Friday, 23 February 2018

Kacey Musgraves announces release date for her new album, Golden Hour, as well as releases two new songs.


Kacey Musgraves shares new songs, “Butterflies” and “Space Cowboy.”
Forthcoming album GOLDEN HOUR, drops March 30 via Universal.
The entire tracklist also unveiled
Joining Harry Styles as support on his major summer tour


Cover Art C/o  Decca (UMO) & MCA Nashville

Kacey Musgraves presents her fourth album GOLDEN HOUR to be released on March 30th via MCA Nashville.
The multiple Grammy-winning artist co-wrote and co-produced the album with Ian Fitchuk and Daniel Tashian.

Kacey reveals, “I had a different mindset this time, which was feeling rather than thinking – leading heart first.” 
Her most intimate album to date, Golden Hour, is introduced with two key tracks, the captivating and melancholic “Space Cowboy,” and the uplifting, dreamy “Butterflies.” Both tracks are available instantly upon pre-ordering here (see full track listing below).

Golden Hour Tracklist:
Slow Burn
Lonely Weekend
Butterflies
Oh, What a World
Mother
Love Is a Wild Thing
Space Cowboy
Happy & Sad
Velvet Elvis
Wonder Woman
High Horse
Golden Hour  /  Rainbow

On Facebook she shares

It was replenishingly transformational, magical, trippy, emotional, and FUN making this piece of music with my dear friends Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk (engineered by the ever-so-patient Craig Alvin) The album was shot and designed by my little sister Kelly Christine Photo in our hometown of Golden, TX . 
Ttwo songs SPACE COWBOY (written with Luke Laird + Shane McAnally) and BUTTERFLIES (written with Luke Laird + Natalie Hemby) are out today and the whole album will be arriving on March 30th. http://smarturl.it/GoldenHourPreorder



Kacey will perform new music on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday, February 26th.
GOLDEN HOUR follows the massive success of Kacey’s critically-acclaimed albums SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK, PAGEANT MATERIAL and A VERY KACEY CHRISTMAS (Debut chart week Nov 19, 2016: #143 Billboard 200; #16 Country 4,765 copies sold; 8 week total 55,100 at Jan 3, 2017).
Both Same Trailer Different Park (released March 19, 2013; No.2 Billboard 200; #1 Top Country albums; debut sales 43,496 scanned GOLD at retail chart week April 11, 2015) and Pageant Material (released June 23, 2015; No.3  Billboard 200; #1 Top Country albums; debut sales 54,752 copies; by September 2016 the album had sold 179,400 copies) debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, with Kacey becoming the first solo female in 5 years to top the chart with a rookie release and only the seventh to do so in Nielsen SoundScan’s 22-year history.

In the UK PAGEANT MATERIAL made a debut on the Official Top 100 Chart at No.11 (7,284 sales; chart week July 4, 2015; 5-week Chart Run: 11-29-40-63-100)
Musgraves is not just an original but very catchy. Pageant Material is a master class in how to produce a commercial album. This is an extremely strong outing that will likely out-do all the achievements of its predecessor. I guarantee you'll be singing it’s a hi-i-i-i-gh time before very long! (4.5 STARS) Duncan Warwick Country Music People
This is an even better album than her last, with more consistency and variety (Billboard4.5 STARS)
This album is comprised of many strands; thoughts, emotions, ideas that are enacted both sonically and lyrically, and delivered with an expression and personality that is purely Kacey....it’s one of the most brilliant records I have ever heard...What’s a sophomore slump? - For The Country Record 

Kacey has won 2 Grammy Awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Song (“Merry Go ‘Round”), 2 CMA Awards for “New Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” (“Follow Your Arrow”), and an ACM Award for Album of the Year.

Kacey will tour extensively through 2018, kicking the year off with THE BREAKERS TOUR with Little Big Town and Midland
She’ll play the highly-coveted second slot at Stagecoach following Keith Urban on April 28th before joining Harry Styles as direct support on his major summer tour, including 2 nights each at New York City’s legendary Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles’ iconic The Forum.
In addition to her significant touring presence in the U.S., Kacey continues to break boundaries as one of the most successful country artists in Europe, selling out a headline show at London’s Royal Albert Hall during her last album and headlining this year’s C2C: Country to Country Festival at London’s famed O2 Arena, Dublin and Glasgow.

About Kacey Musgraves
Birth name: Kacey Lee Musgraves
Born: August 21, 1988 in Alba, Texas, United States
Origin: Golden, Texas
Genres:  Country, Alt country, Americana















  • Texas-native and Nashville-based singer/songwriter, Kacey Musgraves released her Mercury Records Nashville debut album, SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK, in the spring of 2013 to massive critical acclaim and recognition.  The album which she co-produced with Shane McAnally and Luke Laird released to retail on March 19, 2013 landing the No.1 position on the Billboard Country Chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. On the Official UK Albums Top 100 (Week April 27, 2013) made a debut at No.39 with sales of 2,634 sales for her first UK chart album. As of May 2015 it had spent 97 chart weeks on the UK Official Country album Chart
  • “Same Trailer Different Park” included her top 10, platinum-selling single "Merry Go 'Round," (peak # 14 Hot Country Songs chart; #10 on Billboard Country Airplay). 2015 “Blowin’ Smoke,” (peak # 23 Billboard Country Airplay chart) gold-certified “Follow Your Arrow,” (peak # 10 Hot Country Songs chart; #43 on Billboard Country Airplay) and “Keep It to Yourself.” (#32 Billboard Country Airplay)
  • She’s received CMT Music Award and Teen Choice Award nominations and has took home the award for "New Artist of the Year" at 2013's CMA Awards.
  • "Follow Your Arrow" (writers: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves) WON Song of the Year at the 2014 Country Music Association Awards despite a #43 peak on Billboard Country Airplay (#10 peak Hot Country Songs).
  • Musgraves won two Grammy Awards for Best Country Song (“Merry Go ‘Round”; #10 Billboard Country Airplay) and Best Country Album (Same Trailer Different Park) and took home the ACM Award for Album of the Year (Same Trailer Different Park).
  • She has performed and appeared on the "Today Show," "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," "Late Show with David Letterman," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," “BBC Breakfast” and Aled Jones’ ITV “Weekend”.
  • She opened for Katy Perry on her Prismatic World Tour.
  • On March 16, 2015 she released "Biscuits" as the lead single from her second major label studio album, Pageant Material which  peaked at #41 on Billboard Country Airplay.
  • PAGEANT MATERIAL (Mercury Nashville) her fifth studio album and second major label album was released June 23, 2015. Musgraves co-wrote all thirteen tracks and co-produced the album with Luke Laird and Shane McAnally.
  • She toured the UK in November 2015 appearing at a sold out Royal Albert Hall, London (Nov 18) described as a career-defining gig which she was just as excited about as the fans!
  • She played at the C2C2016 Festival at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday March 13, 2016.
  • She will headline the C2C Country To Country Festival in London on March 10, 2018.

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Kate Ellis releases new single ‘I Believe’ with Acoustic B-Side; announces Spring Tour Dates

New single 'I Believe' out Friday 23rd February with a brand new acoustic version.



With her debut album CARVE ME OUT (2 June 2017; Amazon UK - UK iTunes) declared a highlight on ‘Best of 2017’ lists across multiple music blogs and radio shows (Your Life in a Song; Laurel Canyon Music; Mike Ritchie on Celtic Music Radio among others) and hundreds of thousands of fans streaming her songs and videos across the world; one of London’s most exciting independent acts Kate Ellis has announced her next single will be the fan-favourite ‘I Believe’, along with a run of tour dates from February - April.



Out to stream/download (Amazon UK - UK iTunes) on 23rd February 2018, the new single will include a previously un-released acoustic version featuring Jonathan Colombo on lap steel, recorded between London and Barcelona, offering a simpler, more exposed take on this personal, hopeful song. In her own words: 
“This song is about those times when you don't believe in yourself but luckily someone else does! It's about the optimism and belief that can cut through feelings of despair and shine light on the darkest places. I think the idea that someone’s spirit can rise above the doubt that another person might have is something very real and, hopefully, an uplifting truth that people can emotionally connect with.”

Fresh from a London show supporting William The Conqueror, Kate and her band now take to the road for the following dates:
Kate Ellis Live Dates
9 Feb – 81 Renshaw, Liverpool (w/ Robert Vincent)
Saturday 3 March 2018 – Dancing Dog, Sittingbourne (Sheppey Way, Bobbing
, Kent ME9 8QP) £11 Event support The Swindells Sisters
Monday 19 March 2018 – The Bedford, London (77 Bedford Hill, Balham, SW12 9HD) with Mychelle, Darragh Chaplin, New Age Thrills
Sat 24 March 2018 – Village Hall, Alstonfield (Beresford Lane, Alstonefield, Staffs DE6 2FR) (w/ Robinson & Roe) £12.10
Event
29 & 31 March 2018  –
Sofar Sounds, London
Weds 4 April 2018 – Gullivers, Manchester (109 Oldham Street M4 1LW) + guests £8
Event

ABOUT KATE ELLIS:

"Wryly reflective, sweetly melodic, touchingly compassionate, warm-hearted." - MAVERICK MAGAZINE (****)
"Hits you in the heart. One of those artists that on first listen, you know you’re going to love.” - TALK RADIO
“A gorgeous album with soul, heart, passion...back-to-back wonderful, unbelievably beautiful.”- FATEA MAGAZINE
"Quite simply a superb debut album and one that announces the arrival of a genuine talent." AMERICANA UK (8/10)

Kate Ellis is an Americana singer-songwriter, who was born in Louisiana, grew up in New York and is now based in London, England. Having performed in festivals and concerts across the USA, UK and Europe, the timeless sound of her music reflects her love of classic singer-songwriters from Gram Parsons and Gillian Welch, to Mary Chapin Carpenter, Leonard Cohen and Nanci Griffith.

Kate’s southern country-folk roots come from her father, an important early musical influence who once played guitar with Hank Williams on the famous Louisiana Hayride, where Elvis and Johnny Cash started out. These influences were explored recently in a ten-episode series of online videos called ‘My Dad’s Records’, in which Kate shared a personal perspective on ten of her father’s albums, from Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie to Josh White and Bob Dylan, that most shaped the music she loves and writes. The process of making those videos - which have now been viewed over 35,000 times online and shared widely on social media - was partly the inspiration for the release of her own album on vinyl.

Kate’s emotional and seductive vocals take you into a world of private beauty, reflection and feelings; the music is always intimate and evocative – you listen and want to be there. A journalist for the Observer described “hauntingly beautiful songs”, while BBC Radio Merseyside country DJ Mike Shepherd said “she clearly has a huge future ahead of her”, with No Depression describing her debut album ‘Carve Me Out’ as “an album of great warmth and feeling that just makes you press repeat. Definitely worthy of recognition.”

The critically acclaimed debut was released independently through River Rose Records in June; tracks from the set have now been streamed over 150,000 times by fans all over the world, and with Kate increasingly being seen as a key part of the UK’s vibrant live Americana circuit, this story is just beginning.

Related Blog Post (Sept 4, 2017): Kate Ellis announces vinyl album release with UK Tour Dates; releases new video

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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Ashley Campbell's debut album THE LONELY ONE out 9 March 2018



Ashley Campbell (daughter of the late Glen Campbell), releases her first album THE LONELY ONE on March 9, on HumpHead Records (HUMP210) to coincide with her appearances at Country to Country on Friday March 9 at SSE Hydro Glasgow and Country To Country on Saturday March 10 at the O2 London.
She co-wrote every song on it including the title track, "The Lonely One."
"This is the theme of the album and the songs reflect the different kinds of loneliness that a person can go through"
On the difficulty of separating her own musical story/journey with her famous father, Glen Campbell.
"You can’t really hide the fact that I’m Glen Campbell’s daughter. I hope that people don’t think that it’s the only thing that I am. I would hope that my music and my musicianship would speak for itself. Hopefully, they can connect with my music separately. On the other hand, it has helped a lot. It helps a lot because people have a lot of love for my dad so they seem a little more open to hearing my music and hearing what I have to say."
That Nashville Sound On the album: "I want people to be able to listen to it years from now and not identify it with a specific time or era."
Former Maverick Magazine creator and Editor Alan Cackett writes:
Ashley Campbell is a multi-talented entertainer. A newcomer with years of heavy touring under her belt. There’s no denying her iconic country pedigree, but Ashley is attracting the spotlight these days with her style, talent and unique sound all her own. I was delighted to be invited to write the liner notes for this outstanding debut album by Ashley Campbell. The album is full of songs intended to make listeners question everything they’ve ever known, and to remind them, to think, smile, laugh and even cry. It’s a mixed bag of sounds and styles presented in a unique and distinctive way, with a range of emotions that connect both instantly and universally. Flawlessly talented and using her voice to tell the stories of her life, Ashley Campbell has found and claimed something she loves and is now poised as heir to that Campbell lineage, pushing into new territory with a skill and acumen that represents everything happening in today’s music. www.alancackett.com
The album has already had Album of the Week plays on Brian Clough’s American Connection show (Feb 10 Podcast) and Graham Barnes Country Belles Show on Belter Radio: Radio Waves: Radio Presenter Spotlight – Graham Barnes
Listen out for 3 brand new tracks:

Other advance album spins have come from Craig Parry (“The Moonshine Experience”, Phoenix Country Radio/ Dapper Radio (Community (internet) Radio Station Radio Waves: Radio Presenter Spotlight - Craig Parry ), Keith Greentree BBC Radio Norfolk (Playing “New Year” “a great album” BBC iPlayer) Ricky Ross “Another Country” BBC Scotland (Track 2 “Cry”; Get to meet Ashley in person! BBC iPlayer ) and Radio 2 Country presenter Baylen Leonard’s Front Porch Show on Chris Country Radio.


Release Date: 9 March 2018
Label: Humphead Records (WEBSITE)

Total Length: 46:19 | Genres: Country | UK iTunes

Track listing:
1. A New Year >> Spotify
2. Cry
3. Better Boyfriend
4. A Taken Man
5. The Lonely One
6. Good for You
7. I Wish I Wanted To
8. How Do You Know
9. Carl & Ashley's Breakdown
10. What I'm Doin' Here
11. We Can't Be Friends
12. Looks Like Time
13. Nothing Day

Ashley Campbell C2C Appearances
Saturday 10 March 2018: 13:00-13:50 | Stage: Country Music Week Hub
Saturday 10 March 2018: 16:50-17:10 | Stage: ARENA Spotlight
Sunday 11 March 2018: Times To Be Confirmed | Stage: C2C Sessions - NY-LON
Sunday 11 March 2018: 13:00-13:40 | Stage: BBC RADIO 2
C2C Roadshow Presents: Intimate Headline Shows announced across the UK
Mo Pitney / Ashley Campbell / Ryan Kinder

Tues 13 March 2018 - Arts Club, Liverpool (90 Seel Street, L1 4BH) Ashley Campbell, Ryan Kinder, Mo Pitney
Standing £20.20 (£17.50) www.axs.com | SeeTickets.com

Weds 14 March 2018 - The Deaf Institute, Manchester (135 Grosvenor Street M1 7HE) Ryan Kinder, Mo Pitney, Ashley Campbell

Fri 16 March 2018 - O2 Institute3, Birmingham (78 Digbeth B5 6DY) Mo Pitney / Ashley Campbell / Ryan Kinder Standing £19.70 (£17.50) www.axs.com SeeTickets.com

Ashley Campbell / Mo Pitney
Sat 17 March 2018 - The Borderline, London (Orange Yard Manette Street W1D 4JB; Capacity 300)
£20.25 (£18.00) www.axs.com SeeTickets.com

Ashley Campbell
Genre: Country/Folk/Indie
Home Town: Phoenix, AZ   Location: Nashville/ Los Angeles
I'm a banjo pickin' girl :)

Pictured at The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony on January 28, 2018 with her mother. Glen Campbell’s widow Kimberly Woolen looked elegant in a sleeveless dark number with plunging neckline. Ashley wore a calf length stretch velvet Zhivago dress with plunge front and straight shoulders and features a wrap style skirt with front split (Product). She added open strappy heels by Jimmy Choo and fine jewelry by Janet Heller. 
Watch Ashley Campbell live @ Paste Studio NYC! More performance sessions and interviews here:



Big Machine Label Group introduced the multi-talented Ashley Campbell with her debut Dot Records single, "Remembering" (written with Kai Welch). She joined the now shuttered Dot Records (a division of Big Machine Label Group) roster that included Steven Tyler, Maddie & Tae, Drake White and 20-year-old newcomer Tucker Beathard and more.
The daughter of the late Country Music Hall of Fame member Glen Campbell and the goddaughter of Grammy award winning musician Carl Jackson, there’s no denying her iconic Country pedigree. 
Her music is a mix of her wide-ranging influences, combining the old-school country sound popularized by her father during the ’60s and ’70s with contemporary Americana, rootsy folk, and country-pop.

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Mo Pitney announces UK shows in association with Country2Country & New Double A-Side single


New Double A-Side single: Boy And A Girl Thing / Clean Up On Aisle Five

Following his performances at Country 2 Country from 9-11 March 2018,
Mo Pitney heads out on the road for a UK tour.

New Double A-Side:
Boy And Girl Thing / Clean Up On Aisle Five

From Acclaimed Debut Album
Behind This Guitar

C2C2018 Appearances:
Friday 9 March 2018: 15:50-16:20 | STAGE: Town Square
Friday 9 March 2018: 22:30-00:00 | STAGE: Late Night Saloon - All Bar One
Saturday 10 March 2018 14:30-16:15? | STAGE:  Bluebird Café @ C2C
Sunday 11 March 2018: Times To Be Confirmed | STAGE: C2C Sessions - NY-LON
Sunday 11 March 2018: 11:20-12:00 | STAGE: BBC RADIO 2 (INDIGO AT THE O2)

C2C2018 Festival Timeline Guide Feb 2018 (Issue 1)


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C2C Roadshow Presents: Intimate Headline Shows announced across the UK

Mo Pitney / Ashley Campbell / Ryan Kinder

Tues 13 March 2018 - Arts Club, Liverpool (90 Seel Street, L1 4BH) Ashley Campbell, Ryan Kinder, Mo Pitney
Standing £20.20 (£17.50) www.axs.com | SeeTickets.com

Weds 14 March 2018 - The Deaf Institute, Manchester (135 Grosvenor Street M1 7HE) Ryan Kinder, Mo Pitney, Ashley Campbell

Fri 16 March 2018 - O2 Institute3, Birmingham (78 Digbeth B5 6DY) Mo Pitney / Ashley Campbell / Ryan Kinder Standing £19.70 (£17.50) www.axs.com SeeTickets.com

Ashley Campbell / Mo Pitney
Sat 17 March 2018 - The Borderline, London (Orange Yard Manette Street W1D 4JB; Capacity 300)
£20.25 (£18.00) www.axs.com SeeTickets.com

When Mo Pitney sings "let me tell you about country" in his debut single, he's doing more than telling. He's showing. Appropriately titled, the song "Country" is as much positioning statement as introduction. In three minutes and 16 seconds, it is almost precisely who he is in word and deed. The vocal delivery, storytelling, musicianship and reflections of his outdoor lifestyle – as well as faith, family and patriotism – offer a spot-on portrayal. Joined by early fan favorites "Clean Up On Aisle Five" and "Come Do A Little Life," the song carves an unmistakably country yet completely fresh groove for the genre. In short, it sounds like nothing else, but absolutely belongs.

To paraphrase the song, a life in music isn't a place on a map; it's a place in Mo Pitney's heart. "I just love music," Pitney says, exhibiting atypical maturity for someone still in their early twenties. "It has never been about praise. Playing the Grand Ole Opry was an amazing experience, but I have just as much fun sitting on my bed playing along to an old record. It's always been that way."

That music-centered outlook is already generating the unsought acclaim of which he speaks. Perhaps the best example is the aforementioned Opry performance. "Everybody asked me if I was nervous, but I don’t think I was," he says. "I definitely thought about it a lot more than I normally do. My respect for that stage and the circle is great.

For his first song, he selected "Clean Up On Aisle Five" and eyed one goal: to sing his heart out. "I didn't feel like anybody was sucked into the song at all, but when it was over I stepped back from the microphone and people erupted," he says. A standing ovation approaching a full minute ensued. "After about 30 seconds, I stepped forward to say something because I thought I heard them dying down, but they just got louder. I lost it. It took me about a week to come off that feeling."



That pivotal moment capped a journey that started in the red brick town of Cherry Valley, IL, where Mo grew up loving the outdoors. "Right out my back door was a lake about a mile away," he says. "I'd ride my bike there with a fishing pole on each handlebar, like two tridents sticking out in front of me."

Music was a family affair, and Pitney picked up the drums at six and guitar at 12. "I learned how to play with a cast on my arm by laying a rag over my dad's guitar so it wouldn't get scratched," he says. "Johnny Cash At San Quentin was my introduction to playing music. I learned the whole album."

Two weeks later, he played two Cash songs at an open mic night – his first public performance. "After I played, I saw a guy backstage playing a banjo, so I picked that up for a couple of years. By age 15, I grabbed the guitar again playing lead acoustic, my brother played bass and we had a friend who played mandolin." His affection for bluegrass led him to Keith Whitley. "When I heard him sing it helped me bridge over into country music. I started hearing great country songs, songwriters and singers ... and I just fell in love."

Encouraged to move to Nashville by a songwriting friend, Pitney was the uncommon arrival who receives early interest from record labels. He signed with Curb and began working on bringing his songs and sound into alignment with his musical vision. One of the lynchpins was connecting with his producer, Tony Brown (George Strait).

"Instead of trying to put some songs together to come out of my mouth and create an artist with my face, Tony said, 'I want to find out who you are, pull it out of you and put it on tape.' It wasn’t just the way he said it, it was in everything he did. Realizing I can create a record the way I want to and use the musicians I want was an eye-opening experience. We recorded my vocals while I was sitting on a stool and playing guitar at the same time, so it’s a live record in a lot of ways. My hands were untied."

As music lovers become exposed to his music, rousing receptions may be something he'll become accustomed to seeing. But they won't change Mo's core motivation. "Even if this thing doesn’t go huge, I believe that I can make a decent living playing music," he says. "And I always knew that I could do that. When I was younger, my plan was bluegrass. I used to buy and sell cars, I did body work and I trained bird dogs. I figured I would just kind of piddle around, doing different things around the music.

"People who have done this for a long time think there's a place for my music, and I hope that's the case. My eyes are set on being successful, but success is not number one for me. If I can make a comfortable living and have a career making music and keep my head on straight, that’s my goal. And I think that I have a great opportunity to do that if I don’t get ahead of myself."

And that kind of seasoned perspective isn't often heard from someone of his generation. "I’m a God-fearing man," he says. "I love simple things. I love simplicity in songs because I love simplicity in life. But I’m also very deep, which is weird. I’m a thinker. And I go so deep, a lot of times I just confuse myself and get frustrated, but when I come home and my dog runs and jumps up on my lap, that does something to my spirit. I love to hunt and fish. I love the outdoors. I love my family. I try to live pretty morally square. Pretty clean guy. I’ve got my problems, but I try to stay pretty straight."

Perhaps the best expression of how Mo Pitney has created his own definition of country music success is found in "Behind This Guitar," a song by Don Sampson and Phil O'Donnell that may not even make the album. "People tell me I can’t cut it because the chorus says, 'Behind this guitar there’s just a boy who had a dream in his heart, behind this guitar there’s just a guy that can’t believe he got this far.' And they point out that I haven't gotten anywhere yet, so save it for the second album. But I remember sitting on my bed with the dream of just making music the rest of my life. It wasn’t that I had to be on radio or even make a living doing it. I just loved music. Now I’m on the Opry. I have a record deal. And I’m loving the music that I’m making. I can't believe I got this far!

"I’m probably just going to cut the song."

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