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.
Watch Strickland’s video for “We Don’t Sleep” here.
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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.
About Denny Strickland:
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 the memorable MusicRow CountryBreakout™ Chart hit “Swerve On,” and quickly became an “artist to watch.” Strickland has since opened for many of today’s biggest stars, including Maddie & Tae, Jamey Johnson, 3 Doors Down and The Kentucky Headhunters. Denny secured his first taste of international fame with his acoustic cover of Conway Twitty’s “I’d Love To Lay You Down,” which earned him a staggering four-weeks at #1 on the Hotdisc Chart. He has hosted the syndicated television show Country Fix, enjoyed sold-out shows during CMA Music Festival and played venues from intimate night clubs to arenas. His two acoustic video series (The Dive Sessions and The Cellar Sessions) have won both fan and critical acclaim. Denny is an accomplished guitarist, keyboardist and American Quarter Horse Association horseman.