CRS New Faces of Country Music Class of 2021 Features Ashley McBryde, Travis Denning, Tenille Arts, Hardy & Matt Stell.

CRS New Faces of Country Music Class of 2021 Features Ashley McBryde, Travis Denning, Tenille Arts, Hardy & Matt Stell.

Up-and-comers know they’re on the right track when they are invited to play the New Faces of Country Music show at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. Only a handful of rising stars get the honor of performing at the annual event.

The 2021 New Faces Class will feature Ashley McBryde, Tenille Arts, Travis Denning, Hardy and Matt Stell.

Country Radio Seminar—Nashville’s annual gathering of country radio executives, on-air personalities and artists—will be an online-only event in 2021 that is open to anyone who registers. CRS 2021: The Virtual Experience will take place online on Feb. 16–19 with educational panels, virtual networking, workshops and artist performances. The New Faces of Country Music show will close the event on Feb. 19.     

Luke Bryan has been confirmed for the annual CRS Artist Interview. Luke will sit down for an exclusive Q&A session to discuss his success at country radio, touring and entrepreneurial ventures.

The New Faces of Country Music show can help artists reach the “next” level—just ask the 2014 class of Cam, Brothers Osborne, Kelsea Ballerini, Old Dominion and Chris Janson. The 2018 class featured Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs, Midland, Carly Pearce and Michael Ray. The 2019 class featured Dylan Scott, Jimmie Allen, Russell Dickerson, Lindsay Ell and LANCO. The 2020 class featured Ingrid Andress, Morgan Evans, Riley Green, Runaway June and Mitchell Tenpenny.

Tickets are available now.

photos by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter