JULY 1, 2017 (UPDATED) – Rolling Stone Magazine has just published an article entitled the 100 Greatest Country Music Artists of All Time. Fifteen of those 100 artist’s have recorded 23 of Byron’s songs. Rolling Stone journalist Joseph Hudak’s segment on George Strait (ranked #20 on the list) goes on to say “Songs like ‘Fool Hearted Memory’ (Hill/Mevis), ‘Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind’ and ‘The Chair’ are worthy of the Smithsonian”. Thumbs up on that! Australian artist Brad Butcher on WJO/Universal Music Australia will be releasing his new album of ten songs on August 4th entitled From The Bottom Of A Well. The album includes the song “More To The Story” (Hill/Butcher). Folks around the Albany, NY area have been buzzing about The Kyle Bourgault Band for a while now, ever since 100.9 The Cat, and 88.3 The Saint started giving the band airplay. Their new video for “Better Every Beer” (Hill/Yates) has just been released and was filmed and produced on location in Speigletown, NY by Eddie Kilgallon (former member of the band Ricochet, and current keyboardist/band-leader with the multi-platinum duo, Montgomery Gentry). A BIG congratulations to The Grascals for another strong showing in the IBMA ballot, this time for the 2017 IBMA Awards. The Grascals have ten nominations including Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, and Instrumental Group of the Year. Their award-winning album And Then There’s This contains the song “A Place To Hang My Hat” (Hill/Long/Camp). The song “Can’t Remember Never Loving You” (Hill/Janes) from the The Music Of Nashville Original Soundtrack Season 5 Volume 2, remains one of the most popular tracks from the soundtrack album on Spotify and Amazon. During the recent Backwoods Beat Music Festival in Sparta, NC, Byron and award winning songwriter Anthony Smith had the pleasure of leading a songwriting exercise for two rooms of participants who signed up for the experience. Byron says…“writing a song in Sparta, NC just wouldn’t be complete without writing about the ‘Possum Queen of the Alleghany County Fair’ and the ‘Farmer’s Hardware Store’! It was a creative day for all in a beautiful little town! Can’t wait to go back!” The event included a show of stellar songwriters at Crouse Park in Sparta. On June 30th, Billboard Magazine released an article called Billboard’s top Canadian artists, albums and songs in the Nielsen Music Canada era (1996-2016). Byron co-wrote seven songs on the list, six that were singles on Gord Bamford and one song that was a single on Gil Grand. An update coming soon in our Song News (August 2017) on the Australian duo Baylou, and the release of their next EP. A special thanks to all the radio stations and anyone out there who listed Alabama’s “Born Country” (Hill/Schweers) on their July 4th holiday playlists. Travis Sams at 95.5 WKDQ in Evansville, IN says on Twitter “How could I leave that song off the list?!” A little history trivia for July…. Gary Allan’s #1 hit “Nothing On But The Radio” (Hill/Blackmon/Long) was making its chart debut in Billboard Magazine during the last week of June and the first week of July 2004, a mere thirteen years ago! – More July details coming as we get them!
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