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Jim Levatte

October 27, 2016
Jim Levatte

Born and raised in the railroad and manufacturing town of Smith Falls, Ontario, Jim Levatte was drawn to music at a young age. While all of his friends played hockey, Levatte gravitated towards the guitar, and he wrote his first song at the age of nine.

As he got older, Levatte and his band honed their country music sound performing on the local club scene, releasing six studio albums along the way. After a car accident in 2013 forced him to leave behind his successful construction business, Levatte decided to focus all of his attention on his music career, and the result has been a creative surge that has led to over 50 hours of demo tape and thousands of song ideas. Among them is Levatte’s newest single, “This Ain’t My Day,” which debuted at #68 on the New Music Weekly country charts. Featuring Levatte’s gravelly vocals atop a honky-tonk piano and some bar-room guitars, the song will be featured on Levatte’s upcoming self-titled album. READ MORE

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Richard Lynch

July 19, 2016
Richard Lynch

You’d be hard-pressed to find a musician as authentic as Richard Lynch, whose traditional country music fully embodies his hay-raising, farm-dwelling lifestyle. An all-American, blue collar country man, Lynch has poured his heart and soul into the countless chart-topping hits he and his band have produced. His music is 100% real country, evoking some of the great classics who influenced him, like Hank Williams and George Jones. For three decades and counting, Lynch has written, sung, and performed his songs with passion and dedication, building himself up into an independent country music sensation. While his musical roots are grounded in pure country, his songs also showcase elements of western swing, rockabilly, outlaw country, and hard driving honky-tonk.

Lynch, based in Waynesville, Ohio, released his first full-length album, The Last of a Dying Breed, in 2013, and was nominated as Best Male Country Artist by the Independent Country Music Association in 2014. His most recent album is 2015’s A Better Place, a 12-track production that garnered critical acclaim, particularly for its first single and title track. The album was named the Pure Country Album of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists, while Lynch was declared Humanitarian of the Year, and his band named the Traditional Country Band of the Year. A Better Place was produced by renowned songwriter Billy Yates, and features the work of several talented musicians who have previously worked with artists including Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and Reba McEntire. READ MORE

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CC Witt

June 29, 2016
CC Witt

From the age of 13, when she penned her first song, CC Witt has been using music to tell compellingly honest stories about life in the modern south. With her passionate lyrics, dynamic vocal range and charismatic stage presence, the Savannah native has drawn comparisons to Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow and Kacey Musgraves and, in the process, established herself as an emerging artist making waves in the world of country music.

Since 2010, Witt has been the lead singer and, along with guitarist Patrick Ellington, one of the primary songwriters for five-piece country band Lyn Avenue. In 2014, the group released their first album, The Other Side, and have opened for artists including Jerrod Niemann, Adam Sanders, CMT’s Ashley Wineland, Jeff Allen and Parmalee.

In March of 2016, Witt released her debut solo EP, Down Memory Lane, a collection of catchy songs inspired by a unique blend of modern influences with deep roots in traditional country. To learn more, visit ccwittmusic.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. READ MORE

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TJ Leonard

June 23, 2016
TJ Leonard Country

Swedish singer-songwriter TJ Leonard was eight years old when he was given his first guitar. A gift from a loving grandfather, the guitar served as his introduction to the world of Swedish folk music and evergreens. TJ soon learned that he and his grandfather weren’t the only music lovers of their family, as TJ’s cousin – who played in a Swedish pop band of some repute – broadened his musical horizons by introducing him to pop and the blues.

Growing up, TJ sang those blues. He also fronted and played guitar for a dance band, flirted with jazz, played hard rock, sang gospel… he even dabbled in R&B. None of them, however, felt right for the young singer/songwriter.

Then TJ Leonard discovered country music – and it all began to make sense. Country music offered the opportunity to work with real instruments, and to sing about some of the things dearest to his heart – outdoor life, and the friends he shared it with. Country also shared a number of similarities with the folk music he had grown up on, and enjoyed a niche following in Sweden. READ MORE

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Donica Knight

December 30, 2015
Donica Knight

As a student at Auburn University in 2008 and 2009, Donica Knight would wait in line for hours for the student section gates to open for football games at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Even after leaving school to pursue a music career, Knight’s love of Auburn football remained strong, and in 2013, she wrote and recorded “Great To Be,” a celebration of the university’s rich football heritage.

In early 2016, the talented and charismatic singer and songwriter will release her debut EP, Can’t Buy a Southern Girl, which features an exciting blend of country, blues and gritty Southern rock inspired by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Patsy Cline, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Rolling Stones. A video for the album’s scorching first single, “Love Ain’t A Prize,” directed by veteran cinematographer Noel Maitland, was released online in September of 2015 and promptly earned airplay around the country and a position on the IndiMusic TV Top 21 Video Countdown. Donica’s success has led to a rigorous touring schedule throughout the southeast, during which she has performed more than 350 dates, opening for iconic acts including Hank Williams Jr., Luke Bryan, Kenny Rogers, The Band Perry and many more. READ MORE