Streamsound/Sony Music artist Jaida Dreyer was in for another writing session with us this week. Left to Right: Roger Brown, Jaida Dreyer, and Byron Hill.
The first single from The Boom Chucka Boys… “Find My Peace Of Mind” (Hill/Rathjen/Langlois) on Sony Music Canada went to #43 BDS/Billboard, and #40 Mediabase! A terrific start for this exciting new band! Look for their new album, out NOW!
The new Cody Purvis album came to our attention with his great cut and video on YouTube of “Too Much Truck” (Hill/Rudd/Armer). A&R people should go to YouTube and hear this!
My good friend ….Country singer Jim Seal passed away April 17th in Nashville. Jim performed most of his early career in the Los Angeles area, and began recording in Nashville in the late 1970′s earning the Billboard chart hit “Bourbon Cowboy” in 1980. In 1994, Jim became an independent A&R consultant for BNA Records, and later played a key role in bringing Decca artist Gary Allan to my attention. Jim is survived by his wife Keven Seal of Nashville, and son Marc Seal of California.
MISSOURI MILE/Exit 214
Writers: Sheena Persons/Sheila Rochelle/Byron Hill; Producer: Byron Hill; Publishers: Song Source/Triage/Byron Hill, ASCAP/BMI
“The DisCovery Award goes to the surprisingly accomplished newcomers of Missouri Mile….Songwriters Sheena and Sheila are sisters who comprise the duo Missouri Mile. They harmonize as only siblings can. The lilting title tune to their seven-song EP reveals them to be simply audio awesome. The song is completely captivating as both a melody and a lyric, and Byron Hill’s production frames their vocals with a lovely, luscious mix of mandolin, bass and acoustic guitar. In a word, enchanting. Producers and A&R folks take note: All of these songs are worth cutting, pronto.” - Robert K. Oermann, March 20, 2013
(Missouri Mile’s second EP “Exit 214″ was released March 5th, containing seven new songs. Available now at at CD Baby, iTunes, and at their shows. Coming soon to all popular online outlets including Amazon and many others!)
Kentucky listeners….Keep an ear out for Byron’s interview with Bobby Jack Murphy, WLVK Big Cat 105.5, talking about the upcoming concert at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown, KY. John Ford Coley, Roxie Dean, and Byron will be performing there on April 6th at 7:30.