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Native Run – New & Noteworthy

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Meet Show Dog-Universal Music New & Noteworthy Artist Native Run.     The duo, made up of Rachel Beauregard and Bryan Dawley, may be new to the country music are no rookies to the stage.  Native Run can be seen at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and Paste Magazine called Native Run “The Best of What’s Next.”

Collectively, they bring to bear influences from Shakespeare to Springsteen, and from Patsy Cline to Keith Urban.

Current Single / Project: Good On You

Musical Influences:   Chris Thile, Keith Urban, Patsy Cline, Alanis Moorisette, Bryan Adams…It’s all over the map!

Personal Influences:     Bryan: My dad taught me to play the first few chords of “More than A Feeling” by Boston, and I took the wheel from there! I knew I wanted to be be a full time musician in high school when I was playing a lot of bass, I ended up graduating with a degree in classical bass.

Rachel: my granddad played fiddle and mandolin, and sang ALL the time. He taught me to sing harmonies. My mom can’t sing at all, though- so she says my musical talent came from my “heavenly genes.”

Music Sounds Like: sounds like energetic, groovy, left of center feel-goodness! (or keith meets hunter meets sugarland meets half of LBT…cant say which half exactly) Why You Should Be Listening: you should be listening because all the cool kids are doin it…and we think you’ll like it:)

Social Media Info: Facebook- Twitter- Instagram- Youtube- website-


Caitlyn Smith – New & Noteworthy

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Meet New & Noteworthy artist Caitlyn Smith.

Current Single/Project: EP, Everything To You (Out 10/28)

Musical Influences: Alison Krauss, The Dixie Chicks, Dolly Parton, Patty Griffin, basically all female singers in the 90s… But I’m such a fan of music, I’ll jam to everything from Paul Simon to Katy Perry!

Personal Influences: My relationships are my strongest influence. God, my sweet husband, friends and family…I would be a miserable human without any of them! I’m also influenced by doing things I love…traveling and being out on the road, cooking up something amazing in the kitchen or doing yoga.

Music Sounds Like: Sheryl Crow meets Dixie Chicks meets Patty Griffin with a little Grace Potter sprinkled on top.

Why You Should Be Listening: Not only is this songstress writing amazing music for herself, but she’s also writing hits for other artists like Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks and even pop darling Meghan Trainor! Listen and hear the hits before they’re radio smashes.

Social Media Info: Website Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Sam Hunt vs. Taylor Swift: Please Explain Why This is Country Music…And Why This is Not

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I am going to try to ask this question in a different way this time.  The question has been asked many, many times over the last few years.  What makes a song “country?”  The answers always vary depending on who you talk to and almost always ends up in some sort of an argument.

So let’s promise to play nice,  be respectful and really explain your side of how this question should be answered.

I have been listening to iTunes Radio a lot over the past few weeks.  One of my favorite channels is the iTunes Weekly Top 50 – Country.  I play it while I’m cleaning, while I’m in the shower and when I’m running.  I noticed that they have streamed 3 of the 4 songs from Sam Hunt’s album preview X2C.   And country radio here in Nashville has been playing the heck out of his lead single, “Leave the Night On.” Now before all of the Sam Hunt fans jump all over my butt let me tell you, I love him!  I have bragged about him a few times on our Twitter page.   His voice is beautiful, and ladies let’s be honest so is he!  But here is my real question:

Please Explain Why This is Country Music:

and why this is not:  Taylor Swift:  Shake it Off

Blake Shelton Hopes to Bring Back Country Music with ‘Sunshine’


Blake Shelton is going back to his roots with his upcoming album Bringing Back the Sunshine. He tells RollingStone Country, that for him, that means drinkin’, heartbreak, and good ole’ country music.

The whole album is searching for parts of me that I think have… not gotten lost along the way, but stuff that I haven’t addressed in my music as much as I used to, whether it’s drinking songs, heartbreak songs or songs about how people treat you. Things like that,” the country superstar tells Rolling Stone Country.

My last couple of albums have been so positive, because when I made them I was just getting married. It’s been in this awesome place,” he says. “But after a while, as a country singer, I gotta get back to singing about getting drunk because there’s people out there — and I’ve been one of them — that have had their heart broken, or they’ve had a tough day at work, or they get stabbed in the back.”

At the end of the day, Blake Shelton has a sound, that he admits, he’s gotten away from. Country music has a whole has gotten away from the sound that gave it it’s name, and Blake hopes his new album brings everyone back.

It’s the only way to be a little more political about where we are in country music,” he says, “and I’m as guilty of it as anybody,” Blake says. “We’re pushing boundaries… and pushing ‘em and pushing ‘em. And to me, with that title, it’s like I’m bringing back some country into this thing.”

Bringing Back the Sunshine hits stores September 30th.

You can read more here.

Restless Heart to Celebrate the Holidays at Opryland!

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Country music powerhouse group Restless Heart is bringing its rich, soaring harmonies to Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas with the all-new A Season of Harmony Dinner Show. Known for chart-toppers like “The Bluest Eyes in Texas,” “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right)” and “When She Cries,” the band—celebrating 30 years with its five original members—will perform holiday classics and original songs from its new Christmas album, A Season of Harmony, as well as favorite hits.

“We are really looking forward to keeping it close to home this Christmas,” says Restless Heart lead singer Larry Stewart. “We’re thankful for this wonderful opportunity and we hope all of our fans will come spend Christmas with us at at Gaylord Opryland!”

Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas kicks off mid-November with Restless Heart performing nearly 30 live A Season of Harmony Dinner Shows leading up to Christmas. Held in the iconic 2,882-room hotel’s Tennessee Ballroom, each show will include a four-course meal prepared by Gaylord Opryland’s award-winning chefs.

Tickets go on-sale this Friday, July 18 and may be purchased online at

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