About Boy Named Banjo:
Long before Boy Named Banjo, two of the founding members of the genre-bending band grew up a mile down the road from each other in Nashville. William Reames and Willard Logan both picked up the guitar at an early age, took lessons from the same teacher in town, and played in the same middle school band together.
A shared love for bluegrass, folk, and singer/songwriter music sparked a new musical friendship between Reames and banjo player, Barton Davies. The two young musicians enthusiastically bounced songs off each other, discovering some of their favorite artists together, such as The Steeldrivers, John Hartford, and more. Before long, they were writing and performing songs of their own, and at the age of 16, they decided to form their own band. Only, they needed a mandolin player. That’s when they called Logan – and the two longtime friends, and now Davies, were bandmates once again.
“We were still too young to step foot inside a bar when we first started to play,” Davies recalls, “so we’d set up shop on the sidewalk outside of Robert’s Western World in downtown Nashville and play our own songs for whomever would listen.” According to Davies – about halfway through one of their sets, a man came stumbling out of Robert’s, got in Barton’s face and yelled “play that thing, Banjo Boy! C’mon, Banjo!” Reames texted Davies later that night – “Boy Named Banjo.”
With a brand-new name and a handful of original songs, the trio recorded The Tanglewood Sessions, giving fans an inside look into the lives of the young outfit and receiving unexpected praise. In 2013, Boy Named Banjo invited drummer Sam McCullough to join the group, before recording their sophomore album, Long Story Short (2014). The band earned a spot in their first major music festival, performing at Bonnaroo in 2015. Shortly after releasing their Lost on Main EP in 2016, Boy Named Banjo found its missing piece, bass guitarist Ford Garrard. The group hit the road and haven’t stopped touring since. Boy Named Banjo has crafted a sound that incorporates an energetic blend of country, bluegrass, alt-rock, and folk-pop telling their stories through an honest, emotional, roots-driven perspective.
Twenty years into one of modern Country music’s most credible careers, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley has his cowboy boot on the throttle towards his 10th studio album GRAVEL & GOLD, out February 24th. Penned by Casey Brown, Jordan Minton, Hunter Phelps and Bentley, fans can listen to the sharply-written new track “Cowboy Boots” featuring critically-acclaimed Ashley McBryde from the forthcoming album here.
“When I first really fell in love with Country music, Jim Beam and cowboy boots came along for the ride. I’ve had a few pair of boots over the years, many requiring duct tape at times. But, they’ve been my consistent and steady companion through this crazy ride,” said Bentley. “Not only does Ashley have one of the best voices in Country music, she also always rocked a pair of boots when we were on tour together last year. I wanted someone that I could authentically sing this song with, and I didn’t have to look any further than stage left. She’s the real deal.”
McBryde joined Bentley down at Lower Broadway’s iconic Robert’s Western World last week for his latest performance video from one Nashville’s most important music venues.
“Assembling a mix that spans contemporary Country” (Rolling Stone), GRAVEL & GOLD is a story of renewal, family, persistence and devotion to making the music as authentic and lasting as it can possibly be. From the “Country music staple” (Esquire), Bentley is set to release the diverse 14-track album of perspective and self-awareness, at many levels, from the personal to the professional. It’s also a testament to the many strains of Country music Bentley has mastered and cultivated in his career and fans can now pre-order GRAVEL & GOLD and access its first available tracks “Gold,” “High Note” feat. Billy Strings, “Same Ol’ Me” and now “Cowboy Boots” here.
The 10th album landmark speaks to how time has flown in Bentley’s unique, 21st-century career. He landed his first publishing deal in 2001 and released his debut album in 2003, producing an instant No. One single. The years since have revealed a rare consistency that’s fueled longevity – eight more albums that reached the top of the Country sales charts, resulting in 21 No. One songs, eight billion streams, three CMA Awards, 14 GRAMMY® nominations and membership into the Grand Ole Opry. Trendy sounds have ebbed and flowed around him over these two decades, but fans have relied on Bentley for something more nourishing and individual. He also has created professional endeavors outside of the music with his Flag & Anthem lifestyle collection Desert Son, along with his “Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row” franchise hosting four locations. It was recently announced that Bentley will headline the pre-race concert prior to the Daytona 500 (2/19). For more information visit www.Dierks.com.
Caylee Hammack is back with a fiery ultimatum with her new song “All or Nothing” available today here. Hammack co-wrote (Tofer Brown and Thomas Finchum) and co-produced (Dann Huff) the track that showcases Hammack’s bold vocals as she serves up a take it or leave it message.
“‘All Or Nothing’ has been persistently burning through my pocket since we wrote it, so I’m thankful it’s out!” shared Hammack. “This song felt fitting as the introduction to my second album coming later this year. Everybody loves a good old war cry for good love sometimes.”
Hammack will head overseas next month, bringing her universal sound to C2C Festival with performances slated in London, Dublin and Glasgow.
Hammack has previously brought her unforgettable live set to opening slots for Reba, Darius Rucker, Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Trisha Yearwood, Brad Paisley, Brothers Osborne and some of country music’s biggest festivals.
Multi-platinum-selling recording artist Josh Turner is heading out on the “Long Black Train 20th Anniversary Tour,” in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Turner’s hit album, Long Black Train and the album’s second single of the same name, which were both certified Platinum by the RIAA. On May 19, the album Long Black Train will be released on vinyl for the first time, to coincide with the anniversary of the single’s original 2003 release date, and the special edition vinyl is available now for pre-order. Turner will also be featured on the nationally syndicated TV series, “The Song,” on Saturday, March 11. The episode will spotlight “Long Black Train,” the country gospel leaning signature song written while attending Belmont University in Nashville. Turner walks the campus and revisits the very locations that inspired the song. Tickets for Turner’s tour, which launches March 4 in Dothan, AL, are available now at joshturner.com.
“I wrote this song during my senior year at Belmont University, and I remember thinking to myself, no one is going to want to hear this old timey gospel song. Thankfully, God placed a few folks in my life that thought differently and here we are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of ‘Long Black Train,’” says Turner. “I credit this song with landing me my first publishing deal, my record deal and my first Opry performance. A lot of folks think that this was my first single, but it was actually my second. I was hesitant when the label suggested it be the next single, nothing else on the radio sounded like it. I don’t know where I’d be today without this song and so we named the tour for this 20th anniversary and will be celebrating all year long.”
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“LONG BLACK TRAIN 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR” DATES
|3/4||Dothan, AL||The Plant|
|3/6||Plant City, FL||Florida Strawberry Festival 2023|
|3/24||Tuscon, AZ||Rialto Theatre|
|3/25||Wickenburg, AZ||Party in the Desert|
|4/13||Lancaster, PA||American Music Theatre|
|4/14||Jim Thorpe, PA||Penn’s Peak|
|5/5||Hot Springs, AR||Oaklawn Racing Casino|
|6/3||Pender, NE||Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska|
|6/9||Nelsonville, OH||Black Diamond Music & Arts Festival|
|6/10||Renfro Valley, KY||Renfro Valley Entertainment Center|
|6/16||Prestonsburg, KY||Mountain Arts Center|
|6/17||Romeoville, IL||Deer Crossing Park|
|7/1||N. Myrtle Beach, SC||Alabama Theatre|
|7/2||Simpsonville, SC||Simply Freedom Fest|
|7/15||Breim, Norway||Norsk Countrytreff 2023|
|7/22||West Liberty, IA||Muscatine County Fair|
|8/4||Colorado Springs, CO||Pikes Peak Center|
|8/5||Sterling, CO||Logan County Fairgrounds|
|8/10||Grants Pass, OR||Josephine County Fairgrounds|
|8/11||John Day, OR||Grant County Fairgrounds|
|8/12||Oroville, CA||Gold Country Casino|
|8/18||Valley Center, CA||Harrah’s Resort|
|8/24||Princeton, IL||Bureau County Fairgrounds|
|8/25||Watseka, IL||Watseka Family Festival|
|9/23||Columbus, MN||Running Aces Casino|
|**Additional dates to be announced|