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Ashley McBryde's Release GIRL GOING NOWHERE Poised to go Everywhere on March 30


Exclusive Premiere of the Music Video for “American Scandal” Debuts today, Friday, Jan. 19, on 

 “Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” Continues To Receive Critical Praise from New York Times, NPR, Los Angeles Times and VarietyArtists often cite the people who inspired and believed in them when no one else did on their path to success. Ashley McBryde’s motivation came from a different front, an Arkansas algebra teacher who told her she would never achieve her dreams.

So, it is particularly satisfying that the woman dubbed an “Arkansas red-clay badass” by Rolling Stone is ready to release an album titled Girl Going Nowhere on March 30. It’s a collection reflective of her authentic, take-no-prisoners honesty and willingness to not just look at life, but live it, and reflect that experience in her music. premiered the music video for “American Scandal,” which is also available at all digital retail and streaming services today. The premise of the music video is a “Day in Little Rock” with McBryde visiting family, getting a tattoo, and jamming with friends.

Produced and mixed by award-winner Jay Joyce, Girl Going Nowhere showcases an artistic vision that will prove her to be one of the genre’s keenest working storytellers, bringing unwavering honesty back into a pop-preoccupied genre.

The album pulls tales from every corner of her life – a happenstance love on “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega,” a neighbor with a heavy past on “Livin’ Next to LeRoy,” and the autobiographical “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” which McBryde wrote the morning that Guy Clark passed away.

“I’m not a pretty crier, and I got to my write with Jeremy Bussey that morning, red and blotchy,” she said. “So, he said, ‘for Guy, maybe we should write a good song, one you’d want to play at the Opry someday.’ So, I told the story of when I was back in Algebra class, and we were going around the room saying what we wanted to do when we grew up. When it got to me, I said, ‘I’m going to move to Nashville and write songs, and they’re going to be on the radio.’ The teacher looked at me and said, ‘That won’t happen and you better have a good backup plan.’ It didn’t put the fire out, it just added to it.”

That fire’s been described as a combination of Bonnie Raitt, Lzzy Hale, and Loretta Lynn. McBryde isn’t afraid to tell the truth, get raw and real and use the spirits of country, folk, and rock when it serves her greater purpose. And McBryde indeed played “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” at her Opry debut, and still performs it on stage to crowds that now sing along.

That rock-fueled fury and candor burns through every lyric, riff, and song. And it is lyrics that hit the heart and gut like “here’s to the breakups that didn’t break us,” that scored her opening slots with Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, and Miranda Lambert.

She is gaining a lot of attention notching powerful reviews and mentions on several year-end, best-of and most-anticipated lists including New York Times, NPR, Los Angeles Times, and Variety, across multiple genres.

Notable music critic Ann Powers of NPR described McBryde as having “one of those voices that might belong to your sister or your best friend – if your sister or your best friend could belt like Loretta Lynn and croon like Reba McEntire.” She summed up her talent by saying McBryde was “Country music’s most exciting new country voice.”

She was the most added new artist and most added female with her debut Warner Bros./ Warner Music Nashville single “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega.” The track hit No. 1 on SirusXM’s The Highway Top 30 in 2017 and she played select dates on the sought-after Sirius XM Presents: The Highway Finds Tour including stops in Washington, D.C., New York, and Nashville and will join Luke Combs and Miranda Lambert in 2018.

McBryde will make her television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday (1/23) on NBC.

Girl Going Nowhere is available for pre-order here.

Track Listing for Girl Going Nowhere:
“Girl Goin’ Nowhere”
“American Scandal”
“Southern Babylon”
“The Jacket”
“Livin’ Next to Leroy”
“A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega”
“Andy” (I Can’t Live Without You)
“El Dorado”
“Tired of Being Happy”
“Home Sweet Highway”

Check out Ashley McBryde at the following dates
2/01 Toledo, OH Seagate Convention Centre*
2/02 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium*
2/03 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium*
2/08 Troy, OH Hobart Arena*
2/09 Grand Rapids, MI DeltaPlex*
2/10 Johnstown, PA Cambria Couny Memorial Arena*
2/15 De Quincy, LA Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
2/16 Oklahoma City, OK The Criterion*
2/17 Wilson, AR The Grange at Wilson Gardens*
2/23 Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre*
2/24 Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort & Casino*
3/01 Salem, VA Salem Civic Center*
3/02 Savannah, GA Grayson Stadium*
3/08 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Melkweg Amsterdam
3/09 London, United Kingdom C2C London
3/10 London, United Kingdom C2C London
3/11 London, United Kingdom C2C London
3/15 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena**
3/16 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center**
3/17 Kansas City, MO Spirit Center**
3/23 Fort Myers, FL The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon
3/24 Kissimmee, FL Runaway Country Music Fest
4/04 San Jose, CA City National Civic*
4/05 Irvine, CA Bren Events Center*
4/06 San Diego, CA The Observatory North Park*
4/11 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex*
4/17 Portland, OR Roseland Theater*
4/19 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo*
4/20 Garden City, ID Revolution Concert House*
4/21 Spokane, WA The Knitting Factory*
4/23 Vancouver, Canada Commodore Ballroom*
4/25 Calgary, Canada MacEwan Hall*
4/26 Edmonton, Canada The Ranch Roadhouse*
4/29 Indio, CA Stagecoach Festival
6/09 Hunter, NY Taste of Country Music Festival
6/20 Oshkosh, WI Country USA
6/21 Brainerd, MN Lakes Jam
6/23 Cadott, WI Country Fest
7/15 Rhinelander, WI Hodag Country Festival
7/20 Twin Lakes, WI Country Thunder- Twin Lakes

*Denotes dates on Luke Combs’ Don’t Tempt Me With a Good Time Tour
**Denotes dates on Miranda Lambert’s Livin’ Like Hippies World Tour

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Haley & Michaels Create Power Anthem With New Single


First Single Released on Hickory Records/RED Music, a Sony/ATV Label Imprint

Available on Spotify and Other Streaming Services TODAY

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Singer/songwriter duo Haley & Michaels (Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels) are catapulting into 2018 with their new single, “All Out,” available now on Spotify and other streaming services. The single has already landed on Spotify’s New Music Friday and Wild Country playlists.

Co-written by Haley, Michaels and Matt McVaney, the single evokes Keith Urban’s brand of adventurous pop-country, with Haley & Michaels delivering their fresh vocals in a rapid-fire rhythm and an added edge of rock guitars holding it all together. The song was co-produced by McVaney with Zach Abend and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge.

“This song is about that moment when you commit to going for something whole-heartedly regardless of the outcome,” says Shannon Haley of the song’s message. “It’s largely inspired by our journey in the music industry as well as our personal relationship,” adds Michaels.

“All Out” is the second release from Haley & Michaels in two months, following their song “Me Too,” a personal response to the #MeToo movement that has been sweeping the nation. “Me Too” has Parade raving that “Haley & Michaels’ song offers both hope and understanding to anyone who’s been here.” One-hundred percent of the duo’s proceeds from “Me Too” are being donated to the founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke, and her foundation to help victims of sexual harassment and assault.

Haley & Michaels recently signed with Hickory Records/RED Music and Sony/ATV Publishing and are in the studio working on their debut full-length album due out later this year. The duo has previously shared the stage with the likes of Sam Hunt, Brett Eldredge, Chris Young and Old Dominion and have had performed twice on NBC’s Today, earning a fan in Hoda Kotb.


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Canadian Country Artist, Brett Kissel, Garners Stateside Attention with “We Were That Song”

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Set to Release New Album, ‘We Were That Song,’ Dec. 8, 2017
Pre-Order the Album Here(Nashville, Tenn. – November 28, 2017) – Multi award-winning Canadian country music artist and CCMA Awards’ reigning Male Artist of the Year, Brett Kissel is garnering stateside popularity with the release of his current single, “We Were That Song,” which is now airing on SiriusXM’s, The Highway (Ch. 56) and placed on Spotify playlists, including “PlayStation Music,” “New Boots,” “The Sound of Canada” and “Ride and Play.” The video for the single is gaining exposure on GAC and The Country Network. View the video here.During the short time in which the track has received airplay, the song has experienced strong streaming numbers and sales through digital retailers.Signed to Warner Music Canada, Kissel is one of the top touring acts on the Canadian Country music scene. Most recently, the young entertainer opened for Garth Brooks on 16 dates and he is getting ready to head out on a 3-month, 50+ dates, Canadian headlining tour beginning in January (tour dates here). As a thank you to the US-based fans that have been supporting him, Kissel will play a CD release concert at the Basement in Nashville on Dec. 14th. The show is open to the public (no cover) and entry will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis.Brett Kissel is the youngest artist ever to be nominated for a CCMA Award and has won 10 CCMAs to date, including Fans’ Choice Entertainer and Male Artist of the Year. Kissel was the first Country artist in 17 years to win a Juno Award (equivalent to a GRAMMY) for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” (since Shania Twain).  He has had 10 singles on Billboard’s Canadian Top 10 list (most of which he either wrote or co-wrote). In 2016, he was the recipient of the Allan Slaight Honor from Canada’s Walk of Fame (previously presented to Drake, Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd), and was recognized as the International Artist of the Year at the Worldwide Radio Summit (an honor previously bestowed upon Ed Sheeran and Adele).On Dec. 8, Kissel will release his next studio album, We Were That Song. The album includes collaborations with Megadeath’s, Dave Mustaine, on the tack “Damn!,” and a duet with country music icon, Charley Pride, on the track “Burgers and Fries.” The album’s title track, “We Were That Song,” is Kissel’s tenth single to reach the top 10 at Canadian country radio.Kissel teamed up with Grammy-Award winning producer, Luke Wooten, who has also produced for Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Chris Stapleton and long-time collaborator and CCMA Award Winner, Bart McKay as well as his bandmates – Justin Kudding, Spencer Cheyne, and Matty McKay. Kissel is co-managed by Invictus Entertainment and Major Bob.For more information on Brett Kissel visit and follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

We Were That Songtrack list:1 – “We Were That Song” (Melissa Peirce, Jonathan Singleton, Barry Dean)
2 – “Anthem” (Phil Barton, Emma-Lee, Karen Kosowski)
3 – “Guitars And Gasoline” (Matthew Joseph Rogers, Ash Bowers, Dustin Lynch)
4 – “Nights In The Sun” (feat. Grandpa Bear) (Brett Kissel, Phil O’Donnel, Ted Hewitt)
5 – “Between You And Me” (Dave Pittenger, Justin Wilson, Andy Albert, Mitchell Tenpenny)
6 – “That’s How The World Ends” (Justin Wilson, Jimmy Robbins)
7 – “Slow Me Down” (Josh Thompson, Matt Dragstrem, Jessi Alexander)
8 – “Cecilia” (Brett Kissel, Brad Rempel, Seth Mosley)
9 – “Shootin’ It” (Brett Kissel, Devin Dawson, Austin Smith, Jacod Durrett)
10 – “Damn!” (feat. Dave Mustaine) (Brett Kissel, Brian Maher, Justin Wilson)
11 – “Drink Cuss or Fish”  (Cory Crowder, John Pierce, Justin Lantz)
12 – “God Made Daughters” (Brett Kissel, Brice Long)
13 – “Burgers and Fries” (feat. Charley Pride) (Ben Peters)Brett Kissel – “We Were That Song” Official Music Video

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country singer Olivia Lane shows fans a new side to her with the release of “Devil and You.” The audio premiered on Yahoo Music earlier this week, followed by an exclusive broadcast premiere on CMT Music Thursday Oct. 19. Watch Olivia Lane’s video for “Devil and You” here.

“A lot of people know the happy and energetic parts of me but with ‘Devil and You’ I wanted to show my vulnerable side,” said Lane. “I wanted a video that showed the struggle we all sometimes have between the angel and devil on our shoulders and my co-director James King helped me bring that to life.”

“Devil and You,” a departure from Lane’s best known high energy and upbeat songs, was co-written by the Texas native with Skip Black and Brennin Hunt. The song paints the picture of the inner dialogue of a good girl who’s faced with the temptation to be a little bad. The video which was co-directed by Lane with James King, whom she collaborated with on her previous video for “Wrong Girl,” visually brings to life this conflict with contrasting shots of Lane alternating between “good” and “bad.”

Oh slipping off your white tee
You’re a snake and I’m eve
Oh the way you’re looking at me
Looking like we might be
In for a hell of a night
So wrong but feels so right
What’s a good girl supposed to do
When she’s caught up in between the devil and you
Caught up in between the devil and you

(Lane, Black, Hunt)

Forgoing the typical EP release, this is the second song Lane released directly to her fans. The singer has been hard at work in the studio writing and recording new music for her forthcoming project. Lane also keeps up with her fans through her vlog series, covering a wide range of topics from exclusive behind-the-scenes to make-up tutorials and taco bell blind tastings.

About Olivia Lane:
For country music today, Olivia Lane is clearly the right girl at the right time. She’s strong, dynamic, smart, funny, and above all, an entertainer. Much of her confidence is rooted in her upbringing in Texas. Her mother was a local Texas country singer who always made sure Olivia had access to any music that inspired her. Olivia started writing songs at age 16. She got so serious about it that she managed to persuade her mother to move with her to Los Angeles, where she finished high school and studied voice, dance, acting and guitar. She ultimately landed in Nashville, where her self-titled debut EP stirred interest throughout and beyond Music Row in 2016. She earned opening slots with Gary Allan, Easton Corbin, Kip Moore and Wynonna, and booked her own ‘She Fits’ house tour doing dates in private homes throughout the country. From stages and writing rooms, from youthful passions for music as diverse as Blondie and Patsy Cline, Michael Jackson and Alan Jackson, Olivia Lane has already achieved an uncanny self-awareness, artistically and personally. “I’m a musical melting pot,” she declares. “If I have to categorize myself I’d have to say I’m pop country because I identify with the country lifestyle but pop music is stylistically all over the map, just like me, and that peaks my interest.” Most recently Lane has been writing and recording new music, forgoing a classic EP release in favor of releasing one song at a time directly to her fans which Lane did with her release of “Wrong Girl” this summer. “So now, when people ask me who I sound like, I tell them the truth. ‘I sound like myself.’”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.Much has happened for William Michael Morgan since the release of his first single, “I Met A Girl,” and the 24-year-old returns to country radio as “Vinyl” – the title track from his debut album – arrives among the most added on the airplay charts. The honest offering mimics Morgan’s renewed sense of self, forged through a year that included major professional and personal milestones. The 2017 CRS New Faces honoree made his national television debut on NBC’s TODAY, garnered Gold certification for his No. 1 single “I Met A Girl” and celebrated his daughter’s first birthday.

“‘Vinyl’ is my favorite cut on the album and I think it tells a great love story,” shared Morgan. “During a time where I am focusing on personal growth, it felt right to choose something so honest as my next single. Vinyl has always been a timeless classic and that’s the kind of music I want to put out into the world.”

Written by Carson Chamberlain, Ashley Gorley and Wade Kirby, the signature track proves to be a standout for fans and critics alike with Saving Country Music asserting, “‘Vinyl’ has the stuff to seek and find appeal with the mainstream flock.” It has been a staple in the Mississippi native’s live set often earning a standing ovation. The Boot lauded “Vinyl” as “a mellow tune that hearkens back to the traditional country sound that Morgan is so adept at capturing.”

Influenced by country music legends such as Keith Whitley and Merle Haggard, it was fitting for Morgan to contribute pieces to the 2017 American Currents exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Morgan to honor iconic musicians, slated to perform October 12 for Opry County Classics at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

For full tour dates and more information, visit www.WilliamMichaelMorgan.comand follow William Michael Morgan on: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram.

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