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Jordan Davis transformed himself from a Nashville newcomer into a countrywide chart-topper with 2018’s Home State. Inspired equally by the old-school songwriters of his parents’ generation and the high-production dynamics of modern country radio, Home State was a once-in-a-decade debut, filled with fresh material — including the Number 1 hits “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot,” “Take It From Me,” and “Singles You Up” — that bridged the gap between the classic and the contemporary.

That unique sound owed its diversity to Jordan’s roots in Shreveport. Raised by a family of songwriters (including his uncle, Stan Paul Davis, who wrote hit songs for Tracy Lawrence during the 1990s), he grew up in the cultural melting pot of northern Louisiana, within a day’s drive of New Orleans’ jazz clubs, Mississippi’s juke joints, and East Texas’ country saloons. Music was everywhere, and Jordan happily soaked it up. “I never felt drawn to one specific genre,” he remembers. “I was just drawn to songwriting. It didn’t matter if I was listening to folk music or southern rock — if it was a well-crafted song, it would pull me in.”

Years later, Jordan’s the one pulling people in. Buy Dirt, his eight-song follow-up to his self-titled EP and his debut album, Home State, is a record for the modern-day Spotify generation — for music fans whose tastes are all-encompassing, influenced by genre-crossing playlists and the ever-widening range of contemporary country music. Songs like “Drink Had Me” and “Lose You” mix Nashville twang with poppy punch, rooted in beats that owe as much to the dance club as the honky tonk. At the same time, Jordan fills Buy Dirt with the same ingredients that made classic country so great: southern storytelling, timeless melodies, a blue-collar work ethic, and the willingness to break new ground.

“I’ve always loved artists who take risks,” he says. “I’m in a different spot in my life than I was when I released Home State. We all are! 2020 was a tough time for everyone. I was able to use that time to recenter some things in my world, and I didn’t want those lessons to go to waste. I wanted to create something special. The best way to that was to write honestly, and we did a lot of that on this record.”

Teaming up with producer Paul DiGiovanni and all-star co-writers like Hillary Lindsey, Ashley Gorley, Emily Weisband, Josh Kerr, and more, Jordan Davis created Buy Dirt during a year that found the whole world on edge. There was an election. A pandemic. A period of social and civil unrest. Looking to write uplifting music that celebrated the commonalities that bind us together rather than the differences that drive us apart, he focused on universal experiences: breakups (“Almost Maybes”), boozy nights (“Drink Had Me”), old flames (“Need To Not”), self-improvement (“Trying”), and long-lasting love (“I Still Smoked”). Tipping his hat to those who came before him, he also recorded an abbreviated version of John Prine’s “Blow Up Your TV,” which opens the EP.

Featuring an appearance by Luke Bryan, “Buy Dirt” isn’t just the record’s title track. It’s also the centerpiece. Written amidst the chaos and uncertainty of Covid-19, “Buy Dirt” focuses on the things that truly matter. The song finds its narrator sitting on a back porch with his grandfather, listening to the old man dispense pearls of wisdom between sips of hot coffee. For Davis, the story goes even further than that.

“When Covid hit, I was worried that I’d lost a career that I’d spent my entire life building,” he admits. “It took me a couple months to realize I already had everything I needed — a roof over my head, a beautiful daughter that I could watch grow up, and an amazing wife. I had my family, faith, and friends. As humans, we always want what we don’t have… but it’s good to take a step back and refocus on what’s really important.”

The conversation depicted in “Buy Dirt” reminded Davis of a night he spent with Luke Bryan. The two musicians had first met at an awards show, then bumped into each other on the golf course throughout the years that followed. “We sat around the fire after a golf tournament one day, smoking cigars and talking about everything but music,” Davis recalls. “That conversation always stuck with me. Luke isn’t just a great entertainer; he’s a great Dad, a great husband, and a great friend, too. That’s what ‘Buy Dirt’ embodies. When I wrote ‘Buy Dirt,’ I knew he could relate to the song’s message. I took a chance and asked him to join me on the recording, and he said yes.”

Had Luke Bryan joined Jordan Davis on 2018’s Home State, it might have come across as an established country headliner voicing his support for a young up-and-comer. This is something different. Here, the two artists are genuine peers, handing down advice to those within earshot.

“Those years I spent in college, driving around with the radio on… Luke Bryan was the radio,” Jordan says. “He’s the guy I was always listening to. I don’t know what I would’ve done if someone had told me I’d be teaming up with him in 2021, singing a song that means so much to me. It’s such a special moment. Something to be grateful for.”

These days, Jordan Davis has much to be grateful for. With Buy Dirt, he stakes his claim as a country innovator, both expanding and modernizing his sound without abandoning his love for the classics. It’s there — in the grey area between eras — that he’s built his career, digging deep into his own sonic territory. And there are diamonds in the dirt.

 

 

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DIERKS BENTLEY COUNTS OFF TO TENTH ALBUM WITH “COWBOY BOOTS” FEATURING ASHLEY MCBRYDE AVAILABLE NOW.

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 DROPS FIERCE NEW SONG “ALL OR NOTHING.”

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.

 

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JOSH TURNER ANNOUNCES THE “LONG BLACK TRAIN 20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR” DATES AND TICKET ON SALE.

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

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