Mitchell Tenpenny: This is the Heavy Tour

W/ Mitchell Tenpenny, Tyler Braden
$25.00 - $149.00
18+

About This Event

This event is 18+ however minors are permitted w/ parent or legal guardian.

Bucket List Meet & Greet Experience  
- One general admission ticket  
- VIP early entry into the venue  
- Private pre-show meet & greet with Mitchell Tenpenny  
- Personal photograph with Mitchell  
- Access to a pre-show acoustic performance by Mitchell Tenpenny  
- Q&A session with Mitchell  
- Collectible lyric sheet, autographed by Mitchell Tenpenny  
- Limited edition Mitchell Tenpenny snapback hat  
- Commemorative VIP laminate  
- Merchandise shopping opportunity before doors open to public  
- On-site VIP host  
- Very limited availability  

Always Something With You Soundcheck Experience  
- One general admission ticket 
- VIP early entry into the venue 
- Access to a pre-show acoustic performance by Mitchell Tenpenny 
- Q&A session with Mitchell 
- Collectible lyric sheet, autographed by Mitchell Tenpenny 
- Limited edition Mitchell Tenpenny snapback hat 
- Commemorative VIP laminate 
- Merchandise shopping opportunity before doors open to public 
- On-site VIP host 
- Limited availability    

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Artist Info

Mitchell Tenpenny

For an artist who’s amassed so many light-hearted country songs, Mitchell Tenpenny is actually dead serious about his craft. And the result of that is a carefully curated batch of bona fide country songs that he hopes will keep getting fans to listen and to love what they hear.

“This isn’t a hobby for me. This is my job: to get people to love and believe my songs. I have a responsibility to make music that people latch on to. That’s what songwriting is to me,” Tenpenny says now, four years after making his debut in 2018 with Telling All My Secrets. “It’s like that old adage, ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’” That album earned him the best first week showing for any major label country debut LP at the time of its release, is certified Gold and also includes the 3x platinum selling #1 single, “Drunk Me.”

Even with that solid work ethic, Tenpenny knows that half the fun of making the music is the having fun part. The songwriting and wordsmithing come naturally, he says, even when he’s been out drinking with friends. “There’s a clarity in the drunk. Sometimes that’s when you have the best titles, phrases, and alliterations, because you’re free and you’re talking, and things just come out differently.” He says his hook book is packed with ideas from good hangs and nights out.  

Now that he’s on the verge of releasing his ambitious 20-track studio album This Is The Heavy, he maintains that while his rock influences are featured on the songs, with heavy drums and guitars, the foundation for everything he does is country. Which you’d expect from someone who was born and raised in Nashville, in a family with deep roots in the country music business.

“In the heyday of Brooks & Dunn, they were my favorite band. And going to Fan Fair with my grandma (former Sony/ATV Music CEO Donna Hilley) was awesome,” he recalls. “But there was a lot more than just country music going on in Nashville. There was the emo-rock scene and the Rocketown scene. After being so engulfed in country music, when I got to high school, I made friends by starting a rock band.” Even as they explored that sound, Tenpenny’s origins stayed with him and ultimately, led him to a proper career in country music. “When teacher says, ‘write whatever you want in your journal’: that’s how songwriting feels to me. Just free. So lyrically we stay country, but we also explore new sounds.”

That’s the very reason that Tenpenny’s music sounds like an evolution of sorts. If fans expect him to recreate traditional country music, that’s just not him. “If I copy Waylon and Willie, that’s not authentic. Because those records have already been made. I write what I know and what I like, and hope that other people like it, too.”

At 33, Tenpenny also knows that he hasn’t lived quite enough life to make every single song about him. He’s okay with telling a compelling story when it happens to make a compelling song. “I don’t always just write about myself. Johnny Cash didn’t really shoot a man in Reno just to watch him die. It was just a great lyric. A lot of my songs come from true life, but a lot of them are stories I make up in my head.”

He’s learned those songwriting lessons from his idols, like Bobby Braddock, who he says can write a million different songs a million different ways. And from Brett and Brad Warren, who he credits with getting him his first publishing deal. “They told me when we met that if they ever had a songwriting cancellation, they’d call me. They did, and we ended up writing ‘That’s How She Goes.’ Keith Urban put it on hold, then Blake Shelton put it on hold. I always thought it was someone else’s song, but then it finally felt right for me, and I knew I needed to cut it myself.” The song makes its debut appearance on This Is the Heavy even though it was written nearly a decade ago.

The Nashville that built Tenpenny isn’t much like the one that exists today. His memories of the influential music from Lower Broadway take him back to Paradise Park Trailer Park at 4th and Broadway. A place where he and his buddies could drink $6 pitchers of Natty Light and listen to a guitar player with a Fender Forever tattoo. “It was the coolest place in the world. Rest in peace, Paradise Park,” he says of the honky-tonk that closed in 2018.

Another instrumental part of Tenpenny’s early attempts at songwriting came in college when he hit the roommate jackpot. He lived with Brad Clawson -- “Happy Does,” “Up Down” -- the son of prolific hitmaker Rodney Clawson. They didn’t plan to make a living in country music, but they also didn’t plan not to. “We had guitars in our room, and there was nothing else to do but just try to figure this out. We started writing country songs. It just kind of happened, because we didn’t have a plan B. We were so naïve. But we had jobs – I worked in construction and valet parking – and I learned that you never know who’s in the room. When you’re too focused on becoming an artist, you lose sight of everything that’s around you. And then you might miss the opportunities around you.”

Opportunities such as meeting a producer while he was putting insulation in a roof in Nashville. “You have to be open minded enough to take chances every time you get them,” he says. And then those seemingly random moments can lead to bigger things, like Tenpenny’s breakout #1 hit “Drunk Me,” which has amassed more 580 million on-demand streams. He wrote the song with Jordan Schmidt and Justin Wilson, and it became his debut single. It was released in 2018, but he remembers hearing it on the radio for the first time as if it was yesterday.

“I remember being in my truck driving around Nashville, and I heard my voice. I thought it was just my CD and that I was listening to the mix. But it sounded different,” he says. When he pushed the eject button and nothing came out, he had the quintessential epiphany: “Is this the radio? I couldn’t believe my song was on the radio. I started crying, I called my mom: that feeling never changes.”

He considers his new song stack more mature, with a best-of-both-worlds sound. “It goes back to my rock influences, with more expressive arrangements, but lyrically it’s about what I’ve been doing the last four years of my life,” he says. His intention was not to veer off course. “There are still songs that have the vibe of ‘Drunk Me’ and ‘Alcohol You Later.’ I’m not one to ever leave the fans behind. Because I loved when bands stuck to what made me fall in love with them. That’s important to me. I never want to venture off too far from what first got me started.”

And it’s those fans that have pushed his on-demand streams to be among the best out of today’s breakout artists, with over 1.3 billion total and as many as six tracks exceeding competitive artists’ tracks thanks to his loyal fan base. At the close of 2021, Mitchell was a Top 10 artist on Spotify’s Hot Country (#7) and the #5 most-played artist on SiriusXM’s The Highway only just behind superstars like Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, and Chris Stapleton. His social following continues to grow and specifically, his TikTok following, and likes are competitive with current headlining acts. In the weeks leading into the release of This Is the Heavy Mitchell made history with the shortest time between #1 songs in the modern chart era with just a three-week span between “Truth About You” and “At The End Of A Bar.”

When Tenpenny set out to make This Is the Heavy, there was no question that he’d write all the songs the way he did on his first studio album. “It’s hard for me to make someone believe a song I didn’t write. When it comes to my own record, I feel like I’m the best one to write my own story and say what I want to say.” The album’s first single, certified gold, “Truth About You” has already racked up more than 129+ million streams and landed in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.
Tenpenny recently celebrated his second career #1 single, “At The End Of A Bar,” which he co-wrote with his label mate Chris Young.

Tenpenny’s debut album and his follow-up EPs also caught the attention of expert talent spotter Luke Bryan, who invited Tenpenny to join him on his current “Raised Up Right Tour.” In January 2023, Tenpenny will launch the first run of shows on his headline “This Is The Heavy Tour.”

His new eight-song EP “Midtown Diaries” distills his gift into infectious jams about girls and small towns, anthemic odes to love and raw, rapid-fire heartbreak. Ignited by the juxtaposition of Tenpenny and Jordan Schmidt’s progressive co-production and Tenpenny’s distinct, textured vocals, “Midtown Diaries” is the coming-of-age soundtrack for country fans of every vintage. He co-wrote every song.

“I want people to find their song on the EP,” Tenpenny said. “That’s why I gave it so much variety – love songs, break-up songs, weird songs that just feel groovy. I want them to fall in love with this, but in a way that they’re like, ‘Yes, I need more.'”

“Midtown Diaries” is the follow-up to Tenpenny’s debut album “Telling All My Secrets,” home to his double-platinum 2018 No. 1 smash “Drunk Me.” The song led the Nashville native to personal and professional opportunities that range from meeting the love of his life to his co-write and duet on Chris Young’s current single “At the End of a Bar.”

“That doesn’t happen without success,” he said. “You don’t get chances in this town. You have to earn them. You have to get lucky. ‘Drunk Me’ was the only reason people started listening to me. It set rocket fuel to my career.”

Being the artist was never his plan. Playing in bands was Tenpenny’s first passion. When he was 13 years old, he was the drummer and screamer in a hard rock band with his friends. He wrote his first song around then, too, and while he describes the lyrics as ‘terrible,’ it made his mother cry happy tears. The song was country, had a catchy melody and she could understand the words. Her reaction triggered a shift in Tenpenny’s musical goals, and he started to write traditional-sounding country music songs. He continued to perform with his friends, but they went separate ways when the boys graduated high school.

Tenpenny headed to Lipscomb University to play football, then transferred to MTSU, where he shared a room with his best friend and fellow songwriter Brad Clawson. He planned to continue to play football, but his love of the game couldn’t compete with his passion for songwriting. He took a professional songwriting class at MTSU where the professor and his classmates took turns critiquing each other’s material. The course culminated with a performance at Bluebird Café – his first time on the famous stage. His grandmother, his mom and dad and all this mother’s friends came to the show.

“That was the first legitimate thing I got to do in the music industry,” he said.

After graduation, Tenpenny took a job in construction to pay the bills while working toward being a professional songwriter. Night after night, he sang his songs in bars and clubs, hoping that someone would want to record them. The feedback he received was consistent – he should record his songs instead of pitching them to other artists. One of those people, he said, was Craig Wiseman – Tenpenny’s favorite songwriter. Wiseman, known for writing hits including Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying,” offered to write with the young songwriter. The write took a year to happen, but Wiseman’s endorsement gave Tenpenny the confidence to keep pushing forward.

“I was like, ‘Okay, if this guy is coming up and saying that then maybe this is possible,” he said. “My career took off from there.”

Equipped with a catalog of hundreds of songs he’d written, Tenpenny signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV and scored several popular song cuts, including Granger Smith’s Top 10 hit, “If the Boot Fits.”

In 2017, he played a set during CMA Music Fest that attracted the attention of Sony Music Nashville. Label executives in the audience were intrigued by fans’ response to his “Alcohol You Later.” Within two weeks, they were in serious negotiations for the singer’s first major-label record deal. Sony was so sure of Tenpenny’s talent that they sent him on a radio tour to promote his debut single “Drunk Me” before the deal was finalized.

“It was crazy,” Tenpenny said of the chain of events. “You just never know who is in the crowd. The faith and trust that they had in me for them to just say, ‘Hey, we’ll get it all figured out, but we gotta go,’ was pretty awesome. I didn’t have a lot of time to think about it. It was like, ‘I’m going to be an artist.'”

Sony Music Nashville revealed Tenpenny’s signing – a joint venture between Tenpenny’s Riser House and Columbia Nashville – in early 2018. Powered by the success of “Drunk Me,” Tenpenny’s first album, “Telling All My Secrets,” came out at the end of the year and earned him the best first-week showing for any major label country debut LP of 2018.

“Drunk Me” was praised by the New York Times as one of the best songs of 2018, made history by achieving the highest entry for a new artist on Nielsen’s On Demand Audio Core Country Streaming chart, and has since amassed more than 500 million streams.

In 2019, he kept his momentum and earned a New Male Artist of the Year nomination at the ACM Awards and a nod for Breakthrough Video (“Drunk Me”) at the CMT Music Awards. He was the only country artist named one of Pandora’s 2019 Artists to Watch and was included on prestigious lists such as Music Row’s Next Big Thing and The Tennessean’s Next Nashville Stars.

He didn’t intend for there to be a nearly three-year gap between projects. But, just as it did for most people, 2020 put a glitch in Tenpenny’s plans. He wanted to capitalize on the success of “Drunk Me,” keep releasing new music and log plenty of time on the road introducing it to fans. Touring is a vital part of the success of new music, and since that wasn’t possible, he had to reevaluate.

He used the extra time to write songs, including many of the songs on “Midtown Diaries,” “At the End of a Bar,” and more he hopes to release later.

“A lot of life has happened in three years,” he said. “I’m a different person. Some of these songs, when we’re going back and listening to stuff, you gotta make sure that you’re still in that headspace. A lot of songs that I loved back then ended up not making it because I’m just not the same person I was when I wrote it. It was writing every day for almost three years and picking eight songs out of that.”

Since the pandemic prevented Tenpenny from testing new songs with audiences, he turned to TikTok to vet material for “Midtown Diaries.” “Truth About You,” the EP’s lead single, likely wouldn’t have made the project if it hadn’t gone viral on TikTok. He wrote the break-up song – a fervent, wounded mid-tempo wrapped in contemporary production – more than two years ago. He found “Truth About You” while reviewing older songs and tossed it on TikTok. Two-and-a-half million plays earned it a slot on the EP.

He wrote “Truth About You” with Thomas Archer and Matt Alderman.

“At that time in my life, I was like, ‘I know exactly how to write this song. I’ve lived it before,'” he said. “I’m not in that headspace anymore, but I want to write songs people can relate to and use for good. If it helps them through a break-up, that’s everything for me.”

Tenpenny released “Truth About You” to streaming services in July. Within days of its release, “Truth About You” was streamed more than 1.4 million times to make it the largest streaming debut of his career.

While “Truth About You” isn’t indicative of Tenpenny’s headspace – “I Can’t Love You Any More” is the singer to a tee. The song, written with HARDY and Schmidt, is a positive up-tempo love song inspired by his girlfriend.

The lyric is: “I can’t love you any more than I do right now.”

“It’s one of those classic country songs with the turn of phrase,” he explained. “I just wrote that song about looking at my girlfriend from across the room and the little things she does. I’m so glad it made the record because when I hear it, I see her.”

Tenpenny co-wrote “To Us It Did” with HARDY and Schmidt, too. A nostalgic, feel-good bop, the song explores the small moments that comprise the best memories.

“We just wrote about our lives growing up,” Tenpenny said. “It’s those moments where you’re talking back with your friends, and to you all, it means everything. But if you tell it to someone else, they don’t care. It was a lot of fun to kind of reflect back on those.”

Tenpenny debuted “Bucket List” at the beginning of the year. Written with Laura Veltz and Chris DeStefano about two years ago, “Bucket List” was inspired by fans’ connection to Tenpenny’s “Walk Like Him.” Tenpenny wanted to give listeners a song about loss that offered hope.

“It was perfect because it wasn’t too serious, and we could make the song hopeful about taking care of things right now,” he said.

Tenpenny is filled with hope right now. He’s thankful to be back on the road playing music again. He wants people to hear “Midtown Diaries,” and he’s optimistic that “At the End of a Bar” could be his first No. 1 hit as a songwriter for another artist, which is an item on his bucket list.

“Midtown Diaries” has a song for every emotion carefully crafted to marry country music’s love affair with lyrics with modern production tailor-made for country radio.

And Tenpenny’s mama definitely approves.

Tyler Braden
If ever there was a Country artist ready to set the world on fire, it would have to be Tyler Braden. He has the gritty powerhouse vocal, the expressive pen and the ability to deliver a lyric with complete conviction worthy of a headliner. Braden grew up in Slapout, AL, with parents who fostered an early appreciation for Country music, guitar-playing songwriters filling the airwaves, and a group of rock-loving friends. His early twenties saw him playing local shows and touring the Southeast while serving as a first responder in Montgomery, AL, and then continued firefighting in the suburbs of Nashville while preparing to take his music career to the next level. With more than 85.5 MILLION streams already to his name and a growing list of major tour credits, he introduced himself to world as a major label recording artist with his take on NEEDTOBREATHE’s hit “Brother.” Praised for his “commanding delivery” (MusicRow), Braden offered the song as a tribute to his first responder family and all those fighting on the frontlines during the pandemic. To date, he’s earned massive fan response from original releases including “Love Is A Dead End Road,” “Secret," “What Do They Know,” "Ways To Miss You," and most recently “Try Losing One.” Braden’s Warner Music Nashville debut EP WHAT DO THEY KNOW (WDTK) is out now.

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