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Christian Kane's "Let Me Go" Blazes to No. 1 on CMT.com

Country music‘s newest renegade Christian Kane (Bigger Picture Group) raised the temperatures on the already-hot summer with the release of the video for his sophomore single “Let Me Go.” The steamy, angst-ridden song coupled with Kane’s first-rate acting skills brings the song to life, and fans are eating it up. The Roman White-directed love story debuted on Friday, August 5 at No. 2 and quickly rose to No. 1 on CMT.com and remained there throughout the weekend, beating out country video heavy hitters and their co-stars, including Brad Paisley (featuring Carrie Underwood); Jason Aldean;  Kenny Chesney (featuring Grace Potter); and Miranda Lambert. “Have You Seen Christian Kane's New Video? Fans can't get enough of his sexy new video, 'Let Me Go,'" advocates CMT’s feature block.

The country power ballad from Kane’s rowdy, debut album, “The House Rules,” tells a vivid and relatable story of the challenges and surprises that come with being in love. “I believe this ballad speaks to everyone,” says Kane. “Women are always smarter than us, but we never listen…they seem to always know what's better for us than we do.”

Shot on location in the desert of East Lancaster, California, the video was directed by the legendary Roman White, whose credits include videos for Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Reba McEntire, Justin Bieber and Martina McBride, as well as the 2011 CMT Music Award for “Video of the Year” for Taylor Swift’s hit “Mine.” Passionate about storytelling, White has been nominated for 11 Emmy awards and has taken home three. White and Kane previously worked together on the 2007 Carrie Underwood video for “So Small.”

The video highlights the beautiful desert landscape of Southern California, which creates a distinctly vintage tone, while the moving lyrics coupled with Kane’s powerful narrative vocals create an effect that is simultaneously heartbreaking and hopeful. The visual response to the song hits all the right notes, depicting a couple very much in love, but on the brink of big changes.

“[Let Me Go”] is one of my favorite powerful songs on the album,” says Kane. “I never sing about stuff I don't know about. It's just not me.” While Kane’s acting credentials are second to none, it is clear that his performance in the video goes beyond acting.  “This one hits way close to home,” confirms Kane.

“Let Me Go” is holding strong on the fan-voted site, CMT.com, and Kane says he is grateful for the support of loya

Roman Candle: January Tour Dates with Alejandro Escovedo

Today Roman Candle announced new January tour dates in support of Alejandro Escovedo. The tour will take the Nashville-by-way-of-Chapel Hill band throughout the southeast, beginning January 15th at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC, and wrapping up January 23rd at Headliners in Louisville, KY.

Roman Candle's third album Oh Tall Tree in the Ear was released May 12th by Carnival Recording Company. Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus and Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, the smart, lyrical album is a loose meditation on the connection between music and longing, full of hooks and impassioned vocals (download album track "They Say" here). Oh Tall Tree... has been earning the band some of the best reviews of their young career, with USA Today declaring, "...These are simply witty, sturdily built and charming pop/rock tunes that owe their debt to Wilco, The Jayhawks, Ryan Adams, perhaps even My Morning Jacket. That's great company, and these songs should accompany you on summer road trips." Summer is over, but Roman Candle will continue to warm up and keep fans company on these winter dates...

Roman Candle tour dates with Alejandro Escovedo:

JAN. 15 ASHEVILLE, NC THE ORANGE PEEL

JAN. 16 VIRGINIA BEACH, VA JEWISH MOTHER

JAN. 17 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA JEFFERSON THEATRE

JAN. 19 KNOXVILLE, TN THE BIJOU

JAN. 21 BIRMINGHAM, AL WORKPLAY THEATER

JAN. 22 MEMPHIS, TN MINGLEWOOD HALL

JAN. 23 LOUISVILLE, KY HEADLINERS

At the core of Roman Candle are Skip (vocals, guitar), Logan (drums), and Timshel (Wurlitzer, Farfisa) Matheny - Skip and Logan are brothers; Skip and Timshel are married. Formed in Chapel Hill, NC, in 1998, the band released their debut album Says Pop on small indie Outlook in 2002 and quickly rose to prominence in the ever-burgeoning music scene of the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill Triangle, even catching the eye of Rolling Stone, who deemed them Chapel Hill's "darling" band on the rise. Roman Candle re-tooled the songs on Says Pop with the help of producer Chris Stamey (Yo La Tengo, REM, Whiskeytown) to create The Wee Hours Revue, and after some unfortunate turmoil with another would-be label, the album was picked up and released by V2 Records, eventually landing at #38 on Paste's Best 100 Albums of 2006 list. Sadly, V2 folded in 2007, but the band continued working and wrote Oh Tall Tree in the Ear while staying with friends in the English countryside outside of London. Roman Candle began recording the album themselves at their family studio in Wilkesboro, NC, and finished the album with the help of producer Jason Lehning in their adopted hometown of Nashville, TN, after signing with Carnival Recording Company