“It’s been a busy year for Eric Paslay. He led his headlining tour from January through most of April, wrapping it up just in time to marry music publisher Natalie Harker on April 26. Throughout the summer he’s been building his fan base by playing music festivals, a savvy strategy that puts him in front of a wide cross-section of music fans who might not otherwise be exposed to his work. ”
Watch the entertaining lyric video for “High Class” now on Country Weekly by CLICKING HERE!
Marbaloo teamed up with Cliche for an exclusive interview with Kelsea Ballerini and a chance for fans to win an autographed CD of Kelsea’s debut album, The First Time.
"Country-pop singer Kelsea Ballerini has been making her way up in the music industry with her breakout single, “Love Me Like You Mean It.” With the release of her debut album, The First Time, this past May,Kelsea has accumulated support from artists including Taylor Swift, Little Big Town, and Dustin Lynch, with all the credit to her success going to the singer, herself.“
Read the rest of the interview and sign up to win on Cliche HERE
Have you had the pleasure of getting familiar with Smithfield yet? No worries, the find folks at Stage Right Secrets have you covered. Read more about how a random reconnect on Facebook led to a musical journey for Jennifer Fielder and Trey Smith.
“One of the many things that sets SmithField apart from other duos in their genre, is the way they present their music to their fans. “We don’t think what we do is as much about the message, as it is the feeling,” Smithfield said. “That feeling when you’re about to go out on a Friday night. Or that feeling when someone catches your eye, and for a few seconds, your mind’s going crazy. That’s what we’re trying to make people feel in a song.”
Texas-raised duo SmithField delivered a strong set at the Made in Nashville Festival this past Saturday, performing to crowds at Nashville’s Centennial Park. Ranging from ballads like their emotional “Hey Whiskey” to more uptempo numbers, SmithField’s harmonies and penchant for storytelling led their 45-minute set.
Re-live the show by checking out the gallery of live shots at The Shotgun Seat HERE.
“Aaron Parker is an artist you should get on your radar, NOW. You can thank me later for that. The young rising star is all sorts of talented and I was thrilled to speak with him about his music, his journey, and even some pet peeves…Here was our conversation…”
Who were some of your biggest influences growing up and who do you look up to now in the business? Garth Brooks, young Tim Mcgraw and Kenny Chesney are probably my biggest influences towards my music and show, but I got started on Alan Jackson. He’s the Alabama boy’s George Strait. I look up to the same guys, but I also love what my peers are doing, stretching the boundaries and trying new things, its always inspiring to see us grow together.
Country singer Canaan Smith has entered a few “ones to watch” lists after his single “Love You Like That” reached #1 on Country airplay in the US this summer. The song is off the Nashville-based singer-songwriter’s debut album “Bronco”, which he dropped in June via Mercury Nashville. The 11-song project debuted within the Top 5 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums.
Directlyrics recently caught up with Canaan Smith, and you can check out the interview HERE
"Some songs just have a way of attaching themselves to a lifetime memory, and they’re even given a deeper significance because of the association. Singer/songwriter Aaron Parker knows it all too well, having grown up listening to the golden age of ‘90s country. His release “Country Songs and You,” which is premiering here today, examines the space where being in love is forever intertwined with the hits of Doug Stone and Garth Brooks.“
See what else Country Weekly has to say about Parker’s new EP HERE
“Luke Bryan is indisputably the current King of Country Music and, while his catchy music and killer personality likely have something to do with that, we believe his social media prowess plays a large role. Sure, the “Kick the Dust Up” singer is a pro at the usual suspects — Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter — but it’s his Snapchat that we’re kind of obsessed with these days. Need a couple reasons to exercise your finger and add him to the list of celebs you follow? Let us help you out.
Read wetpaint’s eight reasons you should follow @lukebryan right now by clicking HERE
"Maddie & Tae exploded onto the country music scene in 2014 with the release of their debut single, “Girl In A Country Song.” Since then, the duo has made their debut at the Grand Ole Opry, earned their first No.1 single, and had the chance to spend the summer on the road with Dierks Bentley. To say it’s been a banner year for Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye would be an understatement. Next up for Maddie & Tae is the much-anticipated release of their debut album, Start Here, on August 28. Before the album hits stores, Country Music Is Love caught up with the duo to chat about the release, touring with Bentley, and more.“
Marbaloo Marketing has promoted two and hired four, bulking its publicity division in an announcement made today (Aug. 20) by Managing Partner/Founder Faithe Parker.
Providing digital integration marketing for clients including UMG Nashville, Sony Music Nashville, Dot Records, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, and Tim McGraw, Marbaloo now employs over 20 people since beginning in 2010 in Nashville, Tenn. Read more about the team on Music Row Magazine HERE
At the end of September Kelsea Ballerini will make her late night television debut with none other than Jimmy Kimmel. This summer Kelsea has had several other television appearances including The TODAY Show and Fox and Friends, where she sang “Amazing Grace” to honor the victims of the Chattanooga Tragedy. Kelsea will perform her new single, “Dibs”, and the show will air on September 30th.
"Country duo Haley & Michaels took over our Instagram on Friday, August 7. It was so much fun seeing Haley and Michaels capture some great stuff throughout the day prior to their show at the infamous Joes on Weed Street that evening. The duo recently released their new single “Giving It All (To You),” and they certainly gave it all to us for our CMR Instagram Takeover! We loved following Haley & Michaels on their journey throughout the day which included a jog, coffee at Starbucks, watching the Chicago Symphony rehearse, and so much more!
See a recap of photos on Country Music Rocks by clicking HERE.
"Tinder isn’t just a dating app any longer. The mobile matchmaker snagged the world premiere of country chart-topper Luke Bryan’s song “Kill The Lights” and its lyric video. Starting Friday at 9 a.m. ET, Tinder users will find a video message from the “Kick The Dust Up” singer that introduces the title track from his upcoming fifth studio album. The message, which Mashable is debuting (above), shows how users can listen to the song.“ Read the rest of the article on Mashable HERE.
“You may have heard the single “Love You Like That” lately — in fact, if you’re a country fan, there’s no doubt you have. What you might not know is the man behind the track is up-and-coming artist Canaan Smith, who just earned his first No. 1 on Billboard’s country airplay chart. His hit shows off his catchy twang, along with his meaningful lyrics, but that is just a small snapshot of Smith, who is everything you could want in a country heartthrob and more. After recently topping the charts and releasing his debut album, Bronco, Smith might just be the rising star of the summer. SheKnows, however, wanted to get personal with this "nitty-gritty boy,” as he coins himself in his hit, and we were left feeling more starstruck than ever. “
Be sure to read more and check out the exclusive music video premiere for his track "Good Kinda Bad (Acoustic) HERE!
Direct Lyrics are giving away official lyrics sheet of “Kick the Dust Up” autographed by Luke Bryan (signed backstage at one of his recent tour concerts) to ONE LUCKY FAN. How are they going to make such a difficult decision considering Luke has millions of fans? Well, you will have to prove you are worthy of this unique prize!
“My social media department is pretty excited because they like the engagement they get over the weekends,” says Faithe Parker, managing partner for Marbaloo Marketing, a digital marketing company working the Alan Jackson and Luke Bryan albums, as well as other projects. “I know that my press team is a little more cautious in their excitement toward the move, knowing that the major TVs will come in after three days now and that a lot of our publications don’t have full-time weekend staff.”
Read the rest of the article in the latest Billboard magazine now!
Country singer Canaan Smith released his 11-song debut album, Bronco, June 23 and wants fans “to feel a gamut of emotions” and be “heartbroken” when listening. “I wanted Bronco as an album to be cohesive, [to] tell a story, to be true to who I am and take the listener through a journey,” Smith said in a Hollywood Reporter exclusive video. “From start to finish, I want them to feel a gamut of emotions. I want them to be heartbroken and I want them to be rejuvenated and feel like they’re on top of the world.” Watch an exclusive Behind-The-Scenes on Hollywood Reporter HERE
Jake Owen shows off his sweet smile — and that sexy haircut — in this exclusive, behind-the-scenes video from the photo shoot for his single “Real Life.” Looking casual in t-shirts and jeans, Jake laughs while posing for pictures in a record store, on the street, and outside a dairy shop. The sexy clip features Jake’s latest single, “Real Life,” a song that he’ll be performing when he hits the stage at Wednesday’s CMT Awards. Of the song, Jake has said, “Everybody can put themselves in this song in one way or another. And I’ve been dealing with a lot of real-life circumstances lately: my father’s sickness, fatherhood, getting married. These are the things I wanted to sing about, and I know my fans can relate.” Just in time for tonight’s award show, check out this must-see video of Jake Owen looking, well, very good-looking, then try to keep it together when you see his hottest moments at the Stagecoach music festival this past April.
Aaron Parker became a sought out performer starting at an early age. When he was four, the church choir director invited him up to sing accompaniment while his mother played piano. “I went up there and sang Jesus Loves Me,” recalls Parker. “After that, every month I was up there singing, because when a little church finds somebody who can hold a note, they definitely plug you in as much as possible.”
Get to know Aaron Parker at The Shotgun Seat HERE