Drew Kennedy has devoted his life to writing and performing his songs his way. With a catalog eight albums deep, one novel penned, and a music festival created (the annual Red River Songwriters’ Festival), Kennedy has done more than build a strong career– he has reimagined what it means to be a songwriter, both artistically and entrepreneurially. His always-expanding circle of collaborators includes Lori McKenna, Walt Wilkins, Matraca Berg, Jeff Hanna, Travis Meadows, Jeffrey Steele, Heather Morgan, Sean McConnell, and others, while Lori McKenna, Patty Loveless and Jason Eady, Travis Meadows, Jason Boland, Ben Danaher, and more have recorded his songs.
“The hardest thing for people to admit about themselves is that they’re going to change,” says Josh Grider. The country stalwart knows, because he’s done it himself. When you release eight albums, tour the country and abroad, sign publishing deals, top the Texas radio charts, and start a family all in just over a decade, you’re going to come out different than when you went in. On upcoming new record Good People, the New Mexico native turns the lessons he’s learned so far into an impressive collection of catchy, substantive country tunes — the kind that draw parallels between Grider and artists like Kacey Musgraves and Steve Earle. But Grider delivers them with a smooth neo-traditional baritone to rival Joe Nichols and melodic hooks that, when they hit you just right, feel timeless on first listen.
in Walt’s own words: “Songwriter, singer, traveler, troubadour - the calling I answered, the life I chose, the way I make my way.
I chose to go full time on this road 25 years ago. Its been a spiritual quest, an amazing trip, at turns heartbreaking & transcendent. In that time I've made 9 solo records, 4 records with The Mighty Mystiqueros, 1 with my wife Tina, and there's a new live record with my friend Kevin Welch. I've had 100 or more songs recorded by other artists, traveled a fair part of the world, and had some very, very large times. I know a wide, beautiful variety of mighty poets, pickers, philosophers, artists, and wild spirits. I am a most fortunate man. Mostly, I drive, play & sleep & dream. Its a rich experience, a wild ride, and the way I make my way. I hope to meet you if I haven't. If I have, I hope to see you again soon on this path. Cheers.”
Jamie Lin Wilson
No one covers the spectrum of age and experience quite like Jamie Lin Wilson: the singer-songwriter’s second full-length album Jumping Over Rocks comprises songs that paint moving portraits of men, women, and children coping, striving, wondering, and celebrating. The first single “The Being Gone,” which Rolling Stone Country called a “lush travelogue,” questions the cost and payoff of decisions made and time spent on the road.
Wilson didn’t pick up a guitar until she was 19. After receiving an acoustic guitar for Christmas, she began attending open mics in College Station, Texas, and was immediately welcomed into what was primarily a boys’ club of aspiring pickers. There, she met fellow bandmate Shane Walker — a precursor to her time with The Gougers. She would eventually also co-front The Trishas, as well — the opposite of a boys’ club, noted for their impeccable harmonies.
Kat grew up in a family band with her brother and sisters, performing Irish music for their parents friends. She began writing songs in her teen years and singing them with the band. They soon signed a record deal and had top 10 songs at Canadian radio. After the band broke up, she made the one way trip to Nashville and never looked back. Kat has had her songs recorded by many artists, including Carrie Underwood, who released “Mexico” on her Storyteller album.
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Bobby Hamrick is a singer/songwriter and producer based in Nashville, TN. He has had songs recorded by Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Danny Gokey, Jaci Velasquez, Sarah Darling, Hayden Panetierre and many others. He has performed on ABC’s Nashville, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Grand Ole Opry, and has played on albums ranging from Cece Winans to Carly Pearce. Hamrick recently released the new single and video for ‘What It Can’t Have,’ which can be heard on Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music. For more information visit www.bobbyhamrick.com.