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CMT Honors the “Next Woman of Country”

CMT Next Women Of Country

CMT Next Women Of Country

Music Row heavyweights and CMT executives came together today at an event to recognize female artists who are making an indelible impact on country music. CMT announced Big Machine Records artist Danielle Bradbery would be the newest addition to its Next Women of Country franchise, joining 15 other females whom CMT promotes on-air and online throughout the year. The network will grow the franchise to include more than a dozen taped performances with Next Women artists throughout the year, which will air on CMT, CMT Pure and In addition, CMT will highlight Bradbery and Brandy Clark as part of its upcoming LISTEN UP series, a multi-platform franchise that showcases artists on the verge of breaking out.

“Many of country music’s most memorable voices belong to its strong women, and I’m honored to stand behind the rising stars like the talented ladies present today,” said Leslie Fram, SVP of Music Strategy, CMT. “Signed and unsigned, these women are making their careers happen on their own terms, and CMT is proud to introduce them to a new generation of fans through our growing Next Women franchise.”

The small industry crowd was treated to performances by Bradbery (@DBradbery), Ashley Monroe (@ashleymonroe), Holly Williams (@hollywilliams1) and Lauren Alaina (@Lauren_Alaina).

Among the guests were several other members of CMT’s Next Women of Country franchise, including Cassadee Pope (@CassadeePope), Jana Kramer (@kramergirl), Kacey Musgraves (@KaceyMusgraves), Kelleigh Bannen (@kelleighbannen), Kristen Kelly (@KristenKelly), Lauren Alaina, Angaleena Presley (@guitarleena), Rachel Farley (@rachelfarley), Rose Falcon (@RoseFalcon) and Sarah Darling (@_SarahDarling).

CMT first announced its Next Women of Country initiative in January of this year, a franchise dedicated to showcasing the new generation of signed and unsigned female artists across CMT platforms and at CMT’s current video playlist is nearly half female, with a handful of emerging artists from the Next Women franchise including Ashley Monroe, Brandy Clark (@TheBrandyClark) and Holly Williams.

Pictured from L-R: Seated: Rachel Farley, Lauren Alaina, Danielle Bradbery, Ashley Monroe, Holly Williams; Standing: Kacey Musgraves, Jana Kramer, Angaleena Presley, Sarah Darling, Rose Falcon, Kristen Kelly, Sarah Zimmermann (Striking Matches), Cassadee Pope, Kelleigh Bannen

Photo Credit: Rick Diamond/WireImage

Biscuits & Jam Concert Series Packs a Full Plate

Biscuits and Jam

Biscuits and Jam

Southern Living announces the first-ever Biscuits & Jam Concert Series, presented by AT&T U-verse®, to be held at the 2013 Southern Living Idea House at Fontanel in Nashville. Emerging country artists will perform on Sunday evenings from July 7 to August 25. Tickets are on sale now for $15 at

Set against a scenic backdrop of classic Southern architecture and gardens, guests will enjoy acoustic performances and a picnic-themed menu featuring Southern Living Test Kitchen recipes, including a complimentary signature biscuit. Each concert will feature 60-75 minutes of live country music starting at 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Idea House. Following are the artists scheduled to play the series:

July 7: Nikki Lane
July 14: Jana Kramer
July 21: The Farm
July 28: Elizabeth Cook
August 4: Holly Williams
August 11: Brett Eldredge
August 18: Sarah Darling
August 25: DUGAS

Video footage from each show will be available on the new Country DeepTM App on U-verse TV 1, online at and on mobile devices via the U-verse App for smartphones & tablets.2 From September through December, videos from the series will also be available at

The Southern Living Idea House, designed to inspire consumers, is open for tours from Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This year, the home was built on Barbara Mandrell’s former estate, and will later reopen as a boutique hotel. Tickets to view the house are $12 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information, visit This concert series is the third musical attraction on the Fontanel grounds, in addition to the recording studio and outdoor amphitheater. The courtyard at the house can hold 450 attendees at each show.

Holly Williams Says She is Taking It Slow


Holly Williams says she could have taken the easy way to stardom in Nashville — by putting on a cowboy hat, calling up a record company and mentioning that she’s the daughter of Hank Williams Junior and granddaughter of Hank Williams. But she decided not to do that. Instead, she has been playing small clubs and working on her songwriting.

Holly has even released her own album independently, rather than latch on to a label. Williams tells the Associated Press that  there is nothing wrong with trying to cash in on her substantial country music pedigree. But she says that “was not what was natural” to her. She says she rather play her guitar, piano and write stories set to music.

Williams wrote or co-wrote all the songs on her new album, which features Jackson Browne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jakob Dylan and Dierks Bentley.

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Holly Williams Plays The Hotel Cafe – Concert Review

Holly Williams

Wednesday night, February 6th, singer/songwriter Holly Williams took the stage at Hollywood’s quaint The Hotel Cafe. Her new album, “The Highway,” was released February 5th and this show perfectly showcased her new material. Holly’s set started at 7pm and she played song after song until 7:45. The room was packed and the captivated audience was very receptive to Holly’s heartfelt songs.

The stage was small, but filled with talented musicians such as Chris Coleman on guitar (Holly’s Husband) Annie Clements on Bass and Ian Fitchuk on drums. Holly played the guitar and also sat down at the piano for the song “Without You” which she wrote about and dedicated to her husband. Holly has a unique way of immediately connecting with an audience. When she sings it you feel it. Her songs are her stories and you feel her emotion as she delivers each note. The song “Waiting on June” is a beautiful love story about her grandparents. Hearing it live gave the song even more life than hearing the recording. Holly also played “’Til It Runs Dry,” “The Highway” and “Drinkin’,” amongst others.

Hearing Holly live was definitely memorable. Her voice is delightfully unique with a perfect tinge of rasp and vulnerability. On all of the songs her vocals were spot on and some of my favorite moments were the harmonies she shared with her husband Chris. Their chemistry on stage added to the authentic feel of the show. So many concerts have big theatrics and yes, those can be fun. However, Holly Williams demonstrated that when you have a great voice, solid songs, and a few good musicians on hand you could put on a show that leaves a lasting impression. If you ever get the chance to see Holly live be sure to jump at the opportunity. Until then, be sure to check out her album “The Highway” which is available now on iTunes!

For more information on Holly Williams including where she will be touring visit
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Holly Williams Talks New Music With CMTT — “The Highway”


Music runs deep in the blood of singer/songwriter Holly Williams. Granddaughter of the legendary Hank Williams Sr. and daughter of Hank Williams Jr., music has always been a part of Holly’s life. “The Highway,” which comes out February 5th is the singer’s 3rd album, but distinctively different than her past projects. The album emanates songwriting and vocal talent at its best and is a project that seems to define Holly as an artist.  Recently CMTT caught up with Holly to get all the details of the new album, including her collaboration with Dierks Bentley, her other passion besides music and what she has planned for 2013.

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