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Music Celebration: Happy Anniversary, Anchor Publicity!

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Let us set the stage and tell you what you missed, (or didn’t miss), this past Thursday evening at Frisky Frog’s on Demonbreun.  We had:

Live Music.
Cupcakes.
Goodie-bags filled with cookies, mints, earbuds, pens, and discount codes.
Pajamas.
And best of all….

A really awesome reason to celebrate!

Our good friends at Anchor Publicity just surpassed their two-year anniversary!  That’s right.  They have been building bridges and helping artists for an entire two years now.  In fact, they’re so good at it that they get to continue doing it!  Here at Nashville Offbeat, we have been recommending Anchor Publicity to our community for months.  Among many other reasons, we love this company because it’s run by a sincerely passionate and hard-working human.  Colleen Lippert hustles for each artist on her roster; gaining results and propelling music careers forward through writing press releases and professional bios, managing social media, and promoting tours and albums.

The night was hosted by Jammin’ in Jammies, run by Country artist Megan Barker.  She is an exceptional songwriter and a pinnacle for the Nashville music scene.  She curates songwriters across all genres each Thursday night at Frisky Frogs for a truly unique Music City experience.  These nights involve wearing pajamas out in public, and bring together a community of songwriters and fans alike.  This week showcased eleven exceptional different artists.  Among them: Austin Steele (folk/rock), Michelle Pereira(Pop, Soul), Jan Buckingham (Country), and of course, Megan Barker herself!

Here’s to another year of amazing service from Anchor Publicity!  If you’re in need of any PR services, connect with them on Instagram and Facebook, check out their website at www.anchorpublicity.com, or email owner Colleen Lippert directly at colleenlippert@optonline.net to get started.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, ANCHOR PUBLICITY!  We love you!

“Anchor Yourself to Something Special.”

BUCKY COVINGTON RELEASES NEW SINGLE

Nashville, TN (July 15, 2018) – Country superstar Bucky Covington is back with a brand new song! “Probably Won’t,” which was written, produced, and released by Covington on Barefootin’ Records, is already trailblazing the music charts. The new single is not only among the top ten most added songs on Music Row country charts, but is quickly becoming a crowd favorite at shows on Covington’s current U.S. tour.

With touching lyrics like You should probably just come back home, but you probably won’t get around to that, and time won’t ever bring you back, the relatable ballad about loving and letting go is sure to tug on heartstrings.

Bucky Covington’s self-titled debut CD opened at #1 on Bilboard’s Top Country Albumschart, with the biggest first week of sales for any debut country artist that year. He went on to become the best-selling debut artist of 2007, delivering three consecutive Top 10 singles to country radio (“Different World,” “I’ll Walk,” “Good to be Us”) and a total of six charted singles.

In 2012, Covington released his “Good Guys” CD, which paid homage to firemen, police officers and first responders. The album included the feel good summer tune “Buzzin’,” as well as a duet with Shooter Jennings called “Drinking Side of Country.” The video for the duet reached over two million views in two short days following its premiere and features Kellie Pickler and other celebrity friends.

In 2015, Covington co-produced his first independent project, a six song EP entitled “Happy Man,” alongside Grammy-nominated producer Dale Oliver.

In addition to competing on the fifth season of American Idol, Bucky’s national television appearances have included Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly!, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Doctors and Fox and Friends.

For additional information, visit www.buckycovington.com and connect with Bucky on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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BRYAN JAMES RE-RELEASES ALBUM BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE ANGEL

Nashville, TN (July 9, 2018) – In a time where country music seems to be dominated by songs about girls, back roads and tailgate parties, the independently-released CD, Between The Devil and The Angel from Bryan James, is a welcome return to country music roots and steel guitars.

The album originally debuted at #8 on the Itunes charts, in the same company as national recording artists James Taylor, Tyler Childers and Colter Wall. From the title track about two characters sitting on opposite shoulders of all people, to the acoustic track “Every Now and Then” that gives the feeling of a  lost loved one being with you at times, this album has been getting airplay on stations in almost every state in the U.S.

“There’s something about being able to close your eyes and have a song put you right in the middle of it,” James explains. You can stream Between The Devil and The Angel on Spotify, as well as download the album on iTunes. To download a special acoustic version of the album, text the word “song” to  71441.

Originally from Killeen, Texas, Bryan James is a songwriter with a passion for the older style of country music played by legends like Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams Jr. James has opened for legends like David Allan Coe multiple times, playing festivals with some of the biggest names in Country Music today such as  Cody Johnson, Alan Jackson, Easton Corbin, Shooter Jennings, Marty Stuart, Tyler Childers, Robert Earl Keen and Ray Willie Hubbard. With his sophomore album Between The Devil and The Angel debuting at number 8 on the ITunes charts, it’s no wonder you’re starting to see his name show up more and more!

For more information, visit www.bryanjameswebsite.com and connect with Bryan James on Facebook and Instagram.

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“INCREDIBLE” MUSICAL PRODIGY FAMILY DAZZLES IN DISNEY TRIBUTE

SALT LAKE CITY—Violinist Jenny Oaks Baker has quite the talented children.  So talented, in fact, that her four musical children—age 16, 14, 13, and 11—have performed with her all over the world, from Vienna, Austria, to Japan and Taiwan, and throughout the United States.

So when fellow touring artist Jason Lyle Black, known as “The Backwards Piano Man®”, approached Baker for a YouTube tribute to Pixar’s The Incredibles, she readily accepted.  Black arranged the music for the video. The production features Baker’s family as the film’s main characters and himself as the film’s villain, Syndrome. You can watch the video HERE!

“I love the fact that Jenny’s family lined up perfectly with the main characters in The Incredibles, so we just had to make this video,” Black notes.  “Her entire family is so talented and just fit the concept perfectly!”

Black made national headlines in 2016 with his real-life adaptation on another Pixar film, UP, featuring his 80-year-old grandparents at the piano.  In late 2017, Black’s Moana video, featuring the first-ever piano trio of individuals with Down syndrome, reached over half a million viewers nationally, and was featured by CNN and Huffington Post.

For more information about Jason Lyle Black, including Black’s new piano book of Disney Medleys, or to book Black for a performance or speaking engagement, visit www.jasonlyleblack.com.

For more info and booking inquiries with Jenny Oaks Baker & Family Four, please visit www.jennyoaksbaker.com.

Disney-Pixar’s Incredibles II hits theaters on June 15.

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AARON SCHILB TO PERFORM AT EASTSIDE TAVERN

Nashville, TN (June 1, 2018) – Missouri native and deaf singer/songwriter Aaron Schilb is returning to The Show-Me State with #1 hit songwriter Christopher DeLisle on July 27th. The duo will perform at Eastside Tavern (8pm), with doors opening at 6pm and The Calvin Street Band performing at 7pm. There will be a $3 cover at the door and karaoke to follow the live music at 9:30pm.

Schilb is undeniably excited to return to Eastside Tavern, where he played every Wednesday night before moving to Tennessee. “I may live in Nashville now, but Columbia will always be my home. I’ve got tons of new music and crazy stories to share! Can’t wait to see all of my Kewpies, Bruins, and Tigers again. Come on out, CoMo!”

Noting Paul McCartney, Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Chuck Berry as a few of his musical influences, Schilb has developed a blues-rock sound that is like no other. He released his debut album, “Tonic,” in April 2017 and began touring in support of his new record, “Rock & Roll Degenerate,” which is set to be released in September 2018.

About Aaron:
Aaron Schilb resisted his family’s urges to play music as a child. Raised in the constant presence of musicians, his father, a pianist, and mother, a composer, both provided piano lessons from an early age. He initially held a strong aversion to following in the footsteps of his family, but the motivation to be a musician came upon seeing “School of Rock” as a teenager and countless nights spent playing Guitar Hero. Music was no longer entertainment – it was a way of life. At the age of 11 years, Aaron began losing his hearing. Ignoring doctor’s orders to stop playing music and live life quietly – he taught himself to play the guitar and has since committed his life to music in the face of advancing deafness.

For more information, visit www.AaronSchilb.com and connect with Aaron on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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LACEY CAROLINE TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE

Nashville, TN (May 21, 2018) – New Jersey native and singer/songwriter Lacey Caroline is set to release her new single, “Ain’t That Girl,” (produced by Ryan Rossebo) on May 23, which is also Lacey’s birthday! You can preview the single HERE!

Beginning at the young age of fourteen, Lacey’s goal in music has always been to tell a story with her songs. “Music, for me, was a place where I fit in. No matter what was going on in my life or school, I found a comfortable place between my headphones. I’ve always wanted to give that feeling to other people with my music and songs,” she explains.

Lacey sets herself apart from the rest with her tomboy, down-to-earth style. With feisty, yet empowering, lyrics like If you’re looking for an easy quick-ride backseat kind of night, if you’re looking for a fast-paced first date, please don’t waste your time, you can play me like a country song, play it all night on and turn my radio on, but unless you’re Hank or Merle I ain’t that girl, Lacey’s new single is sure to be a summertime hit.

Originally starting her music career in a pop rock band, she opened for global names like Gavin DeGraw and Bon Jovi. Lacey has combined her pop and rock energy with her love of country music lyrics to develop a “Southern Rock” vibe heavily influenced by artists such as Lee Ann Rimes, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift (circa 2007), New Found Glory and the Foo Fighters. She has since opened for country duo Thompson Square and performs in historic honkytonks on Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lacey is bringing her audience along on her journey as she provides the opportunity to show support through her fan-funded Bandtwango campaign. This campaign allows fans to engage with her music, choosing from a variety of different rewards if they donate to the campaign. You can contribute to her campaign HERE!

In addition to releasing her new single, the spunky songwriter will continue to rock the country music world with a release of an upcoming EP this summer. “With a set of vocals that remind you of Hillary Scott meets Katy Perry and a songwriting talent that has the potential to give Kacey Musgraves a run for her money, Caroline is destined to have a very bright future in country music,” proclaims Kalyn Jacobs (Ashlevans Entertainment).

For more information, visit www.laceycaroline.com and engage with Lacey on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.

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EDM ARTIST notsure RELEASES DEBUT EP

Nashville, TN (May 13, 2018) – New EDM artist notsure recently released his debut EP, entitled “Whois,” to all digital platforms.

Discovered by Joel Zimmerman (deadmau5) during a Twitch stream last October, New Jersey native Aleks Fedoriw (notsure) has already been compared to artists like Telefon Tel Aviv and Ryoji Ikeda. “That’s really good. I like it. I’d actually listen to this,” Zimmerman proclaimed on YouTube. Click HERE to watch the full critique.

“After having deadmau5 listen to my tracks, I decided to explore music a bit more seriously and went on to create Whois,” notsure explains. You can download the five-song album on iTunes HERE!

For more information, you can connect with notsure on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and SoundCloud.

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MEGAN BARKER RELEASES NEW EP “LEATHER SOULS”

Nashville, TN (May 13, 2018) – Nashville based singer/songwriter and country cutie Megan Barker recently released her newest EP, “Leather Souls,” to iTunes. You can download it HERE!

“A little over a year ago I moved back to the town I was born. As soon as I arrived, I hit the ground running songwriting-wise. I fell into these incredible tunes with my insanely talented co-writers. There’s a song on here for every mood. Time to party? Tequila Told Me To. Getting over someone? It Don’t Break My Heart. Dreaming of what the future holds? When My Boots Were New. Miss someone who’s no longer here? I Cuss When I Pray,” Barker exclaims.

Born into the music industry, her father, Bobby P. Barker, wrote songs for country legends such as Ronnie Milsap and Barbara Mandrell. Her mother, Barbara Smith-Barker, was also a touring artist and session singer. Megan spent her childhood in studios and writing sessions where she learned at an early age how to craft a lyrical narrative.

Megan started her career singing at local Las Vegas venues where her unique and prolific songwriting and contagious melodies helped her to play bigger venues, including The Linq, Monte Carlo, First Friday Festival, The House of Blues, The Hard Rock Cafe and more. She has also had the privilege of opening for the likes of Montgomery Gentry, Lee Brice and Eli Young Band.

“Performing live music professionally in Las Vegas was a huge blessing, but Nashville is where I belong – creating songs by day and performing at night. I’ll see ya’ll out on the road!”

Barker is also the host for the wildly popular Nashville writer’s-round, Jammin’ in Jammies. Previously held at South, the event will now take place every Thursday night (7pm-10pm) at Whiskey Rhythm Saloon, starting on May 17th. Opening night will also serve as Barker’s EP release party.

For more information, visit www.MeganBarker.com and engage with Megan on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

 

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DRU MARSHALL RELEASES NEW WEB SERIES ON YOUTUBE

Nashville, TN (April 9, 2018) – Nashville based professional drummer and touring musician Dru Marshall recently released his new web series, Dru’s Drumlife, on YouTube. You can watch the latest episode HERE!

The self-proclaimed “massive cowbell fan” manages to explain music industry lingo, while providing comical commentary and experiences from his life on the road. He breaks down the construction of the drum set, explaining the names of each part, while covering topics like early morning wake up calls, sub-par hotels and post-show traditions.

Marshall uses his silly personality and enthusiasm to connect with his audience. His love for drumming is very apparent in his vlogs, which is sure to resonate with viewers. “Soundcheck is always my favorite thing,” Marshall exclaims. “You can just feel the power of the drums when you hit them!”

Born in Hollywood, Florida, 28 year old Dru Marshall has always had a soft-spot for music. Inspired by the 90s band Hanson, Marshall began playing the drums at the young age of eight. His dedication to his craft would soon become much more than just a hobby; it became a way of life. After playing in several thrash-metal, pop-punk and cover bands, Marshall signed his first record deal at age 25. “Everything I’ve ever achieved in life has been a result of saying ‘yes’ and taking risks.”

Marshall is currently performing with pop artist Joshua Micah and is gearing up to embark on the next leg of Micah’s “Revival” tour, starting on April 17th in Memphis, Tennessee. Follow Dru Marshall’s YouTube channel for a behind-the-scenes look and connect with him on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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HIP-HOP ARTIST Z.SMITH TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM “SMOKE BEFORE FIRE”

Nashville, TN (March 1, 2018) – Hip-hop newcomer Z.SMITH is set to drop his latest album, entitled “Smoke Before Fire,” on April 7, with preorders beginning on March 15. You can download his current single, Paint (ft. Kendall), HERE!

With deep, yet relatable lyrics like If you could paint the world and give it your own touch, would you put down your life, would you pick up your brush, “Paint” is sure to get stuck in your head. You can watch the official video HERE!

“The video for Paint really sets up what I’m trying to do with my music,” Z. Smith explains. “I think it can also connect with anyone who is trying to figure out who they are. There’s just something about not only starting with a blank canvas, but searching for that canvas; finding yourself through blind ambition and simply putting yourself out there. It’s poetic.”

Growing up on the West side of Cincinnati, Z.Smith turned to music after his home life turned rocky. Smith began rapping at age seventeen and utilized his high school’s recording studio to escape through his lyrics. “It was like the first time I got behind the wheel of a car — I had no idea what I was doing, but I just wanted to floor it. All I wanted to do was rap in that mic.”

Citing Jake Miller and Machine Gun Kelly as inspirations, Z. Smith’s music is often based on real life events. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee with his girlfriend in 2017 and finally found the peace of mind he had desperately been searching for.

“I’ve made a lot of connections, had self-defining moments and made life-changing decisions that are all reflected in this album. As I get ready to release it, I see it as the opportunity to launch myself into the world I want to be a part of. I no longer hide the music I make. I’m extremely proud of it and enjoy it — and I like who I am.”

For more information, visit www.zsmithmusic.com and engage with Z. Smith on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

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