NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Grammy Award winning, Songwriters Hall of Fame Member John Prine passed away at age 73 due to Covid-19. Some of his most legendary hits include, “Hello in There,” “Sam Stone,” “Angel From Montgomery” and “Paradise.” Prine used these masterpieces to highlight moments that the average mind grazed over with empathetic words and light-hearted lines. Writing for big industry names such as Johnny Cash, George Strait, Don Williams, the Everly Brothers, Carl Perkins and Bette Midler, all while being a singer, author, actor and record label owner, leaves Prine with one of the most renowned legacies in music history. Prine was not only a poetic prodigy, but a friend to many in the music and entertainment industry.
Fellow artists mourn the loss of their friend and share fond memories that have left them forever inspired by the timeless, John Prine.
“I have enjoyed John’s music for many years. He was a truly gifted man and he will be missed. My prayers go out to his family.” – Charley Pride
“All of The Oak Ridge Boys are saddened by the loss of John Prine. The man was a genius songwriter! I have been listening to his music and praying for him since he got sick and to be honest I didn’t really know John personally but my heart is heavy nonetheless.” – Joe Bonsall / Oak Ridge Boys
“Nashville has lost another legendary artist. John Prine will always be remembered for his great music. I will always remember John’s wonderful smile and how nice and caring he was. Sending lots of love to his family.” – Crystal Gayle
“So sad to see another great music legend leave us. My family sends prayers to John Prine’s family.” – Lee Greenwood
“John was a sweet genius who always had time for conversation with me and as a songwriter, he was untouchable.” – T. Graham Brown
“After having the honor of seeing John Prine on a few occasions, it was no secret how much he is loved and admired. I last saw him at the Marty Stuart Late Night Jam, and was fortunate to have a front row seat. I captured many great photos, and will cherish the photos as a wonderful memory of witnessing one of the greatest songwriters to walk God’s Earth.” – Rhonda Vincent
“I really feel like we’ve lost one of our generation’s great champions for living outside the senses.” – Lacy J. Dalton
“John Prine was a treasure! He inspired every singer/songwriter who has ever lived. He has survived several health challenges and I was praying that he would survive this. There was only one John Prine. Everyone looked up to him and he will be missed by not only Nashville, but around the world. We love you, John.” – Deborah Allen
“I used to sing his song “Paradise” about Muhlenburg county during my shows in clubs. It was written about how the coal mines stripped away the vegetation and trees. He also wrote “Angel From Montgomery,” which was a hit by Bonnie Raitt. This is the kind of music that I have always loved. It was a touch of blues and a touch of pop. I have always loved his music and style. He was a leader in the “awareness” songs and was a huge influence in my life and my approach to music. You will be missed, John.” – Janie Fricke
“I first met John Prine in the 70’s backstage at the Grand Ole Opry. He was perhaps one of the nicest guys I’ve ever had the honor to meet. No star attitude whatsoever. He was just an average guy who loved words. And he became one of the greatest wordsmiths of our time. His lyrics are pure poetry. He never worried about making his songs commercial. He wrote from the heart and the gut. Ironically I was in the studio last month and recorded one of his songs that I’ve loved for years called “Blue Umbrella.” John would say in three minutes what an author would say in 256 pages. What a talent!” – Tim Atwood
“So sad to hear the passing of the legendary John Prine. One of the most influential songwriters of our time gone way too soon! His music will live on forever.” – J.D. Shelburne
“John Prine was one of the most beloved and well-versed songwriters in the business, and his passing is a huge loss to songwriters and fans alike. The mark he made on the americana/folk/country music industry was remarkable – one that no one else could ever dream of accomplishing. His songwriting will be deeply missed, but even more than that is his infectious smile and sweet spirit. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of John’s family and friends, as well as all the fans he has made over the years. There will truly never be another John Prine.” – Paige King Johnson
Photo Credit: Variety 4/2020, Danny Clinch
Old Dominion is set to return to the Coachella Valley this Friday, on their South West portion of their “Make It Sweet” Tour. The band will be performing on Friday at 8pm at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. The bandmates are no strangers to the city of Indio, since Old Dominion has performed at Stagecoach Country Music Festivala couple of times and left the audience wanting more.
The band was recently crowned Country Music Association (CMA) Vocal Group of the Year. That honor, along with Matt Ramsey and Trevor Rosen being named 2019 Songwriter- Artists of the Year, has propelled the band to rockstar popularity, so it’s no surprise that tickets for this Friday’s show are sold out.
Although we’ve seen Old Dominion on stage several times, their shows are ALWAYS entertaining, high energy and SO MUCH FUN!!! This Friday’s performance promises to be much of the same.
The band is scheduled to have Ryan Hurd as their opening act. Ryan Hurd is an amazing artist and song writer in his own right with such hits as “Diamonds or Twine” and “To a T”. Ryan Hurd is also the husband of country music superstar, Maren Morris. The couple recently announced that they are expecting their first child.
Friday evening with Old Dominion promises to be a night of great music, amazing artists and LOTS of fun! We hope to see you there!
For more info visit FantasySpringsResort.com
Breakout country star, Jimmie Allen made a splash in New York’s Times Square today with the premiere of his eye-popping new music video on Viacom’s Times Square billboard. The fun and fantastical video for his current single “Make Me Want To” also made its premiere today across CMT platforms as well. Watch the comical video HERE.
“I’m a huge fan of Disney, Harry Potter and ‘The Notebook.’ I wanted to create a video that showcased my love for all three,” Allen shared with CMT. “I feel like authenticity is celebrated today more than ever so with this video I really wanted highlight my quirky side.”
Shot in Franklin and Nashville, Tenn., the video CMT describes as “magical and positively effervescent” was conceptualized by Allen and directed by Justin Nolan Key. The special effects-laden and often humorous video spotlights both Allen’s creativity and natural comedic ability. From a fairy godmother to a magic wand and a romantic love connection to dancing in the rain, the video shares a unique and magical narrative that gives fans a look inside Allen’s subconscious.
“I love that the video focuses on the action and the music is in the background,” Allen continues. “Enjoy Chapter 1! This is the first of a five-part music video collection. Thanks to everyone for going on this journey with me and stay tuned for more!”
“Make Me Want To,” which The Boot called “an infectious, romantic romp,” was most added at Country Radio with 61 stations reporting in its first week and is currently making its way up the chart. Written by Allen with Paul Sikes and Jennifer Denmark, the song is the follow up to his debut No. 1 “Best Shot,” and the second single off his Stoney Creek Records / BBR Music Group debut album Mercury Lane, an album Rolling Stone praises as “a sturdy, hits-packed collection that…challenges the narrowly defined model of what constitutes a next big thing in country music.”
The Delaware native recently wrapped runs on Scotty McCreery’s Seasons Change Tour and Kane Brown’s Live Forever Tour. Catch Allen on the road this summer as support on Chris Young’s Raised on Country Tour and Rascal Flatts’ Summer Playlist Tour.
For more information and tour dates, visit www.jimmieallenmusic.com.
About Jimmie Allen:
The epitome of the phrase “persistence pays off,” Jimmie Allen laid it all on the line to make his dreams a reality. Now signed to BBR Music Group’s Stoney Creek Records, Allen’s debut single “Best Shot” is a certified hit, claiming the top spot as the No. 1 Most Shazamed song in the format for eight consecutive weeks, and the No. 1 spot on Country radio for three weeks, marking the first time a black artist has launched a career with a No. 1 hit with their debut single on country radio. On the heels of that historic success, Allen is back with his latest single, “Make Me Want To” which was most added at country radio in its first week with 61 stations.
“Make Me Want To” is the second single off his Stoney Creek Records / BBR Music Group debut album Mercury Lane released Oct. 12, 2018. Named in tribute to the street he grew up on and the origin of his incredible journey, Mercury Lane was produced by Ash Bowers and Eric Torres and features a cutting-edge mix of country, rock, R&B and pop that draws upon the influence of his family and small-town upbringing of the critically-acclaimed rising star. Rolling Stone raved Allen’s debut “challenges the narrowly defined model of what constitutes a next big thing in country music in 2018” and The New York Times dubbed it one of 2018’s strongest, calling it “a conventional country album, filled with songs about the small details.”
The Southern Delaware native’s talent for songwriting is undeniable, having written a song that was featured in a Super Bowl commercial and appearing in a Diet Coke ad with megastar Taylor Swift. “Blue Jean Baby,” off his debut self-titled EP, immediately caught the attention of country music fans and critics alike with its soulful groove— rocketing it to the top of digital playlists, across all genres. Allen recently wrapped his run on Scotty McCreery’s Seasons Change Tour as well as Kane Brown’s Live Forever Tour. He will also be hitting the road this summer as support on Chris Young’s Raised on Country Tour and Rascal Flatts’ Summer Playlist Tour. The hot newcomer was heralded as one of the top “artists to watch in 2018” by Rolling Stone, Billboard, Pandora, Sounds Like Nashville, NY Country Swag, Country Music Rocks and New England Country Music and has earned spots in CMT’s “18 for 2018” Listen Up program and Bobby Bones’ Class of 2018. For more information, visit jimmieallenmusic.com.
Another year of Stagecoach has come and gone… and MAN, what a weekend! Earlier today, I was telling a colleague that there simply aren’t enough hours in the weekend, to do/see EVERYTHING during Stagecoach, but we tried.
The following is a brief list of some of the activities, events or moments in which we participated, experienced and/or witnessed. Over the next few weeks we will cover many of the artists, events and happenings that transpired during Stagecoach, but in the meantime, here is a brief glimpse as to what to expect.
Young Artists at Stagecoach– Youth was definitly on full display this year at Stagecoach with artists like Abby Anderson (22), Danielle Bradbery (22), Lauren Alaina (24) and Kane Brown (25) showcasing their incredible talents. These twenty somethings are up and coming stars, that thrilled festival attendees with their lyrics, and performances. Everyone I spoke with, who saw these four perform, raved about their energy and showmanship and those that missed them, were kicking themselves for missing out on the experience. Be on the lookout for these youthful artists, they’ll be coming to a town near you, very soon.
Boots On Stage– At a secluded hotel in La Quinta, CA, a very private pool party took place, which featured a performance by Chase Bryant; DJBadAsh spinning on the turntables, supermodel Jessica Vaugn, several NFL players and Hollywood A-listers in attendance. For the past two years, Boots on Stage has hosted or collablorated on the biggest party during Stagecoach weekend… this year was no different. The pool party was the perfect way to start off your Saturday and the Neon Carnival was the best way to end it… Boots on Stage had their hand in both events!
Neon Carnival– Easily the best party to attend during Coachella AND during Stagecoach! Look it up on IG, YouTube, etc. If you can attend… GO! It started at 10pm and ended around 4am. DeeJay Silver and DJ Rukus kept the people dancing all night and morning long!
Shallow– Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s song from “A Star is Born” was played and performed throughout the weekend. Danielle Bradbery performed it during her phenomenal set, but Jimmie Allen and Abby Anderson performed our favorite version, during Jimmie Allen’s set, on Sunday. If you haven’t had the opportunity to listen to their rendition, stop reading, listen to it and come back. We promise, you won’t regret it.
Photo-op with a Living Legend– Bret Michaels of Bret Michaels Band, stopped by the media tent and media professionals (myself included) reverted back to their 13 year old selves and went completely fanboy/girl!!! Bret Michaels sat and did interviews, shook hands, posed for pictures and made everyone’s day. He was kind enough to take a photo with me and thanked me for covering his performance. What a LEGEND!
RV Resort– This is the place to be if you want to get the full Stagecoach experience. Line dancing, drinking games, above ground pools and scantily clad men & women. This place is next level fun!
Sam Hunt’s Bodyguard– This is one of the coolest stories I came across during the weekend. Through a mutual friend, I met Sam Hunt’s bodyguard. A young, cool, mellow, former Green Beret, former UFC fighter, Sam Hunt’s brother-in-law and his current bodyguard. He’s a great guy, who served his country and has plenty of stories to share from the many phases of his life.
Be sure to stop by weekly for a new story from the best weekend in the Coachella Valley, Stagecoach weekend!
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Will the REAL Chase Miller, please stand up! A new single, good looks and plethora of adoring fans, it’s no wonder Chase Miller has had to get a few fake profiles, that were pretending to be him, removed from Instagram. I recently had a chance meeting with the real Chase Miller while he was enjoying Stagecoach weekend in Indio, CA. After posing for pictures, signing autographs and handing out some sweet koozies, he had a few minutes to talk with me, before heading to watch Kane Brown‘s performance.
Read our conversation below as we talked about his current single, “Redneck Weekend“, his definition of California Country and his future plans.
CVC: Chase, thank you for your time. How are you enjoying Stagecoach weekend?
CM: Really enjoying it. There are a lot of great artists performing this year and I’ve really enjoyed seeing the up and coming artists and there are some great songwriters performing this weekend.
CVC: Being a SoCal guy, what does California Country mean to you?
CM: California Country is just like any other form of country. It’s getting together with your friends, having a great time, listening to good music. For me, in California specifically, it’s hanging at the beach with friends, being surrounded by the people I love and care about and partying with them.
CVC: You have a great single that you just released, “Redneck Weekend“, which is the anthem for good time, what do you have in store for us in the future?
CM: My producer Nick and I are working on some more material that we’ll be putting out within the next year. We’re looking at either an EP or an album. I have my full band back together and we’ll be hitting a few states on the west coast and heading to Nashville in June and do some stuff out there. I’ll keep working and keep growing the fan base as much as possible.
Chase Miller is a talented songwriter and musician. He continues to make music that people can relate with and truly LOVES what he does. You can find the real Chase Miller on FB, IG and Twitter under the name @ChaseMillerTime and his songs can be heard on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music… everywhere!