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The Mavericks Ready To Share “Moon & Stars”

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With a highly anticipated new album, “Moon & Stars,” the Miami-formed and long-time Nashville-based Americana stalwarts THE MAVERICKS have unveiled details today along with a new single. Released on May 17th through the band’s own Mono Mundo Recordings imprint in partnership with Thirty Tigers, the award-winning group’s thirteenth studio album is their first new music since 2020’s revolutionary and top-charting “En Espanol” project, and their first return to a fully English-language release since 2017’s critically acclaimed “Brand New Day” album.

“This record has been a journey of reflection, introspection, patience, learning and evolving. Some of these songs were written years ago, but they weren’t ready. Or maybe we weren’t. We are now…”– THE MAVERICKS via Instagram

For “Moon & Stars,” the Mavericks dutifully recorded tracks in Nashville, Tennessee’s Blackbird Studio, Santa Fe, New Mexico’s Frogville Studios, and Maurice, Louisiana’s Dockside Studio, adding to their already distinctive and eclectic Americana / Roots fusion of Alternative & Outlaw Country, Rock, Blues, R&B, and Tejano/Tex-Mex influences. The end product is an album that fans have been waiting for, and it evokes the classic Mavericks sound that will sit comfortably among their most cherished albums, all the while stretching the boundaries of genre and the band’s signature melting pot sound.

Friday, March 1st will see the release of the album’s lead single and title track, “Moon & Stars (with Sierra Ferrell)” (with advance press copies available upon request), as well as the debut of pre-orders for physical CDs and vinyl and pre-saving for the album on all major digital streaming platforms. Plus, Max Abrams of the band ‘Fantastic Five,’ Nicole Atkins, and Maggie Rose are all set to make special appearances on the record. Song co-writers with THE MAVERICKS also include Bernie Taupin, Sam Hollander, Wally Wilson, and more…

“The Mavericks are capable of doing everything from rock & roll to Tex-Mex to jazz & soul…a breathtaking collective that can do anything – everything, really – better than the rest. …

The big band sound of the … wildly eclectic group …is an earthy but globetrotting place…

[It’s impossible] not to get up and dance.” – Rolling Stone

Get ready for more “Moon & Stars” singles to drop in late March and early April. Meanwhile, THE MAVERICKS are currently performing live and sharing previews of some songs. Some upcoming highlights include a return to Miami, the band’s hometown, on March 15th, and a European tour in April and May. On May 17 and 18, they will kick off their New Moon & Stars Tour at ACL Live at Austin’s Moody Theatre. They will be performing at numerous more venues throughout the year, as you can check out themavericksband.com

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Jayne Denham Shares Her “Moonshine”

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In the latest episode of the Country HQ Spotlight On podcast, we are over the moon to be welcoming special guest Jayne Denham, wherein listeners can expect an engaging conversation about her journey in the music industry. Known for her powerful vocals and heartfelt lyrics, Jayne Denham has made waves in the country music landscape, and are a feature of her latest album MOONSHINE.

Hosted by Adam Simon, the podcast delves into Jayne’s artistic vision, influences, and experiences that have shaped her career.

Whether you’re a die-hard country music enthusiast or simply curious about the stories behind the songs, this podcast provides an intimate look into the lives of artists like Jayne Denham.

So grab your headphones, tune in, and immerse yourself in the world of country music with Jayne Denham as your guide!

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Caitlyn Shadbolt Returns With All Star Single

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Caitlyn Shadbolt’s “Country Music Never Made More Sense” is her latest single release after a short break. Melanie Dyer, Sammy White, and Sarah Buckley form a formidable trio to join Caitlyn on the single, which is a playful tribute to country music. All of them, plus Camille Trail, contributed to the composition of the song during a girls’ songwriting weekend.

“’I got together with the girls for a writing weekend. We planned to be all professional and split into groups and write in the studio, but we ended up having a couple of wines and writing this song around the fire! I feel like this song is extra relevant right now as country music is cranking and it’s never made more sense!”

Caitlyn Shadbolt is a top songwriter and performer in Australia’s modern country music scene. With the help of ABC MUSIC, Caitlyn was able to release her first album, “Songs On My Sleeve” (May 2017), after reaching the finals of Season 6 of The ‘X Factor’ Australia (2014). The album debuted at number one on the ARIA Country Albums chart upon its release. For eight weeks running, the lead single “My Break Up Anthem” was the most played song on Country Radio, and it also topped the CountryTown National Airplay Chart, while the CMC Award for Best New Artist and a nomination for Female Artist of the Year were both given to Caitlyn in recognition of her accomplishments.

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“A Bird That Won’t Sing” Comes Straight From The ‘Hart’

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“In The Midnight Sky Alone” is the most recent album by soulful alt-country troubadour Rick Hart of Melbourne, Australia and the single “A Bird That Won’t Sing” is the new single from the album.

Rick Hart’s signature style is a melodically flowing, harmony-laden environment overlaid with the profound grief of his words and visuals. All of Hart’s tracks have the signature Americana and country sounds that make him unique. There is a noticeable amount of Wilco and The Jayhawks influence.

An emotionally charged story on the harsh truth of heartbreak. Everything that was once is gone, and with it comes an unwavering sense of regret and the knowledge that change is inevitable.

“Rick Hart writes and delivers beautiful country songs – they are thoughtful, poignant, heartbreaking and smart,” remarked legendary Australian musician and songwriter Lachlan Bryan of Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes and The Pleasures, who co-produced Hart’s third long play . “I wanted to work on this record because I already believed every word he sings, and after spending weeks in the studio with Rick and his guitar, I now KNOW them all to be true”

Early reviews of the album indicate it’s amazing reach and potential to appear on several year end top ten lists, even though we are not even at the halfway point yet.

Based on Michael George Smith’s review of the album ‘In The Midnight Sky Alone’ in Rhythms Magazine, “the songwriter that the record portrays is a storyteller of the heart.”

“You really should listen to this album in its entirety because, first, if you skip around, you’ll miss out on some of the characters and stories told throughout, and second, if you just listen to a couple of songs, you won’t get nearly the whole experience that this album offers. I get that we live in a singles-based culture, and I’ll admit that there are a number of tracks that would grab my attention if I only listened to the singles, but listening to the entire album has been incredibly rewarding.”
‘In The Midnight Sky Alone’ album review in RAGMAG

“Hart is a refreshing counterpart to the plethora of male singers who have gone awry of country tradition. Hart is a perfect antidote to whatever bro-hangover still looms over us and has the same refreshing appeal that Sam Outlaw’s debut album had”. For The Country Record

“This is impressive songwriting! The melodic aspects perfectly capture the emotional tone of the songs. The classic alt country/R&B musical aspects are brilliant. It’s a genuine pleasure to review this exceptionally high level of songwriting.“ The Great American Songwriting Contest

“With his deeply soulful voice, Rick Hart journeys to the heart of modern Americana-alt-country, where frankness, sadness and songs collide.” Greg Arnold (Things of Stone and Wood)

“I’ve worked with Rick Hart, and he’s a superb songwriter! Rick’s music is a unique combination of roots and country.” – Bill Chambers (Australian Country Music Icon) –

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