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Foster & The Pranksters are as "Live As It Gets"

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Brad and Kimberly Paisley Giving Back Brick by Brick

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Country singer Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, have teamed with Belmont University to open The Store, a modern version of a food pantry that is set up like a free grocery store.

“This is a grocery store with dignity for people who have fallen on hard times,” said Paisley, president of The Store’s board of trustees. “All of us are one unforeseen disaster away from rock bottom. It’s nice to think about a place where when that happens to someone, they can use it to get back on their feet.”

Located at 2005 12th Ave. S. next to Belmont University’s Ministry Center, The Store will partner with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and other organizations to provide both fresh and nonperishable groceries to individuals and families in need for one year. Customers will be referred by nonprofit and government agencies. The nonprofit has an initial goal to serve 3,000 people per year.

"It’s that Billy Hill song, 'There’s Too Much Month at the End of the Money,'" said Pete Fisher, co-chair of The Store’s board of trustees and CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “A lot of times when people fall on tough times, they don’t need a lifeline for a lifetime, they just need a bridge and the store affords those families a dignified way to cross that bridge and achieve that self-sufficiency.”

Upcoming Montreal Show With Kllo At Theatre Fairmount On October 27

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Montreal producer, singer & songwriter, Genevieve Ryan Martel, who performs under the moniker, RYAN Playground, has released her highly-anticipated debut album titled, 16/17, today on Secret Songs/Last Gang Records. The album includes stunning singles, Pie In The Sky (feat. Robert Robert) and Empty Pool, featuring acclaimed New Zealand artist, Lontalius. Releasing music under Ryan Hemsworth’s Secret Songs label, RYAN Playground currently graces the cover of Cult MTL’s September issue and has previously been met with positive accolades from Vogue, i-D, FADER, and Stereogum as the new record has continued her upward trajectory. Stream/purchase the album on all DSPs here and catch RYAN at a hometown show in Montreal at Theatre Fairmount on October 27 (details below).

Birds of Bellwoods Announce New LP Victoria

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Toronto-based alt-rock outfit, Birds of Bellwoods, are thrilled to announce the release details of their highly-anticipated debut LP, Victoria. Out on October 19th via eOne, Victoria invites listeners to join the band’s high-energy musical parade built on honest, emotive songwriting and laced with sweet, sticky hooks. Listeners can pre-order/pre-save the album digitally here. CD and Vinyl copies of the album will be available for purchase as well.

“In a lot of ways, when we finished Victoria we saw for the first time the combined weight of our lives so far,” the band reflects. “Years of love, fear, hope, and doubt made into a celebration. I'm moving on. I love you. I'm getting older and I'm scared. Some of these songs started more than five years ago. Some were created much faster, late in the recording process. Victoria is a time capsule, as all albums are. A span of youth. And we are excited to share it with you.”

Girl Pow-R Nominated For Best New Group At 2018 Niagara Music Awards

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 “One amazing message: Empowering girls to become the best versions of themselves.”

The girls stuck to their Canadian roots with the video for“Stronger Than Yesterday” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UolYm0SnbH0). It was filmed in 6 different Ontario locations and the girls toldCeleb Secrets (http://celebsecrets.com/girl-pow-r-spreads-self-confidence-with-new-song...) exclusively; “Filming our music video was a very fun and amazing experience. We had multiple clothing changes, performed our choreography that we do when we are on tour, did a live performance where we played our instruments and sang, used this really cool white bridge that connects two parts of the city, and more!”

This summer the girls were thrilled to be able to shoot the music video for a soon-to-be-launched new song, “This is Us”, at the famous Loretto School on the Niagara Escarpment above the great cataracts of Niagara Falls. In 1861, the Loretto Sisters transformed it into a convent and school for girls, and more recently in 1982, it became a retreat for youth and adults -- perfectly complementing Girl Pow-R’s focus on girls and social causes.

Girl Pow-R are constantly aiming to release high energy tracks that will become an anthem to all the teens around the world who are pushing to rise above difficult life challenges they may be facing.

Radiant Baby Shares New Single and Video ‘Do It’

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Montreal electro-pop artist, Radiant Baby, announced his debut album, Restless, and shares the lead single, Do It, along with a stunning new music video. Both premiered today on The 405, which raves, "Felix Mongeon collaborated on the loving and heartfelt video for Do It with director Laurence Philomène, who Mongeon credits with creating the video's ‘purple queer love romance’ aesthetic. But the music? That earworm track that begs for repeat listens? That is all Mongeon. And the song's poignancy seems to extend from some universal feelings that Mongeon taps into with precision and ease." Restless is set for release on February 8, 2019, on Lisbon Lux Records. Listen to Do It on all streaming platforms now, and watch the video here.

Brooklyn Indie-Pop Group, St. Lucia Kicks Off U.S.Tour

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Today, Brooklyn indie-pop group, St. Lucia, has released their third album, Hyperion, via Columbia Records. The 11-track LP features previously released tracks, A Brighter Love, Paradise Is Waiting, and lead single, Walking Away. See full tracklisting below. Produced by Rob Kirwan (U2, Depeche Mode) and mixed by Dave Sardy (LCD Soundsystem, Oasis), Hyperion is available HERE.

I just feel like so much of the music that’s ‘big’ these days is made in a very cynical way,” says frontman Jean-Philip Grobler, “I wanted to try and make something that aims high in every possible aspect of the music: it’s personal, it’s big, it’s ambitious, it’s very much ‘me’ and ‘us’, but it’s also made to connect with people.”

St. Lucia kicks off their headline tour across North America this weekend with two sold-out shows at New York City’s brand new 3200-capacity Pier 17. The extensive run also includes stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, and more. Now, The Night Game, Arkells, Airpark, and Honors will open select shows on the tour. Tickets are on sale now, see full routing below.

Hyperion is the follow-up to St. Lucia’s 2016 album Matter, which garnered praise from Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Nylon, and many more.

Peter Rowan Stanley’s Eyes

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Peter Rowan is a genuine, modern country music great, a guy with one foot in the hallowed past shared with his days as a Bill Monroe Bluegrass Boy, and the other always poised to step ahead, with the likes of his remarkable forays into ‘Crucial Country,’ alongside Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Larry ATTAMATUIK, and the much- loved tracks, ‘Moonlight Midnight,’  ‘Free Mexican Airforce’ and ‘Panama Red,’ the latter a track he wrote way back when and which he laughs about when I suggest it must be a nice pension-pot to fall back on:
“I never made a dime from that song. It was just the way it worked at the time,” he shrugs with a shake of the head.

When we think of that ‘hi-lonesome sound’ redolent of classic country music, Rowan inevitably comes to mind, with his remarkable vocal range and ability to seemingly hit the highest of notes with a clarity that nowadays belies his age. And this guy’s no slouch on the fretboard either, with a positive mastery of both flat and finger-picked acoustic guitar. But if he has one true musical love, it is evidently bluegrass, a genre in which he remains supreme and still full of surprises:
“One of the things about bluegrass, it’s compulsive, it addresses the trials, the problems of life with a real honesty. Other music can be momentary, as I see it. Bluegrass is enduring.”

Ole Wins 12th Consecutive Music Publishing Company of the Year at the CCMAs

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On September 10, ole, the world's fastest-growing independent music publishing and rights management company, is pleased to announce that it has been named ‘Music Publishing Company of the Year’ for an unprecedented twelfth consecutive time at the 2018 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Gala Dinner & Awards held Saturday Night in Hamilton, Ontario

“ole is proud of the accomplishments of our Staff, Songwriters and Artists, and thanks the CCMA community for their support,” commented Robert Ott, ole’s CEO.

During Sunday night’s televised awards show, ole songwriter, Meghan Patrick, repeated her 2017 win for ‘Female Artist of the Year’, and ole’s brother and sister songwriting duo, The Reklaws, received the ‘SiriusXM Rising Star’ award.

In addition, “Chills” by the James Barker Band and co-written by ole songwriter Gavin Slate was awarded both ‘Single of the Year’ and ‘Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year’ over the course of the two festive evenings.

The weekend’s wins were just the next chapter in a triumphant year that has already seen ole have 143 “cuts” recorded, of which 32 have charted, including two #1 singles, Brett Young’s “Like I Loved You” and “Singles You Up” by Jordan Davis.

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Megan Bonnell Kicks Off Western Canadian Tour With Great Lake Swimmers

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Singer-songwriter Megan Bonnell will be joining The Once for the Eastern leg of their upcoming Canadian tour (dates can be found below). This Thursday she joins Great Lake Swimmers on the Western leg of their Canadian tour, as both support and a backing vocalist. She'll be bringing her third full-length album, Separate Rooms, released April 6 on Cadence Music. Full details about the tour can be found below and at http://meganbonnellmusic.com/tour-dates/.

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