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Dylan Scott Sells Out Opening Night of His Tour in NYC

Dylan Scott Nothing To Do Town Tour

Not too many country artists can say that they have sold out shows in New York City but Dylan Scott is now one of the few.  Last night, as a part of Nash FM 94.7’s Birthday Bash, Scott kicked off his ‘Nothing To Do Town Tour’ at Gramercy Theatre in midtown Manhattan.  The venue was packed earlier for opener Seth Ennis who also just happened to play on the Today Show for the very first time. Check out a recap of that performance here. 

In addition to singing his very single “Woke Up In Nashville” and his current single “Call Your Mama”, Ennis wowed the crowd with a medley of pop-rock cover songs including The Killers “Mr. Brightside”, Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar We’re Going Down” and Yellowcard’s “Ocean Avenue”.  As one of our 2017 Artists to Watch, Ennis was the perfect opeing act, warming up the sold-out venue.

Gramercy Theatre was filled wall to wall when Dylan Scott stepped on stage, kicking things off with his most recent hit “Hooked” which was the 7th most played country song of 2018.  Fans sang along to the uptempo hit as the Lousiana native ran around the stage exuding his immense passion for performing.  Showing no signs of slowing down, Scott went right into “Lay It On Me” and then his current single which just hit radio this past Monday, “Nothing To Do Town”.

He continued the night filled with high energy and played songs spanning his career in country music including the very first song that got things started for him “Crazy Over Me” which he explained to the audience he wrote for his wife who was his high school sweetheart. He also let New York City fans in on a sneak peek of what is to come from his next project, an EP due out April 26th.  “This is one of my favorite songs I’ve written in the past six years,” Scott tells the crowd before playing “Nobody” which will be on the Nothing To Do Town EP. 

He slowed things down a bit by sitting at the piano, asking the crowd if anyone here liked The Eagles, hilariously enough, the crowd starting booing, thinking Scott meant the National Football Team when he really meant the band. He then did a solo performance of “Desperado” and you could truly hear a pin drop, most likely introducing the beautiful song to his younger fanbase. He started a venue-wide sing along to Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Fishing In The Dark” and played “Ball Cap”, “My Girl” and “Beer Buddies” from his 2017 self-titled album.

For the first night of the Nothing To Do Town Tour, New York City fans gave the singer quite the kick-off. Scott continues his tour throughout the end of February.  Be sure to check out our coverage in a few weeks when Dylan Scott performs in Nashville at Country Radio Seminar’s ‘New Faces Showcase’.

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Seth Ennis Makes His TODAY Show Debut with “Call Your Mama”

Earlier this morning, country music recording artist Seth Ennis made his debut on NBC’s ‘TODAY with Kathie Lee and Hoda’. The singer-songwriter performed his heartfelt single, “Call Your Mama,” (featuring Little Big Town), to a live studio audience.

Co-hosts Hoda and Jenna Bhager, filling in for Kathie Lee, gave Ennis a warm welcome to the stage, introducing him to the audience as “A rising country star with a smooth sound and y’all are gonna love it- You’re about to hear it.” Bhager continued, “We’re talking about Seth Ennis, who has a hit song right now. It’s called “Call Your Mama.” If you haven’t heard it, grab a box of tissues,” as the telecast cut to some clips of the track’s touching music video.

Just before his heartfelt performance, the anchors took some time to discuss the song and its meaning, sharing that the song was inspired by Ennis’ own mother. The rising country artist shared a sweet sentiment with the women. “Yeah for this song, my mom- She’s totally watching. She texted me one day, we’re from South Georgia. She texted me one day, “call your mama, call your mama, call your mama.” So I freaked out, gave my Mom a call, make sure everything’s okay, and she just wanted to talk about some small town drama that every mama has, and I ended up writing that down as a song title, and I wrote the song, and yeah.” Ennis also gave his mother a shout out, just before his live performance.

Backed by a three-piece band, the singer delivered an effortless performance with smooth vocals and touching lyrics, clearly connecting with the co-hosts and the studio audience. It was evident that the song has meaning to the artist.

Next up, Ennis will continue to perform as an opener on Dylan Scott’s ‘Nothing To Do Town Tour.” The tour hits New York City’s Gramercy Theatre tonight.  To continue following along with Seth Ennis’ blossoming career, head to sethennis.com, and make sure to follow him on social media.

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[Listen] Dylan Scott Drops New Track “Nothing to Do Town”

Rising country recording artist, Dylan Scott continues to impress fans with his catchy and heartfelt songs. After a string of top five hits including, “My Girl” and “Hooked,” the singer dropped another jam, today, “Nothing to Do Town,” with a lyric video to go with it.

The singer-songwriter has been teasing the track via his Instagram for the last week, eagerly awaiting its debut. “Nothing to Do Town” is a story about a small-town, which doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of big cities, but the people from there still know how to have fun with what they do have. Scott looked to his Louisiana roots for inspiration, as he grew up in the small town of Bastrop, sharing in a recent press release “I’m really excited about the release of my new single, “Nothing to Do Town.” Growing up in a very small town in Northeast Louisiana we had to create our own entertainment since we didn’t have malls or movie theaters. That is what this song is all about and I wouldn’t trade the way I grew up for anything. I know there are going to be a lot of people who hear the song and feel the same was I do.”

The opening lyrics of the song set the tone right away. “It ain’t New York City / and it ain’t LA / We ain’t got no rooftop bars like they do on Broadway / It’s just a little town square / Middle of nowhere / Ain’t even big enough to be a map dot / We ain’t got a lot / But we sure do a lot / With the little bit that we got.”

 The party anthem name-drops country stars, George Strait and Tim McGraw, talks about looking to the outdoors for things to do, and overall, relishes in finding the joys of living the uncomplicated life in a small town. The lyric video showcases all the fun things to do in a small town, which is a refreshing and inviting change for people, who may have grown up in the hustle and bustle of a big city like New York.  “Nothing to Do Town” is available anywhere music can be bought or stream, and is already making some waves on country radio.

The entertainer will give back to his home-state by headlining the ‘Bayou Stock Country’ music festival. Scott created the festival to give back to the community, with proceeds going towards holiday gifts for local kids in need. Click here for more information about the event.

In January 2019, Scott, accompanied by Seth Ennis, who he co-wrote “Hooked” with, will embark on a headlining tour, named after the track. The ‘Nothing to Do Town Tour’ begins in New York City at Gramercy Theatre on January 17th. Find tickets for the show here and head to dylanscottcountry.com for a full list of tour dates.

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Where Are They Now? Our 2017 Artists to Watch Update

Here at New York Country Swag, we pride ourselves on being tastemakers, finding and championing new and up-and-coming artists and introducing our followers to the best of the best of the rising acts.  Back in 2017, we named the 10 artists below in our “Artists to Watch in 2017” and we are proud to say, we know rising talent before they make it big.  Check out what each of these artists has done over the past two years and what is coming up for them in 2019.

 

10. Seth Ennis – In 2017, Ennis released his debut EP, Mabelle, which featured his first single “Woke Up In Nashville” which put him on our radar early on.  Most recently he released a heartfelt song “Call Your Mama” which features Little Big Town and has garnered over a million streams on Spotify. The singer-songwriter joins Dylan Scott on tour which hits Gramercy Theatre on January 17th.  Grab your tickets here.

9. Trent Harmon – Harmon spent 2017 writing and working on his debut album, You Got Em All.   The American Idol winner of season 15 set out to prove to his fans and critics that he wasn’t just a competition winner that could sing covers but that he had something important to say with his songwriting.  We caught Harmon back in February in Nashville as he performed his single “You Got Em All” for radio programmers and the audience was blown away by his delivery of the breakup song. He told New York Country Swag during a recent interview:  “I had one job that day and that was to solidify myself a slot for the next year as a relevant up-and-coming artist in the country format,” which he certainly did.  We can’t wait to see what he has in store for fans in 2019.

 

8. High Valley – This Canadian duo since making our Artist to Watch list has toured the country on the Sirius XM The Highway Finds Tour and released brand new music, The Farmhouse Sessions which was recorded appropriately on a farm outside of Nashville. When we caught their infectious, high energy set a little over a year ago, the brothers, led the audience in a dance off and played their top 15 hit “She’s With Me” which elicited a crowd singalong.  The duo has tour dates booked through the new year, playing shows in the U.S as well as Canada. For all of the tour dates head to their website.

 

7. Runaway June –  The ladies of Runaway June are at such an exciting time in their career.  The week that New York Country Swag hosted them for a Live Swag Session, they had just announced they would be joining Carrie Underwood and Maddie and Tae on her Cry Pretty 360 Tour.  Since then they have also released their debut self-titled EP and their single “Buy My Own Drinks” is garnering plenty of spins on Spotify. Watch their performance and interview with New York Country Swag below and grab your tickets to see this powerhouse group of girls at Madison Square Garden on October 2nd, 2019.

 

6. Brett Young – Arguably the artist who has made it the biggest over the past two years, Young released his debut, self-titled album in February of 2017 and since then has had four no. 1 hits including “Sleep Without You,” “In Case You Didn’t Know,” “Like I Loved You”, and “Mercy.”  His brand new single from his forthcoming album, “Here Tonight” is already Top 40 on the Country Radio Charts and steadily climbing. Young is coming to New York City on December 9th with Tyler Rich and drops his sophomore album, Ticket to L.A just two days prior.

 

5. Ryan Hurd – We highlighted Hurd’s incredible songwriting career back in 2017 however since then he has written and recorded songs for himself that have proved he isn’t just a songwriter anymore.  Recently he released two songs, “Diamonds or Twine” and “To A T” which were both inspired by another huge milestone Hurd has accomplished since 2017, he got married. Marrying fellow singer-songwriter and chart-topper Maren Morris earlier this year has given Hurd the opportunity to write about his love for her and when he sings those songs, his delivery and devotion is evident.  We are hoping for a full-length album in 2019 and will keep you posted about future tour dates heading our way.

 

4. Russell Dickerson –  We are proud to champion the very first artist that New York Country Swag ever featured at our very first event back in January of 2016 just a few weeks after our launch! Dickerson played on top of a bar at Libation, a New York City nightclub, the event was sold out long before he had signed his record deal with Triple Tigers.  Since previewing his music for 300 of our lucky followers and a handful of NYCS events later, Dickerson has garnered not one but two no. 1 songs on the Country Radio Charts.  His love song for his wife, “Yours”, made it to the top of the charts and appropriately was the title of his debut album which was released this time last year.  Most recently, his second single to radio “Blue Tacoma” took the top spot. He toured all summer with Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker, increasing his fanbase.  Looking to the new year, Dickerson is working on new music and will hopefully get back on the road. Take a look back at our Country Night with the rising superstar from September 2016 below.

 

3. Walker Hayes – In January of 2017 when our list was published, Hayes had only released his 8Tracks Vol. 1 and 2 to his fans, a unique take on the storytelling country music is so accustomed to.  Over the past two years, the lines of genres have blended, country music has sonically changed and become more fluid and no artist has benefitted more than Hayes.  His blend of hip-hop, R&B and pop all infuse with country lyrics and have created a sound that is undeniable all his own.  We hosted Hayes earlier this year for a Live Swag Session after he released his major label debut album boom. and garnered plenty of success with his debut radio single “You Broke Up With Me”. He just released a new single, “90’s Country” which name-drops 22 different 90’s country songs that Hayes tells us in a recent interview, influenced him growing up and is the first of new music we can look forward to in the new year.  Watch the Live Swag Session from April below.

 

2. Luke Combs –  Another artist who had huge success since 2017, Combs released not only a debut album but a deluxe version with five additional songs.  The album entered the Billboard charts 73 weeks ago and continually makes its way back to the top of the charts, including this week where he holds the top spot for not only album but also the top song with “She Got The Best of Me” at no. 1 for the second week in a row. This marks the fourth chart-topper for Combs, previously he landed the top spot with “Hurricane,” “When It Rains It Pours,” and “One Number Away”.  He joined Jason Aldean this summer on his High Noon Neon Tour which made its way to Madison Square Garden in August.  The sold-out crowd knew every word to each of his songs, even the deep album cuts proving that the country crooner has grown his fan base so wide and is here to stay.

 

1. Drake White – White’s ability to captivate a crowd during his live performances landed him an opening spot on Zac Brown Band’s tour and at festivals across the country. He just released five new songs in an EP titled Pieces which highlights his signature groove and sultry vocals. Next year he is heading overseas to play the C2C Country to Country Festival in Glasgow along with Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, and Lady Antebellum.

 

Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for an update on all of the artists we named to watch in 2018 and then coming soon, our 2019 Artist to Watch list.

 

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