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 ISRC#: QZKLY2000001 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).
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)
Any successful career requires time away from home. No one knows that better than Dierks Bentley. And few artists are as willing to share what this means in song, as Bentley does on his most personal album to date, Riser.
The overall theme of Riser is discovery and allowing fans a more intimate glimpse into Bentley. To that end, his manager, Mary Hilliard Harrington, suggested he make a documentary of his life and the things he was going through.
“We could hear that in the music, from the first songs he turned in from the first writing sessions,” she said. “I knew early on that this was going to be more of an album project in a singles-driven world and that we would need to tell the story of the entire project in order for the fans to truly understand and appreciate it. I hope the documentary helps do that.” Read more →
Taylor Swift breaks free of her country roots. I never thought I’d be doing much reporting on Taylor Swift. I have to admit I was not a fan of her work. She’s probably a great person and very sweet (from what I hear), but I just didn’t dig her style of tunes. Now remember, that’s coming from a guy who likes most music, but my core music genre is hard rock and metal. It’s just who I am.
Well, has Taylor Swift found out who she is? OR will she piss off all her existing fans of her country Read more →
YOUNG ROCK BAND “MORE LIKE ME” JOINS FORCES WITH VETERAN ROCK STARS FROM SLAUGHTER, CINDERELLA, and WARRANT etc. FOR THE RELEASE OF THE BENEFIT SINGLE AND MUSIC VIDEO FOR “RUN AWAY” TO HELP SAVE THE LIFE OF A YOUNG BOY, AND FIND A CURE FOR A FATAL DISEASE.
Earlier this year Sarah Burgess from American Idol contacted “More Like Me” asking the band to record the song “Run Away” that she wrote to help save the life of her little brother, and create awareness to find a cure for the fatal Muscular Dystrophy Disease “Duchenne”. Read more →