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NYCS 2018 Artist to Watch Where Are They Now: Danielle Bradbery

Danielle Bradbery

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 January of this year we named the 10 artists below in our “Artists to Watch in 2018” and we are proud to say, we know rising talent before they make it big. Someone to add to your watchlist is Danielle Bradbery.

Danielle Bradbery is Big Machine Recording’s newest upcoming artist who is making quite the name for herself. Throughout this past year, she has been making huge strides in the music business. Bradbery’s newest album I Don’t Believe We’ve Met was one of our favorites released last year. The 10-track album shows the singer as someone who puts meaningful thoughts into her powerful lyrics. From first listen, Bradbery’s latest album is a remarkable testament to the artist who is finally choosing her own path. As a 16-year-old, Bradbery took the reality competition, The Voice, by storm with her strong vocal ability and sweet nature. Now, 21, she understands the importance of being honest with yourself and making the music that you feel best represents you.

Released this past summer, “Goodbye Summer” was Bradbery’s newest single. Racking up streams and airtime around the country, the song has become a summer anthem. The reimagined track also features country superstar Thomas Rhett which just adds an unquestionable strength as a duet. What fans may not know is the song was actually written by Rhett. The two have become quite good friends since Bradbery moved to town and he has helped her get a good jump into the industry.  Singing their hearts out on the sandy beaches of Florida, the video was released and has gathered over 600,000 views. Just like the song, the video also unfolds a summer romance story between a girl and boy, falling in love and spending the whole summer together, until September rolls around and they part ways.

Bradberry also took a selfless approach to the area she filmed the video in. Shot on the beaches where Hurricane Michael hit, she saw how the town was affected. She teamed up with the Rosemary Beach Foundation to help raise funds for the rebuilding and aiding of the surrounding areas. If that was not enough to make you fall in love with her, she has also connected with ABLE, a Nashville-based lifestyle brand. Bradbery and ABLE created a line of jewelry that incorporates her single, “Worth It.” The singer-songwriter designed a number of accessories within the collection, including a ring, necklace, bracelet and more, all of which have the words “Worth It” engraved on each piece of jewelry. The proceeds from these sales go to help people in need in Nashville and beyond.

Bradbery has quite the new year planned as she will head out on the road with Kane Brown as a supporting act for his ‘Live Forever Tour’ this winter. She also has teased that a third album is in the works and says that she is writing every single song on the album, so if this last one is any indication for the next, it will be nothing short of remarkable and inspirational. For updates, a full list of show dates, and more visit http://daniellebradbery.com

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Danielle Bradbery & Thomas Rhett Debut “Goodbye Summer” Music Video

Big Machine Recording artist, Danielle Bradbery has debuted the official music video for her latest single “Goodbye Summer” featuring country superstar Thomas Rhett.  “Goodbye Summer” is a reimagining of “Hello Summer,” a solo track featured on Bradbery’s sophomore record, I Don’t Believe We’ve Met. Penned by Rhett, Rhett Akins, Jaren Johnston, and Julian Bunetta, the song delves into the highs and lows of a summer love. Rhett’s added vocal presence on the updated duet version shifts the one-sided story to a perspective from both sides of the bittersweet tales of a summer fling. This rendition focuses more on the “goodbye” part of the song, adding emphasis to the “hello to my broken heart” lyric.

Directed by Shaun Silva, the video features Bradberry and Rhett belting it out on the sandy beaches and boardwalks of 30A in Rosemary Beach, Florida. The video also unfolds a summer romance story between a girl and boy, the girl working at a beach resort and the boy being a guest at the resort. The two seem to fall quickly in love, spending every free moment together, until September rolls around, just as the song lyrics forewarn. Before eventually parting ways, the couple embraces in one final goodbye kiss. Watch the video below.

Bradberry took to her Instagram stories this morning to relay the message that shortly after this music video was filmed, the beaches of 30A were hit by Hurricane Michael, devastating the surrounding communities. She has teamed up with the Rosemary Beach Foundation to help raise funds for the rebuilding and aiding of the surrounding areas. You can learn more and donate to those in need here.

Both country stars have a busy 2019 ahead. Rhett will be on the road for most of next year, including his ‘Very Hot Summer Tour’ next summer. For a full list of show dates along with additional information, visit https://www.thomasrhett.com. Bradbery will head out on the road with Kane Brown as a supporting act for his ‘Live Forever Tour’ this winter. For a full list of show dates along with additional information, visit http://daniellebradbery.com.

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Thomas Rhett Announces 2019 ‘Very Hot Summer Tour’

Thomas Rhett- Very Hot Summer Tour
Multi-platinum selling artist Thomas Rhett surprised fans with a brand new 2019 tour announcement this morning. The recent CMA Award winner will head out on his ‘Very Hot Summer Tour’ next spring, summer and fall, hitting thirty-nine cities across the country.
Rhett will be joined by his father, hit songwriter Rhett Akins on all dates and special guests recent BMI honoree Russell Dickerson and singer-songwriter Dustin Lynch on all with the exception of the first two dates.
The tour will kick off on May 17, 2019, in Spokane, Washington at Spokane Arena and run sporadically throughout the following four months, until the last show in Nashville, Tennessee at Bridgestone Arena on October 12, 2019.
“I’m glad we have the winter to plan and come up with some crazy stuff for next year because I can’t think of a better way to spend the summer than out on the road with my fans. And, I get to bring my dad and two of my favorite artists in country music along for the ride,” Rhett shared in a recent press release.
New York fans will have the chance to see this tour at the legendary Madison Square Garden on September 20, 2019.
Tickets for select dates will go on sale Friday, November 30th at 10 AM local time. The remaining shows will continue to go on sale over the coming weeks.  Visit https://www.thomasrhett.com for additional information.

 

Thomas Rhett: Very Hot Summer Tour
May 17 – Spokane, WA*
May 18 – Tacoma, WA*
May 25 – Orange Beach, AL
May 26 – Orange Beach, AL
June 13 – Virginia Beach, VA
June 14 – Charlotte, NC
June 15 – Bristow, VA
June 20 – Detroit, MI
June 21 – Indianapolis, IN
June 28 – Dallas, TX
June 29 – Houston, TX
July 11 – Toronto, ON
July 12 – Pittsburgh, PA
July 19 – Darien Center, NY
July 20 – Hershey, PA
August 1 – Philadelphia, PA
August 2 – Boston, MA
August 3 – Holmdel, NJ
August 8 – Raleigh, NC
August 9 – Cincinnati, OH
August 10 – Atlanta, GA
August 15 – Rogers, AR
August 16 – Southaven, MS
August 17 – Birmingham, AL
September 5 – Sioux Falls, SD*
September 6 – Des Moines, IA*
September 7 – St. Paul, MN*
September 12 – Kansas City, MO*
September 13 – St. Louis, MO
September 14 – Chicago, IL*
September 19 – Bridgeport, CT*
September 20 – New York, NY*
September 21- Albany, NY
October 3 – Greenville, SC
October 4 – Jacksonville, FL
October 5 – Orlando, FL
October 10 – Knoxville, TN
October 11 – Louisville, KY
October 12 – Nashville, TN*
*ON SALE NOVEMBER 30th

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Thomas Rhett Releases Deluxe Version of ‘Life Changes’

Thomas Rhett releases deluxe version of 'Life Changes'

Thomas Rhett, ‘Life Changes Deluxe Version’

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of his platinum-selling album Life Changes, country superstar Thomas Rhett, has released a deluxe version of the record. This time, with three brand new songs: “Country Gold,” “Cardboard Heart” and “When We’re 80.”

The digital version also includes two different remixes of “Leave Right Now” and the radio edit versions with updated lyrics of both  “Leave Right Now” and his latest number one single “Life Changes.” In a recent press release regarding “Life Changes”, Rhett said, “This was the song that inspired the name of the album, and is so special for me because it’s my family’s story. It’s amazing that so many people have also been able to connect it to their own stories.”

The singer-songwriter scored four number ones from this album, since it’s release on September 8th, 2017. Including the title track, along with “Craving You,” “Unforgettable” and “Marry Me”.

Co-written by Ashley Gorley, Jesse Frasure and Rhett Akins, the added song “Country Gold” on the new deluxe album is an upbeat anthem about Rhett partying down south with some friends.

“Ain’t no gate code, just hop that fence / Ain’t no dress code, baby, come on in / Just pour your worries on Sonic ice / And we gon’ get you feelin’ alright / Got that country gold comin’ out of your radio / A little more funk at the end of your gravel road / Ain’t tryin’ to brag, but we got it all figured out / That’s how we do it in the dirty south,” Rhett sings in the chorus.

The next addition, “Cardboard Heart,” co-penned by Jesse Frasure, Rhett Akins and Sean Douglas, is an up-tempo heartbreak song.

Sometimes I wish I had a cardboard heart / It wouldn’t hurt me when you tore it apart / And movin’ on wouldn’t be so dang hard / If I only, if I only had a cardboard heart / Fold it up, I could just fold it up and move on

The final new song, “When We’re 80,” co-composed by Jesse Frasure, John Osborne and Shane McAnally, is a TR-fashioned love song about his relationship when he and his wife, Lauren are 80-years-old.

Rhett sings, “Tell me it’ll always be this way / You’ll be even more beautiful when you’re gray and crazy / We’ll still kiss and we might cuss / Just tell me that we’ll still be us when we’re 80.”

Rhett is up for three 2018 CMA Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year and Music Video of the year for “Marry Me.” He also received two American Music Award nominations, including Favorite Male Artist – Country and Favorite Album – Country for Life Changes.

Life Changes (Deluxe Version) is now available everywhere you stream or buy music.

 

 

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Record Breaking Crowds Withstand the Storm for Kenny Chesney

Trip Around the Sun Tour Kenny Chesney

This past weekend, fans from New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut packed up their buses, trucks, and coolers to head to MetLife Stadium.  Each year, Kenny Chesney brings his star-studded line up to the home of the New York Giants and the New York Jets and year after year “Kenny Day” turns out to undoubtedly be one of the best concerts of the summer.  This year was no different. New York Country Swag gathered 130 friends and followers on two buses and made it to the parking lots early. We played cornhole, drank beers and lived the brand’s lifestyle for the entire afternoon, all while listening to our favorite country songs.

When it came time to head into the stadium, fans flocked to the security lines to catch Brandon Lay, the opening act on the tour.  Lay entertained by playing his latest singles “Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers” and “Yada, Yada Yada”. Just as Lay’s set was coming to a close, dark clouds rolled in and MetLife took the necessary precautions to protect all of the concertgoers by postponing the show until the severe weather had passed.  The heavy rain and thunder did not dampen the spirits of the crowd who huddled together in the concourse.  After about 45 minutes, the thunderstorm was over and fans headed back to their places in the crowd, patiently waiting for Old Dominion to take the stage.

Trip Around the Sun Tour Kenny Chesney

For a brief moment, as the band took the stage playing their biggest hits, the clouds gave way to an incredible sunset. Kicking off their set with their second no. 1 single, “Song for Another Time”, then keeping it old school with “Wrong Turns” they relished in the fact that the entire stadium was now filled to catch their set. “Since the last time we were here, our lives have changed dramatically,” lead singer Matt Ramsey stated referring to releasing their sophomore album and adding even more number one songs to their repertoire since opening for Kenny Chesney on his 2016 Spread the Love Tour.  The rain didn’t hold off long, but the band didn’t miss a beat, appropriately singing “New York at Night” which features Brad Tursi on vocals and their current single “Hotel Key”.  They closed their set with one of the nights first sing-a-longs to “Snapback”.

Trip Around the Sun Tour Kenny Chesney

Next to the stage was an artist who is sure to be a future Entertainer-of-the-Year, Thomas Rhett.  Although the now superstar has headlined his own tour for the past few years, it has never made its way up to the NY/NJ area, making it the first time in a while that Rhett has performed a full show in the New York area. Rhett’s absolute electric personality and onstage presence was felt buzzing throughout the entire stadium as he played his smash hits from all three of his studio albums including  “It Goes Like This”, “Craving You” and “Vacation”.

“Thank you for being kind people, I just look at your faces and you all seem like kind people out here tonight, thank you so much,” Rhett said during “Die a Happy Man” “I’m not going to get sappy, but this is my last show on the Kenny Chesney tour and I feel like I’ve learned more in 17 shows, than I’ve learned in my whole eight years of touring, I just want to say thank you so much to Kenny Chesney wherever he is standing right now.”  His genuine gratitude towards the fans and the mega country star that brought him along for this run on the Trip Around the Sun Tour was apparent and the audience ate it up. Asking the 50,000 plus fans to sing the chorus back to him was a highlight of the night, as he closed out the song by singing “…if this the last show that I ever get to play in my whole life I swear then I could die a happy man.”  Check out our exclusive video of the emotional moment here.

Trip Around the Sun Tour Kenny Chesney

Over an hour later than expected due to the storm, the man of the night took the stage dressed in his signature jeans, boots and cowboy hat. In total, 58,642 fans were on their feet, breaking his own MetLife stadium record and beating out giant acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Taylor Swift if you add up the concert attendances in the same number of appearances. His set was filled with the usual Chesney hits from his giant career including “Beer in Mexico”, “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem” and “American Kids”.  Throughout the night, the entire stadium was lit up, allowing Chesney to see the at-capacity crowd singing and dancing along. Drenched in sweat, the singer ran up and down the catwalk giving all he had for the fans who had withstood rain and thunderstorms to see him perform.

“Coming back year after year I’ve learned a lot about this audience,” he stated in between songs. “Everybody here has a lot in common, we work hard, we play hard, we learn hard and we really love music.”  Not only is he one of the industry’s best entertainers, but he always brings the most amazing country acts on tour with him and makes sure they get the recognition that they deserve.  Old Dominion joined him on stage once again to perform “Save it For a Rainy Day” which Brad Tursi and Matthew Ramsey co-wrote, Thomas Rhett took the stage for “When the Sun Goes Down” and surprise guest David Lee Murphy showed up to sing their current single “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” as well as “Dust on the Bottle”.  Closing out the night with Brandon Lay, Chesney sang one of the very first songs he ever released “She Thinks My Tractors Sexy”.

It was certainly a night to remember for all who attended, further proving that waiting all summer long for Kenny Chesney to come to town is worth it every single year.

 

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5 Reasons To Never Go a Summer Without a Kenny Chesney Show

Kenny Chesney

Take a ‘Trip Around the Sun’ with the country king of laidback living. We couldn’t be more excited for tomorrow’s show at MetLife Stadium! Here, 10 reasons you can’t miss the summer’s most epic party.

Tailgate Party of the Summer

Before any of Chesney’s openers even hit the stage, fans can be found filling up the parking lot as soon as the gates open. With their pirate flags, coolers and plenty of beer in tow, the country music will be blaring from speakers surrounding the stadium until the sun starts to set.

The Amazing Music Starts Right at 5 PM

With artists like Brandon Lay, Old Dominion and Thomas Rhett all on the bill for tomorrow’s show, make sure to wrap up your tailgate nice and early and head into the stadium for incredible music from some of country music’s hottest stars. Chesney takes pride in only bringing the best of the best out on tour with him, allowing exposure to even rising acts like Brandon Lay.

No Shoes Nation Epitomizes Summer Living
Channel the easy-breezy vibe of the No Shoes Lifestyle: Barefoot freedom, cranking some classic Chesney and cracking open an ice-cold drink in the pre-show parking lot tailgate.  Chesney fans are loyal to his brand, showing up year after year to celebrate life and their love for his music.

Positive Vibes, Positive Life
We can all benefit from channeling our energy, turning the negative into the positive, and sharing kindness and compassion, much like the message of his recent song “Get Along”.  Did you know that his most recent album, Song for the Saints,  is benefitting the Love for Love City Foundation, with proceeds being donated to helping rebuild the islands that were devastated last year by natural disasters?

Celebrate Everyday
Chesney’s stage presence and energy are empowering and happy, sharing the idea that each day is a gift to be appreciated; what screams summer more than enjoying every moment of each day?!

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Country Music Stars Head To ‘The Voice’

The Voice

Picture Via @KeithUrban Instagram

This week NBC announced that two of country music’s biggest stars will be joining The Voice as team advisors for season 15. Traditionally, each of the coaches bring in a guest adviser to help the contestants during The Battle Rounds. Keith Urban and Thomas Rhett will be advising teams with Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson. Urban is no stranger to singing competition show, he was a coach on The Voice Australia back in 2012. Urban was also a judge on American Idol for four seasons on Fox. Urban will be joining Shelton’s team for the battle rounds, while Rhett will be joining Clarkson’s team. This will be Rhett’s first time advising and mentoring on a major competition show.  The other two advisers will be Halsey and former The Voice team coach, CeeLo Green.

The Voice

Picture Via @Thomasrhettakins Instagram

 

Urban is currently on his Graffiti U World Tour with special guest Kelsea Ballerini which will hit NYC on October 27th at Barclays Center. Rhett is currently on the road with Kenny Chesney on his Trip Around the Sun tour which will hit MetLife on August 18th. The Voice airs Monday, September 24th on NBC.

 

 

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[Listen] Danielle Bradbery & Thomas Rhett Team Up for “Goodbye Summer”

Danielle Bradbery Goodbye Summer

Danielle Bradbery’s album I Don’t Believe We’ve Met was one of our favorites released last year.  The personal collection of songs showcased the songstress and her ability to reintroduce herself as a grown woman, in this industry and as a songwriter with meaningful thoughts to pour into her lyrics.  Just as the last full month of summer approaches, Bradbery released today “Goodbye Summer” an ode to a summer romance that ended too quickly.  On this new version of “Hello Summer” which is on her record, Bradbery features country superstar Thomas Rhett adding an undeniable depth as a duet.

“Thomas Rhett was one of the first mentors I had in Nashville and we’ve become really good friends over the years. He’s like a big brother to me, so to be able to record a song he wrote was incredibly special, I remember when I first heard the demo, I actually jammed to it with Thomas Rhett’s vocal on it as if it wasn’t even going to be mine,” Bradbery says in a recent press release.  “Now to have the opportunity to re-record the song with him – it’s a dream scenario.”

Check out the new song below and grab your copy of I Don’t Believe We’ve Met on iTunes here.

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New Music Friday – The Playlist

This week our New Country Music Playlist features “Goodbye Summer” Danielle Bradbery featuring Thomas Rhett, “Dear God” by Hunter Hayes, “One Summer” by Austin Burke, “If I Didn’t Love You” by Caitlyn Smith, “Slower Lower” by Jimmie Allen and more.  Take a listen below & be sure to give us a follow.

 

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Top 10 NYCountry Swag Moments of 2017 – #4: “The Day of 4 Shows”…

The countdown continues as we give you our Top 10 New York Country Swag Moments of 2017.

Typically when people think of New York City, they do not necessarily think of country music. However, we are here to change that perception.  NYC and its surrounding areas are the home to at least one country show a week, if not more! Don’t believe us? just subscribe to our Weekly Round-Up, which highlights all upcoming events in the area. We promise to always have something to look forward to for the country fan in NYC.

In addition to shows and special events, artists often travel from Nashville to New York daily to promote their new music.  This brings us to our Top 10 New York Country Swag Favorite Moment of 2017, #4: “The Day of Four Shows.” Back in September, we caught up with four different country performances all in the same day, proving that not only is country music here, but it is thriving.

Our first stop was to the NASH FM Studios for a Stage 17 show featuring Thomas Rhett in honor of his brand new album, Life Changes.  Rhett answered questions for the NASH FM DJs and played songs off the new album including “Craving You” and “Unforgettable”. For the full recap of the exclusive performance as well as our First Impression of Life Changes click here.

Thomas Rhett NASH Fm

 

Our second stop brought us to Times Square for one of our special Swag Sessions featuring Scooter Brown Band. The three men wearing cowboy hats played songs off their latest album, American Son and answered questions about their backstory and all about the new music.  Check out the video recap below.

 

As the sun began to set, we found ourselves back in Bryant Park for our third country show of the day, an Opry Circle Throwdown featuring Morgan Evans and Michael Ray. Both rising artists played on the Southwest Porch on a warm September night to fans and New Yorkers passing by in Bryant Park. Full recap and more pictures here.

MIchael Ray

 

Finally, we ended our ‘Day of 4 Shows’ as we headed to Dustin Lynch‘s iHeart album release show.  Lynch played songs off his album, Current Mood as well as some fan favorites. Click here for our full First Impression of his latest project.

Dustin Lynch

 

We’re looking forward to bringing you more great events and exclusive coverage in 2018.
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