Nashville songwriter Jonny Fritz’s work ethic and boldness have paid off in spades. It’s been a big year for Jonny with opening stints for Alabama Shakes, Deer Tick, Dawes, Shooter Jennings and kudos from CMT and Rolling Stone, among many others. He’s signed a deal with indie label ATO Records (he actually signed the deal with gravy at Nashville landmark Arnold’s Country Kitchen), and his third full-length album, Dad Country, is set for release on April 16, 2013. Dad Country is also his first release under his real name Fritz with Jonny ditching the “Corndawg” moniker he’d carried since his early teens. Fans will recognize these songs from Fritz’s live shows; they’ve been road-tested and fine-tuned. He’s released the first single from the album, “Ain’t It Your Birthday” today at Paste Magazine; it’s available for download here.