Kassi Ashton has released her single, “Dates In Pickup Trucks,” to radio. The California, Missouri singer/songwriter wrote and produced the song with Luke Laird and David Garcia. The idea for the song stemmed from a conversation with her grandmother.
“My grandma called me one day and said she went on a date with my grandpa and she was giggling, and my grandma does not giggle,” Kassi recalls. “I said, ‘What did you do on your date?’ And she said, ‘I made dinner and we packed it up in the truck, and we rode around on roads that we haven’t seen in years.’ And I giggled and got off the phone and I thought, ’Yeah, all my best dates were in pickup trucks.’”
The breezy tune takes the listener back to distant care-free memories of the past. Kassi’s unmistakable R&B influence shines throughout the song, while paired with a contrasting steel guitar creating a sound uniquely her own.
Kassi shares her excitement of releasing her debut single to country radio. “I’ve waited a very long time to say this, I’m so happy to be finally giving you my debut country radio single!” exclaims Kassi. “Dates In Pickup Trucks is meant to be sang along to, with the wheels rolling you forward and the speakers taking you back. Call your local station and tell them to play it.”
Kassi released her dynamic song, “Heavyweight,” this past October joining her previous critically acclaimed releases “California, Missouri,” “Hopeless,” “Violins,” and more released by UMG Nashville in conjunction with Interscope Records. Named “Who to Watch” by Huffington Post, The Tennessean, and radio personal her “the next big country superstar.”
Today, following their nomination for Best Country Album and Best Country Duo/ Group Performance at the 2024 Grammys, and winning this year’s CMA Vocal Duo of the Year, Brothers Osborne announce their 35-date “Might As Well Be Us Tour” with dates throughout 2024. The Grammy-winning duo will perform in cities including Atlanta, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Chicago and more (full dates below) with support from Stephen Wilson Jr., The Cadillac Three, Zach Top, Jackson Dean, Madeline Edwards, and Caylee Hammack. Members of the band’s The Family Fan Club can unlock exclusive pre-sale access to shows by logging into the official website at www.brothersosborne.com. Brothers Osborne fan-club presale will begin on Wednesday (November 29th) at 10am local time, with select presales that week ahead of general on -sale which will begin on Friday (December 1st) 10am local time here.
Recently, Brothers Osborne were nominated for Best Country Album for Brothers Osborne and Best Country Duo/ Group Performance for “Nobody’s Nobody”at the 66th annual GRAMMY Awards. The siblings took home their first GRAMMY in 2022, winning Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their song “Younger Me” and have been nominated for 12 GRAMMYs overall. Additionally, the band won the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year at this year’s 57th Annual CMA Awards. The duo are the reigning champions in this category and this marks the sixth time they have taken home this award.
This month, the duo made their debut appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! for a special performance of their song ““Goodbye’s Kickin’ In” with a string quartet and backing vocals. Watch their performance of “Goodbye’s Kickin’ In,” off their self-titled fourth studio album, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! here. The band also appeared on CBS Mornings, joined by Anthony Mason at their homes in Nashville as they open up about the creative process behind their recent self-titled album, and their upcoming tour. John Osborne spoke candidly about his previous struggles with mental health and TJ touched on his journey since coming out. Watch the full interview here.
Brothers Osborne, the band’s self-titled fourth studio album is out now via EMI Records Nashville. The album was named one of the most anticipated albums of the year by The Los Angeles Times who call it “a lively self-titled” album which adds “fresh sounds and textures to the Osbornes’ solidly built songs” and the duo recently appeared on the cover of American Songwriter who say a “sense of comfortable confidence echoes through all eleven tracks on Brothers Osborne, which builds off the duo’s trademark meld of classic Southern rock and polished modern country.” Brothers Osborne is available on all formats here.
For their self-titled release, the brothers enlisted Mike Elizondo (Sheryl Crow, Turnstile, Dr. Dre, Twenty One Pilots, Lin-Manuel Miranda) to produce, entrusting him with curating his own band of studio musicians, including Paul McCartney’s drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. behind the kit. Miranda Lambert provides the LP’s sole guest vocals on “We Ain’t Good at Breaking Up,” after co-writing the song with Brothers Osborne and Jesse Frasure.
The brothers co-wrote every song on the album, including their chart-climbing current single “Nobody’s Nobody,” penned with Elizondo and Kendell Marvel, capturing a message of inclusion and acceptance.
Brothers Osborne are one of music’s most consistently adventurous bands, a duo connected by not just blood, but also a lifetime of performing together, and a shared working class upbringing in Deale, Maryland. The reigning CMA and ACM Duo of the Year winners are leaders of a progressive and still classic school of country music, and the faces of the new generation of Nashville. Anchored by TJ’s baritone and John’s guitar, every one of the album’s 11 tracks are distinctly Brothers Osborne songs – the album is also their most musically diverse yet, along with a new producer’s direction, it features synthesizers, and a piano ballad.
“We are always pushing ourselves, always evolving and not afraid to change,” John says. “But at the end of the day, we are also who we are.”
“This is a defining record at this point in our career, where we needed to put it all on our shoulders,” TJ says. “And we did. Like it was when we were growing up, it’s just John and me.”
Brothers Osborne “Might As Well Be Us Tour” Dates
Thu, March 28 // Milwaukee, WI // The Rave – Eagles Ballroom*
Fri, March 29 // Omaha, NE // Steelhouse Omaha*
Sat, March 30 // Waukee, IA // Vibrant Music Hall*
Wed, April 03 // Atlanta, GA // Coca-Cola Roxy+
Thu, April 04 // Spartanburg, SC // Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium+
Fri, April 05 // Chattanooga, TN // Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium+
Thu, April 11 // Cincinnati, OH // The Andrew J Brady Music Center^
Fri, April 12 // Birmingham, AL // Avondale Brewing Company^
Sat, April 13 // New Orleans, LA // Saenger Theatre^
Thu, April 18 // Boston, MA // MGM Music Hall at Fenway$
Fri, April 19 // Philadelphia, PA // The Metropolitan Opera House (“The Met”)$
Sat, April 20 // Wallingford, CT // Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre$
Thu, April 25// Saint Augustine, FL // The Saint Augustine Amphitheatre+
Fri, April 26 // Orlando, FL // Hard Rock Live Orlando+
Sat, April 27 // Hollywood, FL // Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.+#
Sat, May 18 // Idaho Falls, ID // Mountain America Center%
Sun, May 19 // Sandy, UT // Sandy Amphitheater%
Tue, May 21 // Portland, OR // Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall%
Wed, May 22 // Abbotsford, BC // Abbotsford Centre%
Fri, May 24 // Modesto, CA // The Fruityard%
Sat, May 25 // Oakland, CA //Fox Theater%
Wed, May 29 // San Diego, CA // Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre%
Fri, May 31 // Santa Barbara, CA // Santa Barbara Bowl%
Sun, June 02 // Las Vegas, NV // The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas%
Fri, June 07 // Charlotte, NC // Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre@
Sat, June 08 // Raleigh, NC // Red Hat Amphitheater@
Thu, June 13 // Columbus, OH // KEMBA Live! Outdoor Amphitheatre*
Fri, June 14 // Buffalo, NY // Terminal B at The Outer Harbor*
Sat, June 15 // Sterling Heights, MI // Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill*
Thu, June 20 //Pittsburgh, PA // Stage AE – Outdoors+
Fri, June 21 // Indianapolis, IN // Everwise Amphitheater at White River State Park+
Sat, June 22 // Chicago, IL // The Salt Shed+
Thu, June 27 // LaFayette, NY // Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards Summer Concert Series*
Fr,i June 28 // Newark, NJ // New Jersey Performing Arts Center – Prudential Hall*
Sat, June 29 // Cleveland, OH // Jacobs Pavilion*
*Stephen Wilson Jr.
+ The Cadillac Three
^ Zach Top
$ Jackson Dean
% Madeline Edwards
@ Caylee Hammack
# on-sale Dec 8th at 10am Local Time
John and TJ are making their way up the country charts with their latest single, “Nobody’s Nobody.”
EMI Records Nashville rising star Kylie Morgan will embark on her second headlining run, the Making It Up As I Go Tour, kicking off February 29 in Grand Rapids, MI. Tickets go on sale Friday (December 1st) at 10am CT at www.kyliemorgan.com.
Performing in major markets including Chicago, San Diego, Las Vegas and over a dozen more, her spring tour dates also include a high-profile festival appearance at Stagecoach, and a home state show in Oklahoma. Kylie is currently on her first arena trek, supporting Old Dominion on the No Bad Vibes Tour through December.
“All I’ve ever wanted to do was be on stage and have people singing my words back to me,” shares Kylie. “This past year I have had that dream come true night after night. I am extremely grateful for this next chapter and seeing it on a tour of my very own, with incredible people to help me make it happen by my side.”
Kylie Morgan’s Making It Up As I Go Tour Dates:
2/29 – Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation
3/1 – Chicago, IL – Joe’s on Weed St.
3/2 – West Chester, OH – Lori’s Roadhouse
3/21 – Fort Myers, FL – The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon
3/22 – Fort Walton Beach, FL – The Block
4/12 – Columbus, OH – The Bluestone
4/13 – Rootstown, OH – Dusty Armadillo
4/19 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Coast City Country Festival*
4/20 – Tacoma, WA – Steel Creek
4/21 – Portland, OR – Ponderosa Lounge & Grill
4/25 – San Diego, CA – Moonshine Beach
4/26 – Las Vegas, NV – Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
4/27 – Indio, CA – Stagecoach*
5/3 – Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma Ranch
5/10 – Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
5/11 – Indianapolis, IN – 8 Second Saloon
* = denotes festival appearance
The tour announcement follows Kylie’s recent signing with WME for global representation. The singer-songwriter will be represented by the agency’s Morgan Kenney and Aaron Tannenbaum.
“We’ve long admired Kylie and her music, and now find ourselves incredibly fortunate to be part of her team,” share Kenney and Tannenbaum. “Kylie is a true talent and pours her heart and passion into everything she does. We’re thrilled to have her at WME and excited for the road ahead.”
Kylie recently released her debut full-length album, Making It Up As I Go, featuring 12 tracks written or co-written by the artist. The album, praised by The Tennessean, “has her further along her creative path … and nearer to golden acclaim than ever.” Kylie’s bold breakout single, “If He Wanted To He Would,” set the stage for the project and landed her first-ever CMT Music Awards nomination for Female Breakthrough Video of the Year.
Concluding a significant year for the publishing powerhouse, CTM Outlander today announces the acquisition of five-time GRAMMY nominated, multi-platinum-selling, award-winning singer/songwriter Sam Hunt’s publishing catalog and signing of Hunt to a go-forward publishing deal for his future works. Hunt is widely cited as one of the most innovative writers in country music.
Global superstar Sam Hunt has quickly assumed recognition from both inside and outside the country music community for his blending of genres, incorporating the use of R&B and pop into the production and songwriting of his songs. Hunt has been honored with numerous awards including multiple Academy of Country Music Awards, an American Music Award, CMT Music Award, and multiple nominations for the GRAMMYs, Country Music Association Awards and Billboard Music Awards.
CTM Outlander is a partnership between the innovative and disruptive Dallas, Texas-based Outlander Capital, led by Les Ware and Mike McKool, and the Dutch-based leading independent music entertainment company CTM, led by industry veteran André de Raaff.
“Discussing the sale of some of my catalog took a while and I am glad that it did, as I got to know André and his CTM Outlander team better and better. They continued to meet with me and my team over the last several months to discuss what working together might look like. I appreciate their diligence and belief in what I am doing as an artist, and more importantly, as a songwriter. I believe we will have a productive partnership both internationally and here at home,” said Hunt.
André de Raaff (CEO, CTM Outlander): “Sam has been on our radar for a long time, and we were very eager to work with him. Since we landed in Nashville, we signed some of the most prolific songwriters like Shane McAnally, Natalie Hemby, Ross Copperman and Michael Tyler. By adding Sam to our roster, who is not only one of the most respected songwriters in town but also a global superstar and touring artist, we feel we can service the community even better.
We are truly honored that Sam, after being in talks with us for a long time, decided to sign with our company. Sam is an example of an artist and songwriter that we can help move forward in the international market; his body of work doesn’t only dominate the U.S. radio waves and streaming world but also travels throughout the world. We look forward to supporting Sam in his endeavors and expansion, and are excited to work with him in the country music space and international scene.”
Mike McKool (Director, CTM Outlander): “We’re thrilled to add a singer-songwriter with the stature of Sam Hunt to the CTM Outlander family. Not only is he the type of artist that we want to be in business with, but more importantly he’s the type of person that we want to invest in. Sam has clearly experienced an immense amount of success, and our goal at CTM Outlander is to provide Sam with the resources he needs to achieve all his future endeavors.”
Hunt’s debut studio album, Montevallo, broke several chart records with five singles, including three consecutive Hot Country Songs chart and four Country Airplay chart number ones. The lead single from the album, “Leave The Night On,” peaked concurrently on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, making Hunt the first country artist since Billy Ray Cyrus 22 years ago, to reach the top of three country charts simultaneously in the Nielsen SoundScan-era.
Hunt released his GRAMMY-nominated, Triple-Platinum-selling sophomore album titled Southside in 2020, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and in the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 200 all-genre chart. The album was also named one of the Best Albums of the Year by The New York Times and US Weekly.
The Georgia native has nine No. 1 hits including: “Body Like a Back Road,” “Kinfolks,” “Hard to Forget,” “House Party,” “Leave The Night On,” “Take Your Time,” “Make You Miss Me,” and “Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90’s.” Hunt also has success as a songwriter with several top artists. Some of his No. 1 hits as a songwriter include “Come Over” by Kenny Chesney, “Cop Car” by Keith Urban, “I Met A Girl” by William Michael Morgan and “We Are Tonight” by Billy Currington. Hunt has continued his success with the release of his No. 1 hit “23” and his current radio single “Outskirts,” which is currently Top 40 and climbing on country radio.
Hunt’s single “Body Like A Back Road” recently obtained RIAA Diamond-certification (10x platinum), becoming the 8th country artist ever to reach this status. The single has since surpassed that status, and currently sits at 11x Platinum-certification.