• Dierks Bentley Say You Do
  • Canaan Smith   Love You Like That
  • Easton Corbin Baby Be My Love Song
  • Raise 'Em Up Keith Urban feat. Eric Church
  • Eric Paslay She Don't Love You
  • Billy Currington  Don't It
  • Eric Church Like a Wrecking Ball
  • Little Big Town Girl Crush
  • Mickey Guyton Better Than You Left Me
  • Kip Moore I'm to Blame

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MOTHER’S DAY AUDIO: AJ, Darius, Dierks, Church, Paslay, Jon, Keith, Lady A, LBT, Shania and more!

Some of your favorite country stars will be celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday (May 10th). Check out Mother’s Day memories and moments from our artists, including Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Eric Paslay, Jon Pardi, Keith Urban, Lady A, Little Big Town and Shania Twain, among many others.

Audio / Alan Jackson’s wife Denise wrote a book, It’s All About Him: Finding The Love Of My Life, that chronicled the couple’s relationship and marriage. It was a huge success, debuting at number-one on The New York Times Best-Sellers List when it was released several years ago. Alan believes her accomplishment set a really good example for their three daughters, showing that a mom can do things outside of the household, too.

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AJ (Mday) OC: …to see that. :30
“I think it’s been great for them to see her do something out there that’s, again, not typical for a parent at all. But she’s a great role model for them anyway and always has been, whether she did anything professionally or not. I could see it in their eyes, you know, that they were surprised — very surprised, and also, I could see them with interest looking at her thinking it was special for her to do that. So, I think it was a very good thing for the kids to see that.”

Audio / Darius Rucker talks about not disappointing his beloved mother, who passed away a few years ago.

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Darius Rucker (Mother’s Day) OC: …killed me. :17

“I think that’s the main reason I am how I am…an innate fear of disappointing my mom.  My mom’s not even alive, and I have a fear of her looking down from heaven and going, ‘Man I’m just disappointed in my son.’ She could have said anything in the world to me, but if she would have said, ‘Son, you just disappointed me,’ That would have killed me. It would have killed me.”

Audio / Darius Rucker says the best thing he can give his wife on Mother’s Day is his time…and to take the kids off her hands for a little while.

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Darius Rucker (wife on Mother’s Day) OC: …try to do. :20

“I think the best Mother’s Day gift my wife would say I’ve given her is to let her not have to deal with her kids. [laughs] But, I’m not really a good gift-giver. I’m not gonna lie. And my wife and I have a deal that if you want it, just get it, so when it’s time to buy gifts, it’s hard to do. But, I think my time is the best thing I can give to my family, because I’m on the road so much. So, that’s what I try to do.”

Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about Mother’s Day in regards to his wife, Cassidy.

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Dierks (Mother’s Day) OC: …something great. :23
“When it’s your actual mom, you know, there’s some slack there, but when with your wife – any touring husband, anyone who tours who has kids and a wife back home, it’s tough man. It’s a lot of work. So, I definitely need to step up to think of something great to do this Sunday, for sure. But nothing yet. As usual, I’ll probably get something last minute and hopefully, it’ll be great, though. She deserves something great.”

Audio / Eric Church says he’s learned quite a bit from his mom.

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Eric Church (Mother’s Day) OC: …as a man. :57
“My mom, even though my dad won’t like this, my mom is by far the toughest person that I’ve met. She’s tough. One of those people that’s been through a lot in her life, adversity wise and never complains, always really resilient with anything that’s happened to her. And it’s just that attitude, the positive attitude, regardless of what has happened that I think is the one thing that I got from her. With career, she’s always been a person that’s been really positive through times that I couldn’t find a positive streak, [laughs] and she was always really positive, and very much believes in tough it out, keep working hard, and that’s her motto with stuff like that. I’ve always been impressed with that stuff. Then musically, she’s where I get my talent from, musically. She sings great, always has, her mom sang great. I owe my musical chops to her. And she still sings some. So, career-wise, I owe her everything. And just in life-wise she’s given me a lot of the qualities that it has taken for me to get me where I am. Not only as a musician, but as a man.”

Audio / Eric Paslay talks about his mother, Donna.

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Eric Paslay (Mother’s Day) OC: …it’s good. :21
“I wanna thank my mom for giving me faith, laughter and pride in the family I came from. She’d be the fun Mom, just goofing off in the sprinklers outside or we’d go out and play in the rain and all that stuff growing up. She’s always good to be around; always happy, and it’s good.”

Audio / Jon Pardi says his mother, Shelly, is an angel.

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Jon Pardi (Mother’s Day 2015) OC: …worrying about me. :29
“My mom’s always been there for me. First of all, she’s a great mom. She’s an angel. She takes care of people that aren’t even in the family. She’s always been like that, and she’s a great mother. She’s always proud, and she’s always there supporting and being a great mom. She’s just a good human being. There’s not one mean bone in her body. And she cries about every time I talk to her. She always worries about me. I have to tell her, ‘Stop worrying about me.’”

Audio / Keith Urban explains why his wife Nicole Kidman is an extraordinary mother to their two children, Sunday and Faith.

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Keith Urban (Nicole is extraordinary mother) OC: …to see. :45
“She’s an extraordinary mum, she really, really is. Those girls are very, very lucky, and I feel very lucky that the children I should have in this world happen to be with Nic. I don’t know anything about raising kids and Nic does, and that comes in extremely, um, it’s really made for an experience I wouldn’t have had without that. Her patience, her recognizing them as people and not just little kids is really extraordinary. Her attention to honoring their feelings and listening to them right from day one – really being attentive to that is not how I was raised at all, so it’s really beautiful to see.”

Audio / With Mother’s Day on Sunday, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley explains he and his brothers – Josh and John -- owe their mother a lot for all of their childhood antics.

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Lady Antebellum (Charles Kelley-Mother) OC: …playing music. :23
“We were honestly, at times, pretty hard to handle, both of us. We used to play our music loud up above on the second floor [of the house], bang on the drums and the guitar. And my mom’s just one of those people, she’ll do anything for her family and she sacrificed a lot for us boys. Anytime we needed something, she made it happen. And so, we owe her a lot. She’s definitely the reason we’re playing music.”

Audio / Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman says she always dreamed of being a mother…and her dream came true nearly eight years ago when she gave birth to daughter, Daisy (July 27, 2007).

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LBT (Mother’s Day) OC: …for my mother. :34
“Being a mother is a life-long dream for me. When I was a kid, that’s what I wanted to be is a mama. It took a long time. I wasn’t ever sure that I would be, but I am now, and it’s the greatest gift of my life. And as I’m a mother now, I see what my mother gave up and her sacrifices and her love and how she made us the most important thing in her life, and that’s what I strive to do for my little girl. It’s the most important job I have, and it’s the most responsibility that I have, and I try to live up to a great example that I had for my mother.”

Audio / Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild says being a mother to Elijah Dylan Westbrook is the best feeling in the world.

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LBT (Mother’s Day-Karen) OC: …every day. :23
“There isn’t anything that means more to me than sitting on the bench and eating a grilled cheese sandwich with this little guy who calls me Mama. There isn’t anything better than that. He’s just a little miracle. I went from dreaming about him to eating grilled cheese sandwiches and ketchup with him, and I could never have dreamed this up – how good it could be, and it just gets better every day.”

Audio / Shania Twain says it’s such a joy to be a parent.

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Shania Twain (joy to be a parent) OC: …means everything. :14
“It’s such a joy to be a parent. So, I relate to all the mums out there who are getting all their love and appreciation from their kids, and I hope, when you’re a kid, a child of somebody, show your mum you love her, because it means everything.”

MOTHER’S DAY LINERS: Brothers Osborne, Canaan, Darius, Dierks, Church, Paslay, Strait, Jennifer, Jon, Josh, Keith, Kelleigh, LBT, Luke, Scotty, Shania

Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Mother’s Day)

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“Hey! What’s up guys! We’re Brothers Osborne, wishing all you mothers out there a very, very Happy Mother’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Mother’s Day)

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“Hey! What’s up, guys? I’m Canaan Smith. Happy Mother’s Day!”

 

Audio / LINER Darius (Mother’s Day) 2

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“Hey! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing all you mothers a Happy Mother’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Dierks (Mother’s Day)

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“Hey, y’all! This is Dierks Bentley, wishing all you mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Eric Church (Mother’s Day) 1

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“Hey everybody! This is Eric Church, wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day, mom!”

Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Mother’s Day)

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“Hey! This is Eric Paslay. Happy Mother’s Day to all you awesome Mom’s out there.”

Audio / LINER George Strait (Mother’s Day)

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“Hi! This is George Strait, wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Jennifer Nettles (Mother’s Day)

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“Hi! This is Jennifer Nettles, and I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Mother’s Day)

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“Hey y’all, it’s Jon Pardi. I want to wish all the mamas out there a very Happy Mother’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Mother’s Day)

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“Hi! This is Josh Turner, wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Mother’s Day)

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“Hi everyone, it’s Keith Urban. Hoping all the mothers out there have a very, very Happy Mother’s Day. Love ya, Mom!”

Audio / LINER Kelleigh Bannen (Mother’s Day)

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“Hi! I’m Kelleigh Bannen, hoping you have a Happy Mother’s Day.”

Audio / LINER LBT (Mother’s Day)

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“(ALL) Hi! This is Little Big Town. (KIMBERLY) We want to wish all you mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day. I love ya, Mama!”

Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Mother's Day)

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“Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, hoping all you mothers out there have a Happy Mother’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Scotty McCreery (Mother’s Day)

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“Hi! This is Scotty McCreery. Happy Mother’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Mother’s Day)

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“Hi! This is Shania Twain. Happy Mother’s Day.”

Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Mother's Day)

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“Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves. To all you mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day!”

 

CHRIS STAPLETON PERFORMS ON ABC’S ‘THE VIEW.’

Chris Stapleton made his debut on ABC’s The View Tuesday morning (May 5th), performing “Tennessee Whiskey” from his new album, Traveller.

KEITH URBAN FELT ‘RAISE ‘EM UP’ WAS A PERFECT COLLABORATION WITH ERIC CHURCH.

One of Keith Urban’s favorite records is Eric Church’s Chief, and the two became friends over the course of the past few years. The two started sharing music that the other one may not have heard, which led to their collaboration on Keith’s latest album, Fuse.

“He’d be turning me on to new music, and I’d be texting him about something, ‘You’ve got to listen to (1975’s) Bankrupt by Dr. Hook.’ We’re trying to hip each other to records that we love that the other guy hasn’t heard,” says Keith. “That sort of banter started happening fairly regularly, and I thought I’d really like to do something with Eric on my record, if I find the right song. And this song called ‘Raise ‘Em Up’ came along.”

“Raise ‘Em Up” didn’t start out as a duet, but Keith said it “struck” him as the perfect song for him and Eric to record together.

“There’s a particular theme really in the song, particularly in the second verse that I felt was just perfect for Eric. I sent him the song, and he loved it. And I was really happy that he came in and sang on it.”

“Raise ‘Em Up,” the fifth single from Fuse, is poised to hit the top of the country charts.

Audio / Keith Urban and Eric Church share a love of music.

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Keith Urban (Raise ‘Em Up) 4 OC: …came along. :42
Chief was one of my favorite records over the last, easily over the last 10 years, if not more. Just top to bottom, it’s just a great, great record. So, we became friends…our families, our wives and stuff would go out and have dinner, and he’d be turning me on to new music, and I’d be texting him about something, ‘You’ve got to listen to (1975’s) Bankrupt by Dr. Hook.’ We’re trying to hip each other to records that we love that the other guy hasn’t heard. That sort of banter started happening fairly regularly, and I thought I’d really like to do something with Eric on my record, if I find the right song. And this song called ‘Raise ‘Em Up’ came along.”

Audio / Keith Urban said ‘Raise ‘Em Up’ was the perfect song for him and Eric Church to do together.

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Keith Urban (Raise ‘Em Up) 3 OC: …sang on it. :15
“It wasn’t written as a duet, but it just struck me as the perfect song. There’s a particular theme really in the song, particularly in the second verse that I felt was just perfect for Eric. I sent him the song, and he loved it. And I was really happy that he came in and sang on it.”

LADY ANTEBELLUM’S ‘WHEELS UP 2015 TOUR’ HAS TAKEN FLIGHT.

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Nashville, TN – May 4, 2015 – Lady Antebellum‘s WHEELS UP 2015 TOUR took off at high velocity this weekend with “the biggest production the band has ever mounted” (Rolling Stone). “No one can accuse them [Lady Antebellum] of not going all out in terms of stage design and visual effects,” heralded the Lubbock Avalanche Journal who also noted the group’s “harmonies are as strong as ever.” Their 65-city WHEELS UP 2015 TOUR presented by Quicken Loans, descended on Lubbock, Houston and Dallas, TX for opening weekend and will navigate across the country this summer with special guests Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt.
The GRAMMY Award winning trio’s first weekend also marked the first mortgage giveaway as a part of their 7FOR7 initiative in partnership with Quicken Loans.  From Dallas, the group surprised superfan Vira Crouse to tears, presenting the single mother of three from Colorado with a year’s worth of mortgage relief.
The WHEELS UP 2015 TOUR will continue to Bossier City (5/8) and Lafayette, LA (5/9) this weekend. For more information and a full list of appearances visit: www.ladyantebellum.com.

GARY ALLAN CHECKS OUT THE LINKS IN SCOTLAND.

The modern game of golf, as we know it now, originated in Scotland in the 15th-century. Just to make sure he had all the details correct, Gary Allan has ventured to the homeland to check it out.

Here are a few pics from his travels from Kingsbarns Golf Links and St Andrews Golf Course, Scotland.

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THE WOMEN IN DARIUS RUCKER’S LIFE HAVE A WONDERFUL ‘SOUTHERN STYLE.’

Darius Rucker is beginning to hit the airwaves with his new single, the follow up to his recent No. 1 song, “Homegrown Honey.” The tune reminds him of all of the women in his life.

“I think every woman and family, every woman that’s ever been anything to me just flashes through like from my mom and my aunts to my sisters and cousins and friends from high school,” says Darius. “And that’s what that song is all about to me. It’s trying to describe that, a little bit of everybody, every woman in the world.”

Darius is preparing to kick off his Southern Style Tour May 15th in Holmdel, New Jersey, and will take Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne and A Thousand Horses on the road with him.

Audio / Darius Rucker says when he hears “Southern Style,” he thinks of all of the women in his life.

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Darius Rucker (Southern Style) OC: …that song. :50
“That song for me is just so about everybody. It’s about America. It’s about living that lifestyle that’s not pretentious and not full of anything. You‘re just living your life. You’re going to work. You’re coming home and you’re taking care of your kids, and you’re trying to have as much fun as you can when you can. And that song like every time with ‘Southern Style,’ I see a video in my head of it. I think every woman and family, every woman that’s ever been anything to me just flashes through like from my mom and my aunts to my sisters and cousins and friends from high school. And that’s what that song is all about to me. It’s trying to describe that a little bit of everybody, every woman in the world. I just think ‘Southern Style,’ it’s written so well and I love that song.”

Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Southern Style gen intro)

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DIERKS BENTLEY SOARS TO NO. 1. (PRESS RELEASE)

Nashville, TN – May 4, 2015 – Dierks Bentley soars to No. one on the Mediabase radio chart and spends a second week atop Billboard’s Country Airplay chart today with “Say You Do,” marking his 13th career hit to reach the No. 1 position. The stirring track also becomes the third consecutive single from his CMA, ACM and GRAMMY nominated album RISER (Capitol Records Nashville) to summit the radio charts and park for multiple weeks.

“This album has taken me on such a cool ride over the last year or so,” said Bentley. “Each single has been so different and this one especially because it’s my first No. 1 that I wasn’t a part of writing. This town has of some of the most talented songwriters anywhere and they help guys like me live our dreams every night out on the road with their songs.  I’m really happy to share this with Shane, Trevor and Matt.”

Bentley is currently preparing to hit the road for his headlining 2015 SOUNDS OF SUMMER TOUR launching June 5th in Raleigh, NC with special guests Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith.  For more info and for a full list of tour dates visit www.dierksbentley.com.

CHRIS STAPLETON’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ‘TRAVELLER’ ALBUM IS AVAILABLE NOW!

Chris Stapleton’s highly anticipated solo debut album, Traveller, is available now. Recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A (with additional production at The Castle and Blackbird Studio in Middle Tennessee), Traveller was produced by Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell).

“The song ‘Traveller’ and how it ended up being the title of the record, it seemed like a natural thing to call it, because a lot of, certainly the inspiration for this record came from a series of events,” says Chris. “Another reason is that it can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. It’s about a journey in a musical sense and in a physical sense and in a spiritual sense. In every way that you can have a journey, this record is kind of that for me, and hopefully for some other folks too.”

In addition to renditions of Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove’s “Tennessee Whiskey” (recorded by George Jones and David Allan Coe) and Don Sampson’s “Was It 26,” the album features twelve original songs, including fan-favorite “Sometimes I Cry,” for which Chris returned to RCA Studio A to record a new version of “Sometimes I Cry” live-to-tape in front of an audience.

Catch him performing “Tennessee Whiskey” on ABC’s The View on Tuesday (5/5), and then performing live on select days on Eric Church’s The Outsiders World Tour.

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)
    14. Sometimes I Cry (Chris Stapleton and Clint Ingersoll)

Audio / Chris Stapleton explains why he felt why his new album should be named Traveller.

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Chris Stapleton (title of Traveller) OC: …folks too. :43
“The song ‘Traveller’ and how it ended up being the title of the record, it seemed like a natural thing to call it, because a lot of, certainly the inspiration for this record came from a series of events. It’s kind of the only song that was written inside of, well, there might’ve been one other song written inside of knowing I was going to make this record in this way. The rest of the songs came from outside of that time period. So, that’s one reason to name it that. The other reason is that it can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. It’s about a journey in a musical sense and in a physical sense and in a spiritual sense. In every way that you can have a journey, this record is kind of that for me, and hopefully for some other folks too.”

Audio / LINER Chris Stapleton (Traveller available now)

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Hey! It’s Chris Stapleton. My debut album is called Traveller. It’s available now.

Video / Behind the Scenes of Traveller

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DIERKS BENTLEY TOPS THE COUNTRY CHARTS…FOR A SECOND WEEK…WITH ‘SAY YOU DO.’

Dierks Bentley’s “Say You Do” is spending a second week on the Billboard country chart and has climbed to No. 1 on the Country Weekly chart this week, making it his third time at No. 1 with songs (“I Hold On,” “Drunk on a Plane”) from his current album, Riser, and his 13th career chart-topper. Dierks says the song took him to a new place.

“I just feel like vocally, [producer] Ross [Copperman] was able to wring something out of me that I hadn’t gotten to before, and it feels pretty powerful. I feel like we’re starting to get the ball rolling towards the direction when I heard that song, you know, some sort of thematical thing,” says Dierks. “[It’s] just a killer song.”

Dierks will kick off his Sounds of Summer Tour June 5th in Raleigh, North Carolina. He’s taking Kip Moore, Canaan Smith and Maddie & Tae along for the ride.

Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about “Say You Do,” from his current album, Riser.

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Dierks Bentley (Say You Do) OC: …this record. :37
“One of the biggest goals of this record was just tapping into all the great songs in this town. It definitely ties into ‘Bourbon (in Kentucky)’ and it definitely ties into places in my past with different relationships. I just feel like vocally, Ross [Copperman] was able to wring something out of me that I hadn’t gotten to before, and it feels pretty powerful. I feel like we’re starting to get the ball rolling towards the direction when I heard that song, you know, some sort of thematical thing. [It’s] just a killer song. I think when people hear that song, it’s a great example of kind of the sound and the production that we’re going for on this record.”

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  • Alan Jackson with WUSN/Chicago’s Jeff Kapugi and Marci Braun, as well as UMG Nashville’s Mike Dungan and Steve Hodges.