Music News (10/20/21)


Elvie Shane Signs With Warner Chappell Music & Rome Phrey Publishing

Pictured (L-R): R.J. Romeo (Rome Phrey), Lisa Johnson (Rome Phrey), Elvie Shane, Ben Vaughn (WCM), Will Overton (WCM)

Wheelhouse Records/BMG’s Elvie Shane has signed a publishing deal with Rome Phrey Publishing and Warner Chappell Music Nashville.

A Kentucky native, Shane’s debut single, “My Boy,” a heartfelt song penned about his stepson, is currently No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay and Country Aircheck charts. His debut full length album, Backslider, is set for release Oct. 29. Shane most recently supported Brooks & Dunn on their “Reboot 2021 Tour,” and has previously opened for Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and more.

Romeo, Co-Owner, Rome Phrey Publishing, adds, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with Ben, Will [Overton], and the entire WCM team. Elvie is an amazingly talented singer/songwriter who has only just begun to tell his story. By partnering with a team that shares our enthusiasm and passion for Elvie’s talents I’m confident that Elvie will continue to write meaningful music that will speak to his fans and touch millions of people all over the world.”

“Songwriting is at the core of everything I do as an artist,” shares Shane. “I come from a place full of hard working blue collar Americans. I’m so proud to join a team of fellow storytellers that care about those folks as much as I do. I love songwriters and this crew is a passionate one. So excited to see what this new creative team adds to my music.”

Double Down Music Partners With Pump House Music To Sign Lewis Brice

Pictured (L-R): Erin Kidd, Creative Director, Double Down Music: Lewis Brice; Dallas Davidson, Founder, PIA Music Group; Ryan Dokke, CEO, PIA Music Group

Lewis Brice has signed with Double Down Music in partnership with Pump House Music.

Brice’s debut self-titled EP, produced with brother Lee Brice, was released via Pump House Music in 2017. Tracks from the EP were featured on SiriusXM’s The Highway, CMT Music, and Spotify’s New Boots & Wild Country playlists. The project’s lead single, “Best Ex Ever,” reached the Top 40 of MusicRow’s CountryBreakout Radio Chart. His single, “It’s You,” amassed more than 18 million streams upon its release, adding to his nearly 33 million overall career streams.

“Over the years, I’ve known Lewis as a hell of a singer!” says Double Down Music Founder, Dallas Davidson. “He is also a terrific writer, and the Double Down team and I are excited that we get to work with a talented guy like Lewis.”

Robert Carlton Talks Walker Hayes’ Red-Hot Hit, “Fancy Like” [Interview]

Robert Carlton

Robert Carlton is Sr. VP of Development at SMACK, the Nashville entertainment company that now involves a successful publishing house (SMACKSongs), management firm (SMACKManagement), and a recently launched influencer marketing service (SMACKTok).

A Nashville native and MTSU graduate, Carlton began his career at Black River. In 2014, he moved to SMACK and has since ascended to run the artist management division, which represents Shane McAnally’s television projects (including NBC’s Songland), Monument Records artist Walker Hayes and UMG artist Kylie Morgan. Carlton also works with SMACK’s publishing roster.

Carlton and the SMACK team have had a whirlwind few months as Hayes has experienced monumental success with his hit “Fancy Like,” from his recent EP Country Stuff.

The tune, co-written by Hayes, Cameron Bartolini, Shane Stevens and Josh Jenkins, has charmed the hearts of listeners across the world with its lyrics about a cheap date night at Applebee’s. Hayes sings “We fancy like Applebee’s on a date night, got that Bourbon Street steak with the Oreo shake / Get some whipped cream on the top too, two straws, one check, girl, I got you.”

Once Hayes and his daughter Lela uploaded a TikTok of the two of them dancing to the song, “Fancy Like” took off, with other creators and celebrities sharing their own TikToks of the dance. Just a month later, the TikTok has been viewed over 30 million times and “Fancy Like” ventured into the zeitgeist, hitting No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country streaming chart. On the country radio front, “Fancy Like” flew up the charts, making the biggest jump into the Top 10 on the Mediabase Country chart since Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman” in early 2004. It also hit No. 1 on MusicRow‘s CountryBreakout Radio Chart on Friday (Oct. 15).

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Curb | Word Music Publishing, Pump House Anthem Publishing Sign David Tolliver

Pictured (L-R): Lee Brice, David Tolliver, Curb | Word VP of Country Publishing Colt Murski

Curb | Word Music Publishing and Lee Brice’s Pump House Anthem Publishing have signed a joint publishing deal with songwriter David Tolliver.

The Kentucky native has had cuts by Tim McGraw, Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert, Jerrod Niemann, Wynonna & The Big Noise, Edwin McCain, Joe Diffie, Neal McCoy, and many others.

Tolliver broke into country music in 2007 as part of country-rock duo, Halfway To Hazard, with their debut Top 40 hit “Daisy.” That year, the duo hit the road opening for McGraw and Faith Hill on the “Soul2Soul Tour.” They later toured with McGraw and Jason Aldean on the “Live Your Voice Tour.”

Curb | Word VP of Country Publishing Colt Murski says: “We are so excited to add David Tolliver to our roster of talented writers. Lee, David and I have been working together for so many years now and have always been close friends, which makes this partnership so awesome. I can’t wait to see all of the success that comes out of this team!”

“I’ve been working with the writers, artists, Colt and the publishing staff for so many years now that I’ve always felt like I was part of the family; now I really am,” adds Tolliver. “Being able to partner with my long-time friend, Lee Brice, is a blessing. I’m excited for all the opportunities that Lee and Curb can provide and I’m so happy to be a part of this team!”

Locash Renews Publishing Deal With BMG

Pictured: Preston Brust, Chris Lucas. Photo: Cal & Aly

Chart-topping country duo Locash has extended their publishing deal with BMG.

Comprised of singer-songwriters Preston Brust and Chris Lucas, Locash has celebrated two No. 1 hits with “I Know Somebody” and “One Big Country Song,” as well as the Gold-certified “I Love This Life.” They’ve release two acclaimed albums and are now working toward new music which is set to be announced soon.

As songwriters, Brust and Lucas have penned hits for other artists including Keith Urban’s No. 1 “You Gonna Fly,” and Tim McGraw’s Top 10 “Truck Yeah.”

Brust and Lucas add, “Turning words, feelings, and melodies into songs is a big part of our life, and we couldn’t ask for a better home for the songs we write than BMG. We’re excited to continue our partnership with [Chris] Oglesby, Katie [Kerkhover], and the entire amazing team at BMG!”

Locash is signed to BBR Music Group/BMG’s Wheelhouse Records and represented by Red Light Management.