Tag Archives: Shane McAnally

REVIEW: David Nail’s “I’m A Fire”

David-Nail-Im-a-Fire-Review

When it comes to country music, there are few vocalists out there who have the power and skill of David Nail. The MCA Nashville artist released his new album, I’m A Fire, today and just like the title suggests, Nail is warm, roaring and unbridled.

The album’s title and same-name track is particularly personal to Nail. He says, “There’s so many moments on this record that make me think about the last for years that I’ve been married, and ‘I’m a Fire’ just sums it all up. It (the title track) says ‘I’ve walked through flames, come out on the other end, and the foremost reason is because of you.” It’s definitely a bright spot of the album.

Although, the album comes on the heels of its lead single “Whatever She’s Got” hitting #1, it doesn’t rely solely, or really much at all, on that formula. Although “Whatever She’s Got” was a bonafide bouncy hit, Nail shines brightest on the moodier offerings, including the Bob DiPiero, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally penned track, “Burnin’ Bed.” The tracks wraps you in immediately, with Nail mysteriously crooning “Tangled. Vodka. Midnight. Can’t stay. Taxi. Goodnight.” Another immediate standout is the slow burning ember, “The Secret,” an ode to an affair that literally goes to the grave. The track epitomizes country music at its finest. “I can’t help, but think about all that we could’ve been had you not stayed here and settled for a life with him.” Nail croons, “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, buried is the secret that was us.”

Other highlights of the album include “When They’re Gone (Lyle County),” featuring the incomparable Little Big Town on background vocals. The foursome add an incredible depth to the track that quickly elevates it from good to great. The Glen Campbell cover “Galveston” features LeAnn Womack, and like the collaboration with LBT, Womack’s vocals only elevate the track and force us to wonder where she’s been and queue up “Last Call” to play after I’m A Fire ends.

“Kiss You Tonight” is the album’s second single and although it’s decidedly less catchy than “Whatever She’s Got,” it’s still a solid track with a hint of earworminess. “I’ve been trying to do without you, but I can’t give up this fight.” Nail pleads, “Everything will be alright if I can just kiss you tonight.”

Much like Dierks Bentley‘s RISER, released last week, this album is a hyrbid of a departure combined with natural progression for David Nail. It relies more on guitar than piano and shows Nail flexing his impressive vocal chords over varied melodies, lyrics and emotions. It’s been a bit of a rough ride through bro-country music lately, but albums like I’m A Fire and RISER give us high hopes for Nashville’s most talented leading men.

Buy I’m A Fire here: http://smarturl.it/qr01kb

VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson – Behind-The-Scenes of “Tie It Up”

Kelly Clarkson - Tie It Up

Kelly Clarkson‘s current country single, “Tie It Up,” is seriously great. If you haven’t stopped by iTunes to grab it yet, you should. You won’t be disappointed.

Written by Shane McAnally, Ashley Arrison, and Josh Osborne, the single gives homage to Clarkson’s story with fiancé Brandon Blackstock and their life right now since they will soon be tying the knot!

Check out a behind-the-scenes video of the making of “Tie It Up.” There is one part where Clarkson is wailing like only she can (approximately 0:28-0:48). The song really showcases her amazing, goose-bump worthy range and pure tone. She’s the vocal queen.

McAnally says in the video, “Isn’t that the best thing you ever heard in your life?” Yes, it is… yes, it is!

AUDIO: Kelly Clarkson’s New Single “Tie It Up”

ced394ead05b11e2a92022000a9e05f1_7

It is no secret that we love Kelly Clarkson, and we’re pretty excited because radio officially played her new country single, “Tie It Up,” today! That means, studio quality audio has surfaced!

The song is very true to Clarkson’s life right now and her upcoming wedding. She will be marrying Starstruck talent manager, Brandon Blackstock, this fall.

“Tie It Up” was co-written with close friend and singer-songwriter, Ashley Arrison, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne. That’s a great songwriting team right there! The song is catchy and fun, and Clarkson’s vocals are always second to none. This is the three-time Grammy winner’s first up beat country single, and what a good choice it was. It has radio hit written all over it.

We are so thrilled that Clarkson is releasing more country music in addition to pop! The single is expected to be released to iTunes and other digital formats on June 25th.

Also, Clarkson is looking for fun wedding photos for the lyric video for “Tie It Up.” Tweet your pictures to @kelly_clarkson with #tieitupvideo. Kelly will be picking her favorites!

And now what we all have been waiting for… listen to “Tie It Up” below:

VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson World Premieres “Tie It Up” at CMA Fest

tieitup

As we posted yesterday, Kelly Clarkson took the stage at LP Field last night during CMA Fest to world premiere her new single “Tie It Up.” The single art shows her coyly tied to a male companion, while wearing a bridal gown and veil, her real engagement ring on display. On the track, Clarkson mixes her typical powerhouse bluesy rock voice with cute lyrics about tying the knot. The song was written by Kelly Clarkson, Ashley Arrison, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne.

Give a listen to the song below and let us know what you think! (Personally, we enjoy the “Woo”-s on the chorus!)

Miranda Lambert is No. 1 With “Mama’s Broken Heart”

Miranda

Miranda Lambert has a 5th number one single on her hands! She is at the top of the Country Mediabase chart this week with “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

The song is the fourth single off of her Four The Record album, and it has some familiar country names attached to it. Penned by Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally, and Brandy Clark, the track has seen great success as well as critical acclaim and deservingly so. In my opinion, it’s one of the best country singles this year!

Miranda and company were very excited to hear the good news! Here is what they shared via Twitter:

@mirandalambert: Thx to great fans & friends at country radio, Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & I have the number one song in country music! …. It never gets old knowing that people enjoy my music. Thanks for playing it….and buying it….and coming to see it live. #blessed

@kaceymusgraves: A morning of celebration. Proud to have the #1 song in country music w/ my loves @shanemcanally & @TheBrandyClark

@shanemcanally: Spending time this morning w/ 2 of my best friends..celebrating our #1 single..thank-you @TheBrandyClark & @KaceyMusgraves for bein’ so good

@thebrandyclark: So thankful to have met and had the chance to work with @shanemcanally and @KaceyMusgraves…..so proud of our 1st #1 together!!!!

Congratulations to Miranda on another number 1 song and also to Kacey, Shane, & Brandy!

CMA Songwriters Series returns to NYC

Phil Vassar.

The Country Music Association Songwriter Series will be returning to New York City! The event, which will feature Phil Vassar, will hit Joe’s Pub on May 7th and May 8th. The two-night intimate concert series will also feature Shane McAnally, Brandy Clark; with Bob DiPiero serving as host.

Phil Vassar is pretty excited about the unique event, sharing:

“Songs should evoke something, whether it makes you happy and puts you in a good mood, or makes you cry and feel desperation- you know, whether you’re going through a marriage, or a divorce, or you’re in love, or you hate somebody, or whatever it is- songs should evoke something.”

Tickets are now available for the CMA Songwriters Series in New York City at joespub.com or CMASongwritersSeries.com. Will you be going? Who do you think is the best songwriter right now in country music?

Kacey Musgraves’ Album “Same Trailer Different Park” Out Now

tumblr_mbxrniLeI71qj5ljso1_500

Kacey Musgraves.

You have probably been hearing this name more and more frequently, and I have a feeling you will continue to hear it for a long time.

The Nashville singer-songwriter made her major record label debut yesterday with her album, Same Trailer Different Park. By the way, that might be one of my favorite album titles in recent memory.

Musgraves co-produced the album with Shane McAnally and Luke Laird, and co-wrote all 12 tracks. The lead single off of the album, “Merry Go ‘Round,” was recently certified gold by the RIAA for 500k downloads.

Musgraves is definitely a stand-out when it comes to songwriting. The former Nashville Star contestant has written a couple of other songs you already know. She co-penned Miranda Lambert‘s current sassy single, “Mama’s Broken Heart.” She also co-wrote the emotional track, “Undermine,” which was one of the songs featured on ABC‘s TV hit show, Nashville.

The 2013 ACM nominated singer is not afraid to speak her mind when it comes to her music, and her lyrics are as honest and real as they get. On top of that, her voice is just as genuine and honest as her songwriting which makes for the perfect mix. The highly anticipated album from the 24-year-old definitely did not disappoint. Go grab your copy from iTunes!

Continue reading for links and to watch a video of “Undermine”….