Spotify announced that THE Reba McEntire is returning for the second season of her podcast Living & Learning with Reba McEntire on 10/25! Hosted by the beloved country music icon, Living & Learning with Reba McEntire is inspired and informed by the way Reba approaches life: with an insatiable curiosity, dedication to expanding her knowledge, and reliance on her own lived experience. Each week, Reba will tackle numerous topics through informative and intriguing conversations with a variety of celebrity guests.
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BIG MACHINE RECORDS group MIDLAND is set to launch a new season of it weekly podcast, “Set It Straight: Myths And Legends,” on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25th exclusively on new partner AMAZON MUSIC. On each episode, the trio attempts to reveal the truth behind Country music tall tales. The debut episode of the new season will feature GARTH BROOKS as a special guest discussing his marathon meet-and-greet at the 1996 FAN FAIR in NASHVILLE. Future guests include MARTINA McBRIDE, DARIUS RUCKER, WYNONNA JUDD, “Disgraceland” podcaster JAKE BRENNAN and more.
iHeart Radio has announced the details of their end-of-summer country concert festival! The event will be held on October 30th in Austin, TX at the Frank Erwin Center, and will featured a star-studded lineup that includes: Blake SheltonToby KeithLittle Big TownJake OwenCarly PearceCole Swindelland Chase Rice The festival will be hosted by radio DJ Bobby Bones.
WHEELHOUSE RECORDS artist GRANGER SMITH announced that his YEE YEE brand, which he shares with his brothers TYLER and PARKER, will be expanding with the launch of online station YEE YEE RADIO on FRIDAY, JULY 2nd. SMITH is partnered in the venture with Country radio veteran ANTHONY “ALLEN” LAY, also known as “ANTMAN.” LAY hosts the podcast “PICTURE THIS! With The ANTMAN,” and has programmed several Country stations in the past 23 years, most recently iHEARTMEDIA KASE and KVET/AUSTIN.
Tim McGraw has announced a new radio show, Beyond The Influence Radio, coming to Apple Music Country. Upcoming guests include Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton, Joe Walsh, Keith Urban, Lori McKenna, and more. Throughout his life and career, Tim McGraw has been influenced by those he’s known and others he’s only known from afar. On his new bi-weekly show, the country superstar aims to deepen the understanding of how people, music, or moments have influenced us on a human level. With each new episode, McGraw explores this idea through his own journey as well as with some of the most influential people in their craft. And while themes or guests will vary per episode, the celebration and gratitude shared in these personal moments is what connects them all together
Country artists are known for building especially close connections with fans, and few of the genre’s new stars have done it better than Luke Combs. Since emerging in 2016 with his breakout single “Hurricane,” the down-to-earth, good-humored North Carolina native has consistently topped the charts with radio-ready power ballads and sold-out arena tours thanks to his passionate Bootleggers fan club. On Bootleggers Radio, he gets up close and personal with club members who call in to swap stories, pick tunes, and have a laugh. In the series premiere, Luke shares music he loves, artists who have inspired him, and stories behind hits he has written for both himself and others. Superfan Kayla Shockley also interviews Luke about breaking into the business and why he calls his fans ‘The Bootleggers.’
As previously announced last week SLACKER RADIO last night (8/7) officially launched “Woman Crush Everyday” (#WCE), a channel devoted to, and curated by female Country artists. TUESDAY evening’s event was co-hosted by WME and CHANGE THE CONVERSATION, and featuring performances by NATALIE STOVALL, POST MONROE, and LAUREN DUSKI. In addition, the service has unveiled SLACKER Studio, a mobile app allowing hosts and contributors to remotely add music and commentary to SLACKER stations. “We have amazingly talented women making music in NASHVILLE, and they deserve to be heard,” said SLACKER Country Format Captain JESS WRIGHT. “In 2017, more than 97% of the artists who appeared on the year-end Country Top 40 were male. This doesn’t reflect the quality of music created by women; it reflects a lack of support from the gatekeepers of Country music who believe that women have limited commercial appeal. I’m excited that, through SLACKER, we can bring the music of female Country artists directly to our audience, curated by the people who are most passionate about it — the women in NASHVILLE’s music industry.” Added CMT SVP/Strategy LESLIE FRAM, a co-founder of CHANGE THE CONVERSATION, “I’m thrilled that there’s another platform to support female artists. Women have always been the cornerstone of Country music, and their voices need to be heard.” Listen to #WCE Country here.
CUMULUS MEDIA has kicked off its fourth annual “NASH NEXT” competition, giving local Country artists the ability to win a major label record deal and national airplay. The Country music competition for new artists was originally launched in 2015 and has since crowned 2015 winners BREAKING SOUTHWEST, 2016 winner TODD O’NEILL , and 2017 champions RADIO ROMANCE. The “NASH NEXT 2018” competition will run for five months and was announced by BMLG RECORDS’ FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE (FGL). “There are so many ways to reach your goals in the music business,” said FGL. “We found a way that worked for us, but that’s not the only way — ‘NASH NEXT’ from our friends at CUMULUS MEDIA is an incredible way to get noticed and reach a whole new audience with radio airplay. That’s a big deal, y’all. So, work hard, stay true to yourself and your music, and good things will happen! Good luck!“