WAYLAND is a heartland, country-rock duo hailing from the town of the same name in West Michigan. Frontman Mitchel Arnold and lead guitar player Phillip Vilenski met when touring the world teaching children music with Bill and Robyn Brawley of Heart Global. They left the UK with their first batch of songs and set off to build a fanbase that nobody could take away from them.
They toured the country independently for seven years selling out venues as a headliner all over the midwest, opening for crossover acts like Shinedown, Lifehouse, Colt Ford, Blackberry Smoke, and Buckcherry, securing slots on major, national rock festivals, and building relationships with radio stations all over the country by singing three part harmony at seven am live on air on radio and television. The band won two official Sixthman Cruise competitions which landed them slots on the Kiss Kruise and Bon Jovi Cruise.
Crafted in the seclusion of a Michigan cabin, “Other End” stands as a testament to Wayland’s evolution amid personal growth, catalyzed by Phillip’s (lead guitar player) transformative journey following a poignant divorce. The serene Michigan woods provided the backdrop for Phillip’s introspection, influencing the emotionally charged single. Returning to Joshua Tree, CA, and collaborating with Mitch, (lead singer) the duo birthed a song capturing the raw essence of personal struggle and growth—a visceral response to seven years of relentless touring, experiencing the toll on hearts and the band itself.
A milestone in Wayland’s career, “Other End” marks the first release solely produced by Phillip. The creative process unfolded in Joshua Tree, California, where the band pushed beyond their comfort zone, seamlessly blending rock, country, and bluegrass influences.
“Other End” radiates Phill’s bluegrass roots and the band’s eclectic fusion of rock and country, weaving a tapestry of poignancy and power. Wayland’s ability to seamlessly merge genres attests to their musical prowess and ongoing artistic evolution.
Kendall Tucker is a Nashville Recording Country Rap Artist from Ocala, FL. Growing up in the Horse Capitol of the World you can’t help but grow some country roots. From Eminem to Randy Travis Kendall has always had a love for all Genres which has helped him combine Country and Rap to make some of the most unique music you’ve ever heard. Kendall has recorded/worked with names such as Colt Ford, Jelly Roll, Project Pat, Bubba Sparxxx, Craig Campbell & many more! Not only does Kendall give people good music, He also knows how to light up the stage with his full band performance. His electrifying stage performance is sure to have you moving and singing along almost immediately. There’s no doubt that he’ll be a name that soon everyone will recognize! Make sure to Follow Kendall Tucker on all social media platforms
About Molly Lovette: Approaching one million streams just on Spotify, numerous TV appearances, endless press interviews, radio placements both national and international, music videos airing on The Country Network, a Forbes feature under her belt, and so much more, Molly is taking the world by storm and winning the hearts of country fans everywhere. She also received recognition and was honored from her home state of Missouri, on behalf of Governor Michael L. Parson, for her endless dedication to her craft and for being a role model to her fans.
Olivia Faye is a season 20 American Idol alumna, singer/songwriter, and actress/voice-over talent. After moving to Nashville from Kentucky at 19, Olivia quickly acclimated to a life in Music City as a songwriter and performer. Her smooth, bluesy vocals and catchy tunes have won her numerous invitations to perform throughout Nashville and beyond, her favorite being Fox and Locke of Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee where she is a regular. Olivia has been a featured opener for Travis Tritt, Alabama, Mark Chesnutt, Phil Vassar, Paul Thorne and Johnny Mac. She was just named as one of the best-up-and-coming talented artists to watch on Nashville Rising’s Spotify playlist.
Emerging artist Charly Reynolds and her new single “Flowers,” written by Reynolds, Rachel Wiigins & Caroline Watkins, released on 4/14.
Displaying a songwriting prowess matched only by vocal delivery, “Flowers, hits with a power most songwriters only dream of. Hearts don’t always break in half, sometimes they are slowly crushed, and “Flowers” is that movie in song. Reynolds narrates a path almost every woman has traveled, unknowingly falling into the first baby step of realizing leaving is where she needs to be. She may not be strong enough to walk away, but she’s starting to be strong enough to realize she should.
Mary Heather Hickman
Storytelling singer/songwriter and recording artist Mary Heather Hickman has released her new single, “Small Town Saturday Night.” Hickman’s ability to weave a compelling tale, complete with a cast of intriguing characters, proves to be right on target once again with this new song. “Small Town Saturday Night” is available HERE.
Grounded by a punchy backbeat and loads of outlaw energy, “Small Town Saturday Night” takes an unflinching look at the gritty underside of rural life. Filled with eerie guitar licks and the kind of fiddle playing that would give the Devil a run for his money, Mary Heather Hickman chronicles the story of several down-and-out characters. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, the song packs a sinister punch without losing its mainstream appeal.
“I’m so excited to finally be able to share the studio version of ‘Small Town Saturday Night’ with fans of my music. The enthusiasm and encouragement I’ve received online and at live shows to release this one has been truly amazing,” said Mary Heather Hickman. “I’m very thankful there is a space and appreciation from country music listeners for this type of dark and edgy, story-driven song.”
Rising country music artist Rob Wolf is pleased to announce the release of his new, autobiographical single, “How I Live My Life.” Self-written, the song does exactly what the title says, it describes how the Montana native has always lived his life, complete with true stories about his home, family, hobbies and even mischief he’s gotten himself into. “How I Live My Life” is available for download and streaming at HERE.
A personal anthem of sorts, Wolf obviously had an enjoyable time writing the new music, as it includes a lot of fun elements, such as boyhood trouble in the great outdoors. A trip down memory lane that allows fans the opportunity to get to know both the young Wolf, and the grownup version, via his own words.
Rob Wolf explained, “If I were to claim a song as an anthem, it would be ‘How I Live My Life.’ This song was a blast to write because it’s about all the ridiculous ways that I’ve found myself in trouble over the years, and how they have shaped me into the man I am today.”
Latin-infused country artist Andrea Vasquez is getting personal and releasing a more vulnerable song that should impact everyone who listens. Overthink, written by Andrea (co-written with her glass of wine) and produced by Jason Bobo (who has also produced her previous singles) came from literally overthinking. “I am the biggest overthinker on the planet and I’m trying to get a better hold on that,” says Andrea. “I wanted to write about overthinking a new exciting relationship, my career, making a mark on country music being a Latina and how that would impact me. I realize so many of us deal with the comparison game and over thinking what comes next, so I wanted the message behind it to be clear for those also dealing with this.”
About Andrea Vasquez: With her previous releases showcasing her dynamic vocals and engaging energy, Andrea is becoming a success story that future generations of aspiring country artists who share her Latino heritage will strive to emulate. She has received great media placement including CMT support and has been featured on numerous playlists including Country Latino. She was also awarded Top 3 Best Country Music Artist and Best Nashville Singer-Songwriter in 2022’s Best of Nashville Awards. She is gearing up for her ’Nashville Hits The Roof’ Tour in Feb, March and April.
Rome & Duddy
Written on acoustic guitar and recorded solely with organic instrumentation, Cactus Cool ultimately spotlights the vibrant musicianship most recently shown on albums like Sublime with Rome’s Blessing (a #2 hit on Billboard’s Top Alternative Albums chart) and Dirty Heads’ 2022 full-length Midnight Control (featuring the top 10 single “Life’s Been Good”). “We decided from day one that we wanted to make music with a classic feel to it—something that you could listen to 30 years from now, and it would still hold up,” Bushnell notes.
With the release of their debut EP, Rome & Duddy hope to extend that sense of purposeful excitement to their audience—and to provide a much-needed escape from the uncertainty of modern life. “Both of us make music because that’s what makes us happy—it’s the oxygen in our lungs,” says Ramirez. “I hope when people hear these songs it gives that same kind of happiness, the feeling of being with family and friends and just enjoying that time together. If they need to turn off from the day and put themselves into another state of mind, that’s what this music is there for.”
Raised in a small-town Haleyville, AL singer/songwriter Reid Haughton caught the music bug after picking up a guitar one day during church lessons. Haughton continued to home his craft and develop his own musical style throughout high school before moving to Auburn, AL in 217 to attend school at Auburn University. In just a few short months, Haughton quickly become immersed in the college circuit, booking gigs and filling rooms in towns throughout the southeast.
Growing up listening to his father’s vast taste in music and his mother’s love of classic country melodies, Haughton has solidified his sound mixing contemporary country melodies with modern, red dirt vocals. In 2021 Haughton made the move to Nashville and released his single “Got The Girl.” His new single “break Up Goin’ Down” is available everywhere now.
Ty March is a unique artist with an equal mix of energetic and emotional tones that will undoubtedly get stuck in your head. He blends smooth R&B and pop music elements along with country morn dee to create this Rhythmic vibe sure to catch your ear! Imagine if Juice WRLD, Justin Bieber, and Sam Hunt united themselves alongside Kane Brown; then you’ll have something like Ty Marchs’ sound.
Ty is a social media phenomenon. His ability to connect with others through his TikTok, Live Streams, and performances has grown an exponentially loyal following that now numbers over 500,000 fans. Ty’s down-to-earth approach makes him relatable, and fans engaged. With over 100K monthly listeners on Spotify, it’s no surprise that Ty has had some success with his latest hits. He holds the lead single “SOLO” over 1 million streams proving how much people love listening to new music from him! Representing Nashville Tennessee as well these days (and still devote 100% of time producing), this creative artist is sure not only to satisfy your desire but also to make sure you’re never bored again by giving every song a multiple listen – guaranteed.
For more information visit his website.
Twin country duo, Hobbs Sisters, release their new single, “Love Breaks All The Rules,” available now! Written by Lauren and Hannah Hobbs, Kelly McKay, and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Forest Whitehead, this song describes the reckless feeling that falling in love can tend to feel like. With each twin in different stages of their love lives, this song caters to anyone who has fallen in love without considering the consequences.
After playing it at shows all summer, people seemed to resonate with the idea that love can make you feel crazy but in a good way. We’re so excited for everyone to hear this song,” says the Hobbs Sisters.
Nashville recording artist, Jordan Blanchard, could make any room spin with his debut single, “Hangover.” After entering the Nashville writing scene in 2021, it became obvious that his story would be one to follow, and while a hangover usually happens at the end of something exciting, this one is only the beginning.
Jordan’s first official tour, “The Hangover Tour,” started back in June and an epic moment from this tour included a life jacket, a backflip, and one of the largest country festivals in the state of Wisconsin. You can find that moment on his instagram LINK HERE.
Karissa Ella released a brand new music video for her recently released single “Hometown Bar.” She exclusively premiered the video on CMT Music.
This song is nostalgic and reminiscent and ponders the idea of the life the budding artist may have had if she had never chased her dreams to Nashville and stayed in her hometown of North Canton, Ohio. The top-notch video features some of Karissa’s family and friends from her hometown and highlights those places we can always come home to.
“It was important to me that we filmed this video at my actual hometown bar in Ohio. Luckily, my videographers were up for the challenge and flew to Ohio to shoot at The Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown, Ohio. I wanted this video to be authentic and something that I will smile at when I look back on it. We had friends and family in the video which made it even more special. My hometown bar video is a nod to local bars and all the people in them. I hope people can identify with those salt-of-the-earth kinds of people that we all know and love!”
The story of The Brethren is both unique and familiar. Brothers often make musical history. From Noel and Liam of Oasis, to the Allman Brothers and the Jackson 5, the world Loves the story and sounds of siblings making music. That’s why bassist Lonnie Chapin (Grammy Winner) and his brother Chad Chapin (Grammy Nominated Drummer and BMI Song of the Year winner) knew something was special was cooking when another set of brothers from their same little hometown in Oregon approached them to write some songs.
Brothers Casey Parnell and Corey Parnell are musical powerhouses in their own right, having written hundreds of award winning songs and toured constantly for the last decade. The potential between the 4 of them was staggering. Before they knew it, these 2 sets of brothers found themselves locked up in an East Nashville rehearsal space writing as a band with ease.
Country singer-songwriter and U.S. Marine veteran Adam Warner grew up on his family’s farm in Southern Illinois near Lawrenceville listening to a lot of Charlie Daniels. So much so that he credits the late country legend as one of his biggest musical inspirations for growing into the experienced Nashville-based country recording artist he is today.
To commemorate the life and musical legacy of Daniels, Warner has released his own upbeat and fresh-take rockin’ and rousing rendition of Daniels’ iconic song, “Long Haired Country Boy.”
Beau Nair, Comedy Artist
Beau Nair is a weed-smoking, shit-kicking outlaw cowboy laying down some badass funk on ya while seducing your sister. Men want to be him, women want to f*ck him and everyone wants to shake their asses to his hot sounds.
Check out Sue’s audio interview with the incomparable Beau Nair.