• Darius Rucker Homegrown Honey
  • Canaan Smith   Love You Like That
  • Dierks Bentley Say You Do
  • Billy Currington  Don't It
  • Eric Church Like a Wrecking Ball
  • Eric Paslay She Don't Love You
  • Josh Turner Lay Low
  • Kip Moore I'm to Blame
  • Little Big Town Girl Crush
  • Mickey Guyton Better Than You Left Me
  • Sam Hunt Take Your Time
  • Raise 'Em Up Keith Urban feat. Eric Church

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DARIUS RUCKER TOPS THE COUNTRY CHARTS WITH ‘HOMEGROWN HONEY.’

Darius Rucker climbs to the top of the country music charts with “Homegrown Honey,” the first single from his new album, Southern Style, available Tuesday (March 31st).

Darius wrote the song with Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum and writer-producer Nathan Chapman. “The great thing about the whole song was Charles [Kelley] had this great idea to write a song about a girl in New York City who isn’t like anybody else,” he says. “What I think about ‘Homegrown Honey’ is it’s a girl from where you’re from and she’s got it going on. She’s money.”

Coming in second is Zac Brown Band’s “Homegrown,” followed by Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time” rounding out the Top 3.

Audio / Darius Rucker talks about his current No. 1 song, “Homegrown Honey.”

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Darius Rucker (Homegrown Honey-money) OC: …she’s money. :19 [laughs]
“The great thing about the whole song was Charles [Kelley] had this great idea to write a song about a girl in New York City who isn’t like anybody else. What I think about ‘Homegrown Honey’ is it’s a girl from where you’re from and she’s got it going on. She’s money.” [laughs]

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ERIC CHURCH: ‘RAISE ‘EM UP’ IS A BIG HIT.

Eric Church is featured on the Keith Urban single, “Raise ‘Em Up,” and he says he thought it was a huge hit.

“Plain and simple, it’s a hit. I mean, there’s very few times that I’ve heard a song and said, ‘That’s [a hit].’ I don’t care what the circumstances are, it’s probably a hit in Portugese. It’s a hit,” says Eric. “It’s gonna be a big hit for Keith, and I’m glad. I’m glad to be a part of it, and I’m glad he asked me. It’s just a beautiful song.”

“Raise ‘Em Up” was written by Jaren Johnston, Jeffrey Steele and Tom Douglas, and is featured on Keith’s album, Fuse.

Eric is currently scaling the country charts with his own hit single, “Like a Wrecking Ball.”

Audio / Eric Church says the first time he heard “Raise ‘Em Up” -- the song he is featured on with Keith Urban -- he thought it was a hit.

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Eric Church (Raise ‘Em Up) OC: …beautiful song. :37
“The ‘Raise ‘Em Up’ quality, I mean there’s also a line in there about kids and about life. It’s about lighters. It’s about drinks. One verse is about, you know, black umbrellas, about a funeral. It’s a very serious song. Plain and simple, it’s a hit. I mean, there’s very few times that I’ve heard a song and said, ‘That’s [a hit].’ I don’t care what the circumstances are, it’s probably a hit in Portugese. It’s a hit. It’s just a damn hit, you know? It is, and it’s gonna be a big hit for Keith, and I’m glad. I’m glad to be a part of it, and I’m glad he asked me. It’s just a beautiful song.”

DARIUS RUCKER READY TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, SOUTHERN STYLE.

Darius Rucker returns Tuesday (March 31st) with his fourth country album, Southern Style. It’s the follow-up to his gold-certified True Believers. It features his latest No. 1 single, “Homegrown Honey,” which he co-wrote with Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum and producer-writer Nathan Chapman.

Darius says Southern Style (named after one of the songs on the album) is the perfect title for the album. “When I started listening back and realizing the songs we have on there, it just seemed like a lot of the songs were just about that lifestyle, that laid-back ‘let’s live life and live and let die’ as The Beatles said.  And I just thought Southern Style was a great name for the record, because all the songs are kind of pretty in that southern style, so I just thought it was a perfect name for the record.”

Catch Darius chatting about his new album this week, as he makes multiple national media appearances, including NBC’s Today Show (3/31), ESPN’s Mike & Mike, First Take and SportsCenter (3/31), CNN’s Headline News (4/1), The Dan Patrick Show (4/1), The Ellen DeGeneres Show (4/6) and ABC’s The Chew (4/16).

Audio / Darius Rucker says Southern Style is the perfect title for his new album.

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Darius Rucker (Southern Style title) OC: …for the record. :25
Southern Style became the title for the album, because when I started listening back and realizing the songs we have on there, it just seemed like a lot of the songs were just about that lifestyle, that laid-back ‘let’s live life and live and let die’ as The Beatles said.  And I just thought Southern Style was a great name for the record, because all the songs are kind of pretty in that southern style, so I just thought it was a perfect name for the record.”

Video / Darius Rucker Homegrown Honey

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LUKE BRYAN CELEBRATES HIS FINAL SPRING BREAK IN STYLE.

Earlier this month, Luke Bryan celebrated his final Spring Break in Panama City Beach, Florida. Check out the recap below.

Video / LUKE BRYAN TV-SPRING BREAK FINAL

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DARIUS RUCKER RELEASES SOUTHERN STYLE MARCH 31st.

Nashville, TN (March 26, 2015) – Country music superstar Darius Rucker launches his fourth solo country album, Southern Style, on March 31 with multiple national media appearances including NBC’s Today Show (3/31), ESPN’s Mike & Mike, First Take and SportsCenter (3/31), CNN’s Headline News (4/1), The Dan Patrick Show (4/1), The Ellen DeGeneres Show (4/6) and ABC’s The Chew (4/16).  The album produced by Frank Rogers and Keith Stegall features the Top 5 and climbing hit single “Homegrown Honey,” which Rucker co-wrote with Nathan Chapman and label mate Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum.  Rucker co-penned all 13 tracks on Southern Style with some of country music’s most notable songwriters including Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley, Mark Nesler and Rivers Rutherford.

Rucker’s three previous albums—Learn To Live; Charleston, SC 1966; and True Believers—all topped the Billboard Country Album chart and spawned six No. 1 singles. In 2008, he released Learn to Live; the album’s first single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” made him the first African-American with a No. 1 country song since Charley Pride in 1983. It was followed by two more singles that topped the chart—”It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and “Alright”—and earned him the New Artist award from the Country Music Association. His 2010 follow-up, Charleston, SC 1966, included two more No. 1s, while True Believers contained the Platinum certified and Grammy winning No. 1 “Wagon Wheel.” In 2012 he achieved a lifetime goal and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

Southern Style Track Listing:

Homegrown Honey (Darius Rucker, Nathan Chapman and Charles Kelley)

  1. Good For A Good Time (Darius Rucker, Kendal Marvel and Jeremy Spillman)
  2. Baby I’m Right (Featuring Mallary Hope)* (Darius Rucker, Mark Nesler and Phillip White)
  3. Southern Style (Darius Rucker, Rivers Rutherford and Tim James)
  4. High On Life (Darius Rucker, Josh Thompson and Jessi Alexander)**
  5. Perfect (Darius Rucker, Ashley Gorley and Rhett Akins)
  6. You, Me And My Guitar (Darius Rucker, Ashley Gorley and Rhett Akins)
  7. Low Country (Darius Rucker, Troy Verges, Blair Daly and Hillary Lindsey) **
  8. Need You More (Darius Rucker, Jonathan Singleton and Deric Ruttan)
  9. Half Full Dixie Cup (Darius Rucker, Frank Rogers and Monty Criswell)
  10. Lighter Up (Darius Rucker, Drew Davis and Blake Bollinger) **
  11. You Can Have Charleston (Darius Rucker and Frank Rogers)
  12. So I Sang (Darius Rucker, Rivers Rutherford and Tim James) **

 Produced by Frank Rogers

**Produced by Keith Stegall

Audio / Darius Rucker says he wanted Southern Style to be a fun record.

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Darius Rucker (fun record) OC: …wanted to do. :20
“I wanted to make a fun record.  I thought every record I try to do something different and with True Believers it was so, I don’t want to say dark but it had some pretty heavy stuff on it.  So on this record I said I was going to go make a fun record, have some fun and try to make it as country as I can.  And that was really how I started on what I wanted to do.”

NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Darius, Strait, Kacey

Keith Urban will chat live with fans on Wednesday through his Facebook page to give guitar tips and answer any questions. The chat begins at 5:30pm ET/4:30pm CT.

Darius Rucker will perform on NBC’s Today Show next week. Catch him live Tuesday (March 31st) — which is the same day as his new album, Southern Style, is released.

George Strait will receive the prestigious 50th Anniversary Milestone Award, along with and Brooks & Dunn. They are being honored with the trophy to commemorate their groundbreaking career achievements in ACM Awards history. Each will receive an exclusive trophy created by renowned jewelry and timepiece designer, David Yurman, during the 50th ACM Awards.

In the latest issue of Glamour magazine, pop superstar Katy Perry spotlights 10 women who changed her life. She writes, “Kacey is one of the most unique songwriters I’ve heard in the past decade. She puts into words what the heart feels. And she’s not bad on the eyes and has a great sense of humor the whole way through.”

LITTLE BIG TOWN PERFORMS ‘GIRL CRUSH’ ON TONIGHT SHOW.

Little Big Town performs their latest single, “Girl Crush,” on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night (March 24th).

Video / Little Big Town performing Girl Crush on Tonight Show

ERIC CHURCH CELEBRATES PLATINUM ALBUM AND NO. 1 ‘TALLADEGA.’

Eric Church was feted at a party on Monday at Nashville’s hot spot, ACME, to celebrate the No. 1 success for “Talladega,” which he wrote with Luke Laird, as well as a platinum certification for his latest album, The Outsiders. He was also presented with a plaque for his debut album, Sinners Like Me, which finally went gold.

He’s now on the country charts with two songs — his own Like a Wrecking Ball from The Outsiders, and he’s also featured on Keith Urban‘s “Raise ‘Em Up.”

Audio / At the party celebrating both his recent No. 1 “Talladega” and platinum status of The Outsiders, Eric Church says it’s about finding the connection with people.

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Eric Church (platinum party) OC: …Thank you. 1:11

SAM HUNT ENTERS THE TOP 5 ON THE COUNTRY CHARTS.

Sam Hunt “Take Your Time” has entered the Top 5 on the country charts, and believe it or not, it was one of the first songs the Georgia native wrote for his debut album, Montevallo.

“‘Take Your Time’ is a song I wrote two or three years ago, and it was sort of my first experience using a unique cadence in the verses and flowing from that spoken thing into a melody and then back again,” says Sam. “It probably represents a lot of the R&B influence that a lot of my music has, and I’ve always been really attracted to that rhythmic style of music. It’s a song that I’ve had for a while and been most antsy about putting out, because it is one of the first songs I wrote when I started working on my own project.”

“Take Your Time” recently surpassed 500,000 in track sales, making it Sam’s second consecutive RIAA-certified Gold single as an artist, following the now Platinum-selling No. 1 smash, “Leave the Night On.”

He’s currently headlining his Lipstick Graffiti Tour, and is set to make his next stop on the tour March 29th in Ames, Iowa.

Audio / Sam Hunt says he was most antsy about releasing “Take Your Time” since it was one of the first songs he had written for his own album.

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Sam Hunt (Take Your Time) OC: …my own project. :33
“‘Take Your Time’ is a song I wrote two or three years ago, and it was sort of my first experience using a unique cadence in the verses and flowing from that spoken thing into a melody and then back again. It probably represents a lot of the R&B influence that a lot of my music has, and I’ve always been really attracted to that rhythmic style of music. It’s a song that I’ve had for a while and been most antsy about putting out, because it is one of the first songs I wrote when I started working on my own project.”

Video / MCA Nashville recording artist Sam Hunt stopped by the ACM office while he was out in Los Angeles to kick off his sold-out headlining Lipstick Graffiti Tour.

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CANAAN SMITH RELEASES HIS DEBUT EP ON TUESDAY!

Canaan Smith is set to release his highly anticipated debut EP on Tuesday (March 24th). The EP includes Canaan’s current radio single “Love You Like That” which has already sold an impressive 200,000+ tracks and continues to climb the country charts.

Canaan has been in Nashville for 10 years, and he’s finally able to release some of his hard work to fans. “I moved to Nashville 10 years ago, and I’ve been working hard just to get music out there and music I’m proud of and music that I feel like represents who I am as an artist,” he says. “I think with this EP coming out, five songs is a pretty good starting point for where we’re heading, and I’m just thankful for the opportunity to get to share it with the fans.”

The self-titled EP, produced by Brett Beavers and Jimmy Robbins, contains four additional brand-new tracks. Canaan’s EP will be available at all digital retailers, see below for the full track-listing.

Canaan, who wrapped up touring with Kip Moore, joined Dan + Shay on the Where It All Began Tour which kicked off in Knoxville, TN February 28th. This summer, fans can catch him on Dierks Bentley’s Sounds of Summer Tour along with Kip Moore and Maddie & Tae.

Audio / Canaan Smith says his new self-titled EP is a good starting point for the rest of his career.

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Canaan Smith (talks about EP) OC: …the fans. :20
“Just having this EP, you know, I moved to Nashville 10 years ago, and I’ve been working hard just to get music out there and music I’m proud of and music that I feel like represents who I am as an artist. And I think with this EP coming out, it’s five songs is a pretty good starting point for where we’re heading, and I’m just thankful for the opportunity to get to share it with the fans.”

Video / Canaan Smith Love You Like That video

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