Reigning CMA Musician of the Year, Jenee Fleenor, not only boasts the unprecedented honor of being the first female to win the coveted award, but also holds the title of the first female ever nominated for the award. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s American Currents: State of the Music exhibit celebrates her ground-breaking achievements by displaying Fleenor’s CMA Award, fiddle and wardrobe memorabilia this spring. On March 13, Fleenor released “Good Ol’ Girls,” the follow-up to her latest single “Fiddle & Steel,” which has already racked up more than 200,000 Spotify streams. The longtime fiddle player for Blake Shelton is back on the road this spring for his 2020 Friends and Heroes 2020 Tour with Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson, Trace Adkins and Lauren Alaina, and following that run, will return to NBC’s “The Voice” where she plays in the hit reality show’s house band. Following her auspicious upbringing as a young fiddle player in Arkansas, Fleenor moved to Nashville in 2001 and became a sought-after studio musician, playing on recent No. 1 hits such as Blake Shelton’s “I’ll Name The Dogs,” Jon Pardi’s: “Dirt On My Boots,” “Head Over Boots,” “Heartache On the Dancefloor” and “Heartache Medication” and Cody Johnson’s “Ain’t Nothin To It.” As a touring musician, Fleenor has performed with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Martina McBride, Terri Clark and Don Williams, and as a songwriter, has had songs recorded by artists including Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Gretchen Wilson, Kathy Mattea and Del McCoury. Fleenor received the Country Music Association’s Touring Musician of the Year Award in 2015, and last year, was honored by Music Row as the Album All Star Winner and also became the first female nominee for the Academy of Country Music’s Specialty Instrument Player of the Year Award.
PHIL VASSAR’S SONGS FROM THE CELLAR BACK FOR SEASON TWO ON CIRCLE TELEVISION PREMIERING SEPTEMBER 10 AT 8PM ET
Following its wildly popular debut, Phil Vassar's television show, Phil Vassar's Songs from the Cellar, will return September 10 at 8 p.m. ET for a follow-up season on its new home, Circle Network. Viewers can catch-up on Vassar's show with a first season marathon beginning at 3 p.m. ET leading up to the premiere.
Country singer-songwriter and Foundry Records recording artist Austin Merrill's new video for his latest single "One More Mile" is available now. American Songwriter exclusively premiered the video, which features the recording session for "One More Mile," filmed on January 31, 2020 at Starstruck Studios in Nashville, Tenn.
Lucas Hoge Continues to Dominate Streaming, Lands in Top Ten on Pollstar’s Weekly Livestream Chart for Fourth Time
Billboard No. 1 charting artist Lucas Hoge continues to dominate live streaming while engaging and growing his fan base with weekly livestreams that consistently amass audience numbers that chart Hoge in the Top Ten on Pollstar's Weekly Livestream Chart. For the seventh week, Hoge has charted in the Top Fifteen, four of which are Top Ten appearances since the chart's inception in May. This week, Hoge sits at the No. 9 spot alongside DMX, Snoop Dogg and Luke Combs. The all-genre chart tracks views on artists' livestreams.
Leading global talent and entertainment company UTA has signed multi-hyphenate global superstar Dennis Quaid for worldwide representation in all areas. UTA will support Quaid as he expands his newly launched podcast business while furthering his thriving career in film, television, music and more.
Entertainment industry veteran and Amazon best-selling author, Adrian Kulp, provides much needed comic relief with the release of his fifth book, "World's Greatest Dad Jokes," published by Callisto Media. The book, which is available now through digital retailers, includes illustrations by Jeremy Nguyen, a cartoonist for The New Yorker Magazine.
Steve Wariner Joins The Quarantine All-Stars for “Quarantine” Release To Support MusiCares Covid-19 Relief
Four-time GRAMMY® winner and recent Musicians Hall of Fame inductee Steve Wariner joins a group of the world’s top artists and touring musicians from a variety of genres to release the video for “Quarantine,” an upbeat instrumental tune that debuted on YouTube benefitting The MusiCares Covid-19 Relief. Wariner, along with country superstar Brad Paisley, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Jonathan Cain (Journey) and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award winner Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones) join Luke Bryan's band, Sonny Emory (Eric Clapton), Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band) and many more to form The Quarantine All-Stars. A full list of musicians follows. "What a thrill to play with this caliber of musicians! A social distance jam with players like these certainly isn't preferable, but it's the right way to do it these days, and to help out our struggling musicians by supporting MusiCares makes it even more special," Steve Wariner shared.