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Award-winning music biographer Jake Brown returns to store shelves nationwide with a shift from the rock world to the country world with his new book Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music’s Greatest Hits which includes exclusive interviews with country legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and a long list of hit songwriters.
The book features interviews with the writers behind country's greatest hits like Tim McGraw's Live Like You Were Dying, Lady Antebellum's We Owned The Night, Carrie Underwood's Jesus Take The Wheel, and many more.
Songwriters featured, in this 300-plus page book, include Craig Wiseman, Dean Dillon, Bob DiPiero, Bill Anderson, Sonny Curtis, Tom Shapiro, Kelley Lovelace, Rivers Rutherford, Tom T. Hall, Wayne Carson, Chris Dubois, Dallas Davidson, David Lee Murphy, and Freddy Powers.
In addition to these never-before-revealed stories behind the songs, aspiring songwriters will find countless gems of wisdom about the craft and career of songwriting itself.
Jake Brown has written 35 published books since 2001, featuring many authorized collaborations with some of rock’s biggest artists, including 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart (with Ann and Nancy Wilson), living guitar legend Joe Satriani, heavy metal pioneers Motorhead (with Lemmy Kilmister), late hip hop icon Tupac Shakur (with the estate), celebrated Rock drummer Kenny Aronoff, late Funk pioneer Rick James, and the all-star rock producers anthology ‘Behind the Boards’, among many others.
Packing the bars of several Universities, 23-year-old, Clark Manson decided his passion for the music industry couldn’t be broken. In the summer of 2013, Clark Manson became officially sponsored by Jagermeister USA. He released his first debut album in November 2013, Running with the Night, which quickly climbed the iTunes charts, peaking at number thirty on the day of its release. Running with the Night, also checked in at number five on the Billboard “Heatseekers” chart in November 2013, and has received much recognition all around the world by some of Manson’s thirty-three thousand Twitter followers and fans. Since the album release, Manson has swamped the ticket-booths, selling out a number of shows and quickly becoming a notable country vision in states ranging from Wisconsin, all the way to Texas. While in between many late night shows and road tours, Mansonheads to Nashville as he undertakes a new summer EP, which will be released this June.
Forced to place herself as Alt-Country/Rock, she laughs and quotes her favorite description from a fan: “Kara’s a twisted orgy of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Janis Joplin and Guns & Roses.”
She’s been there. Gets it. A mature entry into the Nashville scene, this black-haired, tattooed beauty, with Native American heritage and curvy, twangy, super-sexy West Virginian storytelling style, wasn’t going to change to fit some mold.
“I’m not puttin’ on the outfit, losin’ the weight, or colorin’ my hair. People love me for who I am. Shit, I love me for who I am.” This single mom of two teenage kids declares, “I’ve been an Indie in the head all my life! And the lyrics just flow. Hell it wasn’t until I was recording Murder or Suicide that I even realized where the music might have come from. My grandfather was a musician, played with Hank Sr. No wonder why I’m a country girl at heart. Highway’s chorus (Sinnin’) leaves women stomping: “She chose the highway, the road he told her she could take. He don’t know he’s been replaced, by a lonely stretch of interstate…” Southern Hospitality, a song from her next album, unravels a haunting, then hopeful piece of history: “It’s called justice not corruption. There’s nothing you can do. God forbid you don’t look like them, they will pin their sins on you.” Then there’s the head-nodder lines from The Devil Don't Cry and Whiskey and Cigarettes, “Jesus don’t lie, Devil don’t cry, I don’t know either of the two….Whiskey and cigarettes, are gonna be the death of me. I sleep with regret, my best friend is misery.”
Matt Austin grew up in the Detroit downriver area with a guitar-playing father but he didn’t gain interest in playing until his uncle from Texas moved to Michigan. He was inspired first by the sound of the blues guitar greats Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix. Matt later fell in love with this new age country genre that is growing by leaps and bounds.
In 2013 along with releasing his new EP Matt Austin, was also direct support for Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Uncle Kracker, Aaron Lewis, Josh Gracin, Charlie Worsham, Chase Rice and Jerrod Niemann.
MA has also performed in 2013 to thousands at many of the great country music festivals in Michigan such as 99.5 WYCD’s downtown hoedown and the Faster Horses series at Michigan international speedway.
Hannah Bethel grew up on country music and classic rock in the backwoods of Northern Michigan. At a young age, it was apparent that Hannah was a natural entertainer. She sang for anyone who would listen. She loved to make people laugh and think and feel the emotion of the songs. At fourteen she picked up a Squire acoustic guitar that her younger sister had ditched and soon after she was traveling the Upper Midwest, performing original music at fairs, bars, talent shows, coffee houses, shopping malls and country and western shows. Hannah self-released her first record at 17 and the following year she moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
Hannah is an avid writer and co-writer. She has written with some of Nashville’s finest songwriters, from big names to newcomers. One of those newcomers is Momentum Label Group artist, Rachele Lynae. Hannah had her first song cut in 2013 with Rachele’s sophomoric single, “Fishin’ For Something”, which received extensive radio play across the US. Hannah has recently been named one of CMA Close Up’s Who New to Watch in 2014.
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Sonia Leigh has exploded onto the Nashville scene with her newest smash single, “Put It In Your Pocket” which debut on Sirius XM Radio, 59, The Highway on July 1st 2014.
Sonia relocated to Nashville October 2012 from her longtime home of Atlanta, Ga., and quickly began captivating Nashville audiences with her own special brand of female attitude modern country.
Her newest single drives you into the very heart of summer time fun, friends, and living life in the moment.
Jake Dodds & Stagecoach Revolver are a high energy country band. Playing their brand of country music throughout a growing number of cities. Reigning from Southern Indiana the band is the 2013 HANK FM Radio battle of the band winners in Indianapolis and in 2013 opened for some of country music's biggest names! Including Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Dustin Lynch, Chris Cagle, Chase Rice, Josh Thompson and a stop on Luke Bryan's Dirt Road Diaries Tour.
With a debut EP on the horizon of 2014 the band shows no signs of slowing down. The band builds a solid dedicated following week by week. The "Party Nation" is only beginning. Make sure to check out a show when the guys are near your hometown to find out what its all about.
Growing up in small town MN was the basis for Greg's love of country music.
Eden Valley, a farm community of about 800 people and no stop lights, is where he got his first guitar and wrote his first country song. He grew up on the edge of a main road, railroad track, and a corn field. It's a place where he learned to hunt, fish, play sports, and appreciate music of many genres. It's where he learned about honesty, family, friendship, and team work. All of which come into play in the songs he writes, in his live show and on a daily basis. If he's not out playing or writing country songs, he's in the woods with a bow, on a lake fishing bass, cruising dirt roads in his truck with his buddies, or out listening to area classic country bands.
Influenced by the vinyl record sounds from his father's collection of country greats such as Haggard, Strait, and Cash...Greg found that a strong song and a strong vocal is key to a good career. He was later influenced by the sounds and live shows of more modern day artists like Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw, etc. and also the 90's country scene. He has worked hard over the years to develop his skills as a country performer and songwriter. He has been fortunate to have played in the company of many talented MN musicians, and opening shows for talented National acts such as
Jamey Johnson, Little Texas, Emerson Drive, Colt Ford, and Trent Willmon.
Doug Briney began like so many other musicians, singing in church. His first solo was when he was two years old. He continued singing throughout high school and then graduated in 1988 from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College as a Vocal Music Major. During his college days, Doug had the opportunity to sing with a gospel quartet and travel all over the western half of the USA. He also had the unique opportunity to sing with the San Diego Opera Chorus. After graduating Doug went on and has spent the next 23 years leading worship in churches and pastoring.
Doug's new project "Super Country Cowboy" was released November 5, 2013. With a strong title track that is really a reflection of who Doug is as a person and cowboy this track blends traditional with an edge ready for radio. "I Get To" is a track Doug is extremely proud of and it has been a motto for his family for the past 23 years. Doug chose to cover a Brook's and Dunn classic "Believe" and brings a very raw emotion to the song. This project is truly a snapshot of Doug's life in every song.