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SAM HUNT READY TO KICKOFF HIS ‘LIPSTICK GRAFFITI TOUR.’

Sam Hunt launches his first headlining tour, the Lipstick Graffiti trek, in Los Angeles Thursday (January 29th) at the Troubadour. You may be wondering where the title came from, so we asked him how he came up with the tour name.

“The phrase Lipstick Graffiti comes from a song that I wrote a couple of years ago called ‘Vandalizer.’ The opening line from the song says ‘Lipstick Graffiti on the bathroom mirror,’” says Sam. “I was going through the lyrics of old songs and listening for just little phrases, buzz phrases, that caught my attention, and that was one that I wrote down and continued to look at it, er, look at that list of potential tour names over the next couple of weeks, and it kept standing out. When I look at that phrase, I feel like [it] captures what we’re going to be doing on this tour. It just fit.”

Sam’s latest single, “Take Your Time,” has hit the Top 25 on the country charts.

Audio / Sam Hunt reveals where he came up with the title of his headlining Lipstick Graffiti Tour.

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Sam Hunt (Lipstick Graffiti Tour) OC: …just fit. :31
“The phrase Lipstick Graffiti comes from a song that I wrote a couple of years ago called ‘Vandalizer.’ The opening line from the song says ‘Lipstick Graffiti on the bathroom mirror.’ I was going through the lyrics of old songs and listening for just little phrases, buzz phrases, that caught my attention, and that was one that I wrote down and continued to look at it, er, look at that list of potential tour names over the next couple of weeks, and it kept standing out. When I look at that phrase, I feel like [it] captures what we’re going to be doing on this tour. It just fit.”

 

ERIC CHURCH TOPS THE COUNTRY CHARTS WITH ‘TALLADEGA.’

Eric Church is celebrating his fourth No. 1 hit, “Talladega,” as it tops the country charts this week. The song, which is from his latest album The Outsiders, was a song he knew would strike a chord with fans after he and Luke Laird co-wrote it.

“I knew it was one that would just resonate with people. It did with me, so I knew if it resonated with me, that it would probably resonate with other people,” says Eric. “It’s been neat to watch it continue to grow and to watch people gravitate to it, their stories, and attach their life to the song. That’s what it’s all about is getting them to attach their life to it.”

Eric is nominated for four Grammy Awards, including Country Album of the Year for The Outsiders, Country Song and Country Solo Performance of the Year for “Give Me Back My Hometown” and Country Group/Duo Performance of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” withKeith Urban.

Audio / Eric Church says he knew “Talladega” would resonate with people.

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Eric Church (Talladega hit) OC: …life to it. :36
“The thing with ‘Talladega’ too, I remember when we finished The Outsiders, ironically, there’s only a couple of songs on that album that I really felt pretty good about – ‘Talladega’ is one of them, from a commercial standpoint, because I just knew it would strike a chord. I knew it was one that would just resonate with people. It did with me, so I knew if it resonated with me, that it would probably resonate with other people. So, for that one, it’s been neat to watch it continue to grow and to watch people gravitate to it, their stories and attach their life to the song. That’s what it’s all about is getting them to attach their life to it.”

 

CHRIS STAPLETON WILL RELEASE HIS SOLO DEBUT ALBUM, ‘TRAVELLER,’ IN MAY.

“His voice is just incredible…it’s like caramel.”—Adele

“REAL music fans already know. So, mainstream: Chris Stapleton. Remember that name…”—Justin Timberlake

“One of the best singers on the planet. It’s ridiculous…so good. So good”—Little Big Town

“Stapleton’s writing is masterful, but his huge country/blues voice—think Gregg Allman by way of the Kentucky coal mines—is what will really blow your hair back and make you literally feel every word he sings.”—Rolling Stone

“Every once in a while you run into a singer here in Nashville who just blows you away, an artist who can create sound in an effortless manner and transport your soul out of this world. This morning that someone proved to be Chris Stapleton.”—Country Weekly

Nashville, Tenn. – Chris Stapleton’s highly anticipated solo debut album, Traveller, will be released May 5 on Mercury Records Nashville. As a special preview, a behind-the-scenes album trailer can now be viewed here.

Already a world-renowned songwriter, Stapleton has enjoyed five #1 hits including the five-week No. 1 “Never Wanted Nothing More” recorded by Kenny Chesney, George Strait’s “Love’s Gonna Make it Alright” and Luke Bryan’s “Drink A Beer,” which Stapleton recently performed with Lady Antebellum at the recent CMT “Artists of the Year” show (watch the performance here).

Recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A (with additional production at The Castle and Blackbird Studio), Traveller was produced by Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded by Vance Powell (Jack White). In addition to renditions of Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove’s “Tennessee Whiskey” and Don Sampson’s “Was It 26,” the album features twelve original songs, including fan-favorite “Sometimes I Cry.” Last night, during a special album reveal party, Stapleton returned to RCA Studio A to record a new version of “Sometimes I Cry” live-to-tape in front of an audience—allowing a unique, once-in-a-lifetime glimpse inside the making of the album. The track is currently being mastered and will be added to the final track-listing very shortly.

Of his inspiration behind the record, Stapleton comments, “This record was made standing on the shoulders of friends, family, and heroes. I hope people enjoy listening to it as much as I’ve enjoyed making it.”

Over the course of his acclaimed career, Stapleton has penned over 170 album cuts, including songs recorded by Adele, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley, and has such notable co-writers as Vince Gill, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow among others. Additionally, Stapleton has shared the stage with such respected artists as Gill, Alison Krauss, Marty Stuart, Emmylou Harris and more. As lead vocalist for critically acclaimed bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, Stapleton earned three Grammy nominations including “Best Bluegrass Album,” as well as an International Bluegrass Music Association Award for“Emerging Artist of the Year.” He’s also won eight ASCAP Awards and has contributed to the soundtracks of several feature films including “Cars 2” and “Valentine’s Day.”

In celebration of the release, Stapleton will join Little Big Town on their Pain Killer Tour in March followed by a series of The Outsiders World Tour shows with Eric Church in May.

TRAVELLER ALBUM TRACKLIST:

1. Traveller (Chris Stapleton)

2. Fire Away (Chris Stapleton and Danny Green)

3. Tennessee Whiskey (Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove)

4. Parachute (Chris Stapleton and Jim Beavers)

5. Whiskey And You (Chris Stapleton and Lee Thomas Miller)

6. Nobody To Blame (Chris Stapleton, Barry Bales and Ronnie Bowman)

7. More Of You (Chris Stapleton and Ronnie Bowman)

8. When The Stars Come Out (Chris Stapleton and Dan Wilson)

9. Daddy Doesn’t Pray Anymore (Chris Stapleton)

10. Might As Well Get Stoned (Chris Stapleton and Jimmy Stewart)

11. Was It 26 (Don Sampson)

12. The Devil Named Music (Chris Stapleton)

13. Outlaw State Of Mind (Chris Stapleton, Ronnie Bowman and Jerry Salley)

TBD Sometimes I Cry (Chris Stapleton and Clint Ingersoll)

 

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