CANAAN SMITH SHOOTS STRAIGHT ON WHAT HE WANTS IN HIS LATEST SINGLE. (AUDIO)    10/30/14

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Canaan Smith is a guy’s guy, but one who crafts beautiful songs about life, loss and love. When it’s his latest single, “Love You Like That,” the message is also literal and straight-forward, which women find very sexy.

“I just love how the song is about loving your woman long and strong,” says Canaan. “It’s kind of a tough guy’s perspective on how he’s gonna love his woman and treat her.”

Canaan is currently putting the finishing touches on his album, due out next year.

AUDIO:Canaan Smith (Love You Like That) 2
AUDIO: Canaan Smith says he loves the message of his current single, “Love You Like That.”

Canaan Smith (Love You Like That) 2 OC: …let’s do this. :16
“I just love how the song is about loving your woman long and strong. It’s kind of a tough guy’s perspective on how he’s gonna love his woman and treat her. It’s more of like, take you out in the country. I’m a man. You’re my woman. Let’s do this.”

AUDIO:LINER Canaan Smith (Love You Like That)
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SAM HUNT CAREFULLY CHOSE SONGS FOR DEBUT ALBUM, MONTEVALLO. (AUDIO)    10/30/14

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Sam Hunt released his debut album, Montevallo, this week, and he chose the songs on it very carefully as it related to his life, and how they were slightly different from each other.

“These 10 songs were the songs that I absolutely HAD to put on the record. I didn’t want to overwhelm people with a ton of songs. I wanted them to really digest these songs,” says Sam. “You only get one first album, and these are the songs I feel like best represented the era of writing my first album. Every song is a little bit different. The other songs that I have would have been a slight version of something that’s already on the record, so I wanted to keep it unique in that way.”

The first single from Montevallo, “Leave the Night On,” is poised to top the country charts next week.

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AUDIO: Sam Hunt talks about his song choices for his debut album, Montevallo.

Sam Hunt (song choices) OC: …in that way. :52
“I had about 14 or 15 songs ready when I went to make the record. I couldn’t decide, after the first 10, I couldn’t decide what to pick. So, at the end of the day, these 10 songs were the songs that I absolutely HAD to put on the record. I didn’t want to overwhelm people with a ton of songs. I wanted them to really digest these songs especially. So, I just stuck with 10. I don’t know what plans will be in the future as far as putting out new music, but hopefully I’ll be able to put out music sooner than later, because I want to continue to write and I do have songs that folks haven’t heard. You only get one first album, and these are the songs I feel like best represented the era of writing my first album. Every song is a little bit different. The other songs that I have would have been a slight version of something that’s already on the record, so I wanted to keep it unique in that way.”

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KEITH URBAN WILL PERFORM ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA NEXT WEDNESDAY. (NEWS)    10/30/14

Keith Urban will perform a free concert in Nashville next week as part of ABC’s Good Morning America. The free show will take place on the plaza at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday (November 5th). The appearance is part of the celebration leading up to the 48th Annual CMA Awards.

Keith, whose single “Somewhere in My Car” is scaling the country charts, is nominated for several awards, including Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as Album of the Year for Fuse and Music Event of the Year for “We Were Us” with Miranda Lambert.

The 48th Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena next Wednesday (November 5th) at 8pm ET on ABC.

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LUKE BRYAN ANNOUNCES NEW CLOTHING LINE WITH CABELA'S.     10/30/14

Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, in partnership with country music star Luke Bryan, announced the superstar’s new 32 Bridge clothing line debuting exclusively at Cabela’s on Saturday, November 1st. The 32 Bridge product offering will consist of men’s and women’s apparel, including short-sleeve T-shirts, long-sleeve T-shirts and caps.

As part of an ongoing partnership, Cabela’s and Bryan collaborated to design and create the 32 Bridge line to offer products that will appeal to country music fans and outdoor enthusiasts.  

Luke drew inspiration for the new clothing line from his childhood home and passion for the outdoors. The name, 32 Bridge, is derived from a bridge in Georgia that crosses over the Flint River and marks the line between Worth and Lee counties. This is the area where Luke was raised and where he developed a passion for the outdoors, learning to fish and hunt with his family and friends.

The 32 Bridge clothing line will be offered exclusively at select Cabela’s retail stores, online at www.cabelas.com and by phone at (800) 237-4444.

Luke wrapped up his That’s My Kind of Night Tour last weekend, and next week, he’ll be at the CMA Awards, where he’s nominated for Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as Album of the Year for Crash My Party.

 

VIDEO:It's in My Nature -- Luke Bryan Pays it Forward
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LADY ANTEBELLUM CELEBRATE THE CHART-TOPPING SUCCESS OF BARTENDER. (AUDIO)    10/29/14

Lady Antebellum threw a costume party at a new Nashville hotspot, City Winery, to celebrate the recent No. 1 success of their single “Bartender” in Nashville on Wednesday (October 29th). After speaking with the media, the trio donned some alcohol-inspired costumes and performed their chart-topping hit, along with co-writer Rodney Clawson.

“We thought with the No. 1 party being so close to Halloween, we might as well keep it loose and fun,” says Lady A’s Hillary Scott. “We’ve been known to dress up when we’ve had shows on Halloween anyway. Charles was Ronnie Dunn, Dave was Kix Brooks (Brooks & Dunn) and I was Reba one year, so we love to have fun with that.”

Adds Dave Haywood, ““It’s close to Halloween, and it’s a bar themed day, so we thought a couple alcohol-inspired costumes for this year for us.”

Lady A has stormed the country charts with their latest single, “Freestyle.,” and just released the video for the tune on Wednesday.

You can catch Lady Antebellum performing during next week’s CMA Awards, where they’re up for Vocal Group of the Year and Music Video of the Year for “Bartender.”

AUDIO:Lady A (Bartender #1 party)
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum attended a costume-inspired No. 1 party for their recent hit, “Bartender.”

Lady A (Bartender #1 party) OC: (DAVE) …for us. :31
HILLARY: “We thought with the No. 1 party being so close to Halloween, we might as well keep it loose and fun. We’ve been known to dress up when we’ve had shows on Halloween anyway. Charles was Ronnie Dunn, Dave was Kix Brooks (Brooks & Dunn) and I was Reba one year, so we love to have fun with that. My little girl is a pig. She looks awesome. She looks awesome.” [laugh] DAVE: “Costume.” CHARLES: “Her costume is pretty awesome.” DAVE: “It’s close to Halloween, and it’s a bar-themed day, so we thought a couple alcohol-inspired costumes for this year for us.”

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AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott says the band felt very encouraged after “Bartender” went to No. 1.

Lady A (Bartender #1) 2 OC: …for sure. :23
"This one for sure we were so excited about it, it was the first time we'd ever written with Rodney our co-writer and it was, I don't know I think after you know taking a little bit of a break coming back with playing a tour, going out on tour writing on that tour and then having the first single just do so well it was just a big pat on the back I think and encouragement that we were headed in the right direction for the rest of the record. So, this one is very sweet for sure."

 

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BILLY CURRINGTON RELEASES HIS LATEST SINGLE 'DON'T IT.' (PRESS RELEASE)    10/29/14

Nashville, Tenn. (October 29, 2014) – Mercury Records recording artist Billy Currington has released the lead single “Don’t It” from his forthcoming sixth studio album. The sultry good-time groove is available at Country radio and all digital retailers now. Written by the hit-making trio of Ashley Gorley, Jaren Johnston and Ross Copperman, “Don’t It” offers an exciting preview of Currington’s highly-anticipated new project with GRAMMY-nominated producer Dann Huff.
 
“I’m excited to give fans a taste of my new album with “Don’t It”. This song was one of the first I cut and the sound really guides the direction of the new project,” shares Currington. “Next Spring, I’ll hit the road with new music and look forward to playing it live!”
 
The Georgia-native recently celebrated his ninth No. 1 hit with the title track anthem to his latest album “We Are Tonight.” Currington is a GRAMMY-nominated and platinum selling artist whose series of chart-toppers include “Don’t,” “Good Directions,” “Let Me Down Easy,” “Must Be Doin’ Something Right,” “People Are Crazy,” “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer,” “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” “Hey Girl,” and “We Are Tonight.”
 
For more information on Billy Currington, visit: www.BillyCurrington.com

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NEWS AND NOTES: Sam, Dierks, Luke, Kip    10/29/14

Sam Hunt will perform on ABC’s Live With Kelly and Michael on Thursday (October 30th). Check your local listings for times.

Dierks Bentley appeared on NBC’s Today Show to announce what’s being touted as the first-ever country music festival in New York City. FarmBorough is set to take place on Randall's Island June 26th-28th, 2015 and will feature Dierks, Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley as headliners. Kip Moore, Brandy Clark, Maddie & Tae, Randy Houser, Ashley Moore, The Cadillac Three and Dwight Yoakam will also perform. More acts will be announced in the coming months. Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 6th. For more information and pricing information, visit: www.farmboroughfestival.com.  

Kip Moore was honored by his alma mater, Valdosta State University in Georgia recently. He was among those receiving this year’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award, according to ABC News Radio. Kip is up for another award – New Artist of the Year – at this year’s CMA Awards, which will be handed out next Wednesday (November 5th) at 8pm ET on ABC.

 

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LADY ANTEBELLUM RELEASE THE FREESTYLIN' 'FREESTYLE' VIDEO. (VIDEO)    10/29/14

Lady Antebellum released the video for their hit, "Freestyle," on Wednesday (October 29th). It's the latest single from their new album, 747.

Lady Antebellum is up for Vocal Group of the Year and Music Video of the Year for "Bartender" at this year's CMA Awards, which will be broadcast live next week (November 5th) from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena at 8pm ET on ABC. 

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LUKE BRYAN ACHIEVES BEST TOURING YEAR OF HIS CAREER! (PRESS RELEASE)    10/29/14

Nashville- (October 29, 2014) – Luke Bryan achieved the best touring year of his career in 2014 with 1.7 million fans attending his concerts.  Over the weekend, he wrapped his 77-city “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” playing before 1.2 million fans.  This past March 230,000 fans attended his two Spring Break concerts in Panama City Beach, Florida and during the “Farm Tour” this fall another 110,000 gathered for that eight-city run while an additional 160,000 attended additional fairs & festivals Luke headlined.  This brings Luke’s headline concert attendance to a grand total of 1.7 million fans in 2014, a career best!
 
“We have enjoyed seizing the moments every day on this tour,” shared Luke. “We’ve played all types of shows this year. It’s just as exciting to play for smaller capacity crowds during a 2-day run in the very northern point of Canada as it is to 60,000 screaming fans at the stadiums shows or for the beach crowds at Spring Break, or to the first time fan who may have never been to a concert until the ‘Farm Tour’ came to their small rural community.  I am so grateful to everyone on my team from my road crew to my fans that have made this year so amazing!  I’m having the time of my life.”
 
Highlights from the “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” include four sold-out stadium shows where a combined 225,000 people attended.  Luke set an all-time country record for sold tickets at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh and at Soldier Field in Chicago.  He sold-out two shows in New York City’s Madison Square Garden and became the first country artist to play Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.  The tour had double plays in eleven cities and broke numerous venue attendance records along the way.
 
The Washington Post claimed, “Bryan displayed over-the-top, full-force energy during his Friday night show at Jiffy Lube Live. His infectious everyman persona appeals to a huge swath of the young country audience: the ladies along with the party bros who have their arms slung around those ladies.”  The Minneapolis Star Tribune said, “In the spirit of the Oscars, we’d like to present these prizes for Bryan’s show: Best entrance at a country concert by an artist/Best dance moves by a male in the history of country music/Best staging of a country concert this year.”   “The massive production of video screens, fire, moving lighting and a giant mid-rink circle stage where the cheap seats became top ducats for a time, would make KISS blush,” said The Calgary Sun. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shared, “Bryan is the biggest star in country right now.  His incredibly animated set Saturday, and a crowd on its feet and singing all night long, left no doubt of that.  But as cool and confident as Bryan looked, he never seemed calculated.” 
 
The Detroit News touted, “Bryan is a crowd-pleaser and a good-time guy.  (He) has been at this long enough that he’s a confident showman with a fun, laid-back on-stage demeanor. Bryan got a few chances to improvise and in those moments he shined.”  “His songs may be rich in country themes, but Luke Bryan transcended country, and was by all measures and in every sense of the word, a rock star,” said buffalo.com.  The Dallas Morning News claimed that, “he possesses the chops, the boundless energy and the fervent fan base to outlast any radio trend.”
 
The tour’s winter leg will launch in February with openers 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 visit www.citiprivatepass.com.
2015 “That’s My Kind of Night” Tour:
2-10     Grand Rapids, MI        Van Andel Arena
2-11     Evansville, IN              Ford Center
2-12     Louisville, KY             KFC Yum! Center
2-14     New Orleans, LA         Endymion Extravaganza *
2-18     Estero, FL                    Germain Arena
2-21     Orlando, FL                 Amway Center
*not TMKON Tour
 
For up to date information on Luke, the tour and tickets go to www.lukebryan.com orwww.livenation.com.  

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LITTLE BIG TOWN'S RENDITION OF NATIONAL ANTHEM AT THE 2014 WORLD SERIES.    10/27/14
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DARIUS RUCKER RELEASES HIS FIRST CHRISTMAS ALBUM, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. (PRESS RELEASE)    10/27/14

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Monday, October 27 – Three-time GRAMMY Award winner Darius Rucker is releasing his first Christmas album, Home For The Holidays, today, October 27. Produced by Frank Rogers, the 12-track album includes Rucker’s unique spin on holiday classics such as “Winter Wonderland,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” and “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” as well as two original songs, “Candy Cane Christmas” and “What God Wants For Christmas” that Rucker co-wrote. Among the album’s highlights is the seasonal favorite, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” featuring special guest Sheryl Crow.  
“We wanted to make one of those records that a fan of R&B music would put it on and go, ‘That’s a good Christmas record!’ And a fan of Country music would put it on and go, ‘That’s a good Christmas record,’” says Rucker. “And a fan of pop music would put it on and go, ‘That’s a pretty cool Christmas record!’ I’m hoping it’s one of those records that people just love. I want fans to love it and play it for their kids. I’m hoping that there’s some kid who is two years old today, and when he’s 14 and they ask him what reminds him of Christmas, he says, ‘The Darius Rucker Christmas record.’ That would be awesome!”  
In addition to recording his Christmas album, Rucker is finishing work on his fourth solo county album, to be released in early 2015.  The album’s debut single “Homegrown Honey” is currently climbing the Country charts. Rucker is currently out on the road for his True Believers Tour.  Find upcoming tour dates, news and more at www.DariusRucker.com.  
Home For The Holidays Track Listing:  
1. "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow"
2. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
3. "What God Wants For Christmas" written by Darius Rucker, Frank Rogers and Monty Criswell
4. "You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch"
5. "Baby, It’s Cold Outside" (featuring Sheryl Crow)
6. "I’ll Be Home For Christmas"
7. "O Come, All Ye Faithful"
8. "Winter Wonderland"
9. "Candy Cane Christmas" written by Darius Rucker, Frank Rogers and Steve Leslie
10. "Please Come Home For Christmas"
11. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"
12. "White Christmas"    

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DAVID NAIL OFFERS HIS THOUGHTS UP ON THIS YEAR'S WORLD SERIES. (AUDIO)    10/25/14

David Nail -- a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan -- gives his thoughts on this year's World Series between San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals. By the way, David is on the charts with his latest single, "Kiss You Tonight."

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AUDIO: David Nail talks about this year's World Series. [courtesy of Albright & O'Malley & Brenner]

David Nail (2014 World Series) OC: ...surprising. :23

"The Giants beat the Cardinals and just watching that series -- everything seems to go their way. The balls seemed to find their gaps, it seems like, at least when the Cardinals were playing. It seemed like every ball that was hit hard by the Royals was right at somebody. So, I think the Giants are going to be tough to beat, but Kansas City obviously has a lot of destiny on their side, so if they happen to win, it won't be surprising."

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