When country music fans see Paslay perform, they want to take his music home and make his songs the soundtrack of their lives. Whether he’s performing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry or taking his place this summer on the Country Throwdown Tour sharing his new hit, “If the Fish Don’t Bite,” Paslay always knows how to reel a crowd in. His music has substance and depth, but his debut album is every bit as entertaining and accessible as it is meaningful, and therein lies Paslay’s charm.
EMI Records Nashville will release Eric Paslay’s self-titled debut album on February 4th, 2014, featuring 11 songs including the hit single, “Friday Night”.
Rural Georgian, Craig Campbell will bring his music and ever sharply dressed appearance to the stage at the Freeborn County Fair. Campbell is often compared to Alan Jackson, though he certainly puts his own stamp on his style. Roughstock.com called Campbell “one of the most promising neo-traditionalist country music artists today”.
When Thomas Rhett (Thomas Rhett Atkins, Jr.) set out to record his first album, he teamed him with producer Jay Joyce, who’s worked as a producer and/or guitarist with Eric Church, Cage The Elephant and Miranda Lambert. The results on Thomas Rhett’s debut are a rhythmic, grooving, infectious amalgam of styles that appreciates country’s roots and challenges its perceived limitations at the same time.
Rhett is a tremendous songwriter, and one of several young and upcoming artists helping to blaze a trail in popular country music. ”I think I’ve been directed here for a reason,” he surmises. “I still don’t know why. I don’t know if it’s to be some big star or if it’s to make a difference in somebody’s life along the way or to make somebody’s Friday night entertaining. It doesn’t really matter. It’s a journey, and I’m learning something new every step along the way.”
With a new album, a new label and a renewed sense of musical purpose, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry are poised to stake their claim as one of country music’s all-time greatest duos.
Now signed with powerhouse independent label Average Joes Entertainment, Montgomery Gentry has found the freedom the duo needs to move to the next level of their career. “It just seems like over the last couple of records there was so much going on at our old record company that we kind of got away from what Montgomery Gentry was about,” Troy says. “Rebels On The Run has a little bit of a newer sound, but it still has that edginess like the first two or three records we put out.”
For the past decade, Gretchen Wilson has been one of country music’s leading ladies. Her first single, “Redneck Woman”, was released in early 2004 and reached the top of the Hot Country Song charts and No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. This song was also the first Number One country hit by a female in two years.
Recently, Wilson’s career has remained prominent and busy. On April 2, 2013, she released an album of original songs titled Right On Time, led by the single “Still Rollin’”. Additionally, Wilson released a collection of rock covers titled Under The Covers on June 4, 2013, and her first Christmas album, Christmas In My Heart, on October 8, 2013.