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Denny Strickland Sounds Like: Arena-sized country with a not-so-guilty pleasure for poptimism
For Fans of: Big & Rich, Thomas Rhett, Kid Rock on Tennessee mountaintops
Why You Should Pay Attention: Raised in Arkansas with family on the West Coast, Strickland was a competitive horse rider in his youth, where he learned the discipline and self-assurance of performing in front of crowds. It was at one such equestrian event that he met Johnny Cash's longtime bassist Marshall Grant, who took him under his wing after listening to a demo and indulged Strickland's interest in everything from classic country to Black Eyed Peas. While Grant passed away in 2011, Strickland, who ha released a handful of singles over the years, joined forces with Big & Rich producer Sean Giovanni for his first LP, California Dreamin, released in August. Now based in Nashville, he writes party-friendly anthems and doesn't try to hide his affinity for Lana del Rey and Timbaland on songs that bear heavy pop and electronic influences.
He Says: "I'm very open-minded. Anytime someone wants to talk about the old school or the new school, I'm very intrigued, especially when I'm talking to other artists. I want to know what they're passionate about, what drives them. Because I know what drives me," Strickland says about his pop leanings, which he says result from a desire to be "bold" rather than "cookie cutter." "There are so many interesting things out there with technology and the studio. [But] I love to tell stories. Country is known for that – that's one genre where you can tell a story. And of course ballads are fun, too."
Hear for Yourself: "We Don't Sleep," California Dreamin's lead single, is a country power ballad about an insomnia-inducing romance, complete with Top 40 synths. J.G.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hot country newcomer Denny Strickland spends three weeks at No. 1 on CMT’s 12 Pack Countdown. “We Don’t Sleep” is the first single off Strickland’s debut album California Dreamin, released earlier this summer. Fans of Strickland can now purchase a deluxe version of his album through digital retailers, featuring new deluxe adaptations of several original songs.
CMT Music’s 12 Pack Countdown is a fan-voted video countdown, highlighting country’s biggest names like Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum. CMT Music directly connects hard-core country fans with the music they crave most. The channel delivers the sound and images of country music in its most essential form, performed by the genres most authentic voices. The top 12 videos on CMT Music’s 12 Pack Countdown are revealed Fridays at 8 p.m. CST.
California Dreamin and California Dreamin (Deluxe Edition) were produced by Strickland and Sean Giovanni (Big&Rich, Brett Michaels, Randy Houser) in Giovanni’s Nashville studio, The Record Shop. The albums are a collection of 11 tracks that draw inspiration not just from Strickland’s country influences but also from pop, rap, rock and even acts such as Lana del Rey and Timbaland. Strickland also had a hand in writing seven of the songs from the project. READ MORE CLICK LINK BELOW