Old Dominion Perform Their Latest Single “Make It Sweet” on Ellen

Academy of Country Music Award-winning country group, Old Dominion, made their second appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this afternoon, first appearing in 2017 performing their number one single, “Song For Another Time.” This time around, they performed the television debut of their new lead single, “Make It Sweet,” from their upcoming third studio album.

Before taking the stage to perform their feel-good song, Ellen came out to introduce the group to the audience. The walls then sliding opening to reveal the five members of the group (Matthew Ramsey, Brad Tursi, Trevor Rosen, Geoff Sprung, Whit Sellers) while showing the stunning scenery straight from the music video behind them. The new upbeat live-in-the-moment single had the audience out of their seats clapping along with lead singer, Ramsey. Taking in every second, the infectious tune is nothing short of a hit from the vocals to the guitar solo, ending the performance on a high note with the crowd erupting in cheers.

That wasn’t all for the audience members at Ellen, Old Dominion had a huge surprise up their sleeves. Ramsey started the announcement by saying, “We are super stoked because there’s a beautiful, epic, country music festival that happens here in California, it’s called Stagecoach. A lot of people like Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean and Sam Hunt and us, so we’re excited to play it this year.” As the crowd began cheering, DeGeneres went on telling the audience about tickets but ended with the surprise saying, “Thanks to Old Dominion, and Golden Voice, you’re all getting a $350 pass to a three-day Stagecoach Music Festival.” The audience couldn’t contain their excitement as they were seen jumping up and down screaming.

Old Dominion is currently on the ‘Happy Endings Tour’ with special guests High Valley. The tour won’t be making their way to New York but will be in Atlantic City, New Jersey on October 25th at Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena.

 

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Shane McAnally Stars as Judge in New Competition Show ‘Songland’

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Nashville’s very own Shane McAnally is no stranger when it comes to working with talent in Music City. Whether it is working with top musicians like Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Kacey Musgraves or discovering talent in new artists like Walker Hayes, McAnally finds it.

NBC announced last week a new songwriter series called ‘Songland’. The competition show will give a one-of-a-kind chance for up-and-coming songwriters to gain exposure and receive feedback from three music producers who collectively have a hand in today’s biggest songs on the radio. The show first contacted McAnally three years ago about being a part of the show and he jumped on the opportunity. McAnally mentioned in his Instagram that he “…loved the concept instantly and am so proud to say that 3 years later…we are greenlit!!

In each episode, five songwriters will get the opportunity to perform their original songs in front of major music producers. Each song will then go up against a panel that will take into account the beats, melody, lyrics, and the song’s story for an overall review. The top song will then be given the opportunity to be released as a single for one of music’s largest superstars. Alongside McAnally will be OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder and Charlie Puth working together to find the next hit songwriter.

If you are a songwriter looking for a big break the show is now looking for submissions at SonglandCasting.com. They are taking in all kind of genres so if you consider yourself Pop, Rock, Country, Blues, or Indie they are looking for you! While there is still no word on when the series is set to air if you love finding new talent be sure to check Songland out!

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Best Country Music Festivals to Travel to This Winter

Calling all country music fans who want to escape the cold for a long weekend, we have compiled a list of the top country music festivals worth traveling to this winter.  Whether its a quick getaway to Florida or traveling across the pond, we’ve got you covered.

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Photo Via @Crashmyplaya Facebook

Luke Bryan’s 5th year of Crash My Playa is happening January 23rd-26th, 2019 in Riveria Maya, Mexico. Get ready for 4 nights worth of amazing beachfront country music from artists such as Luke Bryan who will be headlining two nights, Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch, and Lauren Alaina.  Be sure to check out the all-inclusive 2019 packages that are on sale now at www.crashmyplaya.com as it is your only way into the party. Additional artists will be announced soon.

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Feel like heading to Europe next year? Country 2 Country is happening in March of 2019 and tickets for the festival are on sale Friday, October 26th, 2018.  C2C is a three day, three city event with featuring incredible artists in London, England at the historic O2, Dublin at the 3 Arena, and Glasgow at the SSE Hydro Arena. Headliners will be announced soon.  To buy tickets at the end of this month go to their website www.countrytocountry.com.

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Head to Florence, Arizona if you are up for one of the biggest camping parties at the Country Thunder Music Festival happening April 11th-14th, 2019.  Last year’s headliner’s included Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, and Cole Swindell. Keep checking their website www.countrythunder.com as the 2019 line up will be announced soon.

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Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida will be a huge party with three consecutive nights of country music from April 12th to April 14th, 2019. Join the first announced headliner and “Entertainer of the Year” Jason Aldean along with more than 100,000 other country music lovers for live country music right on the beach. Stay tuned for the announcement of the other two headliners and the complete lineup. Hotel and VIP packages are on sale now at www.tortugamusicfestival.com.

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Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California will run from Friday, April 26th to Sunday, April 28th, 2019.  Last year’s incredible talent included artists such as Garth Brooks, Florida Georiga Line, and Keith Urban. Although the advance sale is over with, be sure to check out their website www.stagecoachfestival.com for information on travel packages and announcements of when tickets will go on sale.  More than 75,000 people filled the grounds of the Empire Polo Club last year, so be sure to get your tickets early as this is a popular festival.

So, if you are looking to get out of the cold,  do some traveling and see some of your favorite artists along the way, *in a warm environment* these festivals are the way to go!

 

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15 Keith Urban Lyrics to Use For Your Instagram Captions

Coming up with good Instagram captions can be really, really difficult. These days it seems like country music is the automatic go to. Something that is fun, versatile, provides context and adds personality is what we all look for. Keith Urban hits all of these marks with a variety of songs including upbeat make-you-want-to-dance hits, slow jams, and everything in between. Trying to pin down the top 10 is hard so here a larger list instead!

Check them out:

  1. “Take your records, take your freedom, take your memories, I don’t need ’em, take your space and take your reasons but you’ll think of me” – You’ll Think Of Me

 

  1. “Baby, blue ain’t your color” – Blue Ain’t Your Color

 

  1. “Your love is like religion” – Raining on a Sunday

 

  1. “Money was gas, dreams were dust, love was fast, and we were us” – We Were Us

 

  1. “I know a good thing when I see it and you’ve got something I ain’t ever seen before” – Good Thing

 

  1. “I wanna love somebody, love somebody like you” – Somebody Like You

 

  1. “And days go by, I can feel ’em flyin’ like a hand out the window in the wind” – Days Go By

 

  1. “If you need a lover and a friend, baby I’m in” – I’m In

 

  1. “There’s nothin’ in the world that feels like coming home” – Coming Home

 

  1. “I learned everything I needed to know from John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” – John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16

 

  1. “Gonna kick off my shoes and run in bare feet where the grass and the dirt and the gravel all meet. Goin’ back to the well, gonna visit old friends and feed my soul where the blacktop ends” – Where The Blacktop Ends

 

  1. “When your heart needs to break just break on me” – Break On Me

 

  1. “I wanna kiss a girl, I wanna hold her tight. Maybe make a little magic in the moonlight” – Kiss A Girl

 

  1. “It’s gonna be a long, hot summer” – Long Hot Summer

 

15. “You’re gonna fly with me” – You Gonna Fly

 

Keith Urban is bringing his Graffiti U tour to the Barclays Center Sat 10/27 @ 7:30 pm and you can grab your tickets here!

 

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Swag Sessions: Featuring Riley Green

 

One of the most talked about new artists in Nashville is Alabama native, Riley Green. NYCountry Swag hosted a Swag Session at The Boogie Woogie Room inside Mondrian Park Avenue Hotel with the rising star earlier today.  Green performed the title track from his debut EP “In A Truck Right Now” and his current radio single that just hit top 25 on the charts, “There Was This Girl”.

He also answered a few questions for our Founder, Stephanie Wagner about signing his record deal with Big Machine Label Group and how his career as a singer-songwriter is sort of “accidental”.  Watch the full Swag Session above and take a listen to Green’s music below. For more music from artists we’ve featured during our LIVE Swag Sessions, check out our Sessions Playlist here and give it a follow for updates.

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Jimmie Allen Performs Live for Nash FM 94.7 Stage 17

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Jimmie Allen Performs at Nash FM 94.7 Stage 17

Celebrating his debut album release, Jimmie Allen headed to Nash FM 94.7 Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17 in NYC to play songs from Mercury Lane.  Joined on stage by a guitar player, a bass player as well as a percussionist, Allen performed “Blue Jean Baby”, “Warrior”, and  “Back of Your Mind” before chatting with Nash FM 94.7 DJ’s Katie Neal and Jesse Addy. Allen did plenty of joking around, praising his favorite football team, the Superbowl champions,  The Eagles but he became serious when they asked about his time living out of his car in Nashville. “I was faced with a decision to make, do I go back to Delaware, and do what, who knows, or do I just live in my car for a little bit,” he explained. “My grandmom always taught me, obstacles come, and that’s fine, but it’s about realizing how you are going to get past it”.  He told the inspiring story of his time before the fame allowing fans, and listeners in on the struggles he has faced in the past.

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Jimmie Allen Chats with Nash FM 94.7 DJs Katie Neal and Jesse Addy

One of Nash FM 94.7 Stage 17’s traditions is to have each artist look into the camera and talk to their future selves, something the station hopes to play back for them one day when they are about to play downstairs, at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden.  They call these segments “Garden Goals” and Allen laughed as he stared straight into the camera and simply said “Hey Jimmie, don’t suck” with a big thumbs up.

A highlight of his Up Close and Country set was when he mashed up a few of his favorite songs, stripping them down and making them his own.  The mashup included “You’re Gonna Miss This”, “Don’t Blink”, “Here Without You”, and “Lucky Man”.  “Ever since I was eight years old I wanted to have a song on country radio, I can now say that that’s a reality,” he said with gratitude as he thanked Nash FM 94.7 for playing his current single “Best Shot”, and thanked his entire team for their support.  Watch the full live video below.

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NYCS Swag Spotlight Featuring Brett Sheroky

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Sometimes you hear a song, and even if you can’t necessarily relate to all of the lyrics, it stops you in your tracks because of the raw honesty the singer conveys.  Our Swag Spotlight this week, Brett Sheroky’s “Better On Paper” did exactly that for our Managing Editor, Christina. In their most recent interview, the songwriter turned artist talked about his influences, his decision to move to Nashville and the support he lovingly receives from his wife.

Growing up in St. Louis, there wasn’t a huge music scene for Sheroky to gravitate towards however music was always a staple in his house.  The classic country music artists, as well as The Eagles and Jimmy Buffet, were some of the greats he names as music that inspired him when he was young.  He learned to play guitar and started listening to classic rock and even credits his two sisters for getting him to experience 80’s pop.

He met his wife while they were both in school to become speech therapists, and just one day after they got married, they moved down to Nashville so he could pursue his dreams of being a songwriter. “It was drilled in my head that I had to have a career even though I always wanted to do the music thing, so I went to school for speech therapy and that is where I met my wife,” Sheroky tells us.  “I never really wanted to be a speech therapist but it was a means to an end, there were a lot of opportunities that let you pick your own hours and schedules so I could work that around music so I went with it.”

Just a few short months after moving to Nashville, Sheroky was diagnosed with cancer, a battle that he had to face head-on with aggressive chemotherapy and surgery.  “I do remember thinking, I just got here, I don’t even know if I’ll ever be able to give this thing a shot,” Sheroky says of songwriting.  “It was one of those things, I definitely thought about music a lot, it was a motivating factor, you’ve gotta beat this because you have to go do this thing.”  Currently, he is in remission and wakes up every day grateful for the chances he is given.

His journey as a songwriter and now an artist is unique and he continues to pursue the dream with the incredible support of his wife, whom he calls his hero.  “We have 3 little kids and she plays the part of a single mom a lot, we have to sacrifice time as a family since this business demands that and I can count on one hand in all of the years that we’ve been together that she has said it’s been too much for her and she’s complained,” he thoughtfully explains.  “She is an incredible person and I am very lucky and blessed to have her in my life and her support is everything, honestly.”

When discussing his current single, “Better On Paper” which was one of our September Picks, we are glad to hear that the story of a broken marriage and divorce is not based on actual events, rather an honest depiction of a real-life struggle many have to face. “I am super proud of that song, It is an important song, a lot of people experience that and even though I haven’t gone through it personally, life isn’t always drinking beers on a tailgate, there is real stuff that happens in life and it is easy to lose sight of that being a writer in Nashville, you are under pressure to write singles.”  The video for the track premiered exclusively on NYCountry Swag last month and you can watch the simple yet heart-wrenching visual above.

Striving to blend the commercial with substance in his songs, Sheroky explains that for now, he only will record songs he has written because he wants to convey realness in what he was feeling when he put the pen to paper then ultimately records and releases music.

“My journey has been a slower one but in a way, I feel like, I know it sounds cliche, I feel like it was supposed to be that way. I appreciate every step forward I take in this business,” Sheroky says, looking ahead to the future.  He plans to continue to release music as an independent artist and follow the path set before him, always remaining genuine and pursuing the dream he set out when he moved to Nashville.

Be sure to follow Brett Sheroky on social media for any and all updates – Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and listen to “Better On Paper” on our ‘What We’re Listening To: Team Picks’ Spotify Playlist below.

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Kelleigh Bannen Gives Visuals to the Heartfelt “Happy Birthday”

EMI Records Nashville songstress, Kelleigh Bannen garnered success back in June, when she released a three-song music premiere to SiriusXM’s The Highway. The release included new tracks, “John Who,” “Happy Birthday,” and “The Joneses,” all showcasing her beautiful and soulful vocal ability.  CMT’s Next Woman of Country alumna debuted the music video for “Happy Birthday” on CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown.

The heartfelt song, co-written by Bannen with Claire Douglas and Dallas Wilson revolves around Bannen’s vocals and story-telling abilities. The artist shares her thoughts behind the song in a recent press release stating “There’s something about birthdays that are so nostalgic… even if it’s just in an ‘I wonder how they’re doing’ kind of way. The details of this song are really personal, and I think that is why this song has connected with so many people. It’s just a really truthful song.”

The music video for “Happy Birthday” embodies that sentiment. The singer is shown making phone calls to her ex-boyfriend on his birthday, and all the feelings that encompass remembering what that day used to be for both people. It shows a complete story and personifies emotions. The surprise ending will viewers on their toes. Check out the video below.

Along with being a uniquely talented singer-songwriter, Bannen is creative in other realms too. She is the pioneer of a successful podcast entitled “The Nashville Life,” which explores the positives and negatives of the music industry and has featured prominent songwriters and music executives. Season 3 was released earlier this month. For information about her podcast and future tour dates visit Bannen’s website. We hope to hear a full-length album from the talented artist in the near future.

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Walker Hayes Goes Live on YouTube to Release “90’s Country” Video

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Walker Hayes at The Vault in Nashville

Walker Hayes celebrated the release of the music video for “90s Country” unlike any other artist has done before. He celebrated the premiere with fans and friends broadcasting live on Youtube at The Vault in Downtown Nashville.

He sang three of his songs “Dollar Store,” “90s Country,” and of course his hit “You Broke Up With Me”. He also answered some fan questions involving some of his favorite 90’s artists, fashion trends, and questions about the music video. He explained the writing process of “90s country” and the idea of how he came up with it.

“I and a girl named LRYX started the co-write. I kind of hand it to her because it wasn’t much of an idea except for the words “90’s country”. I think we left that day with the lyrics ‘You make me feel like 90’s country’ and the ‘Do you love me if you do’ part and the ‘Tractor’s Sexy’. After that, it took about two years to track it to make it what it is. I thought one of the co-writers, Shane McAnally, was going to break up with me because of how long it took,” Hayes laughed. “I’m just a product of the 90’s and I have this argument with myself all the time, was the music that great? Or were we just kids? The titles that I did mention, I hear those titles and I immediately go back to a place. I know where I was living, who I was with, and I just remember all those sweet moments and we hoped everybody did too when they listened.”

The music video was directed by Alex Alvga and shot on Old Hickory Lake just outside of Nashville. Hayes wanted the video to take him back to his own hometown feelings of growing up in the 90’s. He said he felt more comfortable this time around for this video because he was surrounded by family, friends, and his band.

In addition, Hayes announced he’s heading out on his first European tour with Old Dominion. Make sure you continue to check his website for dates and ticketing information. Check out Hayes’ new music video “90s Country” below.

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