Country Music Hall of Famer Waylon Jennings and his longtime bass player/tour manager Jerry “Jigger” Bridges produced Tommy Townsend’s Southern Man album in the 90s, but it never came out. BFD/Audium Nashville’s Chuck Rhodes flipped over the music, signed Tommy, and started releasing music last month. Today, the label released Townsend’s second single, the Waylon co-penned uptempo “Trouble With A Capital T.” Listen HERE.
“I’m super excited to be releasing the second single from the Southern Man album,” said Townsend. “It’s a snappy little tune that Waylon wrote with Troy Seals. I remember the day we cut the song. Troy was next to Waylon at the mixing board in the control room, and he was just dancing in his chair. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it!”
Townsend’s first single, the title cut from Southern Man, hit just over a month ago and fans took notice. He went from 109 to over 44,000 Spotify Monthly Listeners in a few short weeks, and the song garnered over 100,000 overall streams in the same period.
“We knew people would love this music and the story behind it,” said Rhodes. “But we didn’t know they would react in such a huge way. Fans are obviously starved for traditional country music, and we have more coming from Tommy!”
Townsend heads out to entertain on The Country Music Cruise tomorrow and will be sharing the stage with the likes of Josh Turner, Lee Greenwood, Lorrie Morgan, The Bellamy Brothers and many more over the following week.
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About Tommy Townsend: A native of Blairsville, Georgia, Tommy Townsend first met his outlaw hero as a teenager at an area concert. After the show, Townsend’s parents talked their way past the Hell’s Angels security guards and into the backstage area, where they introduced his son to the man who would become Tommy’s inspiration and mentor.
Jennings took the aspiring artist under his wing, later inviting him on stage to play guitar or sing a song. Tommy and Waylon spent time talking about lessons learned from life and conveyed through songs. Townsend spent the better part of the last 15 years singing lead for Waymore’s Outlaws, comprised of several of Jennings’ touring and studio musicians such as Bridges, the late Richie Albright, Fred Newell, and Carter and Barny Robertson. In addition to his own dates, he continues to perform with Waymore’s.
Shooter Jennings (Brandi Carlisle, Tanya Tucker) produced Townsend’s 2018 Turn Back The Clock album, which was released on the Black Country Rock label. His “Drinkin’” single, written by Holly Williams, received strong airplay from Country and Americana radio. The corresponding music video continues to receive play across the country.
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