Exclusive Interview with Jana Kramer


As a singer-songwriter and actress, Jana Kramer has already had major success. It all started when four of her songs were featured on The CW’s “One Tree Hill,”where she played the firecracker actress, Alex Dupre. When the show ended, Kramer focused all her energy on her promising music career. 

“I love acting, but my heart and soul is in singing. I’ve been terrified to pursue this dream because it’s so personal to me. If someone tells me they don’t like my voice, it’s a lot harder of a hit to take,” said Jana. “This is what I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve wanted to do music my entire life.”

Her current hit country single is “I Got The Boy” which will be on her forthcoming album due in the fall. I was lucky enough to catch Jana in Nashville during a few days she had off to relax for a quick interview!

First of all, congrats on your recent marriage! Are you going to be able to have time to go on a proper honeymoon?

Thank you! Yeah, he’s incredible. He’s really awesome! We haven’t gone on one yet and probably won’t be able to go on one till the holidays or maybe sometime next year even.

I’m promoting the single right now and he’s got his work stuff so it’s just a not a good time. So I feel like I don’t want to get stressed about going on a honeymoon and just do it when we really need to get away.

janakramer3Now, I have to admit that I first learned about you through watching One Tree Hillwith my sister. We had a love-hate relationship with your character on the show. What was it like coming onto such a well-established show?

It was definitely scary at first because it had been on for like 7 years before 3 of the new casts members joined it. But was great though. Sophia and I became instant friends. It was shot in such a small town so it was definitely important for everyone to get along. It was really fun and I learned a lot from being on it. I’m glad that my character somewhat redeemable.

Music was always a really big part of One Tree Hill. Do you think that’s what you drew to be on it?

Yeah, it was definitely something in the back of my mind. I thought, “oh, this is where I can maybe kind of showcase what I’ve always wanted to do and that’s music”. I mean, I didn’t do it at first but I think the second year, I was on it, I gave some of my music to the creator of the show and I understood how much they value new music and new artists and wanted to know if it was something he thought was good. I just wanted to hear his thoughts. And that’s when he ended up turning my character into a singer and that made me kind of realize that maybe I could do this.

Yeah, it was definitely cool. I am so grateful to the show for giving me the opportunity. I don’t know if I would have had the confidence to do it if it weren’t for the show.

Your latest single, “I Got The Boy” is about something that I bed everyone can relate to and understand. Did you instantly relate to it?

100%! The first time I heard the song, it brought me back to my high school sweetheart days. That was who I first thought about with that song. I feel like nowadays, the song is ever changing because now I feel like yes, I didn’t get the boy, I’m with the man. SO now, I’m with somebody elses’s man or somebody else’s boy. So it’s definitely cool how the song keeps changing for me.

JANAKRAMER2How is the #igottheboystories campaign going now?

It’s going so good. It’s just so great to hear people’s stories. Some people were lucky to get both, the boy and the man. It’s cool to hear what guys say. They wish they would have gotten the woman or they were someone’s “boy”. So, it’s just really neat to see how people can relate so well to a country song.

Speaking of country music, how did you get into country music being from Michigan?

I just grew up listening to country music. One of the big country radio stations- WICB was and still is a station I listen to when I go home. I grew up spending time with my grandparents a lot and all they listened to was country mostly- Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. I just love how country music tells a story and I connect to that and I feel like I have a lot of stories that I want to tell.

On your upcoming solo record, did you write a lot of the songs?

Yes, I wrote more than half of the songs on the record. Even I didn’t, like “I Got The Boy” for example, is a song that I feel like I wrote. It’s my life. I’ll never sing a song that I don’t believe in.

I read that the “I Got The Boy” shoot was particularly tough.

Yeah, it was crazy! We had like an ice apocalypse. We actually used a lot more of the outside scenes. A lot of the letters were actually from my high school sweetheart so it was cool that I could coorelate them altogether.

You are going to be in a new indie music drama called “Country Crush”. How did you decide to get back into acting?

You know it was one of those things where I have to walk on a tight rope. If I do too much, people start to think I am not going back to music and that’s what I want to do and my focus isn’t music. So I always have to say that my focus is music. I am focusing on my next album and this single right now. But I got approached to this film and it was only for 4 days and I didn’t have any shows those days. So I thought, why not? But most of the time, I have to turn things down because I would have to cancel shows and I’m not about to do that because music is my focus. I am singing in this drama and it’s quite interesting. (Laughter) It’s going to be fun.

What musicians have consistently inspired you and your music? Who would be your dream duet partner?

Unfortunatly, she has passed away but because I grew up with her music and my grandmother and I would always listen to her, it would have to be Patsy Cline. I love her different sound and her music. Growing up for me, I was such an 80’s child. I love the Eagles still to this day and I love James Taylor. Just because they have a unique sound and so I’d probably say James Taylor just because he’s got that cool voice and artistry.

What was like working with Steven Tyler on a song for your album?

Well, we weren’t in the studio together. He had heard a song that I wrote and wanted to put his vocals on it. So when I was in the studio singing my part, we got told that he was in a studio putting his vocals on it too. Who would say no to that?!

When do you think you’ll be releasing your sophomore album and how is it different than anything you’ve ever released?

We are looking at Septemberish. I feel like I’ve come more into myself as a musician and artist on this record and wanting to release songs that are little more true and not be afraid to go deep and not afraid to have more fun with it too.

How’s your tour been going? Any favorite venues or crowds so far?

So far, it’s been awesome! We sold out some awesome shows on the last tour. We played at Joe’s Bar in Chicago which has always been a favorite of mine. I’m really looking forward to playing the Gorge in Washington with Eric Church next month.

Leah Adams-AllAccess

“Sweet Release” From Ashton Lalyn Drops To Radio August 3rd!










Up and coming artist, Ashton Lalyn, decided after freshman year of college to put everything she had into making a career in music. Her goal in life is to use her music to help and connect with other people. She is a strong advocate of helping those that suffer from mental illnesses, eating disorders, self-harm, and thoughts of suicide. Her influences by Miranda Lambert, Kasey Musgraves and Demi Lovato can be heard in her music. The songs on her debut album entitled “Ashton Lalyn,” are based on a combination of past experiences and catchy tunes, all of which strike a chord with her listening audience. Her genre is hard to put a label on, but can best be described as country/rock. Her album has been released and can now be purchased from her or her family members and also at any of her performances!



Brantley Gilbert Grabs 4th # 1

Congratulations to VALORY MUSIC CO. SVP/Promotion GEORGE BRINER, Dir./SOUTHEAST Promotion ASHLEY SIDOTI, Dir./NORTHEAST Promotion SHARI ROTH, Dir./WEST Coast Promotion AMY STALEY, Dir./SOUTHWEST Promotion BRAD HOWELL, and Promotion Coordinator ELLEN MUNDY on grabbing this week’s #1 spot on the MEDIABASE Country singles chart with BRANTLEY GILBERT’s “One Hell Of An Amen.”

“One Hell Of An Amen” is GILBERT’s fourth career #1 and follows chart toppers “Country Must Be Country Wide,” “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” and “Bottoms Up”



Texarkana Making A Path With The Single, “Baby Don’t Go”


TEXARKANA- On one side, there’s “Amber”, who was raised in Arkansas and on the other, “Jeff”, hailing from Texas, met in Tennessee, forged together as husband and wife, forming the duo Texarkana! Jeff already had MANY accomplishments at the time of their meeting. Playing with John Carter Cash, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in the “Living Cicrle Band”. He was signed to Curb Records having co-written songs, played, and recorded the with likes of, Willie Nelson, Eddie Money, Johnny Paycheck, Ira Dean of “Trick Pony”, lengendary “Hank Cochran” and recently, Wesely Orbison, just to name a few… Amber had moved to Nashville and started out doing demos for hit songwritters such as Chick Raines and Bob Morrison. She had been singing professionally since High School, growing up on the influences of Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, and Peter, Paul, and Mary. Although she has been compared to Tanya Tucker, Trisha Yearwood, and Faith Hill, she has a distinctive, unmatchable,quality to her voice.

Kelsea Ballerini Is Number One!


Written by Ballerini, Forest Glen Whitehead, Josh Kerr and Lance Carpenter, “Love Me Like You Mean It” is featured on Ballerini’s debut album The First Time, produced by Whitehead andJason Massey.

“It’s a very exciting time for all of us at Black River,” said Vice President of Promotion Mike Wilson. “It’s an honor to lead this promotion team in taking Kelsea to country radio. Her music is great and radio has really embraced her. I’m so proud of our team and all of their efforts. This is a huge accomplishment!”

Crowned one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, Ballerini will be hitting the road this summer playing shows nationwide including major festivals, select stops on Lady Antebellum’s Wheels Up Tour and headline club dates—her first New York City show at The Gramercy Theatre was announced yesterday (June 22).

“Going into this, my goal with this first single was to introduce myself,” said Ballerini. “I believed in this song from the minute we wrote it and I always thought it would be the right first single and a great introduction of me. But there’s a fear that comes with that, because it’s the first impression with radio, with fans and with media. It’s so cool to know that the peace that I had when I wrote this song and picked it as the single has led me all the way to it being a No. 1. To be in a group with artists like Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill and Deana Carter that have had debut No. 1s and then had brilliant careers after that, makes me so excited for what’s to come. Today, I just want to celebrate with my team because it’s a big victory for all of us, we’ve all worked really hard. Thank you country radio for making this huge milestone happen and making one of my biggest dreams come true.”

According to Ballerini’s team, only 10 other solo females in country music have had their debut country singles go No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart.

2006 – Carrie Underwood “Jesus Take The Wheel” *
2004 – Gretchen Wilson “Redneck Woman”
2001 – Jamie O’Neal “There is No Arizona”
2001 – Cyndi Thomson “What I Really Meant To Say”
1996 – Deana Carter “Strawberry Wine”
1993 – Faith Hill “Wild One”
1992 – Wynonna “She Is His Only Need”
1990 – Trisha Yearwood “She’s In Love With The Boy”
1973 – Marie Osmond “Paper Roses”
1964 – Connie Smith “Once A Day”

* Underwood’s debut single and No. 1 pop hit “Inside Your Heaven,” was not released to country radio, but peaked at No. 52 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart

Currington Scores Number 1

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Congratulations to UMG NASHVILLE SVP/Promotion ROYCE RISSER, MERCURY NASHVILLE VP/Promotion DAMON MOBERLY and the entire MERCURY promo team for scoring this WEEK’s #1 spot on the MEDIABASE Country singles chart, with BILLY CURRINGTON’s “Don’t It.”

The lead track from CURRINGTON’s forthcoming “Summer Forever” album is his tenth career #1. ALL ACCESS will deliver sweet treats to the MERCURY NASHVILLE staff TODAY (5/26) in celebration of the achievement.


Walking The Walk This Way

“This is for all you f-$@#-ers in the back!”

Before I met Steven Tyler in person last week during a listening event in Los Angeles where we shared a nice, albeit brief personal chat, that’s the last thing I remember him saying directly to me.

Okay, fine. So he wasn’t talking DIRECTLY to ME. I mean, there were roughly 350,000 of us in the crowd, but I was one of those select “fuckers in the back.” And I mean waaaay in the back, at Ontario Motor Speedway for California Jam II on the night of March 18th, 1978.

Steven was kind enough to dedicate “Train Kept a Rollin” to me and my fellow FITB that lovely evening, and I never doubted his sincerity. Speaking of “I nevers,” the idea of me someday being involved with Country music was on that list; so was eventually meeting Tyler one-on-one. Last week, those two streams crossed in one of life’s odd, serendipitous happenstances, and — BOOM! There I was in my home town, chatting up Steven Tyler about his upcoming Country album.

Now, 37 years and two months removed from Cal Jam II, I still don’t doubt his sincerity. It’s one thing to say, “I want to make a Country album!” History has provided us with chapter upon chapter of cautionary tales from both anonymous and well-known artists who’ve tried and failed to make a Country connection (Jessica Simpson, anyone?), but this is not a stop-and-chat for Tyler. He’s been living in Nashville and immersing himself in the songwriting community for months now; by that, I mean not just listening to songs, but participating in grind-it-out, perspiration-over-inspiration sessions, crafting well-constructed, by-gawd Country tunes. As an example, one impressive ‘behind the curtain’ moment came when Tyler played a very raw demo of an as-yet-untitled tune. He told the room he and the Warren Brothers demoed the song within 10 minutes of finishing it – but nine HOURS after starting it. So we heard Tyler – and the Warrens – delivering a song in its entirety for the first time ever – and absolutely nailing it.

During an hour-long listening session, Tyler mentioned a virtual who’s-who of Music City-based songwriters he’s had sessions with – the ones responsible for much of the current chart and Country’s overall direction during the past five years or so – the Warrens, Brett James, Eric Paslay, Hilary Lindsey and Rhett Akins, just to name a few. And here’s the moment when it occurred to me that Tyler has a solid understanding of this town and a feel for the format: The lead single (and this week’s most-added song with 38 commitments!), “Love Is Your Name,” is NOT something he wrote. That nuance, the confidence of knowing one person can never out-write this town, is an important one. So is picking a tune written by Paslay and Lindsey Lee for your initial foray into Country.

In spite of a big first day, here’s a shocker for ya: There are naysayers, and the project is polarizing, because – let’s be honest, shall we? – Country as a format, as a sector of the music business, and specifically the community of Nashville – often has a tendency to be somewhat parochial in thinking. So now, propose the idea of Steven Tyler, lead vocalist of an iconic Rock band, transitioning to Country music and you realize what rolling a meatball up a hill or baking a watermelon is like.

But who are the naysayers? Are they Country listeners or the format’s gatekeepers? Are they 45-54-year-old music fans who remember Tyler’s inseparable connection to Aerosmith and can’t fathom the idea of him doing Country? Or is it 18-34s, some of whom only know Tyler as that guy who was a judge on “American Idol?”

We know longtime Country artist Clay Walker isn’t a fan. Interviewed by the Modesto (Ca.) Bee last week, Walker said, “I can’t stand to see outdated rock-and-rollers coming in to play country music. That really p—ed me off. We have great singers, great country musicians. There’s no reason we have to dilute it by letting people in the format that don’t have any business being in the format.”

Clay, if you’re reading this, we’ve been friends a long time and I love you. But, “Letting people in the format?”


Apparently I missed the memo about Country as a format becoming a private, exclusive club, where potential members are carefully screened; with some sort of initiation rite, annual dues and a secret handshake required before limited entry is granted. Maybe you live in a gated community; I don’t.

Will Tyler ultimately be judged on the IDEA of a rocker making Country music – or the actual Country music he’s just made?

Does anybody remember a similar conversation when Darius Rucker – one-time front man for Hootie and the Blowfish – announced he was making a Country album? Yes, Rucker’s band didn’t have as much longevity and heritage as Aerosmith, but who among us can’t recall people actually referring to Rucker as “Hootie?” How’s that for an obstacle when launching a new project? But Rucker immersed himself in this format, and the community too, making tons of radio friends by hitting the road and doing grassroots-style campaigning. He’s come out the other side as a solid mainstay artist for this format – so much so that I submit when people saw Hootie and the Blowfish reunite on David Letterman back in April, some probably said, “How come Darius Rucker is playing with those guys?”

Similar to Rucker’s Country debut, Tyler has demonstrated a genuine feel for Country with “Love Is Your Name,” the essence of which are stories, and how they’re interpreted through song. This is a dialed-back Tyler, vocally and production-wise, but you still feel his signature powerful, soulful presence. He’s not out of character or trying too hard. In fact, he’s trying less here. Steven Tyler can really sing – always could. But the result of his less-is-more approach vocals on this project for Dot is somewhat transformational for Tyler. The songs and stores are the thing here; his always amazing vocal skills are assuming the role of delivery vehicle. Thus, as a Country artist, Tyler understands he must be more nuanced storyteller than all-out crooner.

BMLG Pres./CEO Scott Borchetta whispered the words ‘Album Of The Year’ candidate to me when talking about what will be the finished product. Is he biased? Well, yeah. But Country radio will have several legit songs to consider, and there’s a subtext to the album, too. In the form in which I heard them, several other songs are potentially embraceable by Triple A radio programmers; and there are several additional straightahead rockers, because that’s just who Tyler is. He’s positioned himself for critical praise and commercial airplay at the same time. This will allow new and existing fans the chance to peel back another layer or two on Tyler from a musical standpoint – they will appreciate and enjoy what’s deep inside.

Before any music was played in LA, Tyler shared a story about hearing – and loving – “The Battle Of New Orleans” when he was a boy, thanks to his dad. After doing the math on both Tyler’s and the song’s origin, I’m assuming he meant the original, Johnny Horton version, which was released in 1959. This was an early introduction to Country music for Tyler, whose connection to it has apparently remained – amid, and in spite of the aforementioned historic career with Aerosmith .

Right now, Country as a radio format has a small, elite unit of arena/stadium-packing superstar artists and a large stable of new and developing ones. That latter group hasn’t collectively achieved consensus on a definable sound driving the format’s future growth and popularity so far. We’re diverse, but a signature sound is currently a total jump ball.

A subset of that toss-up for the format is the male vocalist category, which feels more crowded than ever in 2015. The most likely contenders to grab the baton next, and ascend to star status, seem to be Cole Swindell, Sam Hunt, Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett and Chris Young.

Into that equation, say hello to a potential grenade named Steven Tyler, freshly tossed into the room with pin cleanly pulled and ready to send stuff flying everywhere. And maybe that ends up being the point – that the format’s signature sound right now IS a wide-open diversity.

RJ Curtis

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SiriusXM Host Buzz Brainard Signs On For 2015 Country Cruising Cruise


SIRIUSXM “MUSIC ROW HAPPY HOUR” host BUZZ BRAINARD is joining the 2015 “COUNTRY CRUISING CRUISE” as the official radio ambassador. Hosted by Country artist NEIL MCCOY, the “COUNTRY CRUSING CRUISE”  is a themed entertainment vacation featuring performances from artists including CRAIG MORGAN, TRACE ADKINS, THOMPSON SQUARE, JOE NICHOLS, PARAMLEE, CHARLIE WORSHAM, LINDSAY ELL, BLACKJACK BILLY, and JAMES WESLEY.

BRAINARD’s SIRIUSXM show features music and interviews with some of the top acts in Country music, making him the perfect candidate to take the reins on the “COUNTRY CRUISING CRUISE,” which offers fans the opportunity to experience intimate Q&A session and songwriter workshops. For more information, visit the 2015 “COUNTRY CRUISING CRUISE”


Billy Lord’s Summer Hit “Steal The Evening Sky” with Carly Jo Jackson Spinning Globally


 Two wheels, one guitar, and the open road…

 After spending almost a year riding a Harley cross country with a
guitar strapped to his back, Billy Lord is set to become the breakout
star of 2015 and an American icon…

11,774 miles, 50 acoustic shows, and 20 new songs later, Billy has an
epic new album and TV show, National Anthem, ready for release
in 2015.

Billy, whose vocal and musical styling have drawn comparisons from
Bob Seger to Eric Church to Bruce Springsteen, is a New York City country rock musician experiencing what can best be described as a meteoric rise on the American music scene….

 #1 on the NY rock charts, #22 in the US, and #30 in the world (Reverbnation artist chart rankings 1-28-15)

Seamlessly weaving songs between pop, rock and country, Billy’s aptly titled debut album American Music was heralded as “one of the best new releases of 2012..” and earned him an opening gig with
platinum-selling artist Uncle Kracker. The album’s first single, On a
Summer Night, gained Billy national radio play and 2013 EOTM Award nominations for Best Country Song and Best Country Music video. Billy closed out the EOTM Awards show at the Pacific Design Center in Hollywood with a live performance that drew rave reviews.

American Music also launched the single Fighting Back, an aggressive adrenaline-fueled anthem based on Billy’s own personal battles. The song struck a heavy chord with listeners and earned him radio play on some of the biggest rock radio stations in the country, including New York’s Z100 and Providence, RI’s Home of Rock n Roll, 94 HJY.  With Fighting Back playing on the radio, Billy rose from one of the city’s working homeless – singing his songs in parks and subway platforms – to one of the most talked about new artists in the city scene seemingly overnight.

Fighting Back was named Best Rock Song of 2012 by voters on Twitter
@YouTubeRisingStar and eventually earned Billy a featured artist honor
from Z100 radio.  By early 2013, Billy had his own station on Pandora.
Not one to rest on his early success, Billy set out on a motorcycle in
February of 2013 with his guitar and a mission to write a great
American rock album that would stand proudly alongside the classic albums that have been his inspiration. Billy earned gas and food money by playing songs wherever he could; from small bars to street corners, often sleeping outside on picnic tables, in gas station bathrooms or in the laundry rooms of hotels. During the cross country journey, Billy found songs for his follow-up album in the people and places he encountered along the way. In the middle ofhis epic ride, Billy was asked to return home to play a concert in his hometown on the eve of 4th of July. Billy’s performance drew a record setting crowd to the venue, estimated at over 5,000 adoring fans. Upon his return, Billy was approached by Ellen Rakieten and Relativity Entertainment and flew to Hollywood to develop a TV show based on the journey and the making of the album from the road.

On the cusp of super stardom, Billy has worked harder than ever on the songs for National Anthem, working with acclaimed producer Lu Rubino.
The new CD, set to release in February 2015, will feature 13 new songs, including the single Steal the Evening Sky, a duet with another rising star, Carly Jo Jackson. The official Itunes release will include a digital booklet with pictures and maps from Billy’s cross country journey, along with journal entries chronicling the stories behind the songs on the album.
Album cover art is being painted by Orlando artist, Maureen Robinson. A Billy Lord “Freedom” model guitar is also in development, to be manufactured by the Vargas Guitar Company.

A 2015 National Anthem tour is in the works and dates will be posted at www.reverbnation.com/billylord

 Lee Cherry Entertainment is currently working the single “Steal The Evening Sky”  to radio outlets which is rapidly gaining ground. Radio can find the single for download at airplayaccess.com

Eric Church’s Baby Boy: The Name Breakdown


Eric Church’s second son, Tennessee Hawkins Church — little brother to Boone McCoy Church — is 3 months old now, but his name is going to be the coolest about six years from now.

During a recent interview on the syndicated Country Countdown USA radio show, the singer-songwriter talked about where the littlest Church’s name came from.

“Hawk was just something that kind of came to me,” Church explained. “We have a bunch of property out west of town, and I was out there one day, and honestly saw a hawk, as weird as that is, and I called my wife, and said, ‘Have you thought about Hawk?’”

He added that if he imagined himself at 6 years old, “Hawk” would be a very cool if name to have.

“It’s like a Top Gun fighter pilot,” he said of the boy’s nickname.

As for the first name Tennessee, Church says that comes from two places.

“I love Tennessee Williams, but also one of my favorite songs was by Don Williams, ‘Good Old Boys Like Me,’” he said. “It’s got that line in it — ‘Hank and Tennessee.’ It’s one of my favorite songs,” he said of the 1980 hit song that included the lyric, “I can still hear the soft Southern winds in the live oak trees/And those Williams boys they still mean a lot to me — Hank and Tennessee.”