Canada Country Aircheck Issue 15

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THE FUTURE STARS OF COUNTRY MUSIC Our industry strives on new artists and new music. There are many new artists that have been working hard for years to build a fan base and to create music that can stand up against the biggest stars of country music. Indie artists have a hard road often spending their own money and putting all their energy into creating the best product possible. Today we will spotlight nine artists that we feel

will be the stars of tomorrow. There are many more and we will continue to spotlight artists in future issues. Today we spotlight Anthony Tullo, Lauren Mayell, Ashlynne Vince, Anthony Young, Stevie Jewel, Andrew Frelick, Tianna Woods, Lisa Moen and Chillbilly. Check them out and listen to their music. We feel 2017 will be a great year for this gorup of artists.

ANTHONY TULLO We have followed Anthony for a couple of years now. He just released his new EP called “Rebel With A Song” and recently held a sold out EP release party at the Gibson Showroom. Anthony and his band Ed Stepanic (Rhythm guitar), Jack Wilczynski (Bass guitar), Adam Langley (Lead guitar) and Joe Bartello (Drums) kept the audience rockin all night long. Anthony as always left the crowd wanting more. His first single from this EP “Gasoline” will be released in January. Anthony is ready to break nationally in 2017 and we are sure radio will welcome “Gasoline” with open arms.

LAUREN MAYELL Lauren has had a great year in 2016 with the release of two successful singles “The Good Guy” and “Better Believe” and she toured across the country meeting radio station programmers on her radio tour with her sidekick dog. Lauren performed at over 80 Shows And Events Including 40 Radio Stations And Two TV Shows Across Canada, And she Finished Her EP “I’ve Changed” To Be Released Dec 19 – With Five Of The Songs Co-Written By Lauren. Two New Singles Will Be Released To Radio In 2017 From The EP. We can’t wait to hear more from Lauren. She is a star in the making and we feel 2017 will be her year.

Tianna Woods It is said that music gives soul to the universe. Tianna Woods is the personification of that thought. Radio audiences connect with her songs because they speak of real life with real heart. Award winning Canadian country artist Tianna Woods releases her latest single “20 Bucks and a Tank of Gas”. A theme all too familiar to Canadians from coast to coast. Millennial audiences will connect instantly with this upbeat & fun filled song that speaks about living in the moment and taking the bull by the horns. You only live once so don’t let anything stop you from jumping in the car and hitting the gas to the fast lane of life. We will hear a lot from Tianna in 2017.


been passionate about music nearly all of his life. Since We love spotlighting new tal- first picking up a guitar at 12, ent and especially new young Young has gone on to record talent as they are the future of two singles and has performed at countless venues our industry. Today’s spotand events. light is Anthony Young! He has star quality and reminds of the many artists I have met Young’s latest single, Far Away, written by Young in the early stages of their careers and now are country’s and arranged by renowned producer Adam Newcomb, is biggest stars. just the latest example of the obvious writing, vocal, and Anthony is a 17 year-old Whitby, Ontario singer-song- instrumental talent that he is capable of. writer. Anthony Young has

ASHLYNNE VINCE We have some great talent in Canada and Ashlynne Vince is one to watch. She is already creating a buzz within the industry. She has played the major Honky Tonks in Nashville, which reminds us of Terri Clark when she first came to Nashville and has spent time learning how the music industry works. She is from Welland Ontario and her current single is called “Stupid Love”. One of the highlights during the 2016 Festival Season in Ontario, was being chosen as a Spotlight Artist at the Trackside Music Festival joining the stage with Florida Georgia Line, Randy Houser, Brett Kissel, and Jess Moskaluke to name a few. Watch for a big year in 2017 for Ashlynne Vince.

STEVIE JEWEL Ontario born Stevie Jewel is Katy Perry meets Country with a twist of Southern Rock. Multi award winning and Grammy nominated before she turned 20, Stevie has performed at The White House, Country Music Week leading up to the CCMA Awards, and all over the U.S. to great acclaim. We asked Stevie about her single Bad Habit “We were talking over ideas and then somehow the words “bad habit” were said and we knew right then, that was the idea for the song! The whole thing was finished in less than two hours and when one of my producers, Will Edwards, heard the song he said, “That’s a hit!” What’s coming up for 2017? My team and I are about to start working on a full album! I’ve released several singles and now I’m so excited to be working on an album. We are also working on live dates and you can find the full schedule of live performances on my website,

CHILLBILLY They say that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be truer for CHILLBILLY. Composed of a group of inspirational musicians and skillful performers, the artists behind ChillBilly have earned their reputation as a talented band to look out for. From live gigs to studio sessions and more, they continue to touch fans around the world with their distinct and enjoyable musical style. The band is made up of Garrett Buchfink, Lead Singer, Garrett has been with ChillBilly from the very beginning. As Lead Singer, they take on quite a lot of responsibility, from fine-tuning the musical arrangements to assisting other bandmates with perfecting their performances. Kenny Sitter, Lead Guitar, Kenny is truly a pro. Crowds always love seeing him in full performance mode, and the band couldn’t be happier to have such an incredible guitarist up on stage and in the studio with them. Greg Carroll, Bass & Vocals, A band wouldn’t be complete without its Bass Player, and ChillBilly couldn’t have asked for a better one than the talented Greg Carroll. They play an instrumental role in the success and musical progression of the band.Chillbilly’s new single is called “Hot with Her Hair Down” and is creating quite a buzz at radio across Canada. Take a few minutes and watch their cool video. Simple click on the picture below. Visit them online at and on Facebook at Chillbilly is one to watch in 2017.

ANDREW FRELICK Music is in Andrew’s blood. Dynamic and determined are just two words that can best describe Halifax, NS born country artist, Andrew Frelick! Growing up in nearby Bridgewater, NS, Andrew is a natural talent delivering rich vocals, country guitar, and a polished live off the floor sound. Rapidly building momentum following artist showcase performances during the 2015 CMA Fest & CCMA weeks, Andrew is making his mark in country music, and is definitely one to watch. It just so happens that Andrews Aunt is none other than Carrol Baker. Andrew has a cool new single “When I Was Little” and will be opened for Carrol in November. The thing that caught our attention is that Andrew is a family man first (just follow him on social media) and music is a close second. Andrew has made a mark in the Martimes and Nashville and we see him breaking nationally across Canada in 2017.

LISA MOEN Lisa wrote her new single “All I Ask Of You” in hopes to inspire her listeners to never give up on their dreams and to have them relate to the experiences she’s gone through in her life. She reflects in this song to her earliest memory of singing, a solo in the church choir when she was 6 years old, after she finishes her song and goes back to sit beside her mom in the little church pew her mother turned to her and said, “Wow girl you can sing!! If this is something you love, you go and make your destiny come true!”. These words stuck. Lisa has been singing since age 6, professionally since age 19. Lisa was the Saskatchewan Country Music Award “Rising Star” Winner in 2015, Voted Planet S Magazine’s “Best New Act” 2015 and on the Cover of PINK Magazine, a Saskatchewan Woman Entrepre neur Magazine. Lisa has opened for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Trooper, and performed multiple times on the Saskatchewan Main Stage at Craven Country Jamboree. Lisa has released 4 original songs to Canadian Country Radio, “Silly Boys Trucks Are For Girls”, “Testdrive”, “Before Sundown” and now.. “All I Ask Of You” Joining Lisa in her band and musical performances is Lisa’s dad, Myles Myrol. Myles is no stranger to the Country Music scene in Saskatchewan as he is a 4 time Saskatchewan Country Music Association winner with his previous band The Myrol Brothers. Myles has been in Lisa’s bands on either drums, bass or guitar for the past 15 years. Performing “All I Ask Of You” with her dad is a full circle experience as he was there encouraging Lisa through all of life’s obstacles and supporting her with musical projects and opportunities since she was a very young age.

GO COUNTRY LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE Our Go Country Lifestyle Magazine will be issued on Monday morning. This is our special Christmas issue with over 80 pages of gift ideas, Christmas recipes. Home Decorating, automotive, gift suggestions for those hard to buy for. We recommend the gift of music and spotlight several albums and music ideas for fans. Michelle Wright graces our cover and she shares with our readers what Christmas is like for Michelle and her husband Marco. Fans are loving the magazine not only because they can read it and find articles of interest but they can also watch video’s right in the magazine and we are adding audio clips as well. Our readership is growing each month and feedback has been great. If you are an artist and want to be involved e-mail us today at steve.graham@

LOOKING BACK AT 2016 Looking Back at 2016 is a 12 hour hour radio special that spotlights the music, the events and the artists that made 2016 a great year for country music. This is not a countdown show but rather a year end reflection show. The stars of country music drop by and talk about their music, touring, awards or just fun facts. This year was the 50th year for CMA Awards and they recorded and put out “forever Country” and we sit down with some of the artists that were involved in this project and we talk with Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and many more. We also take listeners backstage at the awards and talk with many of the artists that performed and we reflect on their year. This 12 hour special includes the required CanCon. This is a fast paced, star driven music intensive special. If you want more information e-mail us today at

Top DMDS Downloads for November 21st to November 25th NOVEMBER 21ST 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Dean Brody “Time” (Open Road) The Washboard Union “Head Over Heels (Diesel Mix)” (Warner) Dierks Bentley “Black” (Capitol Nashville/Universal) Teagan Littlechief “Silent Night” (Indie/D. Wood Promo) Meghan Patrick f. Joe Nichols “Still Loving You” (Warner)

NOVEMBER 22ND 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

The Washboard Union “Head Over Heels (Diesel Mix)” (Warner) Dean Brody “Time” (Open Road) Ryan Keown “Best Thing” (Indie/R. Chubey Promo) Tracy Millar “Could This Be Love” (LM/B. Martineau Promo) Dierks Bentley “Black” (Capitol Nashville/Universal)

NOVEMBER 25TH 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Billy Currington “Do I Make You Wanna” (Universal) Chris Lane “For Her” (Big Loud) Dean Brody “Time” (Open Road) Dierks Bentley “Black” (Capitol Nashville/Universal) The Washboard Union “Head Over Heels (Diesel Mix)” (Warner)

Most Increased Plays This Week DEAN BRODY “TIME”





2. 3. 4. 5.

The Washboard Union “Head Over Heels (Diesel Mix)” (Warner) Dean Brody “Time” (Open Road) Tianna Woods “20 Bucks and a Tank of Gas” (Indie/Blue Eyes Promo) Ryan Keown “Best Thing” (Indie/R. Chubey Promo) Miranda Lambert “We Should Be Friends” (Sony)

NOVEMBER 24TH 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Dean Brody “Time” (Open Road) Dierks Bentley “Black” (Capitol Nashville/Universal) The Washboard Union “Head Over Heels (Diesel Mix)” (Warner) Elly Thorn “How Christmas Used To Feel” (Indie/L. Tutty Promo) Tianna Woods “20 Bucks and a Tank of Gas” (Indie/Blue Eyes Promo)

TIM HICKS “SLOW BURN” MIRANDA LAMBERT “WE SHOULD BE FRIENDS” Keith Urban “Blue Ain’t Your Color” first week at number 1 (Canadian connection yeah) Top Canadian on the Charts is Dallas Smith “Autograph” at number 5 Dean Brody “Time” Most Added most increased plays #42 this week.


Anthony Young Far Away

Jasen Ridge Deep Water

Barbara Lynn Doran “Half Hearted Love”

Renee Lamoureux

Chantal Preston


“Just Wing It”

Eli Barsi “Screamin ‘ Jimmy”

Jessica Rhaye Arlene Quinn “Life Is Good”

Ally Kearley “Still The One”

“Good To Be Alive in the Country”

DigitalRadioTracker Tracks Internet Radio Spins I have been asked by many how do I track spins I am getting on Internet Radio. We have done some research and found this information for you. DigitalRadioTracker tracks 5,000+ radio stations worldwide. One user, Wendy Day of Rap Coalition, shares her experience using the reports: “A few years ago, I suddenly began getting these weekly emails out of the blue from DigitalRadioTracker. I was excited because they offer valuable chart information for Internet radio spins, a growth area I was closely watching,” says Day. “Some of my friends in the music industry have started their own Internet radio stations and many others have launched Internet radio shows. Additionally, I receive many interview requests and spins for my artists at Internet radio. My concern with Internet radio has always been that it’s next to impossible to know how many listeners are reached or how many times a song is played.” Although most are Internet radio stations, they also include some terrestrial, college, commercial and non-commercial stations. This gives access to a good balance of radio beyond the traditional terrestrial FM stations that BDS or Mediabase offer. “I can affordably purchase reports for projects (mine or the competition’s) to see the number of spins they are getting or have gotten historically, in what areas, on what stations, how much total audience was reached and which cities and areas have the biggest supporters,” adds Day. DigitalRadioTracker has proven extremely effective for use in planning tours, promotional campaigns, soliciting performances and directly targeting a specific marketplace. Breaking new artists or gaining awareness for new projects for any artist is extremely challenging and without feedback and data, it becomes nearly impossible. Since Internet radio is less encumbered by “pay for play” than traditional radio, it signals that these markets contain an organic and authentic follow-

ing of fans who have discovered the music on their own. For more established artists, it confirms where and when the spins are occurring. This information can be used to plan both domestic and international tours or to book shows in the area where there is increased activity. DRT Reports from similar sounding artists shows which areas can be easily penetrated to expand the artist’s fan-base because there are obviously potential fans there. The DRT Reports, which are sold individually or in bundles at a discounted price, break out the station, its location, the day the song was played, the time of day it was played, which version of the song was played and the total audience that the song reached that week. There is also a choice of reports from the past going back 8 weeks for any artist or song the user chooses to analyze. Upon signing up for free at, users can purchase three different types of reports for each song they want: • Weekly Overview DRT Reports show the day and amount of spins per day at each station • Comprehensive DRT Reports detail the day and time of each spin at each station as well as which version was played • Historical DRT Reports illustrate the 8 week overview of spins per day at each station DigitalRadioTracker is a wonderful addition to the music industry for artists, managers, record labels, singers, producers, songwriters, publishers and anyone who wants to track songs played at Internet radio, college radio and some terrestrial stations. The DigitalRadioTracker system logs every song played 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without fingerprinting or any special encoding. Unlike other tracking companies, DRT offers a risk-free guarantee! If a song has not received any spins, you get a credit to use towards another song. DigitalRadioTracker tracks songs internationally and offers weekly charts in each musical genre. The charts can be found at or you can sign up to receive them weekly via email.

The 2017 Class of New Faces of Country Music Show Announced The much anticipated 2017 New Faces of Country Music Show, which will take place during Country Radio Seminar (Feb. 22-24, 2017), will feature performances by William Michael Morgan (Warner Bros.), Maren Morris (Columbia Nashville), Jon Pardi (Capitol Nashville), Granger Smith (Wheelhouse Records) and Drake White (Dot Records). “This year’s New Faces lineup is reflective of our format’s strength, and steady growth. I’m happy to report we received a record number of qualified votes from country radio supporting these talented artists. We believe it is going to be an amazing show,” said John Crenshaw, Chairman of CRS New Faces Committee. The five chosen artists, all whom have achieved significant success at Country radio during the qualification period, will perform in front of an industry and radio-filled room. The New Faces of Country Music Show is a pin-

nacle event that closes out the 3-day seminar each year. This year’s show will take place on Friday, Feb. 24 at the Omni Nashville, and is co-sponsored by the Academy of Country Music and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Dinner tickets for the New Faces of Country Music Show are soldout. The New Faces of Country Music Show as well as other performance events held in the performance hall during CRS 2017 are powered by Live Nation. Qualifying radio station personnel voted and determined the class of 2017 New Faces of Country Music Show performers. Votes were verified by the Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc., and the official count was reviewed and certified by Chuck Flood and Flood, Bumstead, McCready, & McCarthy, Inc. representatives. The $599 regular registration rate for Country Radio Seminar 2017 is available at


Each year as often as I can I make the four hour trip to the Smokies to relax, sit in a hot tub in a secluded log cabin in and around Gatlinburg. We usually will make this trip three or four times a year. You never think that even though it is in the mountains that anything like this would happen. Gatlinburg reminds me of Banff being a small town full of tourists. For those that have never been the streets are full of tourists shopping and taking in the sites and maybe going to Dollywood or one of the many attractions to see. Our time there is spent in nature usually away from town with nothing around but trees, animals, streams and nature trails. This time of year is when people go to the Smokies to take in all the Christmas decorations and lights a beautiful site to see. This area is the area where Dolly was born and raised. It is also the

same area where Kenny Chesney comes from. Dolly still has a lot of family living in the area. The death toll is up to ten now. Several others are said to be missing after the blazes scorched roughly 15,000 acres in a resort-heavy area of eastern Tennessee, which showered residents with embers and forced tourists to evacuate from their accommodations. More than 700 buildings were either damaged or destroyed in Sevier County and in the Gatlinburg city limits, Waters said. The fires spread with little warning Monday from the Great Smoky Mountains into inhabited areas in and near the resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Waters said about 53 people were injured, and many of them have been released from the hospital.

Dolly made a special announcement last night. DOLLY ANNOUNCES MY PEOPLE FUND In a video message released last evening, Dolly Parton announced a new effort by The Dollywood Company and The Dollywood Foundation to establish a fund to assist the victims of the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires in Tennessee. The new My People Fund will provide $1000 each month to Sevier County families who lost their homes. “I’ve always believed charity begins at home and my home is some place special,” Parton explained. “That’s why I’ve asked my Dollywood Companies-including the Dollywood theme park, and DreamMore Resort; my dinner theater attractions including Dixie Stampede and Lumberjack Adventure; and my Dollywood Foundation-to help me establish the My People Fund.

“We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. I know it has been a trying time for my people and this assistance will help get them back on their feet.” Anyone who would like to contribute to the My People Fund may visit


RCA’s Jake Owen will receive an Arnie Award alongside Peyton Manning and Phil Mickelson as part of Golf Digest’s “Golfers Who Give Back” during the Pebble Beach Pro-Am Feb. 7. “Receiving this award with Arnold Palmer’s name on it and what it represents means everything to me,” says Owen. “To receive an Arnie the same year as Peyton and Phil Mickelson, who I respect so much, is simply mind blowing. I’m extremely grateful. I will probably cry when they present it to me and so will my Dad, who taught me how to play golf when I was just a little kid.” Owen’s upcoming sold-out 10th annual charity concert in his Vero Beach, FL hometown Dec. 9 will benefit the Jake Owen Foundation, which to date has raised $1.25 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and local children’s charities. _______________________________________ DUSTIN LYNCH PREMIERES SIZZLING VIDEO FOR CHART-RISING SINGLE “SEEIN’ RED” Broken Bow Records’ artist DUSTIN LYNCH brings the blood-pumping lust of “Seein’ Red” to life in an epic new music video, a sizzling clip making its exclusive world premiere today (11/30) on Entertainment Tonight and


As we all know, what happens in VEGAS, stays in VEGAS, including the extravaganza known as “REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: TOGETHER IN VEGAS.” Twelve new shows spanning JUNE through DECEMBER of 2017 have been added to their longstanding residency at THE COLOSSEUM at CAESARS PALACE, extending this engagement well into next year, making it the longest-running Country music residency since the venue opened in 2003. _________________________________________ Kenny Chesney Adds SECOND Gillette Stadium Show Aug. 26 Kenny Chesney can’t get enough of Boston. With his Aug. 25, 2017 show at Gillette Stadium not even on sale yet, the buzz surrounding the 8-time Entertainer of the Year’s only stadium appearance of 2017 is so strong that a second show is being added. Tickets for both the August 25 and August 26 shows will go on sale Friday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. EST

VINCE GILL JOINS SONGBIRDS GUITAR MUSEUM AS AMBASSADOR Grammy-winning musician Vince Gill has been named an ambassador for Songbirds Guitar Museum, the world’s largest private collection of rare, vintage guitars. The museum will open to the public in early 2017. Located next to the Chattanooga Choo Choo, the museum is a guitar-oriented, pop culture experience for the whole family. A Grand Opening Celebration will take place on March 9. Gill, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, will showcase his top-notch songwriting, world-class guitar playing, and soaring tenor vocals at the Grand Opening Celebration. In addition, he will lend his voice and expertise to Songbirds Guitar Museum as it

shares its unparalleled collection through its permanent and rotating historical exhibits. “This is the most impressive collection of rare, vintage guitars I have seen,” says Gill, who will curate some of the exhibits. “I am honored and excited to be a part of such a tremendous display of music history.” “We are incredibly excited to have Vince Gill join the Songbirds team. His connection as a guitar player and his talent as a performer make him a perfect spokesman to help us share our epic collection of guitars with music lovers everywhere,” explains Johnny Smith, President of Songbirds Guitar Museum.