JANUARY 1, 2018 – We’re starting off the year with some cool news that the Drew Fish Band closed out the year at #6 on the Texas Regional Radio Report’s Top 200 Songs by Texas Artists for 2017, with their single “Sounds Like A Plan” (Hill/Brown/Grimes)! Congratulations to Drew and the band!  Ian Janes will be officially releasing his own version of  “Can’t Remember Never Loving You” (Hill/Janes) on January 12th. The single will be available at all digital outlets. See the artwork to the single release and a link to Ian’s website below. We have just received news from Music Canada (the Canadian version of the RIAA) that they have recently awarded some of  Gord Bamford albums and singles with Gold and Platinum awards.  The new certifications include the albums… Is It Friday Yet (2012) and Country Junkie (2013), which are now both certified Gold. Also the 2007 single “Drinkin’ Buddy” (Hill/Bamford/Irwin) has been certified Gold, and the 2013 #1 single “When Your Lips Are So Close” (Hill/Bamford/Baxter) has been certified Platinum. Byron produced five albums on Gord Bamford between 2004-2013, generating twenty-seven chart singles between 2005-2015. A few readers may already know that Byron has quietly launched his new Blog page on this website with some cool and interesting topics inspired by his 40 years in Nashville. A link to the Blog is on the main menu. If you get a chance to read any of the Blog posts, please feel free to drop us a line via the Contact page on this website. We’d love to hear from you. We are anxiously awaiting Saturday January 27th, when at 7:30pm (Tamworth time, Australia) the Toyota Golden Guitar Awards will be held. Brad Butcher’s album From The Bottom Of A Well is nominated in the ‘Alt Country Album of the Year’ category. The album includes a song co-written with Byron. As announced last month, we are awaiting details on an upcoming movie staring Marisa Tomei, Charlie Plummer, and Timothy Olyphant, which set to include a song written by Byron.  As reported in Nov/Dec news, North Dakota area Bluegrass band Cotton Wood have been working on their fourth CD and have now confirmed that they have recorded the song “Till They Came Home” (Hill/Dekle). Two members of the band are veterans and they often play the song live to honor veterans during their shows in ND, MN, SD, MT and beyond. Their album is to be called County Road 18 and is expected to be released in early 2018. Other artists including Rhonda Vincent, Mike Dekle, and Dailey & Vincent have also recorded the song as a tribute to veterans of all wars. Independent Australian artist Becci Nethery ends 2017 at #8 on the Top 40 Country Tracks Chart of 2017 (Australia) with “Can’t Just Kiss You” (Hill/Schott). Congratulations Becci! Byron has been re-elected to the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Board of Directors for another two year term. 

Two little bits of song trivia for January…. Alabama’s hit “Born Country” (Hill/Schweers) made its chart debut in Billboard Magazine on January 11, 1992, a mere twenty-six years ago! Also….. Joe Nichols’ “Size Matters” (Hill/Dekle) made its chart debut in Billboard Magazine on January 28, 2006, a mere twelve years ago! For the stories behind both of these hits, go to the Discography > Stories Behind The Hits menu link on this website. Enjoy!

Calling all Songwriters and friends of songwriters: Please support the “Music Modernization Act of 2017” by signing the petition to let Congress know. 

More January details coming as we get them!

Related Media Links:

Drew Fish Band

Texas Regional Radio Report – Top 200 Songs by Texas Artists for 2017

Ian Janes

Music Canada

Gord Bamford

Brad Butcher

Toyota Golden Guitar Awards Nominees

Cotton Wood

Top 40 Australian Country Tracks Chart of 2017

Nashville Songwriters Association International


Joe Nichols