day guitar hero…
For more than 25 years, Chris Shiflett has blurred the lines between genre and generation, balancing his full-band projects with a thriving solo career.
He turns a new page now with Lost at Sea, a solo record that builds a bridge between Nashville — where Shiflett has become a frequent visitor, performing on the Grand Ole Opry one minute and collaborating with Music City tastemakers like The Cadillac Three frontman Jaren Johnston and legendary producer Dave Cobb the next — and his native California.
Caught halfway between the honky-tonk saloon and the punk rock dive bar, Lost at Sea is both eclectic and electric, making room for alt-country crunch, guitar-driven grit and sharp songwriting. Tying that mix together is Shiflett himself, a musical Renaissance Man whose influences are every bit as wide-ranging as his resumé.
Named “Americana’s biggest rockstar” by Rolling Stone, Shiflett has played a crucial role in shaping the sound and the scope of modern day rock music as a longtime member of the Foo Fighters.
He joined the band in 1999, after kicking off his career playing guitar for seminal pop-punk groups like No Use For A Name and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Foo Fighters quickly made use not only of his instrumental chops, but his songwriting capabilities, too, with Shiflett contributing to era-defining hits like “All My Life”, “Times Like These” and “Best of You.”
While flying the flag for modern rock ‘n’ roll, he also made time to pursue projects outside of the band. Groups like Jackson United and Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants found him in the driver’s seat, establishing his credentials as a frontman, while the long-running Americana podcast Walking the Floor saw him shining a light on his heroes and contemporaries, its 200-plus episodes highlighting the storytellers, songwriters and road warriors of contemporary roots music.
Two critically-acclaimed solo albums, 2017’s West Coast Town and 2019’s Hard Lessons, marked Shiflett’s entry into the Americana world, mixing classic Bakersfield influences with greasy guitar riffs, Marshall amplifiers and country rock rasp.
Lost at Sea, meanwhile, finds him bridging the distance between West Coast Town’s honky tonk homage and Hard Lessons’ overdriven crunch. Shiflett recorded the majority of the album in Nashville, working with producer / collaborator Johnston (songwriter behind nearly a dozen Number 1 country hits) plus a small cast of Americana all-stars – the likes of fellow guitar-slingers Charlie Worsham, Tom Bukovac and Nathan Keeterle, all of whom laced the record with fiery fretwork.
He also teamed up with a number of co-writers, partnering with Kendell Marvel, Cody Jinks and others to fill Lost at Sea with storylines that pack as hefty a punch as the music itself. “Black Top White Lines”, a riff-heavy rocker that barrels forward at highway speed, was written with Johnston and Brothers Osborne guitarist John Osborne, while “Carrie Midnight Texas Queen” — a nostalgic track whose shuffling swagger conjures up images of boot-scuffed Austin dancehalls — was penned alongside Nick Autry and Cary Barlowe.
“We wrote a lot of these songs during the lockdown,” recalls Shiflett, who spent much of the Covid-19 pandemic at home in Southern California. “Then I began making trips to Nashville to work with Jaren. He and I have a lot of overlap, in terms of the music we like. We made a guitar-centric record that encapsulates everything I’ve been listening to over the years, from the most country songs I’ve ever recorded to ’90s punk, rock ‘n’ roll, and even songs that sound like a California version of The Clash!”
Lost at Sea showcases the full range of Shiflett’s abilities. There are harmonised guitar solos worthy of Thin Lizzy, amplified country anthems and roots rockers steeped in Tom Petty’s influence. The breakneck pace and palm-muted guitars of “Parties” salute Shiflett’s early days within the Bay Area punk scene, while “Damage Control” — with its layers of reverb, pulsing percussion and Echoplex tape delay — flirts with the atmospheric dub that Lee Scratch Perry introduced.
Everything is grounded in melody. Shiflett nods to his heroes throughout, but he charts his own territory, too, whipping up a diverse sound that’s distinctly his own.
A road warrior since the mid-1990s, Chris Shiflett continues to juggle multiple projects. Lost at Sea is his most personal moment to date, stocked with genre-bending songs that never fail to push beyond boundaries. Call it arena Americana. Call it California alt-country. Call it whatever you like. For Shiflett, it’s just the latest stop on the road that goes on forever.
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Check out our favourite Chris Shiflett songs on our Spotify playlist
Marty Stuart – singer / songwriter / musician / photographer / country music icon and curator-in-chief of its glorious history.
True country music royalty with a deep-seated love of country, bluegrass, rock and more, Marty Stuart’s induction to the Grand Ole Opry took place a full 30 years ago, and he’s the recipient of a slew of accolades and honors, including multiple Grammy awards, Platinum sales awards, BMI awards, plus Country Music Association and Americana Music Association awards.
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2020, and has over 20 major label studio albums to his name in a career that is now entering its fifth decade, cementing Stuart’s longevity as an icon in country music.
In addition to his activities in the studio, on the road with the Superlatives (now celebrating 20 years together) and behind the camera, this compelling, flamboyant performer plays a vital role in the preservation of Country music’s legacy, and his unique collection of artifacts, around 20,000 cherished items, includes images, instruments and outfits from the greatest names in American roots music.
Mississippi native Stuart has toured with such legends as Lester Flatt and Johnny Cash, and at the moment, he is raising funds for the Marty Stuart Congress of Country Music – a cultural center in his hometown of Philadelphia, MS, which will protect, curate and celebrate the traditions of a genre free from gizmos and gimmickry, heavy on heart and soul.
New music is on the way, more details on this shortly, but in the meantime, Marty Stuart remains as active as ever, even finding time to release books with his latest May 2022 release “The World of Marty Stuart.”
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Check out our favourite MARTY STUART songs on our Spotify playlist
On Welshly Arms’ breakout single “Legendary,” lead singer and guitarist Sam Getz belts, “[we] gonna get their attention!”
At the time of recording “Legendary”, Getz and his Cleveland-based bandmates, were playing local midwest gigs with dreams of garnering enough attention to someday play on the biggest stages around the world.
Fast forward to 2022 and it’s safe to say that Welshly Arms’ punchy blend of soul, blues, gospel, and rock-and-roll did indeed capture the music world’s attention as “Legendary” is now certified platinum in Germany and Switzerland and has over 180 Million streams. The song’s warm reception launched the six proud midwesterners onto the biggest stages and festivals around the world, including Lollapalooza, The Reading & Leeds Festival, Bottlerock, Rock am Ring, Hangout Music Fest, Shaky Knees, and more.
The dynamic and eclectic sounding six-piece of Getz [Lead, Singer, Guitar], Brett Lindemann [keyboard, vocals], Jimmy Weaver [bass, vocals], Mikey Gould [drums], Bri Bryant [vocals], and Jon Bryant [vocals] are all confident-yet-humble midwesterners that share a true passion for music and performing.
Off the stage, Welshly Arms’ music has appeared in Underground 6 (Netflix), Empire (Fox), FIFA (EA Sports), Quentin Tarentino’s award-winning film “The Hateful Eight” (Trailer), and has been used by major brands such as Miller Lite, Jeep, ESPN, the MLB, NFL, and NASCAR.
The band followed up “Legendary” with two more top ten songs in Germany, including a top five tune in “Sanctuary”—off their most recent album No Place Is Home. Welshly Arms has fans all around the world, but share a special connection with their rabid fanbase in Germany, and central Europe at-large. Nowadays, the band is regularly playing sold-out shows and major rock festivals in Europe.
The band’s work ethic is unrelenting. After touring almost non-stop for two straight years, the group is now recording more new music in their newly-minted Blakwall Studio in Cleveland, OH.
Even with their rising status and profile, Welshly Arms remain humble and true to their creative craft. Welshly Arm enters the 20’s with an ever-growing fanbase, more experience, and a refreshed creative muse. Welshly Arms’ fans got a first listen into the next evolution of Welshly Arms’ as the band released “Trouble” in early 2020 and is preparing to release more singles throughout the calendar year.
With laser-precision studio production techniques from the uber-talented Jimmy Weaver–a Welshly Arms song is always distinguishable with familiar sounds that harken to the swagger of classic rock-and-roll yet are also blended tastefully with contemporary sounds and techniques.
“We take pride in producing all of the recordings ourselves. It’s important to the sound. We always try to keep a gritty soul edge with everything we do,” says Getz. “The vocals stick out, and the music is always deep and raw.”
With over 200 live performances in the past two years, music fans from around the world have celebrated the energetic style of sing-along and foot-stompin’ vibes that are now a signature draw at Welshly Arms’ live performances.
“I hope people notice what we put into this,” Getz says. “With every gig, we want to put on a show and have fun with the audience. On the records, I hope you can hear our enjoyment in making music. I want everybody to share that when they hear it.”
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Check out our favourite Welshly Arms songs on our Spotify playlist
GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist, performer and songwriter, Marcus King was downright destined to play music. By eight-years-old, the fourth generation Greenville, SC, native performed alongside pops, grandpa and his uncles for the first time. Logging thousands of miles on the road as The Marcus King Band, he established himself with unparalleled performance prowess and a dynamic live show.
During 2020, he linked up with Dan Auerbach [The Black Keys] and cut his solo debut, El Dorado, garnering a GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best Americana Album”. Beyond praise from NPR, American Songwriter and more, Rolling Stone christened it “excellent”, and Associated Press went as far as to claim, “El Dorado already stands out as a definite high point of 2020”.
With unparalleled performance prowess and a dynamic live show, King has sold out historic venues from The Beacon to The Filmore. He has opened for Chris Stapleton, Greta Van Fleet, and Nathaniel Rateliff and graced the bills of Stagecoach, Fuji Rock, Rock Werchter and more. Along the way, he caught the attention of Rick Rubin and signed to American Recordings.
He also recently launched his own signature Orange guitar amplifier, the MK Ultra, which sold out before it even hit the stores.
Plugged into his old man’s dusty amp with a ’59 Les Paul in hand, Marcus set out to make a rock ‘n’ roll record in 2022. He didn’t disguise his ambitions at all. He didn’t hold back. He didn’t think about anything but writing from the gut, shooting from the hip and playing straight from the heart. Joined by Auerbach, he made the kind of rock ‘n’ roll record that makes arenas and asses shake, and it’s called Young Blood.
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Check out our favourite Marcus King songs on our Spotify playlist
Jon Langston grew up in Loganville, GA, listening to music by his heroes Alan Jackson and the Eagles. Earning a Division 1 college football scholarship, Langston always thought football would a part of his life, but after his sixth concussion left him blind for fifteen minutes, his football career ended abruptly. He picked up his guitar–untouched since eighth grade–and re-taught himself how to play. Performing at open mic nights and honing his songwriting led to the 2013 release of self-penned, “Forever Girl,” the first song he ever wrote. That release kicked off his music career, culminating in sold out shows across the country and over 500 million career streams. Once a fan attending Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour in Athens, GA, Langston experienced a full circle moment by joining Bryan on the Farm Tour in 2017 and 2018, and again as support on his Sunset Repeat Tour in 2019. Langston signed a publishing deal with Sony ATV, management with KP Entertainment, and is the first artist signed under Bryan’s label 32 Bridge Entertainment with EMI Records Nashville. He released his anticipated EP Now You Know in 2019, featuring six original songs he co-wrote. Langston’s debut major label single, “When It Comes To Loving You” hit No. 1 on the all-genre iTunes Chart and his single “Now You Know” reached the Top 30 on the country radio airplay charts. His recent releases “Happy Ever After”, “Try Missing You” and “When You’re Lonely” highlight his adept songwriting and classic country influences.
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Grandson of country pioneer Hank Williams and the son of outlaw legend Hank Jr., Sam Williams is the latest in a long line of American originals, but he’s not here for the sake of tradition. He sings with his own singular voice and he writes in his own singular style, fusing gut-wrenching honesty and plainspoken poetics with raw vulnerability and deep empathy. Williams’ extraordinary debut, Glasshouse Children, is proof of that. Set for release this summer via UMG Nashville, the record is a gorgeous meditation on hurt and healing, on growth and loss, on sin and redemption, but more than that, it’s a reckoning with fate and free will and the family ties that bind us. Williams has already released a series of early songs, including “10-4,” “Can’t Fool Your Own Blood,” SHUTEYE,” and “The World: Alone,” to widespread acclaim—Rolling Stone raved that “his voice exud[es] equal parts power and grace,” while CMT declared that he’d “inherited the gift of wondrous country lyricism.” His late-night television debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, brought his lyricism to life exemplifying his vocal prowess and grand storytelling. Sam Williams continues to prove that he is making a legacy for himself that is completely his own.
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Check out our favourite Sam Williams songs on our Spotify playlist