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Tune in to the Legend Sunday!

I’ll be on the Legend – WSM 650 AM this coming Sunday night from 8-9 PM as part of The Music Row Show. I’ll be answering questions, playing a few songs, etc. Tune if you can or stream online at their website. Gonna be fun.

It Wouldn’t Be This

Heard The Stellas sing our song on the radio this morning… you can check it out here.

Coming soon: “It Wouldn’t Be This”

So excited to be a part of this project with my amazing, talented friends, The Stellas.

Fred in Billboard

In other news, Beethoven rolls over in grave.

In a desperate move to attract new readership, Billboard devoted an entire page to Jerrod Niemann’s country smash, “Donkey.”  To learn how “Donkey” found its way to your radio, click here.


Jerrod Niemann Kicks Ass

With his current single, “Drink To That all Night,” poised to enter the top ten on the country charts, Sony recording artist Jerrod NiemannJerrod Niemann has made my song “Donkey” available to the public via iTunes and Spotify.  Written with my pals David Toliver and Kyle Jacobs, this tune arrived at the end of the day after several glasses of Jack Daniels.  It takes an artist of great vision and courage to release a song with the line “they like the way I ride that ass” in it.  Thank you, Jerrod.

The song appears to be a significant contributor to Jerrod’s promotional campaign, as evidenced in this short trailer.  The album will be available on March 25, but you can ride that donkey right now.

Love Me If You Can

Lisa BrokopMy good friend and frequent co-writer (and iconic Canadian country music singer) Lisa Brokop has released a new single, “Love Me If You Can,” to radio.  It’s slowly climbing the charts and is a song I’m really proud of.  After a couple year hiatus, we wanted to write something to introduce her to new fans and re-introduce her to long-time supporters.  It was produced by the amazingly talented Carolyn Dawn Johnson.

Check it out, or better yet, buy it here.


A Music Love Affair

Fred at the BluebirdI’m super psyched to be playing at the world-famous Bluebird Cafe tonight with people I love and admire- my good friends The Stellas, Matthew Perryman Jones and Ryan Kinder.  They blow my mind and will yours.  6:30 PM.

Kellie Pickler is a Genius

Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler and the wise staff at Black River Records have made the super smart decision of choosing my song, “Little Bit Gypsy,” as Kellie’s current single.  I applaud their foresight and good taste.  I wrote it with my good friends, Kyle Jacobs and Tammi Kidd.  The song’s been out for a couple of weeks and I’m happy to report it’s steadily climbing the charts.  You can check it out (and I wish you would) here.

Please feel free to download it, request it and share it…a million times.  My family and I thank you.

Act Of Valor and American Idol

Well it’s been a while since I updated you on some of the fun stuff going on. Recently a contestant named Rachel Lamb sang my song “Dearly Beloved” during the audition. She new it was recorded by Faith Hill, but got the title and a few of the words wrong. Still she sounded good enough to be “sent to Hollywood”, and now I’ve got to root for her. You can watch her audition here Rachel Lamb on American Idol

Also a song I’d written with my good frienda Lori McKenna has been used in the new sound track to the film Act Of Valor. I’m pretty psyched about this, because they used my recording on the album. I played mandolin on the track and this is my first major label credit as “Producer”. You can hear the song on Itunes and Two Soldiers Coming Home.  The movie and the soundtrack are doing well.  Check it out!

More Stuff – Why Wait For Summer @ 42

Hey Friends

First and foremost, thanks to all of you that have been requesting my song “Why Wait For Summer” written with and recorded by Walker Hayes.  Because of your requests (and others like you) the song jumped three more spots last week on the Billboard Hot Country Charts.  It is now at #42, but still climbing and has the “hit potential” bullet.

We’ve made it easier than ever for you to  request the song and drive it like a Camaro racing up the charts.  On this website you’ll see a new tab at the top of the page titled “Be A Hitmaker”.  Click on that link and follow the instructions to request the song as often as you can/like/ve possibly can.  It really does help

I’ve also posted some new gigs under the shows tab.  Pretty psyched about them because I’m playing with some of my favorite artists and friends. Walker Hayes, Kelleigh Bannen & Canaan Smith and  I will be performing next week as part of the Tin Pan South Benefit for NSAI .  The following week I’ll be playing at the Bluebird Cafe  with Kaci Bolls, Marc Alan Barnette and the fabulous Jay Knowles.  One of my sisters and her husband will be visiting that weekend and I don’t think they’ve seen me perform since I cut my long  hair,  closeted the Les Paul and moved to Nashville some 17 years ago.  I hope she likes the new direction…

Other stuff bubbling/brewing/boiling over.  I’ll keep you posted.    Thanks for checking in.