MerleFest 2018 Announces Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Winners

MerleFest 2018 Announces Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Winners

Earlier this year I told you about the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest coming to Merlefest. This was a fabulous opportunity for songwriters to get their pieces heard by true legends in the industry like Rodney Crowell. The Merlefest 2018 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest winners were announced yesterday and I have them below for those of you who want to check them out! [Read more…]

Derek Jones Opens For Billy Ray Cyrus & Releases New Album “Pray”

Derek Jones Opens For Billy Ray Cyrus & Releases New Album "Pray"

Looking for some new music to listen to? We recommend checking out Derek Jones. He has been touring with Billy Ray Cyrus and has just released his new album, “Pray,” featuring songs that he and Cyrus co-wrote. Get all the info on his recent television debut and international tour dates below. [Read more…]

Shenandoah 30th Anniversary Tour Dates Announced

Shenandoah 30th Anniversary Tour Dates Announced

I am excited to announce that Shenandoah will not only be going on tour this year, but they are also releasing their first new studio album to country radio in 20 years. Today I have the track list off the new album as well as the Shenandoah 30th Anniversary Tour Dates schedule for you to check out. They will also be making appearances in New York to promote their album and tour. You can get more information about that below as well. [Read more…]

Kiefer Sutherland Joins Adkins Publicity Ahead Of New Album And Tour

Kiefer Sutherland Joins Adkins Publicity Ahead Of New Album And Tour

I have loved Kiefer Sutherland as an actor for years. Designated Survivor, anyone? That is such a fabulous show. Now I am excited to announce that Kiefer Sutherland joins Adkins Publicity just in time for a new forthcoming album and tour. I am hoping that he is somewhere local this year as I have yet to see him perform live. Have you? If you have, I would love for you to tell me about your experience in the comments or on social media. [Read more…]

Jacob Vaughan On A Full Concert Schedule At 18, Early College And Working Through Writer’s Block

Jacob Vaughan On A Full Concert Schedule At 18, Early College And Working Through Writer's Block

A few weeks ago, I was invited to see Jacob Vaughan play at World of Beer in Greensboro. I was not aware of him before his dad, Jamie, hit me up on Facebook messenger and invited me to see him perform live. But, as you guys know, I love seeing both local acts and music that I was not aware of previously. This tactic has introduced me to some great new to me acts in the past few months, specifically Tim Elliott and Cory Luetjen. It turns out that Jacob and Tim also know each other, so it’s a small, musical world after all. [Read more…]

SteelDrivers Interview: Mike Fleming On Chris Stapleton, The GRAMMYs & His 40+ Year Marriage

SteelDrivers Interview: Mike Fleming On Chris Stapleton, The GRAMMYs & His 40+ Year Marriage

As most of you know, GRAMMY award winning group, the SteelDrivers, was the jump off spot for Chris Stapleton. I recently got to talk to SteelDrivers’ bass player, Mike Fleming, about their new lead singer, Kelvin Damrell, a Kentucky native, just like Stapleton, their recent GRAMMY win and Fleming’s successful 40+ year marriage. Check out my SteelDrivers interview below to learn all about this tremendously talented bluegrass band. [Read more…]

Walker Hayes Interview: Colt Ford & The Real Inspiration Behind “You Broke Up With Me”

Walker Hayes Interview: Colt Ford & The Real Inspiration Behind "You Broke Up With Me"

A few years ago, Nashville broke up with Walker Hayes. However, just like many an ex, Nashville realized the error of their ways and came crawling back. I got to chat with the “You Broke Up With Me” singer recently and, I gotta say, this super talented musician and father of 6 [soon to be 7] has a fabulous story to share about perseverance and never giving up on your dreams. Oh, and he has the baddest song about letting your ex know what’s up. ;)
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Phil Vassar Interview: Songwriting, Kellie Pickler & Songs From The Cellar

Phil Vassar Interview: Songwriting, Kellie Pickler & Songs From The Cellar

Yesterday, I got to chat on the phone with Phil Vassar. Yes, ladies, I got to talk to Phil Vassar on Valentine’s Day. ;) Seriously, though, he is one heck of a great songwriter and a talented singer in his own right. He’s written something for what seems like everybody in Nashville, so you have probably heard tons of his creativity even while you might not have been aware. My personal favorite songs of his are “I’ll Take That As A Yes” and “This Is God.” Check out my Phil Vassar interview and be sure to catch him locally this Saturday night at Phase 2 in his hometown of Lynchburg, Va.
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Sara Evans Kicks Off CMT Women Of Country Tour With Sold Out NYC Show

Sara Evans Kicks Off CMT Women Of Country Tour With Sold Out NYC Show

Sara Evans has a big week! She is headlining the 4th annual CMT Next Women of Country Tour, which kicked off with a sold-out show at B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York City. Evans is also set to appear on tomorrow’s episode of “Pickler & Ben”. RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr are also on the tour with Sara Evans. You can get the complete list of tour dates below. [Read more…]

Daryle Singletary Dead At 46: Country Music Community Reacts

Daryle Singletary Dead At 46: Country Music Community Reacts

I was saddened to learn today of the passing of Daryle Singletary. I remember seeing him in concert several years ago in Christiansburg, Va. It was a fabulous show with him, Jeff Carson, Chad Brock and Jo Dee Messina. It was a fabulous show and, believe it or not, it was free! What?! A local car company was cool enough to put it together and I am so glad that I was able to go. Daryle Singletary was a fabulous artist and that song, “I Let Her Lie” is one of the most heartbreaking and beautiful songs that I have ever heard. I feel so sad for his family and friends right now. He will be greatly missed.

Daryle Singletary Dead At 46: Country Music Community Reacts

The country music community is reacting to the sudden passing of beloved singer Daryle Singletary:

“Daryle was one of the best country singers in Nashville. I was saddened when I heard the news. Just saw him at Mel Tillis’ memorial service. I hugged him and told him that I loved him. What a shock! It made me realize that life is a gift, and none of us are promised tomorrow. I’ll miss him.” -Ricky Skaggs

“Daryle was a fine singer who always knew exactly what to do with a song. His vocals conveyed authentic emotion right on par with the greats. It was my pleasure to share the stage and the studio a few times with him over the years. His greatest accomplishment and treasure was his family. He loved to talk about his four children, and my thoughts and prayers are with Holly and the kids.” -John Anderson

“So fortunate we got to hear Daryle Singletary one more time at dad’s memorial, and I’m so sad we lost another classic country singer and a good man. My heart is hurting for the family. He was one of my favorite singers and everyone that knew him said he was a great man. I wish I could have known him better. He was admired by all of us for representing traditional country music.” -Pam Tillis

“I am simply silenced by the news of Daryle’s passing. He was my friend and brother in Christ. I loved him for exactly who he was. He was undoubtedly the best friend a real country song could ever have, and honestly, I don’t know if our industry can stand to lose him at this time. He was the ‘Keeper’ of the lost tradition, and we all loved him for it.” -Darryl Worley

“Well, like a lot of you, I awoke to the heartbreaking news of the passing of my fellow Georgian, Daryle Singletary. I am truly shocked by the news. I didn’t know Daryle as a personal friend but I sure knew that voice. Man, could he sing a country song… as a matter of fact, any song Daryle sang became a country song.” -John Berry

“Prayers for Daryle Singletary’s family. We’ve lost a talented and great man.” -Aaron Tippin

“Daryle was a very nice man and a GREAT country singer. My condolences to his family.” -Larry Gatlin

“I’m saddened to hear of Daryle’s passing. What a great guy and a fine country singer!” -Rudy Gatlin

“Daryle has definitely left his mark on country music, not only with his great songs and classic baritone voice, but his legacy will live on in the voices of the new generation of entertainers he has inspired.” -Craig Wayne Boyd

“So very sad to hear about the passing of Daryle Singletary. Country music has lost another great voice, but his music will live forever in the hearts and minds of anyone who ever heard him sing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.” -T.G. Sheppard

“Our hearts are so broken over the loss of Daryle. His voice was so pure and authentically country. Our prayers will be with his wife and children at this terrible time. Life is so uncertain. What a sad reminder for us to tell those we love how much they mean to us, while we still can.” -Kelly Lang

“Daryle Singletary- one of the single greatest singers who ever sang a song. I loved singing with him. We shared a kindred spirit on and off the stage. I will miss him dearly. Rest In Peace, my friend.” -Rhonda Vincent

“Daryle was one of the nicest people in the music business and what a great voice.” -Larry Stewart, Restless Heart

“The country music community suffered a terrible loss this morning. Daryle Singletary, one of the finest and purest country voices of all time, passed away at much too young an age. We were fortunate to be on several shows through the years with Daryle. I used to see him at The Station Inn when he would sit in with a band called 45 RPM. Please join us in offering prayers for his wife and family.” -Greg Jennings, Restless Heart

“So few voices heard these days evoke the real heart and soul of country music. We lost one of those rare voices this morning. May God bring peace and comfort to Daryle Singletary’s family and all those who loved him.” -Dave Innis, Restless Heart

“Truly saddened today for Holly and their four beautiful children, along with his mom and dad. Daryle Singletary, was a man’s man. He was in all respects, one of the greats. A country music singer’s singer. We will miss our friend and hold close his loving family in prayer. Until we meet on the shores of the everlasting Rest In Peace.” -Marty Raybon, Shenandoah

“Sorry to hear that a great country voice has passed away. God bless you, Daryle Singletary.” -Sammy Kershaw

“We have lost one of our great singers. Great guy. We are praying for his family.” -Moe Bandy

“I’m shocked and very saddened by the passing of my friend Daryle Singletary. We have known each other for close to 25 years. He is definitely one of the very best voices I ever had the opportunity to share a stage with, and his love of COUNTRY music will be greatly missed!” -Mark Wills

Singletary passed away this morning, February 12, at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee. The cause of death is not yet known. He was 46.

He is survived by his wife, Holly, two sons, Jonah and Mercer, two daughters, Nora and Charlotte, parents, Roger and Anita Singletary, brother, Kevin Singletary, sister-in-law, Melinda Singletary, mother and father-in-law, Terry and Sandy Mercer, and brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Kristy Rowland. The family asks for your thoughts and prayers during this time. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.

About Daryle Singletary

Daryle Bruce Singletary was born on March 10, 1971, in Cairo, Georgia. He earned notoriety for his authentic country style with such hits as “I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun,” “Amen Kind of Love” and “The Note.” On past albums, some of the greatest talents of country music lined up to sing with him including, the late George Jones and Johnny Paycheck, Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs, John Anderson, and Rhonda Vincent. His musical integrity led him through years of celebrating the traditional country music style that he loved so much.