voice is straight-forward and powerful. The songs are down-to-earth portraits
of real people from the American heartland. The sound is traditional, unapologetic
Campbell is a proud reminder of one of country's strongest creative periods,
building on the early-'90s legacy established by some of the genre's most
successful figures: GarthBrooks, Alan Jackson,
Clint Black and Travis Tritt.
was introduced with a five-song EP that landed in the Top 20 on iTunes. His
self-titled debut album expands on the central themes of his life-family,
friends, purpose and self-determination-with a bundle of self-written songs,
all delivered with the force and conviction of someone who's lived every
sentiment in every word.
have to believe every one of my songs," Campbell
a simple premise learned through years of touring at the club level, writing
songs in Nashville and playing the bars on Lower
Broadway in MusicCity. Campbell
honed his craft in bands backing Luke Bryan and Tracy Byrd, on stages where he
and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and at an annual hometown talent contest where he won twice
and eventually became the leader of the house band for other contestants.
his debut album blends Campbell's masculine, no-nonsense
vocal style with solid, salt-of-the-earth songs about America's
working class and a classic sense of wordplay. It's a timeless sound, one that
links him directly to Travis Tritt and Alan Jackson, who likewise built their
style on such predecessors as George Jones and Hank Williams Jr.
traditional, back-to-basics, true country music," Campbell says. "It's what I am. I can't be
By the age of 20, Show Dog - Universal Music's Joel Crouse has already
accomplished more than many artists ever dream of doing. He wrote his first
song at the age of 14, started a band when he was 15, graduated from high
school at the age of 16 and was signed to his record deal not long after his
19th birthday. He has opened shows for Toby Keith, Darius Rucker, Rodney
Atkins, Sara Evans, Taylor Swift and The Goo Goo Dolls.
Joel and his grandfather share a strong bond, which is where his love for
country music began. His grandfather lived with his family off and on
throughout his childhood and during that time Joel was introduced to the music
of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Merle
Haggard. Crouse also grew to love classic rock music from the 70s, particularly
story songs like those performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles, and Fleetwood
Mac, to name a few. At the young age of 20, Crouse is an old soul who loves the
classics and thinks there's no better sound than listening to a vinyl
As a songwriter, Crouse feels and writes with a lot of emotion, which he
reflects on his debut album as a co-writer on all of the tracks. He has written
with some of the biggest songwriters in Nashville
including BMI Songwriter of the Year, Luke Laird ("Pontoon",
"Drink In My Hand"), Craig Wiseman ("Live Like You Were
Dying", "Summertime") and Bob DiPiero ("Gone",
"Southern Voice"). His debut single will be released in early 2013 to
country radio and with the buzz already starting about this artist you can
expect to hear a lot more about him in the near future.