Tate Stevens photo by Sony Music Nashville.
Tate Stevens, winner of FOX’s The X Factor Season 2, will release his debut album April 23. The self-titled project is produced by Blake Chancey and will include three songs co-written by Tate alongside Joe Diffie, Wade Kirby, Phil O’Donnell, Shane Minor and David Lee Murphy.
“For someone that has dreamt of recording and releasing music for over a decade, to say I’m excited is an understatement,” Tate said. “I feel like the songs we selected for the album are a real reflection of my personality—they range from fun-loving to serious and everything in between. I’m so proud of this album and can’t wait for the fans to hear it! ” Continue Reading
Montgomery Gentry’s 2012 EP, Friends And Family. Photo courtesy of Average Joes Entertainment.
Montgomery Gentry released their new digital EP Friends and Family on Tuesday. The EP includes their new single, “I’ll Keep The Kids.” Fans can download Friends and Family here.
Co-written by Eddie Montgomery, Ira Dean and Phil O’Donnell, “I’ll Keep The Kids” has been one of the most added songs at radio since its release. The song is also gaining rave reviews. “We haven’t had a song with this much emotion since ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today,’” said WCKN’s Chris O’Kelley. Continue Reading
Toby Keith photo courtesy of Show Dog Nashville.
A lot of people are going through hard times these days, and country music’s biggest stars are anxious to help.
Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Alison Krauss and Charlie Daniels are just a few of the artists who’ve extended themselves of late to help their neighbors get through a difficult period.
Here are a few examples of country’s acts at work in the community:
Darryl Worley photo courtesy of Stroudavarious Records.
After six years of effort, the Darryl Worley Cancer Center is set to open in Savannah, Tenn., next month.
Originally expected to open next year, the facility is located on the grounds at the Hardin Medical Center, allowing people in the area to have radiation and chemotherapy locally instead of driving long distances for their treatments. The cancer center cost $2 million to build, and Darryl has worked with a couple of Hardin County medical agencies to raise $1.7 million toward the project. They hope to have the remainder by the time construction is completed.
Craig Morgan photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
As a professional touring artist, Craig Morgan has seen a lot of hotel bathrooms. He never figured he’d record in one.
But that’s exactly what happened when he decided to adapt “Bonfire,” his current Top 5 hit, to Christmas.
“When you tour like I do, you spend a lot of hours on the bus, and one day I was just playing around with this song and also riffing on some Christmas stuff I was thinking about putting in the show, and then I started messing with the lyrics,” Craig says. “Within about ten minutes I had this new version, and everyone got a kick out of the idea — my band, family, even management and the label — so we decided to run with it.”