Award-winning duo Maddie & Tae are drawing praise for their new music “anchored around their stellar vocal pairings and some of the tightest harmonies on Music Row” (Rolling Stone). Recently releasing their eagerly-awaited EP One Heart To Another, serving as a snapshot of more music to come from the duo later this year, “the sound is identifiable while still representing a distinct step forward” (Billboard). Maddie & Tae first broke out in 2013 with their brilliant take down of bro-country, “Girl In A Country Song,” which took Country radio by storm, skyrocketing to the top of the charts and quickly going PLATINUM. The duo became only the third female duo in 70 years to top the Country Airplay charts, also earning trophies from the Country Music Academy and Radio Disney Music Awards along with multiple ACM, CMA and CMT Award nominations. Receiving widespread praise from NPR, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, Glamour and others, country music’s hottest stars including Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice and Brad Paisley have welcomed Maddie & Tae on the road, with Carrie Underwood recently inviting the duo out as direct support on her 2019 The Cry Pretty Tour 360. For additional information, visit www.maddieandtae.com.
Global country music superstar Brad Paisley is releasing the first four songs off his upcoming album Son Of The Mountains together today for the first time with Son Of The Mountains: The First Four Tracks. Brad wants listeners to experience these four songs in this specific sequencing to help paint the journey involved in writing the music for this record. An album whom Brad says, “doesn’t shy away from reflecting real life and real situations going on in America and in our world today. This is what I think country music is about, which is truth.”
LISTEN TO SON OF THE MOUNTAINS: THE FIRST FOUR TRACKS | HERE
Son Of The Mountains: The First Four Tracks is available now and includes the previously released tracks “Same Here” featuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and “So Many Summers” plus the newly released title track “Son Of The Mountains” and “The Medicine Will.” The full studio album is anticipated for release in early 2024.
Brad spoke with Variety about the new music in a compelling new interview.
Brad premiered the two new music videos in a live stream event on Friday (September 29th) in partnership with YouTube and journalist Chris Willman of Variety.
Each of the new songs released, “Son Of The Mountains” and “The Medicine Will,” are representations of the Appalachian region including Brad’s home state of West Virginia, reflections of the beautiful and the painful. Brad has created poignant videos, directed by Jim Shea and edited by Brad himself, to encapsulate the sentiment of each song. “Son Of The Mountains” recording and video both feature Dan Tyminski and Jerry Douglas and include beautiful and colorful scenery of the state. “The Medicine Will” focuses on the opioid epidemic and was shot in black and white and in the depths of a coal mine featuring real life-stories of addicts, survivors and first responders.
As a proud West Virginian who was able to make a life for himself outside of the issues facing the people of his home state, Brad is continually returning to use his platform to bring awareness not only to the opioid crisis, but also to the hope that these people have.
Brad recently returned to West Virginia to participate in the grand re-opening and dedication of Herbert Hoover High School in Elkview after the historic flood of 2016 that destroyed the school. Brad toured the school, participated in the dedication ribbon cutting ceremony, attended the football scrimmage (against his alma mater John Marshall High School) and performed after the game in the stadium’s end zone. Nightline exclusively covered his visit, watch the story here.
About BRAD PAISLEY:
Brad Paisley has earned his place in country music history as one of the genre’s most talented and decorated male solo artists. For more than 20 years, his songwriting and unmatched showmanship have won him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 15 Academy of Country Music Awards, and 14 Country Music Association Awards including a highly coveted Entertainer of the Year honor and recognition as the most successful CMA Award co-host in history, alongside Carrie Underwood, for 11 consecutive years. A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001, Paisley has written 21 of his 25 No. 1 hits, and in 2008 became the first artist to achieve 10 consecutive Billboard Country Airplay No. 1 singles. The superstar’s past works have amassed nearly 5 billion career streams.
Brad Paisley (message through music) OC: …this time. :57
“Senator Manchin actually went to that (coal mine) with me and he was showing me his Grandpa, they were three-foot ceilings when they did it, and they had to crawl in and use a hammer to go through. So, yeah, when they were like, ‘Hey, we’ll tell ‘em it’s not addictive. These folks will eat it up like candy.’ That also came into focus on this record, it’s like okay, and that’s kind of what sent me down the path of let’s say something. If music can do that, because I do think it’s one thing to see a news story, but it’s another thing to put a melody to it, and then maybe that’s how you reach all that. Even the fun things on here have some darkness to them. I made a joke the other day, I used to write songs, you think about Jason Alexander and the ‘Celebrity’ video, or he directed the ‘Online’ video, you know. The funny side of me was more sitcoms on the other albums. This album, it’s Fargo. (laughs) It’s dark humor this time.”
PLATINUM-certified, GRAMMY-nominated artist and songwriter Anne Wilson boldly transcends musical boundaries with the release of her latest offering, REBEL (The Beginning). The transformative three-pack, available now, marks the start of her new chapter seamlessly blending the Country and Christian genres. Featured on today’s brand-new three-pack is the title track “REBEL,” Christian radio single “Strong” and forthcoming Country radio single “Rain In The Rearview.” Wilson will release dual singles at Christian and Country radio with impact dates of today, 9/29, and 10/9 respectively.
“I am beyond excited to send this new music out into the world,” shares Wilson. “These three songs felt like the perfect way to begin the next chapter of my musical journey. And I’ve got a lot more songs I’ve been writing, so this truly feels like the beginning of something special.”
They’re HERE!! My new singles REBEL, Strong, and Rain in the Rearview are out now! I’m so thrilled to share these songs with you all, stream wherever your heart desires https://t.co/oR1PyiAVQM pic.twitter.com/LwQ7r6VvwJ
— Anne Wilson (@Annewilsonmusic) September 29, 2023
Kicking off the new chapter of music is the loud-and-proud title track “REBEL,” in tribute to the original counter-culture movement that finds Wilson taking an “against the grain” approach. Backing defiant, almost dangerous-feeling vocals with roaring guitars, pounding drums and a gospel spirit, she delivers an up-tempo country-rock stomp that showcases her unwavering spirit.
Weary but never broken, Wilson lifts spirits with Christian radio single “Strong.” Released today with an all-new lyric video, the epic ballad leaves listeners feeling empowered to face whatever challenge comes next.
With emotions gathering like a distant storm, Wilson belts her eyes-to-the-sky Country anthem, “Rain In The Rearview,” determined to leave the past behind and chase a fresh start. Matching the dark, intricate Country sound is Wilson’s hurricane-force vocal, set to impact radio waves on October 9th.
Y’all!!! The response to these three new songs has been incredible. We worked so hard to bring these songs to life in hopes they would impact you, fill you with hope, and encourage you to leave the rain in the rearview. Thank you to my producers and co writers for making this… pic.twitter.com/Smh5BnyLHC
— Anne Wilson (@Annewilsonmusic) September 30, 2023
REBEL (The Beginning) track list:
- “REBEL” (Anne Wilson, Matthew West, Jeff Pardo)
- “Strong” (Anne Wilson, Matthew West, Jeff Pardo)
- “Rain In The Rearview” (Anne Wilson, Matthew West, Zach Kale, Jaren Johnston)
Wilson is taking her new music on the road as part of her first-ever headlining My Jesus Tour, accompanied by special guest Josh Baldwin. The 20-stop, sold-out tour kicked off last night (9/28) in Houston, Texas and is set to captivate audiences this fall in major cities nationwide including Austin, Atlanta, Charlotte, Indianapolis and Chicago.
Earlier this month, Wilson hit yet another milestone with her debut chart breaker “My Jesus” earning certified PLATINUM status by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The celebrations continued as she made her debut Country award show performance at the 15th Annual ACM Honors at the historic Ryman Auditorium, joining Jordan Davis to perform “Buy Dirt.” Watch it here.
She also secured another Dove Award nomination for her 2022 Christmas project, The Manger, recognized in the category of Christmas/Special Event Album of the Year at the upcoming 54th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The recent Dove recognition adds to her already impressive collection of Dove honors which includes 2022 wins for New Artist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded song of the Year for “My Jesus.” For dates and more information, visit www.annewilsonofficial.com and keep up with her on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.
Anne Wilson (Rain In The Rearview) OC: …through it. :51
“This is a song about moving forward; moving forward from grief; moving forward from heartbreak and from pain in our lives. There’s a bible verse that I love that talks about how ‘weeping may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning.’ I think sometimes we get so stuck in the storms we are in, and it can look so hopeless like it’s never going to end. I’ve been there. I felt that way when I lost my brother six years ago. I’ve shed my share of tears, and I still cry sometimes. I’ve had days when I wondered if I’d ever know joy again, but I’m learning how to keep moving forward; taking God’s hand and letting him take the wheel, and I’m learning there’s always a reason to wake up and face another day knowing that no matter what storm I’m facing this too shall pass. And someday when the rain from that storm I’ve faced is in my rearview, I’ll look back and smile because I’m stronger for it and because I know who got me through it.”
Today (September 29th), Boy Named Banjo has released their major label debut album Dusk via Mercury Records Nashville. Produced by longtime collaborator Oscar Charles (Caroline Spence, Charlie Worsham), Dusk finds the Nashville-native group showcasing their razor-sharp storytelling and expansive sound they’ve honed for over a decade, featuring late-night party anthems and stripped-down meditations including the driving “Feel For You (Dusk)”. To date, the highly-anticipated new album has already garnered praise from Garden & Gun, American Songwriter, Holler, MusicRow and more.
LISTEN TO DUSK | HERE
Boy Named Banjo has also announced a special hometown show in Nashville on November 24th. Tickets go on sale here today at 11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT.
As shown on the wistful “Lonely In This Town,” Boy Named Banjo’s songwriting on Dusk is as incisive as ever, dealing with themes of lust and longing as well as hope and heartbreak. Sonically, the band’s performances on the record capture the high-octane energy of their beloved live shows while blurring the lines between Music Row and Laurel Canyon with lush harmonies and cinematic arrangements. The end result is a masterfully crafted, larger-than-life major label debut from a group that continues to grow by leaps and bounds with every release.
Dusk Track List
- “Something ‘Bout A Sunset” (Barton Davies, William Reames and Stephen Wilson Jr.)
- “Heart Attack” (Barton Davies, William Reames, Jeff Hyde and Ryan Tyndell)
- “Feel For You (Dusk)” (Barton Davies, William Reames, Daniel Fernandez and Michael David Whitworth]
- “Young Forever” (William Reames, Luke Preston and Jonathan Sherwood)
- “Whiskey Dreams” (Barton Davies, William Reames and Angelo Petraglia)
- “Mama, I’m Misbehavin’” (Ethan Bryan Baumgarner, Oscar Charles, Olivia Rudeen and Jonathan Sherwood)
- “Goodbyes Are Sad” (Barton Davies, William Reames, Oscar Charles and Stephen Wilson Jr.)
- “Lonely In This Town” (Barton Davies, William Reames, Marv Green and Chris Stevens)
- “Opposite Directions” (Barton Davies, William Reames and Jonathan Sherwood)
Boy Named Banjo is currently on the coast-to-coast Dusk Til Dawn Tour with upcoming shows in Los Angeles, Houston, Brooklyn and more cities this fall – tickets can be found here and a full list of dates can be found below. In 2021, their genre-defying EP Circles landed them a performance at the historic Ryman Auditorium alongside dates supporting Kip Moore, Hank Williams, Jr., Old Crow Medicine Show, and The Cadillac Three. The following year, Boy Named Banjo made their CMA Fest debut as well as a sold-out hometown show at Nashville’s Brooklyn Bowl.
This spring, the group released their uplifting anthem “What Keeps Me Going” which earned support from CMT, Taste of Country, Whiskey Riff and more. 2023 has shaped up to be another banner year for the band following their Grand Ole Opry debut, a momentous milestone that was documented at People.
Expertly melding an array of musical influences, Boy Named Banjo is a fusion of contemporary country, Americana and folk-rock stacked on a foundation of bluegrass. Formed in their teens, the band includes Barton Davies (banjo), Ford Garrard (bass/upright bass), Sam McCullough (drums), Willard Logan (mandolin/dobro/electric guitar), and William Reames (acoustic guitar/harmonica).
Boy Named Banjo – Dusk Til Dawn 2023 Tour Dates:
October 6 – Monterey, CA – Rebels and Renegades Music Festival
October 7 – Los Angeles, CA – The Moroccan Lounge ^
October 8 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues (Voodoo Room) ^
October 12 – Austin, TX – Antone’s Nightclub ^
October 13 – Houston, TX – Last Concert Cafe ^
October 14 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas (Cambridge Room) ^
October 19 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm ^
October 20 – Savannah, GA – Saddle Bags Savannah ^
October 21 – Winston-Salem, NC – The Ramkat ^
October 26 – Jackson, MS – Duling Hall ^
October 27 – Memphis, TN – Growlers ^
October 28 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s ^
November 2 – Chattanooga, TN – Barrelhouse Ballroom %
November 3 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco %
November 4 – Knoxville, TN – Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria %
November 16 – Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson Theater ^
November 17 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl ^
November 18 – Harrisburg, PA – XL Live ^
November 19 – Washington, D.C. – The Atlantis ^
November 24 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl ^
November 30 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe +
December 1 – Columbus, OH – Natalie’s Grandview +
December 2 – Wyandotte, MI – District 142 +
^ with support from Brother Elsey
% with support from Will Jones
+ with support from Cassandra Lewis
For tickets, please visit boynamedbanjo.com/tour.
Boy Named Banjo (Dusk album) OC: (Barton) …more coming. :13
BARTON DAVIES: “Our new album, Dusk, is available now. We have spent so many years working on this music. All of them are meant to be listened with friends hanging out as the sun’s going down, kind of a party atmosphere. And we got more coming.”