Awarded 2020 Female Vocalist of the Year, Country Emerging New Artist and Country Tour of the Year
Nashville-based singer/songwriter Paige King Johnson wins big at the 2020 Carolina Country Music Awards, being named Female Vocalist of the Year, Country Emerging New Artist and Country Tour of the Year with Faith Bardill. Clearly a force to be reckoned with, Johnson continues to deliver music to fans worthy of praises. Continuing the success of her current single “Just Like You,” with accompanying music video, co-directed by Read more →
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Alt-country rockers Southbound 75’s new video for their recently released debut single “Not Ready To Say I’m Sorry Yet” exclusively premieres today on The Country Network (TCN). The catchy, hook-driven country rock tune was written by lead singer Mark Lorenzo, with the audio recorded and produced by hit-making Nashville producer Bill McDermott (Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, George Strait). The video was produced and directed by Josh Sikkema, and is also watchable on the Tampa-based quartet’s YouTube page.
“This video really captured the point of the song,” said Lorenzo. “All the metaphorical signs are pointing to exactly what he should do, but the guy just keeps only seeing what he wants.”
“Not Ready To Say I’m Sorry Yet” introduces songwriter Mark Lorenzo’s ability to craft a cleverly written song about dealing with the immediate personal feelings born out of heartbreak, an established theme at the very core of many great country & rock songs. The song is set to appear on their forthcoming debut album Tales From The Black Swamp, also produced by McDermott, due out Fall, 2020.
Single Name: “Not Ready To Say I’m Sorry Yet”
Release date: May 20, 2020
Label / Distribution: Roxy Entertainment Group / Pirateer Media Group / CD Baby
Written by: Mark Lorenzo
Produced by: Bill McDermott
Buy/Stream/Listen: Not Ready To Say I’m Sorry Yet
Official Video: above
Video Producer/Director: Josh Sikkema
Southbound 75 Show Dates:
JUL 24 – Keel & Curley Winery / Plant City, Fla.
AUG 08 – Keel & Curley Winery / Plant City, Fla
AUG 14 – Wild Rover Brewing Co. / Tampa, Fla.
SEP 26 – SandBar Tiki & Grille / Englewood, Fla.
OCT 30 – Private Event / Jacksonville, Fla.
OCT 31 – Keel & Curley Winery / Plant City, Fla
** For the most updated concert schedule, visit Southbound75.com/shows
About Southbound 75:
Southbound 75’s story started when Radio Promotion legend Bill Scull heard lead songwriter Mark Lorenzo’s tune “Little Breakdown” for the first time at an ASCAP demo review session. Scull, who had worked in the industry for years, including with Clive Davis, singled him out, and signed Mark to his label, EO Records.
Southbound 75 played their first show in December 2018 and have steadily made a name for themselves, having toured throughout their home state of Florida, and throughout the Midwest. They will release their debut album, Tales From The Black Swamp, in the Fall of 2020 by Roxy Entertainment Group.
Lorenzo’s songs have been used on TV shows, sports programming, DVDs, Cartoons and more such as; “ESPN College Football;” “Shark” (CBS); “90210” (CW); “Threshold” (CBS); “Girlfriends” (CW) and “3lbs” on (CBS).
Derek Davis, Frontman and Songwriter for former “Arista Records” and “Frontiers Records” recording artists “Babylon A.D.” has just released his first single and video “Sweet Cream Cadillac.” The track is from his upcoming new album “Resonator Blues,” which lands worldwide on June 1st 2019. “Sweet Cream Cadillac” is a 1960s foot stomping, hand clapping, dancing at the hop type of up-tempo song, with a memorable slide-lead played on a Silvertone acoustic. Girls and Cadillac’s, is the story line and fun, fun, fun, is the motor that runs this uplifting piece of swinging blues!
Debut LP Azalea Out Now Announces Azalea Strings EP Available May 24 To Embark On Spring Tour With Hometown Show in Nashville on March 31 Presented by WRLT’s Lightning 100
“hypnotic” — American Songwriter
“The blend of cuttingly honest lyrics, a stunning string section, and viola…creates an atmosphere of dizzying contemplation.” — Wide Open Country
“Luce’s voice has a fascinatingly beautiful quality, which compels you to affectingly feel every single syllable she sings.” — Atwood Magazine
Lydia Luce has revealed a new music video for “Tangerine” off her debut LP, Azalea, which released last fall. The video is premiering at The Bluegrass Situation today, and of the track, Luce offers, “The narrator is comparing themselves to this enchanting Tangerine character who she assumes has this great power of seduction that she doesn’t have. In the bridge she is asking her lover, ‘If I were more like her, would you look at me the same way?’” “Tangerine” evokes similar raw and honest emotions as Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” and the video channels that emotion into striking dance choreography that is a product of Luce’s collaboration with Erin Kouwe of the Nashville Ballet. The artistically stunning visual arrives ahead of a string of spring tour dates that begin March 29 in New Orleans and include a hometown show in Nashville on March 31 presented by WRLT’s Lightning 100 (full tour details below). WATCH: Lydia Luce’s “Tangerine” Music Video Born into a musical family, Luce’s first instrument was viola, and by age 13 she was performing in her mother’s orchestra. She studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and earned a master’s degree in viola performance from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). For Azalea, Luce tapped producers Jordan Lehning (Rodney Crowell, Joshua Hedley) and Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Rayland Baxter) to combine her classical training with Americana and folk influences for a collection that feels organic and comfortable in a way that only lifelong talent can create. American Songwriter calls the music “hypnotic,” and Wide Open Country adds, “The blend of cuttingly honest lyrics, a stunning string section, and viola…creates an atmosphere of dizzying contemplation.” Additionally, Atwood Magazine praises, “Luce’s voice has a fascinatingly beautiful quality, which compels you to affectingly feel every single syllable she sings.” LISTEN: Lydia Luce’s Debut LP Azalea Out Now Luce recently announced an Azalea Strings EP, available May 24, that features instrumental and live quintet versions of select songs from the original full-length. Last week, she released the first of several double singles, which comprises two new renditions of album standout “Helen.” “Helen – (String Sessions)” was recorded live at Layman Drug Company with a string quintet, and “Helen (Instrumental)” replaces the vocal lines with viola performances by Luce. Of the forthcoming EP, Luce offers, “Strings were such a beautiful and important part of Azalea, and I wanted to share this part of me with everyone who enjoyed the record.” LISTEN: Lydia Luce’s “Helen – (String Sessions)” Streaming Now
Lydia Luce On Tour: March 29 – Santos – New Orleans, LA (Tickets) March 30 – Stone Cup Cafe – Chattanooga, TN (Tickets) March 31 – 3rd & Lindsley – Nashville, TN (Tickets) April 2 – Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC (Tickets) April 3 – Eddie’s Attic – Atlanta, GA (Tickets) April 4 – Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC (Tickets) April 5 – Pour House Deck – Charleston, SC (Free Show)April 6 – Jack Rabbit’s – Jacksonville, FL (Tickets)April 7 – Murray Theatre – Clearwater, FL (Tickets)
Matt Westin was born and raised in a blue collar family in a middle class suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. From a young age, he pursued various passions, including academics, sports, acting, and music. After years of searching, Matt found true fulfillment in the creative outlets of acting and singing, dedicating himself to his artistic pursuits, and walking away from a promising career in engineering. With the influences of many legendary artists, ranging from Johnny Cash to Garth Brooks, “all the way” to Frank Sinatra, Matt found his voice. The thrill of live performance fed his desires, as he honed his vocal ability in bars and clubs around Pittsburgh for over a decade. His obvious drive and talent quickly won over his family’s initial disapproval of his walking away from an engineering career, and they became his biggest supporters. Tragically, after a bravely fought battle with Leukemia, Matt’s father succumbed to complications of chemotherapy, in April 2016. As a true family man, Matt was utterly devastated and struggled day to day with the reality of his father’s death. After months of depression, instead of self-destructing, Matt decided to honor his father’s memory, by finally pursuing his music career, as his father had encouraged.
Deciding to make a country record in his father’s honor, and being introduced by a mutual friend, to world-class musician/songwriter/producer Bryan Cole, the stage was set. Bryan took on the project as producer, believing in his talent and vision, and guiding Matt in making a first-class country record. Bryan recruited long-time friend and mix engineer, Doug Kasper to record and mix the record at nearby Tonic Recording Studios. With radio-ready songs, legendary musicians Mike Brignardello (Big & Rich, Blake Shelton, bass) and Steve Hinson (Dolly Parton, Luke Bryan, steel guitar), and an amazing up- and-coming musician, Adam Ernst, Matt dedicated an entire year to making the record he and his father would be proud of.