Shelburne’s brand new album due out summer 2020, with hometown release party in Taylorsville, Kentucky in the works
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music recording artist, and Kentucky-native J.D. Shelburne has recorded the one song that he was seemingly destined to record: “Straight From Kentucky”. Co-written with hit-making songwriter Phil O’Donnell (George Strait, Craig Morgan, Trace Adkins) and fellow Kentucky native Tyler Booth, the song digitally released today, and is the first song from his highly anticipated new album due out later this summer.
“This was my first time sitting down with hit songwriter Phil O’ Donnell,” Shelburne said. “I was very honored to just be in the room with him, let alone finally getting a chance to sit down and write a song together about my home state!”
The upbeat and melody-driven tune pays homage to virtually all the iconic people, places and brands that hail from the Bluegrass State. And all the cultural aspects of life that you’d expect a true Kentucky boy like J.D. would sing about; Daniel Boone, Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), Louisville Slugger, Fort Knox, Bill Monroe, Jim Beam, the Colonel (Sanders) and of course, the Coal Miner’s Daughter (Loretta Lynn), amongst others.
“When J.D. came in with the title ‘Straight From Kentucky’ a little light went off in my head,” said Phil O’Donnell. “I am a big fan of so many artists from that state and things that are born and made in that state.I learned even more about Kentucky during the two or three days that J.D., Tyler and I wrote it. God Bless all Kentuckians and what they bring to the world.”
Shelburne Performs “Straight From Kentucky” For Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear On January 8th in Frankfort, Kentucky’s State Capitol Rotunda, J.D. gave a very special performance of “Straight From Kentucky” for Governor Andy Beshear and other Tourism officials and media during an unveiling ceremony for Kentucky’s 2020 Official Visitor’s Guide. The Taylorsville-native graces both the front and back cover of the guide, with more than 400,000 issues circulating throughout the year. To see an online version of the visitor’s guide or to order a copy, click here.
J.D. gave the first live performance of the new song during his highly anticipated Hometown Rising Music Festival set in September 2019, where thousands of his biggest fans became the first to hear the anthemic tune.
“I came up with the idea of ‘Straight from Kentucky’ and wanted to write some kind of anthem song. Phil and I wrote this song back in July, while I was in preparation for the inaugural Hometown Rising Music Festival in Kentucky. I wanted to perform this kind of song to end my set so I knew it had to be special. We finished the song about 50% and Phil decided to bring another Kentucky-born artist, Tyler Booth to help finish it off. We recorded it at Warner, and it’s one of my favorite songs I have ever written. I think Kentucky is really gonna love this one!”
To see J.D. Shelburne’s performance on Nashville Today, click here.
J.D. Shelburne Shows and Appearances: JAN 19 Ole Red / Nashville, Tenn. JAN 19 Ole Red Nashville, Tenn. JAN 20 The Country / Nashville, Tenn. JAN 22 Puckett’s Grocery / Franklin, Tenn. JAN 23 The Listening Room / Nashville, Tenn. JAN 25 Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen / Louisville, Ky. JAN 26 Ole Red / Nashville, Tenn. JAN 31 Ole Red / Nashville, Tenn. FEB 02 Ole Red / Nashville, Tenn. FEB 09 Ole Red / Nashville, Tenn. FEB 14 Ole Red / Gatlinburg, Tenn. FEB 15 Ole Red / Gatlinburg, Tenn. FEB 16 Ole Red / Nashville, Tenn. FEB 19-21 Country Radio Seminar / Nashville, Tenn. FEB 22 Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen / Louisville, Ky. FEB 23 Ole Red / Nashville, Tenn. MAR 09 Ole Red / Gatlinburg, Tenn. MAR 10 Ole Red / Gatlinburg, Tenn. MAR 20 Bama Slam Saloon / New Brockton, Ala. MAR 27 Ole Red / Gatlinburg, Tenn. MAR 28 Ole Red / Gatlinburg, Tenn. APR 10 St. Elmo Steakhouse / Indianapolis, In. APR 29 TBA / Louisville, Ky. APR 30 PRIVATE EVENT / Louisville, Ky. MAY 15 Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen / Louisville, Ky. MAY 23 TBA / Louisville, Ky. MAY 30 TBA / Louisville, Ky. JUN 27 PRIVATE EVENT / Middletown, Ky. JUL 05 The Bluebird Cafe / Nashville, Tenn. JUL 25 TBA / Huntingburg, Ind. SEP 05 Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum / Mt. Vernon, Ky. SEP 10 PRIVATE / Chicago Ridge, Ill. SEP 11 Shawe & Pope John Festival / Madison, Ind. SEP 18 Mt. Washington Community Sports Park – WesBanco Amphitheater / Mt. Washington, Ky. OCT 03 Lincoln Days Festival / Hodgenville, Ky. OCT 10 Louisville Halloween Fest / Louisville, Ky. For J.D.’s complete schedule, please visit JDShelburne.com
About J.D. Shelburne: Nashville-based country music artist J.D. Shelburne was raised on a tobacco farm in Taylorsville, Kentucky, just outside of Louisville. When J.D. was 19, he found a guitar after the death of his grandmother. He quickly learned how to play it, and began writing and singing songs on his own. By his sophomore year of college, he had found a few gigs at some local bars in Louisville & Lexington, Kentucky area venues, developing a large base of fans along the way.
Fast forward to today, J.D.’s latest album Two Lane Town, is building upon his blossoming career as a modern country singer, songwriter and performer. His debut single and video for “One Less Girl” world premiered on CMT in 2018, and then went on to become a Top 30 Music Row charted song at country radio. CMT again world premiered his second song and video for “She Keeps Me Up Nights” in April of 2019, which peaked at #3 of their 12 Pack countdown series.
At the close of 2019, Shelburne joined international superstars like Lewis Capaldi and Billie Eilish on BandsInTown’s year-end fan favorites list — for playing more shows in 2019 than any other artist on their social networking platform! A global accomplishment for a country boy from rural Kentucky.
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Nashville, Tenn. – GRAMMY® winning, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry members The Oak Ridge Boys have kicked off the new year strong with “The Oak Ridge Boys 20/20 Tour.” This tour will see the legendary band crisscross the country from Florida to Nevada and just about everywhere in between. With nearly sixty concerts in over twenty states announced already, The Oak Ridge Boys have 20/20 vision when it comes to hitting the road this year!
“We are stoked about all that 2020 has to bring! A new David Cobb produced album is in the works and a huge tour chock full of beautiful theaters and performance centers, as well as a myriad of fairs and festivals across the nation,” say Joe Bonsall. “Our updated set lists this year includes hits and favorites as well as some deep cuts and a tribute to 40 years of the “Together” album. Add some Gospel and a wave of the Flag and we will be bringing a middle America show for the entire family. We may be coming to your town, so COME ON OUT and HEAR US SING!”
The Oak Ridge Boys 20/20 Tour: JAN 23 Paramount Center for the Arts / Bristol, Tenn. JAN 24 Paramount Center for the Arts / Bristol, Tenn. JAN 25 Belterra Casino Resort / Florence, Ind. FEB 03 Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino / Laughlin, Nev. FEB 04 Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino / Laughlin, Nev. FEB 05 Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino / Laughlin, Nev. FEB 06 Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino / Laughlin, Nev. FEB 07 Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino / Laughlin, Nev FEB 08 Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino / Laughlin, Nev FEB 09 Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino / Laughlin, Nev FEB 13 The Stanley Theatre / Utica, N.Y. FEB 14 Stambaugh Auditorium / Youngstown, Ohio FEB 18 Grand Ole Opry House / Nashville, Tenn. FEB 22 IP Casino Resort and Spa / Biloxi, Miss. FEB 27 Florida Strawberry Festival / Plant City, Fla. FEB 28 Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee / Immokalee, Fla. FEB 29 Orange Blossom Opry / Weirsdale, Fla. MAR 04 Clemens Center / Elmira, N.Y. MAR 05 Peoples Bank Theatre / Marietta, Ohio MAR 06 The Birchmere / Alexandria, Va. MAR 07 American Music Theatre / Lancaster, Pa. MAR 13 UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center / Tifton, Ga. MAR 14 Alabama Theatre / North Myrtle Beach, S.C. MAR 20 Medina Entertainment Center / Medina, Minn. MAR 21 Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City / Kansas City, Kan. MAR 23 Rodeo Austin / Austin, Texas MAR 28 Spartanburg School District 3 Community Auditorium / Spartanburg, S.C. MAR 29 Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo / Opp, Ala. APR 04 Sugar Creek Casino / Hinton, Okla. APR 10 Celebrity Theatre / Phoenix, Ariz. APR 17 The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo. APR 18 The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo APR 24 Dayton Masonic Center / Dayton, Ohio APR 25 Renfro Valley Entertainment Center / Renfro Valley, Ky. MAY 01 Carl Perkins Civic Center / Jackson, Tenn. MAY 08 The Jackson College / Jackson, Mich. MAY 09 Hatfield Hall / Terre Haute, Ind. MAY 10 Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts / Warsaw, Ind. JUN 05 Hartville Kitchen / Hartville, Ohio JUN 06 Hartville Kitchen / Hartville, Ohio JUN 13 Northern Lights Casino / Walker, Minn. JUN 25 Cv Music Festivals / Cadott, Wis. JUN 26 The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater / Decatur, Ill. AUG 08 Mill Town Music Hall / Bremen, Ga. AUG 19 Berrien County Youth Fair / Berrien Springs, Mich. SEP 23 The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo SEP 24 The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo SEP 26 Arlington Music Hall / Arlington, Texas OCT 14 The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo OCT 15 The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo OCT 21 The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo OCT 22 The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo NOV 11 The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo NOV 12 The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo NOV 18 The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo NOV 19 The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo NOV 14 Crystal Grand Music Theatre / Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
About The Oak Ridge Boys: The Oak Ridge Boys, who have sold over 41 million records worldwide, are synonymous with “America, apple pie, baseball, pop, rock, gospel and country music.” In addition to their awards and accolades in the country and pop music fields, they have garnered five GRAMMY® Awards, and twelve GMA DOVE Awards, as well as numerous international awards. The group—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban—have earned prestigious membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame (2015 Inductees) and the Grand Ole Opry (2011), and are known worldwide as one of recording history’s most extraordinary musical successes. They have charted single after single and album after album, celebrating one double-platinum album and one double-platinum single and more than 30 Top 10 hits, including No. 1 chart-toppers “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” among dozens more. For more information and to view upcoming tour dates for The Oak Ridge Boys, please visit oakridgeboys.com.
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Nashville, Tenn. – The Dustin J. Wells Foundation’s The Gift of Music concert to benefit the W.O. Smith Music School and the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation announces Dolly Parton, Lee Greenwood, Lonestar, Collin Raye, T.G. Sheppard, Drew Baldridge, Abby Anderson, Artimus Pyle Band, Eric Lee Beddingfield, Red Mountain Bluegrass Band, Brad and Maisy Stella, Taylon Hope, and Scott Bass will take the stage of the historic Ryman Auditorium on January 30, 2020 at 7pm. Tickets for The Gift of Music Concert are $100 and $85 (for obstructed view) plus applicable services charges and are available online starting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 24th. The event is also the featured entertainment for The Crown Council, a group of dental teams gathering in Nashville for their 25th Annual Event.
The Dustin J. Wells Foundation honors the memory of a very special young man. After the loss of Dustin Jack Wells in a car accident in 2005, his family and friends searched for ways to keep his memory alive and allow his life to continue touching others. A fund was set up and the dollars collected are used for the sole purpose of reaching out to others in Dustin’s honor. Dustin J. Wells is the son of prominent Nashville cosmetic dentist, Dr. Dennis Wells of the Nashville Center for Aesthetic Dentistry. For more information on Dr. Wells or his practice visit www.drdenniswells.com.
Since its inception in 2008, the benefit concert has had the support of some of music’s greatest artists, including Ronnie Dunn, Kellie Pickler, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Peter Cetera, Peter Frampton, Ronnie Milsap, Gunnar Nelson, and many other generous and talented musicians who have donated their time and talent to support the efforts and causes of Dustin’s foundation.
A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Gift of Music concert will go to Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation. Established as a national identity in 2014, this charitable organization is dedicated to changing the future of cancer by funding advanced, innovative research that treats the cancer while sparing the patient. For more information, go to www.scottcares.org.
Because of his strong love for music, donating to the W.O. Smith Music School is another way Dustin can be remembered, by sharing the “Gift of Music” with underprivileged children in our community. With the provision of free instruments and 50 cent lessons, these young lives can continue to be changed, grown and enriched in memory of Dustin.
Nashville, Tenn. – As announced today in Pollstar, Beckon Entertainment and Romeo Entertainment Group have joined forces to form BERO Entertainment Group (BERO). With over 85 years of combined experience in live event production, logistics and talent buying, BERO is a full-service live event entertainment agency focused on providing first-class and elite live event experiences, catered towards the expectations of their clients and the desires of the consumer.
From corporate and private events, conferences and large scale festivals, BERO specializes in bringing their clients’ visions to life through their combined access, relationships and experience in executing incredible and unique events. Throughout this process, BERO’s main objective is to work directly with their clients to ensure that their creative event concept is being achieved, all while staying within their predetermined budget.
Unforgettable events require an incredible team working behind the scenes to ensure that each moving part is performing in unison from beginning to end. With offices in Nashville, New York and Omaha, BERO and its team achieves all of that and more. BERO provides the resources and experience of two veteran agencies with the function and the personalization of a boutique agency.
Recently awarded the Academy of Country Music’s 2018 “Talent Buyer of the Year Award,” the company will bring its exceptional talent acquisition division to the table. BERO is the perfect solution for premier events, and has represented more than 50 major music festivals, Fortune 500 companies, the world’s largest talent and ad agencies, sports franchises, among other various industries. BERO has relationships with production companies and vendors across the globe. It also offers its seamless, critically acclaimed management and production execution for major music festivals and large scale corporate events, including logistics and operations.
“Bero is the partnership between Romeo Entertainment Group and Beckon Entertainment. REG’s reputation as a premier talent buyer and concert producer made them a natural fit for Beckon,” said Nick Kulb, President, Beckon Entertainment, Inc. “Together, we can offer a wide variety of services including booking artists and production services such as audio, lighting, video, logistics and operations, making this a one-stop service provider for talent buyers and live productions of all sizes.”
“Teaming up with Beckon is a natural way for REG to expand our presence into the festival management, corporate and private event areas,” said R.J. Romeo, President, Romeo Entertainment Group.” Nick and I have worked on several projects together and we complement each other’s skill sets. Nick’s knowledge of operations and logistics is unparalleled in the live event space. By combining our unique talents we can offer clients a full service solution for all of their event needs. We book a lot of shows and Beckon works with a lot of production vendors. We know what things should cost and we can guarantee that we can help save corporate and private clients money over their existing event service providers who might only do a handful of shows per year.”
Some think it’s next to impossible to get the biggest names in the music and entertainment industry to perform at their event or venue. BERO has secured hundreds of musical artists, comedians and speakers for events across the globe. Whether the client is a festival, music venue, corporate meeting/concert, private event, non-profit charity or college, BERO’s experience and relationships gives them the advantage when securing top tier talent. In addition, their insight also prevents their clients from overpaying and ensures their budgets are maintained.
Additionally, BERO provides clients with additional resources such as in-house counsel, assistance with the contractual process from start to finish and day-of-show execution. BERO provides a uniquely catered, hands-on talent buying and securing experience to their clients to help them make the impossible, possible!
No show is too big or too small for BERO to produce and execute flawlessly. From barricades, staging, first class sound and lights, to bathrooms, trailers, fencing, tents and generators – BERO has the means and the access to secure the production needed to make events successful — providing incredible experiences for the client and their audience. BERO provides assistance with hiring event security, medical staff and general labor, catering and shuttle buses for VIPs and much more. Outside of general production, BERO can also provide a wide variety of miscellaneous services and solutions through à la carte options.
Services offered: Consulting, Talent Buying/Curating, Production & Operations, Catering/Hospitality, Supplies, Labor, Printing, Service Fees, Miscellaneous production.
About Nick Kulb: With over 19 years of experience in the music and live event industries under his belt, Nick Kulb has established himself as a specialist in event logistics and production, major festival management, operations, and talent acquisition. Today, Nick manages dozens of clients, which has him both consulting and producing major events and music festivals. He works hand-in-hand with Beckon’s strategic partners in the development process of new festivals and large-scale events. In addition, Nick focuses heavily on the private events of Beckon’s corporate partners and clients. Additionally, Nick has orchestrated sponsorship and advertising deals with major companies such as Apple / iTunes, Sony, Disney, General Motors, Pepsi and the United States military.
About R.J. Romeo: R.J.’s career began as a lighting/roofing technician giving him a backbone of experience in concert production. Graduating law school and leading the entertainment law division at a premier Omaha firm, provided R.J. with essential skills such as contract review and drafting, dispute resolution, and litigation experience. This background plays a key role in his position as President of Romeo Entertainment Group, a 65-year old family-owned and operated talent buying agency. R.J. buys and services client events (fairs, festivals, casinos, and corporations) working with major artists across all genres. He provides full support in talent buying, consulting, event problem solving, production issues, security plans, venue layout, and emergency management planning. R.J. is the recipient of the 2014 IEBA Fair Buyer of the Year Award and in 2018 received both the ACM Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year Award as well as the IEBA Fair Buyer of the Year Award.
With continued airings throughout January, T. Graham Brown’s Live Wire will feature live cuts from artists including The Mavericks, Alison Krauss, Alan Jackson, Daryle Singletary and The Doobie Brothers plus an interview and live cuts from Restless Heart
Nashville, Tenn. – Country hit-maker T. Graham Brown’s LIVE WIRE on SiriusXM’s Prime Country Channel 58 will debut new episodes for January, starting Wednesday, January 8th at 10/9c, featuring an interview with country music hitmakers Restless Heart. LIVE WIRE is a one hour show that showcases live cuts & interviews with some of T. Graham Brown’s closest friends and heroes, sharing fun stories about life on the road.
“We’re starting out 2020 in style with a great ‘LIVE WIRE’ with yours truly, T. Graham Brown. I appreciate SiriusXM for believing in “LIVE WIRE” and me. We are going to continue having fun throughout 2020, playing cuts from artist’s live albums. I’ll be picking some classic songs from country music’s great legacy artists. Join me as we go from concert to concert on LIVE WIRE on SiriusXM Prime Country Channel 58!”
With continued airings throughout January, the show will feature live cuts from artists including The Mavericks, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss, The Doobie Brothers, Restless Heart and Daryle Singletary, along with an interview with Restless Heart. Listen closely to hear never-before-told stories and rare live performances from your favorite Prime Country superstars!
Additional airings in January include: Thursday, Jan 9 @ 1 am and 3 pm ET Sunday, Jan 12 @ 12 am and 11 am ET Tuesday, Jan 14 @ 11 pm ET Thursday, Jan 16 at 3 am ET Monday, Jan 20 at 12 pm ET
T. Graham Brown on Tour: Thu, JAN 23 Palms RV Resort / Yuma, Ariz. Sat, JAN 25 – Fri, JAN 31 The Country Music Cruise / Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Wed, FEB 05 Grand Ole Opry / Nashville, Tenn. Sat, FEB 29 Texan Theater / Greenville, Texas Sat, MAR 07 Mill Town Music Hall / Bremen, Ga. Wed, MAR 11 Main Street Crossing Tomball, Texas Thu, MAR 26 Kentucky Exposition Center / Louisville, Ky. Sat, MAY 02 Union County Opry / Maynardville, Tenn. Sat, JUN 13 Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts / Franklin, N.C. Sat, AUG 8 Kentucky Opry / Benton, Ky. Tue, AUG 18 Anderson Music Hall / Hiawassee, Ga. Thu, NOV 5 Paramount Center for the Arts / Saint Cloud, Minn.
Remembering Hee Haw with Kornfield Friends: Sat, MAR 14 The New Granbury Live / Granbury, Texas Sun, MAR 15 Track 5 – Hard Rock Casino / Catoosa, Okla. Thu, MAR 19 Bama Slam Saloon / New Brockton, Ala. Sun, MAY 10 Reif Center Grand / Rapids, Minn. Fri, MAY 15 The Birchmere / Alexandria, Va. Sat, MAY 16 OBX Bluegrass Island Festival Manteo, N.C. Sun, MAY 17 The Maryland Theatre / Hagerstown, Md. Thu, NOV 12 McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center / Wautoma, Wisc. Fri, NOV 13 Monroe Arts Center / Monroe, Wisc. Sat, NOV 14 Washington High School Auditorium / Washington, Pa. Sun, NOV 15 LuCille Tack Center for the Arts / Spencer, Wisc.
About T. Graham Brown: T. Graham Brown has recorded 15 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard charts. He has had multiple number one hits in country, gospel and blues. Brown’s voice is also recognized from his singing in advertising campaigns for McDonald’s, Disneyland, Almond Joy, Coca Cola, Dodge Truck, Ford, Hardee’s and many others including the Taco Bell “Run For The Border” television spots.
In early 2015, Brown released his latest Grammy nominated album, Forever Changed, which featured collaborations with Vince Gill, Jason Crabb, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Fortune and more. T. Graham Brown still actively tours throughout the year, including multiple appearances on the legendary Grand Ole Opry and television appearances such as “Larry’s Country Diner” and “Country’s Family Reunion.” Brown’s uniqueness has made him one of the most beloved and iconic performers of the day.
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