Emporium Presents & Live Nation
Burn It Down Tour
Saturday, January 20, 2024
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm
Matthew Knight Arena
Tickets start at $27.50
Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Parker McCollum released Never Enough, a statement album that cements his status as one of country music’s undeniable new stars, on May 12 via MCA Nashville. Along with headlining his own tour this summer, McCollum will play stadiums with Morgan Wallen on Wallen’s One Night at a Time World Tour. McCollum has been named an ‘Artist to Watch’ by Rolling Stone, Billboard, SiriusXM, CMT, RIAA, and more with American Songwriter noting, “The Texas native teeters on the edge of next-level superstardom.” MusicRow listed McCollum as their 2021 Breakout Artist of the Year and Apple also included him as one of their all-genre “Up Next Artists” Class of 2021. A dedicated road warrior, McCollum made his debut at the famed Grand Ole Opry in 2021 and he already sells out venues across the country (over 40 sold out shows nationwide in 2021) including record-breaking crowds in Dallas (20,000), The Woodlands (16,500), Austin (7500+), Lubbock (7700+), Jackson, MS (5000+), Kearney, NE (3000+), Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, and three nights at Fort Worth’s iconic Billy Bob’s Texas. In March 2022, McCollum made his debut at RODEOHOUSTON to a sold-out crowd with over 73,000 tickets sold, returning to perform at the Opening Day celebration in 2023. He recently made a dream come true with his first-ever Austin City Limits performance, kicking off their 2023 season. In 2022, McCollum earned his first ACM Award for New Male Artist of the Year, took home “Breakthrough Video of the Year” (a fully fan-voted honor) at the 2022 CMT Music Awards, and scored his first-ever nomination in the New Artist of the Year category at the 56th CMA Awards.
Tennessee-born troubadour Larry Fleet grew up on a stack of records spanning Merle Haggard, Otis Redding, Willie Nelson, and Marvin Gaye. A thoughtful songwriter with a knack for a one-liner, an ear for a sturdy hook, and a powerhouse voice that strikes like a match, Fleet was working blue-collar jobs to make ends meet long before landing his recording contract with Big Loud Records. Six years in, the devout family man is turning heads among fans and critics with albums full of soon-to-be-classics; 2021’s tribute to the music that raised him, Stack of Records, his aptly titled 2019 debut, Workin’ Hard, and his to-be-released third effort, Earned It, out September 1. Saving Country Music puts it simply: “If you’re looking for the future of traditional country music, then look no further than… Larry Fleet.” A road-tested live show standout, Fleet wrapped 2022 with his first-ever headline One For The Road Tour, following up crowd-winning opening slots supporting Darius Rucker, Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Jon Pardi, and many more. He just extended his current headlining run, Larry Fleet Live, including a sold-out night at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, and will open dates for Parker McCollum all summer long.
From that very first Nashville jam session in 2018, the members of King Calaway quickly discovered how each of their vocal and instrumental talents – as well as their shared love of harmonies, country and ‘70s rock music – complemented each other in perfect unison and formed an instant musical brotherhood for years to come.
By October 2019, King Calaway had recorded and released their debut album, Rivers, on BBR Music Group/Stoney Creek Records. The album amassed an impressive 59 million on-demand streams and featured their hit single “World For Two,” which was the #1 most added song at country radio in its debut week, ultimately garnering 53 million on-demand streams. Building on this momentum, the band earned massive opening performance slots for Garth Brooks & Gabby Barrett as well as national TV performances on The Kelly Clarkson Show, TODAY, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The group’s breakthrough year was abruptly brought to a halt when met with news of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. Forced to retreat to their homes, the band used this time to immerse themselves in their songwriting process and hone their craft as musicians. The result was the beginnings of a brand-new project with a fresh modern country sound from members: Chris Deaton, Simon Dumas, Chad Michael Jervis and Caleb Miller.
“There are some songs that especially represent the past year and a half and what we’ve had to go through as a band, but there are also songs that are relevant for all times,” Dumas says.
In February 2021, the band set out to Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina to record a selection of the myriad of songs they had penned over the past year and a half. On their four-song EP Midnight, released August 27th, the band doubles down on their signature harmonies, this time melding them with their own original compositions.
Midnight soars with up-tempo, California-meets-country grooves; organic, signature harmonies and warm, relatable lyrics that represent their growth as songwriters, musicians, and vocalists.
“We love having a record that is almost entirely our own original music as songwriters,” Miller says.
On the EP, the group revels in a harder rock edge that showcases their musicianship on tracks like “Homegrown,” along with their live performance sensibilities.
“We definitely want people to listen to these songs and know they are listening to a band and not just a collection of studio musicians,” Jervis says.
Elsewhere on Midnight, the band welcomes BBR Music Group labelmate Lainey Wilson on the playful “Good Time To Me.”
“We hadn’t had a collaboration yet,” Deaton says. “We love working with Lainey – She’s one of the most talented singers we’ve ever met.”
Rounding out the project is the sleek, uplifting track “More People,” which further encompasses the group’s mission of making music that is both expertly crafted and wields a positive influence. “We’ve all been exposed to uplifting anthems and seen how music can inspire people to move forward, and we would love our music to have that effect on others too,” Dumas says.
With appreciation for their past and eager eyes toward their future, the release of Midnight – and more to come – King Calaway is back and poised to reach even greater heights.
Ages: All Ages