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NYCS Swag Session: Chris Bandi

Just before his opening slot on the Everywhere But On Tour with Ray Fulcher and Matt Stell, Chris Bandi stopped by NYCountry Swag to perform his current radio single “Man Enough Now” as well as a brand new, unreleased song, “They Make Whiskey”. In the interview, he told our Managing Editor, Christina about his EP that is coming and about growing up in St. Louis and about all of the incredible firsts he got to experience so far this year, like making his Grand Ole Opry debut.

Watch the full performance and interview below.

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For more music from artists we’ve featured during our LIVE Swag Sessions, check out our Sessions Playlist below and give it a follow for updates.

 

 

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Runaway June First Female Band or Trio To Enter the Top 10 in 14 Years

Runaway June’s “Buy My Own Drinks” has secured historical status by being the first radio single by a female country music trio in 14 years to break into the Top 10 on the Country charts. The last track was SHeDaisy’s “Don’t Worry About A Thing back in February of 2005.  The single, written by Josh Kear, Hillary Lindsey, and the trio, is the lead single from their first LP, Blue Roses, released June 28th on Wheelhouse Records.  In our most recent interview with the ladies last month, we discussed the track sitting in the top 15 and how incredible it is to watch it climb. Watch the full performance and interview below.

Hannah Mulholland, Naomi Cook and Jennifer Wayne formed Runaway June roughly four years ago and have since acquired CMT and ACM nominations, scored opening slots of major tours including Carrie Underwood and Garth Brooks, have been named CMT’s “Next Women of Country,” appeared in Billboard’s Chartbreakers, and have given show-stopping performances on the CMA Awards, CMT Awards and the ACM Awards.

Back in December of 2018, Billboard’s Country Airplay tally depicted that not one female artist or female group occupied the Top 20 for the first time since the survey lofted in January 1990. Runaway June is the first all-female group to obtain a spot in the Top 20 on the Country Airplay chart, there have been a few other females to do the same such as the Dixie Chicks, Maddie & Tae, Kelsea Ballerini, and Maren Morris but the lack of women on country radio has still not become a thing of the past. Read more about why Maren Morris taking the top spot on the charts just last week was so important.

A plethora of female country artists including Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Carrie Underwood, Ashley McBryde, and more have released critically-acclaimed records but have minimal radio play. You may hear these females, but most definitely not one after another. Blake Shelton will be played immediately after Luke Bryan, but not Kacey Musgraves following Miranda Lambert. It’s nearly impossible for females to reach that top spot on the charts without constant radio airplay.

Women in country music need to continue to lift each other up and show endless support. If you love “Buy My Own Drinks” here are six other female artists that we think are helping to turn the tides and make radio programmers pay attention.  Congrats to Runaway June on their Top 10 single!

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Blue Roses is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Swag Sessions: Featuring Renee Blair

 

 

New York Country Swag hosted a LIVE Swag Session with St. Louis native Renee Blair who now resides in Nashville pursuing her career as singer and songwriter. We first met Blair when we interviewed her for our Swag Spotlight series, read the full interview here.  Signed to SMACK Songs for publishing and producing, her latest single “Me Tonight” has been added to major playlists and is catching the ear of a ton of new fans. Blair first debuted a brand new song “Better Off” before singing the current single.  She also took time to chat with Christina our Managing Editor about growing up listening to Nelly and the incredible songwriters she gets to work with on a daily basis.

Watch the full Swag Session above and take a listen to Renee’s music here.

For more music from artists we’ve featured during our LIVE Swag Sessions, check out our Sessions Playlist below and give it a follow for updates.

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Swag Sessions: Featuring Olivia Lane

 

Continuing to introduce you to the best rising artists, NYCountry Swag hosted a Swag Session at Mondrian Terrace with Houston, Texas native Olivia Lane.  Lane performed her brand new mid-tempo single “You Got Me” and she premiered a brand new song that won’t be available until January called “Hey 3 AM” that she wrote about being a night owl during difficult times.

She also talked with our Founder, Stephanie Wagner about living in Nashville and diving into her songwriting and being a woman in country music.

Watch the full Swag Session above and take a listen to Lane’s music below. For more music from artists we’ve featured during our LIVE Swag Sessions, check out our Sessions Playlist here and give it a follow for updates.

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Swag Sessions: Featuring Matt Stell

 

Country newcomer Matt Stell has received continued praise for his breakout single, “Prayed For You”. The love song was not only picked up on all three of Spotify’s leading country music playlists including Hot Country, Wild Country & New Boots, but was also included in NYCountry Swag’s “What We’re Listening To: September Picks” playlist.

Back in August, we featured Stell as one of our Swag Spotlight Artists of the Week,where Stell chatted with us about his influences, growing up country and his latest project.

In our most recent Swag Session, Stell joined NYCountry Swag in The Boogie Woogie Room at Mondrian Park Avenue Hotel to perform two songs “Prayed For You” and an unreleased song “Everywhere But On”,  as well as chat with Founder Stephanie Wagner about new music, upcoming shows and what’s next for the rising artist.

Watch the full Swag Session above and take a listen to Stell’s music below.

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Swag Sessions: Featuring Cash Campbell

 

Singer-songwriter Cash Campbell is making waves in the country music world with his genre-transcending tracks. Captivating fans of everyone from Imagine Dragons to Florida Georgia Line, Campbell has notched over 20 million combined streams across digital platforms. His eclectic sound and impressive vocals make him a prime example of a modern day country music artist.

In our most recent Swag Session, Campbell joined NYCountry Swag in The Boogie Woogie Room at Mondrian Park Avenue Hotel to perform two songs, “Gravity” and “Cannonball”,  as well as chat with Founder Stephanie Wagner about new music, upcoming shows and what’s next for the country newcomer.

 

Watch the full Swag Session above and take a listen to Campbell’s music below.

Campbell is set to perform his first-ever New York City headline show at Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday, October 11, grab tickets to the show here.

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Swag Sessions: Featuring Everette

We first saw Everette during CRS this past February when they took the stage in front of hundreds of industry professionals to sign their record deal with Broken Bow Records.  Brent Rupard and Anthony Olympia, who make up the duo just released their debut EP earlier this summer and the Kentucky natives combine grit and rhythm to create their own brand of modern country music.

In our most recent Swag Session, the duo joined NYCountry Swag at Mondrian Terrace to perform two songs from their recent EP as well as chat with Founder Stephanie Wagner about their new music and how they landed on the band name Everette. Watch the full Swag Session above and take a listen to the band’s EP below.

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Swag Sessions: Featuring Clayton Anderson

This steamy morning in New York City, singer-songwriter, and Indiana native Clayton Anderson joined the New York Country Swag team to sing two songs from his latest album “Right Where I Belong”.  The first song is a brand new tune just added this past Friday to the deluxe album called “Slow Southern Night” which Anderson says is such a laid back song that he thinks will be perfect going into the fall season. The second is one of his favorites, “Your Love is Like Country Music”.

Anderson also took some time to chat about the decision to release a deluxe version of his album and what he has coming up in the next few months.

Check out the full Facebook Live video below:

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Swag Sessions: Featuring Drew Baldridge

Drew Baldridge

 

On this perfect spring day, Drew Baldridge hung out with New York Country Swag to chat about his new music and his non-profit organization W.E.R.D.  Baldrige played his brand new single “Gentleman” and “Guns and Roses” live from The Refinery Rooftop before heading to Nash FM and Opry City Stage for his show tonight. Tune in to the live stream below.

 

 

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Swag Sessions: Featuring Luke Pell

 

Right before his very first NYC show at The Highline Ballroom, Luke Pell joined New York Country Swag to play two songs off his debut EP and answer questions about growing up on a ranch in Texas and chat about his new tour. Check out the full video from our LIVE Swag Session below.

 

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