With a John Denver grin and mind full of Alabama attitude, Adam Hood knows the beautiful mess of blue-collar love and everyone on Music Row wants in. Tracks from his critically acclaimed 2011 album The Shape of Things have been cut by Little Big Town, David Nail, Josh Abbott Band, Brian Keane and John Corbett. The legendary Willie Nelson and Leon Russell have each picked Hood for respective national tours.

Free from his contract with Carnival Music, Hood is taking advantage of his newfound independence with his rough and wild fourth studio album Welcome to the Big World. With producer Rachel Loy at the helm, the 11-track collection is a biographical masterpiece that ranges from Delbert McClinton roadhouse rock to Kris Kristofferson storyteller folk, with a mix of timeless two-step shuffles.

Welcome to the Big World kicks off with the split-tempo barnburner “Don’t That Sound Like Love,” which celebrates the sacrifices of love on a budget accented with Freddie King blues guitar and piano riffs in Russell style. A Top 5 hit on both Texas Music Charts, lead single “Trying to Write a Love Song” is a straightforward, booze- and truck-free anthem about chasing a woman in a hot dress to cure writer’s block.

Moving his beloved daughter three times before the age of 15 provided framework for the striking title track, a coming of age two-step that serves as a roadmap in major life changes.

With lyrics, “Welcome to the big world / Welcome to your age / Where everybody says, ‘No one said this was easy.’ / Baby, it’s a big world / A revolution everyday / But you can’t see what I can / The whole thing’s in your hands,” Hood suggests the key to surviving life’s struggles is positive independent thought.

“It’s the heart of the collection,” Hood says. “I’m learning to live with my abilities and be content with my place in life. Those are grownup things to deal with, but in the big world, it’s something we all have to do.”

Grammy-nominated hit-maker Will Hoge co-wrote the imagery-ridden “Postcards and Payphones,” a rambling ballad that describes the pain and loneliness of touring life. Charlie Worsham co-wrote the fun-loving “Countriest,” which stars Texas darling Sunny Sweeney in her guest harmony debut. A live and rowdy crowd at Billy’s Icehouse in New Braunfels, Texas backs Hood on the raucous “Bar Band.”

Classic “missing you” themes are tackled on the shuffle “Whole Lot of Hard Work,” the Creole accordion-anchored “Stars Around a Cajun Moon” and the heartache-driven “Way Too Long.”

“He Did” is a tribute to his late father Larry Hood, a second generation timber man who lost his battle with colon cancer in 2010. The acoustic tearjerker celebrates inherited habits, both the good and the bad. Closer “I Took a Train” is a salute to one of Hood’s top musical heroes John Prine.

When he’s not making music in Nashville or building his loyal following in Texas, across the Southeast and beyond, Hood can be found in at home in Northport, Alabama where he raises a family and keeps a healthy garden of homegrown vegetables. “I’ve been blessed to have my name listed among my friends’ and heroes’ albums, but nobody’s going to deliver my music like I do,” Hood says with confidence. “These songs probably wouldn’t be suited for anyone else but me. I’m so thankful I still have the desire to write them and get them out there to whomever will listen.”

Channing Wilson

"God could you throw this dog a bone. Let me turn the corner and be home. I'm tired of being on this road alone." Real lyrics are what Channing Wilson is all about.

From a small town in Northwest Georgia, Channing learned about real life American good times and hardships. He's not afraid to tell you about it either. From his songs like "Poor Man's Cocaine" referring to methamphetamines taking over rural America, to songs like “Black Jesus" which is a story of two men, one young, and one older, finding friendship in spite of the racial stereotypes of the times. Channing’s voice and songwriting is widely considered in the top echelon of the “who’s who” in the Nashville community.

Born on the wrong side of the tracks to two hard working "dirt collar" parents, he had plenty of opportunities to learn real life at an early age. Channing says "I didn't have a musical family. My mother is a pretty good singer, but an even better worker. So, not much time concerts or record stores back then” Finding music later for Channing didn't slow down his passion for it. Learning guitar at 17 and starting writing shortly after. "I came across a book of short poems my mother had written before I was born, and after reading them I was so inspired to explore my own creative side."

By age 25, he had tried college twice and quit more jobs than he applied for. "I never could accept the idea that I was supposed to work every day for someone else. I expected more than a paycheck. After a friend turned me on to Guy Clark and Steve Earle, I knew 2 things. I never wanted to punch a clock again, and I had to become a better writer and musician." That's exactly what he did at 26 years old, he started his first band and quickly learned the ropes as a very successful regional act. That venture lasted 6 years until he became a father and knew he had to step up his game if he was going to turn a dream into a way of life.

Selling a fishing boat and a decent guitar collection to finance trips from north Georgia to Nashville every week paid off in October of 2010 he was approached by EMI Music Publishing after playing a Tuesday night showcase called Alabama Line. After meeting with EMI a few times he was offered his first publishing deal. "I didn't know what I had to offer such a big corporate publishing company, but when I looked on the roster and saw Guy Clark I knew I was in." It didn't take long before he was in the room with his teacher. Learning from the master himself. "Just knowing Guy has made me a better man, but getting to share ideas and stories is a dream come true."

Channing’s songs have been recorded by artists like Tyler Farr, Luke Combs, Jason Eady, and more. He has shared bills with so many of his heroes such as Billy Joe Shaver, Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Tony Joe White, Chris Knight, Dale Watson, and many more including going out on the 2012 Country Throwdown Tour. He has just recently signed a artist/publishing agreement with Warner Chappell and Low Country Sound (Grammy award winning producer Dave Cobb)

Channing's love for country music, the history, and the future is second to none. "I came to Nashville to make a difference and I'll always work hard to earn respect from my peers.

Erik Dylan, a fourth generation Kansas farmer, packed up his truck and moved to Nashville with a guitar and a dream hoping that the world might someday hear his songs. After countless odd jobs and hundreds of fruitless open mic nights Erik was discovered by country artist Kip Moore at a local Nashville songwriters' hangout, which led to Erik's first publishing contract.

Since signing with Brett James & Warner Chappell Publishing, Erik has written over 400 songs, including songs cut by artists JT Hodges, Austin Webb, Chad Brownlee, Robin Meade, Randy Montana, and Kip Moore.

In January 2014, Erik's first single as an artist "Where the Party At" (Dylan/Archer/Weaver) was launched on Sirius XM The Highway (Channel 59) thanks to radio veteran John Marks. Initial support for the song has been incredible.

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