Kalie Shorr burst onto the Nashville music scene in 2016 with her self-penned hit “Fight Like A Girl”. The Portland, Maine singer-songwriter became a Sirius XM Highway Find and was praised by Spotify, CMT, Radio Disney Country, Taste of Country, and even Billboard magazine. In 2017, Kalie released her Slingshot EP to rave reviews and was named “New Artist You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone, “The New Nashville” by Teen Vogue, and one of “2017’s Hottest Artists Under 25” by Taste of Country. Her newly released single “Two Hands” has already been added to Sirius XM and TuneIn with prominent placement on Apple Music’s Breaking Country and Cool Country playlists, and Kalie is the only independent artist in Power Rotation on Radio Disney Country. Her new EP, Awake, was released January 26, 2018, and Kalie was recently inducted into CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2018. Shorr fulfilled a lifelong dream in March of 2018 when she made her Grand Ole Opry debut. She is currently the opening act on the CMT Next Women of Country Presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour. Playing over 100 shows a year, Kalie’s message of female- empowerment has led to her being called the “next ‘Women of Country’ generation” [CMChat] and a “modern country woman [who will] continue to inspire in 2018” [TasteofCountry.com].
You can find her music on Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music. As tour dates continue to be announced you can stay current with Kalie on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to follow her on Youtube and visit www.kalieshorr.com.
A local honky tonk named “The Iron Horse,” in Paul Bogart’s home town of Oologah, Okla., honored the breakout country artist with a commemorative painting on the dance floor where he had previously invited the town to be a part of the video-taping for the song “All That Cowboy Jazz.” The video debut was on September 8th, 2017 and went into immediate rotation on GAC, The Country Network and Heartland. The song received a first ballot Grammy consideration for “Best Country Song” and was the early focus track from his current project entitled “Leather,” which is available on all digital platforms.
"To say I'm honored would be an understatement." Says Paul, "I'm not even sure how to go about thanking them. I never dreamed of seeing something like this!"
“We wanted to make sure he knew his hometown bar was very proud of his accomplishments by making his imprint permanent here on our dance floor!” said Connie Keck Owner of the Iron Horse “His music is infectious, and he is sincerely genuine through and through. We are looking for big things to happen in his career this year!”
Paul Bogart Tour Dates:
Feb. 1, 2018 - Phoenix, AZ - Phoenix Convention Center National Cattlemen’s Beef Assn.
Feb. 2, 2018 - Gillette, WY - Pronghorn Center
Feb. 3, 2018 - Gillette, WY - Pronghorn Center
Feb 23, 2018 - Franklin, TN - Pucketts Grocery
Mar. 3, 2018 - Columbia, TN - Puckett’s
Mar. 30, 2018 - West Siloam Springs, OK - Cherokee Casino
Mar. 31, 2018 - Warner, OK - Connors State College Rodeo Team Fundraiser
May 4, 2018 - Wyandotte, OK - Brodertown Casino
May 5, 2018 - Grove, OK - Private Event
May 24, 2018 - West Siloam Springs, OK - Cherokee Casino
May 25, 2018 - Claremore, OK - Dog Iron Saloon
May 26, 2018 - Ramona, OK - Cherokee Casino
Jun. 1, 2018 - Tulsa, OK - Bit By Bit Fundraiser
Jul. 6, 2018 - Tulsa, OK - 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar
Jul. 7, 2018 - Claremore, OK - Dog Iron Saloon
Jul. 12, 2018 - Sheridan, WY - The Pony
Jul. 13, 2018 - Sheridan, WY - The Gold Buckle Club
Jul. 15, 2018 - Custer, SD - Private Event
Aug. 25, 2018 - Devils Tower, WY - Ride A Horse Feed a Cowboy Benefit Rodeo
Sep. 2, 2018 - Big Horn, WY - Big Horn Equestrian Center
Sep. 3, 2018 - Big Horn, WY - Big Horn Equestrian Center
Sep. 15, 2018 - Grove, OK - North Eastern Oklahoma Electric Coop
Sep. 15, 2018 - Claremore, OK - Dog Iron Saloon
Dec. 7, 2018 - Claremore, OK - Dog Iron Saloon
Though his songs are fresh and he himself is young, he is an old soul with a knack for capturing time-honored traditions and summing up classic sentiments in catchy, three-minute songs. Exuding sincerity and a rare, down-to-earth charm, Paul Bogart is, simply put, the epitome of traditional country music. After nearly a decade of writing, playing and touring, Bogart has begun pulling in big numbers in every arena, literally. Whether it’s the main stage at the AQHA World Championships with thousands in attendance or the social media scene with over 5 million fans reached through his social platforms with videos like “The Cowboy Way” and “Cowboy Ride” Bogart’s songs have connected with America’s Heartland in a real, tangible way that modern country has perhaps missed. For more information on Paul Bogart visit www.paulbogart.com.
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The 50th Annual Country Music Awards will air November 2 on ABC. The first list of performers have been announced and include some of the hottest acts in country music, including Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Maren Morris, Keith Urban and more.
Happy Birthday to country music legend, Charlie Daniels! Artists like Dolly Parton, Keith Urban and Little Big Town wished the icon a happy 80th birthday.
The Grand Ole Opry is expanding into New York City. They will be opening their first “home away from home” with the Opry City Stage. The two story venue located in Times Square will serve native Nashville food and have live performances to bring the roots of country music into a new region of the country. The Opry City Stage is set to open in April of 2017.
CMT announced their Next Women of Country which includes artist like Maren Morris, Carly Pierce, Ashley Campbell, Aubrey Sellers and more! Congratulations to such wonderful musicians that we will be seeing more of throughout this upcoming year.
October 16 was an unforgettable night for country music during the star-studded, profoundly emotional Medallion Ceremony where Charlie Daniels, Fred Foster and Randy Travis were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Randy Travis also sang for the first time publicly since his stroke.
Shania Twain received the Artist of a Lifetime award at the 2016 CMT Artists of the Year Awards. CMT Artists of the Year recipients included Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Stapleton.
Eric Church and fellow songwriters celebrated their number one song, “Record Year.” Written by Church and Jeff Hyde, this song marks Eric Church’s seventh number one.
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Launched in early 2015, The Pickup, a syndicated country video news series produced by The Hot Seat, highlights today's stars and classic country artists making news today. New episodes are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month. The Pickup, hosted and produced by Adam Wurtzel, can be seen on the websites of broadcasters across the country (Nash Icon, HankFM, Midwest Communications, Zimmer Communications' 94.3 KAT Country, etc.), online media blogs, the U.K.'s SKY Television, Heartland Network, and Sandy Zimmerman's Las Vegas Television Network.
July 19, 2016
Los Angeles – based Country music artist Leslie Cours Mather will join host Jon Patch this Saturday, July 23, live on his Talkin’ Pets radio show.
The songstress is now promoting her newest single, the patriotic rallying cry for unity that is “We Are America.” Leslie explains, “With the increasing violence, terrorism, political unrest and division in our country, it seems more important than ever to remember who we are,” Leslie notes. “This is a great country, and I hope people will remember our amazing foundation and the sacrifice it took to become a nation in the first place.”
While her first three singles were targeted specifically at the Country market, “We Are America” was released to radio stations of virtually every genre.
The past 18 months have taken singer/songwriter Leslie Cours Mather on an amazing ride, and it’s one she says she will never forget. “My first single was ‘Countrified’ - which went to the Top 40 on the MusicRow CountryBreakout™ Chart. For a debut single and a newbie who hasn’t had experience with the formal music industry, I was very excited about that. Then, we had ‘Hell Hath No Fury,’ which I started performing on a radio tour.”
The high-octane “That Was The Whiskey” followed, and all three tracks made their mark. Add to that a much-buzzed-about performance at the CMA Music Festival, three videos, plus a Christmas single, and Leslie has established herself as a newcomer of extraordinary talent.
LESLIE COURS MATHER's
"We Are America" A Patriotic Rallying
Cry For Unity; New Single At Radio Now
Mathers wrote the compelling song immediately after 9/11. "I was heartbroken," she recalls. "But all over Los Angeles, you'd see countless American flags flying from cars. Our country was unified - briefly." Leslie, a self-professed Army "brat," admits to feeling a certain level of disappointment when LA Lakers' flags replaced the stars and stripes just a few short months later. "I think that if people are indifferent we have a problem," Mather states. "It seems more important than ever that we remember that we are a people united by this country we call home ... united we stand; divided we fall. That's what 'We Are America' is all about - and why we're releasing it now."
The single is already generating an outpouring of accolades from radio personalities, programmers and music reviewers:
"Her emotional, high-powered delivery leaves no doubt about how close this song is to her heart ... (with) a bold arrangement and a powerful celebratory chorus ... she puts out the call for everyone to band together as Americans ...This is the right time for this song, period, and it's delivered by a singer who's got the goods." - MUSIC NEWS AUSTIN(Rick Moore)
"Perfect song for the times . . . Country listeners will get it." - WKKW Radio (Big John)
"Thank you Leslie for standing up for God, Family, Country and Our Troops! We Love the song and we will always have your back! Stand tall!! You are the real deal!" - COUNTRY THEN AND NOW RADIO (Tommy & Angela Mouser)
"Leslie is inspiring our country with this beautiful patriotic rendition, one note at a time!- ROKU CHANNEL Nashville Country Stars TV (Laura Dodd)
"It's an exceptional song that speaks the words that we all need to hear. Despite all the issues we're dealing with these days, the USA is still the greatest nation on the planet. Thank you for the reminder Leslie." - WMCI Radio (Bub McCullough)
"This is a song that needs to be added, and played, not just on the 4th of July, but year round. Thanks Leslie." - COUNTRY GOLD NETWORK (Mike Carlin)
"Leslie is back with a song to pull us together in these times of division and indecision. 'We Are America' should tug at the hearts of all Americans. With attacks from outside and inside, "We Are America" IS the song we need to hear." - KDKD RADIO (Dave Young)
"We Are America" shows Mather in a new light. Her previous three MusicRow
CountryBreakout™ Chart singles ("That Was The Whiskey," "Hell Hath No Fury," "Countrified") were targeted at Country audiences and more focused on the singer's sense of fun and showcasing her amazing vocal versatility. Appealing to a broader scope of listeners, the new release takes an unapologetic patriotic stand. "I always try to bring a message of hope and goodness into my music," Leslie says. "I think anyone from a military family has a heightened sense of patriotism; I certainly do - and my hope is to see people fall in love with America again."
Produced by Denny Diante (Elton John, Barbra Streisand, B.B. King) and recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, the single features Country/Rock band Calabama on the powerful repeated chorus. Leslie recalls, "The atmosphere was a creative person's paradise, and when we started adding the talents of Brent Mason, Bobby Terry and Buddy Hyatt, it just kept getting better and better. Every layer we added - musicians, lead vocals, background vocals, the mix, the master - the song just got more and more powerful."
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ABOUT LESLIE COURS MATHER
Vanderbilt University in Music City and during her time in Tennessee, she enrolled in acting school and worked for Bob Farnsworth at Hummingbird Productions. From there, Leslie moved to L.A., to hone her craft while starting a family. A chance business meeting introduced her to legendary producer / record executive Denny Diante who put her back in Nashville with a "Wrecking Crew" of studio players at Blackbird Studios. The result is the disc, COUNTRIFIED, due for release later this year. With influences ranging from Linda Ronstadt to Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood, Mather presents a powerful vocal style that is uniquely her own.
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The rugged feel of steel guitar and fiddle, the images of growing up in a world of fields and farms, of heartbreak and hard work … You can't miss the fact that Lee Brice is country all the way.
It's in his voice – think of it as honey trickling through lines of melody etched in leather – and in the images it conjures, of "country girls and redneck boys" anticipating the night to come in the sunset glow of a Dairy Queen ("Sumter County"), of growing up "on the edge of a cornfield" ("Picture of Me").
And that makes one detail in his dream seem especially surprising.
"Ten years from now," he says, smiling at the idea, "I'd love to hear my songs on the radio – on the rap stations, not just country."
This sounds absurd, but only until you remember what makes Lee's debut CD, Love Like Crazy, one of the strongest debuts in any genre over these past several years. That's when you realize that if anybody can make this happen, it's this young man from backcountry South Carolina. His voice, his sound, even his wide-open grin are as country as they come – but his view of life is much broader than that.
Begin with his tastes in music. Ask him to name the artists who influenced him, and he'll answer with Garth Brooks and Hank Junior, sure, but also Coldplay, John Mayer, Brian McKnight, Tom Petty, 3 Doors Down, Whitney Houston, Edwin McCain, Ray Charles … a list you might assemble by grabbing randomly at bins as you wander through the Tower closing sale.
But Brice insists that something ties all these artists together: "They're all great, which appeals to me because I want to make every song I do as great as I can too. I'm not comparing myself to them in any way, but I want the same thing that I love in what they do: They all make music that you can believe in."
Brice takes a big step toward his dream with his debut album. This is music that takes you to special places, from the farms that he worked as a kid through the dirt roads where he and his buddies would spin their wheels and race for the smiles of their girlfriends. He has that knack for making memories come alive that he sensed in the songs of his heroes.
The thing is, it took him a while to figure out who those heroes were. While most people his age across America were tuning in to MTV, Brice was growing up on gospel, as sung by his mother and her side of the family. His Aunt Henrietta played the piano, and through the singing she did with her sisters, Lee built his own music on the rock of the church.
"I was completely sheltered, even from country music," he remembers, "so my first influences were those gospel singers. Man, those tenors could wail! I started to sing by imitating them."
By age seven he was teaching himself the basics of piano on Aunt Henrietta's old upright. Shortly after that he began writing songs; aside from church quartets and his father's Alabama and Oak Ridge Boys albums, he had only his own imagination to mine for inspiration. By the time he'd entered high school, though, he'd assembled enough originals to perform them at the talent pageant – which he won, by the way, three years in a row.
Around that same time Lee finally became aware of other styles of music, through friends who had trouble believing he'd never heard groups like Aerosmith. "Now, I'd heard of Aerosmith," he insists, just to set the record straight. "But that's when I got exposed for the first time to them, to John Mayer and Dave Matthews and all that stuff. My first huge influence, though, was Garth. That had a definite effect on my writing, especially in making my lyrics more mature and my hooks stronger, although even when I was ten years old I was writing very emotional songs, songs that told stories."
There were two loves in Lee's life at that time: music and football. His father, a star player in high school, had passed on an offer to play for Clemson in order to marry and open shop as an electrician. Lee, not having yet met the lady of his life, picked up where Daddy left off by enrolling at Clemson and making it onto the team, long-snapping for punts and then moving to center .
But fate changed the game plan. After playing the first game of his senior year, Lee woke up one morning unable to straighten his right arm. "I'd been snapping the wrong way, 500 times a day," he explains. "They had me in surgery the next day, took out all this cartilage, and that was the end of that."
He could have stayed and finished his civil engineering degree; instead, Lee resolved to chase his other dream. He'd kept playing music during spare time at Clemson and had even spent spring break in Nashville, checking out the town and its possibilities. During that visit he met and performed some of his tunes for Doug Johnson, which prompted the well-established songwriter/producer to offer advice that, by his own admission, Lee's family might not have appreciated.
"He told me, 'Lee, I see that you love music with every bone in your body, so unless you love civil engineering as much as you love music, you need to be here. And if you do come to Nashville, I'll stand by you from the moment you get here."
Brice laughs at the memory of that conversation and at his decision to leave Clemson that summer and take his chances in Music City. With Johnson as his mentor, he sharpened his writing, played out at songwriter circles, and hooked up with some of the top talent in town on co-writing sessions. His partners included Bob DiPiero, Craig Wiseman, Walt Wilkins, Marv Green, and more than a dozen other heavy hitters.
When Johnson took on A&R duties at Curb, one of his first acts was to bring Brice onboard for a writing deal with Curb Music Publishing. For a year the young writer blossomed, creating songs that would be covered by a diverse group of artists, including Cowboy Crush, Keith Gattis, and, on his upcoming CD, Jason Aldean. "I was writing two and three times a day," he remembers. "I'd go to one session at 9:30 in the morning and write until two. Then I'd go from three to six, and again from seven to ten. I just wanted to write, write, write. I did 150 songs that year, and some of them were pretty good."
How have things changed since then? Brice grins as he answers, "I might have written 60 songs this year – but they're 60 songs that really matter."
They especially matter when it's Brice delivering them. Powered by musicians hand-picked for the session, with Johnson bringing the same sensitivity and feel for the material that distinguished his productions for Clay Walker, John Michael Montgomery and Hank Jr., Lee's album alternately flows like a stream of memory or pounds like the tide along the Carolina shore. The songs represent the cream of Brice's catalog, whittled down from more than 300 compositions. Taken together, they forecast years of success ahead for an artist who has the key bases, writing and performing, more than covered.
"I love what I'm hearing on the radio today," Brice insists. "People aren't trying to be perfect or slick anymore. It reminds me of records back in the day, when everything sounded like it was played live. I'd love it if someday people could look back on what I'm doing now too and say, 'When Lee Brice arrived, something changed in a positive way.'"
Why look back? That day has already come … right now.