Casey James’ latest single “Fall Apart” may be his best song yet. It’s been years since we’ve seen James’ American Idol start and he’s steadily been making a name for himself. This is his third single after “Cryin’ On A Suitcase” and the steamy “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night.” By no means a happy song, this is James’ take on “getting over you after the break-up” song. He’s fine with all the pictures, the sleeping alone, the memories don’t overtake him anymore… But when he runs into her and she’s physically there, it all comes flooding back. As he puts it, “I go a little crazy, tell myself I gotta breathe, try to get my heart to beat…” The writers behind this wrenchingly honest song are Josh and Zack Carter of the duo Kingston along with Will Bowen. This is the first release for James in 2 years, after his self-titled debut album. This will be the lead single off his sophomore album whose release date is yet to be known. Though he didn’t write the ballad, he feels a personal connection to it and feels as though it has spoken about his life and years past. As many have done before, he has sought out the music that describes him and his life better than his own writing could. He writes a lot of his own music (Let’s Don’t Call It a Night) but when he finds songs that feel like him and the sound he wants to create he goes with it. (Credit to: Rolling Stone Country “Hear Casey James’ heartbreaking new single “Fall Apart”) A surefire hit for James, as a taste of what is to come from his sophomore album this bodes well for everyone involved.
SINGLE: "Trouble" ARTIST: Gloriana REVIEWER: Alyse Smith Follow Alyse on Twitter at @ASmith1300
Gloriana’s latest single “Trouble” follows their sophomore album “A Thousand Miles Left Behind.” Rachel takes lead vocals on this one. Gloriana tends to trade lead depending on the song, which considering that both the Gossin boys Tom and Mike and Rachel Reinart are incredibly talented seems a good business practice. One that rewards both audience and band. I love how this songs starts out as a whiskey/bourbon comparison. The background of this song, the whoa whoa’s with the force of the guitar and the thump of the drum only serve to amplify this song and the vigor present. The intensity of this song, a “be careful who you piss off” song is what Band Perry has become so famous for. Especially comparatively, Gloriana has previously been renowned for their lighter, poppier sound in country music. It’s very interesting to see them branch out and explore what they can do with their music. They’ve had previous hits with “Wanna Take You Home,” “Kissed You Good Night,” “Can’t Shake You” and “Carolina Rose” I see no reason why this won’t this won’t jet up the charts as well. As a foray into a darker side of the normally sweet Gloriana, I say it will have resounding success. Not only is it a story for a girl saying all of this to a possible sweetheart, it’s also the band saying “Hey so we’ve done the sweet stuff, it’s sounded great and we’ve had great success and while we are that we’re not only that. We’re also this and we have so much that you’ve yet to see.” You can catch Gloriana on tour in November, where they will be spending the month touring to Uncasville, CT, Wilkes-Barre PA, Chapel Hill, NC, and Fort Myers, FL.
Country Music Hit-maker Coined by Rolling Stone Country For “Best Live Show”
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NASHVILLE, TN (October 23, 2014) – Country music entertainer and BMI songwriter Chris Janson charmed attendees with his musical performance at the fall conference of the International IdeaBank Conference in French Lick, IN on October 14th. While closing the night banquet at French Lick Resort, Janson performed many of his hits including, “Better I Don’t,” and Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah.”
The International Broadcasters IdeakBank is a membership driven organization of commercial radio broadcasting owners and managers, that share knowledge and best-practices amongst their membership.
Janson has garnered national attention for his energetic live performances, as he was noted by Billboard Magazine as “The New Wave of Country Music,” “Artist Worth Your Attention,” by The Boston Globe and “Best Live Show” by Rolling Stone Country. While playing more than 100 shows this past year, the singer has reached capacity crowds at multiple tour stops. This summer, he made his mark at major festivals such as Country Thunder, We Fest, Creekfest, as well as Deer Assic Classic, and has opened for some of the biggest names in music including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Florida Georgia Line, Hank Williams Jr. and Haggard. Since his Grand Ole Opry debut last year, Janson has been asked to perform on the coveted stage over 65 times.
The talented songwriter began writing at 18-years-old, and has scored cuts with notable artists such
as Tim McGraw (“Truck Yeah”), Justin Moore (“Off The Beaten Path”) and Parmalee (“Back In The Day. The Perryville, Missouri, native first broke onto the Nashville music scene when he landed a year long, four show a day gig at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Nashville’s Lower Broadway.