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  • Biography - The Cadillac Three

    June 25, 2013 0 Comments

    The Cadillac Three is a high-energy trio who describes their sound as “country fuzz.” Composed of three Nashville natives – Jaren Johnston (Guitar & Lead Vocals), Kelby Ray (Bass Steel Guitar, Dobro, Acoustic & Vocals) and Neil Mason (Drums, Percussion & Vocals) – all three guys have weathered wild adventures as a Country group with a rockin’ edge. They have opened for acts like ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Church and Eli Young Band. Johnston is known for penning Keith Urban’s #1 smash “You Gonna Fly,” two new cuts on Tim McGraw’s latest record TWO LANES OF FREEDOM and several other tunes for acts like Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans and Dierks Bentley.

    The band appeared on ABC’s hit drama “NASHVILLE” in late 2012 and their music has been featured on CBS's “CSI Miami” and two CW shows – “Vampire Diaries” and “Heart Of Dixie.” The Cadillac Three is expected to release new music later this year.

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    Biography - Raelynn

    June 25, 2013 0 Comments

    I’m talking on the phone with my mom as I sit on the couch in my apartment in Nashville, Tennessee. She's asking me about whom I'm writing with that day and what my day looks like. And, as I get off the phone with her, I started missing her. I was thinking about how crazy it must be for her to let her 19 years young daughter live on her own 12 hours away to live out a dream. So, how did I get to this stage in my life? Well, it all began with growing up in an extremely talented, musical family in Baytown, Texas. If you couldn't sing or play an instrument in my family, it was a phenomenon. I grew up listening to a mixture of many musical genres - everything from Gospel to Dolly Parton and Destiny’s Child! I always knew I wanted to do something in the entertainment business. To really know me, is to know my amazing and colorful family. I have 7 brothers and sisters. I know that seems like a lot, but my mom had 4 kids in her previous marriage and my dad had 3 kids in his previous marriage. Then, they came together and had me. When I was three, they divorced. I’m lucky; I grew up with a lot of family around me. My mom is a pastor of a church along with her sister (my Aunt Cyndy) and Uncle Todd. Of course, you know what that means…you guessed it - I was in every Easter, Mother’s Day, 4th of July and Christmas program you could imagine! My Aunt Cyndy’s sons were in a band called "Leeland" - all of their albums were nominated for Grammys! When I turned 15, I wanted to start acting, so my mom and dad took me to Los Angeles to follow my dream. While I was there, I had a lot of time on my hands, so I started writing songs to keep myself busy. It was then that I developed a real passion for music. When I came back home to Texas, I graduated early from high school at the top of my class, and I told my mom I wanted to sing Country music. So, at 17 years old, I went to Nashville to write songs and start chasing my dreams. One day I got set-up to write with this lovely lady, Nicolle Galyon. She heard something special in my voice and told me to audition for “The Voice.” Oh, “The Voice” journey. What a crazy experience! I auditioned with the hopes of making Blake Shelton’s team because I was such a fan of him and Miranda Lambert. When I auditioned and his chair turned around, I almost had a heart attack! He has mentored me and taught me so much about my craft. I felt so blessed to be on that show because it built a relationship that has forever changed my life. I got to go out on the road and perform with Miranda that summer and then I signed with my dream label: Big Machine Label Group. From that day forward, I began writing non-stop! I was writing about a song a day. I soon began creating my sound for my record and continued writing what I felt…having no limits…and just saying what was on my heart in my own wacky way. A few months later, I got the attention of the publishing powerhouses Big Machine Music and LA-based Prescription Songs, so I signed a publishing deal with Dr. Luke and Scott Borchetta. Yeah, I still can't believe that happened…ha! Now, I’m gearing up for my first radio tour this spring. I can’t wait to share my music and make lifelong fans out on the road! I’m so excited to see how this next chapter unfolds because right now, I can truly say I’m living out my dreams and I’m exactly where I’m meant to be.

    RaeLynn has also been writing and recording songs for her first album on Republic Nashville that will showcase pizazz and honor Country roots. Follow her via twitter.com/RaeLynnOfficial/.

  • Biography - Jack Ingram

    May 14, 2013 0 Comments

    When Jack Ingram won the 2008 Academy of Country Music award for “Best New Male Vocalist,” thousands of people in the audience had to be smiling to themselves about that whole “new” thing. They knew the thirty-something, steel-eyed veteran accepting that trophy on that stage in Vegas had been rocking roadhouses, theaters and stadiums relentlessly since 1997, that he’d been celebrated by critics and fans of hard-core country music for more than a decade, and that as a Texas-born songwriter and performer, he’d been on the short list of next generation artists who could fill the boots of Lone Star legends like Willie and Waylon and the boys.

    But the award did mean that Ingram, after trials and setbacks that would have buckled other artists, had at last matched the commercial success he’d always wanted with the integrity on which he’d always insisted. So he told the crowd with no small measure of pride and triumph that night that “big dreams and high hopes” can come true.

    Now, as if to validate and amplify that truth, Ingram remains in the forefront of country music with the album Big Dreams & High Hopes, the seventh studio disc of his career and his third for Nashville maverick indie label Big Machine Records. Its eleven tracks range through the many facets of Ingram’s unique take on country music and songwriting. There’s the textured and contemplative “Seeing Stars” sung in ethereal tandem with Patty Griffin. You’ll find a couple of superb roots rocking country songs Jack wrote with compadre and mentor Radney Foster. And you’ve probably already heard the swimming hole party anthem “Barefoot and Crazy” which quickly became a radio smash and a soundtrack for the hot summer of 2009.

    Ingram says the album’s intimate title track came from a conversation “about lasting through a bunch of BS and finding success at the time I did. At one point I said, ‘Well, I had my guitar and big dreams and high hopes,’ and that just kind of rung a bell. The song that came out of that basically talks about having this wanderlust to go out and take my music on the road like my heroes did – dreaming about it and chasing it down.”

    That journey began in Houston, Texas, where Ingram grew up. His first stage experience came not through music but a drama class he took to fulfill a requirement his senior year of high school. It wasn’t his calling, but it was a rush.

    “All of a sudden there was this pressure and this element of having to deliver right now in front of a crowd, and if you don’t you fall on your ass,” he says. “And that got me.” During college at Southern Methodist University, he applied that challenge to music for the first time, starting at an open mic night with two Willie Nelson songs learned out of a song book and one original tune.

    It didn’t take long for the charismatic Ingram and his Beat Up Ford Band to pack the bars of Dallas and Houston, but he was acutely aware that having come of age idolizing icons like Billy Joe Shaver, Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark and Robert Earl Keen, that he had a lot of learning and growing to do.

    “I knew what I was doing was not sounding the way it was sounding in my head, so I was very unsatisfied,” Ingram remembers. “My heroes were the best.”

    So with his vision clearly set, Ingram gradually built a reputation as a smart songwriter and a can’t-miss live performer. Nashville’s Rising Tide label signed him, re-issuing his first two independent albums, a live disc, and 1997’s Livin’ or Dyin’. When Rising Tide went out of business, Ingram found a home at Sony’s boutique Lucky Dog label, where, in what became something of a pattern, he was admired by music writers and country connoisseurs but he struggled to connect on country radio. He also felt unfairly typecast as a member of an “insurgent” country movement.

    “Coming from Texas and me trying to have my own identity may have come off as anti-establishment or Texas versus Nashville. But that was a misconception. I wanted to be right where I am right now. Twenty in the game, on the big stage.”

    But things had to get worse before they got better.

    “I lost my record deal with Sony,” he says. “I lost a management deal. I was in this place where I didn’t know what was going to happen. I had a kid who was one year old. I really didn’t have a career to speak of at the time.”

    And from that difficult place, he wrote “In The Corner,” one of the best songs of his career, an “open letter” he calls it now, to a music industry where he’d sought only support in being who he was rather than someone he wasn’t.

    Yeah, he’s just another young cynic We get them all the time. If he just knew how to channel All that anger he’d be fine”. So I sit with all these wishes and dreams dying on the vine Knowing I could make you happy for a minute with a lie.

    The song is the final track on Big Dreams & High Hopes, and those lyrics make what happened next all the more remarkable. Jack Ingram met Scott Borchetta, a veteran country record promoter who’d launched his own label Big Machine Records. In an industry and genre where outsider labels have had an almost impossible time building hit-making careers, Big Machine took a chance on Jack, and equally Jack took a chance on one of those independent labels. The new label worked with more dedication and patience than Ingram had ever seen to find the song that would break through. It was “Wherever You Are,” the first single of his career to reach Number One.

    “I spent YEARS trying to figure out what I was doing wrong,” says Ingram. “Why is this not working? How do I need to change? And finally you get with the right people, and you go, ‘I don’t need to change anything. I just need to show up and do the job.’ All I had to do was be myself.”

    The album Wherever You Are, a mostly live project, was followed by 2008’s This Is It and now Big Dreams & High Hopes. Already the new album has produced the top twenty single “That’s A Man.” And “Barefoot and Crazy” appears poised for a whole lot more airplay. But this is far more than a repository of a few hit singles. The album kicks off with “Free,” a breezy and uplifting embrace of the finer non-material things in life. Ingram worked with Jeffrey Steele and Tom Hambridge to write the swaying and satisfying “Not Giving Up On Me” with its large chorus drenched with steel guitar and gratitude to a supportive lover. And people will surely talk about Ingram’s intense, refreshed version of “Barbie Doll,” probably the most popular song from his live show, recorded here in a fantastic, wise-ass duet with Dierks Bentley.

    In a time when the music industry tries so hard to jam new artists up to the top of the charts before they’re ready, only to so often see them plummet back to earth, Ingram’s rise has been slow and steady, fueled by dreams and hopes for sure, but more substantially by high standards and the ambition for a career measured in decades and influence rather than chart position. He’s in the best place he’s ever been and it’s clear from a few listens to Big Dreams & High Hopes that confidence is bolstering his artistry.

  • Biography - Trisha Yearwood

    May 14, 2013 0 Comments

    On Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love, three-time Grammy Award winner Trisha Yearwood delivers spirited, emotionally-driven songs that are all about…well…heaven, heartache, and the power of love. The album celebrates the elation that radiates when head, heart, and home are happy…and as Yearwood songs are known to do…beautifully laments the heartbreak when it all slips away.

    On her first studio album in two years – and her Big Machine Records debut – Yearwood brings her trademark, soaring vocals and powerful song selection. To it, she has added a new passion and energy with the strength, sincerity, and purpose of a prize fighter ready for the ring of the bell.

    “Signing with Big Machine Records gave everything new life,” says Yearwood. “Sometimes you just need to change the ground underneath your feet to feel new momentum. There’s a real buzz in the air...I think the biggest difference I feel with this new music is “energy”

    Heaven, Heartache & the Power of Love is Trisha’s first independent release since leaving her long-time major-label record company. On her own dime, under her own direction, she went into the studio with friend and noted producer, Garth Fundis – a close friend since 1991 when he produced Trisha’s debut album which has since been certified double-platinum Another long-time friend soon joined the party. Trisha’s former go-to guy at her previous label had since opened Big Machine Records and made headlines with artists such as Taylor Swift and Jack Ingram. Borchetta signed Trisha Yearwood to his independent powerhouse and everyone got to work.

    The album’s fiery, first single “Heaven, Heartache & the Power of Love,” shouts out for an AMEN! with Trisha sassing, “The preacher says when your time is up you take a chariot to the Lord…well I’m hopin’ my chariot is a torch-red Thunderbird Ford.” The album also features vulnerable and riveting ballads like “Nothin’ Bout Memphis,” and “Let The Wind Chase You” (with an appearance by Keith Urban), as well as a song with all the traditional flavor of a campfire favorite, “Cowboys Are My Weakness,” which she’ll admit is about her husband.

    “There is something magic in the studio when you record,” she says. “I felt it back when we recorded ‘Walkaway Joe,’ for instance. I felt it making this entire record.”

    Entertainment Weekly called Trisha Yearwood “one of the finest interpretive singers ever.” On her Big Machine Records debut, she has come full circle, proving that when one door closes another opens. When Yearwood arrived in Nashville from Macon, GA, she worked as a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame – nine #1 hits; twenty Top Ten hits, eleven Gold and Platinum, and over 10 million albums later - she now sits on the board. Her first friends in Nashville are now her long-time team. Her journey has been all about family, friends, and music – and it’s taken her to the very top.

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    BIG MACHINE RALLIES SUPERSTAR TALENT FOR NASCAR’S BRICKYARD 400 WEEKEND

    July 28, 2014 0 Comments

    The Band Perry, Justin Moore & Brantley Gilbert Race to the Track for Brickfest Music Festival

    Big Machine President & CEO Scott Borchetta heads to Victory Podium with the race's namesake, John Wayne Walding, to congratulate five-time Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon. Lauren Jenkins, Ashley Campbell and Drake White join in more of the excitement after performing earlier in the day.

    Brantley Gilbert invites labelmate Justin Moore to the stage as the crowds begin to roar on "Small Town Throwdown."

    Actor and Honorary Pace Car Driver Chris Pratt chats with Drake White, who sang the National Anthem, at Victory Podium before the green flag waves at the Brickyard 400.

    Following the Brickyard 400, the Big Machine crew takes part in the tradition of "Kissing the Bricks" at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 400.

    A Thousand Horses takes over the BrickfestMusic Festival Stage twice over the racing weekend to amp up energy for music and racing fans alike.

    Big Machine President & CEO Scott Borchetta shares some smiles trackside with Ashley Campbell and Lauren Jenkins, who both performed during the race weekend.

    Scott Borchetta presents 2014 Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon with a Big Machine Records custom branded guitar trophy in Victory Lane.

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    TIM MCGRAW BEGINS TO SHED LIGHT ON SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN – SET FOR RELEASE SEPT. 16

    July 28, 2014 0 Comments

    Country music icon Tim McGraw revealed more details today about his upcoming Big Machine Record's album, SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN, available everywhere on September 16. With a staggering 35 No. one hits and 54 Top 10 singles to his credit, McGraw presents a new collection of songs that capture a distinctly country and a distinctly McGraw sound.The album was co-produced by McGraw and his longtime collaborator Byron Gallimore and features both a 13 track standard and 18 track deluxe version. The album cover was revealed to fans on Facebook this morning, and is available for pre-order on both iTunes and Amazon MP3 starting tomorrow, July 29.

    "This album is very encompassing of everything that I’ve done in my career," said McGraw. "I think it’s a good microcosm of what my 20 or so years in music have been, in a lot of ways. You can certainly hear parts of my career throughout all of these songs, as well as the future and where my music is headed. To me, the title of the album is all about that time where you stop doing what you have to do, and start doing what you want to do. "

    "I feel like I’ve got a lot of music in me and that's part of the reason why this album is so soon after the last one and why I wanted to start sharing it with everyone as soon as I could," continues McGraw. "I’m excited about where music is gonna take me and where I’m gonna take my music."

    To build anticipation of the new album, McGraw launched his sold-out summer tour ahead of the album's release and began revealing tracks through his "Countdown to Sundown" program. Over the past few months, he has made high profile performances where he introduced new songs to fans for the first time. He has appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to perform "Shotgun Rider," on The Voice where he debuted "City Lights," at NBC's TODAY where he revealed "Overrated" and on the Academy of Country Music Awards, where the performance of "Meanwhile Back At Mama's (featuring Faith Hill) spawned so much fan demand that it was immediately released as the next single. The song is currently driving up the Top 10 at country radio.

    SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN TRACK LIST: 1. Overrated 2. City Lights 3. Shotgun Rider 4. Dust 5. Diamond Rings and Old Barstools (with Catherine Dunn) 6. Words Are Medicine 7. Sick Of Me 8. Meanwhile Back At Mama’s (featuring Faith Hill) 9. Keep On Truckin’ 10. Last Turn Home 11. Portland, Maine 12. Lookin’ For That Girl
    13. Still On The Line

    DELUXE TRACKS 14. Kids Today 15. Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs (duet with Kid Rock) 16. The View 17. I'm Feelin' You 18. Black Jacket

    For more information and behind the scenes exclusives, visit countdowntosundown.com

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