Moonshine Bandits to Release New Album July 17th

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“We set out to make a blue-collar record for people who work their asses off and, come Friday and Saturday, just want to let loose and party,” says MSB’s Tex. “That was the theme of the album from Day One.”

“We challenged ourselves to explore new ways of writing and performing on this album,” said Bird, MSB’s other half. “It was an eye-opening experience for me and Tex writing with some of Nashville’s edgiest hitmakers.”

With its crunchy guitar riffs and southern rock swagger, “Blacked Out” is powered by the slamming, summer anthem, “Lady Luck” f/Crucifix, and wraps with “Out Back,” a party anthem like none other featuring Durwood Black of Burn County, Redneck Souljers, D. Thrash of Jawga Boyz, Demun Jones, Bubba Sparxxx, Lenny Cooper, Jeff McCool of Moccasin Creek and The LACS. Released on BackRoad Records and produced by Durwood Black and Ty Weathers, Tex and Bird were energized by their first-ever collaborations with Nashville songwriters on the new album including Ira Dean (formerly of Trick Pony).

Supporting the new album, Moonshine Bandits kick off the second leg of their “Rebels on the Run” headlining tour May 1st with Redneck Souljers and Crucifix as direct support.

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Watch Sugar + The Hi-Lows Cover “Ring of Fire”

Rootsy, folk duo Sugar + The Hi-Lows (Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup) recently added their sweet, signature sound to a collection of Johnny Cash classics in the release of Wild Desire (Live Sessions). The project transpired after the duo performed the songs live, sharing the stage with a group of dancers at the Nashville Ballet. The seven-song EP, Wild Desire (Live Sessions) is available on iTunes® now and includes Cash favorites like “Jackson” and “Ring of Fire.” In ode to the Man in Black himself, Sugar + The Hi-Lows released a black and white music video of “Ring of Fire, which premiered on Rolling Stone.
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“It’s a truly powerful thing when two unexpected art forms come together for a special performance,” says Stroup. “We got to experience this twice when we played ‘Ring of Fire’ live with the ballet, and then again when we huddled into Anthony [Matula]’s studio in [Nashville’s] Marathon Village and tried our hand at recreating the emotion for a music video.”
In September, Sugar + The Hi-Lows join singer/songwriter Andrew Belle on a West Coast Tour which will include shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. The tour kicks off shortly after the duo plays Lightning 100’s “Live On The Green” on September 6. The line-up for the Saturday show includes Jake Bugg, LP, Phin, The Lone Bellow and Ingrid Michaelson. For tickets and more information, visit

Hunter Hayes New Video “Tattoo”

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What are they Up To – Collin Raye

collin rayeBorn Floyd Elliot Wray on August 22, 1960 in De Queen, Arkansas, country artist Collin Raye was one of the true hit makers of the 1990’s. Collin still continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt material with the honesty and richness that is signature to his vocals alone. With 24 top ten records, 16 #1 hits, and having been a 10 time male vocalist of the year nominee (5 CMA and 5 ACM), this truly electrifying performer of his era remains one of the great voices of our time.

Collin Raye is nothing if not passionate. His soulful delivery has set country standards in such searing ballads as “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” “Not That Different” and “If I were you”. Always an energizing showman, he has also blazed through such vivid rockers as “My Kind of Girl,” “That’s My Story,” “I Can Still Feel You” and “I Want You Bad.

Collin shot to fame with “Love, Me” in 1991. Listeners were so moved by this golden and pure voice that this song set the cornerstone for a career built on meaningful and emotional songs that have often been used for weddings, anniversaries, memorial services and funerals. When “Little Rock”, an anthem for those struggling with addition recovery, hit the chart in 1994, its video led to over 100,000 phone calls to Alcoholics Anonymous from folks seeking help in their addictions. “Not That Different” was a song that pleaded for tolerance. “In This Life” became a wedding favorite, and “I Think About You” won awards for its song and video which exposed the exploitation of women and children.

Collin Raye has consistently used his stardom to advance social causes. Among the organizations he has supported are Boys Town, First Steps, Al-Anon, Special Olympics, Country Cares About AIDS, Catholic Relief Services, Parade of Pennies, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, The Tennessee Task Force Against Domestic Violence, The Emily Harrison Foundation, Childhelp USA, Silent Witness National Initiative, Easter Seals, The Life and Hope Network, and Make a Difference Day. It came as no surprise when in 2001 at the Country Radio Seminar, Clint Black presented Collin Raye with the organization’s Humanitarian of the Year award in recognition of Collin’s issue-oriented music and his tireless charity work.

The man who has topped the charts with such great songs as “On the Verge,” “One Boy, One Girl,” “What the Heart Wants,” “Every Second”, “That Was a River”, “Anyone Else”, and “If I were you” continues to touch hearts across the globe in both traditional and new ways . Collin Raye’s new outreach is very personal. In 2010, after the loss of his precious 10 year old grandchild, Haley, Collin and his daughter Britanny (Haley’s mother) established The Haley Bell Blessed Chair Foundation to honor her memory. The Foundation supports and assists families of the cognitively and physically disabled with a primary emphasis on supplying wheelchairs and other necessary medical equipment to elevate the quality of life for the disabled family member in need. Collin wrote a very special song for Haley called, “She’s with me”, which carries a powerful message for families of special needs children. Additionally, in 2011 Collin released his first inspirational album, His Love Remains, which quickly shot to #1 on Amazon for inspirational and religious music. Collin continues to perform his traditional country music across America and abroad and has added Christian and Catholic concerts to his tour schedule as well. His autobiography, That’s My Story: The Undefeated Life of Collin Raye, is set for release in early 2014. He currently resides in Nashville, TN with his daughter, Britanny and granddaughter, Mattie.


f80d0d0ae59d00aa5087747e_279x186Country newcomer Russell Dickerson rocked the Hard Rock Cafe stage Saturday afternoon at CMA Fest with a little help from his friends. Before Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard took the stage in front of 60,000 country fans at LP Field that night, he made an unannounced appearance joining Dickerson at the Hard Rock Cafe stage near the riverfront. During his set, Dickerson showcased a mixture of unreleased songs and fan favorites, but no one knew what surprise he had in store. For his last song, “That’s My Grl,Dickerson made an announcement, telling the crowd, “I wrote this song with two buddies of mine, one is from Florida and one is from Georgia…” The crowd erupted as Hubbard made his way up to the stage to join Dickerson in a special duet of “That’s My Girl.”
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