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Country music has a new up-and-coming star…Denny Strickland has made quite a splash and the industry has taken notice. Strickland is ready to do it again with his new video for “Get A Grip” which debuts today!
Strickland was discovered by Marshall Grant, an original member of Johnny Cash’s band and longtime manager for The Statler Brothers.
Strickland’s debut single “Swerve On” climbed onto the Top 40 on MusicRow and Top 20 on Power Source Charts as well as his single “How Far You Wanna Go” peaking at #28 on MusicRow  on European Chart. His Country Classic, “I’d Love To Lay You Down” was also #1 for four weeks on European Chart.
Denny has shared the stage with other talented artists such as the Kentucky Headhunters, 3 Doors Down, Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash and George Jones just to name a few.
His music is available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes.
For more information on Denny Strickland, visit his website and follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
“Singer Denny Strickland Goes Wild with Get A Grip”
by Sandy Zimmerman August 17, 2016
If you enjoy an out-of-the-box, modernized version of country music,
hold on to your hat and watch Denny Strickland’s latest “Get A Grip” lyric music video.
Denny dares to take country music to new levels by adding blends of rock and pop music
with a display of flashing images each timed to the musical beat. While Denny sings, these images begin to attract your attention until you are completely absorbed in the song.
With the combination of Denny’s baritone voice, the dramatic images and the haunting beat, you are experiencing a different style of country music. Thanks to Buz-Videos, producer of the unique special effects and song writer Bill DiLuigi (Richie McDonald, Shaun Murphy), Troy Johnson (Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw) and Henry Jack Williams (Little River Band, Uriah Heep).
“Get A Grip” lyrics: Hey pretty girl I’m on my way
slow rolling out the gate
baby you smell like honeysuckle
that little low riding buckle’s sweet on the
tight fitting jeans on ya
walking inside clubs insane
all aboard crazy train
is coming better get a grip on to something.
I was impressed after first reviewing Denny Strickland at the time his song “”How Far You Wanna’ Go.” was released. “Get Over It” is a colorful, exciting switch showing he adapts to different styles of music.
Denny’s early career was guided by The Statler Brothers’ longtime manager (and Bass player for Johnny Cash), Marshall Grant. Strickland soon found himself sharing the stage with legends Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash and George Jones. With Grant’s passing in 2011, he took a brief hiatus; regrouping and refocusing his efforts. He reignited his music career with two MusicRow CountryBreakout™ Chart hits: “Swerve On” and “How Far You Wanna’ Go.” He has hosted the internationally-syndicated television show Country Fix and opened for Maddie & Tae, Jamey Johnson, The Kentucky Headhunters and 3 Doors Down. Denny is an accomplished guitarist, keyboardist and America Quarter Horse Association horseman.
“Get A Grip” follows two hit singles on the MusicRow Country Breakout ™ Chart: the full throttle “Swerve On” and the suggestive “How Far You Wanna Go.” Denny’s sultry acoustic cover of Conway Twitty’s “I’d Love To Lay You Down” earned him a staggering four-week #1 run on the Hotdisc international chart. Strickland performs across the U.S. and has enjoyed sold-out shows during CMA Music Festival week and opened for many of today’s biggest stars (Maddie & Tae, Jamey Johnson, 3 Doors Down, The Kentucky Headhunters). Fans can learn more about Denny online at: Country Music News International, Waynesville Daily Guide and Roughstock.www.dennystrickland.com
Denny Strickland has given every new act the blueprint to follow.
Both of his single releases, “Swerve On” and “How Far You Wanna Go,” performed very well on the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart. With that successful track record already proving his ability to have strong chart performances, he now releases his infectious, new single “Get A Grip.”
Strickland’s contemporary first release of 2016, written by Bill DiLuigi, Henry Jack Williams, and Troy Johnson, leans very heavy on the pop side of country by using electronic beats to carry us over a hypnotizing groove.
Because of this nearly pure pop feel, he will draw comparisons to Chris Lane and Thomas Rhett. But Strickland separates himself from that pack with his deep baritone vocals and within his instrumentation as his usage of piano is prominent and becomes a key factor to giving this a different feel than his counterparts.
The familiar theme of being at a crowded club with your girl by your side isn’t anything new in the modern age of country, but Strickland does add descriptive elements to help paint the scene and give the listener the visual.
When describing his girl, he states that she smells like honeysuckle and is wearing tight fighting jeans.
When taking us the dance floor at the club he sings, “bodies jumping, slamming tight, speakers bumpin’, smoke and lights.”
He slides in some flirty, sexiness to the lyrics when he states in the chorus, “Gonna grab you girl while the bass is shaking up your hips.”
For those that know Denny Strickland through his acoustic video series “The Cellar Sessions,” where he presents cover versions of legendary country acts such as David Allan Coe and Waylon Jennings, “Get A Grip” will be a major curve ball.
However, if you’ve followed Strickland through each of his own single releases, then “Get A Grip” is the natural progression that you’d expect.
Denny Strickland Performs With 'Duck Dynasty'
Country artist Denny Strickland (l) was surprised on stage at the CMA Music Festival by Duck Dynasty's "Uncle Si" Robertson (r) and Marsha Robertson (c). They performed the show's theme song, "Sharp Dressed Man."
By Christina Vinson March 16, 2016
Country newcomer Denny Strickland pays tribute to country icon Kris Kristofferson with an acoustic performance of “Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again),” premiering exclusively on The Boot.
Kristofferson recorded “Loving Her Was Easier” for his 1971 album, The Silver Tongued Devil and I, and it reached No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 4 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. Roger Miller, Tompall & the Glaser Brothers, Waylon Jennings and Mark Chesnutt have also recorded the song. Its lyrics are intimate and straightforward, and Strickland’s smooth vocals are deeply earnest: “Loving her was easier / Than anything I’ll ever do again / Coming close together with a feeling / That I’ve never known before in my time,” he sings.
While the song is a great fit for Strickland’s voice, there’s a larger reason he selected to perform it. The artist met Kristofferson at the Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Ark., in 2011, and the two hit it off immediately.
“I was so thankful that Kris took me under his wing the day we played the Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Ark., in 2011. My longtime manager, Marshall Grant (former bass player for Johnny’s band, the Tennessee Two), had fallen ill and was hospitalized, and I was on my own at the festival,” Strickland recalls. “It turned out to be a pivotal day in my career.”
He adds, “… “Loving Her Was Easier” was an easy choice and a nice way to pay tribute to Kris, who truly influenced my life.”
The above video is part of Strickland’s Cellar Sessions, filmed at popular Nashville speakeasy the Sutler. It is one of three acoustic performances of classic country songs, all of which the artist filmed as a followup to his Dive Sessions. Directed by Brian Harstine, the clip features Strickland along with guitar player Jason Jordan performing in a quiet, classy and rich atmosphere. Harstine explains that while a “classic, rusty-film look” was the goal of the Dive Sessions, this time around, he wanted to follow the “same style and tone” with a twist of something more updated and classy.
“The Sutler’s Cellar provided the backdrop for this look to come to life, giving that tone and feel we created from the first set a new life on screen,” Harstine notes. “Denny’s style was chosen to match, creating a product that I hope the fans will truly connect with!”
Fans can find more information about Strickland on Twitter, Facebook and his official website. His music is for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.
MusicRowPics: Denny Strickland
Jessica Nicholson • April 23, 2015 •
Jonesboro, Ark., native Denny Strickland was immersed in various types of music, from classic rock to traditional country, while growing up on his family’s farm. A performer from an early age, this self-taught guitarist and singer is also a touring veteran, having criss-crossed the nation on the horse show circuit as an American Quarter Horse champion. The experience made the transition to pursue a career in country music a natural one for Strickland.
Strickland, along with guitarist Andrew Timothy and cajon player Jeremy Warren, showcased his new music with a brief set at MusicRow’s Nashville office.
He began with current single, “Swerve On,” an up-tempo, barroom country thumper that finds the singer ramping up the confidence to talk to a lady who has caught his interest. Switching gears, Strickland showcased his musical versatility, commanding a cover of Staind’s “It’s Been Awhile” with equal ease.
He closed with the single-worthy tune “My Kind of Crowd.”
Strickland, who currently resides just outside of Nashville, has been visiting numerous stations during his recent radio tour. “We are just taking it one day at a time, and really enjoying getting the music out there to country radio, and ultimately to the fans.”
@DennySCountry Is Getting His #SwerveOn Down Music Row (Listen!)
Friday, April 17th, 2015 by Jen Swirsky
You might not have heard the name of Arkansas born and bred country artistDenny Strickland just yet, but that name has been on the lips of people up and down Music Row as of late.
With a new single, “Swerve On,” recently releasing to iTunes, Denny has taken promotional matters into his own hands, getting his proverbial swerve on in Nashville and across the country, marketing his upbeat tune to the powers that be at radio stations. Where a new artist may typically be a little intimidated and displaced by life on the road, Denny feels completely at home, as he has an interesting background of competing in horse shows.
So, when it comes to Denny and his current radio tour, you have talent, experience, passion, familiarity and a late manager (Marshall Grant of Johnny Cash’s band) who taught him the ropes — is there anything missing to make this an equation for success? Ah, yes … the song! He has that too!
“Swerve On” is a tune that fits the current trends of today’s music, but it takes a slight swerve off the road toward Bro Country, adding in the wittiness of double entendre, relating the title to both the open road and an irresistable girl. Working squarely into a fun-loving genre that appreciates a little brutal honesty mixed with a shot of whiskey, Denny’s song has radio appeal for miles and is an appropriate selection for those nights when you want to roll your windows down and simply get your “Swerve On.”
Follow Denny Strickland on Twitter, Facebook, and his website, and let us know what you think of “Swerve On” by tweeting us @CMchatLIVE.
Country singer Denny Strickland no longer horsin' around, gets his 'Swerve On'
By: Kevin Wierzbicki AXS Contributor Feb 5, 2015
Rising country star Denny Strickland is no stranger to the spotlight, it’s just that the light is shining from a different angle these days. Not so long ago Strickland was traveling the country as a competitor in American Quarter Horse Association events, a pursuit that ultimately earned him a world title. Now he’s on the road promoting his new single, “Swerve On.”
In a way, it was a horse show that provided Strickland with a way into the music business. After participating in a competition in Tunica, Mississippi, Strickland was relaxing in a bar and ran into Marshall Grant, whose expansive resume included things like being a member of Johnny Cash’s band and serving as manager of the Statler Brothers. The meet would lead to Strickland being mentored by Grant, who passed away in 2011. No doubt he would be proud of his protégé today.
Strickland was understandably depressed by Grant’s death, something he says he is just now getting over with the release of “Swerve On,” a feelin’ good, drinking and carousing song currently working its way onto the country charts. We sent Strickland a few questions by email, asking about his horse show days and how they prepared him for the ride he’s on now. Below are his answers, given exclusively to AXS.com
You are an American Quarter Horse Association champion. Can you explain exactly what that is, and how you achieved it?
One of the most popular AQHA show events is “Western Pleasure.” Contestants compete simultaneously, riding the perimeter of the arena. At the discretion of the judge, you are asked to walk, jog, lope and reverse the direction of the horse. Horses are evaluated on quality of movement while staying quiet and calm, traveling on a loose rein. I was awarded a world title in this event when I was younger.
You were handing out demos back in your days on the horse show circuit. Did your schedule allow any time for performances back then?
It did, I was invited to play at many different sponsored AQHA arenas and functions. I got exposure in Texas, Ohio, and back down to Mississippi as well as on the west coast.
Would you like to comment on your relationship with the late Marshall Grant?
He was a great man that I learned a great deal from. His involvement with me in the early years of my music career was a once in a lifetime experience that I'll never forget!
What did you learn on the horse show circuit that you can now put to use as your music career takes off?
We traveled a lot with the horses and that's something that's prepared me for the constant travels I'm facing today. Not to mention, the early performances gave me the chance to learn about putting together a live show.
It looks like you had a lot of fun making the video for “Swerve On.” Can you tell us about that experience?
We did! The drag race scene was fun. They told us to keep it to a minimum on our speed but I had to go all out. I'm not one to fake anything! Everyone was very professional on the set. I'm looking forward to the next one!
It’s cool that in “Swerve On,” a song with lots of drinking references, that there are lyrics about handing over the keys and not driving. Could you comment on the inclusion of that sentiment?
Yes. If you’re gonna drink and go all out have a designated driver (DD) ‘cause it just might be me you run over! I've been a DD I don't know how many times. It's better to be safe than sorry!
Are you working on a full-length release at this time? Can you tell us a little about any of the songs you’re considering for the effort?
At this time we are song searching for possible contenders to be thrown in the mix. You'll just have to wait and see. Until then keep getting your “Swerve On”!
Your bio mentions that you have boundless energy. What do you enjoy doing when it’s time to unwind?
I'm not one to stay still for too long. I'll usually get something cool to drink and try to cool off! I'm usually burning up when I leave the stage. If there’s something going on after the show I'll usually go and chill for a bit. You never know where I might be. I've shown up at some random places but one thing about it, it's always fun.
More fun with Denny Strickland is available at AXS.
Country newcomer Denny Strickland gets his 'Swerve On'
January 27, 2015
Denny Strickland "Swerve On"
Courtesy of Red Star Productions
There’s an old saying, a put-down usually hurled at someone who’s deemed a wannabe or a poser: “All hat and no horse.” The phrase is not one that would ever be directed at rising country star Denny Strickland; not only is he firmly in control of a burgeoning career, he literally has the hat and the horses and a lot more.
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Not one to ‘cowboy up’ just to look the part on stage, Strickland is actually a former American Quarter Horse champion. “I participated in horse shows all my life, so I traveled a lot just like we’re doing now,” the singer said in a statement issued by his publicist. “I was on a bus going to the different shows. So today, when I’m traveling on the road, it feels like I’m going home. I’m doing something I’m truly passionate about with the music, and it’s got my full attention.”
The appreciation that Strickland got in the show ring with the horses has no doubt given him a little preparation for the all-out adoration he’s about to garner with his new single and video, “Swerve On.” The song is about an evening of drinking and appreciating females, with lyrics that are fun to sing along to and a loping rhythm that’s guaranteed to get boots and high heels onto the dance floor.
Pretty much a sure-fire hit, Strickland knows he’s got something special with “Swerve On” and he’s savoring it, but he also knows the song is just the beginning. “I’ve got a long ways to go; I’m just starting to get my feet wet a bit,” Denny says. “I’m having the time of my life.”
Read more about Denny Strickland here.