Kenny Chesney Unveils 30 Song Track List for Live In No Shoes Nation Album

When Kenny Chesney pulled out some tapes to listen to his last 10 years of shows, he was immediately struck by the fervor of No Shoes Nation. And the more he listened, the more he wanted to share all these moments with the people who inspire him – and took the songs to a whole other level out on the road.

“You record songs, you put’em on a record,”
Chesney marvels. “You know, people think it stops there. Even when it’s on the radio, that’s really between the listener and their life. But when you have people in your life like No Shoes Nation, I’ve come to believe, we figure out what these songs really mean when we get out there on the road and sing’em together!

“So as I was listening to some of these tapes, I decided: they’re as much the people who’ve been coming out to the shows as anybody’s! I shouldn’t be the only one listening – and that sent me down a tube into all these summers out there rocking. When I told the record company how many songs, they thought I’d lost my mind… And that was before we added ‘Young,’ which really started and defined this chapter, to the list!”

Starting where Florida meets Alabama on the Gulf Coast, Live in No Shoes Nation kicks off with over 40,000 strong hearing “Flora-Bama” for the first time, then proceeds through obscure gems, massive hits and intriguing collaborations. For Chesney, it became a sonic document of all the fun, the moments, the rising and falling action of a million+ citizen place without borders: No Shoes Nation.

“I’ve always said the energy that comes at us, it lifts us up – and really makes us take things even further. Listening, I realized we can’t take that intensity all the way in in the moment,” says the man Los Angeles Times called “the People’s Superstar” of what’s become his next project. “I wondered if everyone who’s come out to one of our shows realizes how incredible they sound; if like us, they’re so in the moment, they had no idea. They’re what makes this music special – and this, to me, was a great way to let them know it.”

With the first recording a medley with Dave Matthews from the close of 2007 Flip Flop Summer Tour, Live in No Shoes Nation pulls rarely played jewels including “I’m Alive,” “Coastal” and the deeply personal “Happy on the Hey Now,” as well as locational homages to Guy Clark with “Hemingway’s Whiskey” and Bruce Springsteen with “One Step Up.” In these quieter moments, the 2016 BMI President’s and CMA Pinnacle Award winner shows his poet’s heart.

Beyond that, there’s the high velocity good feelings that have defined Chesney’s work. Stadium shows, pop-up bar gigs, amphitheaters and the occasional beach takeover; it’s all here. As well as appearances by his friends, co-writers and tour-mates, ranging from Eric Church, Mac McAnally, David Lee Murphy, Old Dominion, Grace Potter, Taylor Swift and the Zac Brown Band.

“No Shoes Nation not only knows no boundaries, we love all kinds of music,” Chesney allows. “It’s why Grace Potter is as loved as Eric Church, why David Lee Murphy gets the same response as Zac Brown and his guys. We love life, we love music and we all really love each other!”

TRACK LISTING – Kenny Chesney: Live in No Shoes Nation
To be released: October 27, 2017
Flora–Bama
Summertime
Big Star (with Taylor Swift)
Boston
When I See This Bar (with Eric Church)
No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
Anything But Mine
Down The Road (with Mac McAnally)
Guitars And Tiki Bars
Hemingway’s Whiskey
Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven (with Zac Brown Band)
I’m Alive
Save It for a Rainy Day (with Old Dominion)
Pirate Flag
Somewhere With You
I Go Back
One Step Up
American Kids
You And Tequila (with Grace Potter)
Young
There Goes My Life
Out Last Night
Dust On The Bottle (with David Lee Murphy)
Coastal
The Boys of Fall
Noise
Old Blue Chair
The Joker / Three Little Birds (with Dave Matthews)
Happy on the Hey Now

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Chris Janson’s Sophomore Album, EVERYBODY, Available For Pre-Order Now

Hit singer/songwriter Chris Janson has an announcement, and it’s one for Everybody: his brand new sophomore album, due September 22, is available now for pre-order. The full-length project features all of the songs on his Fix A Drink – EP, including the critically-praised summer anthem of the same name, as well as seven additional tracks (full listing below). In addition to co-writing the entire record, Janson contributed to producing alongside the award-winning country music powerhouse Scott Hendricks, Brent Anderson, Chris DuBois and Craig Wiseman.

The Tennessean revealed in a post the track listing and Everybody album art. In a simple black and white, photographer Connor Dwyer captured Janson’s unique, life-loving personality.

“I’m proud of this album in every way,” said Janson. “The cover shot caught me in a great moment. I was literally laughing on the bus, talking and cracking jokes in Danny McBride fashion. A smile makes most everybody feel good, and I wrote and recorded this record for Everybody. Shooting the photography for the album was the most relaxed I’ve ever been behind a camera. It turned out exactly how I envisioned it.”

Everbody already displays the same signs of success as his major label debut, Buy Me A Boat, with lead single “Fix A Drink” currently nearing Top 20 on country radio. WBWL (Boston) PD Lance Houston selected it as one of the season’s top songs, declaring, “If [‘Fix A Drink’] doesn’t scream ‘summer,’ I’m not sure what does.”

Janson will keep the summer going as he continues on Sam Hunt’s “15 in a 30” Tour as well as his own headlining dates with his brand new music in tow.  Declared “ridiculously high-energy” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), the harmonica-playing, guitar-slinging, drum-banging multi-instrumentalist is igniting crowds all across the country. He will stay on the road into the fall with special appearances on Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “Soul2Soul” Tour (dates below).

EVERYBODY  TRACK  LISTING

  1. Who’s Your Farmer (Chris Janson, Buddy Owens, Mitch Oglesby)
  2. Everybody (Chris Janson, Tom Douglas, Casey Beathard) *
  3. Name On It (Chris Janson, Ashley Gorley, Chris DuBois, Ross Copperman)
  4. Eyes For Nobody (Chris Janson, Jeremy Stover)
  5. Fix A Drink (Chris Janson, Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley) **
  6. Out There (Chris Janson, Corey Crowder)
  7. Little Bit Of Both (Chris Janson, Craig Wiseman, Ben Hayslip) ***
  8. Our World (Chris Janson, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip)
  9. Bein’ A Dad (Chris Janson, Casey Beathard, Ed Hill)
  10. When You Like Me (Chris Janson, Casey Beathard, Kelly Roland)
  11. Redneck Life (Chris Janson, Mitch Oglesby) ****
  12. Drunk Girl (Chris Janson, Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas)

Produced by Scott Hendricks
*Produced by Chris Janson
**Produced by Brent Anderson and Chris DuBois
***Produced by Scott Hendricks and Craig Wiseman
****Produced by Chris Janson and Scott Hendricks

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Midland Unveils Details for Forthcoming Debut Album: On The Rocks

Country music trio Midland have unveiled the title, cover, and track list of their eagerly awaited debut album. ON THE ROCKS (Big Machine Records) is due September 22 and features 13 songs all written or co-written by members Mark Wystrach (lead vocals, guitar) Cameron Duddy (harmony vocals, bass) and Jess Carson (harmony vocals, lead guitar).

Formed in Dripping Springs, Texas, Midland hearken back to the vocal-forward, honky-tonk sound of Country music of the Seventies and Eighties, a time also when an artist’s personal style – colorful suits, tailored denim and well-worn hats – dovetailed with the music. But Midland aren’t throwbacks. Instead, as NPR’s Ann Powers described the band, they’re “revivalists,” putting their own spin on a classic sound and, in the process, making something old relevant again.

The songs of ON THE ROCKS range from lush Urban Cowboy anthems to loose desert campfire jams. Lead single “Drinkin’ Problem” – now certified GOLD – was written by the trio with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne and provides Country music with the definitive drinking tune of 2017. “Make a Little,” a rollicking love song, soars with the brotherly harmonies of Wystrach, Duddy and Carson, while “Something on the Wind” recalls the Eagles’ iconic intro to “Seven Bridges Road.” “Check Cashin’ Country,” a solo composition by Carson, is the band’s true-life road diary: the tale of a Country-Rock band trying to make time to sleep as they hustle from gig to gig.

“We’ve poured our hearts and souls into writing and making these songs and are extremely proud of what we’ve been able to create,” said Wystrach.

“On The Rocks is a confluence of our musical tastes and our reverence for classic country,” said Duddy.

“This record is truly a nod to the time period we are influenced by and is an effort to bring that sound and that pageantry back to the forefront,” added Carson.

Produced by Dann Huff, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, ON THE ROCKS – like the custom suits the band often sports – provides a blast of vibrant color and texture to today’s Country, with “Drinkin’ Problem” leading the charge. The song and its ear-catching vibe has piqued the interest of all who hear it and is among the most searched-for Country songs on Shazam. It’s music video, directed by Duddy – who has four 2017 MTV Video Music Awards nominations for also directing Bruno Mars’ “24k Magic” – has been viewed more than 12 million times. It’s also the fastest rising debut single ever released by Big Machine Records to Country radio since Taylor Swift’s “Tim McGraw” in 2006.

Midland, whom Rolling Stone Country calls “Solid. Country. Gold.,” will perform “Drinkin’ Problem” when they make their late-night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! on Wednesday (8/16). The band recently opened for Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and will head out with Jon Pardi on the CMT On Tour this fall.

“One of the 10 Artists Who Will Rule 2017” (Entertainment Weekly), Midland excel in setting a mood, transporting the listener to another place and time. Their songs, like “Drinkin’ Problem,” the first SiriusXM Highway Find of 2017, are made for wide-open skies, endless deserts and wondering where the road is going to take you next.

Fans can begin pre-ordering ON THE ROCKS now in exclusive autographed bundles, available here: http://smarturl.it/OnTheRocksD2C.

Midland On The Rocks
ON THE ROCKS TRACK LIST

1. “Lonely For You Only” | Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Mark Wystrach, Rhett Akins, Josh Osborne
2. “Make A Little” | Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Mark Wystrach, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
3. “Drinkin’ Problem” | Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Mark Wystrach, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
4. “At Least You Cried” | Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Mark Wystrach, Jonathan Singleton
5. “Burn Out” | Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Mark Wystrach, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
6. “Out Of Sight” | Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Mark Wystrach, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally
7. “More Than A Fever” | Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Mark Wystrach, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
8. “Check Cashin’ Country” | Jess Carson
9. “Nothin’ New Under The Neon” | Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Mark Wystrach, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
10. “This Old Heart” | Jess Carson, Mark Wystrach, David Lee Murphy, Jonathan Singleton
11. “Altitude Adjustment” | Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Mark Wystrach, Rhett Akins, Rodney Clawson
12. “Electric Rodeo” | Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Mark Wystrach, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
13. “Somewhere On The Wind” | Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Mark Wystrach, Rhett Akins, Josh Osborne

For more information, visit MidlandOfficial.com.

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Thomas Rhett and Wife Lauren Welcome Daughter Ada James Akins

She’s Here!!! Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren welcomed their baby daughter into the world. Ada James Akins was born on August 12, 2017 at 10:28 pm. Ada joins big sister Willa Gray.

Thomas shared the news via social media stating, Last night at 10:28 PM Ada James Akins was born and it was truly the most amazing thing I have ever experienced. I can’t believe that we have two daughters!! My wife Lauren labored almost 36 hours😳She is by far the strongest human being I have ever met and I have a new found respect for moms around the world. We are so excited that Willa Gray has a baby sister! Thank you Lord and everyone for the prayers🙌🏼 #outnumbered

Congratulations and Best Wishes goes out to Thomas and Lauren, and their entire family.

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Kip Moore’s Debut Album UP ALL NIGHT Earns Platinum Certification

Singer/songwriter Kip Moore celebrated a major milestone. His breakout debut album UP ALL NIGHT was certified PLATINUM by the RIAA. Moore was surprised by Universal Music Group Nashville’s Mike Dungan and Cindy Mabe with a commemorative plaque during an intimate event, hosted by CMT’s Leslie Fram, as he shared more insight into his upcoming third studio album SLOWHEART, available on Sept. 8.  

Moore first shot out of the gate with UP ALL NIGHT, spawning three No. One hit singles including GOLD certified “Beer Money,” PLATINUM certified “Hey Pretty Girl,” and the DOUBLE PLATINUM breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck. 

Co-written by Moore, his current Top 15 single and the lead track taken from SLOWHEART,  “More Girls Like You,” is the fastest rising single of his career so far and is receiving praise from critics such as Entertainment Weekly declaring he “has made a name for himself weaving vignettes of Southern, blue-collar life and love into rollicking country anthems.” As he “consistently serves up clever roots-rock riffs and rhythms that separate Moore from the rock-meets-rap focus of his Nashville peers” (Associated Press), the release of “More Girls Like You” also follows the acclaim that surrounded his sophomore album WILD ONES heralded as “an impressively singular release from Music Row” by The Guardian.

Following an extended break, Moore is back out on the road playing some of country music’s biggest festivals this year, as well as headlining dates in U.K this fall stopping in Birmingham, UK (10/2), Manchester, UK (10/3), Glasgow, UK (10/4) and culminating in a special show as part of Country Music Week in London, UK at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 10/6. Moore will also return to Ireland later this summer for Harvest 2017, stopping in Westport, IE (8/26) and Enniskillen, IE (8/27.)

For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit kipmoore.net. 

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