DAVID SHELBY INTRODUCES SOPHOMORE SINGLE "MOONSHINE"
Posted on Oct. 7, 2013
Highway South Records artist David Shelby continues his momentum to stake his claim as a masterful instrumentalist, composer and rocker in the country music format with his latest radio release “Moonshine,” the second single from his debut CD project entitled RUST BELT COWBOY.
Written by F.J.Turner (and co-produced by Shelby, Turner and Chris Virzi) the cut lends insight to Shelby’s playful character in lyrics and reinforces his serious talents as a producer and songcrafter. The track opens with a “We Will Rock You” heartbeat rhythm and offers an extended invitation to a backwoods party “lit”–by the light of the moon and the liquid courage that remains at the bottom of a mason jar. Referencing “good time country that rocks n’ rolls” from today’s Top 40 to classic honky-tonk tunes, this up-tempo redneck rumble is fueled by standout lead guitar licks that set the tone for this “spirited” outdoor shindig.
A standout among the seven tracks featured on Shelby’s RUST BELT COWBOY (August 2013), “Moonshine” also made an impressive showing at release as one of the “most added” tunes (in company alongside Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band and Dierks Bentley) entering the Music Row charts at No. 76 and has since enjoyed sound and steady growth (now at No. 66 on the charts). The single is available via PlayMP3 (9/23/13).
Shelby entered into the country music scene as official with his debut single release, “Kick A Little Dirt Around;” the tune (and corresponding line dance) made an impression on folks across the country and the pond. (“…Dirt…” sat in the No. 1 slot of the UK’s HOTDISC Top 40 for seven consecutive weeks.)
Shelby has performed before sold-out crowds at some of the world’s largest venues (including DTE Energy Concert Venue and First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre–formerly The World Music Theater–in Chicago); as a member of the brass section on trumpet, he’s toured internationally with award-winning recording artists such as The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Turtles, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Stevie Wonder and Davy Jones (The Monkees); and shared the same center stages as Styx, Foreigner and, most recently, Hank Williams, Jr. He recently signed with Artists Entertainment Nashville for booking/tour representation and has been tapped to record a specialty holiday song (written by the legendary rock guitar deity Dick Wagner) to be featured on the compilation entitled A MICHIGAN CHRISTMAS OF HOPE (to benefit No Child Forgotten and The Holy Cross Children’s Services and anticipated just in time for Christmas).
A scholar of music and a well-rounded instrumentalist, David’s songs reflect his admiration for Nashville and the history of country music, the evolution of rock ‘n roll, and the rhythm and grooves that shout: “Detroit!” His current single is a creative meld of a brand new country sound destined to settle into “Nashville” territory.
HIGHWAY SOUTH RECORDS FLAGSHIP ARTIST DAVID SHELBY SIGNS WITH ARTIST EVENTS NASHVILLE
Posted on Sept. 19, 2013
Detroit singer/songwriter, musician and recording artist David Shelby announces his signing with Artist Events Nashville (AEN) for booking representation.
A performer “wired for sound” whose talents are branded by his roots, Shelby is no stranger to large audiences and center stage. An early prodigy, David was contracted to form an entire horn section for The Wolfman Jack Fabulous 50s Tour at the young age of 17. His talents led him to join Motown and heritage acts who tapped Shelby to play trumpet as a full-time member, touring internationally with award-winning recording artists such as The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Turtles, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Stevie Wonder, Davy Jones (The Monkees), opening for Styx and Foreigner, and playing before sold-out crowds at some of the world’s largest venues such as DTE Energy Concert Venue and First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (formerly The World Music Theater) in Chicago. Most recently, the front man of his own rock infused country band, Shelby opened for Hank Williams, Jr. at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. His stage experience and theatrical training have offered him invaluable insight, perspective and the skillful ability to be a proficient music translator.
“Artist Events Nashville has an admirable ‘roll-up your sleeves’ work ethic to help independent artists make his or her mark as live performers,” said Shelby. “I’m ready to go to work and it’s nice to know I have a group of believers behind me to put me to work!”
Shelby made his entry into the country music scene as official with his debut single release, “Kick A Little Dirt Around," (ON RADIO NOW!--CDX Vol. 568/Track No.10); the tune, met with overwhelming welcome by radio and its listeners, is making an impression on folks across the country and the pond. The single is the lead from his amply titled, seven-song CD, RUST BELT COWBOY, now available via all major Internet outlets.
Joining the inner circles of the Nashville community, David has worked alongside famed-industry record producers Ed Seay (Martina McBride/Willie Nelson/Blake Shelton), Russ Zavitson/Zavitson Music Group (Billy Ray Cyrus) and Mark Burch (Billy Currington). He has recently aligned with veteran Sony Music Executive Ed Gertler who is spearheading the David Shelby promotions and marketing team. The single radio promotion (“Kick A Little Dirt Around”) is supported by some of the industry’s most successful (Jan Woods, Jack Pride and Jerry Duncan Promotions); Club Connection (under the Marco Promotions umbrella) headed up the corresponding “Kick A Little Dirt Around" club promotion campaign.
“David brings a Detroit rock n’roll grit to the country music format--not customarily seen on country music stages. The addition of the trumpet to his show offers a dramatic sound to his already creative performance and lends itself well to being a must-see ‘attraction’ to draw audiences of all ages and in boosting ticket sales,” said AEN President, Gary Kirves. “In both performance and sound, David Shelby is refreshing and energetic, encompassing both Detroit culture and the signature musicianship of Nashville. Tim Gray’s insight in recognizing David’s team of professionals surrounding him to position him as a career artist is one of the very reasons David came up on AEN’s radar; it was a done deal for us after we experienced his talent. We are very proud to represent such a multi-talented artist.” [Tim Gray is responsible agent (RA).]
Shelby joins the Artist Events Nashville roster boasting acts such as Atlanta Rhythm Section, David Ball, George Ducas, Exile, Lucas Hoge, Brandon Jenkins, Jason Link, Rachele Lynae, McKenzies Mill, Juice Newton, Matt Stillwell, The Devonshires and Waymore’s Outlaws.
Shelby is currently touring the Northeast promoting his CD, RUST BELT COWBOY.
For more information on David Shelby, the music and tour dates, please visit, www.davidshelbymusic.com.
HIGHWAY SOUTH RECORDS INTRODUCES FLAGSHIP ARTIST DAVID SHELBY
Posted on July 2, 2013
Highway South Records is pleased to introduce David Shelby as its representing artist hailing from its own backyard, Motor City, MI. Shelby prepares to make his mark on Music City, country radio and its listeners with his twang, rhythm and groove-infused LP entitled RUST BELT COWBOY.** (Slated for an August 6, 2013 release via all major retail Internet outlets.)
Capturing the salt-of-the-earth and grit of Detroit, Michigan, the rock n’ roll history the culture is known for, and melding it with Nashville’s signature musicianship and storylines, Shelby creates a sound he proudly identifies as “Rust Belt Country.”
Shelby made his entry into the country music scene official with his debut single release, “Kick A Little Dirt Around," (ON RADIO NOW!--CDX Vol. 568/Track No.10) and the tune has made an impression on folks across the country and the pond (sitting at the No. 1 slot of the UK’s HOTDISC Top 40 for its fourth consecutive week).
Raised in a proud Polish-Russian family, David’s introduction to music was a cultural tradition and served as an integral part of his youth. Beginning with an accordion, advancing to the trumpet and ultimately graduating with guitar in hand, Shelby set himself apart from his classmates with a mind “wired for sound” as a natural-born musician and composer. A prodigy recognized, young Shelby was tapped for his ace trumpeting skills as a member of the touring families of international award-winning recording artists such as The Turtles, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Stevie Wonder and Davy Jones (The Monkees); he’s opened for Styx and Foreigner, and played before sold-out crowds at some of the world’s largest venues (including DTE Entergy Concert Venue and First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre--formerly The World Music Theater--in Chicago). Most recently, he opened for Hank Williams, Jr. at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. His stage experience and theatrical training have offered him invaluable insight, perspective and the skillful ability to be a proficient music translator.
“My surroundings have helped me to relate to, and understand, an international spectrum of personalities and depth of emotions that, in turn, enable me to perform on a level seated right next to the listener. My job, now, is to get them up and outta those seats,” says David Shelby.
A scholar of music and a well-rounded instrumentalist, David’s songs reflect his admiration for Nashville and the history of country music, the evolution of rock ‘n roll, and the rhythm and grooves that shout: “Detroit!” His national recording project RUST BELT COWBOY (produced by Shelby, F.J. Turner/Tazmaraz Music and Chris Virzi) is a melded representation fueled by the gears and chains of Shelby’s innovative style.
“We wanted to produce this from within—to rely on our own talents and laurels. We wanted to make the music that we know how to make, so we brought Detroit to Nashville and we pushed one another to make sure the chrome was polished and shined and the lyrics classic to satisfy both cultures in a ‘happily every after’ end product!”
Solid songwriting, wit and poignant depth are showcased in the seven-song CD--from the orchestrated boot scootin’ single “Kick A Little Dirt Around,” to the call and answer modern hymnal “Cinderella With A New Tattoo,” to the contrast of the up-tempo lit and twisted “Moonshine,” and the serenading ballad of “Your Better Man.”
Where the rubber meets road and the pavement turns to dirt, the ironclad project highlights David’s exceptional artistry as a music mechanic.
Joining the inner circles of the Nashville community, David has worked alongside famed-industry record producers Ed Seay (Martina McBride/Willie Nelson/Blake Shelton), Russ Zavitson/Zavitson Music Group (Billy Ray Cyrus) and Mark Burch (Billy Currington). He has recently aligned with veteran Sony Music Executive Ed Gertler who is acting spearhead of the David Shelby promotions and marketing team. The single radio promotion (“Kick A Little Dirt Around”) is supported by some of the industry’s most successful (Jan Woods, Jack Pride and Jerry Duncan Promotions); Marco Promotions is coordinating the club promotion campaign.
Launching the radio promotion, Shelby visited more than 25 cities during his Southeast radio tour; he heads to the Northeast in the coming weeks.
A Nashville celebration is planned; David will host his RUST BELT COWBOY CD Release Party on August 8, 2013 at 12th & Porter in Nashville, TN.
For more information on David Shelby please visit, www.davidshelbymusic.com.
#1 ON THE HOT DISC TOP 40 CHARTS
Posted on June 17, 2013 by davidshelby
Feeling extremely blessed today…”Kick A Little Dirt Around” was released to European radio two weeks ago and I’m proud to say that it has been #1 ON THE HOT DISC TOP 40 CHARTS (radio airplay chart for Europe) for 2 consecutive weeks. So proud of the whole team!!!!
Kick A Little Dirt Around Doing Well At Radio
Posted on June 12, 2013 by dshelby-wp-admin
We are proud to announce the following radio stations have picked up Kick A Little Dirt Around and added it to their playlists. A huge thank you goes out to them for the early support!!
KREK (Bristow, OK), KVVP (Leesville, LA), WKBQ (Covington, TN), WXXK (West Lebanon, NH), RENEGADE RADIO (Nashville, TN), WKKW (Morgantown, WV), WRSF (Nags Head, NC), KFAV (Warrenton, MO), WTCM (Traverse City, MI), KTHK (Idaho Falls, ID), KEAN (Abilene, TX), KRAZ (Santa Maria, CA), WEZJ (Williamsburg, KY), KDOL (Livingston, TX), WDNB (Liberty, NY), KTJJ (Farmington, MO), KWHW (Altus, OK), WEGX (Florence, SC)
Check out the Facebook page for photos from recent radio visits.
Rust Belt Cowboy Available Now On iTunes
Posted on June 11, 2013 by dshelby-wp-admin
For a limited time, you can pick up your copy of David’s latest CD, Rust Belt Cowboy on iTunes. Once again, iTunes has honored us with placement in “New & Noteworthy”. The album is due out officially August 6th, but as a thank you to all of you, we’ve made it available early. Grab yours before it goes back into the vault until August. Here’s the link… https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rust-belt-cowboy/id655404377?uo=4
Kick A Little Dirt – iTunes and YouTube
Posted on April 8, 2013 by dshelby-wp-admin
Kick A Little Dirt Around, the first single from David’s sophomore album “Rust Belt Cowboy”, has been released to iTunes with strong purchase numbers and rave reviews.
You can purchase your copy at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kick-little-dirt-around-single/id622952663?uo=4
The video for Kick A Little Dirt Around, which was filmed in October 2012 with the help of 200 people who showed up, braved equipment issues and the cold, has been released on YouTube. David and his band are incredibly proud of the video and are still humbled by the support family, friends and fans showed for the project. You can view the video at: http://youtu.be/WCI_lJuEjDU
Directed by Joe Virzi (Sony), Director of Photography Ryan Archibald. Shot at Chartier Stables in Cottrellville, MI and Danz Smoked Meats in Lenox Twp, MI. Starring David Shelby and featuring Jasmine Lassiter as Big J.
Enjoy and let us know what you think.
Team Shelby gets a new addition…Welcome, Ed!
Posted on March 4, 2013 by davidshelby
These are exciting times for me. With the anticipated release of my new single and EP due out soon, I would like to announce an incredible addition to the Team. Veteran Sony Records Executive Ed Gertler has come on board to handle the release of the new single, album and video. His 25 years in sales & marketing at Sony includes the last 10 as the National Director Of Sales for their Nashville label. Ed has put together an amazing team of radio promoters and other music industry professionals that are going to put their full weight behind this release. Everyone involved on our team, the band, and especially myself are incredibly lucky to have his expertise and knowledge behind the project and we look forward to much success that takes us to a new level. I would like to also thank ZMG Music Group President Russ Zavitson for his continued support, advise, guidance, and most importantly his belief in what we are doing. Having Nashville music professionals of their caliber and pedigree taking me on is an amazing opportunity and an important step in any artists development. I know my fans are anxious and curious about the new music and video, especially those who turned out for the video shoot. Expect an announcement of the release date soon as so many things need to happen now. Yes, exciting times for sure and as always I would like to thank the best fans in the world for being patient and always supportive!
David Shelby Records “Tiger Town” for 99.5 WYCD , after a weekend of filming his latest music video
Posted on October 24, 2012 by dshelby-wp-admin
Detroit native David Shelby was recently enlisted to help Detroit’s 99.5 WYCD, winner of the 2012 National Association of Broadcasters’ Marconi Award for Country Station of the Year, record a song to help cheer the American League Champion Detroit Tigers on to victory in the World Series against the San Francisco Giants. “Tiger Town” is based on the music of Jason Aldean’s “Crazy Town” and features original lyrics, as well as radio highlights from 97.1 The Ticket’s Dan Dickerson and Jim Price.
“I was thrilled to be asked by Jason 300 and Tim Roberts to record this song for WYCD. I’m a Detroit fan through and through, so what better way to show my support than helping to create a song to further get the Detroit fans to rally behind the Tigers and cheer them on to the World Series Championship.” Shelby noted.
Tiger Town can be heard online at http://wycd.cbslocal.com/2012/10/23/this-is-tiger-town/
You can call 99.5 WYCD and request the song at 313.298.1999