DARIUS RUCKER ENLISTS HIS CHILDREN FOR NEW HOLIDAY ALBUM. (AUDIO)    10/24/14

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Darius Rucker gets you in the spirit with his first Christmas album, Home for the Holidays. The collection, produced by Frank Rogers, features a few special guests, including Sheryl Crow on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” as well as his children – Daniela Rose, Caroline and Jack – on the classic “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

“I asked ‘em, and they got so excited, so excited, and when they were in the studio, and every time they’d get it right, I’d go, ‘You guys, that was great.’ My son [Jack] would do the fist pump, ‘Yes!’ He was so excited,” says Darius. “It was great to have them on there. I beam with pride. I love my kids, and they’re awesome human beings, and just proud to have them on my record and proud to call them my kids.”

The 12-song collection includes two original songs he co-wrote – “Candy Cane Christmas” which was released in 2009, and “What God Wants for Christmas” which he co-wrote with his producer Frank and Monty Criswell.

Other songs on Home for the Holidays include “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” among others.

Darius is also climbing the country charts with his latest single, “Homegrown Honey.”

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Track List:
1.  "I’ll Be Home For Christmas"
2.  "White Christmas"
3.  "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow"
4.  "Winter Wonderland"
5.  "Please Come Home for Christmas"
6.  "What God Wants for Christmas" (written by Darius Rucker, Frank Rogers and Monty Criswell)
7.  "Baby, It’s Cold Outside" (featuring Sheryl Crow)
8.  "O Come, All Ye Faithful"
9.  "You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch"
10. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"
11. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
12. "Candy Cane Christmas" (written by Darius Rucker, Frank Rogers and Steve Leslie)

AUDIO:Darius Rucker (Grinch-kids)
AUDIO: Darius Rucker is set to release his first Christmas album, Home for the Holidays, on Monday (October 27th).

Darius Rucker (Grinch-kids) OC: …my kids. :28
“I talked to Frank [Rogers], my producer, and I was like, ‘I’d love to have my kids on this record.’ We were like, ‘Yeah, Mr. Grinch is perfect for that.’ And I asked ‘em, and they got so excited, so excited, and when they were in the studio, and every time they’d get it right, I’d go, ‘You guys, that was great.’ My son [Jack] would do the fist pump, ‘Yes!’ He was so excited. It was great to have them on there. I beam with pride. I love my kids, and they’re awesome human beings, and just proud to have them on my record and proud to call them my kids.”

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HALLOWEEN 2014: Billy, Brothers Osborne, Darius, David, Dierks, Easton, Eric, Jon, Kelleigh, Lady A, LBT, Luke, Scotty and more (AUDIO)    10/24/14

Halloween is Friday, and the holiday has some of your favorite country stars getting into costumes, and they also recall memories of Halloweens past.

AUDIO:Billy Currington (Halloween)
AUDIO: Billy Currington reminisces about his childhood Halloween memories.

Billy Currington (Halloween) OC: …Halloween. :17
“You know, when I was a kid, I loved the trick and the treat. I loved dressing up. I was always wanting to be Dracula. That was my favorite guy. But, of course, who doesn’t love going door-to-door and getting these buckets of candy? [laughs] So, love, love Halloween.”

AUDIO:Brothers Osborne (zombie costume)
AUDIO: Brothers Osborne’s TJ and John Osborne talk about dressing up like zombies for Halloween.

Brothers Osborne (zombie costume) OC: (John) …was so fun! :29
TJ: “Literally, you can dress up like a zombie and drag your foot behind you all day and make weird noises, and everyone finds that completely acceptable.” [laughs] JOHN: “One year I dressed up as a ‘90s redneck zombie with a mullet wig and an Alan Jackson denim coat. I never once broke character. That’s part of the thing -- you can actually not break character and get away with it. And everywhere I went, even when I ordered a drink, I ordered it like a zombie that was falling apart. [laughs] It was so fun!”

AUDIO:Brothers Osborne (carving pumpkins)
AUDIO: Brothers Osborne’s John Osborne talks about carving pumpkins with their dad when they were growing up.

Brothers Osborne (carving pumpkins) OC: …or something. :25
“With our dad every year, we would go looking for pumpkins, and we would all get our own pumpkin to carve, and he would buy the biggest pumpkin that they had. It was huge. I mean, it was way too big for any one person, but he would love carving. He’s kind of an artsy guy. He was a great drawer and stuff, and he would carve the most terrifying, vicious looking, scary pumpkin you’d ever seen in your life, and it would be massive. It would be like on a 50-pound pumpkin or something.”

AUDIO:Darius Rucker (Halloween)
AUDIO: Darius Rucker loves Halloween, especially because it’s his kids’ favorite holiday.


Darius (Halloween) OC: …I’m into. :06
“Halloween's big for me, because the kids love it. It's my kids' favorite holiday, so anything they're into, I'm into."

AUDIO:Darius Rucker (Halloween 2014)
AUDIO: Darius Rucker says he and his son Jack are still trying to figure out their Halloween costumes for trick-or-treating.

Darius Rucker (Halloween 2014) OC: …something cool. :22
“We’re talking about costumes. We have a couple of ideas. Still the greatest one we ever had was when I was, when he was Darth Vadar and I was Luke Skywalker, and we were walking around and he would look at everyone and go, ‘I’m his father.’ That was a very, very good one. But, we’re talking about a couple of things. We’re talking about Ninja Turtles or we’re talking about pro wrestlers, but nobody would know who we were. So, the Ninja Turtles are the winner right now, but we’ll come up with something cool.”

AUDIO:David Nail (favorite part of Halloween)
AUDIO: David Nail talks about his favorite part of Halloween.

David Nail (favorite part of Halloween) OC: …it better. :14

"My favorite thing about Halloween was just the excitement about picking out your costume and talking to your friends and fighting over if you're going to be this or if they stole the idea from you and if you can do the idea better."

AUDIO:David Nail (Halloween candy)
AUDIO: David Nail talks about Halloween candy.

David Nail (Halloween candy) OC: …neighborhood. :19
“My sister and I would always go out and hide in the trees and the bushes and scare the kids that would come up to our house, which was rare ‘cause we always had the crappiest candy ever. And when I can afford it, I’m gonna have the best dagum candy. I’m gonna blow everybody away. I’m gonna have a line. It’s gonna look like a George Strait meet-and-greet. It’ll be all the way around the neighborhood.”

AUDIO:Dierks Bentley (Halloween)
AUDIO: Dierks Bentley talks about the Halloweens of his childhood.

Dierks Bentley (Halloween) OC: … ...around home. [laughs]  :23
"Oh, when I was a kid, I was all into fireworks. Growing up in Arizona, we couldn't get 'em, so we'd have 'em shipped in illegally. I still remember the name of the guy we'd call. His name was Joe, and he'd bring in, ship 'em in a package with no writing on 'em. We were all about M-80s in the mailboxes and bottle rocket wars. To me, as a kid, Halloween was fireworks, was blowing up stuff around home. [laughs]"

[[9]AUDIO: Easton Corbin has never dressed up for Halloween as an adult, but one of his favorite costumes as a kid was made by his grandmother.

Easton Corbin (Halloween) OC: …pretty warm. :26
"My grandma made a werewolf outfit for me, and I wore that one year. She got this fake hair and glued it to sweatpants and a sweatshirt. That was a hot outfit. I mean, it got pretty warm."

AUDIO:Eric Church (Halloween)
AUDIO: The Outsiders’ Eric Church recalls his favorite Halloween costume.

Eric Church (Halloween) OC: …Franklin Street. 1:18
“My favorite Halloween costume  really came, I remember when I got a little older my first year of college, there’s this thing they do every year in Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Halloween on Franklin Street. We drove down from Boone, North Carolina. I had a bunch of friends that went to University of North Carolina, and we didn’t have costumes and didn’t realize until we were on the way that we had to have costumes. So, we stopped at a costume place in Greensboro, North Carolina. It’s Halloween, so there’s a run on everything and couldn’t find anything. And we end up getting sent around, driving  around town. We end up finding this hole in the wall place, but they had the full costume, Sesame Street outfits. The real deal. The real ones [with] feathers and fur. We were Elmo, Cookie Monster and I was Big Bird, and the Big Bird was the actual Big Bird. It’s about 7-foot-4, and yiou looked out of the body and then you had these straps that went on since the head was a lot higher. There’s a lot of beer involved in Franklin Street, so we get down there and as the night went on, my straps broke, so the head would pivot. And so, I would be walking one way and the head would be facing the other, and it just became this funny…I didn’t know the head was on backwards. I had no idea. I see out of the body, so I’m just kinda walking around and people were talking to my ass-end. [laughs] The whole time peiople’d come up and start talking and go, ‘Hey, turn around.’ And I’d turn around, and they’d go, ‘No turn around.’ It was a mess. That year, there was no other Big Bird on Franklin Street.”

AUDIO:Jon Pardi (Halloween)
AUDIO: Jon Pardi talks about his favorite Halloween costumes as a child.

Jon Pardi (Halloween) 1 OC: …the Superman. :15
“Man, I went through phases of costumes – the Superman costume, then it was a ninja, then I was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle one year. I remember rockin’ the Superman.”

AUDIO:Jon Pardi (Halloween candy)
AUDIO: Jon Pardi reveals his favorite Halloween candy.


Jon Pardi (Halloween candy) OC: …during Halloween. :06

“Man! The candy corn is pretty good, and that’s seasonal, so it only kinda pops out during Halloween.” 

AUDIO:Kelleigh Bannen (Halloween)
AUDIO: Kelleigh Bannen and her husband, Jeff, have two pugs – Rugby and Cabell – who they like to dress up for Halloween.


Kelleigh Bannen (Halloween) OC: …to say. :31
“Target is one of the best places to get dog costumes on the cheap. Last year, we had a landshark and a caterpillar [laughs], and they’ve been a bumblebee. And for me, it’s about that moment when the three to four-year-old child who’s walking around the neighborhood too realizes that your dog is also dressed like a pumpkin and so is he, and he loses his mind over it. So, it’s all about the comedic value for us with the dogs and the costumes. But I am that person, I’m embarrassed to say.”

AUDIO:Lady A (Dave Haywood costume memory)
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood recalls one of his most embarrassing Halloween costumes.


Lady A (Dave Haywood costume memory) OC: …50 feet. :20
“I was a die (1/2 of a pair of dice) for Halloween. I had a big cardboard box that I had painted white and had the polka dots and stuff. And I remember I was walking up this hill to go to this hill and literally fell back down the entire hill [laughter], rolling in this giant cardboard box that I couldn’t do anything about, because I rolled down about 50-feet.” 

AUDIO:LBT (Halloween 2014)
AUDIO: The members of Little Big Town talk about what they and their children are going to dress up as for Halloween.

LBT (Halloween 2014) OC: (Kimberly) …on costumes. :49
PHILLIP: “For our house, my daughter Penelopi, she wanted us to be a vampire family. I’ve got a Dracula thing, she’d have a cape; she’s got this beautiful dress with velvet, what is that velvet? [Dracula laugh; Kimberly laughs] JIMI: “Elijah thinks I’m putting on green tights as Peter Pan, but it ain’t happening.” KIMBERLY: “C’mon, Jimi.” KAREN: “Elijah’s gonna be Captain Hook, and he wants daddy to be Peter Pan.” JIMI: “Not happening. I’ll be Smee.” [LAUGHTER] KIMBERLY: “Karen should be Peter Pan. You should be Peter Pan, Karen, and Jimi can be Tinkerbell.” [LAUGHS] JIMI: “It’s getting worse.” KIMBERLY: “We’re gonna do the Frozen theme at our house.” JIMI: “Of course.” KIMBERLY: “My little girl [Daisy] is going to be Anna, she wants me to be Elsa, and she wants my husband to be Olaf.” JIMI: “Which one’s the cold, freezy one?” KIMBERLY: “Elsa. That’s going to me…a ha.” JIMI: “That’s you…” KIMBERLY: “I’m going to have to work on costumes.”

AUDIO:Luke Bryan (Halloween)
AUDIO: Luke Bryan says you can tell a lot about your neighbors from what kind of Halloween candy they hand out.


Luke Bryan (Halloween) OC: …your teeth. :21
“We’re looking forward to trick-or-treating, and doing it in our neighborhood. You can find out a lot about your neighbors by what kind of candy they put out. So, well, like full bars of Snickers bars, that’s what, and Reese’s cups, [but] the old chocolate popcorn ball of stuff, that’s no good either, like Dots – you get Dots one time of year and they pull your teeth.”

AUDIO:Scotty McCreery (Halloween candy)
AUDIO: Scotty McCreery talks about his favorite Halloween candy.

Scotty McCreery (Halloween candy) OC: …basket. :05
“My favorite candy is a Tootsie Roll. You cannot go wrong with Tootsie Rolls in the Halloween basket.”

AUDIO:Scotty McCreery (favorite costume and memory)
AUDIO: Scotty McCreery talks about his favorite childhood Halloween costume.

Scotty McCreery (favorite costume and memory) OC: …was happening. :19
“My favorite Halloween memory would have to be me in my gorilla costume running down the street chasing some little girl I was friends with. I knew her, but I was scaring her half to death. My favorite costume, though, would have to be my Elvis Presley costume. I think I was about 10 years old when that was happening.”

 

AUDIO:Easton Corbin (Halloween)
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HALLOWEEN LINERS 2014: Darius, David, Dierks, Church, Paslay, Kacey, Kelleigh, Lady A, Sam, Scotty    10/24/14

AUDIO:LINER Darius (Halloween)
LINER Darius Rucker (Halloween)
“Hey! What’s up, y’all? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a very Happy Halloween.” 

AUDIO:LINER David Nail (Halloween)
LINER David Nail (Halloween)
“Hey guys! It’s David Nail. Happy Halloween!”

AUDIO:LINER Dierks Bentley (Halloween)
LINER Dierks Bentley (Halloween)
“Hey! It’s Dierks Bentley, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

AUDIO:LINER Eric Church (Halloween)
LINER Eric Church (Halloween)
“Hey! This is Eric Church, wishing you a very Happy Halloween.”

AUDIO:LINER Eric Paslay (Halloween)
LINER Eric Paslay (Halloween)
“Hey! This is Eric Paslay, wishing you a very Happy Halloween.”

AUDIO:LINER Kacey Musgraves (Halloween)
LINER Kacey Musgraves (Halloween)

"Hey! It's Kacey Musgraves, and I hope you have a Happy Halloween."

AUDIO:LINER Kelleigh Bannen (Halloween)
LINER Kelleigh Bannen (Halloween)
"Hey! This is Kelleigh Bannen, wishing you a very scary and Happy Halloween."

AUDIO:LINER Lady A (Halloween)
LINER Lady A (Halloween)

"Hey everybody! We are Lady Antebellum. Have a safe and Happy Halloween."

AUDIO:LINER Sam Hunt (Halloween)
LINER Sam Hunt (Halloween)
Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt. Happy Halloween!”

AUDIO:LINER Scotty McCreery (Halloween)
LINER Scotty McCreery (Halloween)
“Hey! This is Scotty McCreery. Have a safe and Happy Halloween.”

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ALAN JACKSON PERFORMED SECOND OF TWO SOLD-OUT SHOWS AT COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME. (PRESS RELEASE)    

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., October 23, 2014 – Alan Jackson stepped on to the stage of the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum last night to play his last of two sold-out Artist-In-Residence performances. Jackson’s residency coincides with the new exhibition Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country, running through March 2015, making him the first simultaneous artist-in-residence and major museum exhibit subject.

Jackson humbly referred to the residency honor, saying, “The Hall of Fame was so nice to do this exhibit and to make me an artist-in-residence. It’s a great honor. This place has all that history in there, and all those great artists.”

Then, cracking a smile, he added, “But the residence thing, I’m not sure I understand what that means. I haven’t seen my room yet.”
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Kyle Young, director of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, noted in his introductory remarks, “Alan has embraced the idea that the artist-in-residence series is about stepping outside the familiar.” 

Alan Jackson ditched his normal set list for the second concert of two concerts as the 2014 artist-in-residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Instead, he took the sold-out crowd on a journey through his career reminiscing about his family, his roots in Newnan, Georgia, his early years in Nashville, and his climb to stardom—just as he had at the first artist-in-residence concert two weeks earlier.

The performance, opening with “Gone Country,” featured thirty songs and clocked in at two hours and twenty minutes. Jackson performed part of the John Conlee classic “Rose Colored Glasses,” indicating to the crowd that was the first song he ever played on stage after arriving in Nashville. He went on to perform songs he doesn’t play very often including “I’d Love You All Over Again,” from his double-platinum debut album Here In The World.  The award-winning songwriter also performed many of his 35 number one hits including “Wanted,” “Midnight In Montgomery,” “Here In The Real World,” “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” “Remember When,” “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” and “Chattahoochie” and more.

Jackson took advantage of playing the intimate theater, where the crowd count was in three figures, as opposed to his usual audience of tens of thousands. He sat on his stool as he spun folksy tales about his parents, his wife Denise (who was in attendance), and other family members.

Jackson noted that he and Denise will celebrate their thirty-fifth anniversary in 2014. He regularly credited his wife for supporting the couple in the years when the singer-songwriter struggled to get established as a country music artist.

Jackson left the stage and came back for an encore and surprised, not only the fans in attendance but his own band and wife Denise coming out dressed as retro Alan Jackson from 25 years ago. The crowd was on their feet as “retro” Alan circled the stage signing autographs for the fans before launching in to more hits “Mercury Blues,” “Dixie Highway,” and he ended the special night sitting down on a stool to perform an emotional song he wrote for a close family friend who passed away “Sissy’s Song.”

Established in 2003, the museum’s artist-in-residence program annually honors a musical master who can be credited with contributing a large and significant body of work to the canon of American popular music.  Honorees are given the stage as a blank canvas and are encouraged to lend their own creative brushstrokes to an up-close-and-personal musical experience. Previous artist-in-residence honorees include Cowboy Jack Clement, Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Connie Smith, Kenny Rogers, and Ricky Skaggs

Jackson has earned his place in such stellar company. Since signing his record deal in June 1989, he has sold nearly sixty million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the ten best-selling country artists of all-time. He has registered fifty Top Ten hits and won eighteen Academy of Country Music awards, sixteen 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 TRAVELS TO 'MONTEVALLO' FOR HIS DEBUT ALBUM. (AUDIO)    10/23/14

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There are just a few days before Sam Hunt releases his debut album, Montevallo, to the world, and it features his soon-to-be chart-topping hit, “Leave the Night On,” plus nine other songs he co-wrote. The title of the album is pretty unusual, and he tells us it’s the name of a little town in Alabama.

Montevallo is the name of a town south of Birmingham, about 20-30 minutes. I had never spent any time there, but went to school for several years in Birmingham and met a girl from Montevallo just as I was leaving to head to Nashville,” says Sam. “Over the course of the next several years as I was on this journey musically, figuring out the songwriting thing and doing all the things that led up to this moment, I was writing songs that were inspired by the experiences I was living, and the girl from Montevallo had a lot to do with that and a lot of influence came from her and came from experiences in that town, came from other people in that town. It’s just a word that when I see it or when I hear someone else say it, it has a whole new emotion attached to it, than when I first left Birmingham, and that’s the same emotion that I get when I read the track listing on the record.”

Sam moved to Birmingham from his native Georgia to attend school before moving to Nashville to pursue his musical career. He’s currently out on the road with Kip Moore on the CMT On Tour: Up in Smoke trek.

AUDIO:Sam Hunt (Montevallo album title) 1
AUDIO: Sam Hunt explains where he got the title for his debut album, Montevallo.

Sam Hunt (Montevallo title) 1 OC: …tap into. 1:07
Montevallo is the name of a town south of Birmingham, about 20-30 minutes. I had never spent any time there, but went to school for several years in Birmingham and met a girl from Montevallo just as I was leaving to head to Nashville. Over the course of the next several years as I was on this journey musically, figuring out the songwriting thing and doing all the things that led up to this moment, I was writing songs that were inspired by the experiences I was living, and the girl from Montevallo had a lot to do with that and a lot of influence came from her and came from experiences in that town, came from other people in that town. It’s just a word that when I see it or when I hear someone else say it, it has a whole new emotion attached to it, than when I first left Birmingham, and that’s the same emotion that I get when I read the track listing on the record. So, there’s just a connection between all those songs and the album title personally. Hopefully, even though people might not be aware of that story, there’s just somehow subliminally, there’s a connection there that they’re able to tap into.”

AUDIO:LINER Sam Hunt (debut album is available next week)
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LITTLE BIG TOWN TURN THE LIGHTS ON FOR THEIR NEW ALBUM. (AUDIO)    10/23/14

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Little Big Town released their album, Pain Killer, this week. Anchored by their current Top 10 hit, “Day Drinking,” the album boasts several key life-affirming tracks, including “Quit Breaking Up With Me,” the title track, “Girl Crush” and “Turn the Lights On,” which the band can certainly identify with and even use to help other artists who have given up.

“We were talking about when you’re chasing something that you want to do as an artist, and you get knocked down or you’re gonna get rejected, you have to decide what you’re gonna do at that moment,” explains LBT’s Karen Fairchild. “You’re either gonna pick yourself up and be a better artist, better person, or you’re just gonna lie down and take it and just go away. We see it happen all the time. So many talented people come to Nashville and some quit, and they might be the best singers and songwriters and they just give up, because they get knocked down a couple of times.”

If Little Big Town had done that when they lost a record deal…or three…it would have been a very sad day in Nashville to not hear these four voices blend and soar as they were born to do.

Little Big Town, who is nominated for CMA Vocal Group of the Year, will sing the National Anthem at Game 3 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals on Friday (October 24th) beginning at 8pm ET on FOX.

AUDIO:LBT (Turn the Lights On) 2
AUDIO: Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild talks about the inspiration behind the song, “Turn the Lights On.”

LBT (Turn the Lights On) 2 OC: …that song. :47
KAREN: “We were talking about when you’re chasing something that you want to do as an artist, and you get knocked down or you’re gonna get rejected, you have to decide what you’re gonna do at that moment. You’re either gonna pick yourself up and be a better artist, better person, or you’re just gonna lie down and take it and just go away. We see it happen all the time. So many talented people come to Nashville and some quit, and they might be the best singers and songwriters and they just give up, because they get knocked down a couple of times. And we were talking about that…that was kind of the inspiration behind the lyrical content of that song.”

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NEWS AND NOTES: Little Big Town, Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban    10/23/14

The members of Little Big Town are on the West Coast set to perform the National Anthem prior to Game 3 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals on Friday (October 24th). The game and performance will be broadcast live beginning at 8pm ET on FOX.

Alan Jackson has been added to the list of performers at this year’s CMA Country Christmas TV special. He’s joined by Brad Paisley and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler on the show, which airs December 1st on ABC. Previously announced performers include Jennifer Nettles (also hosting the show), Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes and Sara Evans. The show will be taped November 7th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, and tickets are still available through Ticketmaster.


Luke Bryan and Keith Urban will be honored as two of CMT’s Artists of the Year. They’re joined by Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert during the 90-minute special that promises star-studded performances, honoring each artist’s success over the past year. The show will be broadcast live from Nashville on December 2nd at 8pm ET.

 

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LADY ANTEBELLUM WENT 'FREESTYLIN'' ON THE ELLEN DeGENERES SHOW. (VIDEO LINK)    10/22/14

The members of Lady Antebellum stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to perform their new single, "Freestyle," and while they were there, they played parts in the first episode of a new skit series with Ellen DeGeneres and actor Bill Murray called "The Mattress Firm." Go to EllenTV.com to watch it. 

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LUKE BRYAN WILL RELEASE A NEW SINGLE, WRAP HIS HUGELY SUCCESSFUL TOUR AND BE FEATURED ON THURSDAY'S EDITION OF ABC'S NIGHTLINE. (PRESS RELEASE)    10/22/14

 

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NASHVILLE - (October 22, 2014) – Luke Bryan will celebrate the wrap of his critically acclaimed “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” and the release of a new single from his CMA-nominated album Crash My Party in the next ten days.  Luke’s 2014 10-month tour will come to a close this weekend wrapping with four sold-out shows including the Hollywood Bowl and The Forum in Los Angeles.  On November 3rd, a sixth single, “I See You,” from Crash My Party will go to country radio.  The song was written by Luke, Luke Laird and Ashley Gorley.
 
In additional tour news, ABC’s Nightline was on hand for Luke’s stadium show at Chicago’s Soldier Field in August and in Knoxville earlier this month for his “Farm Tour” concert.  In the episode, Nightline correspondent Gloria Riviera takes an in depth look on Luke as an entertainer.  The story airs Thursday, Oct. 23rd.
 
Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke has sold just over 6.6 million albums, 26.4 million digital tracks from his four studio albums and placed 11 singles at No. 1.  Luke’s recent No. 1 single “Roller Coaster” is the from his Crash My Party album, which has sold over two million copies with 8.1 million digital downloads and was the best-selling country album in 2013.  The album contains four additional No. 1 hits including “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Crash My Party,” “Drink A Beer,” and “Play It Again.”  Luke made Billboard chart history earlier this year by reaching the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart with “Play It Again” and “This Is How We Roll” with Florida Georgia Line claiming the No. 2 spot.  Luke becomes the first artist to ever hold the two top positions since the chart began in 1990.
 
Luke will perform on the upcoming “48th Annual CMA Awards” on Wed., Nov. 5 and is nominated for three CMA Awards, Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year for Crash My Party­.
 
The 2015 winter leg of Luke’s “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” launches in February with guests Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch.  Live Nation is the national tour promoter for the 2015 “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” and Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is sponsoring the tour.  Citi is the official credit card of the “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” with Citi cardmembers having access to presale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass Program.  For complete presale details visitwww.citiprivatepass.com

 

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LADY ANTEBELLUM TAKES THEIR 747 TO THE WEST COAST FOR ELLEN, HOLLYWOOD BOWL AND MORE. (PRESS RELEASE)    10/21/14

Nashville, TN – Oct. 21, 2014 – Lady Antebellum is navigating their way to the west coast this week, starting with a performance of their brand new single “Freestyle” tomorrow on The Ellen Degeneres Show (check your local listings).  Friday (10/24), the group will represent country music at CBS Radio’s annual “We Can Survive” concert at the Hollywood Bowl alongside Pharrell, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Paramore, Sia, Taylor Swift and Gwen Stefani.  

“Freestyle” is the latest single off the group’s recently released fifth studio album 747. The new album has already spawned the PLATINUM certified multi-week chart-topping lead single, “Bartender” and follows over 11 million albums sold worldwide, nine trips to No. one on the country radio charts, six Platinum singles and seven GRAMMY awards. The trio is currently nominated for “Vocal Group Of The Year” and “Music Video Of The Year” for “Bartender” for the upcoming 48th Annual CMA Awards set to air Nov. 5th on ABC. For a full list of appearances, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

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KEITH URBAN GIVES AN UPDATE ON AMERICAN IDOL AUDITIONS. (AUDIO)    10/20/14

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Keith Urban is back as a judge for his third season of American Idol, which begins airing after the first of the year. He, along with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Ryan Seacrest (as host), are currently crisscrossing the country for the audition process. Last year’s judges’ panel seemed to really click and they all became friends, and Keith says it feels like no time has passed since they were behind the desks. The “Somewhere in My Car” singer has also noticed some great talent coming through this year.

“This season, I think we’re finding some really strong talent,” says Keith. “It’s all [in] the journey. You find these diamonds in the rough, or sometimes you just find straight-out [snaps] diamonds, and I love watching the journey of them.”

Keith is nominated for four CMA Awards this year, including Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album of the Year for Fuse and Musical Event of the Year for “We Were Us” with Miranda Lambert. The 48th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 4th at 8pm ET

AUDIO:Keith Urban (American Idol auditions 2014)
AUDIO: Keith Urban gives us an update on this year’s talent that is coming through the audition process of American Idol.

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“Well, it felt like we never stopped. I think when we first met here in Nashville, and I hadn’t seen Harry or Jen and Ryan for a month, I guess. It felt like no time had passed at all, and boom, we’re back behind the desk and people are singing in front of us, and it was like, ‘Whoa! What the…’ It’s so fluid working with them, working with all of them. And this season, I think we’re finding some really strong talent. So, I think it’s, it’s all [in] the journey. You find these diamonds-in-the-rough, or sometimes you just find straight-out [snaps] diamonds, and I love watching the journey of them, and then looking their audition tapes a few months down the track, going, ‘What the hell was I wearing? What was I thinking?’ Those are great moments.”

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KIP MOORE STORMS SOLD-OUT RYMAN AUDITORIUM SHOW. (PRESS RELEASE)    10/20/14

 

NASHVILLE, TN - October 20, 2014 - CMA "New Artist Of The Year" nominee Kip Moore's CMT On Tour: Up In Smoke lit up a packed house at the historic Ryman Auditorium this past Friday.  With fans and industry in attendance, Moore thrilled the audience playing a searing set list that included "a slew of hits" (Tennessean) and a rousing encore with surprise guest Jewel capping off the night.

The show was one of three sold-out dates this weekend including stops in Chattanooga, TN and Charlotte, NC.  As Moore continues "carving his own niche in country music..." (Chicago Sun Times), the tour will pick back up this weekend with stops in Tulsa, OK (10/23), Ft Worth, TX (10/24) and Helotes, TX (10/25.)  For a full list of dates and ticket information, please visit www.kipmoore.net
Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes

 

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