• 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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ERIC PASLAY HAD GEORGE STRAIT IN MIND WHEN ‘SHE DON’T LOVE YOU’ WAS WRITTEN.

Eric Paslay’s “She Don’t Love You” has been on several “Best Songs” list, including Rolling Stone’s list of Best Songs of 2014. The tune was written during a lull when he and songwriter Jen Wayne were trying to write for a certain Texas superstar.

“We were initially trying to write a song for George Strait, ‘cause he had just announced that he was doing The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. And Jen Wayne’s grandfather is John Wayne, so she knows a lot about cowboys,” recalls Eric. “So, we were trying to just write that song, and we didn’t quite have it, and I think she said, ‘She Don’t Love You,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, she’s just lonely.’ Just kind of joking around or something, and 45 minutes later, we’d written ‘She Don’t Love You.’”

“She Don’t Love You” is from his self-titled debut album.

Audio / Eric Paslay talks about writing his current single, “She Don’t Love You.”

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Eric Paslay (writing She Don’t Love You) OC: …writing-wise. :32
“We were initially trying to write a song for George Strait, ‘cause he had just announced that he was doing The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. And Jen Wayne’s grandfather is John Wayne, so she knows a lot about cowboys. So, we were trying to just write that song, and we didn’t quite have it, and I think she said, ‘She Don’t Love You,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, she’s just lonely.’ Just kind of joking around or something, and 45 minutes later, we’d written ‘She Don’t Love You.’ I’m proud to have a great ballad. I believe it’s probably the best ballad I’ve ever been a part of writing-wise.”

Audio / She Don't Love You :90 vignette

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ERIC CHURCH WILL BE THE INAUGURAL PERFORMER FOR NASHVILLE’S NEW ASCEND AMPHITHEATER AT RIVERFRONT PARK.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Apr. 23, 2015) – Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Live Nation announced today that on July 30, seven-time GRAMMY nominee Eric Church will be the inaugural performer for Music City’s new Ascend Amphitheater in Riverfront Park.

Recently ranked No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard Hot Tours chart for his successful “The Outsiders World Tour” which continues through this summer, Church will give a rare solo concert performance with just his guitar, giving fans a unique experience from when he set a new venue attendance record of 18,441 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena earlier this year in January. Tickets will go on sale at Ticketmaster next Thursday, Apr. 30 at 10:00 AM (CT).

“The newest addition to Music City’s live music scene will get off to a great start with a concert from Eric Church, who represents what’s great about Music City,” Mayor Dean said. “His songs can’t be confined to just one genre; he draws from country, rock and other types of music that help make the scene here in Nashville so vibrant and eclectic.”

Named one of the “50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now” by Rolling Stone, the EMI Nashville recording artist “… is arguably both the mainstream country artist of the year and the mainstream rock artist of the year and his show made a case for that blend” proclaimed the Memphis Commercial Appeal when reviewing his concert late last year. “

The CMA and four-time ACM Award winner finished 2014 as country music’s top-selling artist, with the year’s highest debut and sales of any release in the format as the critical and commercial success The Outsiders reached Platinum status, marking more than one million albums sold. Debuting at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and Top Country Albums chart, The Outsidersgarnered GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM Top Album nominations and features his No.1 hits “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Talladega” as well as his current single “Like A Wrecking Ball.”

The Outsiders is the follow-up to Church’s Platinum-certified Chief, (named the 2012 Album of the Year by both CMA and ACM, and GRAMMY-nominated for Best Country Album) which featured five Top 20 singles: “Homeboy” (certified Platinum for sales in excess of one million singles); the Top 10 “Like Jesus Does” and the Top 5 “Creepin’” (both certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000 singles each); and two No. 1 hits “Drink in My Hand” (certified Platinum) and “Springsteen” (certified Double Platinum for sales in excess of two million singles). Church’s 2006 debut album, Sinners Like Me (2006) and his sophomore album Carolina (2009) are both RIAA Gold-certified. Carolina had three hit singles: the Top 10 “Hell on the Heart” as well as Top 20 hit “Smoke A Little Smoke” and Top 10 smash “Love Your Love The Most,” which were both certified Gold. Sinners Like Me spawned three Top 20 singles: “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines,” and “Guys Like Me.”

For more information on Church, visitwww.EricChurch.com.

CANAAN SMITH CAN’T WAIT TO TOUR WITH THE ‘KING OF COOL.’

Canaan Smith will be headed out with Dierks Bentley on his Sounds of Summer Tour, and he can’t wait to get on the road with his friend, who he’s dubbed “King of Cool.”

“Dierks Bentley, to me, is the King of Cool. When George Strait came out, he was the King of Cool, and I feel like the next guy in line was Dierks. And he’s always been that same guy from the beginning,” says Canaan. “He’s always had a sound. He hasn’t strayed from it, and he’s always presented himself as just a kind of a man’s man, and I like that. He’s inspired me a lot, so when he asked me to go on this tour, I didn’t hesitate at all. I’m honored to be a part of it.”

Canaan is marching up the country charts with his single, “Love You Like That,” which is featured on his self-titled debut EP. It also includes a song, “Two Lane Road,” which features his buddy, Dierks.

Audio / Canaan Smith says he didn’t hesitate at all when Dierks Bentley asked him to go on the Sounds of Summer Tour.

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Canaan Smith (Dierks tour) OC: …part of it. :27
“Dierks Bentley, to me, is the King of Cool. When George Strait came out, he was the King of Cool, and I feel like the next guy in line was Dierks. And he’s always been that same guy from the beginning. He’s always had a sound. He hasn’t strayed from it, and he’s always presented himself as just a kind of a man’s man, and I like that. He’s inspired me a lot, so when he asked me to go on this tour, I didn’t hesitate at all. I’m honored to be a part of it.”

Video / Canaan Smith Love You Like That video

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DIERKS BENTLEY CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HOW FANS REACT TO ‘SAY YOU DO’ LIVE ON HIS SOUNDS OF SUMMER TOUR.

Dierks Bentley is closing in on the No.1 spot on the country charts with his latest single, “Say You Do,” which means it’s become really familiar with his crowds over the past few months.

“The fan reaction to ‘Say You Do’ has been incredible. I mean, we just started playing it towards the end [of the Riser Tour], you could already tell it had that stuff that really connects with the audience,” says Dierks. “The cool thing’s gonna be when we go back out in the summer on the Sounds of Summer Tour to see what’s happened to it, because since we left off and now picking back up, the song’s gone from being in the 20s and now it’s up towards No. 1.”

Dierks has a few festivals on the books, such as the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California this weekend, before his Sounds of Summer Tour, kicks off June 5th in Raleigh, North Carolina. The trek features Kip Moore, Canaan Smith and Maddie & Tae.

Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about the fan reaction to his song as it nears the top of the country charts.

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Dierks Bentley (SYD fan reaction) OC: …forward to. :37
“The fan reaction to ‘Say You Do’ has been incredible. I mean, we just started playing it towards the end [of the Riser Tour], you could already tell it had that stuff that really connects with the audience. The cool thing’s gonna be when we go back out in the summer on the Sounds of Summer Tour to see what’s happened to it, because since we left off and now picking back up, the song’s gone from being in the 20s and now it’s up towards No. 1, so to see how it’s changed and how the fans are reacting to it. I’ve had a little taste of that with a few shows we’ve done – just one-offs. But getting back out there on the Sounds of Summer Tour and see what’s happened to this song is going to be a huge surprise for us, something we’re really looking forward to.”

Video / Dierks Bentley Say You Do video

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GARY ALLAN WILL KICK OFF THIS YEAR’S CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL!

NASHVILLE – The 2015 CMA Music Festival is sure to have something for everyone with today’s announcement of performers who will take the Chevrolet™ Riverfront Stage. The lineup for the FREE daily concerts has something for all fans, regardless of what decade they came of age or whether they prefer whiskey-soaked ballads or sing-out-loud anthems.

Gary Allan will launch the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage shows Thursday, June 11 (10:00 AM/CDT). The free shows will happen every day from 10:00 AM-5:30 PM during the four-day event, happening Thursday through Sunday, June 11-14, in downtown Nashville.

“Gary is extremely popular with our fans and I can’t think of a better artist to jump-start four days of non-stop, free music,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “We have an amazing lineup and when you consider that admission is free, there is no reason not to come down and enjoy everything this Festival has to offer.”

Performers scheduled to appear on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage include Allan, Rodney Atkins, Big Smo, Craig Wayne Boyd, Kristian Bush, Jason Michael Carroll, Craig Campbell, Dan + Shay, Diamond Rio, Charles Esten, Jack Ingram, Lonestar, Dustin Lynch, Maddie & Tae, Scotty McCreery, Ashley Monroe, Montgomery Gentry, Lorrie Morgan, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Kellie Pickler, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Restless Heart, Chase Rice, Maggie Rose, Canaan Smith, Corey Smith, The Cadillac Three, The Swon Brothers, Thompson Square, Tanya Tucker, Phil Vassar, Clay Walker, Aaron Watson, and Darryl Worley. Katie Armiger will perform the National Anthem on opening day.

The official lineup was announced to CMA’s email newsletter and social media subscribers this morning, with a video directed by Ben Boutwell showing Chevrolet vehicles taking Country Music fans on road trips to downtown Nashville for the reveal. The video also featured a special appearance by Chevrolet Riverfront Stage opener Allan. Fans can follow the conversation and share their thoughts on the lineup with #ChevyCMA and view the video here.

For upcoming talent announcements and all other info stay connected with CMA on CMAfest.com, Facebook.com/CMA, Twitter.com/CountryMusic, Instagram.com/CMA, and sign up for CMA Exclusive, CMA’s email newsletter. Fans can also download the 2015 CMA Music Festival mobile app for iPhone  or Android to view the latest artist lineups and to plan their Festival experience.

CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of CMA.

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KEITH URBAN MARKS 32ND TOP 5 SINGLE.

Keith Urban’s latest single, “Raise ‘Em Up”, featuring Eric Church, his fifth from his #1 album FUSE, hits #5 this week marking his 32nd Top 5 single.  But perhaps even more impressive is his place alongside some of history’s greatest streaks – the Miami Dolphins 1972 march to 17-0 or  Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak of ’41 – as Urban’s consecutive streak of Top 10 songs hits thirty three.

“The support I get from my friends at country radio and the fans, is absolutely astounding, said Urban.  “Its what makes ALL of this possible, and I can’t wait to hit the road again and thank you all in the best way I know how!”

In addition, as Urban took to the stage to perform “Raise ‘Em Up” with Eric Church at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, he released a special behind-the-scenes making of the music video for “Raise ‘Em Up” via Twitter.   The groundbreaking campaign made it possible for fans to unlock the video by tweeting with #behindRaiseEmUp. Find the official behind-the-scenes video for “Raise ‘Em Up” here: http://smarturl.it/behindRaiseEmUp

For more Keith Urban news and information go to www.keithurban.net.

NEWS AND NOTES: LBT, Vince, Dierks

Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman will appear on The Chew on Tuesday at 1pm ET on ABC to chat about her new cookbook, Oh Gussie!

Vince Gill is the featured guest on The Big Interview With Dan Rather on Tuesday (April 21st) at 8pm ET.

Dierks Bentley, as well as Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood were announced as headliners for next year’s ACM Party for a Cause Festival, taking place April 1st – 3rd, 2016.

LITTLE BIG TOWN PICKS UP ON SUPPORT FROM THEIR PEERS.

Little Big Town went home with the trophy for Vocal Group of the Year at Sunday night’s ACM Awards. The group performed their latest hit, “Girl Crush,” which has drawn the support of the music industry at large.

“It’s mind-blowing. It’s the most beautiful thing and you couldn’t create this out of thin air,” says LBT’s Phillip Sweet. “It’s like, this is something that just happens and I think we feel really humbled by it.” Bandmate Karen Fairchild agrees, “Like Garth said, ‘Our Mamas raised us to do certain things, and we cultivate that in this little subculture that we’ve made,’ and it makes me really, really proud.”

“Girl Crush,” from their ACM-Award nominated album, Pain Killer, is making its way up the country charts and is selling like hotcakes. Little Big Town has sold more than 95,000 just this week – 30,000 during the ACM Awards alone. The single should be close to being certified Gold.

Audio / Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet and Karen Fairchild talk about having the support of their peers in the music industry.

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Little Big Town (industry support) OC: (Karen) …really proud. :42
PHILLIP: “It’s mind-blowing. It’s the most beautiful thing and you couldn’t create this out of thin air. It’s like, this is something that just happens and I think we feel really humbled by it.” KAREN: “I love this genre so much. I’ve never been in another genre, [laughs] but I’m pretty sure it’s the best. I love being backstage and seeing Thomas Rhett right before he goes on and him saying, ‘Say a prayer,’ and I say, ‘No, you say a prayer for me.’ I love that, and I love the nurturing aspect of, like Garth said, ‘Our Mamas raised us to do certain things, and we cultivate that in this little subculture that we’ve made,’ and it makes me really, really proud.”

SAM HUNT’S ‘TAKE YOUR TIME’ IS NO. 1 ON THE COUNTRY CHARTS.

Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time” has taken over the top spot on both the Country Aircheck and Billboard country charts. The Georgia native says this song is really a pivotal point in his career.

“It’s a song that when I wrote it, I really found like I found my direction as an artist, as opposed to writing songs for potentially other artists,” says Sam. “Hopefully, it can solidify a lot of the things that we’ve had going for us over the last several months and help us really go forward and put out more music from Montevallo and really help solidify the opportunity to make a second record here in the next couple of years. It’s a really pivotal point, I feel like.”

It’s now his second straight No. 1 single, following “Leave the Night On” from his Gold-certified debut album, Montevallo.

Audio / Sam Hunt says his new No. 1 hit, “Take Your Time,” is a pivotal point in his career.

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Sam Hunt (Take Your Time pivotal point) OC: …feel like. :25
“It’s a song that when I wrote it, I really found like I found my direction as an artist, as opposed to writing songs for potentially other artists. Hopefully, it can solidify a lot of the things that we’ve had going for us over the last several months and help us really go forward and put out more music from Montevallo and really help solidify the opportunity to make a second record here in the next couple of years. It’s a really pivotal point, I feel like.”

GEORGE STRAIT PICKS UP AN ACM MILESTONE AWARD.

George Strait was honored with a 50th Anniversary Milestone Award for being an ACM winner for over four decades.

“They were talking about all the things that had happened to me all through the years at the Academy of Country Music Awards, and it’s not that you forget, but sometimes getting reminded about it, you go like, ‘Oh wow! That’s pretty cool,’” says George. “And to see some of those old pictures (laughs), I love it.”

Before accepting the award, he performed his 1987 No. 1 hit, “All My Exes Live in Texas,” as well as his new single, “Let It Go,” which hits radio on Monday (April 20th).

Audio / George Strait talks about his ACM Milestone Award.

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George Strait (Milestone Award) OC: …I love it. :23
“I’m pretty excited about it. During rehearsal, I was going up there and they were talking about all the things that had happened to me all through the years at the Academy of Country Music Awards, and it’s not that you forget, but sometimes getting reminded about it, you go like, ‘Oh wow! That’s pretty cool.’ And to see some of those old pictures (laughs), I love it.”

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