CMT: Will Hoge Releases “Middle Of America” Music Video

Written by Still Working Music writer Tommy Lee James along with Will Hoge and Jessi Alexander. “Middle Of America” is Hoge’s debut single from his sophomore record on Cumberland/Thirty Tigers. The video was directed by Colin Noel and was shot in Gallatin, Tennessee.

MUSICROW: Terry McBride lands cut on Garth Brooks’ latest album, Man Against Machine.

Garth Brooks’ latest album, Man Against Machine, released today (11/11), features a cut by Still Working Music writer Terry McBride, along with Craig Campbell and Brice Long.  We are so proud to have Terry as part of our team!

To read more about Garth’s recent album release and his thoughts on “All American Kid” click the photo below.


Taste of Country: CMA Awards Best Dressed Pictures

Chase Bryant at the 2014 CMA Awards
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Newcomer Chase Bryant may be relatively new to country music, but he sure knows how to make an impression on the red carpet. Bryant looked oh-so-sexy in a classic three-piece suit by Hugo Boss. We’re certain the suave singer was channeling his inner James Dean from his hair down to his shoes. Tasted and approved!

Read More: 2014 CMA Awards Best Dressed Pictures | Taste of Country | Chase Bryant’s Debut Video Shows He’s Sexy – and Sentimental

10/31/2014 AT 02:15 PM EDT

Chase Bryant‘s video for his debut single “Take It On Back” marks an exciting new chapter in the singer’s life – but it’s also a nod to his past.

It’s no coincidence the storyline of his first clip takes place on a train. The idea was inspired by his grandfather, musician Jimmy Bryant, who passed away from cancer when Chase was a kid.

“My grandfather was super into trains,” Bryant, 22, tells PEOPLE. “He was fascinated by them and collected them his entire life. In fact, when he got really sick with cancer, for his last Christmas, my family and I made him this elaborate running train set with all the works.

“There were railroad tracks by my grandfather’s house but trains didn’t run through there very often. On the day my grandfather died – at the very moment it happened, I kid you not – a huge freight train came barreling down that track. It was so strange, but there was something very spiritual about it. So when I first read [director] Wes Edwards’s treatment for [my] video, I knew this had to be the storyline we chose. In some way, I feel like I get to share this video with my grandfather.”

Still Working Music, BMG Chrysalis Nashville Sign Skip Black

Skip Black Signing Photo
Pictured (Front row, L-R): Alex Orbison, President of Still Working Music; Chelsea Kent, Creative Director of Still Working Music; Kos Weaver, EVP BMG Chrysalis Nashville; Skip Black; Tommy Lee James, CCO of Still Working Music; Sara Knabe, Sr. Creative Director BMG Chrysalis Nashville; Chris Oglesby, VP BMG Chrysalis Nashville; (Back row): Daniel Lee, Sr. Creative Director BMG Chrysalis Nashville; Kevin Lane, Creative Director BMG Chrysalis; Chuck Fleckenstein, GM and COO of Still Working Music

Still Working Music and BMG Chrysalis Nashville have partnered to sign songwriter Skip Black. Black has had cuts for Craig Morgan, Jana Kramer, Tyler Farr, Eric Paslay, and others. He also co-wrote the Top 20 hit “Amen” for Eden’s Edge.

“I’ve had my eyes and ears on Skip for years and couldn’t be happier to now have him join our wonderful and growing Still Working team of writers,” said Still Working President, Alex Orbison. “Skip is a plugged in and wise-beyond-his-years writer who was really already a part of our Still Working family having written often with so many others on our crew-I am delighted to now make this membership official. Welcome Skip and keep it coming!”

Still Working Music’s roster also includes Tommy Lee James, Terry McBride, Red Bow artist/songwriter Chase Bryant, Ryan Lafferty, Matt Nolen and Derrick Southerland.

The Swon Brothers’ debut album

Swon Brothers

Check out this first listen of The Swon Brothers’ debut album – Featuring two songs from our talented writers: Tommy Lee James, Derrick Southerland and Ryan Lafferty!

“Pray For You” by Tommy Lee James, Jessi Alexander, and Eric Paslay

“Breaking” by Derrick Southerland and Jamie Moore

“This Side Of Heaven” by Ryan Lafferty, Blake Bollinger, and Ben Stennis