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Chris Stapleton & Pink Collaborate On “Love Me Anyway”

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Country singer Chris Stapleton and pop singer Pink have a new song together called “Love Me Anyway” for her new album called “Hurts 2B Human”. The piano ballad is a collaboration of two artists from two very different genres coming together to create a stunningly beautiful song.

Pink co-wrote the track with Allen Shamblin and Tom Douglas, who are the writers behind Miranda Lambert’s hit song “The House That Built Me.”  With the help of the pop star, the duo has created another personal song that will for sure be making its way to the top of the charts.

“Love Me Anyway” shows a vulnerable side of both artists. It’s about a girl asking her significant other could he love her no matter how mean she may get, if they’re miles apart from each other, if she flirts with someone else, etc. These questions are 100% relatable as who hasn’t asked their significant other if they would love you anyway even if you did something stupid?

Stapleton’s iconic voice comes in just shy of the second chorus but shows his true talent in the last minute of the song when you hear him sing, “Could you? (Could you still love me?) / Could you? (Pick up the pieces of me?) / Could you? (Could you still love me?) / Could you love me anyway?”

This isn’t the first time Stapleton has crossed over into the pop world as he is known for collaborating with Justin Timberlake on the song “Say Something”  as well as their iconic performance together at the 2015 CMA Awards. It’s also not Pink’s first time teaming up with a country artist as she can be heard with Kenny Chesney on the award-winning song “Setting the World on Fire.”

Stapleton has been busy lately. Did you know he made his acting debut in the latest ‘Game of Thrones’ episode as a White Walker? He is also currently on tour and will be making a stop at the PNC Bank Arts Center on August 9th! Get your tickets here.

To keep up with Stapleton follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Love Me Anyway” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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In Honor of International Women’s Day: Country Music Wives

Here at NY Country Swag, we love to spotlight incredible artists and industry people to learn from their success and failures. We especially love to champion the success of women in this field, and with International Women’s Day this Friday we were inspired to compile a list of some of the very talented and successful women, who just so happen to be married to some of country music’s biggest stars.

Country Wives

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Nicole Kidman

Married to CMA Entertainer of the Year, Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman is the epitome of a boss. She, of course, is an actual movie star and producer. Having won awards, including Oscars and Golden Globes, Kidman can literally do it all. Additionally, she is an activist and a Goodwill Ambassador, who takes pride in charity work, especially for organizations geared towards empowering women. Urban and Kidman are always there to support each other’s endeavors, making their marriage and love something to be admired.

Country Music Wives

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Lauren Akins

The beautiful and compassionate, Lauren Akins is the wife of country star Thomas Rhett. Even before she found herself in the spotlight, Akins had committed to helping children around the world. She frequently visits Africa to work with the organization 147 Million, which assists in providing critical needs to impoverished children impacted by the orphan crisis. Akins adopted her daughter Willa Gray through the mission and continues her work with those children. She also works in Uganda with a sister organization, Love One International, where she created a jewelry line to help raise money.

Country Music Wives

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Brittany Aldean

Besides being an awesome mother of two young babies, entertainer Jason Aldean’s wife, Brittany Aldean recently started her own business. She launched her clothing line at the end of last year, when she was still pregnant with her daughter, Navy. Her line debut loungewear, including sweatshirts and pajamas. The entrepreneur plans to expand her line in the upcoming months. Women can check out her collection via shopbrittanyaldean.com

Country Music Wives

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Kailey Dickerson

Russell Dickerson’s wife, Kailey, was our February 2018 ‘Woman of the Month’ because of her hardworking and selfless personality. During her education at Belmont University in Nashville, she discovered her knack and passion for photography, leading her to launch her own photography business Kaileyography. She has traveled the world taking pictures for all different charitable organizations, including when friends, Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins adopted their daughter, Willa Gray. Additionally, Dickerson plays a vital part in her husband’s career, as she famously shot Russell’s $6 Video for his breakout single, “Yours.” She continues to champion his success, while quietly and confidently finding her own.

Country Music Wives

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Caroline Boyer

Married to superstar, Luke Bryan, Caroline Boyer can hold her own next to her multi-faceted husband. Boyer’s name may not be as recognizable as some other’s because she chooses to keep a low profile. Although she lives a quiet life, she is a busy woman. She is a mother of two boys, they also adopted their nephew back in 2014.  She is a big part of the Brett Boyer Foundation, an organization was created out of tragedy, when her niece, Sadie Brett Boyer passed away as an infant, due to complications related to Congenital Heart Disease and Down Syndrome. The organization aims to raise awareness and funds for improving patient’s lives and provide support for families. She continues to be a staple at all events for the foundation, as well as, an essential part in spreading the message.

Country Music Wives

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Katherine Blasingame

Known as ‘the woman who tamed country singer Eric Church’, Katherine Blasingame has her own place in the music industry. Blasingame worked as a successful country music publisher, pitching songs to artists before Church even made it big in the industry. She remains a major influence for Church and his music. Blasingame also founded The Chief Cares Fund with her husband back in 2013. The Chief Cares Fund is a non-profit that is responsible for charitable giving worldwide. Blasingame remains an integral part in her husband’s career, as well as, within the organization.

Country Music Wives

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Morgane Stapleton

The wife of the talented Chris Stapleton, Morgane Stapleton is a force to be reckoned with. Besides being a rockstar mother of four with one on the way, she is a singer-songwriter in her own right. Morgane often performs with her husband, singing background and harmony vocals both live and recorded. Stapleton credits his wife for being instrumental in the creation of his award-winning record. In addition, she has written songs for artists, such as Carrie Underwood and Kellie Pickler, as well as, provided background vocals on records for singers such as Dierks Bentley and Lee Ann Womack.

These wives of country musicians all embody women with ambition, compassionate, and most importantly, can and do serve as role models to other women both in and out of the industry. These women and many others can stand on their own, as well as, in support of their awesome husbands. We hope to continue to see and champion more and more women as they find their success.  For more incredible women in the music industry, check out our Women of the Month series.

 

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15 Chris Stapleton Lyrics To Use For Instagram Captions

Chris Stapleton

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Although he was first hit songwriter in Nashville, Chris Stapleton has since released three studio albums and they have had major success in the country market.  In the few years that have followed his rise to fame, Traveller has sold nearly 2 million copies, making it the first debut country album to reach number one since 2011! Quickly headlining festivals and amphitheaters across the country, Stapleton is coming to New York and sold out one of the biggest and most iconic venues in the country. As we look ahead to his sold-out show at Madison Square Garden later this week on November 2nd, we thought we would gather some perfect Instagram captions for you.

1. “I got nobody to blame but me” – Nobody To Blame

2. “There are days that I can walk around like I’m alright, and I pretend to wear a smile on my face, and I could keep the pain from comin’ out of my eyes, but sometimes, sometimes, sometimes I cry” – Sometimes I Cry

3. “You’re as smooth as Tennessee whiskey, you’re as street as strawberry wine, you’re as warm as a glass of brandy” – Tennessee Whiskey

4. “Running on hope and a tank of gas like dreams ain’t just for dreamers” – When The Stars Come Out

5. “Cause I’m a traveler, oh, I’m a traveler” – Traveller

6.”Baby, I will be your parachute” -Parachute

7. “That’s the difference between whiskey and you” – Whiskey and You

8. “You only need a roof when it’s raining, you only need a fire when it’s cold, you only need a drink when the whiskey is the only thing that you have left to hold” – Parachute

9. “Broken halos that used to shine”  -Broken Halos

10. “The more I live without you, just can’t forget about you, nobody else can set me free, baby, please come back to me” – Without Your Love

11. “I’ve got love enough to spare, that makes me a millionaire” – Millionaire

12. “Love is more precious than gold” – Millionaire

13. “I stay stoned on your love all the time” – Tennessee Whiskey

14. “Take your best shot, show me what you got, honey, I’m not afraid, rear back and take aim and fire away” – Fire Away

15. “Always lost and nowhere bound” – Traveller

 

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Best Country Music Concerts in NYC This Fall

Although it may still feel a bit like summer out there, the summer concert season is now behind us. Break out the pumpkin spice everything and get ready for fall with the amazing line up of artists coming through NYC and its surrounding areas this season. Mark your calendars now for awesome shows and great entertainment.  The following concerts are going to be happening within the next few months that will be sure help get us through the long, cold months!

Best NYC Fall Country Concerts

Keith Urban – Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY
October 27th, 2018

Former Entertainer of the Year nominee, Keith Urban with special guest Kelsea Ballerini is bringing his Graffiti U World Tour to Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, October 27th. Be sure to expect an unbelievable show filled with energetic sing-alongs to classic fan favorites and Top 10 singles such as his latest, “Coming Home.”

Best NYC Fall Country Concerts

Pistol Annies – Town Hall, NYC
November 2nd, 2018

Pistol Annies ft. Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley are back together in New York City for a special album release show. Only three cities were chosen, so if you score a ticket consider yourself extremely lucky! The concert is taking place at Town Hall in NYC on November 2nd, the same day their second album “Interstate Gospel” is released.  For a sneak peak of their album, go to www.pistolannies.com to listen to 3 new tracks.

Best NYC Fall Country Concerts

Chris Stapleton – Madison Square Garden, NYC
November 2nd, 2018

Who wants to see one of the most powerful voices in country music? Fortunately for us city folks, we will be graced with Chris Stapleton’s voice at Madison Square Garden on Friday, November 2nd for his All-American Road Show Tour. Stapleton will bring along special guests Marty Stuart & Brent Cobb.

Best NYC Fall Country Concerts

Kane Brown – Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC
November 7th, 2018

In light of his new album dropping November 9th, Kane Brown is bringing Clare Dunn along with him out on the Live Forever Tour making a stop at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Wednesday. November 7th.

Best NYC Fall Country Concerts

Randy Rogers Band, Gramercy Theatre, NYC
November 17th, 2018

Randy Rogers Band is bringing a bit of Texas to the Big Apple alongside Parker McCullum for a guaranteed good time at Gramercy Theatre in Manhattan on Saturday, November 17th.

Best NYC Fall Country Concerts

LANCO – Irving Plaza, NYC
November 29th, 2018

Fans of LANCO will have an opportunity to see them and special guest Travis Denning as they bring their “Hallelujah Nights Tour” to Irving Plaza in NYC on Thursday, November 29th. This is their first headlining tour and will give fans a chance to hear their album Hallelujah Nights all the way through!

Best NYC Fall Country Concerts

Ashley McBryde – Gramercy Theatre, NYC
December 6th, 2018

Ashley McBryde is headlining the “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” Tour this Fall and bringing Dee White with her. She will be playing at Gramercy Theatre on Wednesday, December 6th in New York City. This is a show you don’t want to miss, and its a nice way to break up the week!

Best NYC Fall Country Concerts

Chris Young/Dan + Shay/Morgan Evans – NYCB LIVE: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, NY

December 7th, 2018

Nash FM’s “Nash Holiday Bash” with Chris Young ft. Dan + Shay & Morgan Evans is coming to NYCB LIVE: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on Friday, December 7th! Get in the holiday spirit and get tickets on sale now, or you can try to win your way in by listening to Nash FM!

Check out this playlist below to get you ready for the Fall concert season in NYC!

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Dillon Carmichael Plays His First NYC Show

Dillon Carmichael

 

The Rockwood Music Hall is an intimate venue, perfect for any artist’s very first show in New York City. Kentucky native Dillon Carmichael performed songs from his forthcoming debut album, due out later this summer to fans last night, bringing a little bit of Burgin, Kentucky to the Big Apple.  “I ain’t ever seen TV’s that big, it’s like being in the future up here,” Carmichael tells us when he introduces himself before the show. “It’s been awesome, Y’all got a pretty cool place here, I even had a slice of pizza, best pizza I’ve ever had,” he laughed.  We had the opportunity to chat over the phone last month for his Swag Spotlight Feature, where he explained he had never been to New York before.

His forty-five-minute, full band, showcase gave listeners a sneak peek into his debut album, filled with traditional country grit and a blend of soulful bluesy tones. The album which was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Anderson East) features songs about growing up in a small town and loving the greats like Waylon and Haggard.  He even performed a cover of the 1979 Jennings classic “Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line”.

He performed his current single “It’s Simple” towards the end of the evening, then closing out a night of country soul music with the title track to the album “Hell on an Angel” he explained that he is a huge Lynrd Skynrd fan and that he felt him in the room when they wrote that song that day.  “This is my “Freebird”,” he said before playing the track to end his set.

Be sure to preorder Hell on an Angel here which is slated for release on August 17th from Riser House Records.  Head to NYCountry Swag’s Instagram for exclusive videos from last night’s show.

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NYCS First Impression: Trent Harmon Releases Debut Album ‘You Got ‘Em All’

Trent Harmon

Singer-songwriter, American Idol winner, and one of our 2017 Artists to Watch, Trent Harmon has taken two years to write, focus on his sound and is releasing his debut album to all retailers today.  You Got ‘Em All features 11 tracks, 8 of which Harmon co-wrote including a song written by Chris Stapleton and one by Keith Urban. The project is deeply personal, including songs about heartbreak, falling in love quickly and even a song written for his grandmas, who are both named Betty.

The lyrics of each song, are a tribute to the different key players in Harmon’s life, including his most recent major breakup, chronicled in his current single and title track of the album.  “You Got ‘Em All” was written in 45 minutes with Jordan Minton and Justin Ebach after Harmon got a phone call that his longtime girlfriend was moving to Thailand to follow her dreams.  The track, which opens the album, starts quietly with haunting notes on a piano and allows the pain and sincerity seep through the simple production. Other standouts on the record include “My Money’s On You”, an uplifting, up-tempo song about believing in someone wholeheartedly as well as his ethereal cover of Sia’s “Chandelier” which helped him take the title home on American Idol back in 2016.

Sonically, Harmon blends his Mississippi roots with modern country and you’ll even hear some hints of soul, especially on “Falling” the Urban co-write.   His incredible range carries the entire record, as he slides effortlessly into an airy falsetto that will captivate the listener. Between the combination of Harmon’s rich, vocal prowess with brilliant songwriting, You Got ‘Em All will thrill his current fans and certainly work to build a greater fan base within the country music genre.  Grab your copy of You Got ‘Em All on iTunes or take a listen below and let us know your favorite song in the comments.

 

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NYCountry Swag Takes Country Radio Seminar: A Full Recap

Country Radio Seminar 2018

The 49th Country Radio Seminar (CRS) took place this past week in Nashville, Tennessee at The Omni Hotel in Downtown Nashville. CRS is an annual three-day convention where country music and the radio industry gather to exchange ideas, set trends, introduce brands, launch artists and make decisions that affect every aspect of the genre’s future.   The seminar includes new music from rising artists as well as some of the most established artists in the business.

Here are some highlights of our week down in Nashville including photos of our favorite artists.  Head to our Instagram to see more exclusive content and videos.

Country Radio Seminar 2018

During the opening ceremonies, attendees gathered in one of the Omni’s ballrooms to honor their sponsors for the week as well as to award Dierks Bentley with the 2018 Artist Humanitarian Award. Humbled by this award, Bentley took the stage to thank the committee who chose him and explain that he is happy to use his platform for a greater good. He received recognition for his charity work with his Miles & Music for Kids concert and the accompanying motorcycle ride. Over the last 10 years, the organization raised over 4 million dollars.

Country Radio Seminar 2018

Next up, our team headed to Broken Bow Records’ showcase which included the signing of a brand new act, Everette The Band as well as performances from each of their talented stars including Walker McGuire, Lindsey Ell, Dustin Lynch, Granger Smith and Jimmie Allen.

Country Radio Seminar 2018

Country Radio Seminar 2018

Closing out the night of incredible music, Jason Aldean took the stage to perform “Tattoos On This Town”, “Any Ol’ Barstool” and his brand new single “You Make It Easy” for the attendees.

Country Radio Seminar 2018

Aldean and Allen then headed to the Amazon Music & CRS Monday Night Showcase where they performed and Garth Brooks joined Aldean on stage for an epic duet of “Friends in Low Places”.

Country Radio Seminar 2018

Heading down to Broadway, we stopped by Dierks Bentley’s brand new Bar, Whiskey Row, for a performance from Hot Country Knights, Bentley’s parody 90’s cover band. Fellow Universal Music Group labelmates Jordan Davis, Kassi Ashton, Maddie and Tae, Jon Pardi, Travis Denning, took the stage to sing classic 90’s hits including “Boot-Scootin’ Boogie”, “Any Man of Mine”, “Sold” and “Lesson in Leavin'”.

Country Radio Seminar 2018

Tuesday, Day 2 of the seminar was filled with 26 artists, performing their new music for the radio and media attendees.  Every year the UMG Luncheon which takes place at the historic Ryman Auditorium is a highlight of the week and this year was certainly no different.  After grabbing our boxed lunch, we headed inside to sit 4th row ready for some incredible music.  Performers at the luncheon included newcomers, Jordan Davis, Kassi Ashton, Travis Denning, and Brandon Lay.  Each of the rising artists that have just been signed to Universal Music Group were so grateful for the opportunity to play the on the historic stage for the most prestigious names in radio.  Other acts to perform were Kip Moore, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Maddie & Tae, Jon Pardi and Luke Bryan.  Highlights included Vince Gill singing a new song he wrote about sexual misconduct and the powerful movement happening in the world and keeping with the theme, Keith Urban singing his latest single “Female” with Nicolle Gaylon who co-wrote the song.

Country Radio Seminar 2018

Next up we stopped by the NASH FM Nashville campus to visit our friends Ty, Kelly & Chuck and Elaina and Shawn from Nash Nights Live. Then we headed back to the Omni to catch the Sony Showcase.  This guitar pull or acoustic round featured some of Sony’s biggest acts as well as newly signed artists.  The first round included Chris Young, Walker Hayes, LANco, Luke Combs and Cam. Each took turns singing their radio singles and Cam even performed a haunting version of a song she wrote with pop singer Sam Smith called “Palace”.  The second round featured Brad Paisley, Kane Brown, Mitchell Tenpenny, and Maren Morris. Morris sang her very first radio number one, “I Could Use a Love Song” as well as “Rich” which impacts country radio today.

Country Radio Seminar 2018

We then headed to the Warner Suite to catch one of our favorite rising artists, Cale Dodds perform his latest singles “People Watching” and “Take You Back”.

Our final day of the seminar concluded with two shows at the theatre in the Omni hotel.  The first was Big Machine’s Luncheon which featured a remarkable performance by the newest artists to join their label Trent Harmon and Tyler Rich. Thomas Rhett also performed his latest single “Marry Me” and Brett Young played his no. 1 hits.  Making their official comeback as a duo, Sugarland sang their smash “Baby Girl”, “Stuck On You” and their new single “Still the Same”.

Country Radio Seminar 2018

Country Radio Seminar 2018

The culmination of three great days ended with New Faces, a critically acclaimed event which features the brightest rising country acts of the previous year.  This year was no different, taking the stage with their full bands to each play three of their most popular hits was Carly Pearce, Michael Ray, Midland, Lauren Alaina and Luke Combs.

Country Radio Seminar 2018

Country Radio Seminar 2018

Country Radio Seminar

Overall, Country Radio Seminar was an incredible three days for New York Country Swag, being a small part of bringing new country music to listeners and followers in New York City and beyond.  We are already looking forward to next years seminar!

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First Impression: Anderson East ‘Encore’

Anderson East

Country music is always transitioning and changing and the fluidity of it all allows genres to mesh and to come together to create something magical.  That is exactly what you will find on Anderson East‘s second full-length LP, titled Encore, available everywhere today.

Dripping with soul, tenderness and plenty of angsty horns, each song combines rock, blues, country, jazz, and Americana so you soon forget which genre box he should be in and start appreciating the rising star’s undeniable talent.

Encore features insanely talented co-writers such as country megastar Chris Stapleton (“King For A Day,” “If You Keep Leaving Me”), pop sensation Ed Sheeran, and Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid (“All On My Mind”)  The first single off of the project, “All On My Mind” has garnered over two million streams on Spotify.

East knows when to wail and knows when to quietly express his sentiment, giving the entire album and irrefutable cohesiveness.  Encore also features two covers, including Willie Nelson’s “Somebody Pick Up My Pieces” and Ted Hawkins’  “Sorry You’re Sick”. East adds his own spin on each of the songs, making them sound brand new.

East was on the road with Stapleton’s “All American Road Show” tour, building his fan base and introducing his signature sound to the Stapelton fans.  Listen to the full album below and be sure to follow along on Facebook, Instagram,  and Twitter.

 

 

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