Friday, August 17, 2012

Shawna to appear on Golf Channel on August 20

Golf Channel Host Lauren Thompson (L) and Shawna Russell (R) 

NASHVILLE, TN (August 16, 2012) - Way Out West Records' artist Shawna Russell will perform on the national television broadcast of the Golf Channel's  popular travel documentary series, GolfNow, on Monday, August 20 at 8:30 p.m. EST.  
The dynamic female singer and guitarist is featured in an episode entitled GolfNow Dallas performing her latest single "Sounds Like A Party" at Billy Bob's Texas.

Russell is also interviewed by Golf Channel host, Lauren Thompson, in a special online feature that will coincide with the broadcast and is available hereThompson caught up with the Oklahoma songbird on her tour bus, formerly owned by Willie Nelson, just before Russell took the stage at the "World's Largest Honky Tonk" to visit with her about her career and life on the road with her band.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Oklahoma Singer/Songwriter Shawna Russell Releases "Sounds Like A Party" to Texas/Red Dirt Radio Today via CD Tex

Nashville, TN (August 13, 2012) - Way Out West Records' singer/songwriter Shawna Russell releases her latest single "Sounds Like A Party" to Texas/Red Dirt radio today via CD Tex. The song can be streamed and radio programmers may download a broadcast quality copy here.

"Sounds Like A Party" was co-written by Russell and is from her critically acclaimed self-titled sophomore album. With a sassy vocal and a snappy backbeat, the retro and rockin' track also showcases the "Okie Songbird's" considerable prowess on the electric slide guitar.

Already gaining traction with "early believers" at radio, "Sounds Like A Party" marks a welcome return to the Texas/Red Dirt scene for Russell.  Her previous singles, "Should've Been Born With Wheels" and "Fire In The Desert," were respectively in the Top 30 and Top 40 of the Texas Music and Texas Regional Radio Report charts in 2009.

In addition to the radio release, "Sounds Like A Party" is currently the focus of a dance club promotion and is gaining rave reviews from venues including Billy Bob's Texas in Ft. Worth. The venerable Texas landmark is also featured in the video for the song which can be viewed here. Russell was interviewed recently just before taking the stage there by Golf Channel host, Lauren Thompson, and parts of her performance, including "Sounds Like A Party," were filmed for a future episode of the network's popular travel documentary series, "Golf Now."

"Sounds Like A Party" is receiving strong airplay in other parts of the country as well and is currently at #52 the MusicRow chart. A song that resounds with listeners of all stripes, "Sounds Like A Party" has been a fan favorite since it was first released in Europe last year and rose to #3 on the Hotdisc chart in three weeks. Closer to home, it was recently chosen as the "Official" song of this year's July 4 "Summer Oil Patch Festival" in Drumright, Oklahoma, where Russell was the special guest star and opened for Kix Brooks (formerly of Brooks & Dunn) to an estimated crowd of over 13,000 people on a bill that included Red Dirt favorites Bo Phillips and the Red Dirt Rangers. 

 Radio promotion of "Sounds Like A Party" to the Texas charts is being headed up by Dorothea Ivey of Cabin Creek Promotions.

Russell, who resides in Okemah, Oklahoma, has taken a different path than many artists have in her quest to establish herself as a contender in today's crowded music market; She has retained Oklahoma as her home base and partnered with a veteran music business executive and an Oklahoma oil and gas magnate to establish her own record label where she has released two albums, numerous singles and videos. Her music  - which combines elements of Country, Rock, Red Dirt, Folk and Americana  - receives airplay around the world, and all the while she retains control over her image, the marketing of her music, and her sound. And she tours constantly, performing over 100 dates a year with her band traveling in a bus formerly owned by music icon, Willie Nelson.