• Easton Corbin Are You With Me
  • The Band Perry Comeback Kid
  • Eric Paslay Angels In This Town
  • Gary Allan Do You Wish It Was Me?
  • Billy Currington It Don't Hurt Like It Used To
  • Brothers Osborne 21 Summer
  • Lauren Alaina Road Less Traveled
  • Luke Bryan Move
  • Chris Stapleton Nobody to Blame
  • Hilary Scott Thy Will
  • George Strait Goin', Goin', Gone
  • Josh Turner Hometown Girl
  • Jon Pardi Dirt On My Boots

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NEWS AND NOTES: Vince, Kacey, Chris, Darius, Lady A, Brothers O

Vince Gill, Kacey Musgraves and Chris Stapleton shared the same stage in a songwriters’ round with James Taylor and Joe Walsh Tuesday night (September 27th) for the Country Music Hall of Fame’s All For the Hall Los Angeles benefit.

Since Darius Rucker performs a lot of shows, he doesn’t get to see a lot during his downtime. However, he made an exception the other night to catch the Violent Femmes.

The  members of Lady Antebellum are currently in Los Angeles, staying in the same house and writing songs for their upcoming project.

 

Brothers Osborne‘s “Stay a Little Longer” helped The Voice contestant Josh Gallagher get picked by Blake Shelton.

Speaking of TJ and John Osborne, the two have recorded a video urging folks to register to vote. Check it out below.

Video / Brothers Osborne urge people to vote by holding their breath.

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LUKE BRYAN WILL TAKE HIS ‘MOVES’ TO ELLEN DEGENERES ON WEDNESDAY (9/28).

Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan played three sold-out Kill The Lights Tour dates over the weekend including a show in Phoenix, Arizona at the AK Chin Pavilion and two Los Angeles concerts at the Forum and the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. The tour will resume this weekend with a double-play in Salt Lake City at the USANA Amphitheatre and concludes the end of October with two stadium dates- AT&T Stadium in Dallas and Ford Field in Detroit as the tour wraps October 29th.

On Friday, September 23 Luke released his first-ever Farm Tour EP, Farm Tour…Here’s To The Farmer. The new digitally released music was produced by Jeff Stevens and Jody Stevens and is in advance of his eighth annual “Bayer Presents Farm Tour 2016” set to run October 5 to October 15.  The tour also features Chris Janson, Jon Langston, The Peach Pickers, and Granger Smith.

Tomorrow Luke will visit The Ellen DeGeneres Show and perform his new single “Move” from his #1 selling album Kill The Lights. Check local listings for times.

DIERKS BENTLEY SURPRISES SOLD-OUT CROWD AT RED ROCKS WITH SPECIAL GUEST MAREN MORRIS.

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Dierks Bentley embarked on the first of two sold-out nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre tonight playing off the landmark’s three iconic walls, boldly opening with his bluegrass-inspired “Up On The Ridge.”  As family, friends and long-time supporters lined side-stage, Bentley wove seamlessly between his biggest party anthems like “What Was I Thinkin’,” “Drunk On A Plane” and “Somewhere On A Beach” and his weightier hits including “Riser,” “I Hold On” and “Different For Girls.”
“We’re all trying to hold it together here,” Bentley told the crowd. “This is my fifth time playing Red Rocks, but it gets more crazy and crazy every time. It’s not every night you get to play here, so I texted a friend to see if she could be part of tonight. She’s got one of the best voices in Country music and came all the way from Boston to be here tonight…Maren Morris y’all!”
Mid-way through the epic night, Bentley invited surprise guest Maren Morris to the stage for their haunting duet “I’ll Be The Moon” off his critically-acclaimed No. one album BLACK. The two harmonized on Morris’ “My Church” before Randy Houser joined to swap vices on “Bad Angel.” As the night rolled through Bentley’s jam-packed set and the capacity crowd sang back to hit after hit, fans ultimately demanded an extended set causing Bentley to break curfew.
“I’ve been waiting so long for this show and trying to think of ways to surprise you,” Bentley continued from stage. “I’ve told you about my friends and family who are here tonight, but I’m here for you fans.”
 
Known for “traveling his own path…Country music’s most relatable star” (Esquire) shows his depth and diversity as an artist with four CMA nominations in the Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of The Year, Vocal Event of the Year and Video of the Year categories. Bentley will bring the “foot-stomping, fist-pumping good time” (Arizona Republic) of his 2016 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH TOUR to Denver again tomorrow (9/27) before stops in the Midwest next week on the newly extended leg of the tour. For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.

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KEITH URBAN WILL HEADLINE THE NATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP GRAND FINAL IN AUSTRALIA.

As prestigious as the Super Bowl halftime show is in the United States, so is the National Rugby League (NRL) Telstra Premiership Grand Final in Australia, which multiple Grammy Award (and ARIA Award) winner Keith Urban will headline.  The final match will take place at the ANZ Stadium on Sunday, October 2nd in front of nearly 100,000 fans.  The appearance will feature songs from Urban’s #1 CMA nominated Album of the Year RIPCORD (an award that Urban has never won).

In Australia RIPCORD has exploded.  It debuted at #1 on the ARIA Album chart and the gold certified album remained in the Top 10 for 15 weeks, setting a new record for Urban for the number of weeks an album has remained in the Top 10 on release.  After 18 weeks the album still is in the Top 20.

During his trip to Australia, Urban will also perform at 2Day FM’s ‘World Famous Rooftop’ in Sydney.

Before it concludes Urban’s “ripCORD WORLD TOUR 2016” will have visited four countries including the U.S., Canada, Australia and for the first time ever Urban will perform in New Zealand at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. The tour’s arena leg began this month in Canada and will move to the U.S. in October.

Late last month Urban was nominated for four CMA Awards including the coveted Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist, Best Vocal Event (with Carrie Underwood for “The Fighter”), as well as the previously mentioned Album of the Year.

LAUREN ALAINA SITS DOWN WITH THE LEGENDARY DOLLY PARTON.

Lauren Alaina got the chance to sit down and ask the legendary Dolly Parton some questions.

“I am literally dying inside,” Lauren says before her meeting with Dolly. “I do not know what to do. I never get nervous, and I feel like I’m gonna stutter.

Lauren is sporting a vintage Dolly tee, which the Country Music Hall of Famer admires. The two chat about their own “Coat of Many Colors,” dealing with people who aren’t so nice and on-screen kisses.

Video / Lauren Alaina interviews Dolly

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KACEY MUSGRAVES ANNOUNCES HER FIRST CHRISTMAS TOUR TO GO ALONG WITH HER DEBUT CHRISTMAS COLLECTION, A VERY KACEY CHRISTMAS.

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Kacey Musgraves
will be ringing in this holiday season by launching her very first Christmas Headlining Tour ‘A VERY KACEY CHRISTMAS TOUR.’
The run kicks off on November 26 in Windsor, ON and will feature Kacey showcasing songs off her upcoming debut Christmas album, A Very Kacey Christmas (Available October 28).  The tour will hit iconic venues throughout the U.S. including a stop at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

“I’m so excited to tour my first Christmas album and to get festive with this music! It was such a blast to make,” said Musgraves.  “I’m making sure these are going to be some very magical nights!”
Tickets for  ‘A VERY KACEY CHRISTMAS TOUR’ go on-sale to the general public on Friday, September 30.  Fans can also visit kaceymusgraves.com for the most updated tour dates, on-sale information as well as pre-sale and VIP opportunities.
 
‘A VERY KACEY CHRISTMAS TOUR’ DATES:
Nov. 26 – Windsor, ON/ The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
Nov. 28 – Nashville, TN/Ryman Auditorium
Dec. 8 –  New York, NY/The Town Hall
**Dec. 9 – Wilkes-Barre, PA/FM Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
**Dec. 10 – Washington, DC/National Theater
Dec. 15 – Joliet, IL/Rialto Square Theater
Dec. 16 – Knoxville, TN/Tennessee Theater
Dec. 17 – Evansville, IN/Victory Theater
  **Tickets for general public not on-sale until October 7.

GARY ALLAN CHALLENGED CO-WRITERS OF “DO YOU WISH IT WAS ME” TO BE THE FIRST SINGLE FROM HIS UPCOMING ALBUM.

Gary Allan’s latest release, “Do You Wish It Was Me,” had some tough competition when it came time to pick the first single.

“Jonathan Singleton and Andrew Dorff. Man, I’ve always wanted to write with both of ‘em. I had a song already that I wanted to beat, so I basically took that song and played it for them and said, ‘If we beat this, we have a single,’” says Gary. “And, then we went through a couple of their hooks, landed on the hook. It was a great write. It was an easy write, and then I tracked it with my band and my band absolutely delivered. I love the track, so proud of it.”

Fans will be able to hear the song when he performs it during his show September 30th in Little Rock.

Audio / Gary Allan wrote his latest single, “Do You Wish It Was Me,” with Jonathan Singleton and Andrew Dorff.

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Gary Allan (writing Do You Wish It Was Me) OC: …proud of it. :27
“Jonathan Singleton and Andrew Dorff. Man, I’ve always wanted to write with both of ‘em. I had a song already that I wanted to beat, so I basically took that song and played it for them and said, ‘If we beat this, we have a single.’ And, then we went through a couple of their hooks, landed on the hook. It was a great write. It was an easy write, and then I tracked it with my band and my band absolutely delivered. I love the track, so proud of it.”

LUKE BRYAN SAYS GROWING UP AROUND FARMERS GAVE HIM A GREAT FOUNDATION FOR HIS MUSIC CAREER.

Luke Bryan released his first-ever Farm Tour EP, Here’s to the Farmer, on Friday (September 23rd). The five-song collection, three of which he co-wrote, coincides with his eighth annual Farm Tour, which is set to kick-off October 5th in Gaston, South Carolina.

Luke says being surrounded by farmers – including his father who was a peanut farmer – gave him a great work ethic and foundation, especially after moving to Nashville to pursue his dream of being a country artist.

“My whole existence and 90% of the men that I grew up with in my life were all farmers and of that background. So, it was just what I knew. I saw all of the struggles that all of them dealt with – the things that they could control and the things that they can’t,” he says. “Just that whole farming mentality, you can learn so many things from, from just how to properly do business and how to do business like you should. It’s a pretty resilient business, and at the end of the day, it was a great foundation of upbringing to prepare me for another type of farming, which is music. So, it’s all farming up something whether you’re farming corn or songs, I guess. So, certainly growing up like that taught me a lot.”

Luke is also “moving” up the country charts with his latest single, “Move,” from his Kill the Lights album.

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Audio / Luke Bryan says being surrounded by farmers while he was growing up gave him a great foundation, especially after moving to Nashville to pursue a career in music.

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“My whole existence and 90% of the men that I grew up with in my life were all farmers and of that background. So, it was just what I knew. I saw all of the struggles that all of them dealt with – the things that they could control and the things that they can’t. I mean, it’s an interesting dynamic being a farmer. I watched my dad deal with the ups and the downs, and so much of it is weather-related and we all know we certainly can’t do anything about that. Just that whole farming mentality, you can learn so many things from, from just how to properly do business and how to do business like you should. It’s a pretty resilient business, and at the end of the day, it was a great foundation of upbringing to prepare me for another type of farming, which is music. So, it’s all farming up something whether you’re farming corn or songs, I guess. So, certainly growing up like that taught me a lot, and certainly honored to have started the Farm Tour and now to have an album coming out.”

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DARIUS RUCKER’S ‘IF I TOLD YOU’ WAS THE RIGHT CHOICE TO RELEASE AS HIS NEW SINGLE.

Darius Rucker has never recorded a song like “If I Told You,” the first single from his upcoming album, due out next year. Working with producer Ross Copperman (Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Brett Eldredge), Darius says he’s having so much fun recording different stuff.

“I’ve never sung anything like ‘If I Told You’ before, and the whole album is like that are songs that I don’t know if I’d ever done. And it’s been fun. It’s been amazing. We’re so excited that we have singles and we have great album tracks. I mean, it’s gonna be fun puttin’ this one out.”

He says of all the songs he has recorded for the new album, “If I Told You” was the perfect first single. “Every time everybody hears it, they go, everybody that makes these decisions all went, ‘Wow! That’s a great song. Great production on it. It’s what we’ve been looking for,” says Darius. “It was really, the cream just rises to the top, and that one just rose to the top of the songs that we cut already.”

Darius is also featured on “Forever Country,” a star-studded song celebrating the CMA Awards 50th Anniversary.

Audio / Darius Rucker said his new album, featuring his latest single “If I Told You,” has been so much fun to record.

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Darius Rucker (If I Told You) 3 OC: …putting this one out. :23
“You know, this whole new project. I’m working with Ross Copperman, and we’re having fun just doing some different stuff. I’ve never sung anything like ‘If I Told You’ before, and the whole album is like that are songs that I don’t know if I’d ever done. And it’s been fun. It’s been amazing. We’re so excited that we have singles and we have great album tracks. I mean, it’s gonna be fun puttin’ this one out.”

Audio / Darius Rucker said “If I Told You” was the right and perfect song to release as the first single from his forthcoming album.

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Darius Rucker (If I Told You) 4 OC: …cut already. :17
“‘If I Told You’ was easy to pick as the first single, because every time everybody hears it, they go, everybody that makes these decisions all went, ‘Wow! That’s a great song. Great production on it. It’s what we’ve been looking for.’ It was really, the cream just rises to the top, and that one just rose to the top of the songs that we cut already.”

NEWS AND NOTES: Chris, Sam, Darius, Mickey

Chris Stapleton picked up the trophy for Artist of the Year at the 15th Annual Americana Awards Wednesday night (September 21st). The awards show was held at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. “Thank you to all the Americana radio stations out there, it’s been a big part of what we’ve been doing,” Chrissaid, genuinely touched by the Artist of the Year award. “I’m nervous, there’s so many heroes out here in audience and up here on the stage, this is a remarkable thing.”

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George Strait attended the 15th Annual Americana Awards this week to present singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Sam Hunt will be one of the headliners at the 5th Annual Taste of Country Music Festival. He’ll join previously announced headliner Jason Aldean at next year’s festival, being held June 9th – 11th at Hunter Mountain Resort in Hunter, New York.

Darius Rucker shot the video for his latest single, “If I Told,” at the top of the Capitol building in Los Angeles on Wednesday (September 21st).


Mickey Guyton performed her single, “Heartbreak Song,” on NBC’s Today show on Wednesday (September 21st).

Video / Mickey Guyton performs "Heartbreak Song" on Today Show.

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