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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

STEVE WARINER DEBUTS AT NO. 10 ON BLUEGRASS TODAY AIRPLAY CHART WITH PHIL LEADBETTER

ALSO RISING UP “AUSTRALIAN AIRPLAY COUNTRY TOP 20” AND “CMC TOP VIDEO” CHARTS WITH O’SHEA

Country Music Legend will Perform Two Intimate Shows at Nashville’s Acme Feed & Seed’s The Hatchery on Oct. 27 and Nov. 10, and then Travel to London to Perform on British Country Music Awards 2014

Photographer: Joe Hardwick
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Oct. 22, 2014) – Country music legend Steve Wariner made his debut on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart last week (Oct. 17) when dobro virtuoso Phil Leadbetter’s new single, “Hole in the Earth” (featuring Wariner on lead vocals) entered chart at No. 10. The song, written by Wariner and Shane Keister, is featured on Leadbetter’s new album The Next Move, which was released last week. Leadbetter is the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s Dobro Player of the Year. 

Meanwhile down under, Wariner can be found on The Music Network’s “Official Australian Airplay Country Top 20 Chart,” where he joins Australian duo O’Shea on the song “Bad Day Good” which is at No. 11 and rising (as of the Oct. 9-15 chart). Wariner co-wrote the song with Mark and Jay O’Shea, and also appears in the music video, which is currently at No. 4 on Australia’s Country Music Channel (CMC)’s “Top 50 Chart.”

Back home in Nashville, Wariner will perform two unique shows at Acme Feed & Seed’s third floor concert venue, The Hatchery, on Monday, Oct. 27 and Monday, Nov. 10. The shows will give fans a behind-the-scenes look into his musical world, spot-lighting songs and musical styles that influenced his career in addition to his beloved hits. Wariner will perform solo and in smaller musical collaborations with other musicians, surprise guest artists and songwriters, making each show unique. Acme Feed & Seed is located at 101 Broadway (corner of 1st and Broadway). For tickets and more information, visit www.theacmenashville.com/calendar or http://warineracme.eventbrite.com.
Wariner will spend Halloween (Oct. 31) in Goliad, Texas, performing at Schroeder Dance Hall. For tickets and more information, click here. (http://outhousetickets.com/Event/Event6145/). A few weeks later, he will travel to London to perform as a special guest on the British Country Music Awards 2014 on Nov. 23. 

Wariner’s most recent album is It Ain’t All Bad, featuring 12 songs written or co-written by the Grand Ole Opry member. His classic instrumental album, My Tribute to Chet Atkins, featuring the GRAMMY Award-winning track “Producer’s Medley,” was recently re-released in all 633 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations.

Steve Wariner is a four-time GRAMMY and CMA Award- winning artist who dominated country music radio in the ‘80s and ‘90s with 14 No. 1 songs and more than 30 Top Ten hits, including such classics as “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” “Life’s Highway,” “The Weekend,” “I’m Already Taken,” “I Got Dreams,” “Small Town Girl,” “Two Teardrops,” “Some Fools Never Learn,” “Lynda,” and more. A native of Noblesville, IN, Wariner was discovered at age 17 by Dottie West who hired him on the spot as her bass player. He performed with West, Bob Luman, and Chet Atkins for several years before embarking on his legendary solo career. An award-winning songwriter, Wariner has also composed songs for Clint Black (“Nothin’ But the Taillights”), Garth Brooks (“Longneck Bottle”), Bryan White (“One Small Miracle”), and Keith Urban (“Where the Blacktop Ends”), as well as artists such as Country Music Hall of Fame members Alabama, Kenny Rogers, The Statler Brothers, Conway Twitty, and Don Williams; pop music icon Peter Tork (of The Monkees); R&B singer Ruben Studdard; bluegrass music’s legendary Del McCoury Band, and many more. Revered for his guitar talent, he was given the rare status of C.G. P. (Certified Guitar Player) by his mentor Chet Atkins. For more information, visit www.SteveWariner.com.

FRANKIE BALLARD FIRES UP CROWD IN MINNEAPOLIS, MN WITH LIGHT ‘EM UP TOUR

“Sunshine & Whiskey” Top 10 & Climbing At Country Radio

Photo Credit: Joe Lemke

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Nashville, TN (October 22, 2014) – Warner Bros. Records’ Frankie Ballard kicked off his energetic LIGHT ‘EM UP TOUR on Thursday, October 16th at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, MN. As part of the exclusive Live Nation Ones To Watch tour with Skype, the run serves as the “Sunshine & Whiskey” singer’s first headlining trek, with stops in 19-cities between now and December.

To kick off the dynamic tour, Ballard teamed up with the brand new Live Nation Channel and Yahoo Screen, which is an exclusive live music channel that can deliver one exclusive convert live stream a day, and has featured popular artists such as Lady Antebellum and Dave Matthews Band.

He will continue his LIGHT ‘EM UP TOUR this weekend, with stops in Louisville, KY (10/24) and Indianapolis, IN (10/25).

Known for his energetic live shows, Ballard will amp it up even further on the Florida Georgia Line 2015 ANYTHING GOES tour. He has also landed coveted opening slots for Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and longtime idol Bob Seger.

Photo Credit: Joe Lemke

Since releasing his first #1, GOLD-certified smash “Helluva Life,” Ballard has lit up the country music scene. The Battle Creek, MI, native continues the hot streak with his follow-up infectious anthem “Sunshine & Whiskey,” which has sold over 460,000 copies to date. Currently Top 10 at Country radio, the tune is quickly approaching the top of the chart. Both songs are featured on his latest album, SUNSHINE & WHISKEY, which debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, and ROLLING STONE noted as “required listening.” Produced by Marshall Altman (Marc Broussard), the project captures the newcomer’s unique blend of blues-infused, country rock and his undeniable guitar prowess on every song.

For more information check out FrankieBallard.com.

Keep an eye out on www.facebook.com/onestowatch for a chance to connect with Frankie via Skype on the road.

NEW ARTIST VIDEO: "THE CHASE - KEITH WALKER


Meet new up and coming artist Keith Walker -

Bio (courtesy of www.keithwalker.net)

The sounds of Hank Williams, Dolly Parton and Conway Twitty had always resonated through the walls of KeithWalker's California childhood home, yet it never quite clicked that it was his calling in life until he saw his brother go through the intense pain of watching his high school girlfriend fall in to a coma after a car accident. Watching someone who he always looked up to experience so much pain and seem so vulnerable led to an eye opening experience, as the one thing that made him feel better, was a song. Tim McGraw’s “Don’t Take The Girl” allowed his brother to show the emotion he was never able to find the words to do so himself. “For the first time I saw the power of country music, and how true to life it really is. I was hooked.”

The radio never left the country dial, and with every song he heard, he knew more and more that this was what he was supposed to do with his life. Fast forward a few years, Keith and his guitar made their way to Nashville, and that “love” truly began to develop.

Keith spent his days in class getting his degree at Middle Tennessee State University, but his nights were filled with music… dragging his guitar around town, writing non stop and playing shows anywhere they would let him in so he could hone his energetic “keep em’ on their feet” live show. With every passing gig, every new song in his journal, it became more clear that this is what he was meant to do. Having any other career path would feel forced.

The same mindset goes along with his songwriting. “When I sit down to write a song, I always do my best to make it as real and true to myself as possible.” That honesty and emotion runs throughout Keith’s catalog and sits at the forefront of his debut EP, "Miles From You", released in April of last year.

Connect with Keith Online:

Official Website: www.keithwalker.net
Follow him on Twitter at @KWalkerCountry
Like him on Facebook at KWalkerMusic

Pick up your copy of  Keith's EP ,"Miles From You", on iTunes and Amazon.