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Jordan Davis Releases “Trouble Town” and Announces Headlining Tour

Jordan Davis Trouble Town Tour

Mike Spotz (@illkoncept) for NYCountry Swag

With both a number one and number two single under his belt “Singles You Up” and “Take It From Me” from his critically-acclaimed debut record Home State, Jordan Davis decided to up the ante, finally releasing new music. “Trouble Town” premiered last Friday (10/25) and it has the signature Davis vibe that fans are sure to love. Fan club ‘The Parish’ members got to hear the song first, as Davis made it available early for diehard fans.

The new mid-tempo song is laid-back, cool, and enticing, fitting into his catalog of songs effortlessly. Its sensual message is clearly meant for lovers, as Davis laments about knowing that he’s headed for ‘no good,’ but that he cannot help himself. Written by the singer with songwriters, Josh Jenkins and Matthew Jenkins, the song is as relatable as it gets. We all can relate to knowing that something or someone is bad for us, but yet, it is still desirable. As always, Davis conveys honest and vulnerable lyrics that make his music so refreshing.

“Gimme those ‘Leave here’ eyes / I’ll follow you out that door / Ain’t even left the parking lot / Already know that I’m heading for / Trouble town”

Davis just ended a successful opening gig on tour with Old Dominion. We caught his performance when the tour stopped in New York City back in May. Going forward, the recording artist will be a staple at country music festivals this season, including Tortuga as well as his headlining tour, announced early this morning. The “Trouble Town” Tour will feature two rising female artists that we love, Hailey Whitters and Kassi Ashton. Both ladies just joined Maren Morris on her GIRL The World Tour and we caught the show at Radio City Music Hall.

“I’m really excited to get back on the road and in front of my amazing fans,” Davis says in a recent press release. “Kassi is just a true artist in every sense of the word and Hailey is an extremely talented songwriter, I’m glad the rest of the world is getting to know both of them. Not only are they incredible songwriters, singers, and artists but they are even better people and I’m honored to have them out with me.”

TROUBLE TOWN TOUR Dates:

Jan. 10 Milwaukee, WI The Rave*
Jan. 11 Rosemont, IL Joe’s Live*
Jan. 16 Springfield, IL Boondocks*
Jan. 17 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater*
Jan. 25 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre**
Jan. 30 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater*
Jan. 31 Charlotte, NC Coyote Joe’s*
Feb. 1 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre*
Feb. 6 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s*
Feb. 7 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre*
Feb. 20 Council Bluffs, IA Whiskey Roadhouse**
Feb. 21 Denver, CO Grizzly Rose**
Feb. 22 Denver, CO Grizzly Rose**
Feb. 27 Boise, ID Knitting Factory+
Feb. 28 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory+
Feb. 29 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre**
Mar. 5 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades+
Mar. 6 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre**
Mar. 19 New York, NY Webster Hall**
Mar. 20 Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort Casino**
Mar. 21 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live**

*Featuring Kassi Ashton
**Featuring Hailey Whitters
+Show Opener TBD

To keep up with Jordan Davis, follow him on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“Trouble Town” 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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Maren Morris’ GIRL The World Tour Sells Out The Iconic Radio City Music Hall

What do the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and Radio City Music Hall all have in common? They are iconic New York City landmarks and on Friday night, three women who all hail from different cities in the country stood on the stage at the latter, sang their hearts out and inspired a sold-out crowd. Maren Morris’ GIRL: The World Tour made its way back to the tristate area this past weekend, a few months after playing smaller venues around the city including Brooklyn Bowl and Terminal 5. 

The sheer fact that her fans are so dedicated that they sold out another venue, this time a room filled with six thousand seats, is remarkable, but, what is even more outstanding is these country music fans all came to see three women. In a time where Morris and Kelsea Ballerini are the only two females who have made it to the top of the charts in the past year and a half, the amount of love and support for these three female artists displayed throughout the night was palpable.

 

The night of girl power kicked off with Hailey Whitters, a smalltown Iowa native who has been grinding away in Nashville, writing music and performing around town for 12 years, all while waiting tables to pay the bills. Feeling like a human disco ball, she laughed, Whitters took the stage covered in sparkles from her romper to her shoes and even specks of sparkles in her tights. She delicately delivered songs that are soon to be released this Friday, on her EP The Days including “All The Cool Girls”,  “Dream Girl”, “Heartland” and the title track.

Her cool, folky rhythm and honest songwriting captivated the fans who arrived early.  “To anyone out there tonight hanging on to the tail end of a dream, and wondering if you should just give it up…don’t,” Whitters humbly emotes to the crowd before playing the song that truly ‘turned it all around’ “10 Year Town”. She thanked Morris who she said, “changed the whole damn game” for her by inviting her out on this tour, allowing her to showcase her talent to a sea of new fans each and every night.

 

 

Next up, was one of our 2019 Artists to Watch, Kassi Ashton, who absolutely brought the heat and the energy to the famed stage. Ashton who is as unique as they come, kicked her set off with “Taxidermy”, a tongue in cheek revenge track that was released last year. This powerhouse danced in front of white flames, singing not only her previously released tracks, “Violins”, “California, Missouri” and “Pretty Shiny Things” but she performed an epic cover of Eric Church’s “Chattanooga Lucy” as well as Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts”, which was met with screams from the sold-out audience.

Ashton has the ability to make you fall in love with her charismatic personality while watching her perform, enticing you to get up and dance but also carefully listen to her well-crafted lyrics. After seeing her set, we are certainly proud to have named her one of our Artists to Watch this year and we just know she will be garnering throngs of new fans on this tour run.

The most nominated artist in the upcoming CMA Awards was up next, headliner, Maren Morris. She opened her set with her latest number one single “GIRL”, and Morris, who may be small in stature, commanded the attention of the sold-out venue standing behind a mic stand, holding an acoustic guitar and strumming those familiar first chords. Throughout the night, Morris performed songs from both of her albums, HERO and GIRL.  “Thank you so much, this is honestly such a friggin bucket list dream of mine to play this venue and the fact that you sold it out, it’s Friday night, it just means the world to me,” she gratefully expressed.

The true songwriter was also on display throughout her set as she took time to chat with the audience about moments in her life that have ultimately led her to stand under that legendary velvet curtain. It was apparent to all in the room how important music is to the songstress, especially before she performed “A Song For Everything”. “In this weird ass world that can sometimes feel really fucked up and dark, music is kind of the most magical form of time travel, and for me, it’s the strongest sense tied to memories,” she stated “You feel that song, when you hear a lyric or hear a chord and it just immediately transports you back to the first time you were on the way to kindergarten in your mom’s car, and there was a song on in the background, also your first kiss and the first time someone just completely destroyed your heart, there are those songs that became the soundtrack of those periods in your life.”

Of course, she performed her biggest hits including her collaboration with Zedd and Gray, “The Middle”, her first number one hit “I Could Use A Love Song” and “80’s Mercedes”. She even took a few moments out of her show to pay homage to her brand new band, The Highwomen which were celebrating their album release day. Morris along with Amanda Shires, Natalie Hemby, and Brandi Carlile make up the supergroup and she stood alone on the stage to perform “Crowded Table” from their debut, self-titled album. “This song was really born out of wanting to say, you know through all of the polarizing shit, please, come and sit with us at our table and let’s have a conversation….” she continued. “There is a lot of love in this world and I feel so much of it when we sing this song, this is our song “Crowded Table”.

She then welcomed back to the stage her direct support, Kassi Ashton and Hailey Whitters to perform together one for “the 90’s babies” a cover of The Cardigans “Love Fool”. The ladies even channeled their best inner Rockettes and closed out the song by linking arms for a sweet little kick line dance. The energy and the fun could be felt throughout Radio City to the very top of the venue.

No backup singers were needed at Radio City Music Hall on Friday night, the audience sang along like a well-versed choir to even the deep cuts including “Second Wind”, “Gold Love” and “Once”. Closing out the evening with the song that got it all started for her, “My Church”, it was the perfect ending to the most flawless night. As the confetti rained down, whether you have been a fan since before her superstardom, or you were seeing Morris perform for the very first time, there was no doubt that she deserved every single moment of applause and appreciation that New York City willingly gave.

For all of the additional GIRL: The World Tour dates head to marenmorris.com.

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Kassi Ashton & Her Girl Gang Dance In “Field Party” Official Music Video

Kassi Ashton Field Party

Photo Credit: Kristin Barlowe

One of our 2019 Artists to Watch and 6 Rising Females Who Will Make Country Radio Pay Attention, Kassi Ashton continues to impress with her sultry voice and compelling lyrics make her stand out in a crowded field of country stars. The singer/songwriter signed to UMG Nashville in conjunction with Interscope records is this genre’s new upcoming queen. Her newest music video to her song, “Field Party,” definitely cements her as a powerful new artist to keep on your radar.

The video stays true to its title, as it depicts a true country field party, with Ashton and friends partying and having the time of their lives out in an open field. They’re dancing, singing, and overall having an awesome time, making viewers want to get in on the action. This smooth and soulful song is perfect to add to any summer party playlist, no matter the size or the location. Anyone who listens to this song or watches the music video will want to shake in their boots!

The song even ends with the perfect opportunity to show off your dance moves, with the lyrics “Step to the left (Oh no) / Pop it out to the right (Pop it out, pop it) /Make ’em shake in their boots, girl.” Ashton and her girl gang demonstrate this easy but catchy dance that you and your friends could certainly learn and do at your next country tailgate.

This summer party song will definitely make any event more fun and the video will make anyone want to drop what they’re doing and throw a field party with all of their best friends. Ashton surely knows how to have a great time and is staying true to her California, Missouri roots even while she is pursuing her music career in Nashville.

To keep up with Kassi Ashton make sure to follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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6 Rising Female Artists Who Will Make Radio Pay Attention

One of the things we’re most excited about is the influx of ridiculously talented female singer-songwriters that are unapologetically bringing unique artistry to the country music world. In an era that’s dominated by male recording artists, these six female rising artists are breaking the mold and making a name for themselves in music.

 

1. Kassi Ashton
Kassi Ashton is one of NYCountry Swag 2019 Artists to Watch and is one of UMG Nashville’s most promising new artists. Armed with a soulful voice, unique vocals, and a fearless personality, Ashton is everything country music didn’t know they needed. She stays true to herself and doesn’t sugarcoat anything, which is why we love her! Listen to her songs “Field Party” and “Violins” to truly understand her talent. P.S most of the outfits you see her wearing, she designed and created her self, just another tidbit that makes her the coolest. Keep up with Ashton via her Instagram and Twitter.

2. Tenille Townes
Another artist we just can’t get enough of is Tenille Townes. Between her raw vocals and impressive songwriting, Townes is the full package. She shines on emotional songs like “Somebody’s Daughter” and “I Kept the Roses.” Check her out on tour this summer with Dierks Bentley! We are proud that she is not only one of our 2019 Artists to Watch, but also a Swag Spotlight alum. Read our Swag Spotlight with Townes and follow her on Instagram and Twitter to learn more.

3. Ingrid Andress
We can’t say enough good things about the next artist on our list, Ingrid Andress. After being introduced to her music at an exclusive Warner Music Nashville showcase, back in February, we haven’t stopped singing her praises. Andress is the definition of innovative, and truly embodies the new wave of female country artists that are emerging. Her vocal range and clever wordplay are evident in her songs “Lady Like,” “More Hearts Than Mine,” and “Both”. Be sure to follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

4. Abby Anderson
Singer-songwriter, Abby Anderson is one to look out for. She already played her first headlining show in New York City last year and is gearing up to take the stage again, opening up for Rob Thomas at the Beacon Theatre in NYC on July 29th & 30th. We love her sassy new song “GOOD LORD” and can’t wait for more new music. Not to mention, her debut EP I’m Good was a great introduction to her unique artistry. Read our Swag Spotlight with her here, and keep up with her via Instagram and Twitter.

5. Lauren Jenkins
Lauren Jenkins is equally as stunning, as she is talented, and we knew she had to make our list. Jenkins is an artist we are so excited about. She is full of authenticity, raw talent and emotion, and she can literally sing anything. After witnessing her skills live during our Swag Session, and again in her opening spot on tour with The Wild Feathers, we can confidently say she’s a must listen to! Check out her songs “Running Out of Road” and “No Saint” off her debut studio album No Saint. Make sure to follow her on Instagram and Twitter too!

6. Caylee Hammack
Finally, Caylee Hammack rounds out our list of impressive female rising country artists. She’s another artist who embodies uniqueness. She doesn’t abide by the “rules” and gifts us all with music that is authentic to who she is as a person. We are loving her style, personality, and of course her vocals! The fiery redhead is killing it, and we can’t wait to see what’s to come for her in the future. Make sure to give her debut single, “Family Tree” a listen to. Keep up with Hammack on Instagram and Twitter.

That wraps up our list of six of the most fearless and talented female artists in the country music industry right now!

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[Watch] Keith Urban and Kassi Ashton’s Video for “Drop Top”

The reigning 2018 CMA Entertainer of the Year and 2019 ACM Entertainer of the Year, superstar Keith Urban released the music video for his latest single “Drop Top” featuring rising artist and one of our 2019 Artist to Watch, Kassi Ashton. Viewers get a first-hand look into the energy Urban brings to the stage as the video showcases his performance at one of his shows of the Grafitti U Tour.

Written by Urban, Josh Osborne, Jimmy Robbins, and Maureen McDonald, “Drop Top” is the ultimate road-trip song about a girl with new found freedom on her way to Coachella with feathers in her hair and girlfriends by her side. The video begins with a roaring crowd and Urban making his way from his tour bus to the stage. Urban effortlessly plays guitar and sings to thousands of screaming fans.

Ashton appears on the large screens behind Urban as her powerful voice sings over a thumping bass and heavy guitar. Flashing white lights create a club-like atmosphere as she sings the pulsing chorus, “Saturday night, feeling alright / Show him what he lost in my jeans skin tight / Stars coming out, the music up loud / Saturday night, feeling alright.” Clips from when Ashton joined Urban live at his show in Nashville are intertwined in the dynamic music video that magnifies the undeniably exciting and unique collaboration.

 

This is the third song that Urban has released so far in 2019. “Drop Top” is a follow up to the cover of Foy Vance’s “Burden” and his most recent sentimental hit song “We Were” co-written by Eric Church. Urban will continue his #1 Graffiti U Tour throughout the rest of the summer at various festivals along with a stop in Atlantic City, NJ at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, August 17th.

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

 

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Kassi Ashton Pays Homage to her Hometown in “Field Party”

Kassi Ashton Field Party

One of our 2019 Artists to Watch, Kassi Ashton is an exciting up and coming female artist, hailing from Missouri. She has a flair for blurring genre lines, writing unique, yet real lyrics, and unapologetically being true to herself and her artistry. Earlier this year, she released a haunting ballad entitled, “Pretty Shiny Things,” which highlighted her powerful and vulnerable vocals. The singer-songwriter is following up that ballad with an anthemic up-tempo jam, “Field Party.”

Proving that she beats to her own drum, Ashton announced via Twitter that she was dropping the new song for fans, who signed up on her website, against advice. She was told to not drop the tune, prior to CMA Fest. The songstress joked, “the Illuminati said I couldn’t put this song out before CMA Fest, so I”m putting it out before CMA Fest,” encouraging fans to “turn the damn volume up,” when listening to the new track.

The enticing track features R&B and even hip hop influences from the first beat. Although Ashton’s distinctively country twang shines through, she adds some flavor with a rhythmic talking/rapping verse and a head-bopping melody. Singing a verse to her female fans, she invites the ladies to dance along to the track, “make them shake in their boots girl.”

“Field Party” is a stylistic ode to her hometown, California, Missouri, reminding fans that she knows exactly who she is and where she comes from. The new jam is one of those tracks that will be playing on repeat in your head and on your music playlist! To listen before it is released everywhere, head to www.kassiashton.com and enter your email address.

“Don’t got to be country music / You can drop a beat / And if there’s trouble out here, we don’t call the police / I can go back anytime that I wanna / Aye, all ya’ll just holler / I can go back anytime that I wanna.”

Ashton will be a staple at festivals this summer. She makes her first stop at the iconic CMA Fest in Nashville, playing both the Chevy Breakout Stage and Nissan Stadium this weekend. The songstress is also slated to play at LakeShake Festival, Country Concert Festival, and the Faster Horses Festival.

New Yorkers are in luck because Ashton makes her New York City debut at the Radio City Music Hall on September 6th, opening up for Maren Morris. For tickets and more information, head to kassiashton.com.

To keep up with Kassi Ashton follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

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Kassi Ashton Stuns In “Pretty Shiny Things” Video

Pretty Shiny Things

Filmed in Nashville and directed by Kristin Barlowe, one of our favorite rising artists and 2019 Artists to Watch, Kassi Ashton has released a stunning official music video for her newest, powerful track, “Pretty Shiny Things.”
Styled in a blush-toned silk gown, diamond-embellished earrings, with her hair teased up high and a dolled up face of makeup, Ashton is seen laying on an auditorium stage, surrounded by literal pretty shiny things; glamorous trinkets of sorts, mirrors, and chandeliers. Ashton’s hauntingly beautiful presence corresponds flawlessly with the painful honesty in this track. The message in this song is exceedingly relatable; the pressures women face to put on a facade, despite the pain we may feel on the inside. Ashton’s staggering vocals on the acoustic track add depth and simplicity to such a lyrically heavy song.

The songstress shared some insight behind the video, “In our society, it feels like we’re forced to evaluate our reflection everywhere we turn, always waiting for a confirmation from someone else that we are enough. Putting that, and something so personal for me, into a visual is a weird task. I wanted it to feel real, not forced. Kristin Barlowe helped me so much in marrying what I wanted artistically with the real emotional monologue.” In a recent interview with Paper Magazine, Ashton revealed the inspiration and intention for this video was to mimic a ballerina doll trapped in her jewelry box.

Watch the video below.

We first heard the song when the singer-songwriter debuted it at The Ryman Auditorium during CRS week in Nashville and we were automatically hooked on her honest lyrics. Ashton candidly continues to prove herself as an unapologetic artist that will not hold back, solidifying our choice to feature her as one of our Artists to Watch this year.

Keep up with Ashton on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to not miss any upcoming music releases.

“Pretty Shiny Things” 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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Kassi Ashton Gets Honest with “Pretty Shiny Things”

 

Kassi Ashton Pretty Shiny Things

Rising country artist, and one of our 2019 Artists to Watch, Kassi Ashton released her brand new song entitled, “Pretty Shiny Things” today showcasing her undeniable talent. The song was produced by Luke Laird and co-written by Ashton and Emily Landis. The singer-songwriter has been teasing the song on social media for the past week and did not disappoint, she even put out a lyric video to accompany the track.

Releasing a song close to her heart, she mentioned in a press release, “Three years ago, this song was there for me in the middle of the night. Like a diary entry that was writing to me, not me writing it. It has silently waited, given guidance and reminded me that honest art is the best art. I’m honored to be passing it along to whoever needs it now.”

The emotional ballad puts her vulnerability on full display, keeping the melody simple in the background with just an acoustic guitar while showing off her powerful vocals. The lyrics of the track tell a story describing the pressures women face to be perfect on the outside, no matter the pain on the inside. In this song’s case its a mother pressuring the daughter telling her, “There ain’t a secret you can’t hide / Bottle it up on the inside / Put your makeup on girl stand up straight / Your face will take you farther than your brain / You oughta know by now beauty is pain / Pretty Shiny Things.” Ending the song with a positive message that you are more than just your beauty, “Ain’t nothin’ pretty about a perfect life.” Giving listeners exactly what they need to hear.

To keep up with Kassi Ashton follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Pretty Shiny Things” 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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Kassi Ashton’s Sassy Video For New Single “Violins”

Kassi Ashton Violins

When it comes to sass, Kassi Ashton has it in spades, as evidenced by her new video for “Violins.” In what’s easily the most compelling high-school-themed video since Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time,” Ashton somehow manages to both put a suitor on blast and make marching bands incredibly cool.

Co-written by Ashton, Luke Dick, and Natalie Hemby, “Violins” serves as the perfect tell-off tune. When it comes to unfaithful exes begging for a second chance, Ashton has no time or sympathy for that. Playing off the old adage of someone playing the world’s tiniest violin, she sings, “Can’t hear the violins you’re playing/ There’s no symphony inside my head/ I got my own marching band/ Guess I lost my give a damn ’cause/ I can’t hear the violins you’re playing.”

In addition to shutting down the high school jock in a school’s gymnasium, Ashton dons her best sparkles and is easily the hottest drum major in town. Interestingly enough, she designed and created the video’s outfits by hand.

“Visuals are so important to me because that’s the way I understand and explain everything in my life,” Kassi reveals about the video in a recent press release. “It is no different with my music. When I allowed my brain to think of all the possibilities of what this video could look like, a million ideas soaked in red light came out. Kristin Barlowe, in all her magic, and her entire team perfectly translated my thoughts to the screen.”

Released in January, “Violins” shows a markedly different side of the rising star, who has previously created buzz with songs like “Taxidermy” and “California, Missouri.” The music video was shot in Nashville and was directed by Kristin Barlowe.

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Kassi Ashton Continues to Impress with “Violins”

Kassi Ashton Violins

One of our 2019 Artists to Watch, Kassi Ashton, is one of the most captivating stars on the rise. On Friday she released her brand new single “Violins”. Creating a powerful anthem for all, the song was written by Ashton, Luke Dick, and Natalie Hemby and produced by Dick and Luke Laird. Continuing to make a path in country music with her own style, this song shut down past lovers with a chorus every female can relate to.

“I can’t hear the violins you’re playin, there’s no symphony inside my head. I’ve got my own marching band, guess I lost my give a damn.”

Ashton shows that she isn’t one to mess with and brings real-life experience to her catchy release. Realizing that most exes always come running back, she doesn’t have time to waste on unfaithfulness. Between her dynamic delivery, catchy melodies, raucous twang, and wailing guitars, Ashton proves to be an exceptional all-around artist.

“See the feel bad for me in your eyes, I know what your thinking I just keep on blinking”

Ashton brought a whole new attitude of her own to country music upon arrival in 2017 and through releasing “Taxidermy” in 2018 she gained recognition all over the country and has landed a spot of our watch list as well. The California, Missouri singer and songwriter is getting ready for her debut album release and we will be anxiously awaiting its release. If her latest single is any indication of how 2019 looks for her a whole lot more to come. But in the meantime, “Violins” is available now on all digital streaming platforms, and the lyric video can be seen below. Follow along on her socials as well to get a heads up for tour dates, new music, and more!

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