Teddy Gentry knew and created great country music when he was the bass guitarist and background vocalist for the iconic country band Alabama. When Alabama disbanded in 2003, Teddy continued creating music with The Rockit City Band, and most recently produced a new compilation of new artists in the CD, Best New Nashville, available at Cracker Barrel stores nationwide.
The CD is a compilation of 12 artists and new songs and covers the genres of a little bit of Bluegrass, Christian and a whole lot of Country! This CD would be an awesome addition to round out any good country music collection.
Jimmy Stewart, Every Mile I'm Missing You, grew up traveling the country and picking with his father who was a drifting picker. Added to his vast repertoire are gigs with Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Earl Scruggs. The song was written by Jimmy, Teddy and Charlie Crowe.
Chanel Campbell, I'm Gonna Cry, is the daughter of a rock n' roll music manager on the Gold Coast of Australia. When her family settled in Nashville she was 15 years old and ready to begin looking for a career of her own. She is talented beyond her years and is also a songwriter.
Garrett Steele, That's the Kind of Love I Need, hails from Midland, Texas but now resides in Nashville. His history is impressive since he has shared the stage with Steven Curtis Chapman, Steve Wariner and Dolly Parton, and shared a mic along with Lee greenwood, Bill Anderson, Larry Gatlin, Wayne Newton and others cutting tracks for a Juvenile Diabetes Research CD.
3 Lanes Crossing, A Good Place to Turn Around, features 3 young ladies - sisters Rachel, Jenny and Jill Wilson who came from the Muscle Shoals area in North Alabama. Their background includes performing beside Collin Raye, Teddy Gentry, Lenny LeBlanc and Ricky Skaggs.
Laura Fedor, A Better Woman, is a native of Willoughby, Ohio and has her roots in both bluegrass and country. She performed in the youth chorus, The Cleveland Angels, for President George W. Bush and Pope Benedict and finished number 6 in the sixth season of Nashville Star.
Chip Davis, In His Hands, is the son of a pastor and grew up in West Virginia. His songwriting skills include music for Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Randy Travis, Trace Adkins, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.
Samantha Landrum, I'll Find You, hails from Laurel, Mississippi, and began performing as a child in her family's business, Landrum's Homestead & Village. Samantha has opened for Joe Nichols and Blake Shelton (lucky lady!) and is looking forward to plenty of new studio work on upcoming projects.
Dillon Dixon, Chip Away, has traveled many roads and written many songs from his heart of troubled love affairs, hardship and persistence and dreams of a better life. He has written for EMI Music, Warner-Chappell Music, Ash Street Music and Amylase Entertainment and some of his songs have been recorded by George Jones, Restless Heart, Ronnie Milsap, Neal McCoy, Josh Gracin and Rodney Atkins. He has also written music for movies: Terminator 3, Live Free or Die Hard, The Crow 3, Scream, Cursed and Mimic.
Southwind, My So Called Life, consists of Brandon Beycr and Mark Zell. They played at church and small country fairs as well as some bigger venues with some of country music's biggest stars. They formed slowly with a lot of hard work, faith and family values and their dreams are taking them to a new level with Teddy Gentry.
Brad Long, Long Lost Smile, is a native of Myrtle Beach, SC and plays both the drums and guitar. He has opened for Dwight Yoakam, Craig Morgan, Little Big Town, Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Jimmy Wayne, and Justin Moore, to name just a few. His two singles, My Kind of Woman and What Wouldn't Have Happened, are available for download in iTunes.
Adrianna Freeman, Run Baby Run, was born in Tallahassee, FL and began singing at a local farmer's market and later worked overseas with the missionary organization Teen Mania, where she realized she had to pursue a professional music career which led her to Teddy Gentry in 2007 and has landed her a song worth including in this new CD.
Amber Shalene, Are You Ever Gonna Love Me, also found her calling in African orphanages with song, and also performed in Israel, Europe and South Africa. She has an amazing passion and ambition for music as she has proclaimed herself a "Southern Gypsy" and has seen what difference music can make all over the world.
This review has been but a brief synopsis of this amazing CD and can't begin to due justice to all of the talent and amazing voices and music from these "new" amazing artists. You can read more about the project at http://bestnewnashville.com/.
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