Sugarland’s Kristian Bush. Photo courtesy of the CMA.
Kristian Bush released “Love or Money,” his debut single as a solo artist, last year and is hard at work on his debut solo project. He has partnered with Byron Gallimore who produced four of Sugarland’s previous albums, for the project which will be released on Byron’s Streamsound Records.
“I’m so excited to be working with Byron Gallimore again,” he told Music News Nashville. “I’m constantly surprised at how creative I feel and how innovative he is every time we hit record.” Continue Reading
Dakota Bradley photo courtesy of AristoMedia.
Country newcomer Dakota Bradley will release his debut single, “Somethin’ Like Somethin’,” to radio on April 29. The track was co-written by Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, and Shane McAnally and is the lead single from his upcoming debut album, produced by Tim McGraw and Byron Gallimore.
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Tim McGraw’s 2013 album, Two Lanes of Freedom. Photo courtesy of The Green Room.
Where you wanna go? Tim McGraw asks with an urgent roll on the epic title-track of his new album, Two Lanes of Freedom. And judging by the song’s dramatic arrangement full of cascading harmonies, thundering percussion and exotic hint of didgeridoo, it seems as if Tim might really be asking himself that question as he proceeds to break free of any restraints on his new project due February 5.
Two Lanes of Freedom, Tim’s first album for Big Machine Records, is an 11-song set that builds on the progressive sounds of 2012’s Emotional Traffic. Working again with longtime producing partner Byron Gallimore (Martina McBride, Lauren Alaina), Tim experiments with new directions on the album that features a loose band willing to play with a strong groove. The current Top 10 single, “One of Those Nights,” uses percussive vocal rhythms in the vein of Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” before heading into a hook-filled chorus. On the echoing, atmospheric “Friend of a Friend,” Tim’s voice holds, dips and bends through patently lonely turns. And holding true to the head-for-the-horizon theme, both songs come to epic conclusions full of flying guitar.
Two Lanes of Freedom keeps the epic arrangements up front on a first half full of freewheeling sounds. However, a shift begins with Continue Reading
Faith Hill Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
Faith Hill will debut her new single and lyric video, “American Heart”, exclusively at Twitter.com/FaithHill on September 30. The song’s release will mark the first time a country artist has premiered a new song on Twitter. Before the song drops, Faith will live chat with fans on Twitter at 7 p.m. EST. Fans can submit questions and follow along by using hashtag #AskFaith.
“This song inspires,” she said. “It grabs a hold of a very special place that we all have in our hearts. Times are hard and people are struggling, but our spirit as Americans always seems to prevail. We wanted to do something special for our fans who have been so supportive of me through the years – something a little different and something just for them. No better way than the socials.”
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Tim McGraw's 2012 CD, Emotional Traffic. Photo courtesy of Webster & Associates.
After a court ruled in November that Tim McGraw had fulfilled his contract with Curb Records, his final album for the label, Emotional Traffic, is set for release next week on January 24. The record that Tim calls one of his ‘best ever’ is a tight collection of 12 songs that brings a close to one of the most successful Music Row partnerships of the last two decades.
The album’s lead single, the multi-week No. 1 hit “Felt Good On My Lips,” serves as a solid representation of Emotional Traffic’s overall sound. The polished work of Tim’s longtime Producer Byron Gallimore (Martina McBride, Faith Hill) is heard in the song’s crisp mix and pop-laden structure. Driven by a melodic bass line and a crunchy, sing-along chorus, Tim lightheartedly sings, I want to go crazy with you over a hook more suited for a dance floor than a bar stool. Much of the record makes a move to combine this modern, adult-contemporary feel with subtle country twang. Album-opener “Halo” works to achieve this by layering mid-tempo, ringing guitars underneath the lower range of Tim’s smooth drawl before breaking into a powerful chorus.
“I Will Not Fall Down” (written by Tim, Martina McBride, Brad Warren and Brett Warren) follows a similar path. Palm-muted guitar chords work methodically through a verse with the lines, I should probably just go out quietly / But I still got something left to say, before a dramatic chorus with lyrics that speak of thriving in someone’s love and gaining the strength to carry on in the face of adversity. While songs like these illustrate Tim’s mainstream appeal, he really is at his best in more traditional surroundings.
Possibly the album’s best song, “Touchdown Jesus” is a fresh description of divine intervention. With a similar feel to 2009’s No. 1 hit “Southern Voice,” Tim sings, I raised my hands above my head and said ‘Touchdown Jesus’, when witnessing the miracles made by recovering addicts and those who are sick. Continue Reading
Tim McGraw photo courtesy of Webster & Associates.
Tim McGraw’s long-awaited Emotional Traffic album will hit stores on January 24. Produced by Byron Gallimore, the album includes the No. 1 hit “Felt Good On My Lips” as well as Tim’s current single, “Better Than I Used To Be.”
One of the album’s tracks, “Only Human,” features a guest appearance by R&B star Ne-Yo and is produced by Darran Smith. Other notable tracks on Emotional Traffic include “Touchdown Jesus,” which was written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip, and “I Will Not Fall Down” which Tim co-wrote with Martina McBride and The Warren Brothers. Continue Reading
Martina McBride photo courtesy of Republic Nashville.
There have been a few changes for Martina McBride since she released her 2009 album, Shine. For starters, she joined the Republic Nashville label in 2010 and switched up management companies as well. In addition to working with these new partners, Martina is readying her eleventh studio album, appropriately titled Eleven, with the help of a new co-producer, Byron Gallimore. Maintaining the numerical theme, the 11-song collection will be released next week on October 11th, and the new approach to this record didn’t stop there. Martina is using this opportunity to focus on her own songwriting more for the very personal project. Continue Reading
Lauren Alaina photo by Brian Bowen Smith, courtesy of UMG Nashville.
Lauren Alaina will release her debut album, Wildflower, on Oct. 11. She let her fans in on news last Thursday evening through an email before announcing it nationwide during her visit to ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday morning. It will feature her first single, “Like My Mother Does.”
“I have always dreamed of making an album and I can’t believe it’s actually happening,” Lauren said. “It’s because of the fans who voted for me on American Idol that I am here, so I am dedicating this album to them. I hope they love it!”
For her first album, the Idol runner-up tried to include a song for any taste. “I feel like it has a flavor for everybody,” she said. “It’s a mixture of all different songs, so I hope it will appeal to all different kinds of people. There are fast songs for people who like up-tempos that you can dance to, and there are also tearjerkers for people who like slower ballads. I tried to get songs that are all a little different so that we could bring a fresh feel to each and every song.” Continue Reading
Martina McBride at the press conference announcing her new record deal with Big Machine/Republic Nashville on Monday, Nov. 8, 2010. Photo courtesy of twitter.com/martinamcbride.
To affix an old Reba McEntire album title on Martina McBride’s career, Martina is… Starting Over.
The Kansas-born powerhouse took part in a press conference Monday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to announce she’s ended an 18-year relationship with historic RCA Records to sign with a label still in its infancy, Republic Nashville Records.
Sound crazy? Well, at a very surface level, maybe. But there’s a much bigger picture to the whole deal. In the process, she becomes the biggest drawing card on Republic, which means she’s sure to get the kind of intense marketing attention that every artist craves. And it puts her at the hottest company in Nashville: Republic is one of three labels of the Big Machine family, part of a playpen that also includes Reba, Rascal Flatts, Justin Moore and The Band Perry. Oh, and some youngster named Taylor Swift.