• Keith Urban Blue Ain't Your Color
  • Josh Turner Hometown Girl
  • David Nail Good At Tonight
  • Luke Bryan Fast
  • Lauren Alaina Road Less Traveled
  • Little Big Town Better Man
  • George Strait Goin', Goin', Gone
  • Brothers Osborne It Ain't My Fault
  • Chris Stapleton Parachute
  • Jon Pardi Dirt On My Boots

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LITTLE BIG TOWN REVEALS THE TRACK LIST FOR ‘THE BREAKER.’

Little Big Town announced the track list for their forthcoming album, The Breaker, via their socials.

In addition to their current single, “Better Man,” the collection also features 11 other songs. The Breaker will be released February 24th, the same day they begin their residency at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

The Breaker track listing:

1. “Happy People”

2. “Night on Our Side”

3. “Lost in California”

4. “Free”

5. “Drivin’ Around”

6. “We Went to the Beach”

7. “Better Man”

8. “Rollin'”

9. “Don’t Die Young, Don’t Get Old”

10. ‘Beat Up Bible”

11. “When Someone Stops Loving You”

12. “The Breaker”

BROTHERS OSBORNE HAS NO. 1 MOST ADDED SONG AT RADIO.

Brothers Osborne earns the No.1 most added song at Country radio this week with their new single “It Ain’t My Fault”. The boisterous track received 61 adds marking the highest one-week add total for the duo.

“It Ain’t My Fault” is featured on Brothers Osborne’s critically-acclaimed debut album Pawn Shop which also includes the RIAA Platinum-Certified, GRAMMY-nominated No.1 hit “Stay A Little Longer” as well as the GRAMMY-nominated “21 Summer.” Before its release as an official single, “It Ain’t My Fault” has already received high praise with The St. Louis Dispatch claiming it’s “bound to be big,” Newsday noting it’s “hard-rocking” and The Associated Press adding it’s “as clever as any night-gone-wild tune that country music has offered since the heyday of Alan Jackson and Toby Keith.”

Last fall, John and TJ Osborne embarked on their first-headlining THE DIRT RICH TOUR stopping in over 30 markets such as Toronto, Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas. On the heels of their surprise win for CMA Vocal Duo of the Year, the Maryland natives managed to sell out two nights at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver as well as additional shows in New York, Washington DC, Seattle, San Diego and more. Known for their true musicianship and no-limits attitude, Brothers Osborne recently orchestrated an impromptu performance on the roof of their tour bus after part of the venue ceiling collapsed at the Fox Theatre in Hanford, California.

Brothers Osborne will wrap THE DIRT RICH TOUR this week with a sold-out show at Marathon Music Works in Nashville on Jan 18 followed by The Pageant in St. Louis, MO on Jan 19 and Bogart’s in Cincinnati, OH on Jan 20. For a full list of tour dates, news, images and more, visit www.BrothersOsborne.com

ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL® HONORS DARIUS RUCKER.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital honored GRAMMY Award-winning country music artist Darius Rucker at the 28th annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® Seminar on Saturday, Jan. 14 at The Peabody Memphis.

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L to R: GRAMMY Award-winning country music artist Randy Owen, President and CEO of ALSAC, Richard Shadyac Jr. and Darius Rucker
Credit: Seth Dixon

Rucker received the prestigious Randy Owen Angels Among Us Award, which recognizes individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through their unique commitment and humanitarian spirit. Rucker is a staunch supporter who has championed the lifesaving mission of St. Jude for several years – lending his talented voice and passionate heart to raise funds and awareness for the hospital. 

In 2016, Rucker hosted the seventh consecutive, star-studded Darius Rucker and Friends benefit, a sold-out concert that featured performances by Charley Pride, Hunter Hayes, Drake White, Terri Clark, LOCASH and Scotty McCreery. The annual event has raised more than $800,000 for St. Jude, helping to ensure families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. 

In 2015, Rucker recorded “Possibilities,” a song inspired by courageous St. Jude patient Brennan. Rucker heard the tune when Brennan presented it to him, and he later recorded it at a session in Memphis with the help of patients at the hospital.  

Rucker was surprised during the event with a $50,000 donation to St. Jude, given in his honor from ACM Lifting Lives, in recognition of Rucker’s charitable spirit and work with both St. Jude and the Academy of Country Music’s charitable arm. ACM Lifting Lives works to improve lives through the power of music.

“Darius Rucker’s generosity, passion and humanitarian spirit inspire us all, and we are honored to recognize him with this well-deserved award,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “His numerous contributions and generous donations are a testament to his continued commitment to helping St. Jude save the lives of children suffering from cancer and other life-threatening diseases around the world. We are extremely grateful for the support of Darius and countless other country music artists who lend their hearts, time and talent to help further our mission.”

This award places Rucker among the ranks of only four past recipients, including ALABAMA front man and co-founder of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids, Randy Owen for whom the award is named, country artist John Rich, former ALSAC Chief Operating Officer David McKee (posthumously) and St. Jude Country Cares Advisory Council member, Sharon Eaves (posthumously).

Rucker first gained fame as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the GRAMMY Award-winning American rock band Hootie & the Blowfish. Since then, he has dominated country music charts as a solo artist. Rucker recently signed on as host for the second season of “Reel South,” an anthology series highlighting 12 non-fiction stories from across the country, celebrating America’s rich tradition of southern comfort.

Country Cares for St. Jude Kids is recognized as one of the largest country music industry gatherings in the nation and brings thousands of country music industry leaders together to support the lifesaving work of St. Jude. Since 1989, the program has raised more than $650 million for the kids of St. Jude. Participants in the weekend event include country music artists, record label management, radio station general managers, promotions staff, national sales managers, program directors, and on-air staff who seek inspiration and to gain personal experiences that will help them promote and encourage support for St. Jude. 

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).

About Darius Rucker
Rucker first attained multi-platinum status in the music industry as former lead singer and rhythm guitarist of GRAMMY award-winning Hootie & the Blowfish. Since re-introducing himself to the world as a country artist, he has released four consecutive albums to top the Billboard Country albums chart and earned a whole new legion of fans. In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY award for Best Solo Country Performance for his triple platinum selling cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” off his album, True Believers. Rucker’s first two country albums, Learn To Live and Charleston, SC 1966 produced five No. 1 singles including “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” Southern Style, his fourth studio country album, features his latest No. 1 single “Homegrown Honey,” co-written by Rucker, label mate Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Nathan Chapman. Rucker’s heartfelt new single, “If I Told You” is currently climbing the country charts. For more information and tour dates visit www.dariusrucker.com. 

GEORGE STRAIT TO PERFORM AT TJ MARTELL GALA.

The T.J. Martell Foundation is proud to announce that five-time Entertainer of the Year George Strait and acclaimed singer/songwriter Brad Paisley will perform at the 9th Annual T.J. Martell Foundation Nashville Honors Gala taking place at the Omni Hotel on Monday, February 27, 2017.

 

This year’s honorees are as follows:

Janet Miller – Spirit of Nashville Award

Dr. Joseph Smith – Medical Research Advancement Award

Scott Hamilton –Humanitarian Award

Rod Essig – Frances Preston Outstanding Music Industry Achievement Award

Louis Messina – Tony Martell Lifetime Entertainment Achievement Award

 

The Nashville Honors Gala is one of the T.J. Martell Foundation’s premier events that

pays tribute to outstanding community leaders – each honoree is celebrated with a musical performance and a heartwarming presentation. The event has raised more than $4 million for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research since its inception in 2009. The 9th Annual T.J. Martell Foundation’s “Nashville Honors Gala” is co-chaired by Ali Harnell and Danielle Bouharoun.

 

“It is both an honor and a privilege to be co-chairing one of the most anticipated events in Nashville each year,” Harnell says. “The T.J. Martell Foundation is one of the most respected organizations in the country that continues to raise unprecedented funds and awareness in its efforts to find a cure for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. We are saluting altruism at its finest with this great group of honorees.”

LITTLE BIG TOWN HELPS KICK OFF 2017 MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS AT DISNEY WORLD.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (January 13, 2017) Students from Wadsworth High School, Ohio choir group, pose with five-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town and Mickey Mouse as they kick off Music In Our School Tour at Disney. (L-R)  Jane Mell Balek, Give a Note CEO, Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Terry Dola, Disney Performing Arts vice president, Kalyn Davis school choir director, Philip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, Sarah Trahern, CMA CEO and Radio Disney host, Savanah Keys (far right).

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (January 13, 2017) Students from Wadsworth High School, Ohio choir group, pose with five-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town and Mickey Mouse as they kick off Music In Our School Tour at Disney. (L-R) Jane Mell Balek, Give a Note CEO, Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Terry Dola, Disney Performing Arts vice president, Kalyn Davis school choir director, Philip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, Sarah Trahern, CMA CEO and Radio Disney host, Savanah Keys (far right).

Little did Ohio students from Wadsworth High School know, as they finished up an exciting Disney Performing Arts workshop Friday at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort Performance Hall, that the next inspiring words they would hear would come from five-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town (Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Philip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook). In a surprise visit that was part of Give a Note Foundation’s 2017 Music In Our Schools Tour, the superstar Country quartet shared their own experiences with music education and the importance of music in the lives of all students.

This was the most exciting kickoff event to-date for the now fourth annual Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour. This event, founded by the Give a Note Foundation, an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), continues to grow each year thanks to the generosity of contributors such as Disney Performing Arts, Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country, and now the CMA Foundation.

“Music education is a right of every student,” said Fairchild, who also serves on the CMA Foundation Board of Directors. “It helps them develop creativity and self-expression. It builds skills like collaboration and critical thinking that help them succeed in life. For me, my music teacher in high school pushed me out on stage for the very first time to sing a solo, and it changed my life. So I’m very grateful for music education and the power that it had on my career.”

The band’s words of wisdom aligned perfectly with the theme of the workshop, “Disney Sings,” in which students are immersed in a “real world” performance experience and record a portion of a Disney film soundtrack.

“I cried when I saw them walk in. I’m a really big Country Music fan, and so they have been some of my idols. I love listening to their music,” said Claire Doyle, choir student at Wadsworth High School.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (January 13, 2017) Five-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year winner Little Big Town and Mickey Mouse, kick off the Music In Our Schools Tour by surprising Wadsworth High School Choir during a Disney Performing Arts music workshop at Saratoga Springs Resort Performance Hall at Walt Disney World.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (January 13, 2017) Five-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year winner Little Big Town and Mickey Mouse, kick off the Music In Our Schools Tour by surprising Wadsworth High School Choir during a Disney Performing Arts music workshop at Saratoga Springs Resort Performance Hall at Walt Disney World.

“Thanks to our generous partners who have worked tirelessly with Give a Note,” said Jane Mell Balek, Give a Note CEO, “the Foundation has been able to bring music into the lives of more students every year. In its five years, Give a Note has provided over $1.2 million in grants to reach more than 45,000 students in underserved communities across the United States. And we cannot wait to see the incredible impact this year’s Music In Our Schools Tour will have.”

“Every year the launch of the Music In Our Schools Tour at Walt Disney World Resort grows bigger and more exciting,’’ said Terry Dola, Disney Performing Arts vice president of group sales and marketing. “It was a thrill of a lifetime for these students to spend time with such an award-winning group such as Little Big Town, and it’s another example of the kinds of extraordinary experiences students receive with Disney Performing Arts.’’

Six schools will receive a $2,500 grant from Give a Note Foundation, which will be matched by the CMA Foundation. Additionally, Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country will join in celebrating the talented students with select hosted performances.

Ramona High School, Riverside, CA
Joliet Central High School, Joliet, IL
Salina South Middle School, Salina, KS
James Otis Elementary School, Boston, MA
Tar River Elementary School, Franklinton, NC
Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee, WA

EASTON CORBIN RENEWS DEAL WITH THE KRETSCHMAR COUNTRY CAMPAIGN.

Kretschmar® Premium Deli Meats & Cheeses is once again delivering legendary country music experiences to consumers with the Kretschmar Country campaign. The brand has reenlisted three-time American Country Award winner Easton Corbin as a brand ambassador for 2017, along with rising stars Ruthie Collins, Kelleigh Bannen, and Natalie Stovall.

Throughout the year, Kretschmar Country will offer a wide variety of country music experiences, including a consumer sweepstakes. Kretschmar Country artists will be extensively involved with Kretschmar public relations and marketing activities in 2017, which will include concerts, radio remote appearances, and supporting the brand’s partnership with Make-A-Wish®.

“We’re proud and excited to have Easton, Ruthie, Kelleigh, and Natalie back in our lineup,” said Michael J. Sargent, Kretschmar Deli senior brand manager. “This allows Kretschmar to build on our commitment to quality and excellence, and provide our customers with amazing country music experiences. Easton Corbin and the Kretschmar Country team certainly complement our plans with energy and enthusiasm.”

Easton hit the music scene in 2009 with the No. 1 single, “A Little More Country Than That” and won several Breakthrough Artist awards. Since then, Corbin has released three hit albums with songs including, “Roll With It,” “Lovin’ You is Fun,” and “All Over the Road.” Corbin spent 2016 on one of the biggest tours in country music, Carrie Underwood’s The Storyteller Tour, and is currently working on new music for his fourth studio album.

Easton just released his new single, “A Girl Like You.”

BROTHERS OSBORNE TAKE THE BLAME WITH SONGWRITER LEE MILLER FOR LATEST SONG.

Brothers Osborne has hit the airwaves with their latest song, “It Ain’t My Fault,” which they co-wrote with songwriter Lee Miller.

“We just wanted something that was a little more kind of gritty and kind of had some attitude to it, and the whole song is just about clearly all of these things you are blaming on the other, but you are the person that is making this happen,” says TJ Osborne. “You are the person who is to blame, but you’re just so hell bent on having a good time or going forward and not being boggled down by all of the things that would stop a normal person. You kind of just get in the surreal moment of denying any bit of blame.”

“It Ain’t My Fault” is from the duo’s debut album, Pawn Shop.

The pair received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “21 Summer.” The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in L.A. February 12th at 8pm ET on CBS.

Audio / Brothers Osborne’s TJ Osborne talks about the pair’s latest song, “It Ain’t My Fault.”

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“We just wanted something that was a little more kind of gritty and kind of had some attitude to it, and the whole song is just about clearly all of these things you are blaming on the other, but you are the person that is making this happen. You are the person who is to blame, but you’re just so hell bent on having a good time or going forward and not being boggled down by all of the things that would stop a normal person. You kind of just get in the surreal moment of denying any bit of blame. We wrote this with a great songwriter in town named Lee Miller, and it was actually his idea to have these kind of blaming things on each other and this back and forth. And when he started doing it, I was like ‘Man, that’s really cool. I’ve never heard lyrics really delivered like that before.’ And we just started coming up with these really fun different things, whether it’s blaming the ex for the drinking or the drinking for the ex or it’s just whatever order you want to put them in. It was a really, really fun different song, I think.”

Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (It Ain't My Fault)

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NEWS AND NOTES: Sam, Kacey, Keith, Shania

Sam Hunt will join The Chainsmokers will perform at Club Nomadic in Houston surrounding the festivities leading up to Super Bowl 51 February 2nd. Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift are also scheduled to perform during the temporary club’s run before closing February 4th.

Kacey Musgraves will be a guest on a live broadcast of Prairie Home Companion, hosted by Chris Thile. Joining her at the Pasadena (California) on Saturday (January 21st) will be Ryan Adams and Kevin Nealon. Click here for more information.

Keith Urban is scheduled to perform at the annual Legends Day concert before the start of the Indy 500 on Saturday, May 27th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He’s also set to play the Country 500 festival May 28th at Daytona International Speedway. Kid RockKip MooreEaston CorbinEric Paslay and many more will also perform.

Shania Twain will be the subject of a new exhibit set to open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum June 26th. “Being able to revisit favorite costumes, photographs and memories from my career has been a special feeling, especially as this year will see a new stage for me with a brand-new album,” says Shania of her upcoming exhibit.

DIERKS BENTLEY TAKES THE PLUNGE.

Dierks Bentley recently made his annual Polar Plunge, but he was a few days late, 13 to be exact, so he decided to “punish” himself by staying in the cold water for 13 minutes, and he added one additional minute for the heck of it. At Percy Priest Lake outside of Nashville, Dierks was dressed in just a pair of shorts and a ballcap when he walked into the 36-degree water. Check out the video of his 15th plunge below.

Dierks just released the video for his latest song, “Black,” and he’s about to hit the road for his What the Hell Tour, featuring Jon Pardi and Cole Swindell. The trek kicks off in Dayton, Ohio on Thursday (January 19th).

 

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BILLY CURRINGTON ANNOUNCES HIS NEW TOUR LAUNCHING IN MARCH.

Billy Currington will hit the road on his headlining Stay Up ‘Til the Sun tour beginning March 9th, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri.  Billy’s energetic live shows always invite the audience to what feels like a great family reunion that turned into a raucous party.

Currington released his sixth studio album, Summer Forever, on Mercury Nashville in June 2015.  The first single off of Summer Forever, “Don’t It,” climbed to number 1 on the country airplay charts, followed by the album’s second single “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To,” marking his 10th & 11th career #1 singles. Currington’s latest single from the album, “Do I Make You Wanna,” is a “lay back and take it easy” track with lyrics that provided his latest tour’s title.

Over the course of his career, Currington has celebrated eleven No. 1 hits, platinum-selling albums and ACM, CMA and GRAMMY nominations. Currington’s series of chart-toppers include “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To,” “Don’t It,” “Good Directions,” “Let Me Down Easy,” “Must Be Doin’ Something Right,” “People Are Crazy,” “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer,” “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” “Hey Girl,” “Don’t,” and “We Are Tonight.”

Billy will visit more than 20 cities including the below:

3/9/17               St. Louis, MO                          Peabody Opera House
3/10/17             Dubuque, IA                           Five Flags Center
3/11/17              Kansas City, MO                     Uptown Theater
3/23/17             Northfield, OH                        Hard Rock Live
3/24/17             Roanoke, VA                            Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
3/25/17             Sayerville, NJ                           Starland Ballroom
4/6/17               Pittsburgh, PA                         Stage AE
4/7/17               Silver Spring, MD                   The Fillmore
4/8/17               Strousburg, PA                        Sherman Theater
4/20/17            Houston, TX                             House of Blues
4/21/17             Oklahoma City, OK                 The Criterion
5/11/17              Philadelphia, PA                      The Fillmore
5/12/17             Huntington, NY                       The Paramount
5/13/17             Hampton Beach, NH               Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
5/19/17             Richmond, VA                          Center Stage
5/20/17             New York, NY                          Playstation Theater
6/1/17               Atlanta, GA                               The Tabernacle

Billy Currington – Possessing one of the smoothest and most distinct voices in any genre of music, Currington is equally skilled at delivering upbeat summertime anthems as well as exploring the complexities of life and love with a poignant ballad. The talented Georgia native has spent more than a decade in the spotlight proving he’s truly a man for all seasons. Since his self-titled debut album bowed on Mercury Records in 2003, Currington has scored eleven No. 1 singles, including such memorable hits as “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To,” “Don’t It,” “Good Directions,” “Let Me Down Easy,” “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” “People Are Crazy,” “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” “Hey Girl,” and “We Are Tonight.” Throughout his career, he has amassed an impressive list of accolades. He won the “Hottest Video of the Year” honor at the fan-voted CMT Music Awards for “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right.” The same year, he received an ACM nod for Top New Male Vocalist. His hit duet with Shania Twain, “Party for Two,” earned nominations from both the CMA and ACM. “People Are Crazy” took Currington’s already hot career to another level. He earned Grammy nominations for Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song in addition to being nominated for Single and Song of the Year from the Country Music Association.

For additional information, please visit BillyCurrington.com

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