Category Archives: Country Artist

Lee Brice Shares His Life in Song on Hard 2 Love

It’s no secret that Lee Brice knows how to write strong, successful songs. In 2007, Garth Brooks’ “More than a Memory,” written by Brice, Kyle Jacobs and Billy Montana, became the first song ever to debut at the top spot of the Billboard Country chart. More recently, Eli Young Band achieved its first No. 1 with Brice’s and Liz Rose’s “Crazy Girl.” Other Brice songs have been cut by Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton.

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As an artist, though, Brice hadn’t yet ridden any of his own tunes to No. 1, when he reflected on the prospects for his sophomore album, Hard 2 Love, released April 24 by Curb Records.

“There are a billion different reasons why ‘Love Like Crazy’ went to No. 3,” he said, referencing the song that became his first career Top 5 single when released in 2010. “There is so much involved in getting a No. 1 record. It’s not necessarily about the song at all. It’s extremely hard for a new artist to slip through the cracks and go up the charts. You have to beat out every superstar to have a No. 1 record.”

Written by Tim James and Doug Johnson, the single and title cut from Brice’s first album broke the record for most weeks spent on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and was rated by Billboard the most-played Country song of 2010. “Even though that wasn’t a No. 1, that’s what broke Lee Brice,” said Adrian Michaels, VP, Promotions, Curb Records. “That was a huge accomplishment to take an unknown act and get the most played song of the year.”

“I want a No. 1, but ‘Love Like Crazy’ did so much for me,” Brice agreed. “My career changed just as it would have if it was a No. 1.”  Read the rest of this entry

NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer insists she has a Michigan accent, especially when she says “Oh, geez!” True, she does hail from Rochester Hills, north of the Motor City. But when she sings Country, she sounds like someone who’s right at home drawling “y’all.”

Just listen to “Why Ya Wanna,” from her self-titled debut album, scheduled to release June 5 on Elektra Nashville. Written by Catt Gravitt, Christopher Destefano and Ashley Gorley, it’s a tricky number in some ways, with a catchy swaying beat that contrasts with heartbreak lyrics. Yet Kramer finds the pocket between these two qualities, never losing hold of or overselling the melody. There’s a conversational element to her vocal, with dropped “g”s and artfully shaded vowels; listening, it feels like she’s both commanding the stage and sharing her thoughts with a best friend.

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Remembering Earl Scruggs

Earl Scruggs, 1924-2012

In all of American popular music, Earl Scruggs stands as one of the very few musicians who singularly changed performance practice on their instruments and in the process birthed an entirely new genre. Without him, bluegrass music as we know it would almost certainly never have happened. And countless young players might never have chosen the banjo as their vehicle for creativity.

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Tammie Davis’ It’s A Beautiful Life: National Radio Release Report

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ATP Recording Artist, Tammie Davis Releases New Single

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“It’s A Beautiful Life” Released to National Radio.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nashville, TN (April 16, 2012) ATP Recording Artist, Tammie Davis has released her new single “It’s A Beautiful Life (radio version)” to national radio. “It’s A Beautiful Life” made the ‘Top Ten” for “Most Added Song” on the new Music Weekly Chart even before the official release date. Tammie Davis, a singer/songwriter who hails from North Carolina, is a former United States Marine, Marine Musician and a recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal. ‘It’s A Beautiful Life’ is a song about enjoying the simple things in life penned by Dave Gibson, formally of the Gibson/Miller Band now owner of Savannah Music Group in Nashville and co-written with Marwenna Diame, an international songwriter from Scotland. The Gibson/Miller Band received the Country Music Award for New Vocal Group or Duo of the Year in 1994 and Dave Gibson has written #1 hits like Confederate Railroad’s “Daddy Never Was a Cadillac Kind” along with many other top ten hits.

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Deborah Allen Is Just Warming Up

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Singer/songwriter Deborah Allen is receiving fresh honors for yesterday’s songs while re-launching her career using today’s recording technology.

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Tammie Davis Hits MusicRow

20120410-112933.jpg Within two weeks of our announcing Tammie Davis had been welcomed to ATP Records, Inc. and All That Productions, Inc., we’ve received more exciting news this morning.
North Carolina native, Tammie Davis, hits MusicRow again, with her single release, “Beautiful Life”. In the company of Kellie Pickler and Keith Urban, among others, she’s rising to the top.
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NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Casey James

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Casey James was born cool — or, more precisely, in Cool, a tiny Texas town not far from Fort Worth. With both parents playing guitar and singing, James inevitably followed the same path.

His aesthetic grew from a variety of influences — Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Bonnie Raitt, ZZ Top, plenty of outlaw Country and down-home blues. For all the range his favorites covered, they were united by their fundamentally emotional and expressive approach to music.

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ATP Records Welcomes Tammie Davis To Their Roster

Tammie Davis signs Artist Development Deal with ATP Records

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ATP Records, Inc. and All That Productions, Inc. would like to welcome Tammie Davis to their artist roster. Tammie Davis, a singer/songwriter who hails from North Carolina, is a former United States Marine, Marine Musician and a recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal. ATP Records CEO, Mark Alan Thompson, a twenty-five year music veteran says “We are extremely excited to be working with an artist of Tammie’s caliber. Her talent, drive, gorgeous smile and down home southern charm make her one of the most well rounded artists on the market.”

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Bridgette Tatum Goes for the Gloss

The Lano Company advertises its Bridgette Tatum Exclusive Collection. Image courtesy of The Lano Company.

Like many professional touring singers, Bridgette Tatum struggled for years with severely chapped lips. In 2009, desperate to find something — anything — that would help, she reached out to Miranda Coggins. Tatum had seen The Lano Company Co-Founder and CEO on a Nashville television show, talking about how in 2006 Coggins started the business with her husband Layne, shortly after the birth of their first child. She began experimenting with lanolin, an ointment used primarily by new mothers who are nursing, and was able to soothe her chronically chapped lips.

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