BAY CITY COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL

at Wenonah Park

Fri Sep 10, 6:00p AT WENONAH PARK IN DOWNTOWN BAY CITY $40 & $60 Buy Tickets
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With momentum still high following their fourth career #1, MULTI-PLATINUM hitmakers ELI YOUNG BAND are releasing an introspective new single with “Break It In” via The Valory Music Co. Under producer Dann Huff, the tune explores lessons in life and love that are only learned over time well spent. As showcased through vivid Benjy Davis, Brandon Day, Daniel Ross, and Michael Whitworth-penned lyrics, EYB further delivers a booming chorus: “Like these dusty boots that walked me through / The work that got me here / And these faded jeans with Skoal can rings / I’ve worn out all these years / When the shine wears off, when you lose that gloss / There’s so much more underneath it all / You think that good is good as it can get / Then you break it in.” “We definitely didn't just start a band and have instant success. We’ve continued to build it up over the years — we broke it in,” shares EYB. "We’ve been blessed to have had our moments of being able to sit back and soak it all in. ‘Break It In’ carries a message you learn with time, and we’re so excited for these lyrics to be heard far and wide!” “Break It In” closely follows THIS IS ELI YOUNG BAND: GREATEST HITS, which features chart-toppers – “Love Ain’t,” PLATINUM "Drunk Last Night,” 2X PLATINUM “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” and 3X PLATINUM “Crazy Girl.” EYB has always been unique in modern Country music as a true band of brothers who cling fast to their Texas roots and has maintained an impressive trajectory with singles earning Billboard's

1 Country Song of the Year and ACM Awards Song of the Year. They have previously

earned multiple nominations from GRAMMY, CMA, CMT, ACA and Teen Choice Awards. While selling out venues as a headliner from coast-to-coast, EYB has toured with Jason Aldean, Dave Matthews Band, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, and Darius Rucker. They will continue to bring these fan-favorites and more on the road this summer with several festival appearances. More details on tour stops are available at https://eliyoungband.com/, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Love And Theft — Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson — launched with the No. 1 country smash “Angel Eyes” and top 10 hit “Runaway.” The longtime friends and bandmates have gone on to garner more than 3 billion radio impressions, over 300 million plays on Pandora, and are nearing 3 million music video streams for the critically acclaimed “Whiskey On My Breath,” an epic ballad that “returns Love And Theft to the harmony-rich sound that first turned heads when they started out,” (Rolling Stone). The ACM/CMA/CMT nominated duo has built a loyal fan base through their high-energy shows, infectious harmonies, and signature songwriting and is poised for the next chapter in their musical journey. The pair is currently putting the final touches on their fourth studio album, produced by legendary music icon Jim Ed Norman, and will release on Curb Records later this year.

Maddie & Tae

“We wanted to make an album that you celebrate to, that you cry to—that you party to,” says Maddie Marlow, discussing The Way It Feels, the 15-track second LP released by Marlow and her recording partner Taylor Dye. Maddie & Tae first broke out in 2014 with their brilliant take down of bro-country, “Girl In A Country Song,” and the full-length album that followed made good on the hit single’s glinting promise. Released in 2015, the whip smart Start Here cast a side-eyed glance at the high school cafeteria crowd—then just teens, it was a world they still knew well—and burned with the desire to break out, move out, and set the world on fire. They enter a new realm on the boldly honest The Way It Feels, a striking concept record that follows a relationship as it grows from flirtatious beginnings (“Friends Don’t”), into all-consuming love (“Trying On Rings,” “Write a Book”) before tumbling into woeful heartache (“Lay Here With Me,” “Die From A Broken Heart”). In time, it leads to moving on (“One Heart to Another”) and ends with the swaggering kiss-off “New Dog, Old Tricks,” a winking anthem that marks the first outside cut Maddie & Tae have recorded. The ambitious concept arrived as Maddie & Tae were finishing recording— Tae estimates they’d cut 30 songs before the idea took shape—but once it emerged, the duo knew how it had to wrap. Says Maddie: “The girl wins in the end. In the last songs, she’s gotten her power back. She’s not letting her trials and tribulations define her.” It’s a story arc the pair knows well. As Tae quips, “It’s what we’re living right now!” Following the release of Start Here, Maddie & Tae found themselves without a record label. Their own, Dot Records, which operated beneath the BMLG umbrella, had shuttered. “We were confused about what our purpose was and what our future held,” recalls Maddie. “We felt on top of the world and it all came crashing down.” They’ve since found a home at Universal Music Group on Mercury Nashville, and each say the experience pushed them creatively, ultimately making them better songwriters and, as the album reveals, building their confidence to new heights. “We were writing things that we had never written before,” says Tae. “We got deeper than we ever had—we were beating everything we had written a couple of years ago.” Maddie elaborates on the newfound perspective: “We had to figure out how to put the pieces back together. As an artist, so much of your self-worth is tied to what you do. We had to learn how to separate what we do from who we are. That allowed us to be able to make an album that we love and feel proud of. Now, it means so much more.” That sure-footedness is immediately on display as the album opens with the fluttering “Friends Don’t,” a should-we-or-shouldn’t-we-try-this. “We wanted to be as present as we possibly could,” says Maddie of capturing the early inklings of romance. “Everyone’s been in that situation—it’s so awkward! And there’s so much tension! We wanted to capture that stage of a relationship.” Format superstar Dierks Bentley appears as the twosome’s first ever feature on the heart-wrenching ballad “Lay Here With Me,” which begs for a truce in the middle of romantic strife over bluesy electric guitars. The choice, they say, was obvious. “He’s like our hero,” says Tae. “He took us on our first tour and, honestly, he taught us how to be the artists that we are; how to treat our band and crew.” Maddie & Tae have been honing their song crafting skills together since their early teens, when they’d routinely commute between Tae’s native Oklahoma and Maddie’s hometown in Texas. The long hours fully culminate on “Water In His Wine Glass,” the album’s most traditional styling and their most nuanced lyrical work to date. Inspired by a relative of Maddie’s, the delicate track finds them praying for an end to a family member’s struggle with alcoholism. “We wrote that song in 21 minutes,” the young songwriter admits. “Sometimes you’re convicted to write something like that.” Adds Tae: “Songs like that are so special; it’s like Jesus is moving through you. We knew we needed to find a place for it on the record. We felt like people could find healing through it.” Familial relationships also inspire and shape the concept of another remarkable cut: “Die From A Broken Heart,” where a phone call home to mom is spooled into a shattering moment of vulnerability. “You feel for every character,” says Maddie of her attachment to the tune. “There are so many times where I call my mom and she has to be like, ‘You’re going to be okay.’” The banjo and acoustic guitar that defined their debut never drift too far from the surface, but The Way It Feels also embraces modern production and a large swath of new sounds. Most notable is the warm tones of the organ; which Tae is currently mastering. But Maddie also recalls moments in the studio when the rhythm section found themselves banging on baking sheets, mini-tambourines, and triangles to get the right effect. “We like to leave room for some spontaneity!” she remarks, laughing. “Now the band guys are like, ‘Who’s going to play a baking sheet on tour?!’” To oversee the new sound, Maddie & Tae partnered with producers Jimmy Robbins (Keith Urban) and Derek Wells (Scotty McCreery) and, they say, an ability to collaborate defined their search. “We knew we wanted to leave a lot of space between instruments,” recalls Maddie of their sonic goals. “And we knew we wanted moments where it would be bluesy and gritty but still sexy.” The team-up worked. “It was magical,” says Maddie. “It felt too good to be true, except it wasn’t.” Both Maddie & Tae are equally enthusiastic when they think of fans hearing the entire collection of songs on The Way It Feels. “I’m so proud of how honest we were, and how specific we were,” says Tae. “The reason we’ve been able to connect with our fans so deeply is because we’ve let them into the nitty gritty of what we’re going through, the good and the bad. We aren’t afraid to talk about stuff that doesn’t feel good—things that are hard because what are we doing if we aren’t being real?”

TYLER RICH

Raised in Northern California, Tyler Rich found his love of music gathered around a Christmas tree alongside family singing holiday classics and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Fast forward to graduating college with a degree in Economics, Tyler moved to LA to pursue a different game of numbers – music – exploring various genres with songwriting and bands before taking the leap as a solo artist. His fanbase has grown organically from Sacramento to Nashville where in 2017 he signed a record deal with The Valory Music Co. and publishing agreement with Big Machine Music. While introducing his amplified sound and infectious energy coast to coast, the 2018 CMT Listen Up and 2019 Pandora Artist has toured with Brett Young, Justin Moore, LANCO and Dustin Lynch, plus shared bills alongside Sam Hunt, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Dan + Shay and more. Enlisting Tyler as one of their “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know, Rolling Stone touts him as “the newest member of country music’s radio-minded incoming class, with a homecoming king’s swagger and a valedictorian’s songwriting smarts.” His charm and fresh sound haveaccumulated 212M+ global streams to date with as SiriusXM chart-toppers GOLD-certified single “The Difference” and “Leave Her Wild” set the tone for his debut album TWO THOUSAND MILES, out now via The Valory Music Co. The title references the distance between his two homes in Los Angeles and Nashville where Tyler travels to chase his dream and be with his soulmate, actress and wife Sabina Gadecki. The 11-track collection appropriately begins with “Feels Like Home,” a sing-along anthem with an Irish flair he wrote inspired by a pub visit in Dublin and recorded with each musician contributing parts while sequestered in their homes on separate coasts during coronavirus sheltering. He connects virtually with fans through Instagram Live each week and offers an inside look at home life across several multi-million view clips on TikTok. Tyler began the Rich Rescues initiative while out on the road earlier this year, raising awareness for pet adoption at local shelters. Visit TylerRich.com for updates.



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