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CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS A HUGE SUPPORTER OF THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS.

Carrie Underwood is a card-carrying Nashville Predators fans and is happy to let people know how much she supports the team. Her husband, Mike Fisher, came out of retirement this year to play once again for the NHL team. Last year during the Stanley Cup Finals, people around the world found out how much the team is loved by Nashville.

“I think going to the Stanley Cup Finals last year was such a confidence booster. I mean, nobody expected them to make it as far as they did. I did, but [laughs] nobody else. We seem to be the underdogs in every single situation,” says Carrie. “And seeing Mike and hearing Mike talking about those guys and how much talent was on the ice and how much they had in them, it wasn’t surprising to me at all that they made it to the finals last year.

Carrie found it surprising there were people who didn’t know Nashville was more than just a music town.

“It was amazing to me and surprising to me that people didn’t know Nashville’s a hockey town. I would even do interviews, and they were like, ‘Oh, everybody’s jumping on the bandwagon.’ I’m like, ‘No. There’s no bandwagon. That arena is full every single game.’ So, to see the town like really get out and show everybody how much support they have behind the Predators was incredible, and for people all around the country to see how much Nashville loves the Predators was just incredible. And the town was absolutely electric the few weeks leading up to the final, especially during that last week or so. To see 100,000 people lining Broadway, I mean, that was incredible, so let’s do it again.”

Carrie just released her new single, “Cry Pretty,” the title track from her upcoming album, set for release September 14th.

Audio / Carrie Underwood wasn’t surprised the Nashville Predators made it to the Stanley Cup Finals last year.

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Carrie Underwood (Preds Stanley Cup Playoff) OC: …last year. :25
“I think going to the Stanley Cup Finals last year was such a confidence booster. I mean, nobody expected them to make it as far as they did. I did, but [laughs] nobody else. We seem to be the underdogs in every single situation. And seeing Mike and hearing Mike talking about those guys and how much talent was on the ice and how much they had in them, it wasn’t surprising to me at all that they made it to the finals last year.”

Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about Nashville being a hockey town and how much Music City supports the Nashville Predators.

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Carrie Underwood (Nashville a hockey town) OC: …do it again. [laughs] :47
“It was amazing to me and surprising to me that people didn’t know Nashville’s a hockey town. I would even do interviews, and they were like, ‘Oh, everybody’s jumping on the bandwagon.’ I’m like, ‘No. There’s no bandwagon. That arena is full every single game.’ So, to see the town like really get out and show everybody how much support they have behind the Predators was incredible, and for people all around the country to see how much Nashville loves the Predators was just incredible. and the town was absolutely electric the few weeks leading up to the final especially during that last week or so. To see 100,000 people lining Broadway, I mean, that was incredible, so let’s do it again.” [laughs]

BROTHERS OSBORNE’S NEW ALBUM, PORT SAINT JOE, IS AVAILABLE NOW.

Brothers Osborne releases their highly anticipated sophomore album, Port Saint Joe, today. In support of the album release, John and TJ Osborne will perform their current Top 40 single “Shoot Me Straight” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert April 23rd.

The GRAMMY-nominated duo co-wrote all 10 tracks on Port Saint Joe which was produced by Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Little Big Town).

Fans can watch a special Facebook Live performance of several Port Saint Joe tracks from Terrapin Care Station in Denver, Colorado starting at 11am CT HERE. Afterwards, Brothers Osborne will host a Reddit AMA “Ask Me Anything” at 12pm CT.

“After years of writing, traveling, playing and evolving we’re finally releasing new music,” says John Osborne. “This music, tracked in a beach house in Florida, is a sonic representation of the road we’ve been traveling.”

TJ adds, “in the making of Port Saint Joe, we weren’t trying to be anything or anyone that wasn’t truly us. Imperfections and all.”

Critics continue to praise the new record with Rolling Stone calling it “a superlative new album…cementing their status as a band essential to the vitality of today’s country music.” The New York Times notes it’s “an invigoratingly footloose follow up” and The Tennessean says it’s “raw, direct, guitar-driven songs delivered with an intensity that leaves no room for doubt: Brothers Osborne is as authentic as it gets.”

The singer/songwriter siblings recently took home two trophies at the 53rd Annual ACM Awards and maintained their reign as “Vocal Duo of the Year” in addition to winning “Video of the Year” for their rowdy Top 10 hit “It Ain’t My Fault”.

Brothers Osborne are set to perform next Saturday, April 28 at Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California. The Maryland natives will then embark on their first headlining UK tour starting May 4 in Dublin, Ireland with additional stops in Belfast, London, Manchester, Glasgow and more.

This summer, the duo will join Dierks Bentley on the “Mountain High Tour” kicking off May 17 in Columbia, MD. Tickets and additional information can be found at www.brothersosborne.com

For a full list of tour dates, news, images and more, visit: www.BrothersOsborne.com

To purchase a special “Record Store Day” vinyl package of Port Saint Joe, click HERE.

NEWS AND NOTES: Shania, Brothers O, Kacey, Dierks

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Brothers Osborne will perform a song from their new Port Saint Joe album on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Monday (April 23rd) on CBS.

Kacey Musgraves will be the musical guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live with host Amy Schumer.

Watch Dierks Bentley perform “Woman, Amen” from his upcoming album, The Mountain, on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live right here.

ERIC CHURCH’S ’61 DAYS IN CHURCH’ LP COMING ON RECORD STORE DAY.

Eric Church’s relationship with his fans is undeniable, unconditional and often unconventional. And he delivers on that mission again with the release of live covers from his epic project 61 Days In Church.

The covers, which feature popular music by Soundgarden, Billy Joel, Little Feat, Bob Seger and more, is available Saturday, April 21 during Record Store Day. The musical milestone, released by EMI Nashville, is available on LP with 2,500 exclusive copies available to fans.

Church recorded the ambitious project in 2017 during his Holdin’ My Own Tour, which ran from January through May and was named a Tour of the Year by none other than Rolling Stone, which opined: “Over the years, Church concerts have always been parties. But in 2017, they went from merely ass-kicking to epic.”

During the 61-date tour, Church recorded 30 songs per night for a total of more than 200 hours of live music. The Record Store Day exclusive release is a selection of the very best cover songs from those shows (available only at participating record stores).

The collection includes the following eight special cover songs:
1.     “Better Man” (Live At Tacoma Drive, Tacoma, WA, March 18, 2017)
2.     “Turn The Page” (Live At CenturyLink Center, Omaha, NE, April 8, 2017)
3.     “Dixie Chicken” (Live at Pepsi Center, Denver, CO, April 5, 2017 with Chuck Leavell)
4.     “Six Days On The Road” (Live at PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA, April 21, 2017)
5.     “Rusty Cage” (Live at Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., May 19, 2017)
6.     “Allentown” (Live at Santander Arena, Reading, PA, May 18, 2017)
7.     “Midnight Rider” (Live at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN, May 27, 2017)
8.     “American Woman” (Live at Pepsi Center, Denver, CO, April 5, 2017 with Glenn Hughes)

The Holdin’ My Own Tour was presented in two sets with an intermission. The tour reached nearly a million fans culminating with two sold-out shows at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Performing nearly 40 songs a night, Church’s fans interact and engage with a fervor usually reserved for shows with traveling rock cult bands such as Phish and the Grateful Dead.

Fans connect with Church’s artistic independence and reciprocal loyalty. He cancelled 33,000 tickets destined for sale by scalpers. He went so far as to commission his own technology to vet suspicious online purchases to protect his fans and their hard-earned cash. In 2015 he released his album Mr. Misunderstood for free to the Church Choir (then 80,000 followers) – a day before it was available for sale on iTunes.

Bucking convention isn’t an easy path, but for Church there is no question about where he prioritizes his relationship with his fans and the lengths he will go to provide the ultimate musical experience for his steadfast audience of devoted Choir members.

For information and to sign up for the Church Choir, visit www.ericchurch.com.

BROTHERS OSBORNE HIT THE SUNSHINE STATE TO RECORD THEIR NEW ALBUM, PORT SAINT JOE.

Brothers Osborne release their sophomore album, Port Saint Joe, on Friday. The pair went down to Florida and holed up in a beach house to record songs for the collection, and they were so affected by their time down there making music, they decided to title the album after Port Saint Joe, Florida.

Their producer, Jay Joyce, first suggested getting out of Nashville and on the beach to record songs for their new album.

“I think it started off as Jay kind of brought it up one time. We were meeting about doing the record and he said, ‘Man, it would be cool to get out of Nashville. I’ve got a beach house that we can go to and just kind of shack up in.’ I think partly it started because he just wanted to get out himself. He had been in his own studio for so long that I think everyone just kind of needed a change of scene,” says TJ Osborne. “We were in this house that was not made for recording at all, which was kind of part of the charm. There was a lot of bleed and none of the doors had any foam or any isolation to them. It was really, really cool. It kind of felt like when you are playing music at home and you just love that jamming. You’re just sitting on your couch playing music, and I felt like that’s kind of what we captured.”

This isn’t the first time John Osborne has been to Port Saint Joe, Florida. “I went to Port Saint Joe years ago to play. It was after one of the hurricanes or the BP oil spill or something like that. It was BP oil spill,” recalls John. “That’s what it was. And the government gave a huge grant to this town that was affected by the oil spill and they used some of the money for a concert series and the band that actually played in Port Saint Joe. They set up a small stage and I thought it was really cool. I never thought I would go back to that place. I really enjoyed it. It was a nice little snapshot in time. And then I kind of forgot about it and then when we went down to Port Saint Joe to record our record I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is that place where we played that one random show where they don’t have concerts.’ It’s a really, really cool town.”

Their latest single, “Shoot Me Straight,” is the first release from Port Saint Joe.

John and TJ picked up TWO ACM Awards for Vocal Duo of the Year and Video of the Year for “It Ain’t My Fault.”

Audio / TJ Osborne of Brothers Osborne talks about heading down to Port Saint Joe, Florida to record the duo’s sophomore album.

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Brothers Osborne (recording in Port Saint Joe) OC: …we captured. 1:10
TJ: “I think it started off as Jay kind of brought it up one time. We were meeting about doing the record and he said, ‘Man, it would be cool to get out of Nashville. I’ve got a beach house that we can go to and just kind of shack up in.’ I think partly it started because he just wanted to get out himself. He had been in his own studio for so long that I think everyone just kind of needed a change of scene. And it kind of started off almost like a joke that turned into within a couple of days we were like why don’t we do that. It would be nice for us as well, and I thought it helped the creative process to get out of the bubble of Nashville. And fast forward a couple of months we’re loading up a U-Haul truck and taking it down to his beach house. It made no sense other than it being an awesome place to record. There was just sand everywhere. It got all in his beer, and we were in this house that was not made for recording at all, which was kind of part of the charm. There was a lot of bleed and none of the doors had any foam or any isolation to them. It was really, really cool. It kind of felt like when you are playing music at home and you just love that jamming. You’re just sitting on your couch playing music, and I felt like that’s kind of what we captured.”

Audio / John Osborne of Brothers Osborne talks about visiting the town of Port Saint Joe years ago.

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Brothers Osborne (Port Saint Joe town) OC: …cool town. :38
JOHN: “I went to Port Saint Joe years ago to play. It was after one of the hurricanes or the BP oil spill or something like that. It was BP oil spill. That’s what it was. And the government gave a huge grant to this town that was affected by the oil spill and they used some of the money for a concert series and the band that actually played in Port Saint Joe. They set up a small stage and I thought it was really cool. I never thought I would go back to that place. I really enjoyed it. It was a nice little snapshot in time. And then I kind of forgot about it and then when we went down to Port Saint Joe to record our record I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is that place where we played that one random show where they don’t have concerts.’ It’s a really, really cool town.”

Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (available April 20th)

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Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (available this week)

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE DATE FOR HER NEW ALBUM, CRY PRETTY.

Multi-platinum global superstar Carrie Underwood will release Cry Pretty, her first studio album on Capitol Records Nashville on September 14th.  The title track and lead single was released worldwide on April 11th and is the most added song at Country radio this week.  “Cry Pretty” has already topped the iTunes Top Songs charts in 12 countries and quickly racked up over 1.3 million streams in the U.S. with only two days of reporting. In addition to co-writing the single with Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, and Liz Rose (aka The Love Junkies), Carrie is co-producing her album with fellow writer/producer David Garcia.

Underwood says, “At this point in my career, I feel stronger and more creative than ever.  I think you can hear that in this new album.  It’s emotional, it’s soulful, it’s real, and we also have some fun on there too.  I hope everyone loves it as much as I have loved making it.”

On Sunday night at the 53rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards™, Underwood took home her 14th career ACM Award for Vocal Event of the Year for “The Fighter,” her collaboration with Keith Urban, after bringing the audience to their feet with her emotional performance of “Cry Pretty.”  Billboard ranked the “vocal dynamo” performance as the best of the night, touting “this is how you do an award show performance” while Rolling Stone noted that Underwood “channeled her inner country-soul diva” during the “knockout rendition.”

Underwood, who is a seven-time Grammy Award winner, gives fans an intimate look inside her recording and co-producing process for Cry Pretty in this exclusive album trailer.

Photo Credit: Randee St. Nicholas

 

CARRIE UNDERWOOD emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has sold 64 million records worldwide and recorded 26 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote.  In 2013, the Grand Ole Opry member starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers.  Her latest platinum studio album, Storyteller, produced four #1 hits.  2017 marked her fifth season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football and last November, she co-hosted the CMA Awards for the tenth consecutive year.  Earlier this year, she released the hit event anthem “The Champion” featuring Ludacris, which she wrote with Brett James, Chris DeStefano and Christopher Bridges PKA Ludacris and was produced by Jim Jonsin to open NBC’s Super Bowl and was incorporated into NBC’s coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

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Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about being a producer on her upcoming album, Cry Pretty.

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Carrie Underwood (producing new album) OC: …proud of. :58
“The Cry Pretty album is the first time I’ve put myself into having the title of producer. I’ve been so lucky with all of my other projects just been surrounded by people that very much wanted my opinion creatively in every aspect and they’ve listened to what I wanted, because at the end of the day it’s my name, it’s my music. So, I’ve been very lucky, and it just seemed to be the next step to kind of take even more ownership over my music and my art and be a producer on the album. I’ve been lucky enough to work with David Garcia who’s an incredible songwriter and producer, and I’ve learned so much through working with him. So, it’s been a wonderful process and it’s given me something, another step creatively to take that I’m very proud of.”

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NEWS AND NOTES: LBT, Dierks, AJ

Little Big Town will be honored at the Recording Academy’s Grammys on the Hill Awards Wednesday (April 18th) in Washington, DC for their support of music education.

Dierks Bentley is set to perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday (April 18th).

Alan Jackson’s Precious Memories Collection will be released on vinyl May 11th.

NINTH ANNUAL “DARIUS RUCKER AND FRIENDS” BENEFIT CONCERT SET FOR NASHVILLE’S RYMAN AUDITORIUM MONDAY, JUNE 4th.

With diverse guests – from Brooks & Dunn and KISS’ Tommy Thayer, to Jamey Johnson and Radney Foster – for nearly a decade, singer/songwriter and 3x GRAMMY winner Darius Rucker has spearheaded an event focused on amazing music, memorable collaborations and heartfelt stories resulting in over $1 million-and-counting raised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Rucker continues that tradition this summer with his 9th Annual “Darius and Friends” benefit concert. The event, which unofficially kicks-off CMA Music Fest week, is set for Monday, June 4 returning to Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium for a second year. Pre-sale tickets will be available Tuesday, April 17 at 10 a.m. CT and tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m. CT at www.ticketmaster.com.

“When you see first-hand what this organization can do for families, it’s remarkable,” Rucker reflects. “Over the years we’ve met so many survivors, families of patients and volunteers whose lives have been changed by St. Jude. It’s one of my favorite shows of the year.”

The New Yorker calls Rucker’s voice “extraordinary: rich, round, and full of nuance,” and perhaps the same can be said for his heart. Rucker made a commitment to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital after touring the facility known around the globe for treating childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases in 2008.

Friends performing with Rucker in past years have included Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Randy Houser, Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum) and Kenny Rogers, among others. The lineup for this year’s event will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets to the 9th Annual Darius & Friends start at $50 for General Admission and go up to $150 for VIP options. Tickets will be available through the Ryman box office and www.DariusRucker.com.

For more information on “Darius and Friends,” please visit www.DariusRucker.com.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Since opening more than 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.

LADY ANTEBELLUM IS CELEBRATING 10 YEARS SINCE THE RELEASE OF THEIR DEBUT ALBUM, AND WE’RE TAKING A LOOK BACK ALL WEEK: Need You Now

The members of Lady Antebellum are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album. Today, we take a look back at their second No. 1 song, the international smash “Need You Now.” The band co-wrote the song with Josh Kear and produced it with Paul Worley. It was the lead-off single and title track for their second album, Need You Now, and was first released in the States in August 2009.

“Need You Now” spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, won four Grammy Awards in 2011, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year. The song has been certified sextuple platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

The trio is currently making their way up the country charts with their latest, “Heart Break,” which they performed on Sunday night’s ACM Awards.

Audio / In 2010, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley talks about the band’s career song, “Need You Now,” which topped the Billboard Country Charts for five weeks.

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Lady A (Need You Now) OC: …proud of it. :32
“I mean, I don’t think you could ever expect something like that. I mean, the response from the get-go was so big, and I remember even having some conversations with the label and people were like, ‘I hope they don’t get offended by ‘I’m a little drunk and I need you now.’ And I was like, ‘But that’s honest. We’re talking about country radio, right?’ It’s story-telling, and I tell you, though, it’s been a career song for us for sure. We thought ‘Run to You’ was our career song, but honestly, after ‘Need You Now’ came out and to see what it’s done for us, it’s been really, really huge for our career and we’re just really proud of it.”

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JORDAN DAVIS SCORES HIS FIRST NO. 1 SONG WITH ‘SINGLES YOU UP.’

Jordan Davis scored his very first No. 1 this week with “Singles You Up,” which topped both the Country Aircheck and Billboard country charts. The song, which he co-wrote with Justin Ebach and Steven Dale Jones, is the first release from Jordan’s debut album, Home State.

“‘Singles You Up’ was written with two buddies of mine back in Nashville,” explains Jordan. “One of ‘em had just gotten engaged, and when he came in we were congratulating him on it, and the saying ‘You’re smart enough not to single her up’ was thrown up, and I think we all kind of knew that we needed to write that. We actually wrote it really, really quick, I mean right when we got done, we knew we had something special. So, we have a blast playing it, and I can’t be happier that it’s my debut single. It’s a song that means a lot to me.”

Jordan will join Chris Janson on Jake Owen’s Life’s Whatcha Make It Tour, which kicks off May 18th in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is currently scheduled to wrap September 22nd in Ogden, Utah.

Audio / Jordan Davis explains how he and his co-writers came up with the idea for his debut single, “Singles You Up.”

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Jordan Davis (Singles You Up) 1 OC: …lot to me. :29
“‘Singles You Up’ was written with two buddies of mine back in Nashville. One of ‘em had just gotten engaged, and when he came in we were congratulating him on it, and the saying ‘You’re smart enough not to single her up’ was thrown up, and I think we all kind of knew that we needed to write that. We actually wrote it really, really quick, I mean right when we got done, we knew we had something special. So, we have a blast playing it, and I can’t be happier that it’s my debut single. It’s a song that means a lot to me.”

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