NOVEMBER 1, 2017 (UPDATED) – When Ian Janes and Byron co-wrote “Can’t Remember Never Loving You”, they knew it had something special. Getting it placed in the CMT series Nashville with a wonderful duet recording by Charles Esten and Connie Britton was an incredible surprise. Now that the series has moved on, a second life for a song like that seems inevitable. We’re pleased to announce that Ian’s version of the song has been released! Streaming, download and video links are on his website. See the link below. We’re also proud for Ian that he was a final nominee in several categories in the 2017 Music Nova Scotia awards. Ian and Byron were nominated together for the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year category for the same song. “The provincial awards in Canada are pretty cool because I get to see a lot of people I co-write with being recognized, and many times I’ve had songs recognized through their work. Congrats to Ian for the nomination, and also to my friend and co-writer  Makayla Lynn who was also nominated in the song category, and won the Country Recording of the Year!”-BH  The awards were held on November 5th. Best wishes to artist Drew Baldridge, who in a new article posted by KLAW-FM (Lawton, OK), credits the song Born Country (Hill/Schweers) for inspiring Drew at a young age to sing Country music (see link to article below). Drew Baldridge’s new album is called Guns & Roses. Just got the exciting news that a song Byron wrote early this year specifically for a new film project will be used in the upcoming moving starring Marisa Tomei (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Captain America: Civil War, The Big Short). More info on the movie is expected in early 2018. North Dakota area Bluegrass band Cotton Wood are working on their fourth CD and will soon be recording 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 called County Road 18 is expected to be released in early 2018. Many artists including Rhonda Vincent, and Dailey & Vincent have also recorded “Till They Came Home” as a tribute to veterans of all wars. The tragic loss of famed MLB pitcher Roy Halladay brings to mind a perennial Christmas song that many Canadian’s will know. The song charted on the country charts in Billboard Magazine in Canada two years in a row. Check out Gord Bamford’s recording of “Baseball Glove”. Byron says “though I grew up playing a lot of baseball, and my Dad was a minor league pitcher for Burlington, NC for a while, when Gord and I were writing the song back in 2009, I had to turn to Gord for thoughts on what pro baseball player would be good to mention in the song. Gord’s immediate idea was Roy Halladay“. And so the lyric goes…. “all I want from Santa is… a genuine cowhide… Rawlings Pro Special… one autographed by Roy Halladay”. Gord’s video from seven years ago is linked below. Danielle Marie was the 2015 BC Country Music Horizon award winner and the 2015 Canadian Country Music Spotlight winner, and started off 2016 with the release of ‘Drive Away’, co-written with Byron. The song had a 15 week run on the Canadian Country top 100 TRAX charts. Most recently she’s on a radio tour to promote her latest single “As Long As I’m Awake”. We just wanted to give Danielle a shout out and wish her well! Also…a big congratulations to Australia’s Brad Butcher for his three Toyota Golden Guitar Awards nominations. Brad’s From The Bottom Of A Well album which includes a song co-written with Byron, is nominated for Alt Country Album of the Year. The awards will be on Saturday January 27th at 7:30pm at Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre. We are re pleased to hear that longtime friend, singer-songwriter Mike Dekle is releasing a Christmas project which will include six songs  co-written with Byron. Some of the songs were among the first Byron and Mike co-wrote together back in 1983/84.

Two little bits of song trivia for November and December…. Sammy Kershaw’s hit “Politics, Religion and Her” (Hill/Martin) made its chart debut in Billboard Magazine on November 9, 1996, a mere twenty-one years ago! Also….. George Jones’ “High-Tech Redneck” (Hill/Turner) made its chart debut in Billboard Magazine on November 13, 1993, a mere twenty-four years ago! For the stories behind both of the Sammy Kershaw and the George Jones hits, go to the Discography > Stories Behind The Hits menu link on this website. Enjoy!

More November/December details coming as we get them!

Related Media Links:

Ian Janes

Music Nova Scotia Awards

Drew Baldridge Article

Cotton Wood

Gord Bamford “Baseball Glove”

Danielle Marie

Brad Butcher

Toyota Golden Guitar Awards Nominees

Sammy Kershaw

George Jones

Ian Janes