Country duo Dan + Shay caught the genre by storm in late 2013 with their debut single “19 You + Me.” The track eventually became the lead single off their debut album Where it All Began, which was released in April of last year and has sold over a hundred thousand copies. As the duo, comprised of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney make their way across the country on their first headlining tour they’re showing fans just what their brand of country is all about.
If you listen to SiriusXM The Highway then chances are your familiar with Outshyne. The “Moonlight Crush” and “Night With Your Name on It” singers are gearing up for bigger and better things in 2015. They’ll be out on the road for much of the year hitting places they’ve never been, including the Northeast. We chatted with lead singer Waylon Owings this week about new music, 2015 plans, and quitting their day jobs to pursue music full time.
The Country Music Association hosted their annual CMA Country Christmas event in Nashville a couple weeks ago and it will be aired tonight on ABC at 8. The two hour event is hosted by Jennifer Nettles the show features a number of performances of both classic and new holiday holiday songs.
Dallas Smith might be new to country music, but he’s certainly not new to music. After ten years as the lead singer of the rock group Default, Smith transitioned into a country music. The genre was becoming exactly what he loved – lots of guitar based high energy anthems that allowed him to really connect. After making a trip down to Nashville in 2009 with Joey Moi (Producer Florida Georgia Line & Jake Owen), Smith began working on his debut country album.
Since then he has become a staple in Canadian country music with five straight top ten hits. His debut U.S. single “Tippin’ Point” reached the peak position on SiriusXM The Highway Hot 45 countdown and has gone on to sell over a hundred thousand copies worldwide. He recently completed work on his third EP Lifted which hits iTunes tomorrow and includes “Wastin’ Gas” a song that Music Row called “terrifically exciting.”
We caught up with Dallas Smith this week to talk about his shift from rock to country, life on the road with Florida Georgia Line, and of course his new EP Lifted.
The third annual Taste of Country Music Festival announced it’s third and final headliner this morning. Toby Keith joins Keith Urban and Tim McGraw as the main acts for the Northeast’s only camping based country music festival. Each artist will cap off a day filled with live music. Last year the festival featured performances by over twenty Nashville recording artists and promises to do the same again in 2015. “We’re not finished yet –all I can say is there are more great acts to be announced, so stay tuned,” said Dhruv Prasad, Executive Vice President Live Events of Townsquare Media.
Over 40,000 people attended the second annual event a year ago, and that number figures to increase in it’s third year. The three day event is located at the foot of Hunter Mountain in eastern New York, easily accessible for anyone in New England. Tickets for the event start at $155, but will increase as more acts are added to the festival. Remember, this is the only country music festival in the Northeast. It’s an event that you definitely won’t want to miss.