Craig Lloyd – Take The Wheel

Craig Lloyd’s new single ‘Take The Wheel’ is a Garth Brooks style ballad, co-written and produced with Golden Guitar winners Carter & Carter at the helm. Craig says “‘Take The Wheel’ is a story of hope. Hope that a greater being can help to guide and steer us through difficult times of loss, fear, and regret. I’ve always loved singing, but I had an extremely demanding career, so before 2019 hadn’t considered pursuing music. Then ‘the other side of me’ just had to come out…’

Craig began his adult career as a Police Officer, working the streets of London before advancing to Scotland Yard. Seeking new experiences, he relocated to Australia, worked for the police force, ambulance services, then the Melbourne Metro Fire Brigade. He met his now wife, had a family, towed a caravan exploring Australia, before settling in rural Victoria in a small country town called Alexandra. This is where he discovered his ‘other side’ and after a ‘Taste of Tamworth’ concert in the local town hall spoke with Lyn Bowtell who encouraged him to apply to the Academy of Country Music. He was accepted and headed off to start his newest adventure – country music.

“It’s a wonderful new phase of my life. You won’t find many country singers in the British Police force, and I doubt any at Scotland Yard” laughs Craig, who now weaves some of his venturesome moments into his songs.

That he is influenced by his Country music heroes like Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers and George Strait is obvious, not just in his style, but also in the way he approaches a song. Whether it is his own personal narrative, commentaries on others’ lives, or completely fictional, Craig is all about the story. Reminiscing, Craig says that it wasn’t until very recently that he realised where his love of country music came from… secretly listening to ‘Whispering Bob Harris’ the king of country radio in England, in the dark, on an old tape player, under his pillow, hiding from his parents.

Craig has already supported and worked with Australian artists including Fanny Lumsden, Lachlan Bryan (The Wildes), Lyn Bowtell, Roger Corbett and Dobe Newton (The Bushwackers), Catherine Britt, Carter & Carter, Dom Italiano and Elisha Francesca.

With his debut album ‘The Other Side of Me’ due for official release at the 2023 Tamworth Country Music Festival, his current radio single ‘Take The Wheel’ gives us a wonderful taste of what’s to come, with soulful vocals and great musicianship that takes us on an emotional journey.

Craig says ‘Take The Wheel’ is a story of hope. Whilst it’s not his personal account, it is a cumulative story of friends and family, and draws inspiration from their lives. “I’m so proud of ‘The Other Side of Me’, it’s my first album, I had wonderful co-writing experiences, I got to work with Carter & Carter, Adrian Hannan, Roger Corbett and some world-class musicians to produce the songs, and I get to tell my stories. What could be better?”

Briana Dinsdale – Irresistible Force

Rising Country Singer-Songwriter Briana Dinsdale Releases New Single ‘Irresistible Force’

Briana Dinsdale’s fourth official single release ‘Irresistible Force’ is the perfect representation of her mature level of musicianship for her youthful age. Her unique, Country-Americana flaring sounds navigate their way through the ambient tones and moving lyrics based on her experience with teenage heartbreak. Co-written with Golden Guitar winner Melody Moko and produced by Melody’s husband Michael Muchow (Moko), ‘Irresistible Force’, truly is… irresistible force.

“To me ‘Irresistible Force’ is definitely the most heart wrenching songs I’ve put into the world. I wrote it with Melody Moko and I am so proud of how the song has turned out. It’s raw, honest, captivating, and heart-breaking yet heart-warming. I really hope that other people who may have had their heartbroken can connect and reminisce on those valuable moments”.

Brisbane based artist Briana Dinsdale has already achieved at 18 years what some folks could only dream of in a lifetime. A firm favourite with key industry tastemakers, Briana’s distinct and refreshing style of country has garnered support from the likes of the Country Music Association where she was recently announced by Tamworth’s CMAA as the 2022 Keith Urban Scholarship Award Winner – an incredible achievement by such an exciting and gifted, rare musical talent.

Her debut single ‘Ball And Chain’ smashed opening targets all round, heading straight to number 15 in the Australian Independent Music Chart and charting on many independent charts around the world. Her live performances are also worth noting. At home on the stage since the age of eight, Briana has performed at the Gympie Music Muster, Tamworth Country Music Festival and on the Melting Sunsets line-up alongside Pete Murray, The Whitlams and more. Furthermore, Briana was awarded the Bronze award by the International Singer Songwriter Association in the Emerging Artist of the year category when she was only 17.

Briana has also received support from further afar with a steadily growing fanbase consistently following her next move. With only a handful of releases out, the artist has been achieving undeniable feats, a reflection and credit to her multi-talented musical prowess and maturity. Watch out for this young star on the rise!

Jimmie Allen – Down Home

Signed to BBR Music Group’s Stoney Creek Records, multi-platinum recording artist and songwriter Jimmie Allen has been blazing trails since the beginning of his breakout career.

Multi-platinum, GRAMMY and NAACP Image Award nominated, CMA and ACM winner Jimmie Allen has released his third studio album Tulip Drive.

“This is the first [album] where I chose to write songs about my own personal experiences, thoughts and hopes… A lot of these songs are based off things I went through when I was in later in high school and college, at a place where I was just learning a lot of life lessons from my grandmother,” he has said of Tulip Drive.

The result is a body of work that reflects Allen’s signature approach to music, including appearances on the 17-song record that range from fellow stars (Jennifer Lopez, CeeLo Green, T-Pain) and rising talent (Katie Ohh) to family ties (his 8-year-old son, Aadyn).

Allen kicked off the release celebration last night at the iHeartRadio Theatre in Los Angeles with an interview and performance at the iHeartCountry Album Release Party with Jimmie Allen presented by AT&T Dream in Black, which video streamed on iHeartRadio’s YouTube along with being broadcast across iHeartRadio’s Mainstream Country stations. Watch Allen’s performance of “be alright” from the party now.

The lead single from Tulip Drive, “Down Home” – which takes shape as a letter to Allen’s late father – continues to climb the country airplay charts and has garnered more than 20 million global streams. The song has been hailed by Billboard as a “winner… a musician vessel detailing both precious moments he spent with his father, but also how life has progressed since his father’s passing” and a “power ballad that exudes sincerity” by MusicRow.

The music video for “Down Home” was co-directed by Allen & Chris Beyrooty and filmed between Allen’s hometown of Milton, DE and nearby town of Lewes, DE; a poignant visual complement to the song, purposely shot in black & white to keep focus on its subject matter and featuring many locations vital to Allen and his father’s relationship – Allen’s childhood home, the baseball field his father taught him how to play on, and his father’s favorite restaurant, among others.

Much like Tulip Drive’s predecessors, the album’s title is deeply personal to Allen’s family ties – Tulip Drive is the name of the street in Lewes, DE his late grandmother lived on. Allen’s 2018 debut album Mercury Lane was named for the street Allen grew up on, and his 2020 & 2021 releases, Bettie James & Bettie James Gold Edition, were named for his grandmother (Bettie Snead) and father (James “Big Jim” Allen), who passed away in 2014 and 2019, respectively.

Allen has been on the road on the Down Home Tour since its sold out start in February. The 20+ date trek marked his first solo headline tour and will conclude with the second annual Bettie James Fest on August 13 at Hudson Fields in Milton, DE. This year’s slate of performers include We The Kings, Lainey Wilson, Neon Union, Chayce Beckham, JJ Rupp and Kounty. Allen will once again serve as headliner for the festival, which he established in 2021 in honor of his grandmother father.

Earlier this year, Allen was nominated for Best New Artist at the 64th Annual GRAMMY® Awards, Male Artist of the Year at the 57th ACM Awards (which he co-hosted alongside Dolly Parton & Gabby Barrett) and Outstanding New Artist at the 53rd NAACP Image Awards. He is the reigning CMA New Artist of the Year and earned his third career No. 1 with “Freedom Was A Highway” in February.

Beyond Sippy Creek – Open Road

Queensland country rock band, Beyond Sippy Creek, return with their brand-new single ‘Open Road’, telling the real-life story of what it’s like to be a young country musician, hitting the open road with your mates, and doing what you love most … Playing live music!

Kaleb Rowe, Tate Doneathy, Emily Derksen, and Ethan Robinson are Beyond Sippy Creek, a country rock band based on the Sunshine Coast QLD. All four members of the band met whilst high school students studying their craft at the Australian Music Conservatory Sippy Downs, three years ago.

They shake the foundations with pure energy of modern country rock, providing a great sound with a dynamic front man, and punchy guitar tones supporting their multi-harmony vocal delivery.

It’s their diverse range of styles and their performance that reflects a young, pure, down to earth experience that is Beyond Sippy Creek.

Sari Abbott – Too Much Space

Too much space brings community disconnect.

Community and connection with others is at the heart of Sari Abbott’s new single, ‘Too Much Space’.

Inspired by the events of the COVID-19 lockdowns and physical distancing, the Sunshine Coast singer-songwriter penned ‘Too Much Space’ when shops closed down and people became worried about being close to each other, in a usually inclusive community.

“I remember walking down to Noosa Junction and everything being closed on a Friday and it was so weird because usually there would be five musicians playing all night,” she said. “It had a feeling of loneliness and emptiness, and everyone got a bit scared of each other. I feel like the whole community went downwards and being a tourist spot, people became suspicious of interstate number plates.”

Sari said she felt disconnected and separated in a community where people were usually talkative and friendly to each other, and so this song was born.

Adding to the COVID-19 theme of the song, ‘Too Much Space’ was penned via a Zoom co-writing session with Cass Hopetoun and Blake Dantier.

“I was feeling like my home was becoming a ghost town and they were feeling the same and had experienced the disconnection between people and community,” Sari said.

With the release of ‘Too Much Space’, Sari hopes to encourage people to reconnect as life returns to normal.

“I think a lot of people are feeling like this, and we are all a community, but suddenly that all changed,” she said.

“As we wrote in the song, I hope we can be side-by-side not miles apart and maybe we can just hit restart and start being people together again. As much as it can’t change people’s opinion on the matter, maybe some people will realise they miss talking to their neighbours and they’ll have a coffee with them and start reconnecting.”

Noosa local Chris Kay shot the accompanying video for ‘Too Much Space’, using the Sunshine Coast as the set.

James Robert Webb – Lovesick Drifting Cowboy

Lovesick Drifting Cowboy – the follow up single to James Robert Webb’s First #1 Hit

• Lovesick Drifting Cowboy already has over 7 Million views on TikTok!
• Spotify > 49,000 on 287 playlists
• Youtube Video Views: >13,000

• The Music Row Independent Artist of The Year notches his 10th Top 40 on the Country Breakout Chart and is on track for a seventh consecutive Top 30 appearance.

• Already a #11 hit at Texas Regional Radio Report, Lovesick Drifting Cowboy was just 2 spins away from his second Top 10.

• Knocking on the door of Top 40 Billboard Indicator and already Top 30 on Music Row.

“Lovesick Drifting Cowboy is a solid song. It’s got that southern rock country vibe that we all need, even if we don’t think we do.”
– Colby Ericson, PD, Host 35 South Radio

“should be the official song for every Honky Tonk!!”
– Steve Kelly, PK KKOW, KPGG, Pittsburg/Joplin/Texarkanna

Following up his Texas (TRRR) #1 hit “Stealing Home,” James Robert Webb’s brand new single, “Lovesick Drifting Cowboy” is a Hank Willliams-inspired country standout with grit. The song benchmarks the first of a series of self-produced singles for the 2022 Music Row Independent Artist of the Year, who accepted the honor at the Music Row Magazine’s 20th Annual Country Breakout Awards in February (more here ).

Co-written with Shelby Lee Lowe and Victoria Powell, the inspiration for the single’s title came from Hank Williams’ band The Drifting Cowboys and his song “Love Sick Blues.” With dynamic vocals and textured instrumentation, “Lovesick Drifting Cowboy” is destined to echo the success of Webb’s prior releases.

About the song, Webb says:

“We wrote this song pre-pandemic, back in 2017. It was inspired by country icon and legendary songwriter, Hank Williams, Sr.. The title of the song itself is a nod to both Hank’s band and his famous cover of Love Sick Blues. It was one of his most enduring songs even though his team didn’t want him to record it.

Everyone has an opinion on Hank, but I consider him the original outlaw country artist. He was also just a massive superstar and a big component of his music was pop and blues.

For me, [Lovesick Drifting Cowboy] is a more visceral song. I wanted the record to update that Hank Sr. country roots sound by way of the blues. That’s certainly what Hank was and I wanted to pay homage to that. When I listen, I can see Hank’s band travelling down that dusty Lost Highway. There’s also an edge that reflects my influences–it’s definitely a preview of what’s to come for me as an artist.

It appears that 2022 is shaping up to be a banner year for the independent artist, whose previous single not only gave him his first, #1, it became his 9th MusicRow top 40, peaking at #25–and his fourth consecutive Billboard Indicator top 40. The Oklahoma-native will also be releasing a 100-proof white-aged whiskey later this summer, in honor of the 2021 chart-topping hit, “Okfuskee Whiskey.”

Praise From Radio

“James Robert Webb has taken himself to the next level. Little Waylon vibe Charlie Daniel’s too, Country through and through!”
– Doris Day, KXIA, Marshalltown, Iowa

“If you want to know why JRW is the Music Row Independent Artist of the Year just listen….’nuff said!”
– Mike Thomas, PD/MD, KFAV, Warrenton, MO