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Meet Country’s Newest Heartthrob: Brennin

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Brennin is the newest country guy to keep on your radar, but it isn’t just because of his smoldering good looks (let’s be honest, those don’t hurt). He’s a down-to-earth, fun guy with a voice that will turn you into a puddle. You may recognize Brennin from his guest role on the TV show “Nashville” or from when he was a contestant on the talent competition “The X Factor.” He’s truly a triple-threat: singer, songwriter, and actor.

Brennin’s self-titled EP came out earlier this year, but his favorite career achievement to date is having Vince Gill record a song that they wrote together. Brennin, originally from Oklahoma like Vince, had admired him for years and finally got the chance to work with him about 3 years ago.

“I had his cell phone number for 3 months before I even called him, ‘cause I’m like ‘how do you call Vince Gill?’” said Brennin.

He finally got up the nerve with some encouragement from his wife and he left a message for Vince. Before he knew it, he was at Vince’s house writing songs. As they wrapped up the last writing session, Vince told Brennin that he was considering cutting one of their songs for his own project. Fast forward to February of this year, Vince Gill released his “Down to My Last Bad Habit” album with the song he co-write with Brennin, called “I Can’t Do This.”

Brennin said,

“It blew my mind, being here 9 years and working really hard to break into this business. I can’t find a better scenario for my first cut to ever have success as a songwriter than to be with my hero, Vince Gill.”

On Sunday night, Brennin opened for the classic rock band America and the iconic Michael McDonald at the Woods at Fontanel in Nashville.

“I really like how laid back they are with their approach,” said Brennin, talking about the band America, whom he’s opened for on several occasions. “It’s real relaxed and real fun. There’s something to be said about just walking out on stage, picking up instruments, not having any computers or tracks to hide or mask what you do. It’s just vocals and being a human being.”

This venue didn’t have a backstage area, so Brennin suggested doing our interview in his car. As we were chatting, James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” series came to mind, so I challenged Brennin to share his best cover. Brennin cranked up the classic Boyz II Men hit “I’ll Make Love to You” and sang his heart out! You can watch the intimate performance video on our Facebook page.

When Brennin took the stage, he engaged the crowd with just an acoustic guitar and his soulful voice, showcasing his songwriting skills and impeccable vocals. Audience members commented that they were pleasantly surprised that he wasn’t just a pretty face, but a man who could hold his own in a lineup of legendary artists.

Heavily influenced by artists like the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, you can hear the vintage 70s vibe with a punch of contemporary country and R&B in Brennin’s music. If you haven’t heard his tunes before, he recommends listening to the song “Lose My Cool” first.

“Of all the songs I’ve ever written, I think it’s my staple song as far as the sound of what I’m trying to do.”

To download his music and see when he’ll be performing near you, go to www.brennin.com.

 

 

Thompson Square Hosts Charity Bike Ride for USO Nashville, Talks New Music

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Both Keifer and Shawna Thompson know what it’s like to have family members serve in the U.S. military, so when they partnered with the USO of Nashville for their “Rollin for a Reason” bike ride, it was a perfect combination.

“Over the past few years of our career, we’ve periodically done shows for the USO,” says Keifer. “Both Shawna’s dad and my dad were in the Army. It was a really good marriage of being able to partner two things that I love: motorcycles and the military.”

Held over the weekend, the second annual bike ride started at Sloan’s motorcycles in Murfreesboro and crossed through the scenic hillsides of middle Tennessee, ending at the picturesque Natchez Hill Winery at Fontanel. The award-winning duo treated riders to an intimate acoustic performance, which included their hits “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not,” “If I Didn’t Have You,” and their latest single “You Make it Look So Good.”

Also on hand at the event was Shawna and Keifer’s 6-month-old son, Cooper. Although he wasn’t quite old enough to ride in the event, Keifer is already laying the groundwork.

“I know I’m gonna hear ‘but Dad does, he rides!” says Shawna. “His nursery is actually motorcycles everywhere.”

During their time off to have their son, Keifer and Shawna took a close look at where they’re at musically and who they are.

“It’s really easy to get caught up in what’s going on around you. It’s like this continual ocean drift of changing who you are,” says Keifer. But the duo is proud of the foundation they’ve built and plan to continue making music that fans love. “We are Thompson Square, we are the married couple in country music, and we are very proud of what we do and the music we put out. Let’s take that to the umpteenth level.”

Thompson Square has been working on a new album that fans can expect later this year.

“It ranges from very edgy to very sad and everything in between,” says Keifer.

For updates about the duo’s new music, tour dates, and more, head over to www.thompsonsquare.com.

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Get Your “Fix” of Chris Lane’s new sound with “Girl Problems”

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Artists like Florida Georgia Line and Sam Hunt have opened the door to R&B-infused country music and newcomer Chris Lane is eager to follow in their footsteps. His debut single “Fix” has already hit top five at country radio and he’s ready for fans to hear more. His debut full-length album “Girl Problems” will be released on August 5.

Originally from North Carolina, Chris built his fan base at regional shows and quickly caught the attention of Nashville record labels. He even auditioned for American Idol in 2007 as part of a rap duo with his twin brother, Corey.

“We were young and dumb and thought it would be fun to get on TV,” says Chris.

After moving to Nashville in 2013, he began honing his sound and finding songs that resonated with him.

“We feel like the falsetto helps separate me from what other guys are doing in country music. I wanted songs that wanted to make me move and dance – I’m a really bad dancer – but I want people to show up and have a good time.”

The album is primarily up-tempo, but there are a couple of ballads that Chris calls his “Backstreet Boys moments.” Although he didn’t write any of the songs on the album, he can easily relate to them.

“I’ve been in relationships like all of these songs, whether it was good or bad.”

These days, you can catch Chris on the road with Rascal Flatts and Kelsea Ballerini.

“Getting to play golf with the Rascal Flatts guys” is Chris’ favorite part of being on tour, besides playing music. As an avid golfer, he gets to share his passion for the sport and music with guys he’s looked up to for years. To see if Chris will be coming to your town soon, head over to www.iamchrislane.com.

Track list:

  1. “Fix”(Sarah Buxton, Jesse Frasure and Abe Stoklasa)
    2. “For Her” (Matt Dragstrem, Kelly Archer and Sarah Buxton)
    3. “Let Me Love You” (Kameron Houff, Shaffer Smith and Scott Storch)
    4. “Who’s It Gonna Be” (Nick Bailey, Kevin Fisher, James “JHart” Abrahart and Ryan Ogren)
    5. “Back To Me” (Cary Barlowe, Josh Thompson and Rob Persaud)
    6. “Maybe” (Jacob Hawkes, David Pramik, Charlie Snyder and Eben Wares)
    7. “Her Own Kind Of Beautiful” (Rodney Clawson, Barry Dean and Matt Dragstrem)
    8. “All The Time” (James “JHart” Abrahart, Jordan Evans, Chelcee Grimes, Tayla Parkx and Tinashe Sibanda)
    9. “Circles” featuring Mackenzie Porter (Steph Jones, Joey Moi, Danny Parker, Sno and Emily Warren)
    10. “Saturday Night” (Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally)
    11. “All About You” (Andy Albert, Chris Lane and Jordan Schmidt)
    12. “Girl Problems” (Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley and Josh Kear)

 

Clay Walker Talks About New Music and the Urgency of Raising Awareness for MS

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It’s been 20 years since Clay Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), but he still fights to bring awareness to the often debilitating disease. He hosted his 7th annual Chords of Hope benefit concert during this year’s CMA Music Festival and brought along special guests Craig Campbell and Joe Nichols.

“They both reached out to us, which I think says a lot about their character. I can’t say enough good things about them and I hope to get the chance to return the favor very soon for them.”

The show raises money for the Vanderbilt MS Center, as well as Walker’s own Band Against MS charity, which has raised more than $3.5 million since its start in 2003.

Fans may not know much about multiple sclerosis when coming to his shows, so Walker uses the event to educate and entertain. Although he is currently in great health, he knows that many others facing the disease often face more severe symptoms.

“There’s an urgency and importance to raise awareness about what it is, so we can find new and better ways to live with it and eventually cure it.”

So what about new music? Last summer, Walker released a single called “Right Now” and fans have been anxiously waiting for more.

“We’re shopping record labels right now and trying to decide the best way to get the music to the fans, the fastest and most efficient way. That’s kind of tedious. We live in a world today that there’s multiple channels to get music into the public and we just want to find the right ones. And obviously, the fans can come out to the live shows and hear the new music.”

To find out when he’ll be in your area, go to www.claywalker.com

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