Weekly Country Single’s: Week of 9/23/2017

Our weekly singles charts are based on Country Radio Airplay for that given week.

1) Small Town Boy – Dustin Lynch

2) No Such Thing As A Broken Heart – Old Dominion

3) All The Pretty Girls – Kenny Chesney

4) Heartache On The Dance Floor – Jon Pardi

5) They Don’t Know – Jason Aldean

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Montgomery Gentry’s New Single, “Better Me”

Montgomery Gentry just released their new single, Better Me, on Friday, September 15. This comes just one week after one-half of the duo, Troy Gentry, passed away from a tragic helicopter accident on September 8 in New Jersey.

Better Me is a song that was released for the fans of Montgomery Gentry, although you won’t hear Eddie Montgomery on this track. Better Me is a song, sung alone by Troy Gentry talking about him working on becoming a better version of himself. It is such a beautiful song. You can listen to their new single below. Rest In Peace T-Roy!

 

 

We Are Looking To Expand Our Team!

On The Verge: Nashville is looking for writers and photographers who are interested and have experience in the Music Industry! A potential candidate doesn’t have to have years of experience, but we would like to have people with some knowledge on how the music industry works!

What are we looking for?! 

We are looking for hardworking and ambitious people to join our team!

  • Writers 
    • Responsibilities: 
      • Writing Reviews, Spotlight Artist Interviews, and other news stories about what is going on in the industry
      • Go to events in Nashville, and doing write-ups on those events
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    • Responsibilities:
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Right now, we are a volunteer-based music blog. We would love to add people to our team that love to write and enjoy great music. If you feel you would be a good fit to our team, please email us you resume at onthevergenashville@gmail.com with “On The Verge Resume” in the subject line, and tell us why you should be apart of our On The Verge: Nashville team! 

We look forward to hearing from you soon! 

Spotlight Artist of the Week: Josh Gray

Meet Josh Gray. He is a Nashville based singer-songwriter, who has his own unique sound. His musical style comes from the old folk, bluegrass, and country roots. Josh released his debut EP, Josh Gray, in 2015 and it is definitely an album you will want to listen to. Below is our interview with Josh Gray.

On The Verge: Nashville: What made you want to become a singer-songwriter? Did a certain artist or performance influence your decision?

Josh Gray: I started writing poetry when I was around ten or twelve and eventually that turned into writing lyrics. I never wrote with the intent of performing but maybe it was always subconsciously there. When I was sixteen my parents got me a guitar and I slowly taught myself to play. Music was something I just did for myself for many years. I didn’t started performing live until sixteen years later. That might sound crazy, but for the longest time it was just something I did for my own enjoyment.

OTVN: When describing your musical style , you said that it’s “a blend of folk, bluegrass, and country”. What made you gravitate to this style of music?

Josh: My interest in lyrics has always gravitated towards the storytelling and social messages. Because of this, I think it was only a matter of time before I found folk, bluegrass, and old school country. These genres celebrate our commonalities, I like music that is honest and somewhat minimalistic. When I listen to a song about 90% of my focus is on lyrics. I don’t have the interest or time to become a great guitar player. To me, music is primarily a canvas for lyrics. This isn’t to say I don’t want to make songs with nice melodies, but how many artists do you know that are great lyrics writers and musicians? It’s rare, most artist lean towards one discipline at least slightly more than the other. 

OTVN: Let’s talk about your songwriting process, how do you go about writing songs?

Josh: I make an effort to free write daily. I can’t say a ton comes out of it, but it’s a way of keeping the gears oiled. Lyrics come to me a line or a verse at a time, and I could be anywhere. I find the best stuff comes late at night when my internal editor has gone to sleep. Writing has never been easy for me, I’ve never written a song in fifteen minutes. Songs typically take months and some even years. I’m kind of a perfectionist, but if you aren’t you’re doing something wrong. 

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Photo Credit: Taylor Dukes

OTVN: What do you find most inspires you to write a song?

Josh: Inspiration can come from anywhere, I try to write in different styles. People say write what you know and I say sure, but don’t limit yourself. Don’t write what you know if what you know is boring. I’ve written songs about relationships and songs about high-speed car chase shootouts. I’ll leave it to you to decide which one is writing what I know. 

OTVN: Do you play more than one instrument? If so, which one is your favorite to play?

Josh: I play guitar, but I think my voice is my favorite instrument. I’m starting to write songs that challenge my voice more which has been fun. 

OTVN: Who are your musical influences and why?

Josh: I listen to a lot acoustic blues from the ’20s and old folk, country, and bluegrass. When I was teaching myself guitar, I made the decision not to learn cover songs. I didn’t want to subconsciously pick up the guitar style of another musician. Due to this, I like to think I have somewhat a unique style. 

OTVN: Who are some current artist or songwriters that you would love to collaborate with?

Josh: I like what some of the modern Americana bands are doing like Shovels and Rope and Hurray for the Riff Raff. I respect anyone out there speaking their mind with their music, it’s sadly a rare thing. I have a good group of friends here in Nashville I collaborate and play shows with, namely John Dennis, Jason Erie, and Holly Bruce. Keep an eye out, we have a big show at the City Winery in Nashville on 10/23.

OTVN: What are your plans and hopes for your music in the future?

Josh: Well I have a band now, Josh Gray and The Dark Features. The plan is to play a couple of shows in Nashville each month. The rest of the time I’ll be on the road. I like visiting places and meeting new people. In the coming months, I’ll be in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and all over Tennessee. Make sure to sign up for my email list to stay up to date on where I’ll be.

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Photo Credits: Kayla Kohl

OTVN: We loved listening to your Debut EP, Josh Gray! Is there any future projects that you are working on that you would like us to watch out for?

Josh: Thank you, I’m currently finishing up writing my follow up, full length to be released early 2018. Expect more of a full band sound overall, but there may still be a few solo songs as well. Lots of love to my Maryland and Tennessee friends who have supported me, I couldn’t do it without them. We’re going to take this thing all the way!

Follow Josh Gray on his website and social media sites, linked below:

Official Website: www.JoshGrayMusic.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JoshGrayMusic

Youtube: www.youtube.com/JoshGrayMusic

Instagram: www.instagram.com/JoshGrayMusic1 

The 51st CMA Awards Nominations Have Been Revealed!!

The 51st CMA Award Nominees were finally revealed on Good Morning America this morning! The 51st CMA Awards will be held on November 8th in Nashville and will live on ABC at 8/7c. This year’s host will include Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, who will celebrate their 10th year has host of the CMA’s.

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Below is the list of the nominees of each category:

Entertainer of the Year

  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

 

Single of the Year

  • “Better Man” – Little Big Town; Producer – Jay Joyce; Mix Engineer – Jason Hall, Jay Joyce; Capitol Records Nashville/ Universal Music Group Nashville
  • “Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban; Producer – Dann Huff, Keith Urban; Mix Engineer – Chris Lord-Alge; Hit Red Records/ Capitol Records Nashville/ Universal Music Group Nashville
  • “Body Like A Back Road” – Sam Hunt; Producer – Zach Crowell; Mix Engineer – Zach Crowell; MCA Nashville/ Universal Music Group Nashville
  • “Dirt On My Boots” – Jon Pardi; Producer – Bart Butler, Jon Pardi; Mix Engineer – Ryan Gore; MCA Nashvulle/ Universal Music Group Nashville
  • “Tin Man” – Miranda Lambert; Producer – Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf; Mix Engineer – Eric Masse; Vanner Records/ RCA Nashville/ Sony Music Nashville 

 

Album of the Year

  • The Breaker – Little Big Town; Producer – Jay Joyce; Capitol Records Nashville/ Universal Music Group Nashville
  • From A Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton; Producer – Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton; Mercury Nashville/ Universal Music Group Nashville
  • Heart Break – Lady Antebellum; Producer – busbee; Capitol Records Nashville/ Universal Music Group Nashville 
  • The Nashville Sound – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit; Producer – Dave Cobb; Thirty Tigers/ Southeastern Records
  • The Weight Of These Wings – Miranda Lambert; Producer – Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, Eric Masse; Vanner Records/ RCA Nashville/ Sony Music Nashville

 

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Reba McEntire
  • Maren Morris
  • Carrie Underwood

 

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Dierks Bentley
  • Eric Church
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

 

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Maddie & Tae
  • LOCASH
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Dan + Shay
  • Brothers Osborne

 

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Old Dominion 
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Zac Brown Band 

 

Musical Event of the Year

  • Craving You” – Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris
  • “Funny How The Time Slips Away” – Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson
  • “Setting The World On Fire” – Kenny Chesney with P!nk
  • “Speak to a Girl” – Tim McGraw and Faith HillMcGraw Music, LLC/ Arista Nashville/ Sony Music Nashville
  • “Kill A Word” – Eric Church featuring Rhiannon GiddensEMI Records Nashville/ Universal Music Group Nashville

 

Song of the Year

  • “Better Man”; Written by Taylor Swift
  • “Blue Ain’t Your Color”; Written by Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, and Steven Lee Olsen
  • “Body Like A Back Road”; Written by Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne
  • “Dirt On My Boots”; Written by Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, and Ashley Gorley
  • “Tin Man”; Written by Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, and Jon Randall

 

Music Video of the Year

  • “Vice” – Miranda Lambert; Directed by Trey Fanjoy
  • “It Ain’t My Fault” – Brothers Osborne; Directed by Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver
  • “Craving You” – Thomas Rhett (feat. Maren Morris); Directed by TK MCKamy
  • “Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban; Directed by Carter Smith
  • “Better Man” – Little Big Town; Directed by Becky Fluke and Reid Long

 

New Artist of the Year

  • Lauren Alaina 
  • Brett Young 
  • Jon Pardi 
  • Luke Combs
  • Old Dominion 

 

Congratulations to this year’s nominees!! For more information about the 51st CMA Awards, visit http://www.cmaworld.com/cma-awards/nominees/ .

Chris Young: The Newest and Youngest Opry Member

Chris Young is going to become the next (and youngest) member of the Grand Ole Opry!!!

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On August 29, Chris Young was asked by Vince Gill in the coolest way possible. Chris and Vince were already there to celebrate their #1 single, “Sober Saturday Night”, and both were on the lineup to perform that night as well. Vince wanted to talk to Chris though, on stage, about why he still hasn’t gotten paid for being on “Sober Saturday Night” with him. The only way it could be settled is, if Chris accepted the invitation to become the NEXT Member of the Grand Ole Opry.

And well, you can see how it all went down in the video below from the Grand Ole Opry’s Youtube page.

Congratulations Chris Young! We can’t wait to see you inducted into the Opry Family on October 17!

Spotlight Artist Of The Week: Alyssa Marie Coon

 Meet Alyssa Marie Coon. She is a 12 year old singer-songwriter from West Palm Beach, Florida.
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OTVN: Describe your musical style. What makes your music unique?
Alyssa: My music style is a blend of indie, pop and country. I love to play and sing different varieties of music and different instruments too. Right now I’m enjoying mixing the blend of pop and country together. I’ve been told my voice is clean and pure.
OTVN: Who are your musical inspirations?
Alyssa: My inspirations are Taylor Swift, Danielle Bradbery, Carrie Underwood, the Beatles and many more.  My parents are my true inspiration. They support me and encourage me. They provide me with the tools I need to be successful.

 
OTVN: What made you realize that music was what you wanted to pursue?
Alyssa: I’ve wanted to pursue music ever since I was 2 years old. Ever since I can remember, I always sang. I enjoyed watching children’s musicals and TV shows.  I was listening to and singing all of the songs to The Wizard of Oz.  I distinctly remember singing in the car and remember by the third song on the CD, the two people sitting next to me just turn and look at me with their jaw opened in awe at the fact I knew every word and was singing on key.
At 4 years old, I was given the karaoke machine and was singing to a majority of the tracks. Then I started finding tracks on iTunes and YouTube to sing too.
At 7 years old, i started taking vocal and piano lessons. I then did my first cover music video of Born to Fly by Sara Evans. I started performing live in different events locally.
OTVN: Favorite venue that you have performed in? Also, what is your dream venue to perform in?
Alyssa: I really enjoy performing at different songwriters and local festivals. My favorite  venue was Deerfield Beach Country Music Festival. 
All of the performers were so supportive of each other. It was like we were all family and have known each other for ever.
I would love to perform for CMT and CMA’s.
OTVN: Has there been one particular moment in your musical career that you are most proud of?
Alyssa: In February 2017, I was competing in a local talent competition. Each week, I was singing and playing different styles of music and still wasn’t advancing in the competition. I decided to write my own original song on a weekend and then I performed it live 4 days later
The crowd was really impressed with my age and how I wrote a song so quickly and performed it flawlessly 4 days later.
My family was proud of me and that made me proud of myself.
 
Another proud moment was a years ago when I got to perform live and play my new guitar with a band during my vocal coach’s showcase after only practicing one time for 10 minutes. It was the best time too.
OTVN: What is your motto/advice you live by? 
Alyssa: Don’t compare yourself to others. Let others be your inspiration but be the best version of yourself. 

 
OTVN: If you could collaborate with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Alyssa: Taylor Swift and Blake Shelton. 

They are awesome writers and musicians. 

OTVN: What is your favorite song to belt out in the car or sing at a karaoke night?
Alyssa: This is a tough question because I love many songs.
Lately, I’ve been singing and playing Sway by Danielle Bradbery. Another song is Heavy by Linkin Park. 
If I need a song to showcase my voice- I’ll sing The Greatest Love of All by Whitney Houston.

OTVN: Are you currently working on anything at the moment that you would like us to look out for?
Alyssa: I’m currently in the process of recording my second original song. I’m hoping to release it within a month.
I have three more songs ready to be recorded as well. 
I am looking forward to releasing an EP and then an album.

OTVN: Where can we find or buy your music?
My music is available in iTunes, Amazon and Google

You can also find Alyssa Marie Coon on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram listed below. 

www.alyssamariecoonmusic.com

www.facebook.com/AlyssaMarieCoonMusic

www.instagram..com/AlyssaMarieCoon

www.twitter.com/AlyssaMarieCoon