New single from Josh Thompson ("Beer on the Table," "Blame it on Waylon," "Way Out Here" and "Sinner") released to iTunes July 23. It's called "Cold Beer With Your Name On It."
Josh introduced the song (which he has been playing at concerts) during a live chat Monday night, along with "A Little Memory Goes a Long Long Way," which will also be on the new album.
It's been a busy summer playing a lot of shows at fairs, festivals and clubs, and he will be taking time in August for an elk hunt in Utah. Look for a new album to come out at the peak of "Cold Beer With Your Name On It," probably around the first of the year, he said. Look for new fall tour announcement with some "good buddies" coming this fall. Maybe with Justin Moore??
When asked about what's on his iPod, he admits to having an iPod, but no music on them. He's still rocking' CDs, he said, and Sirius radio and is a big Norah Jones fan.
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Update on Randy Travis: In a video interview last week, his doctors say that Travis did not have acute moral myocarditis. He did suffer an acute viral illness over the past several weeks, but that "seems to have tipped over a more chronic condition," according to Dr. Michael Mack, cardiac surgeon and the medical director of cardiovascular disease at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas.
Mack said Travis has idiopathic cardiomyopathy, "which means he has scarring of his heart muscle that is causing his heart to be weak and not able to support his circulation without the help of either medical devices or medication." A heart biopsy showed no active infection, he said. The condition does not appear to be drug or alcohol related; Travis has a family history of cardiomyopathy and Mack said the condition is more likely related to that.
Travis is off mechanical device support and is being weaned from intravenous medications to help support his heart to oral doses. He is breathing with the help of a ventilator and should be weaned from that soon.
Dr. Gary Erwin, intensivist at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, will be at the hospital for a few more weeks to stabilize his heart and will begin physical therapy. He will likely then transfer to an inpatient facility where he will receive aggressive physical therapy. Erwin said it will likely take months for Travis to recover from the stroke.
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Sidewalk Recording artist and diehard NASCAR fan Tim Dugger is on the NASCAR circuit this summer. Dugger's NASCAR tour kicked off with stops at Pocono Raceway, along with Daytona International Speedway, New Hampshire Speedway, and Iowa Speedway.
The tour continues July 25 with Dugger at the Brickyard 400 performing during the hauler parade. On Aug. 9, Dugger will be at Watkins Glen Speedway to sing an infield concert in conjunction with the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series race and will also perform the national anthem at the race on Aug. 11.
Dugger will be performing as part of the inaugural Nationwide Series Race at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 16. The following day, he will perform at the Michigan International Speedway.
It's on to Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 22 to 24 where he will be playing as part of the Food City Race Festival on Aug. 22 and he will be signing alongside top drivers. On Aug. 23 and 24, he will be playing at the Bristol Motor Speedway Guest Welcome Village Stage.
Dugger developed a loyal fan base in the country music clubs surrounding the race circuit. He met Mike Curb at Daytona, handed him a CD and that was the beginning of his career. He was signed to Curb Records' imprint label, Sidewalk Records. His musical influences include Merle Haggard, Gene Watson and Vern Gosdin.
His new single is "(I Called Her) Tennessee," a song he wrote a few years ago. "I think every good ‘ol Alabama boy in high school dreams of spring break when he can hit the beaches down to Mobile or Panama City and meet that older and wiser college girl that can teach him a thing or two about love. That’s the story in this song. They have a great time—he never asks her name—but he knows she’s from Tennessee,” Dugger said. Here it at and other music, including the uniting "Stand Tall," from Tim at timdugger.com.
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Joe Denim ("Pray for You" recorded by Jaron And the Long Road to Love) has a new parody song, "Cover of the Field & Stream." Denim cowrote the song with Brian Mabry and Steve Cropper as a parody of the 1970s Dr. Hook song "Cover of The Rolling Stone." Comedian Rodney Carrington recorded the song with Denim.
Ironically, the song's release comes at the same time as Rolling Stone magazine created a firestorm of criticism with the current issue, which features a cover story on Boston Marathon homer Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
"It's unbelievable to me. Everybody has the right to print, write, sing or say whatever they want, but they have to a social responsibility to do what is right with the platform they have, and I think Rolling Stone is totally in the wrong here," Denim said in a news release about the cover photo.
You can hear "Cover of the Field & Stream" on iTunes.
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Frankie Ballard's new single, "Helluva Life," is also available on iTunes.
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And check out CMT.com http://www.cmt.com/videos/chuck-wicks/938285/salt-life.jhtml for a look at Chuck Wicks' ("Cinderella") new video for "Salt Life." It's the first single from Wicks' EP "Rough," released in April.
Wicks is also a co-host of Cumulus' "America's Morning Show" on NASH FM 94.7 in New York, along side Blair Garner, Terri Clark, Sunny Sweeney and Lee Ann Womack. The show airs from Nashville from 6 to 10 a.m. weekdays.
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Country music newcomer Ryan Weaver has released his debut music video for his single, “Crank It.” The track is a rowdy country tune, co-written by Weaver with songwriters Kevin Ray and Brian Eckert. The song is an up-tempo salute to a woman who turns heads with her carefree, independent attitude and her ability to shock the establishment.
The video, which was directed by Patrick Tohill and features former Motley Crue lead singer, John Corabi, premiered on The Nashville Network’s (TNN) Top 10 show recently.
The small-town Florida native is a high energy, all-American, rockin’ country music artist who served as an active duty Blackhawk helicopter pilot, Chief Warrant Officer 3, in the U. S. Army. He credits his musical inspiration and motivation to his older brother, Aaron, who passed away after the Medevac helicopter he was a passenger in, was shot down when both Ryan and Aaron were deployed in Iraq.
“I haven’t followed the normal path of a country music artist, and it would be fair to say the path found me. This country is the greatest country in the world, because you are free to chase your dreams no matter where you came from. With hard work, dedication, support from family, friends and fans and a little God given talent, you can accomplish anything.” Weaver explains. “It makes me proud knowing what went in to getting to this point, and I know the sky is the limit.”
Weaver is currently writing and recording the final songs for his forthcoming album on WCB Records, which is scheduled for release later this year.
“Crank It,” the single, is now available on iTunes and Amazon. You can view it on Weaver's Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ryanweavercountry?sk=app_128953167177144&ref=s
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Sarah Darling teamed up with DJ and Remix Producer DJ DU to add an electronic dance flavor to her latest single, 'Little Umbrellas." It's now available on iTunes. Darling kept her vocals true to the original, while DJ DU meshed electronica, pop and rock notes over an accelerated techno beat to create a remix version.
DJ DU made his national TV debut on the American Music Awards where he mixed Kip Moore's "Somethin' About a Truck" and "Beer Money."
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July 26 -- Loretta Lynn, 9:30 Club, Washington
July 26 -- Scotty McCreery, Job.com Pavilion, Fredericksburg, Va.
July 28 -- Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and Kix Brooks; Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 3 -- Parmalee, Carroll County Fair, Westminster
Aug. 4 and 5 -- Kris Kristofferson, Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis
Aug. 6 -- Kris Kristofferson, Birchmere, Alexandria, Va.
Aug. 8 -- Confederate Railroad, Smithsburg Fireman's Carnival Grounds
Aug. 8 -- Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch; Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia
Aug. 8 -- Eli Young Band, Rams Head Live, Baltimore
Aug. 9 -- "Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie" The original Joe Diffie, Warren County Fairgrounds, Front Royal, Va.
Aug. 9 -- Trace Adkins, Job.com Pavilion, Fredericksburg, Va.
Aug. 9 -- Restless Heart, American Music Theatre, Lancaster, Pa.
Aug. 10 -- Joe Diffie, Warren County Fairgrounds, Front Royal, Va.
Aug. 10 -- Marty Stuart, Birchmere, Alexandria, Va.
Aug. 10 -- Jason Aldean and Jake Owen, Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pa.
Aug. 10 -- Restless Heart, Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis
Aug. 11 -- Jo Dee Messina, Music Box Theatre, Hershey, Pa.