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Austin Webb Shares His Journey in EPK


Austin Webb, with Streamsound, has released an EPK (Electronic Press it) entitled “Getting to Know Austin Web”. In it, Webb shares stories from his country music journey: from being discovered in Nashville, to his Grand Ole Opry debut, up to his current single “Slip on By” and more.

Citing such musical influences as Joe Cocker, Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Guy Clark, Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt; Webb’s music straddles the line between country and soul. His latest single “Slip on By” is out on country radio and a bona fide Top 20. It speaks to the bittersweet of growing older, living without regret and not letting time … slip on by.

Along with the EPK, fans of Austin Webb should also check out the official music video for “Slip on By”, as well as a behind the scenes clip from the making of the video and also a clip from his Grand Ole Opry debut.

The EPK, filmed by Glenn Sweitzer of Fresh Films, is embedded below.

Photo: Official Austin Webb Photo

Martina McBride Reveals Track Listing for ‘Everlasting’


On March 4th, Martina McBride‘s much-anticipated album, Everlasting, will hit stores. The album won’t be your typical album, but is instead a collection of iconic soul and R&B songs. The album was produced by Grammy-winning legend, Don Was, and includes songs such as Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” and Van Morrison’s “Wild Night.” The album also features a duet with Kelly Clarkson on “In the Basement” and Gavin DeGraw on “Bring It On Home To Me”

“I love soulful music and it just made sense to me to stretch a bit at this time and do something that fills my heart and allows me to explore a little bit,” said Martina. “I have worked hard to choose some of the best and most loved classics, much like I did with ‘Timeless,’ and interpret them in a way that is faithful to the original, but still has my own artistic spin to make it mine.”

“Working with Don was a dream come true,” continued Martina. “He is so musical and really helped me focus on how to do these songs in a way that not only features the vocal, but also connects this music with what I’ve done in the past in a really honest and organic way. Putting out new music is one of the most exciting things we can do as performers, and I can’t wait to take this music on tour.”

The album will be released on McBride’s own Vinyl Records through Kobalt label services.

Everlasting Track Listing:

1. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man/ Original Artist: Aretha Franklin
2. If You Don’t Know Me By Now/ Original Artist: Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
3. Suspicious Minds/ Original Artist: Elvis Presley
4. Little Bit Of Rain/ Original Artist: Fred Neil
5. Bring It On Home To Me (duet with Gavin DeGraw)/ Original Artist: Sam Cooke
6. Come See About Me/ Original Artist: The Supremes
7. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted/ Original Artist: Jimmy Ruffin
8. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long/ Original Artist: Otis Redding
9. Wild Night/ Original Artist: Van Morrison
10. In The Basement (duet with Kelly Clarkson)/ Original Artist: Etta James and Sugar   Pie DeSanto
11. My Babe/ Original Artist: Little Walter
12. To Know Him Is To Love Him/ Original Artist: The Teddy Bears

Other Artist Of The Month: Slam Allen

Slam Allen. photo credit: NCL

One of the things we pride ourselves on here at Keepin’ it Country is to introduce country music fans to artists they might not yet have heard of. We started our site with that goal in mind, to introduce the mainstream country music fan to new artists to help expand their music libraries. This is why as part of our new features in this new year we will be launching a look at other genres with a non-country but very talented artist each month. To start off this new feature exclusive to Keepin’ it Country, I’d like to introduce you to the very talented, and down-to-earth, blues singer Slam Allen. I met Slam while on-board the Norwegian Epic for a New Years Eve cruise and was blown away by his voice. He performs almost every night on the cruise ship in the Fat Cats lounge, and as the 7-day cruise went on, his club became packed after passengers finally discovered his talent.

Slam has been entertaining audiences for over 20 years before he found his way on NCL’s most innovative, and largest, cruise ship yet. He’s part of a fantastic entertainment line-up that I believe is the best on any cruise line right now. Fans might recognize him as the lead singer from the James Cotton Band, but soon the world will know him simply as Slam Allen. With a voice reminiscent of blues great B.B. King, it was a pleasure to get to know him and see him as many nights on the ship as I did. Listening to Slam is an experience: you can hear the soul of the music that he sings, which is so rare in the music industry today.

Get to know Slam Allen before he makes it big in our exclusive interview with Slam from the NCL Epic cruise ship one week ago. We sat down in the back of the same club he plays at night-after-night to discuss his background, why he chose to perform at sea, and how he’s a free soul and will let the music take him where he wants to go. He’s an interesting artist, and one that deserves the attention from even country music fans: