Country Chatter

Spotify to Launch New Traditions/Country Heroes August 19


Spotify, the online streaming service, will launch a new playlist on Friday, August 19 titled New Traditions/Country Heroes. The playlist will include some of country music’s most legendary stars including Dolly Parton, Vince Gill and Gorge Strait.

Parton’s long-time publicist, Kirt Webster, who leads his Nashville PR firm in representing over 50 legendary country acts collaborated on the playlist with Spotify’s country music historian, John Marks.  The result was a new home for all of the country music’s legacy artists and their music on the New Traditions/Country Heroes playlist.

“The New Tradition/Country Heroes is a playlist where legacy artists making current country music can be heard anytime on demand,” said Marks, Global Head of Country Music for Spotify.

The New Traditions/Country Heroes playlist will also include five of Dolly Parton’s tracks from her Pure & Simple album will be released on August 19.

“I’m so excited to be a part of the launch of the New Traditions/Country Heroes playlist on Spotify. It’s really important to keep up with the times and I’m thrilled to bring the fans these Pure & Simple songs. They come from the heart and I sure hope everyone enjoys them,” said Parton.

The playlist will also features liners from the iconic country star which will honor the start of the new playlist and the release of her album.  In addition, the New Traditions/Country Heroes playlist will boast over four hours of music to start from legacy artists who are still making new country music and that fans will want to hear.  Some of the artists on the playlist include Kenny Rogers, Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams, Jr., Gene Watson, T.G. Sheppard, John Conlee, T. Graham Brown, Johnny Lee, Lorrie Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Johnny Lee, The Bellamy Brothers and many more.

Spotify launched in 2008, but not in the U.S. until 2011, and in June 2016 had over 100 million active users and over half a billion registered users worldwide. As of August the service had access to more than 30 million songs and had over 30 million paid subscribers.


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