Artist of the Week – The Band Perry

Slacker’s Artist Of The Week is The Band Perry. Kimberly, Neil, and Reid Perry are siblings from Mississippi that broke through in 2010 and 2011 with huge hits like “If I Die Young” and “All Your Life”.

They are currently preparing the release of their second album- Pioneer is due April 2nd, and they’ve already got a #1 single from it with “Better Dig Two”. Slacker Country curator Bo Thomas recently sat down to interview the band on the eve of their album release, and on this station you’ll hear exclusive clips from that interview, plus their biggest hits, and music from their influences and contemporaries

Five New Country Artists to Watch in 2013

Every year, the Nashville labels trot out one or two new artists apiece.  And the truth is, not many become even “B” list country stars. Most will see their single releases stall out in the mid-30’s on the country charts and after a few of those, the labels will bid them adieu and move on to the next big thing.

Country music has definitely shifted from being an artist-driven genre to being a song-driven genre.  Yes, you still have your superstar artists like Blake, Carrie, Brad and Taylor… and perhaps Miranda.

The old list of usual suspects have now been put to pasture as far as radio is concerned. It’s very hard for Martina, Faith, Alan and George to get automatic airplay and even now to have top ten songs. It’s sad, but that’s change. In 2013, I predict the same fate for Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts.  Their music just doesn’t appeal to the younger demographics like it used to.  Hence, less airplay and songs that die mid-chart.

But there is new blood on the horizon and talent is abundant. Whether or not it is marketable talent is up for debate.  And marketability is at least 50 percent of an artist’s success.  Nashville is filled with really talented singers, songwriters and musicians.  But it’s that certain something that is both hard to define and difficult to quantify that separates the talented from the stars.

Here is my list of five that I believe have the chops to make a run to the top in 2013.  See what you think.

Parmalee

Parmalee

This four-piece band has just enough of a rock ‘n’ roll attitude to get people’s attention. Their first single called Musta Had a Good Time did okay, but eventually fizzled out due to lack of exposure. But some folks noticed. I thought the song was catchy and I feel even better about their second single Carolina.

Their label, Stoney Creek, has a good promotions team and has big success with the likes of Randy Houser and Thompson Square. Hopefully, the promotions team isn’t spread so thin that they can’t give Parmalee the backing they deserve.

 

Henningsens

Henningsens

I really dig their first single called American Beautiful, although it is starting to show signs of death. Again, it’s just really hard to get exposure on a debut single from the established country outlets. Slacker New Country has seen positive feedback from you, our listeners.  So, I feel confident in my own opinion that perhaps their next single will be the one to get them into the top ten.

Their Achilles heel might be the abundance of groups featuring two guys and a girl (Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, etc.).  However, the twist here is it’s a brother, sister and dad.  Hope dad doesn’t hold the kids back.

 

Kacey Musgrave

Kacey Musgraves

She certainly has the look.  Wow!  And looks mean marketability in country music. Does she have the talent?  I think she does.  Her first single Merry Go Round has rocketed up the charts and is threatening to crack the top ten.

If it does –  look out.  Radio programmers will be chompin’ at the bit to get her next song and see if she’s the real deal.  I like her a lot.  And again, our feedback from listeners has been positive.

 

Blackberry Smoke

Blackberry SmokeIt’s been a long time since I heard a band that make my heart skip a beat the first time I heard them.  Not since the Zac Brown Band have I been as excited as I am with Blackberry Smoke.  They are edgy and earthy at the same time.  They can twang and they can bang.  And they are oh, so cooool. Look at their pictures and you’d think it was Three Dog Night or Creedence Clearwater Revival.  But these guys are country rock at its best.  Of course, it could just be me.  Living in Austin, I tend to lean favorably to this sound. We’ll see. Listen for their debut single Pretty Little Lie, now playing on Slacker New Country.

 

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia LineYeah, I know… you’re saying that these guys are already a hit in 2013, and you’re right.  Their debut song Cruise went all the way to number one and then stayed there for another week.  Multi-week number ones are rare enough in this genre, but from a debut single?  Unheard of.  These guys are the real deal and their follow-up single Get Your Shine On is already screaming the charts and will positively be a top ten song for them… and ultimately another number one.  Slacker Country listeners continue to tell us that this duo is the next Brooks & Dunn and they have already been featured as Artist of the Week.  I have to agree. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, aka Florida Georgia Line, are superstar material.

 

Till next time … keep your powder dry and keep listening to Slacker Country!

“Big” Jim

 

Artist of the Week’s Florida Georgia Line are Country’s New Stars

Florida Georgia Line - Slacker's Artist of the WeekSlacker’s new Artist of the Week is Florida Georgia Line. The band is composed of two friends that met in college: Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard. Brian’s from Florida and Tyler’s from Georgia, hence the name. And when they meet in the middle, they make some of the biggest hits in Country music right now.

Even though they’ve been releasing their own music since 2010, this time last year the band didnt have a record deal and they were touring the country in a used SUV. Their first proper album “Here’s To The Good Times” came out 3 months ago, and they’ve already scored a number 1, Double Platinum song with “Cruise”. They’re also up for the “New Artist Of The Year” and “Vocal Duo of the Year” awards at this year’s Academy of Country Music awards. They’ve spent the last few months touring non-stop, and it was their fans’ response at the live shows that lead them to pick their new single, “Get Your Shine On”.

The band’s rise was so quick that they have the distinction of scoring a spot on both Slacker’s Top 50 Country Songs of 2012 countdown AND our Artists To Watch 2013 station.

The boys make feel-good Country- not unlike Jason Aldean or Eric Church- with an occasional hip hop twist. On their station you’ll hear their hits- like “Cruise”, their influences- like Jimmy Buffett and Garth Brooks- and music from their contemporaries like Jake Owen and Brantley Gilbert.

 

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