Best Nominees | Richard Lynch and Whiskey & Cigarettes Radio Show

Richard Lynch, Whiskey And Cigarettes Joins Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney As New Music Award Nominees

Richard Lynch received a nomination for Best New Country Artist. Whiskey and Cigarettes Show (W&C) was nominated for Best Internet Radio Station.

This recognition from the industry is proof positive that honest, talented and hard-working people can come out on top. 
– Michael Stover, President, MTS Management Group

Los Angeles, CA — MTS Management Group is proud to announce Ohio-based country artist Richard Lynch and Milan-based “Whiskey and Cigarettes Show” (W&C) have been nominated for the 2019 New Music Awards. Richard Lynch is nominated for Best New Country Artist alongside Luke Combs, Mitchell Tenpenney, and Jimmie Allen.

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W&C is nominated for Best Internet/Syndicated Radio Station alongside Country Bear, Sound Machine Country, and others. This is the first New Music Awards nomination for Richard Lynch. W&C won the NMA in 2015.

new music awards - brash! magazine blogThe annual New Music Awards are given for excellence in music to both recording artist and radio stations, by New Music Weekly Magazine. First round nominations are submitted by members of the press, radio, music industry and fans, with the top performing nominees being selected for the final ballot. Voting for the Final Round Winners is underway at . 2018 winners included Sam Hunt, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett and Midland. Additional 2019 nominees include Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, and Jason Aldean.

“I’m so happy for both Richard and DJ Nik, host and creator of W&C,” said Michael Stover of MTS. “You won’t find two more deserving people in this business. This recognition from the industry is proof positive that honest, talented and hard-working people can come out on top. Good luck to all of the nominees!”

New Music Weekly is a nationally distributed trade magazine for the radio and music industries. Following the tradition of Bill Gavin and the Gavin Report, New Music Weekly interprets data from the Spins Tracking System for music industry executives and artists across the United States. Weekly editorial features include highlights of the top singles impacting radio and “spotlights” of new music from the Top40/Pop, Country, AC/Hot, and College music genres.

About Richard Lynch
Richard Lynch is an Ohio-based country music artist, who has compiled a long list of country hits and chart toppers in the world of traditional country music. His single, “A Better Place” topped the New Music Weekly AM/FM country chart, the IndieWorld Country Record Report, and spent an incredible 32 weeks atop the Roots Music Report True Country chart. His next 4 singles also topped the country airplay charts, including a duet with Grammy Award Winner, Rhonda Vincent. Richard’s single, “Country Music Isn’t Country Anymore” went Top 25 on the iTunes Canada sales chart. His current single, “Pray on the Radio” is receiving Christian radio airplay and charting.

Richard is a multiple-award-winning artist and a member of the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame and Ohio Country Music Hall of Fame, who has appeared on WSM Radio Nashville, RFD TV, and countless other media outlets. He is also the host of “Traditionally Lynch,” airing on TV and radio, and he’s the founder of the Love Tattoo Foundation for veterans.
Twitter: @richardlynchband
IG: richardlynchband4432

whisky and cigarettes show - brash! magazine blogAbout Whiskey And Cigarettes Radio Show
“Whiskey And Cigarettes Radio Show” is a weekly show, originating in Milan, Italy, hosted by the “Romeo of the Rodeo” Nik Pizzigoni. Nik is a Nashville Universe Awards Winner, International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, a New Music Awards Winner, AMG Heritage Awards nominee, and an Independent Country Music Association nominee. The show features a unique blend of classic, current and indie country, trivia, contests, artist spotlights and interviews and Nik’s European charm. Previous guests have included Charley Pride, Hank Williams, Jr.,Charlie Daniels, Steve Wariner, John Rich, Oak Ridge Boys, Lorrie Morgan, Bill Anderson, Luke Bryan, Bryan White, Travis Tritt, Lee Greenwood, Collin Raye and many others.
Twitter: @WhiskeyCigsShow
IG: wcradioshow

Music News | Tiera from Real Country (USA) Releases New Single “Love You For That”

Tiera’s “Love You For That” and Team Shania on USA’s ‘Real Country’

Love You For That by TieraNashville, TN – Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Tiera releases her new single “Love You For That.” Tiera has dominated the country music industry with a rich, youthful and passionate voice at only 20 years young.

60 years after Charley Pride broke through as the first male African American Country star, Tiera is seeking to fill a void for female African American artists. As a singer-songwriter Tiera has created a loyal fan-base and combined social media presence of 30k followers, over 2k subscribers on YouTube and over 250k total views on YouTube videos. Co-written with John Miller and Hannah May Allison, “Love You For That,” “is a relatable song that is about someone loving you despite all of your flaws,” says Tiera.

“Love You For That” is Available Now on All Music Streaming Outlets!

Joining Team Shania, Tiera competed as one of 21 country artists on ‘Real Country’ and won her way to the grand finale on December 11. “Tiera is beyond a superstar, an exceptional singer and writes her own songs,” said Shania Twain on ‘Real Country.’

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About Tiera
As a new artist from Alabama, Tiera has considered music as a career at only thirteen years old when she taught herself to play guitar by watching tutorials on YouTube. Beginning to perform at local festivals and coffee shops around Birmingham, Tiera eventually earned a spot to perform at the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee. Ever since then, Tiera has continued performing at local venues including the Commodore Grill, returned trips to the Bluebird Café, and the Listening Room Café with the Song Suffragettes. She recently opened up for the country music group Shenandoah and the Charlie Daniels Band to a crowd of 2,500 people. In November 2017, Tiera was featured in a cover of “Female” by Keith Urban with the Song Suffragettes and it immediately gained the attention of the Today Show, Rolling Stones, and the Washington Post.

Since then, Tiera has been working on new music at the legendary FAME studios in Muscle Shoals where artists like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and Jason Isbell have recorded. Tiera also has a thriving social media presence that has caught the eye of Darius Rucker, Cam, Kelleigh Bannen and Carly Pearce.

As of recent Tiera competed as a contestant on the first season of ‘Real Country’ on USA Network, and earned a spot in the grand finale on Team Shania with her rich and soulful voice. Tiera has had significant success in the music business but is just getting started.
Twitter: @tieramusic
IG: tieramusic

A New Westin Sound | “You Leave Me No Choice” by Matt Westin

Pittsburgh-based country artist Matt Westin has released his new single and lyric video, “You Leave Me No Choice”

You Leave Me No Choice by Matt Westin - BRASH! Magazine BlogPittsburgh, PA – Matt Westin took a huge gamble. He placed an enormous bet on himself and went “all in” on his music career. The former engineer-turned-country singer is reaping the rewards of his poker face in the form of awards, radio airplay, critical acclaim and an appearance in the industry’s prestigious “bible,” Billboard Magazine.

Now, Matt is releasing his latest single and lyric video, “You Leave Me No Choice.” The track is from his debut album, Legacy (MTS Records). Originally released in January 2018, the album was re-released by MTS in October, under their new distribution deal with AWAL. Legacy was produced by industry veteran Bryan Cole, and features performances from studio greats, Mike Brignardello (Blake Shelton, Big & Rich) on bass and Steve Hinson (Dolly Parton, Luke Bryan) on pedal steel.

Watch “You Leave Me No Choice” Lyric Video

About Matt Westin
Matt Westin’s first single, “Our Redneck of the Woods” reached the IndieWorld Country chart and the European Country Music Association charts. Matt was also on the Top 200 International Country Artists chart. His second single, “Farm Town” is still climbing several airplay charts. Matt is the 2018 International Music and Entertainment Association Male Country Artist of the Year. His Emerging Artists ad recently appeared in the October 10, 2018 issue of Billboard Magazine.
Twitter: @matt_westin

Release the Wild | Wild Child EP by Katie Austin

Katie Austin Reveals Her Inner “Wild Child” in Debut EP

Exclusive Track Premieres from, Taste of Country and B-Sides & Badlands

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Louisiana native and pop-country singer/songwriter Katie Austin reveals her inner Wild Child with highly anticipated debut EP. Featuring the upbeat “Got Me Like” premiered by B-Sides & Badlands, the nostalgic “Nirvana” premiered by Taste of Country, the ‘fantastic’ ballad “Backyard” premiered by, and the title track “Wild Child,” Austin offers fans a well-rounded collection of songs in her debut. Produced by Matt McVaney (Kane Brown, Jessie James Decker), the four-track EP features songs co-penned by Austin and is already charting on iTunes!

Austin is celebrated the release with a performance of “Backyard” on WSMV’s Today (Nashville, TN).

WILD CHILD Track Listing
“Wild Child” written by Austin, Julia Cole
“Got Me Like” written by Austin, Lainey Wilson
“Backyard” written by Austin, Wilson
“Nirvana” written by Austin, Wilson

Wild Child EP is Available Now on iTunes & Spotify!

About Katie Austin
With a drive that sets her apart from the status quo, Austin was a top five finalist in the Folgers 2017 Jingle Contest which boasted thousands of entries and earned her a mentoring session with Chris Young. Austin’s debut 2017 single “Broken Record” landed her a shot at the 2017 NASH Next competition sponsored by Cumulus Media and Big Machine Records, in which she made it into the top ten finalists. She ended 2017 on a high note when the music video for her original holiday song “Wrap Me Baby” made its world premiere on CMT and was added into regular rotation on the network and secured the No. 4 fan voted spot on the CMT Music 12 Pack Countdown.

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Capitalizing on her momentum from 2017, Austin has dedicated 2018 to writing, producing and recording to answer the call of her fans… more music! Earlier this summer, Austin launched her crowd funding Kickstarter Campaign and through the support of her fans, was able to fund her brand new EP, Wild Child. The collection of songs are from her heart and for her fans… so turn up your speakers, let your inner Wild Child out and dance like no one is watching.
Twitter: @KatieAustinBand
IG: KatieAustinMusic

Kelsey Lamb and Taylor Goyette Headline Tabor Holiday Festival

Nashville, TN – Kelsey Lamb and Taylor Goyette headline the 1st Annual Tabor Holiday Festival on December 1st in Tabor, IA.

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Rhode Island born, Florida raised, and now Nashville living, Taylor Goyette paints pictures through song about his formative years growing up on the Gulf Coast, where he learned the meaning of hard work, how to have a good time, and what matters most in life. Goyette’s influences range from Springsteen to The Eagles, Elvis, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and many more.

Raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Kelsey Lamb ventured to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career in country music. Lamb has made a name for herself as a vocalist with a rich, emotionally transparent voice, influenced by the likes of Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett and Tim McGraw.  Lamb made a splash at the end of 2016 with the release of her Christmas with Kelsey EP and song appearances in Hallmark’s movie Christmas in Homestead. Additionally, she performed with Alan Thicke on tour for the Kenny Rogers’ The Toy Shoppe Tour 2015 across the United States and performed onstage again with Thicke at B.B. Kings in New York City in January 2016.

The community of Tabor have been working for the past few months on a new event, the 1st Annual Tabor Holiday Festival which will take place on December 1st, 2018 in Tabor, IA. They will have several activities including lighted parade, tree lighting ceremony, plus many other activities for all ages.

To learn more about the Tabor Holiday Festival, please visit

Kelsey Lamb
Twitter: @kelsey_lamb
IG: kelseylambmusic

Taylor Goyette
IG: TaylorGoyettemusic

New Releases! | “Temporary” by Greg Rider

Rising country artist, Greg Rider Releases New Single, “Temporary”

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Nashville, TN – Greg Rider has been performing around the country including performing regularly at Luke’s 32 BridgeFGL House, and Jason Aldean’s rooftop bar. In 2017, Greg released his debut single, “She Don’t Matter” on all digital platforms.

Music had been an influence on Greg, but he never did anything to pursue it until his 20’s, considering himself a closet singer and only picked up guitar at age 20. In time, this was to change. As he built his confidence, he began to play locally in a duo. When the duo disbanded, it was time for Greg to take his next leap of faith. He accepted a job as a Bartender in the Cayman Islands and spent his off time writing and performing at open mic opportunities.

Aside from music, Greg is also an author. His first book, The Uneasy Man, was released through Amazon early in 2018. It is a self-help guide based on his story of how he over-came his struggle with Anxiety and Depression. The book is geared towards youth and young adults but, can benefit anyone looking to expand their knowledge on the subject.

“Temporary” is Available Now on iTunes & Spotify!
IG: GregRiderMusic

I’ll Be There for You | “You Got Me” by Olivia Lane

Rising Country Music Star, Olivia Lane Sends A Message of Comfort with Latest Single “You Got Me”

You Got Me by Olivia LaneDynamic entertainer and one of Country music’s most promising young talents, Olivia Lane, is celebrating the release of new single, “You Got Me.” The Skip Black produced track was written by Olivia along with Aaron Scherz (Maddie & Tae) & Tim Nichols (Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson). Olivia explains,“the song wrote itself pretty quick. In the writing room, we talked about how we all have gone through or have had someone in our lives go through darker times and sometimes hearing someone say they’re there for you and have your back can be so powerful.”

HollywoodLife offered fans a sneak peak at the single and accompanying music video via a world premiere. The leading celebrity and entertainment site has dubbed Olivia a “one to watch” and goes on to explain: “Olivia Lane is just getting started, but she’s already penning the kind of songs that can’t be ignored… and is ready to take her career to the next level!”

The music video was directed by Matt DeLisi and shot in various locations around Nashville. Olivia goes on to explain: “I wanted the video to represent the sentiment of the song which is letting someone know you are there for them. These are two friends who may or may not be more, but regardless of the status of their relationship, it’s clear they have a solid foundation on having each other’s back.”

The long anticipated new material will be a reflection of her growth as not only an artist but a person. Olivia explains, “I wrote this song for anyone who wants to let someone know that they’re there for them. The universal message of this song perfectly describes where I’m at in my songwriting and the kind of artist I want to be. Since my last release of music, I’ve grown up, worked on some self love and ended up discovering this more vulnerable and emotional side of me that I’m ready to share with my fans.”

Watch Official Music Video for “You Got Me”

Since her impactful debut in 2016, the budding talent has been named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 Country Artists You Need To Know” along with profile pieces by the likes of Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, People, Yahoo& more.

“You Got Me” is available now on Apple Music, Google Play, & Spotify!

About Olivia Lane
Olivia Lane is strong, dynamic, smart, funny and above all, an entertainer. Much of her confidence is rooted in her Texas upbringing. Her mother was a local Texas country singer that inspired her to sing and start writing songs at age 16. Olivia ultimately landed in Nashville, where her self-titled debut EP stirred interest throughout and beyond Music Row in 2016. Olivia bids influence to Linda Ronstadt and Carole King but has the production and energy of Shania Twain. “If I have to categorize myself I’d have to say I’m Pop Country. Growing up I was a musical melting pot, but country music always had the lyrics that drew me in.”
Twitter: @OliviaLaneMusic
IG: OliviaLaneMusic

Indie Country Music Making Noise! | MTS Management Group

Chart-topping country artist Richard Lynch and Nashville singer-songwriter Jeremy Parsons have been nominated in the 16th Indepedent Music Awards. The ceremony will be held on March 31st at Lincoln Center in New York City.

February 14, 2018 – NASHVILLE, TN/ WAYNESVILLE, OH — Independent Country Music Hall of Fame recording artist, philanthropist, farmer and tv/radio host Richard Lynch has received his share of honors over the years.  From multiple wins at the Josie Music Awards (the world’s largest indie awards show) to his nominations at the New Music Awards and a 2014 win at the Independent Country Music Awards for Best Male Artist, Lynch’s craft has been recognized by peers and fans, alike.

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Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jeremy Parsons’ music has been called “infectious” and “well-crafted.” His latest album, Things I Need to Say, including the blistering lead single and video, “Burn This House Down” has been receiving worldwide airplay, and Jeremy has been on the interview circuit, promoting the release and gaining new fans.

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Now, MTS Management Group is pleased to announce Richard Lynch and Jeremy Parsons have both been nominated in the 16th Independent Music Awards. Lynch has been nominated for Best Country Album, Mending Fences. Parsons has been nominated for Best Americana Song, “Why Is The Bluebird Blue?” The awards ceremony will be held on March 31, 2018 at Lincoln Center for the Performing Artists in New York City.  Other nominees include Jane Siberry, Fiona Joy and Amiss O.mega (featuring Snoop Dogg.)

Click Here for Full List of Nominees

Judges for the 16th Independent Music Awards include Amy Lee (Evanescence), Tom Waits, Slayer, Michael W. Smith, and others.

Now in its 17th year, The Independent Music Awards, produced by Music Resource Group honor the year’s most exceptional & artistically daring music projects from self-released and indie label talent from around the globe. And connects them to new performance, promotion, distribution and fans. Program winners and nominees include extraordinary artists at every stage of their careers and include Amy Lee, Masta Ace, Valerie June, Meghan Trainor, Passenger, Jackson Browne, Team Me, Radio Radio, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Girl In A Coma, Apples in stereo, Pokey LaFarge, Killer Mike among many more.

Mending Fences by Richard Lynch is Available Now on iTunes & Amazon!

Stream the album Things I Need To Say by Jeremy Parsons Now on Spotify!

Hailing from Waynesville, OH, Richard Lynch is an American country music artist who has compiled a long list of country hits and chart toppers in the world of traditional country music. His single, “A Better Place” topped the New Music Weekly AM/FM country chart, the IndieWorld Country Record Report, and spent an incredible 32 weeks atop the Roots Music Report True Country chart. His next single, “We’re American Proud” also topped the charts. His last release, “Cut and Paste” also reached Number One the airplay charts. Richard is a multiple-award-winning artist and a member of the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame. He is also the founder of Love Tattoo Foundation for veterans. Richard Lynch hosts “Traditionally Lynch,” currently airing on Cincinnati television stations. For more information visit,

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jeremy Parsons grew up soaking in the sounds of Texas music in the dancehalls of the Lone Star State. Jeremy was always a fan of music, but it wasn’t until his later high school years that he discovered his knack for it. Driven by his passion, he taught himself to play the guitar and began to write and perform music. Over the past decade, Jeremy has played all over the U.S. and in Europe, including numerous venues in Texas. Pulling from the example of Texas performance artists, Jeremy loves to interact with his audience. He captivates the crowd with his genuine personality, unique humor, and heart-felt love of his occupation. For more information, visit


A Son’s Honor to His Father | Country Music Artist Matt Westin

Country Artist, Matt Westin, Honors Father: Leaves Engineering for Music, Signs with MTS

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— Country music artist, Matt Westin was born and raised in a blue-collar family, in a middle class suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. After the untimely 2016 death of his father from cancer-related causes, Matt decided to honor his father’s memory by walking away from a promising engineering career, to focus on his music, something his father had staunchly supported.

With influences taken from legendary artists, from from Johnny Cash to Garth Brooks to Frank Sinatra, Westin enlisted veteran musician/producer/artist, Bryan Cole to produce his debut album. Cole brought in world-class musicians like Mike Brignardello (Big & Rich, Blake Shelton, bass) and Steve Hinson (Dolly Parton, Luke Bryan, pedal steel) to help Matt record an album his father would truly be proud of. Recorded at Tonic Recording Studios in Pittsburgh, with engineer, Doug Kasper, Matt Westin’s debut album will be released in early 2018 on MTS Records.

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“Matt’s not your cookie-cutter male country artist,” said Michael Stover of MTS. “He’s got alot of soul and emotion in his delivery. The top-tier songs on this album will definitely stand out from the same ol’ being released to radio, and Bryan Cole knocked it out of the park on the production. I’m extremely proud and excited to be working with Matt Westin, and I can’t wait to release this record!”

For more information on Matt Westin, please visit
Twitter: @Matt_Westin

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Indie Country Music Artists Featured on Billboard | Smithfield

Groundbreaking Duo Featured in Billboard’s ‘You Should Know’ YouTube Series

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – Groundbreaking duo Smithfield are continuing to blaze an undeniable path in country music. Billboard has now featured the twosome in their ‘You Should Know’ YouTube series that highlights the hottest emerging and established acts in all genres including Judah & the Lion, DJ Khalid, Cardi B, Carly Pearce, Luke Combs, Echosmith, Walk the Moon and more. The Texas bred duo’s buzzed about new single “When You’re Gone” has racked up more than 870K streams on Spotify and is currently climbing SiriusXM The Highway’s ‘Hot 30 Countdown.’

View the Billboard feature here.


Currently playing shows nationwide, including an upcoming headlining show at the infamous Billy Bobs, Smithfield is proving to be a musical force to be reckoned with. Consisting of Jennifer Fielder and Trey Smith, Smithfield has already tackled career milestones including making their Grand Ole Opry debut, Ryman Auditorium debut, being named an “Artist to Watch” by PEOPLE, Rolling Stone Country, NASH Country Daily and the Huffington Post and two chart-topping singles on SiriusXM The Highway’s ‘Hot 30 Countdown.’ These impressive feats all have been accomplished as an independent act and also include the duo selling more than 50K downloads of sophomore single “Hey Whiskey.”

Smithfield’s debut EP is Available Now on iTunes
Twitter: @SmithfieldMusic
Instagram: SmithfieldMusic