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.



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Maddie & Tae release their new album, Through The Madness Vol. 1, on Friday (January 28th). The duo co-penned each song on Through The Madness Vol. 1, leading with heart-wide-open vulnerability, exuding familiarity and truth. The project follows their critically acclaimed No. 1 debuting The Way It Feels album.

The duo took the title of their new project from the song “Madness,” and it totally fit with what we’ve all been through and what we’re still going through now.

“So, the title of this project came very last minute, which is the same exact thing that happened with Start Here and The Way It Feels. Through The Madness is a lyric from our song, ‘Madness,’ and we wrote this whole project through the madness of the world, through the madness of 2020,” says Maddie Font. “And I feel like ‘Madness’ sounds like it’s not hopeful song, but it is, and both of these projects are very hopeful, and we really wanted to represent that no matter how crazy the world gets or how crazy life gets, through the madness you always make it through. So, that’s how the title came to be.”

Through The Madness Vol. 1 Track List:

  1. What It’s Like Loving You (Maddie Font, Taylor Kerr, Josh Kerr, Jordan Minton)
    2.  Woman You Got (Maddie Font, Taylor Kerr, Mark Holman, Laura Veltz)
    3.  Don’t Make Her Look Dumb (Feat. Morgane Stapleton) (Maddie Font, Taylor Kerr, Barry Dean, Luke Laird)
    4.  Grown Man Cry (Maddie Font, Taylor Kerr, Eric Arjes, Jordan Minton)
    5.  Madness (Maddie Font, Taylor Kerr, Jessie Jo Dillon, Zach Kale)
    6.  The Other Side (Feat. Lori McKenna) (Maddie Font, Taylor Kerr, Josh Kerr, Lori McKenna)
    7.  Wish You The Best (Maddie Font, Taylor Kerr, Matt Dragstrem, Josh Thompson)*
    8.  Strangers (Maddie Font, Taylor Kerr, Adam Hambrick, Jimmy Robbins)

Produced by Jimmy Robbins & Derek Wells
* = “Wish You The Best” produced by Josh Kerr & Derek Wells


Audio / Maddie Font of Maddie & Tae talks about the title of their new project, Through The Madness Vol. 1.


Maddie & Tae (title of Through The Madness Vol. 1) OC: …came to be. :39
MADDIE: “So, the title of this project came very last minute, which is the same exact thing that happened with Start Here and The Way It Feels. Through The Madness is a lyric from our song, ‘Madness,’ and we wrote this whole project through the madness of the world, through the madness of 2020.And I feel like ‘Madness’ sounds like it’s not hopeful song, but it is, and both of these projects are very hopeful, and we really wanted to represent that no matter how crazy the world gets or how crazy life gets, through the madness you always make it through. So, that’s how the title came to be.”

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Multi-Platinum superstar Eric Church has partnered with real estate and hospitality entrepreneur Ben Weprin as co-owners of new six-story property Chief’s at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Broadway in downtown Nashville, with plans to begin renovating the food, beverage and live entertainment space this year.

“I remember driving through downtown Nashville over 20 years ago with a pawn shop guitar, riding shotgun in a beat-to-hell truck just trying to chase a dream,” reflects Church. “Chief’s is the culmination of catching that dream. Like everything else we do in our career, I wouldn’t even attempt a project like this if I didn’t think it would be the best, so that’s what Chief’s will be: the best.”



With Esquire praising Church as “one of the most singular working artists in any genre,” and Stereogum celebrating him as “one of the biggest touring musicians on earth,” the critically acclaimed entertainer’s passion for live music will be on full display with an intimate seated music venue within the space. His roots in the Carolinas will also be reflected on the rooftop of the former Cotton Eyed Joe building, with renowned Charleston pitmaster and James Beard Award winner Rodney Scott bringing his Whole Hog BBQ to Music City.

“I am beyond excited to not only bring Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ to Music City, but to also partner with my good friends Eric and Ben on this project,” says Scott. “Anyone who knows me, knows that I love music – so the opportunity to expand the brand in partnership with an award-winning musician makes this project extra special! I can’t wait to share our Carolina roots and our whole hog BBQ with the incredible people of Nashville.”

Church, who set the Nissan Stadium concert attendance record of 56,521 across the river from where Chief’s will stand, has been closely involved in the planning process for the venue, which will reflect his storied career of 30 Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum singles – from his Sinners Like Me debut through current Top 15-and-climbing single “Heart On Fire” and beyond.

“Bringing a seated music venue to Lower Broadway while revitalizing and preserving a historic building is exactly the kind of investment Nashville’s entertainment sector needs,” notes Mayor John Cooper. “I thank the partners involved for keeping the character of the building while creating a new concept for locals and our visitors to enjoy.”

“Pairing Eric’s talent and passion for music and his work ethic with a new restaurant, bar, performance hall and more downtown is a recipe for success,” adds Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp CEO Butch Spyridon. “The fact that he is doing this in a historic building that will transform the gateway to historic Second Avenue is truly a bonus as that street recovers from 2020’s unfortunate incident.”

“I am partnering with my closest friend and, in my opinion, the greatest hotel entrepreneur on earth, Ben Weprin, and the greatest barbecue chef in the world, Rodney Scott,” continues Church. “Together we will create an experience unique to Nashville and absolutely unparalleled in the world of music, food, fellowship and entertainment. This is my hometown. This is personal. This matters. Every detail of Chief’s will feel that way. I cannot wait to get started. See you in 2023.”

In addition to launching Chief’s, Church is currently playing in-the-round arena shows across the U.S. and Canada on The Gather Again Tour. Tickets to all dates, including the U.S. finale at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden, are on sale now at All tour dates will enforce local venue and/or city guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions and Church is touring with a fully vaccinated crew.

For more information, visit and follow on Facebook and Twitter @ericchurch and Instagram @ericchurchmusic. Fans can also download the Eric Church Official App for exclusive offers only available on tour – including seat upgrades, contests and special merchandise – all while connecting with fellow fans from around the world.

Remaining Dates on The Gather Again Tour
* denotes special appearances not part of The Gather Again Tour
February 4                    KFC Yum! Center                                      Louisville, Ky.
February 5                    Bankers Life Fieldhouse                            Indianapolis, Ind.
February 11                  CHI Health Center                                     Omaha, Neb.
February 12                  Wells Fargo Arena                                     Des Moines, Iowa
February 18                  T-Mobile Center                                        Kansas City, Mo.
February 19                  BOK Center                                               Tulsa, Okla.
February 25                  Hampton Coliseum                                    Hampton, Va.
February 26                  Spectrum Center                                        Charlotte, N.C.
March 4                        Amway Center                                           Orlando, Fla.
March 5                        Amalie Arena                                             Tampa, Fla.
March 11                      United Center                                             Chicago, Ill.
March 12                      Enterprise Center                                       St. Louis, Mo.
March 18                      Resch Center                                              Green Bay, Wis.
March 19                      Resch Center                                              Green Bay, Wis.
March 25                      Legacy Arena at the BJCC                        Birmingham, Ala.
March 26                      Simmons Bank Arena                                Little Rock, Ark.
April 1                          Dickies Arena                                            Fort Worth, Texas
April 2                          AT&T Center                                             San Antonio, Texas
April 9                          Smoothie King Center                               New Orleans, La.
April 15                        Moda Center                                              Portland, Ore.
April 16                        Spokane Arena                                           Spokane, Wash.
April 29                        ExtraMile Arena                                        Boise, Idaho
April 30                        Vivint Arena                                              Salt Lake City, Utah
May 6                           Pechanga Arena                                         San Diego, Calif.
May 7                           STAPLES Center                                       Los Angeles, Calif.
May 11                         Golden 1 Center                                         Sacramento, Calif.
May 13                         T-Mobile Arena                                          Las Vegas, Nev.
May 14                         Gila River Arena                                        Glendale, Ariz.
May 20                         Madison Square Garden                             New York, N.Y.
June 17*                       Barefoot Country Music Fest                     Wildwood, N.J.
June 23*                       Country Jam 2022                                      Mack, Colo.
July 1                            Canadian Tire Centre                                 Ottawa, Ontario
July 2                            Scotiabank Arena                                       Toronto, Ontario
July 9*                          Pendleton Whisky Music Festival             Pendleton, Ore.
July 30*                        Big Valley Jamboree                                  Camrose, Alberta
August 27*                   Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s    Stateline, NV
August 28*                   Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s    Stateline, NV

NEWS AND NOTES: Keith Urban, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan

Keith Urban has added five new shows to his residency at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. They’ll take place March 25th – April 2nd.


Brothers Osborne appeared on ABC’s Nightline Tuesday night (January 25th). Check out the comprehensive interview here.

Go behind-the-scenes of Luke Bryan‘s seventh annual Crash My Playa event with CMT this weekend. Check out all the action on CMT Hot 20 with Cody Alan Saturday (January 29th) beginning at 9am ET/8am CT.



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