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A singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and dedicated road warrior, Parker McCollum began building a following in his native Texas with 2015’s The Limestone Kid. The album track “Meet You in The Middle” became a hit on Texas’ regional radio chart — no small feat for an independent, 22-year-old musician — but it was the album’s widely-acclaimed follow-up, Probably Wrong, that helped Parker find national success. Compared to John Mayer and Jason Isbell by Rolling Stone, Parker supported the album with a string of sold-out shows, bringing record-breaking crowds to venues like San Angelo’s RiverStage and two sold-out Billy Bob’s along the way. Born in Conroe, TX, and currently based in Austin, the 28-year-old entrepreneurially-spirited artist bridges the gap between Texas’ homegrown music scene and Nashville’s country-industry headquarters. His songwriting, which has been hailed by The Austin Chronicle for “carrying on the traditions of Texas music without pretension or referring to pickup trucks,” earned him a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Nashville in May 2018 and a recording deal with Universal Music Group Nashville in June 2019. Parker just announced his new EP, Hollywood Gold, is set to be released October 16 and is named after a horse his grandfather owned decades ago. Hollywood Gold includes Parker’s debut single “Pretty Heart” which has already cracked Top 15 on the country radio chart averaging almost 4 Million streams a week. Parker has been named an artist to watch by Rolling Stone, Billboard, SiriusXM, CMT and more with American Songwriter noting, “The Texas native teeters on the edge of next-level superstardom, taking cues from rule breakers like Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves. 2020 will be his long-overdue breakout.”

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DARIUS RUCKER GIVES THREE FUN FACTS ABOUT HIS LATEST HIT, “BEERS AND SUNSHINE.”

Darius Rucker’s latest single, “Beers and Sunshine” is currently sitting at Top 5 on the country charts. The South Carolina native co-wrote the feel-good tune with J.T. Harding, Josh Osborne and Ross Copperman over a Zoom call during the early months of the global shut-down due to the pandemic.

Darius offers up a few fun facts about the song, including that “Beers and Sunshine” is the first song he’s ever totally done virtually. “My producer made a demo thing, then we kind of sung on it and then I put a demo on it, and then he basically zoomed with the drummer and then zoomed with the bass player and then zoomed with the guitar player and that’s how we did the whole record, so that was pretty cool.”

The second fun fact is that he almost didn’t keep “beers” in favor of another libation. “Fact No. 2 about ‘Beers and Sunshine’ is after I wrote it I had a moment of thinking of changing it to ‘Tequila and Sunshine,’ because a buddy of mine thought it was a much better idea and he still says it all of the time. But the more I thought about it, I thought ‘Beers and Sunshine’ was the way to go.”

The third fact about the song is that “‘Beers and Sunshine’ is the first time I’ve written a song and send it out to them and they said, ‘Can we get that cut right now?’ (laughs) That was a pretty good feeling. (laughs) That was a pretty good feeling.”

Darius was just included in a feature about the new National Museum of African American Museum in Nashville on CBS Sunday Morning this past weekend. Cameras from the show went along with him on his first tour of the museum, of which he is a National Chair.

Audio / Darius Rucker says "Beers and Sunshine" is the first song he's written and recorded virtually from start to finish.

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Darius Rucker (fact #1 Beers and Sunshine) OC:…pretty cool. :26
“One fact about ‘Beers and Sunshine’ is the first song I’ve done totally virtual where no one was ever in the room together. My producer made a demo thing, then we kind of sung on it and then I put a demo on it, and then he basically zoomed with the drummer and then zoomed with the bass player and then zoomed with the guitar player and that’s how we did the whole record, so that was pretty cool.”

Audio / Darius Rucker almost changed "Beers and Sunshine" to a different adult libation.

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Darius Rucker (fact #2 Beers and Sunshine) OC:…way to go. :18
“Fact No. 2 about ‘Beers and Sunshine’ is after I wrote it I had a moment of thinking of changing it to ‘Tequila and Sunshine,’ because a buddy of mine thought it was a much better idea and he still says it all of the time. But the more I thought about it, I thought ‘Beers and Sunshine’ was the way to go.”

Audio / Darius Rucker talks about how quickly "Beers and Sunshine" got recorded.

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Darius Rucker (fact #3 Beers and Sunshine) OC:…pretty good feeling. :15
“Fact No. 3 about ‘Beers and Sunshine’ – I made a lot of records for my label and ‘Beers and Sunshine’ is the first time I’ve written a song and send it out to them and they said, ‘Can we get that cut right now?’ (laughs) That was a pretty good feeling. (laughs) That was a pretty good feeling.”

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JORDAN DAVIS RELEASES ACOUSTIC VIDEO OF HIS LATEST SINGLE, “ALMOST MAYBES.”

Jordan Davis has released a live acoustic video for his latest single, “Almost Maybes.”

 

 

ERIC CHURCH TO PERFORM NATIONAL ANTHEM AT THIS YEAR’S SUPER BOWL, ALONG WITH JAZMINE SULLIVAN.

 

Eric Church, along with Jazmine Sullivan, have been tapped to perform the National Anthem at this year’ Super Bowl.

 

 

Tune-in to the Big Game Kick-off Show beginning at 6pm ET on February 7th on CBS.

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