SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 (UPDATED) – Dan Hodges Music and Byron have extended their co-publishing deal for another year. Byron originally signed with Dan Hodges Music in September of 2015. Byron’s very first publishing deal was signed 39 years ago in September of 1978 with ATV Music Group/Nashville. Award winning Canadian duo The Lovelocks have just released The Lovelocks Live on MDM Recordings/ Stampede City Sessions and available on iTunes and Spotify. The album release coincides with their Stampede City Sessions performance which aired on PBS/Canada on August 19th and contains the song “Call The Doctor” (Hill/Raney/Neuman). The duo Moonlight Social will soon be rolling out new material including a song they co-wrote with Byron from their upcoming EP set for early 2018. Though the title listing for the EP is being kept quiet for now, we can say that what we’ve heard sounds really great. The online magazine Wide Open Country published an article on August 17th by Jeremy Burchard entitled ‘The Top 10 Alabama Songs’. The article lists “Born Country” at #4 and goes on to say….““Born Country” was actually the leading song on their 1991 compilation album Greatest Hits Vol. 2. Written by Byron Hill and John Schweers, it’s perhaps the one song that best sums up Alabama’s entire ethos.”  Very nice words Jeremy! Thank you! We just heard the final masters from B.C. Canada artist Becca Hess on two songs she co-wrote with Roger Brown and Byron. If these two are anything like the rest of her project, this is going to be a very cool album. Release details coming soon. Following up on last month’s mention of The Jones Boy’s upcoming project, product is expected in mid-October. The album will contain four songs co-written with Byron.  Multi-award winning Australian singer Becci Nethery, is releasing “Can’t Just Kiss You”, a Byron Hill/Jennifer Schott co-write from her album Beautiful Life, produced by Greg Williams. Becci says… “‘Can’t Just Kiss You’ is a beautiful song which I fell in love with when I was 16 and I first heard it”. In the spirit of the 2017 Canadian Country Music Association awards week event in Saskatoon this month, the CBC asked fans to share their favorite country songs of all time. In the Top 20 of the list is Gord Bamford’s “When Your Lips Are So Close” (Hill/Bamford/Baxter). Also in the Top 20 were songs by Shania Twain, Paul Brandt, Ian & Sylvia, Terri Clark, Dean Brody, and others. Congratulations to Canadian artist Ian Janes who is a final nominee in several categories in the 2017 Music Nova Scotia awards, including the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year category with “Can’t Remember Never Loving You”, a song co-written with Byron that was featured this year in the CMT Series Nashville. Congratulations also to singer/songwriter Makayla Lynn, who writes often with Byron and is nominated in the same category. The awards show will be held November 5th. Last month we mentioned some undiscovered releases that we knew nothing about, and here’s one for September…. The Iconic Australian vocal group The Seekers’ album entitled The Golden Jubilee Album was released in 2012 on EMI/Australia and contains the song “Forever Isn’t Long Enough (For Me)” written by Byron Hill and Keith Potger of The Seekers. The song was originally released on their Future Road album back in 1997.

A little trivia for September direct from Byron…..“Back in 1975, I was in a trio in NC called Red Cloud. Our trio consisted of  me on guitar and vocals, Myra Holder on vocals, and Bruce Doub on bass, and later John Yaskin on fiddle. We did shows in the Winston-Salem and Greensboro area, but occasionally we would be hired to perform at other places like Beech Mountain NC, and Morehead City/Atlantic Beach NC. Below is a photo of a boat bar called The Barnacle that was beached along the Atlantic Beach causeway between Morehead City and Atlantic Beach from the 1960s into the 1970s. The photo of the boat bar shows basically how the place looked when we we were there. What I would give now to see the looks on our faces when we pulled up the first time to load in! The boat was slightly off-keel, so we had to put wood blocks under the bass amp wheels to keep the amp from rolling around while we played. We did shows there on Sept 12, 13, 26, 27, and Oct 24, 25, of 1975. At least they hired us back a couple of times!”  A mere 42 years ago!

More September/October details coming as we get them!

Related Media Links:

Dan Hodges Music

The Lovelocks

Moonlight Social

Wide Open Country

Becca Hess

Becci Netherey

CBC – The top 20 Canadian country songs, according to you

Music Nova Scotia Awards

The Seekers


The Barnacle, Atlantic Beach, NC circa 1974