BILLY CURRINGTON'S DREAM COMES TRUE WITH LATEST SINGLE. (AUDIO)    7/24/14

Billy Currington has had quite a few dreams come true since he began his musical journey a number of years ago. One recent hope was that his current single, “We Are Tonight,” would go over really well live, and he says the song is going over better than he thought.

“‘We Are Tonight’ is going over so good live. It’s amazing. It’s everything I envisioned. When I heard the song, I was like, ‘Now there is an anthem for the live show.’ As I grew to know the song better and better, and of course when I finally recorded it, I just started envisioning everybody chanting the ‘We Are Tonight,’ and I was always hoping and praying that this was sure going to be a single,” says Billy. “People are singing it as loud as they can, probably louder than any song that I have right now. I don’t know if it’s just ‘cause it’s current and they’re hearing it a lot, but, boy, they’re singing it loud. So, the dream came true with the song ‘We Are Tonight.’”

“We Are Tonight” is poised to take over the top spot in the coming weeks.

He’s taking his songs – and his dreams – on the road. Next stop is Thursday (July 24th) in Noblesville, Indiana with Lady Antebellum.

AUDIO:Billy Currington (We Are Tonight live)
AUDIO: Billy Currington talks about his dreams for his latest single, “We Are Tonight.”

Billy Currington (We Are Tonight live) OC: …We Are Tonight. :52
“‘We Are Tonight’ is going over so good live. It’s amazing. It’s everything I envisioned. When I heard the song, I was like, ‘Now there is an anthem for the live show.’ As I grew to know the song better and better, and of course when I finally recorded it, I just started envisioning everybody chanting the ‘We Are Tonight,’ and I was always hoping and praying that this was sure going to be a single. So, I’m so thankful it was, because now when we’re playing it, I really cannot wait to get to that part of the show – it’s pretty late in the show that we play the song, but it makes for a big deal for us. I mean, people are singing it as loud as they can, probably louder than any song that I have right now. I don’t know if it’s just ‘cause it’s current and they’re hearing it a lot, but, boy, they’re singing it loud. So, the dream came true with the song ‘We Are Tonight.’”

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NEWS AND NOTES: Lady A, Darius, LBT, David, Dierks    7/24/14

Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley has teamed up with his brothers, musician Josh Kelley (“Georgia Clay,” “Amazing”) and construction worker John Kelley, for the first annual Kelley Brothers & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament and Concert. The event will take place October 27th near their hometown of Augusta, Georgia, beginning with a golf tournament at Champions Retreat Golf Club, followed by a Lady Antebellum & Friends concert that night at the Lady Antebellum Pavilion. Proceeds will benefit St Jude Children’s Hospital, The John W. Kelley M.D. Cardiovascular Endowment (in honor of their father) and other Augusta-based charities. For more information, go to TheKelleyBrothers.com.

Darius Rucker's rock band, Hootie & The Blowfish teamed up with Rock Brothers Brewing to launch a new beer, Hootie's Homegrown Ale. Five percent of sales will go to the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation to help education in their native South Carolina.

Football fans Darius Rucker, Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook, Florida Georgia Line and Chris Young are among the stars heading up fantasy football leagues this fall, and ACM Lifting Lives is giving you a chance to get in on the action. The Academy of Country Music has partnered with CBSSports.com for a new celebrity fantasy football sweepstakes. One $5 donation to ACM Lifting Lives is good for one entry into the sweepstakes. A few lucky winners will then be invited to join the games with country stars serving as league commissioners.

David Nail will be featured on CMT Hot 20 Countdown Saturday (July 26th) at 11am ET for their Summer Concert Series. Dierks Bentley will close out the series with a performance at the Bristol Motor Speedway September 6th. Kip Moore kicked off the series last Saturday.

 

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LUKE BRYAN HAS TEAMED UP WITH MILLER LITE TO FLY SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN TO CHICAGO FOR HIS STADIUM SHOW AT SOLDIER FIELD. (PRESS RELEASE)    7/24/14

Two originals are teaming up this summer to give current and former service men and women the chance to make their summer one to remember.

Miller Lite, the beer that invented the light beer category, and Luke Bryan, the 2013 Academy of Country Music "Entertainer of the Year," will award 45 Army and Air Force service men and women with an all-expense paid trip to Chicago to attend Bryan's "That's My Kind of Night" concert at Soldier Field August 31st. 

The summer text-to-win promotion will only be available in Army and Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) stores from May through August. With more than 450 locations nationwide, AAFES provides merchandise and services to veterans and service men and women at low prices. Profits are returned to the Army and Air Force to improve the quality of life for troops and to provide a dividend to support morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) programs such as family and recreation service centers.

"We are excited to give these incredible service men and women the chance to win a truly amazing experience with Luke Bryan and Miller Lite," said Ryan Reis, Miller Lite senior director. "It's an honor and privilege for Miller Lite to give back to the heroes in our armed forces."

Although summer can turn into Miller Time for beer drinkers nationwide, only consumers 21 or older who are veterans or current service men and women are eligible to text and win this VIP experience courtesy of Miller Lite.

For information on Bryan's "That's My Kind of Night" summer tour, visit LukeBryan.com. For more information and locations of AAFES stores nationwide, visit shop.aafes.com

Follow @MillerLite on Twitter and follow the conversation using #ItsMillerTime. For information about how to turn summer into Miller Time, visit www.MillerLite.com and www.Facebook.com/MillerLite.

 

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DAVID NAIL LEARNED TO HAVE THOUGHT-PROVOKING TITLES FOR HIS ALBUMS. (AUDIO)    7/24/14

These days, David Nail is as likely to be making music as he is to be listening to it…but when he was a kid, he was like a lot of us – waiting and watching for new music to arrive in stores so that he could make a purchase and take it home to enjoy. “We only had one record store, and that was WalMart,” the Missouri native recalls. “That was the only place you could get music where I grew up.”

At the time, David didn’t realize it, but his love of music was paving the way for his career as a recording artist. When new music appeared on the shelves, he wasn’t afraid to make a purchase even if he wasn’t necessarily familiar with the artist. “I bought so many CDs – or tapes at the time – just because there was nothing else to buy!” he admits. “That’s where I kind of got [that] the concept of a title became so important. And the packaging of the album, because I bought so many records based on that.”

The concept of an important or interesting title has worked well for David, since all of his album titles grab your attention, such as 2007's I'm About to Come Alive; 2011's The Sound of a Million Dreams and 2014's I'm a Fire.

David’s latest, I’m A Fire, features his current single, “Kiss You Tonight,” as well as his recent No. 1 hit, “Whatever She’s Got.”

AUDIO: David Nail recalls being a music lover as a kid…and buying whatever country albums he could afford and get his hands on!

David Nail (buying music as a kid in MO) OC: ...based on that. :36
“We only had one record store, and that was WalMart. That was the only place you could get music where I grew up. I didn’t know that records came out on Tuesday. I just assumed when someone wanted to release a record, they just – if it was a Thursday, it came out on Thursday. So I would go to WalMart every day, waiting for new music. And I bought so many CDs – or tapes at the time – just because there was nothing else to buy! So I was like, ‘Hey, I don’t really know this person or their music, but it’s in the country aisle and the CD looks pretty cool.’ There’s where I kind of got [that] the concept of a title became so important. And just the packaging of the album, because I bought so many records based on that.”

 

AUDIO:David Nail (buying music as a kid in MO)
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KEITH URBAN FOLLOWS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SOME GREAT GUITAR PLAYERS. (AUDIO)    7/24/14

We all know that Keith Urban knows how to handle a guitar…better than many, in fact. And his skill and success has no doubt helped inspire a new crop music talented axe-men, like Hunter Hayes and Frankie Ballard. But Keith’s the first to point out that he (and they) owe a huge debt to the guitar greats that inspired him – people like Chet Atkins, Glen Campbell and Jerry Reed. “We’re all part of the beautiful, long line of extraordinary guitar players,” he notes. “Steve Earle said it – it’s ‘Guitar Town.’ You really have to lift your game when you come to Nashville.” Though it may seem hard to believe after watching and hearing him play, Keith admits that he’s worked at his skills as a player – “No matter how good you think you are, you land in town and go, ‘Oooooh…I’ve got some work to do!’ That was definitely the case with me.”

Check out Keith’s trademark guitar work – along with his vocals and songwriting skills – on his latest hit, “Somewhere In My Car” from the album, Fuse. You can also catch his amazing guitar licks on the road, as he makes his way around the country on his Raise 'Em Up Tour.

AUDIO:Keith Urban (long line of guitar players)
AUDIO: Keith Urban says he and other current guitar slingers owe a debt to the country greats who came before them. 

Keith Urban (long line of guitar players) OC: ...we're all on. :36
“We’re all part of the beautiful, long line of extraordinary guitar players. I mean, Steve Earle said it – it’s ‘Guitar Town.’ You really have to lift your game when you come to Nashville. No matter how good you think you are, you land in town and go, ‘Oooooh. I’ve got some work to do!’ That was definitely the case with me. I couldn’t – well, I could believe what they were like, because I grew up listening to them all. I mean from Chet [Atkins] to Glen Campbell and…gosh – so many of them – Jerry Reed and the list goes on and on. Great, great, great pickers. And, I mean, Hunter [Hayes] and Frankie [Ballard] are walking the same road we’re all on.”

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ALAN JACKSON EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTING HIS 25-YEAR CAREER TO OPEN AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AUGUST 29TH. (PRESS RELEASE)    7/23/14
NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 23, 2014 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil an exhibit highlighting Alan Jackson’s 25-year career on August 29, 2014.Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country is slated to run through March 2015. Additionally, Jackson will be the museum’s next Artist-in-Residence, delivering unique, intimate performances later this year—making him the first artist to be the subject of a museum exhibit while serving as Artist-in-Residence.

“This exhibit will be a rare treat for museum visitors,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “Fans will recognize artifacts from milestone moments in Alan’s career, as well as items from his life away from the stage that are as personal as many of the songs he has penned over the years. This exhibit and his Artist-in-Residence shows this fall are not to be missed.”

The exhibit will give fans a deep look into Jackson’s career and personal life, showcasing awards, instruments, clothes, personal mementos, albums and music videos. Among the artifacts on display will be:  
  • The guitar he played on the CMA Awards when he debuted “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” just two months after the September 11th terrorist attacks and the nation’s response that inspired the song.  
  • The front of an old, red Ford pickup truck that served as Jackson’s first Fan Fair booth, before his sister and brother-in-law had it made into a desk.  
  • Items from Jackson’s collection of “Mayberry” memorabilia—a jacket, jersey and autographed picture from Don Knotts—from one of his favorite television shows, The Andy Griffith Show.  
  • Jackson’s first tricycle, childhood bike and scooter, evidence that his love of vehicles started early.  
  • Harley-Davidson motorcycle from the cover of the seminal album A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ’bout Love).  
  • The water ski Jackson rode, while wearing his trademark white cowboy hat, in the “Chattahoochee” music video.  
  • A collection of belt buckles from the Houston Rodeo—which Jackson has played more than 20 times.  
  • Handwritten manuscripts of classics like “Drive,” “First Love” (about his ’55 T-bird), “Livin’ on Love” and “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).”
  • Numerous music awards, a sailfish caught by Jackson and much more.    
In his 25-year career, Jackson has been steadfast in his love for traditional music while enjoying major chart success.  Since signing his record deal in June 1989, he has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling country artists of all-time. He has released more than 60 singles—registering 50 Top 10 hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard #1s).  He has earned more than 150 music industry awards—including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards.  He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture.  With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.

 

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SAM HUNT'S GIFTS WERE A NATURAL PROGRESSION. (AUDIO)    7/23/14

This summer, people are getting to know Sam Hunt thanks to the success of his debut hit, “Leave the Night On”…but the fact is, you likely already know Sam from his songwriting. Sam has co-written some of the biggest hits of the last couple of years, including Keith Urban’s “Cop Car,” Billy Currington’s latest, “We Are Tonight” and Kenny Chesney’s “Come Over." The Georgia native tells us his songwriting began after he bought and began teaching himself how to play guitar. “I started learning a few chords…learned a few country songs that I’d grown up listening to, and…then from there learned a few more chords,” Sam recalls. “From there, the progression simply continued – [I] expanded the songs that I knew how to play, and started singing. And then, as I learned a few songs and learned a few chords, from there I started writing.”

These days, you can find Sam headed for the Top 10…singing his own song, which he co-wrote.

AUDIO:Sam Hunt (learning to play guitar)
AUDIO: Sam Hunt recalls learning to play guitar…and how that led him to singing and, eventually, songwriting.

Sam Hunt (learning to play guitar) OC: ...started writing. :22
"Well, I got a guitar and immediately went home and learned – started learning – a few chords. [I] took that little bit of knowledge of the guitar that I had and went and learned, you know, a few country songs that I’d grown up listening to, and…then from there learned a few more chords…and sort of expanded the songs that I knew how to play, and…started singing. And then, as I learned a few songs and learned a few chords, from there I started writing.”

 

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JOEY HYDE 'GETS IT!' (AUDIO)    7/23/14

Have you heard newcomer Joey Hyde’s debut hit, “Get It On”? If you haven’t, well, you need to check it out. And don’t let the title give you any preconceived ideas – Joey’s the first to admit, the song comes with no pretense. “There’s no metaphors in it. We’re not hiding anything,” he says with a laugh. “This song’s about getting your friends together and drinking in the backyard.” Joey, who grew up in Michigan and moved to Nashville several years ago, wrote the song with a couple of his friends…and it sounds like he’s lived the lyrics. As he explains, it’s a simple as, “Back porch…fill up the cooler…when it’s gone, you go to bed.” Sounds like a good summertime strategy to us!

Joey’s currently working on his debut album; “Get It On” is the first release from that upcoming project.

AUDIO:Joey Hyde (Get It On)
AUDIO: Newcomer Joey Hyde talks about his debut hit, “Get It On.”

Joey Hyde (Get It On) OC: ...go to bed. [laughs] :13
“There’s no metaphors in it. We’re not hiding anything. This song’s about getting your friends together and drinking in the backyard. It’s pretty cut, pretty clear. Back porch…fill up the cooler…when it’s gone, you go to bed [laughs].”

 

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LADY A'S LADY TAKES CONTROL WITH LATEST SINGLE, 'BARTENDER.' (AUDIO)    7/21/14

Lady Antebellum’s latest hit, “Bartender,” is definitely striking a chord with fans – it’s already reached the Top 10 and is still climbing. You can count Lady A’s Hillary Scott among those who really like what the song is all about. “I love the fact that she (the woman in the song) is…taking control of her heartbreak,” Hillary says. “She’s going to go out with her friends and just have a night to just forget about what this dude just did to her…taking the reins a little bit of the situation, and just kind of getting over it.” Hillary had a hand is telling this story even before you heard it – she co-wrote “Bartender” along with bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood and songwriter Rodney Clawson.

“Bartender” is the first sample of what’s to come on Lady A’s new album, 747, which is being released on September 30th.

AUDIO:Lady A (Hillary on Bartender)
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott talks about the group’s latest hit, “Bartender.”

Lady A (Hillary on Bartender) OC: …fun way :29
“I love the fact that she’s not just…it’s not this song about her just…‘My heart’s been ripped out. I’m so sad. He broke my heart, He did me wrong.’ It’s like she’s taking control of her heartbreak and is, like…going out, going with her friends. It’s not about going and rebounding with some other guy. It’s like she’s going to go out with her friends and just have a night to just forget about what this dude just did to her. And I just – I love that, as a woman, kind of taking the reins of the situation, and just kind of getting over it. In a fun way.”

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DIERKS BENTLEY TRAVELS LIGHT. (AUDIO)    7/21/14

Dierks Bentley has spent his share of time on the road – whether “on a plane” or a tour bus. And after all these years of being a road warrior, he’s managed to boil down his absolute “must have” items to a pretty concise list. “You’ve got to have cold beer,” he says, and that means “You’ve got to have ice [and] you’ve got to have a red solo cup.” The rest of Dierks’ list is pretty basic – sunglasses and a trucker’s cap. Equipped with all that, he’s “good-to-go” and ready to bring his Riser Tour to a city near you!

Dierks’ latest hit from his Riser album – “Drunk On a Plane” – is rising toward the top of the charts, continuing its climb through the top 10 this week.

AUDIO:Dierks Bentley (must haves on the road)
AUDIO:  Dierks Bentley runs down a list of “must haves” that he can’t hit the road without. 

Dierks Bentley (must haves on the road) OC: …all I need. :09
“I’ve got some pretty normal ‘must haves.’ I mean, you’ve got to have cold beer…which means you’ve got to have ice. You’ve got to have a red solo cup. Sunglasses are good. Trucker hat. That’s all I need.”

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SHANIA TWAIN ANNOUNCES END OF HER TWO-YEAR RESIDENCY AT CAESARS PALACE IN LAS VEGAS. (PRESS RELEASE)    7/21/14

LAS VEGAS (July 21, 2014) – Not many performers have impacted Las Vegas quite like Shania Twain, including a ride down the famed Las Vegas Strip with a stampede of horses to bringing her legendary country-glamour to fans around the world, but today Shania announced the end of her two-year residency SHANIA: STILL THE ONE at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with the final show set for Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.

In addition to the just-announced final 16 performances, fans can catch SHANIA: STILL THE ONE at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace now through July 26, 2014.

“At the beginning of this amazing journey, through the rediscovery for my love of performing, I knew the stage would feel like home, but it turned out that Las Vegas itself became ‘home’," said Shania.  “Performing for fans who come from all over the world to see the show night-after-night warms my heart. I started the first international Shania Kids Can clubhouse in Las Vegas because I love this city, and my time here has given me more than anyone can ever know. I can’t thank Las Vegas enough.”

Shania will have performed close to 110 shows during the course of her two years at The Colosseum which began on Dec. 1, 2012.  Shania was also recently named “Best Resident Performer” in the Las Vegas Weekly’s annual “Best of Vegas 2014” issue. 
“Shania Twain truly is Still the One. Her greatest-hits show is glitz and glamor and heavily incorporates the audience. She’s active in the community... She’s everything one could ask for in a Strip headliner.”    – Las Vegas Weekly
SHANIA: STILL THE ONE is a concert celebration that takes fans on a spectacular journey through the various stages of Shania's life and career in an unforgettable evening filled with music, multi-sensory experiences, fashion and a few unexpected surprises.  Produced by AEG Live and directed by Raj Kapoor, the show also features creative expertise from Production Designer Michael Cotten, Costumier Marc Bouwer and Lighting Designer Peter Morse.
The spectacular, high-energy production is a compilation of Shania’s most celebrated hits including “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!,” “You’re Still The One,” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” and features a 13-piece band and six male dancers.  The high-tech production incorporates some unexpected surprises including multi-scent show projectors, a new 4D multisensory technology that has never been used before in a concert setting.  
Tickets for Oct. 8 through Dec. 13, 2014 are on sale now and include:  
Oct.:  8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25
Dec.:  6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13  
Tickets are currently on-sale for the below July performances: July: 22, 23, 25, 26
Prices range from $55 to $250, plus applicable fees, and may be purchased by calling 1-888-9-AXS-TIX  (1-888-929-7849), online at www.thecolosseum.com or www.axs.com, keyword “Shania Twain” and in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. PT. For groups of 10 or more, call 1-866-574-3851.  For additional show and ticket information, visit www.shaniainvegas.com orwww.thecolosseum.com or follow updates from The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Twitter @Colosseum@CP.    

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JOEY HYDE GIVES A LITTLE INSIGHT INTO HIS PERSONALITY. (VIDEO)    7/21/14

Joey Hyde just released his debut single, "Get It On," and he's traveling around the country performing it, along with several songs that will be included on his first Capitol Records album, due out next year. In the latest video installment of his get-to-know-Joey series, he gives you a little insight into his personality. Check it out below.

VIDEO:Joey talks Oreo O's
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