Billy Currington and his “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” co-writers, Cary Barlowe and Shy Carter, celebrated the No. 1 success of their song at a party in Nashville Tuesday night (December 6th). The trio just happened to write a song when Billy stopped by to hang out with his buddies. Billy forgot about the song until his manager brought it to his attention and the Georgia native said it changed his current album.
“When we wrote the song, at that point in my life I was writing a lot and getting so many songs pitched my way, I kinda already had all the songs I wanted for the record,” said Billy. “Then this demo that I guess it was Jesse [Frasure] kind of threw some grooves on there and mixed it up and sent it to my manager John Dennis and he sent it to me and said, ‘Man, have you hea”rd the song you wrote that day?’ And I was like, ‘Naw. It’s been a while, but let me hear it.’ Then he sent it my way and it kind of changed my album a little bit, just that one slot.”
Billy just released his new single, “Do I Make You Wanna,” which is the fourth single from his Summer Forever album.
Billy Currington (It Don’t Hurt No. 1) OC: …that it did. :32
“When we wrote the song, at that point in my life I was writing a lot and getting so many songs pitched my way, I kinda already had all the songs I wanted for the record. Then this demo that I guess it was Jesse [Frasure] kind of threw some grooves on there and mixed it up and sent it to my manager John Dennis and he sent it to me and said, ‘Man, have you heard the song you wrote that day?’ And I was like, ‘Naw. It’s been a while, but let me hear it.’ Then he sent it my way and it kind of changed my album a little bit, just that one slot. But I’m thankful that it did.”
Kacey Musgraves will perform on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday (December 7th).
Eric Church got a great early Christmas gift when several of his songs were certified by the R.I.A.A. The Chief received platinum single awards for “Love Your Love the Most,” “Springsteen,” “Creepin’,” “Like Jesus Does,” “Talladega,” “Like a Wrecking Ball.”
Luke Bryan’s “Huntin’, “Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” and Brothers Osborne’s “Stay a Little Longer” were both certified platinum, as well.
The nominations for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards were announced, and Keith Urban picked up three nods, including Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for his current smash, “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” while his album, RipCord competes for Best Country Album.
Keith received the news while he’s been overseas touring in Australia. “It’s 2am, and I’m just coming down from a crazy great show overseas,” he said in a statement. “I’m totally blown away with these nominations. Making RipCord was really a collaborative labor of love both for the music and all the people that helped me bring my vision to life. I’ll stay up anytime to hear news like this…just not sure of how to get to sleep now!!”
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) December 6, 2016
Brothers Osborne earned a Grammy nom for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their recent single, “21 Summer,” competing with Dierks Bentley and Elle King for “Different for Girls.”
The Brothers, who just won their first CMA Award for Duo of the Year, tweeted out their reaction, saying “We’ll never take these moments for granted. Ever. Thank you @RecordingAcad.”
— Brothers Osborne (@brothersosborne) December 6, 2016
— Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley) December 6, 2016
Vince Gill scored a couple of nominations, including Best Americana Roots Song for penning “Kid Sister,” which is also the title of his Best Americana Album with his band The Time Jumpers.
Hillary Scott & the Scott Family are nominated for Contemporary Christian Song for “Thy Will” and their album, Love Remains.
— Hillary Scott (@HillaryScottLA) December 6, 2016
The 50th Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by James Corden, will air live from the Staples Center in L.A. February 12th at 8pm ET on CBS.
Best Country Solo Performance:
“Love Can Go To Hell” — Brandy Clark
“Vice” — Miranda Lambert
“My Church” — Maren Morris
“Church Bells” — Carrie Underwood
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” — Keith Urban
Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
“Different For Girls” — Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
“21 Summer” — Brothers Osborne
“Setting The World On Fire” — Kenny Chesney & P!nk
“Jolene” — Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton
“Think Of You” — Chris Young With Cassadee Pope
Best Country Song:
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” — Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen, songwriters (Keith Urban)
“Die A Happy Man” — Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)
“Humble And Kind” — Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)
“My Church” — busbee & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris)
“Vice” — Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
Best Country Album:
Big Day In A Small Town — Brandy Clark
Full Circle — Loretta Lynn
Hero — Maren Morris
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson
Ripcord — Keith Urban
Keith Urban (Blue Ain’t Your Color) OC: …of space. :50
“With this record, I think I was also trying to find songs and write songs to what I had done in the past, just that felt different for me. This song called ‘Blue Ain’t Your Color’ came along, and again, it was just one of those that I loved immediately. I loved the lyric. I loved the melody, the feel, and it’s basically a waltz, you know, like a one, two, three, two, two, three, a one, two, three, two, two, three. But I didn’t want it to feel like a waltz, you know? So, when we recorded the song at Starstruck Studios here in Nashville, we kept it a little more robotic sounding, so it wasn’t a straight band. It was a little more machinery, rhythmically, and I think it kept, hopefully for me at least, it kept it in a unique place to allow the story to have a lot of space.”
Brothers Osborne (duo) OC: …in country music. :56
TJ: “[For] most duos it’s built on singing. I mean, John’s an incredible guitar player and to not try to follow in anyone’s footsteps and just kind of do it our own way, it’s really built off of me singing and John playing the guitar. So, I think it is unique and fun and cool, and it kind of gives two kind of parallels that I think work really nicely together. It’s really fun in a live setting too.” JOHN: “It’s kind of an old-school rock approach, you know. In country music, you have two singers that sing a lot of harmonies and stuff together, and we do that as brothers – sing a lot together – but his voice in the band is his voice and my voice is guitar. We look back at a lot of old rock bands like Aerosmith to The Allman Brothers and guys like that, where it’s like a lead singer and the sideman guitar player. That’s the approach that we’re going for, and it seems to be really working for us. It’s kind of carving our path in country music.”
Dierks Bentley (Elle King) OC: …new place. :36
“Well, I love Elle King’s voice. I mean she has such a unique voice, and you never know if her voice is going to blend with your voice. I didn’t found out until I went down to the studio in Austin, and right away it was just a really natural sounding blend. Her voice just lifted up this song. The lyrics of this song are pretty strong and her voice on this particular song really takes the song to a whole other level. I really wanted to find a way for her not to just be background vocals. I wanted to find a way to really get her included in the song, so I gave her the second verse and made the song more of a conversation as opposed to just background vocals. And it really, it just took the song to a whole new place.”
Hillary Scott (leaving a mark) OC: …leaving a mark. 1:20
“I have always really tried to be an open book, you know? And I think everybody can see that. Over the years of being in the public eye, and if you’re a friend in my personal life, ya know outside of work. I think for me, a lot of this record is just about wanting to say something that is real, and authentic and wanting, I feel like I’ve always tried to be truly who I am to people. It doesn’t get more ‘me’ than these songs…and a lot of it is the me I’m trying to be. It’s not the me that I necessarily am right now. It’s the me that I hope to continue to grow into and, I think now as a mother to a beautiful little girl, you think a lot about what you’re gonna leave behind. Even though, I just had a birthday, and I’m not that old [LAUGHS]…but it’s just, like what you want to teach your children, what you want them to teach their friends, and their children, and with my family on it, I think that is an even more a part of the heart of this project. I mean, this isn’t just me leaving a legacy, this is my parents leaving a legacy. And in honor of the life that they’ve lived, and the loss that they’ve had, and the dreams that they’ve had come true, all of it. It’s about leaving a mark.”
Country star Lauren Alaina releases her brand new album, Road Less Traveled, on Mercury Nashville / 19 / Interscope Records on Jan. 27. Lauren, showing her evolution as a songwriter since her No. 1-debuting first album, Wildflower, co-wrote all 12 songs on the new album including her current Top 20 single and title track, “Road Less Traveled.”
In “Road Less Traveled,” a triumphant anthem written with Meghan Trainor and Jesse Frasure, Lauren’s empowering message of embracing your own individuality is made even more poignant by her impressive vocals. The music video for the inspiring hit brings Lauren’s own emotional journey of self-acceptance to life – View HERE.
The highly-anticipated and highly personal album was produced by the award-winning busbee (Lady Antebellum, Maren Morris, Keith Urban). From start to finish, Lauren shares the complexities of her life with sophistication and personality.
“I am so excited to get this album out,” shares Lauren. “I wrote for it for three and a half years. I’ve grown so much as a person, a songwriter and an artist in that time. These songs are a true representation of who I am, where I’ve been and where I’m going. This album has pushed me to accept who I am and be 100% honest about it. Road Less Traveled is truly ME. I can’t wait to share my stories, my music and myself with the world.”
Road Less Traveled track listing:
- Doin’ Fine (Lauren Alaina, Emily Shackleton, busbee)
- My Kinda People (Lauren Alaina, Emily Weisband, busbee)
- Three (Lauren Alaina, Seth Ennis, Jordan Reynolds)
- Road Less Traveled (Lauren Alaina, Jesse Frasure, Meghan Trainor)
- Queen of Hearts (Lauren Alaina, Lindsey Lee, Victoria Banks)
- Think Outside the Boy (Lauren Alaina, Emily Shackleton)
- Painting Pillows (Lauren Alaina, Lindsay Jack Rimes, Alex Masters)
- Next Boyfriend (Lauren Alaina, Emily Weisband, Matt McVaney)
- Crashin’ the Boys Club (Lauren Alaina, Emily Weisband, Johan Fransson)
- Same Day Different Bottle (Lauren Alaina, Caitlyn Smith, Dan Couch)
- Holding the Other (Lauren Alaina, Emily Weisband, Eric Olson)
- Pretty (Lauren Alaina, Felicia Barton, Emily Weisband)
Recognized by Rolling Stone as a “Must-See Act,” Lauren joins Martina McBride for the CMT Next Women of Country Love Unleashed Tour 2017. The tour kicks off in Feb. with dates in St. Louis, Chicago and Louisville. Tickets are on sale now.
Four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, along with CID Presents, is adding additional star power to an already stellar line up of headliners at Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa all-inclusive concert vacation set for January 19-22, 2017 in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Old Dominion, Kelleigh Bannen, Brooke Eden, Adam Craig and Lucie Silvas, along with DJ Rock, will now join the list of special guests in addition to headliners Luke, Blake Shelton and Little Big Town and previously announced artists Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch and Brothers Osborne for the hottest country music destination event of the year.
Fans can choose from eight tropical resorts and enjoy royal treatment all weekend long – all-inclusive food and drink, 24-hour concierge service, daily onsite activities, offsite adventures like deep sea fishing, zip-lining, and ATV tours, excursions including day trips to Tulum, official Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa merchandise package, and more. To see highlights from 2016’s event click HERE.
About Luke Bryan
Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke has placed 17 singles at No.1 and sold nearly eight million albums. His fifth studio album, Kill The Lights, which is now certified Platinum, debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 (his third to do so) and Top Country Albums charts, closed out 2015 as the best-selling country album of the year and the 10th biggest selling album on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Year-End list. Last month, Luke was honored at an industry party at the Country Music Hall of Fame to commemorate his recent string of 7 consecutive No.1 hits which have sold over 7 million tracks and more than 600 million total combined streams. His Kill The Lights album has now sold 3.5 million tracks with over 400 million streams. Luke, a two-time ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year, co-hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards this year for the fourth consecutive year.
For a one-stop shop for everything Luke Bryan, his community of fans have unparalleled access to his life through Luke Bryan’s official App. Launched in June 2015 in partnership with Disciple Media, the app offers everything from exclusive live streams to updates from the road, competitions to video premieres, exclusive merchandise and more. The App is available now on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
The always witty Vince Gill and the reliably wry Lyle Lovett are reuniting for a nine-city tour that will take place March 2017. After teaming up for a series of concerts in 2015 and 2016, Gill and Lovett saw that the shows were so successful that they decided to extend the tour.
A reviewer for Elmore Magazine raved, “The evening reminded me of the Rat Pack, with pals Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra doing comedy and music and having a great time. . . . This was not the show I had looked forward to—it was much better.”
Each show will be a series of intimate solo and duo performances, during which the artists will serve as their own accompanists.
“For a night like this, there is no plan,” Gill said. “I know Lyle won’t have a plan, and I won’t either. What he plays will inspire me, and probably vice-versa. It’ll be like playing ping-pong. Whatever song he chooses to sing will inspire the next song that comes out of me.”
“I enjoy shows that are not planned out,” Lovett observes. “This will be two songwriters in the round. It’s informal, so there will be lots of ad-libbing. It will be like little snapshots of our experiences.”
Both performers have reaped armfuls of Grammys and kindred laurels for their musical versatility and memory-engraving songwriting.
“Just two guys sitting on stools, telling stories and singing songs,” Gill says. “No big bands. I saw James Taylor once with just him and his guitar, and after that show I felt like I knew him a whole lot better than I ever did before. That’s what’ll happen between Lyle and me, too, and I’m looking forward to it.”
HERE ARE THE DATES AND LOCATIONS:
March 22 — Thousand Oaks, CA — Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
March 23 — Mesa, AZ — Mesa Arts Center – Ikeda Theatre
March 24 — Las Vegas, NV — The Smith Center for the Performing Arts – Reynolds Hall
March 25 — Reno, NV — Reno Ballroom
March 26 — San Francisco, CA — Nourse Theatre
March 27 — San Rafael, CA — Marin Center
March 28 — San Jose, CA — City National Civic
March 29 — Visalia, CA — Visalia Fox Theatre
March 30 — Santa Ynez, CA — Chumash Casino
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Josh Turner and his wife Jennifer used to travel around during the holidays, but after they started having children, they decided to stay put in Tennessee over Christmas. “We have kind of made it a point to be at home at Christmas, ‘cause we want the boys to grow up with memories of being at home for Christmas, instead of traveling around going from this place to that place.” The family of six also includes sons Hampton, Colby, Marion and Hawke.
His favorite dish to eat at Christmastime is turkey. “My favorite food to eat at Christmas time is probably the fried turkey that my daddy makes every year,” says Josh. “He started that several years back, and it became a hit with our family, and so he ended up doing it. He’s been doing it every year since, so that’s always been my favorite food.”
Josh is currently making his way up the country charts with “Hometown Girl.”
Josh Turner (Christmas kids) OC: …somewhere too. :19
“We have kind of made it a point to be at home at Christmas, ‘cause we want the boys to grow up with memories of being at home for Christmas, instead of traveling around going from this place to that place. It’s definitely a lot easier when people come to us, but we have no problem going somewhere too.”
Josh Turner (favorite Christmas food) OC: …favorite food. :15
“My favorite food to eat at Christmas time is probably the fried turkey that my daddy makes every year. He started that several years back, and it became a hit with our family, and so he ended up doing it. He’s been doing it every year since, so that’s always been my favorite food.”
Lauren Alaina released her own version of the holiday classic, “O Holy Night,” last month. She loves Christmas music so much she’d like to release a full album of holiday songs. She has a few favorite songs that she’d have to include on the collection. “I have a few favorites. It’s like a fast favorite actually. Surprisingly is ‘Oh Santa’ by Mariah Carey. I jam to that, girl. I mean I am crazy about that song,” says Lauren. “And I also like ‘O Holy Night,’ like when I just want to really sing and kind of get in the Christmas spirit. It was my grandmother’s favorite, one of her favorites. My grandmother loved Christmas.”
When it comes to her favorite holiday movies, she can’t pinpoint just one. “Oh gosh! I have so many favorite Christmas movies, but I usually like the funny ones like The Grinch and Elf,” declares Lauren. “I don’t know. I like all of it. It’s so hard to pick. I love Christmas.”
As for her favorite Christmas gift as a child, Lauren goes back to the time Santa Claus brought her a Barbie bicycle, and she felt like she was in charge. “My favorite Christmas memory is when I got my Barbie bike when I was six years old, and I thought I ruled the world because it had a horn and it had Barbie’s picture on it.”
Lauren is currently making her way up the country charts with her hit song, “Road Less Traveled.”
Lauren Alaina (favorite Christmas moment) OC: …on it. :09
“This is Lauren Alaina, and my favorite Christmas memory is when I got my Barbie bike when I was six years old, and I thought I ruled the world because it had a horn and it had Barbie’s picture on it.”
Lauren Alaina (loves all Christmas movies) OC: …Christmas. :10
“Oh gosh! I have so many favorite Christmas movies, but I usually like the funny ones like The Grinch and Elf. I don’t know. I like all of it. It’s so hard to pick. I love Christmas.”
Lauren Alaina (Christmas songs) OC: …Christmas. :22
“I have a few favorites. It’s like a fast favorite actually. Surprisingly is ‘Oh Santa’ by Mariah Carey. I jam to that, girl. I mean I am crazy about that song. And I also like ‘O Holy Night,’ like when I just want to really sing and kind of get in the Christmas spirit. It was my grandmother’s favorite, one of her favorites. My grandmother loved Christmas.”
Lauren Alaina (O Holy Night) OC: …of it. :24
“‘O Holy Night’ is one of my favorite Christmas songs ever; one of my favorite songs ever. I think that it’s just beautifully written. The melody and the lyrics and the meaning of the song, it’s a perfect representation of what Christmas is all about, and I love that. I am so honored that I was able to finally do a recording of it.”
When Keith Urban’s ‘ripCORD WORLD TOUR 2016’ arrives at the Westpac Stadium in New Zealand this Saturday, dozens of Civil Defence, Emergency Services and Defence Force personnel will be enjoying the show, thanks to a generous ticket donation by Urban. The four-time Grammy and (Australian) ARIA Award winner, heard about the November 14th Kaikoura earthquake while finishing up the North American leg of his “ripCORD WORLD TOUR 2016.”
“We cannot forget the incredible work of our first responders at the local Civil Defense, Emergency Services and Defense Force,” said Urban. “These courageous men and women answer the call without hesitation and represent the best of the human spirit. I’m incredibly appreciative of not only what they did to protect everyone effected by the Kaikoura quake, but of what they do each and everyday – and so to have them come see us play and show them our appreciation is an honor.”
Civil Defense, Emergency Services and Defense Personnel have worked tirelessly since the earthquake to assist people in affected areas in the top of the South Island and the Wellington region. This has included keeping the public regularly informed with safety messages and road and building closures, maintaining cordons in the CBD and delivering supplies to areas cut off by slips on the roads.
Wellington is the only New Zealand stop on the ‘ripCORD World Tour 2016,’ after which it will head to Australia for performance in Adelaide, Melbourne (2), Canberra at the GIO Stadium, Sydney (2) and Brisbane (2).