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Canadian Country Duo Austin Belle Release New EP Just Drive September 16

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Vancouver-based Country duo, Austin Belle, will release their debut EP, Just Drive (Cordova Bay) on September 16, 2014. The EP will be available on iTunes and features their current single, “Just Drive,” which is now playing on Canadian Country radio. Consisting of lead guitarist and songwriter Jesse Wainwright of the Rock band State of Shock and lead singer Stacey McKitrick, Austin Belle is breaking into the Country music scene from a talented award-winning background.
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Chris Janson Tapped To Open Merle Haggard Sold-Out Shows At Ryman Auditorium

Chris Janson performs at the Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza on Friday, June 6 during the 2014 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville.

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Country music entertainer Chris Janson will join the legendary Merle Haggard next week, for two sold-out shows at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Recently named by Rolling Stone Country as one of the “Top 10 Artist You Need To Know,” Janson will light up the stage as the opening act for Haggard during both shows on Monday (8/25) and Tuesday (8/26).

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Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White to Release First Studio Album

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Legendary Country Music Couple to Release HEARTS LIKE OURS on September 30, 2014

On August 4, country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White (of country music’s The Whites) celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary.  Over the course of more than three decades of marriage, Skaggs and White have savored every moment of their lifelong commitment to one another.  With both of their respected careers cemented into the country music history books, one might find it hard to believe that the couple has never recorded an album together.  That all changes on September 302014 when Skaggs and White release their first-ever studio album, Hearts Like Ours.

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Kelleigh Bannen ‘You Are What You Love’ – Single Review

 

Kelleigh Bannen is another of the talented crop of country women trying to make it on radio, although her plight has been made all the more difficult by the fact that she’s a newcomer, and she doesn’t have the critically acclaimed sound that benefits acts like Brandy Clark, Kacey Musgraves, Ashley Monroe, Holly Williams and more. Although the acts mentioned don’t have any real radio support, they are known names and do fairly well in their respective fields (save Kacey, who is a hugely successful anomaly). Kelleigh fits neatly into a commercial country vein, so almost oddly enough has been struggling because radio simply aren’t playing women, meaning they need to stand out on other mediums. In 2012 Kelleigh peaked at #41 on radio with ‘Sorry On The Rocks’, while her follow-up single earlier this year, ‘Famous’, just reached top 50. An attempt to channel a heavily pop/R&B-influenced sound backfired, and she’s now back with a much more radio-friendly and likely hit.

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Joel Crouse ‘Even The River Runs’ – Album Review

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Joel Crouse has been largely passed over by most commenting on and critiquing the country music scene of the past year. His first single, released in February 2013, was ‘If You Want Some’, and while it received favorable reviews, it peaked at #32 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart and #50 on Hot Country Songs. His second single ‘Why God Made Love Songs’ only reached #53 on airplay and never charted on HCS, while his new follow-up ‘Don’t Tell Me’ has yet to chart on either. Thrown into the center of bro-country surrounded by trucks, tailgates, and little tanned hotties wearing daisy dukes, it is understandable as to why Joel may have struggled. His brand of commercial, catchy country pop with flavors of rock, blues and soul would likely have turned heads at another time in country music’s history, but lost in the noise both of bros and those discussing them, his success so far has been muted.

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