NEWS ARCHIVE

9/29/2017

Jim Casey talks with Nashville native Mitchell Tenpenny about growing up in Music City, how he got started in the music business, finding success as a songwriter on Granger Smith’s Top 10 single, “If the Boot Fits,” the mix of styles on his new EP, Linden Ave, and more.

10/5/2017

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Mitchell Tenpenny looks back on simpler days from his teenage years in "Truck I Drove in High School," from his Linden Ave EP. In a new video for the Bud Light Basement series, Tenpenny transforms the song from a hands-up party anthem to a soulful solo acoustic number.

With relaxed, groove-based strumming, Tenpenny describes his first ride, which was perfect in his eyes even if it was, as he sings, "rockin' three Goodyears and a Michelin, a tailgate hangin' on by a thread, and an old V-8 knock, knockin' on heaven's door." But he's also wistfully recalling the sense of freedom he got from being able to drive himself around, before the burdens of adulthood with bills and responsibilities fully set in.

"It reminds me of the good times when all I worried about was gas money to drive it," says Tenpenny of writing the song. "It’s sense of nostalgia that brings back a great memory of growing up."

Tenpenny's acoustic performance follows outlaw-styled singer Alex Williams' acoustic reading of "Pay No Mind" in the Bud Light Basement series. He's also currently touring, with a show tonight in Auburn, Alabama and one tomorrow evening (October 6th) with Joe Diffie in Mobile, Alabama.

8/30/2017

Riser House Records' Mitchell Tenpenny is slated to hit the road this fall, headlining club gigs of his own in addition to joining Wheelhouse Records' Granger Smith and RCA Nashville's Jake Owen on their individual tour runs. 

Tenpenny will cover the Southeastern college markets on his own and will join up with Smith's tour for its Midwest run and Owen's for a Northeast leg. He will share music from his recently-released EP, "Linden Ave," with audiences through the beginning of December. For more information and a full listing of tour dates, visit www.Mitchell10Penny.com.

8/31/2017

Mitchell Tenpenny fell in love with songwriting watching his grandmother, Donna Hilley. A radio DJ-turned-publishing company executive, Hilley worked her way up to the position of president and CEO of Sony / ATV Nashville in the early 1990s. Responsible for signing acts such as Little Big Town, Hilley is also a big part of the reason her grandson decided to pursue songwriting and a country music career himself.

Hilley bought Tenpenny his first ProTools rig and a guitar, and she told him to learn his way around a number of instruments and how to produce his own material. Shortly thereafter, Hilley got sick (she Died in 2012), but, Tenpenny tells The Boot, “it was enough to inspire me to learn how to play everything … and not be dependent on other people in the room.”

Tenpenny’s debut EP, Linden Ave., released in mid-July via Riser House Records, is named in Hilley’s honor. Linden Avenue, located in Nashville’s 12 South neighborhood, was where Hilley lived; Tenpenny briefly moved in with her (“back when 12 South was, like, not the safest place to be,” he recalls) around the time he started playing music. The EP contains six songs co-written by Tenpenny; he produced five of the six as well.

A writer for Sony / ATV himself, Tenpenny pens songs for a living, so when it came time to pick a few for his own project, he had a varied bunch from which to choose. The singer-songwriter decided that he wanted to select material that was “as all across the board as possible” — and given that he cites influences that range from *NSYNC and Michael Jackson to Eminem and the hardcore music he played growing up (“I was the screamer and the drummer,” Tenpenny admits with a chuckle), that wasn’t too difficult.

“I wanted to do as many different things [as I could],” Tenpenny explains, “to kind of test the waters [and] try to find my sound as well.”

Fans of Granger Smith will recognize Linden Ave.‘s closing track, "If the Boot Fits," which is a Tenpenny co-write. Fellow up-and-comer Devin Dawson, meanwhile, is a co-writer on "Truck I Drove in High School;" the two met at a writers’ round a few years ago, and Tenpenny admits that Dawson’s demo of the song set a high bar.

And then there’s “Bitches,” an effortlessly singable song that calls out and tells off cheaters. Tenpenny wrote it joking around, never expecting “to sing the song for real,” but after it made its way around as a demo, it was actually his label that suggested including it on the EP. Don’t let the song’s title scare you off, though: It’s aimed at anyone, of any gender, who’s done someone wrong.

“If you called them a–holes, it doesn’t describe the same thing,” Tenpenny says. “The words are there for a reason.”

This fall, Tenpenny is hitting the road for a series of headlining shows, as well as for dates with Granger Smith, Jake Owen, and Gary Allan.

8/31/2017

Tell us about your EP ‘Linden Ave’ that was released in July. What was the writing process like behind it?

The writing process was all about being authentic. I wanted to write about things that I’ve been through and experienced personally and that others would relate to, but all in a different way.

Was “Linden Ave” born in Nashville or on the road?

‘Linden Ave’ was born in Nashville, Tennessee.

Do you have a favorite song on the EP? Or one that fans have been responding really well to?

“Bitches” — This song has been the one that fans have been singing back to us since day one. It’s catchy and honestly everyone can relate to it.

You have been busy on the road touring with big names like Granger Smith. What is some of the advice you have received from him? Has there been any pranks?

No pranks yet, but being on tour with Granger is more motivation than advice. He’s a great guy all around and to see a crew like his and the machine they’ve built — it’s inspiring.

What would eight-year old Mitchell say to you now about your life and career?

“Hey! You finally have the guitar you wanted!”

Any other big plans for the rest of 2017?

Just being on the road more, I can’t wait to get out there and play more shows.

Being from the Nashville area, you have defiantly seen this city boom! What was it like growing up here?

It was nothing like it is now. It’s always been full of nice and kind people, but there was room to grow back then.

You were pretty much born with music in your blood, so where did the passion for food and music come from?

Not only did I grow up surrounded by music, I grew up surrounded by great food. I have great cooks in my family that didn’t only have a great taste in food, but in music as well.

What’s a typical day like for you (food-wise) when you’re at home and how is that different from when you are on tour?

To be honest, I don’t have that much food in my house. I’m not a huge cook, so I eat out a lot. I enjoy going out to eat and finding new restaurants. When I’m on tour, it’s usually anything that’s quick, but we do like to check out the local places in the towns we’re in, and ask the locals where the best places to go are. But top secret — we love Applebee’s.

What is your favorite food to cook for your friends?

Steak and Potatoes

What does your cooking music playlist look like?

The “Emo Forever” playlist on Spotify

Is there anywhere you have wanted to travel to dine in that you have not yet?

I’m trying to find the best Barbecue in the U.S — any suggestions?

We actually have an article coming soon about the best BBQ in America! Are you a fan of the “Nashville Hot Chicken” or where is your favorite place to eat and what do you order?

I’m not very into the Hot Chicken. I like to enjoy my meals, and sometimes the hot chicken is too hot. My favorite place to eat in Nashville though is Kayne Prime. I love their Wagyu steak.

If you designed your own food tour of Nashville, which restaurants/bars would be on your list of places to visit?

Fenwicks’ bacon, eggs, toast, and coffee, Losers’ chicken fingers and bushwhackers, Paradise Park’s burgers and $6 pitchers of natural light, The Pharmacy’s cheese burgers, and finally Fin and Pearl’s seafood.

What is the one place you have always dreamed of dining?

Chick-fil-a on a Sunday

If you could pick one food to eat every day for the rest of your life, what would that be?

Bacon Mac & Cheese

If you could eat or have a drink with one person dead or alive, who would it be and what would you have?

John Mayer – An old fashioned and bacon-wrapped steak

Let’s Talk Best in Nashville Quickfire:

Favorite Downtown Restaurant: Acme 

Best BBQ: Peg Leg Porker

Coffee: Fenwicks 

Winners or Losers: Losers 

Best place for date night: Adele’s

Hot Chicken: Boltons 

Tacos: Taco Mamacita 

Steak: Kayne Prime or Jimmy Kelly’s 

Brewery: Yazoo

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8/26/2017

2-hour program featuring an interview with native Nashville artist Mitchell Tenpenny. Mitchell plays three songs live and we talk to him about growing up in Music City with deep family ties to the music business. We also spin selections from his new EP, Linden Ave., and the terrific stack of vinyl he brought to share. Elsewhere in the program, we hear brief interviews with Tony Brown and Waylon Payne, recorded at the Skyville Live tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis.

8/22/2017

Riser House Records, Shore Fire Media, and various songwriters, producers and friends celebrated artist Mitchell Tenpenny’s birthday last Thursday (Aug. 17) with a surprise party.

8/17/2017

Riser House Records’ Mitchell Tenpenny celebrated his birthday yesterday (8/17) with the help of the label, friends, and fellow industry professionals. Tenpenny has upcoming shows in Tulsa, OK; Nashville; Kewanee, IL; and Springfield, MO.

8/2/2017

Mitchell Tenpenny’s much anticipated EP Linden Ave has been out for one week now, and the country music scene has been buzzing about the six tracks. Talk about humble beginnings: the Tennessee native says, “Out of college, I was working construction for this guy that was producing a record for this girl, and I told him I kinda played a little bit in conversation and he was like ‘wanna come over and sing some backgrounds, try it out?’ So I did and he said, ‘I didn’t know you actually played. I have a guy out in California that’s been trying to start a label.”

So, Tenpenny took a trip out to Los Angeles. The connection between the investor and Mitchell Tenpenny’s direction for his music was instant. So, they started working together, and after being in Nashville for a while, Tenpenny started catching the attention of major publishing companies on Music Row. “I got offered a publishing deal by Sony to write songs full time,” he shares. “That has always been my dream, the artist thing just kinda happened.”

“I don’t write for myself,” he continues. “I never do. I don’t write the best songs that way. It’s more now because of doing the artist thing, when you go in a room, people want to write for you. And I kinda don’t like that it. It changes the perspective of the song. I just like going in and writing the best song we can that day. And if I fall in love with it, then I want it. Or sometimes it takes me a week to realize ‘this song I really like.'”

Tenpenny’s love for songwriting really shows throughout every track on his EP. “Mixed Drinks” has a clever hook with a relatable topic that most guys and girls can raise their drink to because they’ve all been there. “Truck I Drove In High School” reflects on high school and takes the listener back to being a fearless sixteen year old. But arguably the most talked about track on the new EP has to be “Bitches.”

“I think it’s funny that country music has ‘rules’ since we are one of the most cussing, drinking genres there is,” Tenpenny laughs. “I don’t really like playing by the rules, but that song I never expected to get cut. The story was that I was at my old house out in Nolensville, Tennessee and my buddy Dallas came out that day to write. I just wasn’t in the mood to write that day. And two of my buddies had just been cheated on, and I really liked the girls they were with and it was just out of nowhere they just cheated. So we just jokingly starting singing, ‘I don’t deal with bitches.’”

“This is a cheating song, not about girls, not about guys, sometimes it’s the only term that evokes that emotion. It’s not about calling girls ‘Bitches,’ cause girls can say the same thing. It ends up being that song a lot for them, when a girl says ‘I know that bitch.’ That’s what I wanted, for this song to be an anthem of if you’re pissed off, just say it. We kept it light-hearted.”

Not only is the song a standout, but the video is absolutely hilarious. Let’s just say, Mitchell Tenpenny really tests his acting skills throughout the entire video and exceeds expectations. Tenpenny says, “We reached out to TK McKamy, he’s amazing and has done everyone’s stuff in town, didn’t even think he’d email back. I just sent him the song and he dug [it]. He came up with the treatment and we said we wanted to keep it lighthearted. It was out of my comfort zone. I don’t normally do stuff like that. He would act out the parts before I did them.”

8/10/2017

In late July, Riser House Entertainment artist, Mitchell Tenpenny, released his latest EP, Linden Avenue. The EP is honest and heartfelt, appropriately named after the street that one of his greatest inspirations – his grandma – grew up on. In listening to Linden Avenue, you’re going to first notice how euphonic Mitchell’s voice and music is, but when your focus shifts to the lyrics, you’ll undoubtedly be blown away by the authenticity that beams from each song. I asked Mitchell what he hopes listeners gain from listening to Linden Avenue, and he answered.

“A sense of authenticity — I was very honest with everything I recorded and released, and I hope it comes across that way. I hope listeners are able to relate with each of the songs on the EP.”

Track Listing:

“Laid Back” With its country-meets-tropical vibe, this is exactly what you’ll want to listen to when you’re rushing home from work on a Friday evening, ready to kick it up for the weekend, but it’s also relaxing enough to help you loosen up and get “laid back” poolside or on vacation.

“Mixed Drinks” It’s an upbeat song, but the lyrics probe deeper as they touch on an outsider’s view of a woman’s way of coping with heartbreak. Tenpenny explains why this song holds special meaning to him, “writing ‘Mixed Drinks’ is how I met two of my best friends, Andy Albert and Jordan Walker (of country music duo, Walker McGuire). We just clicked and had so much fun writing this song. Even today, it is still probably my favorite songs I have ever written.”

“Make It To The Party” This is a peppy, tastefully sexy adrenaline rush of a song, enhanced with slight pauses before heavy beats. It’s about being so caught up in the moment with your sweetheart that you reconsider whether or not you’ll even make it out of the house – and that’s just fine!

“Truck I Drove In High School” Out of all the tracks on this EP, Tenpenny commented,

“‘Truck I drove in High School’ just has a very clear representation of who I am.”

It’s enjoyable, modern-meets-90’s country musical vibe, that literally feels like you’re listening to yourself cruise along in an old, rusty truck driving down a dusty country road with your best friends. It’ll awaken nostalgic memories that will surely have you smiling while this track is bumpin’!

“Bitches” Don’t let the title throw you off, this song is less brash and about as authentic as it gets in terms of straightforward advice about deceit. It has a serious, enticing beat that makes a clear statement about anyone who cheats. He’s at his wit’s end of tolerating the antics and knows he deserves better. He blatantly titles any cheater a “bitch” and he “don’t deal with bitches no more!” Bam.

“If The Boot Fits” Acoustic – You’ve probably heard of Granger Smith’s smash version on the radio, but did you know that Mitchell Tenpenny (alongside Jordan Schmidt, and Andy Albert) wrote this track? This original acoustic version is a treat for your ears, and a MUST listen. I personally like the way this track shows off Tenpenny’s controlled vocals. It’s the cherry on the top of a well-rounded EP.

Closing thoughts from Mitchell Tenpenny on what he’s most proud of on Linden Avenue?

“I’m most proud of how Linden Avenue represents me as an artist. The effort we put into each and every song – we worked really hard on this record, and I hope it shows.”

I’d say the boot certainly fits, Mitchell!

Mitchell Tenpenny’s must-have EP, Linden Avenue is available for purchase today, or you can stream it on Spotify. Be sure to follow Mitchell Tenpenny’s journey via his website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

8/30/2017

A country-music concert tonight will kick off Kewanee Hog Days weekend — headlined by Granger Smith — at 6 p.m. in the Boiler Room, 206 N. Chestnut St. Mr. Smith is expected to bring out his redneck, comedic alter-ego Earl Dibbles Jr., for a few numbers. Tickets are $25.

In addition to Stark County native Tasj Bachman (who recently moved to Nashville), another opener for the show is 28-year-old Mitchell Tenpenny, who recently released "Linden Ave.," an EP that reflects diverse influences, from Michael Jackson and John Mayer to the Oak Ridge Boys and R. Kelly.

"Linden Ave." debuted in July at No. 2 on the iTunes Country Chart. Mr. Tenpenny co-wrote five of the six tracks on the EP that Taste of Country said "will appeal to those that like a little humor, a little soul and a little West Coast influence in their country."

Named after the street on which his grandmother — a pioneering Nashville music executive and inspiration to Mitchell — once lived, the adventurous EP "flies in the face of contemporary country's adherence to formula," according to Mr. Tenpenny's bio. "Country music is grounded in authenticity and in blue-collar people," he said.

7/31/2017

When up-and-coming country artist Mitchell Tenpenny visits Sandpoint Aug. 5 to open for Jake Owen, concert attendees are sure to walk away with memories of a unique songwriter. One of those memories will likely be soundtracked by his upbeat breakup anthem “Bitches.”

Mitchell Tenpenny will play the Festival at Sandpoint in support of Jake Owens on Sat. August 5. Photo courtesy Mitchell Tenpenny.

“It’s not about calling girls bitches, or guys — it’s just a term. I wrote that song when my buddies got cheated on, and it was the only term that came to mind. It’s become a girl anthem, too. Like, we all know bitches. That’s why I wanted to make it up-tempo,” he said. “People are always singing by the second chorus cause it’s just easy, and it’s kind of a shock to be like, ‘Why am I singing (the word) ‘bitches?’”

Tenpenny, who has previously opened for Granger Smith, Brett Young and Lynyrd Skynyrd, started Riser Records in Nashville. He said the goal was to make a team that believed in creating a unique country sound with real stories and real people behind it. The result of this vision, he said, is he recently released EP, “Linden Ave.”

“We’ve been just trying to organically build the brand the best that we can,” Tenpenny said. “I think there’s a lot of real emotion in these songs. It’s less of the ‘moonlight, taillight’ thing and more like ‘I get too drunk and call my ex’ type stuff. More stuff that some people on a major label might not be able to say.”

Tenpenny grew up in the Nashville music scene and said he saw the evolution of current country music thanks to his grandmother’s position as president of Sony ATV Music Publishing. Being around the business his entire life helped him find what he calls an “untapped market” in the genre: authenticity.

“I’m not saying the other artists aren’t authentic, but I just think there are certain things that even when you have the formula people don’t want to take the risk, and that’s why we wanted to start our own label, where maybe we were able to say something that someone else hasn’t said yet,” Tenpenny said.

Taking risks and striving for authenticity has to do with relating to a certain demographic, Tenpenny said — specifically, blue-collar people.

“I’ve been lucky enough to travel the country and see that most of it isn’t these big towns. The cities have all the population, but then there’s America that’s just covered with blue-collar, hard-working people, and that’s who I want to write for,” he said. “I understand that sometimes there’s bigger problems than drinking under moonlight. And not necessarily problems — sometimes there’s more fun than just that, too.”

His song “Mixed Drinks” explores the vulnerability that comes with heartbreak, and was inspired by a woman he saw ripping shots and crying over her phone. “Truck I Drove in High School” is about his first truck, and first taste of freedom. “Alcohol You Later” puts into song the drunk dialing that none of us are proud of — but know too well. Tenpenny’s music is meant to resonate with everyone, he said.

“I want you to feel like it’s honest, not just something you can crank up and not necessarily listen to the lyrics,” he said, noting that though he loves the work of many contemporary country artists, they tend to play it safe with their lyrics. “(Popular artists) have great grooves, and sometimes the lyrics dive a little deeper, but the lyrics never really hit on anything offensive or edgy. I want something that evokes an emotion every time you hear it. I’ll lose my voice at the end of a recording session because I want you to believe it. I want you to believe I’ve been through that and that it’s OK.”

Catch Mitchell Tenpenny opening for Jake Owen on Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Festival at Sandpoint at Memorial Field. Call 265-4554 for tickets.

7/23/2017

With some well known family roots in Nashville, it’s no surprise that Mitchell Tenpenny would name his new EP Linden Ave., the street where his grandmother, who was an inspiration to him once lived. Released on July 14, the EP consists of 6-tracks, including the nostalgic “Truck I Drove In High School.” 

“Truck I Drove In High School” is a little trip down memory lane. Acquiring your first truck is a big deal, and although it might not have been new or shiny, you loved that truck more than anything. When you drove it, it made you feel like you were on top of the world. Back when life was simple in high school and your days were spent keeping it running and shinning it up. When you look back now, you wonder where that truck is now and does it still look the same

Tenpenny takes a song about a truck and makes you want to get up and dance! With a catchy beat, Tenpenny’s cadence pairs perfectly with this truck anthem. “Truck I Drove in High School” exhibits Tenpenny‘s vocal range, his ability to be solid and then kick it up a notch during the chorus. The parallel between Tenpenny’s vocals and the instruments is foolproof, placing emphasis during the chorus and keeping it simple during the verses. “Truck I Drove in High School” will have you reminiscing about your first car too!

“Truck I Drove in High School” is available where all digital media is sold.

7/17/2017

Meet Mitchell Tenpenny — a man of soul, swagger and stories of a Nashville gone by.

Tenpenny is a rarity among artists in town in that he’s a native Nashvillian, born and bred, and he’s also got the music industry in his blood. In his youth, he spent many days in the office of his grandmother, the late Donna Hilley, a music publishing legend who was president of Sony/ATV Publishing.

It was there that Tenpenny discovered his first love: songwriting.

“I remember the day I wanted to be a songwriter,” he told CMT.com. “I was in my grandmother’s office and I was about 8 or 9 years old, and Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman were there. I didn’t at the time realize they were songwriters. I thought my grandma was the head of a label, not a publishing company. I didn’t know what she did. I was a kid.

“But I loved ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today,’ and she said to me, ‘Hey, these are the two guys that wrote that song.’ At the time, I just assumed all artists wrong their songs. But it just clicked for me, because those guys were cool. You know Bobby, he’s just so low key, and I thought that was just so neat. I wanted to be that. I wanted to be that guy behind the scenes writing the songs.”

And he did become that guy. Even now that he’s stepping into the spotlight as an artist, Tenpenny still has the heart of a songwriter — one full of notes, memories, lyrical ideas and techniques all his own, inspired by the beauty and beautiful mess around him in his everyday life.

That’s exactly what you hear on his debut EP Linden Ave., a collection of real moments and memories brought to life in Tenpenny’s own voice, a mix of soul, Southern rock rasp, country, pop and blues. Growing up, Tenpenny was exposed to just about everything thanks to the power of television and the radio, in addition to his exposure to the great Nashville songwriters. He credits everyone from the Oak Ridge Boys to R. Kelly to the church for influencing his sound.

“I loved Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 and Motown, and that is where I think a lot of my soul influence comes from,” he said. “And church. I sang in church growing up and those were my first concerts I ever played, playing guitar in the corner at church services and finally getting a chance to sing. And I grew up with pop and country, and there’s some kind of balance there.”

It’s a balance heavy in the new generation of country, much to the chagrin of some but to the delight of so many others. And as the genre opens up more, so do more minds. For Tenpenny, it’s all about just being authentic.

“I’m not Hank. I’m not Willie. I’m not Merle,” he admits. “And I’m not going to try to be them. They’ve already done it, so why would you want to try and be that? I just want to give you something pleasing to your ear and is hopefully something you can relate to.”

And he plans on keeping it country.

“I did grow up in the South, and we’re gonna talk about all that. I mean, you’re not gonna talk about hunting and fishing in a pop song. It’s like Sam Hunt: Sam’s pop, but his lyrics are country and there’s a blend there.”

And it’s working for Tenpenny. Linden Ave. is a blend of country, pop and soul with even a few hip-hop beats as an undercurrent in a few places, but it’s lyrics are undeniably country. And most importantly for Tenpenny, it’s just fun to listen to.

Among the highlights of the project that easily flows from top to bottom are songs like “Laid Back” and “Mixed Drinks,” a tune written for a girl nursing a heartbreak.

“We were sitting at the bar, and we saw a girl just sitting in the corner by herself, just drinking and drinking and looking at her phone and slamming it down,” he recalled. “That could only mean one thing. We wanted to give you a song that gave you permission to drink a little on a heartbreak when everyone’s like, ‘No, you shouldn’t go do that.’ But we are. We’re gonna go to the bar and drink too much that night. It’s OK. I just want to be that person that’s real, that says it like it is. I don’t want to sugarcoat it.”

Which he definitely doesn’t do in “Bitches,” a singalong which at first glance definitely raises some eyebrows. But Tenpenny says the only target of the song is the cheaters of the world — guys and girls alike.

But still, it was a hard sell at first, even to Tenpenny himself, and the decision to release it didn’t come without reservations for everyone.

“It took a lot of convincing with the team, and it took a lot of people believing in it and seeing people sing it back,” he admits. “Seeing women sing it back, that was big for us to be able to all agree that maybe we could do this and do something different. It is what it is, and it is not about calling women bitches. It’s about cheaters, and everyone knows that emotion. When you get your heart broken … that’s what happens.”

And it’s a true story, by the way. At the time it was written, two friends had just been cheated on. Tenpenny says he just started humming the melody and the words — “I don’t deal with bitches no more” — just fell out.

“My buddy said, ‘No one will cut that!’ I said, ‘Man, I’ll cut that!'”

Pretty soon, what started out as a just-for-fun, kiss-off song became a widely circulating demo, with Tenpenny receiving videos of people singing it in their car.

“I understood that emotion, and I felt like women would understand that emotion, too, from being cheated on by guys. And they can scream it, too. I want it to be an anthem. Fill in the blank on whatever you want to call it.

“We kept it light-hearted and fun, because it’s not supposed to be so serious. It supposed to be something that when you are having a hard time like that, you can crank it up and just forget about it for a moment.”

For Tenpenny, giving the fans an emotional release it what it’s all about. Road life is the best life for him, because he gets to see his music go to work.

“It’s my favorite thing in the world is to be out on the road with my band and my best friends,” he said. “That’s what started it all — playing in bands. I love playing with my friends onstage. That’s where our stuff translates best. I will lose my voice by the end of the show and we’ll stay out there for three hours after just meeting everybody because it means the world to see people come up. That’s why we do it.”

But it all begins with the songs, and Tenpenny strives to continue to grow as a songwriter, always thinking of his grandmother’s tireless support of Nashville’s music community and the feeling of family among writers.

That’s a legacy Tenpenny is keen on seeing through to this current generation. Even as fellow songwriters and artist friends like Devin Dawson make their way up the ladder and charts, Tenpenny says the camaraderie between them all is the most important to cherish. After all, that’s what made Nashville so great in his eyes as a young boy.

“We are all competing, but at the end of the day, those are my best friends,” he said. “I remember that Nashville. It wasn’t competition, and it was awesome and then it turned into this really cliquey, really political thing really fast, and I’m ready for it to be done.

“My group of friends, we’re all coming up together, and every time someone gets a single — you know, Devin, Paul DiGiovanni — we’re all in a group chat and we celebrate each other.”

He admits the atmosphere is a combination of support and friendly competition.

“We’re obviously competing,” he said. “I would love to have that single, but that’s my boy. And if my boy gets it, then that helps us all. And that’s the best thing in the world.”

And that’s a spirit and cause that would make definitely make his grandmother proud.

7/14/2017

Two years ago Whiskey Riff introduced you to Mitchell Tenpenny. In the time that has passed since then Mitchell has been grinding, writing, finding his sound and growing as an artist. He co-wrote the popular “If The Boot Fits” that got cut by Granger Smith and also co-wrote “All Eyes On Us” brought to life by Jon Langston. And now he’s preparing to show the world that he’s ready to step into the spotlight himself. Upon meeting Mitchell I knew instantly that this guy was meant to take the artist route. His wit, charm and personality are exactly what a front man needs to have. He’s a hell of a writer and will continue to be, but M10 was meant to be on a stage.

Mitchell’s first EP, Linden Ave, under Riser House Records has been a long time coming he said on Instagram, but well worth the wait. “Truck I Drove In High School” is an infectious boot stomper that gives new life to a song about trucks. Mitchell also put his own acoustic version of “If The Boot Fits” and I’ll go ahead and say it. I like it more than Granger’s version. This EP really show’s Mitchell’s fun side and is a great release for the summer party season. Tenpenny already is hard at work in the studio for new music as well. If you’re local to Nashville make sure to swing by 12th & Porter Tuesday July 18th for his EP release party show. And if you’re a lucky one with a boat head to Two Foot Cove & Skinny Dip Cove on Old Hickory Lake at 2 PM this Sunday July 16th to catch Mitchell and his band perform on the water for Laid Back On The Lake (accessible by boat only). Pick up Linden Ave on iTunes here.

7/13/2017

Mitchell Tenpenny says when he and his co-writers on “Mixed Drinks” met at a bar, they spied a girl doing something recognizable: drinking away heartbreak. The song lets people know that’s okay in the smoothest, catchiest way imaginable.

“It’s ok to overdrink sometimes if your heart’s broken,” Tenpenny tells Taste of Country. “We get it. We’ve been there.”

Andy Albert and Jordan Walker ( Walker McGuire) helped write the song. In fact, that day was their first meet-up. The bartender kept filling up this girl’s glass because that’s his job, and that’s what she needed. As for her ….

“(She was) doing that thing with her phone,” Tenpenny says. “Drinking, and kept looking at her phone, looking at her phone. Kept putting it down, would drink and we were like, ‘That can only mean one thing.'”

“Mixed Drinks” is one of the songs on Tenpenny’s new Linden Ave EP, which drops on July 14. The songs will appeal to those that like a little humor, a little soul and a little west coast influence in their country. He’s often compared to John Mayer, but Zac Brown and Ed Sheeran aren’t far off.

Prior to releasing “Mixed Drinks” and the songs on Linden Ave, Tenpenny found success on Spotify with songs like “Bitches” and “Laid Back,” and as a songwriter with the Top 5 hit “If the Boot Fits” for Granger Smith. That song changed everything for him, he says — it literally turned his perspective around.

“It makes it all worth it. It literally changes all of that depression, all of that rejection … when you get that phone call it’s like, ‘Alright this is why I do this.'”

7/17/2017

Meet Mitchell Tenpenny — a man of soul, swagger and stories of a Nashville gone by.

Tenpenny is a rarity among artists in town in that he’s a native Nashvillian, born and bred, and he’s also got the music industry in his blood. In his youth, he spent many days in the office of his grandmother, the late Donna Hilley, a music publishing legend who was president of Sony/ATV Publishing.

It was there that Tenpenny discovered his first love: songwriting.

“I remember the day I wanted to be a songwriter,” he told CMT.com. “I was in my grandmother’s office and I was about 8 or 9 years old, and Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman were there. I didn’t at the time realize they were songwriters. I thought my grandma was the head of a label, not a publishing company. I didn’t know what she did. I was a kid.

“But I loved ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today,’ and she said to me, ‘Hey, these are the two guys that wrote that song.’ At the time, I just assumed all artists wrong their songs. But it just clicked for me, because those guys were cool. You know Bobby, he’s just so low key, and I thought that was just so neat. I wanted to be that. I wanted to be that guy behind the scenes writing the songs.”

And he did become that guy. Even now that he’s stepping into the spotlight as an artist, Tenpenny still has the heart of a songwriter — one full of notes, memories, lyrical ideas and techniques all his own, inspired by the beauty and beautiful mess around him in his everyday life.

That’s exactly what you hear on his debut EP Linden Ave., a collection of real moments and memories brought to life in Tenpenny’s own voice, a mix of soul, Southern rock rasp, country, pop and blues. Growing up, Tenpenny was exposed to just about everything thanks to the power of television and the radio, in addition to his exposure to the great Nashville songwriters. He credits everyone from the Oak Ridge Boys to R. Kelly to the church for influencing his sound.

“I loved Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 and Motown, and that is where I think a lot of my soul influence comes from,” he said. “And church. I sang in church growing up and those were my first concerts I ever played, playing guitar in the corner at church services and finally getting a chance to sing. And I grew up with pop and country, and there’s some kind of balance there.”

It’s a balance heavy in the new generation of country, much to the chagrin of some but to the delight of so many others. And as the genre opens up more, so do more minds. For Tenpenny, it’s all about just being authentic.

“I’m not Hank. I’m not Willie. I’m not Merle,” he admits. “And I’m not going to try to be them. They’ve already done it, so why would you want to try and be that? I just want to give you something pleasing to your ear and is hopefully something you can relate to.”

And he plans on keeping it country.

“I did grow up in the South, and we’re gonna talk about all that. I mean, you’re not gonna talk about hunting and fishing in a pop song. It’s like Sam Hunt: Sam’s pop, but his lyrics are country and there’s a blend there.”

And it’s working for Tenpenny. Linden Ave. is a blend of country, pop and soul with even a few hip-hop beats as an undercurrent in a few places, but it’s lyrics are undeniably country. And most importantly for Tenpenny, it’s just fun to listen to.

Among the highlights of the project that easily flows from top to bottom are songs like “Laid Back” and “Mixed Drinks,” a tune written for a girl nursing a heartbreak.

“We were sitting at the bar, and we saw a girl just sitting in the corner by herself, just drinking and drinking and looking at her phone and slamming it down,” he recalled. “That could only mean one thing. We wanted to give you a song that gave you permission to drink a little on a heartbreak when everyone’s like, ‘No, you shouldn’t go do that.’ But we are. We’re gonna go to the bar and drink too much that night. It’s OK. I just want to be that person that’s real, that says it like it is. I don’t want to sugarcoat it.”

Which he definitely doesn’t do in “Bitches,” a singalong which at first glance definitely raises some eyebrows. But Tenpenny says the only target of the song is the cheaters of the world — guys and girls alike.

But still, it was a hard sell at first, even to Tenpenny himself, and the decision to release it didn’t come without reservations for everyone.

“It took a lot of convincing with the team, and it took a lot of people believing in it and seeing people sing it back,” he admits. “Seeing women sing it back, that was big for us to be able to all agree that maybe we could do this and do something different. It is what it is, and it is not about calling women bitches. It’s about cheaters, and everyone knows that emotion. When you get your heart broken … that’s what happens.”

And it’s a true story, by the way. At the time it was written, two friends had just been cheated on. Tenpenny says he just started humming the melody and the words — “I don’t deal with bitches no more” — just fell out.

“My buddy said, ‘No one will cut that!’ I said, ‘Man, I’ll cut that!'”

Pretty soon, what started out as a just-for-fun, kiss-off song became a widely circulating demo, with Tenpenny receiving videos of people singing it in their car.

“I understood that emotion, and I felt like women would understand that emotion, too, from being cheated on by guys. And they can scream it, too. I want it to be an anthem. Fill in the blank on whatever you want to call it.

“We kept it light-hearted and fun, because it’s not supposed to be so serious. It supposed to be something that when you are having a hard time like that, you can crank it up and just forget about it for a moment.”

For Tenpenny, giving the fans an emotional release it what it’s all about. Road life is the best life for him, because he gets to see his music go to work.

“It’s my favorite thing in the world is to be out on the road with my band and my best friends,” he said. “That’s what started it all — playing in bands. I love playing with my friends onstage. That’s where our stuff translates best. I will lose my voice by the end of the show and we’ll stay out there for three hours after just meeting everybody because it means the world to see people come up. That’s why we do it.”

But it all begins with the songs, and Tenpenny strives to continue to grow as a songwriter, always thinking of his grandmother’s tireless support of Nashville’s music community and the feeling of family among writers.

That’s a legacy Tenpenny is keen on seeing through to this current generation. Even as fellow songwriters and artist friends like Devin Dawson make their way up the ladder and charts, Tenpenny says the camaraderie between them all is the most important to cherish. After all, that’s what made Nashville so great in his eyes as a young boy.

“We are all competing, but at the end of the day, those are my best friends,” he said. “I remember that Nashville. It wasn’t competition, and it was awesome and then it turned into this really cliquey, really political thing really fast, and I’m ready for it to be done.

“My group of friends, we’re all coming up together, and every time someone gets a single — you know, Devin, Paul DiGiovanni — we’re all in a group chat and we celebrate each other.”

He admits the atmosphere is a combination of support and friendly competition.

“We’re obviously competing,” he said. “I would love to have that single, but that’s my boy. And if my boy gets it, then that helps us all. And that’s the best thing in the world.”

And that’s a spirit and cause that would make definitely make his grandmother proud.

6/23/2017

Mitchell Tenpenny‘s “Truck I Drove in High School” checks the boxes of an upbeat country love song — but there’s not a girl to be found. Readers can press play below to hear the country up-and-comer’s ode to his old ride, premiering exclusively with The Boot.

With “Truck I Drove in High School,” Tenpenny, Andy Albert, Devin Dawson and Jordan Schmidt co-penned a high-energy track that encapsulates that feeling of being a teenager with a car — no matter how beat up or broken down it is. The song’s first verse paints a perfect picture with lyrics about “a tailgate hangin’ on by a thread” and “an old V8 knock-knockin’ on heaven’s door.”

“I remember feeling like I was king of the road in my first truck,” Tenpenny tells The Boot. “It eventually squeaked so bad you could hear me coming from all the way down the road, but that wasn’t the point. The point was, you were finally free and able to get out of the house, pick up your friends and just go!”

Tenpenny and his co-writers played up the parallels between a first love and a first car with lyrics such as “Lord knows it wasn’t perfect / But I was happy it was workin'” and a bridge that goes “I kinda wonder where she’s at these days / I bet she’s runnin’ like nothin”s changed.”

“They say ain’t nothin’ like the first time / And it was love at first drive,” Tenpenny sings in the chorus of “Truck I Drove in High School.” “Yeah, I owned that road in that rusty gold old truck I drove in high school.”

A Nashville native, Tenpenny will release his Linden Ave EP on July 14; the singer-songwriter co-wrote all six tracks on the project, which is available for pre-order via iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify. Readers can visit Tenpenny’s official website to learn more about him and get a list of upcoming tour dates.

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5/26/2017

Rock Candy: Songs made for summer

By Kevin Coffey / World-Herald staff writer

 Jun 1, 2017 Updated Jun 1, 2017

Summer is here.The kids are on summer break. You’re heating up the grill a few nights a week. The sun is setting late in the day. It’s time to sit on the deck with a few beverages, some good food and something on the stereo.But what to play?I’ve got you.There’s a ton of new music out, and a lot of it will be perfect for summer.

Lorde, “Green Light” — It takes a minute for the song to heat up, but once it does, the piano pop ballad is infectious, bright and perfect for summer.

Ed Sheeran, “Castle On the Hill” — The best song on Sheeran’s album is all about reminiscing, a perfect summer pastime while you watch your kids run through the yard.

Miley Cyrus, “Malibu” — Drifting away from amped up pop, Miley sings a breezy love song over a stomping beat and melodic guitars. It’s good.Haim, “Want You Back” — A hopeful song about a relationship’s end features what the Haim sisters do best: pretty melodies, gorgeous harmonies and choruses that stick in your head.

DJ Khaled, “I’m the One” — Nobody puts together talent like DJ Khaled, and this track featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne and Quavo is fantastic. Watch the video if you get a chance.Phoenix, “J-Boy” — The French pop outfit delivers a synthy jam that sounds straight out of 1987. I dig it.

Mitchell Tenpenny, “Laid Back” — Maybe the bro-iest of bro country tunes, this song is still good for, as it says, “soaking up rays in a lawn chair.

Kygo, “It Ain’t Me” — Every time this song, which features vocals from Selena Gomez, comes on the radio, it stays in my head for days. It’s a simple melody topped with her gorgeous vocals. Oh, and then there’s its anthemic chorus.

Computer Games, “Every Single Night” — It’s a simple pop song, but it does it for me.

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, “Hope On the High Road” — For you rock or country lovers, Isbell is back with a rocking record led off by this crunchy gem.

Kyle, “iSpy” feat. Lil Yachty — Every time this song comes on, I get a smile on my face because of its playful nature.

Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like” — There’s not a bigger song right now. This one grew on me, and now I listen to it in the car with the windows down like I’m as rich as Bruno.

Portugal. The Man, “Feel It Still” — I can’t help but bob my head to this groovy indie rock song. And if you’ve got a minute, check out the remixes by Flatbush Zombies and others.

Danger Mouse, “Chase Me” feat. Run the Jewels, Big Boi — This one hits so hard, I might also add it to my workout playlist.

Greta Van Fleet, “Highway Tune” — Roll your window down and fly your hand on the wind as you cruise down the highway listening to this Led Zeppelin-like jam.

5/26/2017

WORK YOUR WAY THROUGH A SIX PACK WHILE LISTENING TO MITCHELL TENPENNY’S NEW “LAID BACK”

JACLYN WHITESIDE | May 26, 2017

Hold my calls.

Mitchell Tenpenny is on a roll with his third release in less than a month and he’s not slowing down yet. The newest is the groovy banger of a song called “Laid Back”. Grab yourself some friends, drinks, this song on your summer playlist and get “Laid Back”. Pick it up on on iTunes here and give the teaser a watch below. Mitchell’s EP Linden Ave is available for pre-order now and it includes “Laid Back” and his popular single “Bitches”. 

5/12/2017

Mother's Day: Remembering my incredible country music grandmother Donna Hilley

By Mitchell Tenpenny Published May 12, 2017Fox News

Donna Hilley

Mother’s Day is always a special day to me because I've been blessed with two of the most amazing women in the world: my mother and my grandmother. They were undeniably a gift from God, and I've learned so much from these remarkable women.

My grandmother, Donna Hilley, was the glue that held our family together. She hosted Sunday dinners after church and hers was the house where everyone was invited to gather and to celebrate.Grandmother was also CEO of Sony/ATV Nashville, and during her time there, the company signed acts such as Little Big Town and Maypop and secured the back catalog publishing rights to country music legends such as Conway Twitty, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. She ranked No. 4 in Entertainment Weekly's "Ten Most Powerful People in Country Music" in 1992, grabbed the "Woman of the Year" title from the Business and Professional Women's Club in 1978, and was inducted into her home state's Alabama Music Hall of Fame. She mentored, made time for and rooted on hundreds of artists in Music City, just as she did for her grandchildren, never missing a football, basketball or baseball game, no matter how busy she was, if one of us was playing. I can still hear her today, screaming my name from the stands, with the same confidence in her voice that she no doubt used when negotiating publishing deals. I felt like I could do anything.

Grandmother was a magnet – she drew people to her, her family, her artists.

She was also a lighthouse – shining a path and showing the way forward, with a grace and a passion and a toughness that made everyone around her push themselves a little bit harder.

When I was 11  years old, I was in her office at Sony when she introduced me to two songwriters named Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman. She told me they were the two writers who wrote “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” I had no idea that recording artists did not always write their own songs. This was one of those pivotal moments in my life. I couldn’t help but think that maybe I could be a songwriter who could create songs as “cool” as the two legends who were kind enough to spend time with me.

It was in that moment that I realized who Grandmother was, that her larger-than-life persona and the way she loved extended way past me and the world I knew to a whole community of songwriters.  She was in the business of bringing their art to the world! 

From the time that I was young, she taught me to learn how to make my own demos and play every instrument, knowing that would make me more valuable to a publishing company when I was ready to search for a deal. She bought me my first Pro Tools rig and a guitar, setting my future into motion. She lit the path and showed me the way, just as she’d done for countless other lucky souls who crossed her path throughout her life. .

Unfortunately, Grandmother became sick and passed away before I had a chance to show her the impact her gift had on me and my musical journey. Sometimes in life things happen and we don't understand why. But I knew what she would want me to do, and I used it as inspiration to live up to the legacy she created for me, my family, our city and the music that we love.

I can honestly say I'm here today because of my family, and my family is here today because of my Grandmother. I miss her everyday, but I’m so humbled to be a part of this crazy industry, one that she introduced me to at such a young age. Grandmother was not just a typical publisher; she was a publisher of peace, confidence, boldness, dreams, passion, integrity — and most of all — a publisher of love.

Happy Mother’s Day, Grandmother.

Nashville-native and Riser House Records artist Mitchell Tenpenny is set to release his label-debut EP, 'Linden Ave,' on Fri., July 14. For more information click here.

5/5/2017

MITCHELL TENPENNY SPITS THE TRUTH WITH EDGY NEW SINGLE “BITCHES”

JACLYN WHITESIDE | May 5, 2017

No holding back with this one. 

Mitchell’s soulful country rock voice will appeal to many in this track about liars and cheaters. Most of us have dealt with an undesirable person like this at some point so you’ll be clapping along gospel style praising Tenpenny for his honesty. It’s groovy and catchy and meant to be your new theme song if you have been cheated on. 

Tenpenny is so ready for the world to hear his music that he released “Bitches” just a week after releasing “Alcohol You Later”. AND his EP Linden Ave is now available for pre-order. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing the EP and trust me, it’ll be the best five dollars you spend on music for a while. You also get “Bitches” immediately with pre-order of Linden Ave so might as well do it all. Mitchell is the Everyday Man of Music who will win you over with his voice, sound, and “let’s get drunk together after the show” type of personality. Big fan and am looking forward to the release of his EP July 14th. Find Mitchell’s music, buy “Bitches” and pre-order Linden Ave HERE.

5/3/2017

Wow, are we glad we found Mitchell Tenpenny on social media.  Mitchell is a gifted songwriter, he wrote Granger Smith's hit,  "If The Boot Fits" and Jon Langston's song, "All Eyes On Us". 

Friday, April 28th Tenpenny released his debut single "Alcohol You Later" under Riser House Records. Everybody loves great vocals and a catchy chorus. Mitchell delivers all that and a bag of chips to his fans. 

Mitchell is on the top of our Summer Watch and Jam list for 2017. We can't wait to see the future for this talent because it's all about the song and this guy sure knows how to lay down those lyrics and deliver it gift wrapped.

4/26/2017

Exclusive Premiere: Listen to Mitchell Tenpenny’s “Alcohol You Later”

Exclusive Premiere: Listen to Mitchell Tenpenny’s “Alcohol You Later”

by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey  |  April 26, 2017 Nashville native Mitchell Tenpenny has been making a name for himself over the last few years by plying his unique brand of swampy, soulful country music, as well as distinguishing himself in the writing room (he co-penned Granger Smith’s Billboard Top 10 hit, “If the Boot Fits”).

As Mitchell gears up for the July release of his new EP, Linden Ave, the singer/songwriter/instrumentalist (guitar, drums, piano, bass, banjo) is whetting fans’ appetites by releasing his new single, “Alcohol You Later,” to iTunes on Friday, April 28. But you don’t have to wait until Friday to hear it—Nash Country Daily is premiering the new tune today.

“I wanted to write a song about something that I’ve personally dealt with and seen happen over and over again,” says Mitchell to NCD. “It’s something people can relate to but don’t necessarily want to admit. I heard a Southern gentleman tell his buddy at a bar, ‘I’ll call you later’ with a heavy Southern draw. In my head, I heard ‘Alcohol You Later,’ and I immediately wrote it down and brought it to my co-writers Sam Sumser and Michael Lotten. This song is simply about the truth of liquid courage and how we’ve all felt the need to rekindle an old flame after having a few.”

Listen to the exclusive premiere of Mitchell’s “Alcohol You Later” below.

4/28/2017

MITCHELL TENPENNY’S NEW “ALCOHOL YOU LATER” PUTS YOUR DRUNK DIALING HABIT INTO A SONG

JACLYN WHITESIDE | April 28, 2017

He says number one on his speed dial and I say number one on my playlist.

Mitchell Tenpenny is an artist that I’ve been a fan of since I made the move to Nashville. You may not have heard his name yet but you’ve heard songs he’s written before. Tenpenny was a writer on Granger Smith’s “If The Boot Fits” and Jon Langston’s “All Eyes On Us”. Today he released his first song under Riser House Records, “Alcohol You Later”. I LOVE a good play on words and Tenpenny is one hell of a talented singer too. “I got that title sitting at a bar and I heard a real southern gentleman tell his buddy ‘I’ll call you later’ and I thought I heard ‘alcohol you later’ and immediately thought about drunk dialing and personal experience of saying something is over when it really isn’t, especially when liquid courage is involved. So I wrote something that Nashville has a huge problem with, that being drunk dialing. But everyone does that honestly and I wanted to say something real that people actually relate to,” Tenpenny explained to me. He is at the top of my list for artists I’m excited about and is going to shoot out of the gate running with this one. Big things are coming for this guy and you’ll want to jump on the fan bandwagon quick. If you haven’t had the pleasure, I’m excited to introduce you to Mitchell Tenpenny. Give an acoustic version of “Alcohol You Later” a watch below and pick it up on iTunes here.

Stream it below.

Make sure to follow Mitchell on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. For show dates, merch, and more check out his website.

Photo via Dallas Wilson

4/15/2017

Watch Mitchell Tenpenny’s Intimate Acoustic Video for “Telling All My Secrets”

Christina Bosch | April 15, 2017 | New Videos | 0 Comments

The stripped-down acoustic video for Mitchell Tenpenny’s “Telling All My Secrets” isn’t the least bit flashy, which allows you to focus solely on Tenpenny’s soulful voice and thoughtful lyrics.  The black and white aesthetic highlights the Nashville native’s crystal clear vocals, and combines with romantic lyrics (“Come a little closer, I’m gonna need to hold you when I tell you this”) to create an intimate moment. Watch the video below:

Catch Mitchell Tenpenny opening this spring for Granger Smith.  Check out his Facebook for more information and full list of tour dates.

4/14/2017

YEP Rewind Features Charlie Worsham, Caitlyn Smith, Abe Stoklasa

Music industry organization Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) featured Rewind: Soulfinger on April 12 at The Basement East, benefitting Songs Against Slavery. The two-hour show included throwback Motown classics performed by Charlie Worsham, Caitlyn Smith, Lucie Silvas, Mitchell Tenpenny, Jillian Jacqueline, Estef, Abe Stoklasa and more.

Pictured (L-R): Riser House Records artist Mitchell Tenpenny; YEP Exec. Director Amelia Varni; ACM Guitar Player of the Year Derek Wells; Independent artist Lucie Silvas; Warner Bros. Nashville artist Charlie Worsham; YEP Co-chair and CEO of Gyrosity Projects Garrison Snell. Photo: Jason Myers