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ANALYZING THE ACMS
A few firsts among the ACM Awards noms. (2/26a)
LIVE NATION EYES
SUMMER RESTART
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DODGING BULLETS AND DIVINE PURPOSE
Kamasi Washington answers our questions. (2/26a)
iHEARTMEDIA RESTRUCTURES BUSINESS UNITS
Radio giant makes a shift. (2/26a)
FREEDOM NOW AND OTHER JAMS, PT. 1
Social justice through the lens of jazz (2/23a)
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
A jazz chronicle of fighting the power.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
ACQUITTED
In a phenomenal display of cowardice.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
THE B-SIDE
Payton Smith (Big Machine)
2/4/20

WHAT IT IS: After performing at CMA Fest in 2018, Payton Smith caught the attention of Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta and signed a label deal shortly thereafter. On his self-titled debut EP, released last fall, the 19-year-old Louisiana native honors country traditions while moving the sound forward. The singer/songwriter and self-taught guitarist pulls from ’90s country and rock, as he crafts buoyant melodies coupled with sharp but approachable lyricism and fluid guitar playing.
ALBUM: Payton Smith (EP)
RELEASE DATE: 10/04/19
SINGLE: “Like I Knew You Would”
LIVE: On tour with Chris Young on his Town Ain’t Big Enough World Tour 2020; previously performed with Dwight Yoakam and Brad Paisley and at FGL Fest at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
INTERNET: 5m+ global career streams; 1m+monthly Spotify listeners
RADIO: Impacting Country radio in March
PRESS: Named as one of CMT’s 2020 Listen Up Artists, Taste of Country, Rolling Stone (“A country-pop millennial whose songs proudly wave the genre-crossing flag”)
BOOKING: Jay Williams/WME
PUBLISHING: Eclipse Music
MANAGEMENT: Rob Beckham & Eric Smith/The AMG