• Darius Rucker Southern Style
  • Kip Moore I'm to Blame
  • Clare Dunn Move On
  • David Nail Night's On Fire
  • Lady Antebellum Long Stretch of Love
  • Dierks Bentley Riser
  • Billy Currington Drinking Town with a Football Problem
  • Eric Church Like a Wrecking Ball

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LUKE BRYAN LURES IN THE FISH IN WYOMING.

Luke Bryan has a song on his new album, Kill the Lights, titled “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day.” This is truly the life he lives when he’s not on the road or in the studio. Check out a recent break from his Kick the Dust Up Tour, as he throws out a line in Wyoming in the new episode of LBTV.

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DAVID NAIL’S FORTHCOMING ALBUM IS ‘ON FIRE.’

David Nail is climbing the charts with “Night’s On Fire,” the first single from his forthcoming fourth album in the studio. He’s been working on new music over the past several months, and he’s come up with some great songs, which he’s calling his “lovemaking record.”

“It seems like on every song we’re referencing it in some way, shape or form, from, I guess, very adolescent age to even now in my mid-30s,” says David. “I’ve never been one to really write or record songs about that type of subject matter, but when I first started getting into the process of making this record, I was writing more than I’d ever written before, and I was very open to trying new things and writing with new people. And it just seemed like all the songs that we were getting seemed to reference that in some way, shape or form.”

When David went home to Missouri, he played some of the new music for his parents, but he was having a little trouble choosing which songs he could play for Mom and Dad. “Even at 36 years old, I’m still a little hesitant to be too revealing when it comes to the parents part,” he said.

David will definitely perform a song or two from his new record, including “Night’s On Fire,” when he makes stops in Boston on Friday, Gilford, New Hampshire on Saturday and Essex, Vermont on Sunday.

Audio / David Nail talks about his forthcoming album, which features his latest single, “Night’s On Fire.”

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David Nail (lovemaking record) OC: …parents part. 1:04
“You know, I’ve been telling people that this is my lovemaking record. It seems like on every song we’re referencing it in some way, shape or form, from, I guess, very adolescent age to even now in my mid-30s. So, I’ve never been one to really write or record songs about that type of subject matter, but when I first started getting into the process of making this record, I was writing more than I’d ever written before, and I was very open to trying new things and writing with new people. And it just seemed like all the songs that we were getting seemed to reference that in some way, shape or form. It was funny, I was back home in Missouri and I was playing music for my parents, and I was having to think long and hard about which songs I wanted them to hear, because even at 36 years old, I’m still a little hesitant to be too revealing when it comes to the parents part.”

Audio / LINER David Nail (Nights On Fire)

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KIP MOORE HAS SPECIAL PLANS FOR LABOR DAY.

Kip Moore has special plans on Labor Day (September 7th) this year. He will headline the Labor of Love Music Festival in Racine, Wisconsin. Funds raised from the event, hosted by CASE Construction Equipment, will go toward the Wounded Warrior Project, which concentrates on programs to help veterans with the physical and emotional issues of life after combat, including assisting those needing jobs. This event will focus on the importance of hiring veterans into skilled jobs in the manufacturing and construction industries.

The Georgia native says he wanted to perform at the event, because it helps bring awareness to the fact that some veterans have difficulty in finding a job, and he tells us how we can offer support.

“Just open your eyes, just look at how these people go and take care of us and they serve, they serve for so many years, whether it’s disabilities, whether it’s coming back and jobs are taken, we need to make special exceptions for these people taking care of us and we need to somehow make opportunities,” says Kip. “If they’re not there, we need to make ‘em for these people coming back, because I can’t imagine what it’s like being back in the regular society. You can’t get anything going, and you’re already struggling with all of the mental stuff you had to deal with over there fighting or just simply serving.”

Kip, who is climbing the charts with his single “I’m to Blame,” recently announced his 2015 Wild Ones Tour, kicking off October 8th in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Audio / Kip Moore explains why he wanted to perform on Labor Day this year.

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Kip Moore (Labor Day 2015) OC: …part of. :50
“I’m affiliated with CASE, and CASE is very affiliated with Veterans and other different kind of blue collar things, and that’s why I’m with that company. But, I mean, just open your eyes, just look at how these people go and take care of us and they serve, they serve for so many years, whether it’s disabilities, whether it’s coming back and jobs are taken, we need to make special exceptions for these people taking care of us and we need to somehow make opportunities. If they’re not there, we need to make ‘em for these people coming back, because I can’t imagine what it’s like being back in the regular society. You can’t get anything going, and you’re already struggling with all of the mental stuff you had to deal with over there fighting or just simply serving. So, yeah, it’s a thing I want to be a part of.”

DIERKS BENTLEY SHARES THE BEHIND-THE-SCENES AND BACK STORY OF HIS NEW VIDEO FOR ‘RISER.’

NASHVILLE, TN – Sep. 3, 2015 – Multi-PLATINUM entertainer Dierks Bentley has elevated “the most inspiring message of any song he’s ever done” (The Fresno Bee) with the raw music video for his powerful latest single, “Riser.” Premiering exclusively on The Guardian today, the true story follows the struggles of a formerly homeless mother of two named Amy as she rebuilds her life.

“I really wanted this video to reflect the ‘risers’ among us,” said Bentley. “So, when it came to casting, it was important to me that the storyline follow something real – no acting. The first thing I thought when I met Amy was you would have never known that she had been living out of her car with two kids and nowhere to go. Hearing her story is such a solid example that there are people we pass all around us every day who are going through tough times. It’s dedicated to all the ‘Risers.'”

With the help of Nashville non-profit Safe Haven Family Shelter, Amy was able to receive critical education, support and guidance that helped her make a successful return into her own home. Amy shares her story in more depth in this behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot. To watch, click here: http://bit.ly/1IN2RyN

One of country music’s most-respected and most-unpredictable careers, award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley continues to grow, as “his career skyrocketed to greater heights with the release of his seventh album, RISER” (San Jose Mercury News).  After spawning three consecutive No. one hits with “I Hold On,” “Drunk On A Plane” and “Say You Do,” he follows with the “Riser” as the record’s latest release. Bentley’s six previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies, notched 13 chart-topping singles, earned 12 GRAMMY nominations, countless CMA, ACM and CMT nominations and membership at the Grand Ole Opry. Bentley is currently on the road selling out arenas and amphitheaters with his 2015 SOUND OF SUMMER TOUR, and recently sold-out his 10th Annual Miles & Music For Kids event in Nashville, TN within 30 minutes. For more information, visit www.dierks.com.

About Safe Haven Family Shelter: 

For 31 years, Safe Haven Family Shelter (SHFS) has served as the only shelter-to-housing program of its kind in Middle Tennessee that accepts the entire homeless family. While keeping the family together, SHFS provides comprehensive education, counseling and support for families to achieve lasting self-sufficiency. Safe Haven’s approach is one of service, compassion, trauma-informed care and evidence-based practices. More information can be found at www.safehaven.org.

Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about his song, 'Riser.'

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Dierks Bentley (Riser needs to be heard) OC: …people’s lives. :31
“When I think of a person that’s a ‘Riser,’ I mean, obviously you think of folks in the military, you think of heroes, but I think of my fans. Every day out there on the road that are struggling, you know, to pay the bills, put food on the table, raise kids. They’re out there at my show blowing off some steam. I feel it an honor to be the person that gets a chance to sing this song and be their host that whole night and help them recharge their batteries. But I just feel like it’s a really, it’s just one of those songs that needs to be heard. I feel like it’s a song that could change people’s lives.”

Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Riser intro)

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Video / BTS Dierks Bentley's Riser

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BEHIND-THE-SCENES OF CLARE DUNN’S DEBUT MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘MOVE ON.’

Go behind-the-scenes of Clare Dunn‘s debut video for “Move On.”

Video / BTS of Clare Dunn's Move On

SCOTTY McCREERY’S FAN CLUB CREATED ‘THE SOUTHERN BELLES’ TO TAKE PART IN NASHVILLE’S ST. JUDE WALK/RUN TO END CHILDHOOD CANCER.

Country music artist Scotty McCreery has been a strong supporter of charitable causes close to his heart, such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  This month in honor of the Mercury Nashville / 19 / Interscope recording artist, the Scotty McCreery Fan Club has created “The Southern Belles,” a team named after his new single, “Southern Belle,” to participate in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in Nashville on Sept. 26 at Edwin Warner Park at 8:00 AM — and they are asking their fellow fans to join them. Anyone who wants to join “The Southern Belles” can visit http://walkrun.stjude.org/southernbelles to sign up to walk with the team, donate money to St. Jude for the fight against childhood cancer, or both. Each person who donates will be entered in a drawing for a McCreery prize pack. More information can also be found at www.scottyfans.com/news.

As part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, St. Jude will be holding Walk/Runs all over the nation on Sept. 26. The Nashville event has a goal to raise $210,000 for the cause, and “The Southern Belles” are excited to help the hospital reach its goal.

“I’ve always said I have the greatest fans in the world, and it makes me both happy and proud to see them create ‘The Southern Belles’ as a way of raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said McCreery.  “St. Jude performs miracles regularly for children from all walks of life. I am truly honored and thankful that my fans want to support such a worthwhile organization in my name.”

McCreery’s new single “Southern Belle” can be heard nationwide on country radio and is available for purchase at http://umgn.us/southernbelle.

For more information on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, visit st.jude.org. For more information on McCreery, visit ScottyMcCreery.com.

LUKE BRYAN’S ‘KILL THE LIGHTS’ IS NO. 1 COUNTRY ALBUM THIS WEEK.

Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights continues to reign at the top of the country album chart. The collection, featuring his No. 1 song “Kick the Dust Up” and his new hit “Strip It Down,” sold another 54,000 copies last week to hold at No. 1 on the country chart and at No. 2 overall. Kip Moore’s Wild Ones bowed at No. 2 on the country chart with nearly 40,000.

“I think when you hear ‘Kick the Dust Up’ right off the bat, it sets a tone that I’m right here with what I am,” says Luke. “But then when you start getting into ‘Kill the Lights’ and hear that new kind of sound of that song, and then even with some of the other tracks like ‘Fast’ and then even ‘To the Moon and Back,’ those go down that ‘Drink a Beer’ seriousness that I was able to do a little bit on Crash My Party.”

Luke takes his Kick the Dust Up Tour to Darien Lakes, New York for a two-night stand beginning Thursday.

Audio / Luke Bryan explains what fans can expect from his new album, Kill the Lights.

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Luke Bryan (what fans can expect from KTL) OC: …albums to come. :42
“I want them to be going ‘Oh yeah, this is what we wanted, this is what we expect, this is what – this is kind of what I’m about, but in a different way too. And I think when you hear ‘Kick the Dust Up’ right off the bat, it sets a tone that I’m right here with what I am but then when you start getting into ‘Kill the Lights’ and hear that new kind of sound of that song, and then even with some of the other tracks like ‘Fast’ and then even ‘To the Moon and Back,’ those go down that ‘Drink a Beer’ seriousness that I was able to do a little bit on Crash My Party. And now it worked on Crash My Party, and now I’m confident to do it certainly on this album and more albums to come.”

 

LAUREN ALAINA WRITES AND RECORDS EXCLUSIVE TRACK FOR ESPN’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL CAMPAIGN.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 31, 2015) – Worldwide sports leader ESPN selects country star Lauren Alaina to create a track exclusively for this season’s college football coverage. Lauren and Imagine Dragons were the only two artists chosen to contribute brand new recordings for ESPN and its college football promotion.

“I have followed Lauren’s career and knew of her talent. The pageantry, traditions, passion and atmosphere of college football is unlike any other sport and Lauren has captured what makes the season special in her song ‘History’,” shares Kevin Wilson, ESPN Music Director.

Alaina, along with Jesse Frasure and Emily Weisband, wrote “History” specifically for ESPN which will use the powerful song in its promotions across all platforms for the top college football matchups each week. The track will also be used as a central part of the campaign building towards the College Football Playoff (CFP) semifinals on New Year’s Eve and the CFP National Championship on January 11, 2016.

“For a southern girl, college football is everything. I am so pumped to have my song used for ESPN’s college football coverage,” Alaina excitedly explains. “Thank you ESPN for giving me something to make my boyfriend, dad, and brother think I’m that much cooler!”

Alaina is currently on radio tour in support of her highly-anticipated new music expected at country radio next month.

To preview and purchase “History”, visit http://umgn.us/History.

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SAM HUNT SCORES THIRD NO. 1 SINGLE IN A ROW WITH ‘HOUSE PARTY.’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 31, 2015) – MCA Nashville’s Sam Hunt lands at No. 1 on both the Billboard and MediaBase country radio airplay charts this week with “House Party.” Since his radio debut only 63 weeks ago, Hunt has achieved three straight Platinum-selling No. 1 hits with “Leave the Night On,” the Double-Platinum “Take Your Time,” and now, “House Party” – all off of his record-breaking debut album, MONTEVALLO.

Hunt’s fourth single from MONTEVALLO, “Break Up In A Small Town,” ships to radio in the coming weeks, yet has already surpassed 500,000 in sales. [Watch Hunt perform “Break Up In A Small Town” on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” online exclusive HERE.] Continuing an impressive run, and an unprecedented one for a new artist, Hunt remains one of the sales leaders across all genres. According to Billboard, “Hunt, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Taylor Swift are the only artists who have remained in the top 30 of the Billboard 200 since the start of 2015.”

Sam is currently out on the Wheels Up 2015 Tour with Lady Antebellum and Hunter Hayes. Upcoming dates include Birmingham, Ala.; Panama City Beach, Fla.; Tampa, Fla. and West Palm Beach, Fla.

For more information, touring news and updates on Sam Hunt, please visit www.SamHunt.com.

Audio / Sam Hunt explains how he and his cowriters came up with the idea for “House Party.”

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Sam Hunt (writing House Party) OC: …to write. :48
“‘House Party’ was a song that came from an idea that I put in my phone one day, as I do with a lot of ideas. Most of them don’t pan out, but that was one that came together and was fortunate enough to write it with Zach Crowell and Jerry Flowers, and Jerry is such a great musician. He was playing a groove on either the guitar or the bass – he plays bass obviously with Keith Urban, but he’s also a great guitar player. He came up with this fun riff, and I was going through my phone and looking at those ideas and saw that little note that I had put in my phone notes and we just started talking about it and writing it. It came out pretty easy compared to how a lot of the other songs on the album that took a lot more time to dig into and write, but it’s just a fun idea and a fun concept, and I think that’s why it was so easy and fun to write.”

KIP MOORE SAYS HE’S ‘TO BLAME.’

Kip Moore is climbing the country charts with his latest single, “I’m to Blame,” and he said the song originated after he had been watching TV.

“I’d been listening to the night before to some people on TV, there was some stuff going on politically, and everybody’s throwing everybody under the bus. No one wants to shield any of the blame. I’ve never been that guy, man,” says Kip. “I kinda came in like just that day just kinda angry about all that. Just feeling like we’re all losing our spine. Where have the men gone kinda thing that day.”

“My thing is I’m not looking for the wrong road, but I’ve always been kinda fearless in my approach. I’m not scared to step out and try something, and there’s a good chance that I’m gonna take the wrong step first, but that’ll lead me to the right step, and that’s kinda what I meant,” he continues. “I’m not gonna intentionally do things to mess up, but when I do, I’m not gonna try to put it off on somebody else. I’ll be the first to say, ‘Look I did it. Let’s move on from this. I’m sorry about it.’ So, that’s kinda how the whole concept of it started.”

“I’m to Blame” is included on his new album, Wild Ones.

Audio / Kip Moore talks about his latest single, “I’m to Blame.”

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Kip Moore (I’m to Blame) OC: …it started. :53
“I’d been listening to the night before to some people on TV, there was some stuff going on politically, and everybody’s throwing everybody under the bus. No one wants to shield any of the blame. I’ve never been that guy, man. I kinda came in like just that day just kinda angry about all that. Just feeling like we’re all losing our spine. Where have the men gone kinda thing that day. My thing is I’m not looking for the wrong road, but I’ve always been kinda fearless in my approach. I’m not scared to step out and try something, and there’s a good chance that I’m gonna take the wrong step first, but that’ll lead me to the right step, and that’s kinda what I meant. I’m not gonna intentionally do things to mess up, but when I do, I’m not gonna try to put it off on somebody else. I’ll be the first to say, ‘Look I did it. Let’s move on from this. I’m sorry about it.’ So, that’s kinda how the whole concept of it started.”

Audio / LINER Kip Moore (latest single, I’m to Blame)

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Hey-what’s up, guys? This is Kip Moore. Here’s my latest single, ‘I’m to Blame.’

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  • Alan Jackson with WUSN/Chicago’s Jeff Kapugi and Marci Braun, as well as UMG Nashville’s Mike Dungan and Steve Hodges.