• Kip Moore More Girls Like You
  • Keith Urban The Fighter
  • Sam Hunt Body Like A Back Road
  • Easton Corbin A Girl Like You
  • Lady Antebellum You Look Good
  • Brothers Osborne It Ain't My Fault
  • Little Big Town Better Man
  • George Strait Goin', Goin', Gone
  • Jon Pardi Dirt On My Boots
  • Eric Church Kill A Word
  • Luke Bryan Fast
  • Lauren Alaina Road Less Traveled
  • Darius Rucker If I Told You
  • Billy Currington Do I Make You Wanna
  • Josh Turner Hometown Girl

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JON PARDI APPEARS ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA.

Jon Pardi performed his No. 1 hit “Dirt on My Boots” on Good Morning America on Thursday (March 23rd). The ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year also performed the title track from his sophomore album, California Sunrise.

During a Facebook Live video interview with GMA’s Ginger Zee prior to appearing on the show, Jon helped to observe National Puppy Day, while holding a cute pup. The California native was surprised with a plaque celebrating the gold certification for over 500,000 sales of “Dirt on My Boots.”

Video / Jon Pardi performs "Dirt on My Boots" on GMA

DARIUS RUCKER AND JOHN MELLENCAMP MEET AT THE CROSSROADS.

Darius Rucker teams up with John Mellencamp for CMT Crossroads on Friday (March 24th). Taped in front of a live audience at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on February 24th, the two trade vocals on several of their big hits, including “Wagon Wheel,” “Alright” and Darius’ latest single “If I Told You,” as well as Mellencamp’s “Pink Houses” and “Cherry Bomb.”

It was pretty difficult for Darius not to be just a fan when he was onstage with the legendary performer. “That’s the hard thing for me is to not be out there fanboying the whole time and freaking out that I’m actually on stage with someone like John,” he says. “We were in rehearsals and he’s singing those songs, and I mean, I keep forgetting that I was supposed to sing too, because I just wanted to sit back and listen.”

The new episode airs Friday at 10pm ET on CMT.

Audio / Darius Rucker talks about being a fan while filming the latest installment of CMT Crossroads.

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Darius Rucker (CMT Crossroads) OC: …and listen. :17
“Oh, that’s the hard thing for me is to not be out there fanboying the whole time and freaking out that I’m actually on stage with someone like John. We were in rehearsals and he’s singing those songs, and I mean, I keep forgetting that I was supposed to sing too, because I just wanted to sit back and listen.”

Video / Sneak peek of CMT Crossroads

Video / Darius Rucker talking about being on stage with John Mellencamp for CMT Crossroads.

LADY ANTEBELLUM’S CHARLES KELLEY WILL HOST THIS YEAR’S ACM LIFTING LIVES GOLF CLASSIC.

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The Academy of Country Music® announced today that for the first time Charles Kelley, of multi-platinum trio Lady Antebellum and eleven-time ACM Award winner, will host the ACM Lifting Lives® Golf Classic at TPC Las Vegas on Saturday, April 1, 2017. The “scramble” style golf tournament, being held for the sixth consecutive year at TPC Las Vegas, was initially created to meet the need for a charitable event to connect fans, sponsors and donors with industry insiders and artists. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the ACM Lifting Lives’ Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund, which provides immediate relief to those in need within the music industry.

Established by former Academy of Country Music and ACM Lifting Lives Board Chair Gayle Holcomb, in honor of her mother, the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund responds quickly to unforeseen, immediate financial needs of music related organizations and individuals. Since its inception in 2007, the Fund has distributed more than $500,000.

“I’ve been able to participate in the ACM Lifting Lives Golf Classic tournament for the past couple of years, so I’m looking forward to stepping back up onto green again this year,” said Kelley. “Getting together with my buddies to play a round in Vegas is always the perfect way to head into the award show, especially when it’s also for a good cause.”

Lady Antebellum will perform at the the 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, and will be broadcast live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas April 2nd at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS. The trio is nominated for ACM Vocal Group of the Year.

KEITH URBAN, SAM HUNT AND CHRIS STAPLETON HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE LIST OF PERFORMERS AT THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS.

Keith Urban, Sam Hunt and Chris Stapleton have been added to the list of performers for this year’s ACM Awards. They’re joined by Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Reba McEntire, Cole Swindell, Rascal Flatts and Contemporary Christian singer Lauren Daigle.

Previously announced performers include ACM co-hosts Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, as well as Jon Pardi, Brothers Osborne, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Florida Georgia Line with the Backstreet Boys.

Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming days.

The 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, will be broadcast live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas April 2nd at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

Video / Keith Urban announcing he will perform on the ACM Awards

NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Jon, Darius, Toby, The Band Perry, Sam

Keith Urban will appear on the talk show Harry on Wednesday (March 22nd), reuniting with his friend and fellow American Idol judge. [Check local listings]

Jon Pardi will perform his No. 1 hit, “Dirt on My Boots,” on ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday (March 23rd). The ACM New Male Artist of the Year has dates in Tallahassee, Fort Myers and Las Vegas, before stepping on the stage of this year’s ACM Awards next week to perform and accept his award.

Darius Rucker will appear in Thursday night’s (March 23rd) episode of CMT’s Sun Records, playing singer Johnny Bragg, the leader of the doo-wop group, The Prisonaires, from behind bars at the Tennessee State Prison. Check out the clip of Sun Records below and watch the show Thursday at 10pm ET on CMT.

 

Darius Rucker teams up with John Mellencamp for CMT Crossroads premiering Friday (March 24th) at 10pm ET on CMT.

The Academy of Country Music® will host the ACM Party for a Cause: Songwriter Showcase on Friday, March 31st at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort. Hosted by Storme Warren, the evening will celebrate country music’s most distinguished songwriters, and feature performances by Ross Copperman, Luke Dick, Ashley Gorley, Matthew Jenkins, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Josh Osborne with Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen of Old Dominion as well as special appearances by Dierks Bentley, Cam, Brandy Clark, Dean Dillon, and more.

Toby KeithAlabama and ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons have been added to Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard. The all-star concert celebration takes place April 6th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

The Band Perry will perform at the annual St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & 1 /2 Marathon Saturday, April 29th. They’ll play Music City’s Ascend amphitheater exclusively for runners and their families and friends.

Sam Hunt will perform as part of the PGA Tour’s annual Military Appreciation Day ceremony on May 9th. Sam will perform on the 17th hole at the Stadium Court at TPC Sawgrass in Ponete Vedra Beach, Florida on the kickoff day of the Players Championship. “I’m extremely excited to perform for our troops on the famed 17th hole during the Players Championship,” said Sam. “This tournament does so much to support the men and women serving our country. I am grateful to be a part of the festivities and am looking forward to putting on a great show.”

Video / Darius Rucker on Sun Records

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Video / Keith Urban & Harry Connick, Jr.

LITTLE BIG TOWN RELEASE THEIR NEW SINGLE, ‘HAPPY PEOPLE.’

Little Big Town released their new single, “Happy People,” this week. The song was written by Lori McKenna and Hailey Whitters, and LBT’s Karen Fairchild says it’s the ideal song for what’s happening in the world today.

“‘Happy People’ is the perfect sentiment for what’s going on in the world right now and the things that are important to us anyway,” she says. “I hope it brings happiness to people right now in what feels like a very chaotic time.”

The song is the follow-up to their recent No. 1 single, “Better Man,” from their new album, The Breaker.

Little Big Town is nominated for ACM Vocal Group of the  Year and are set to perform on this year’s ACM Awards. The 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, will be broadcast live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas April 2nd at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

Audio / Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild talks about the band’s brand new single, “Happy People.”

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LBT (Happy People) OC: …chaotic time. :18
“Happy People’ is the perfect sentiment for what’s going on in the world right now and the things that are important to us anyway. I hope it brings happiness to people right now in what feels like a very chaotic time.”

LUKE BRYAN JOINS BLAKE SHELTON ON NBC’S ‘THE VOICE,’ AND THEY’VE MISSED EACH OTHER TERRIBLY.

Luke Bryan joined his pal Blake Shelton as an advisor during the battle rounds on Monday night’s episode of NBC’s The Voice. The two have clearly missed hanging out with each other. In the video below, they reminisce about meeting each other over 10 years ago.

Video / The Voice mentors, including Luke Bryan and Celine Dion.

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JOSH TURNER SCORES A NO. 1 ALBUM WITH DEEP SOUTH.

Josh Turner hits the top of the Billboard country album chart as Deep South bows at No. 1. The collection, which has been five years in the making, features the title track, as well as his Top 10 single “Hometown Girl.”

Josh says he hopes his fans are excited about the new music. “I…want them to hear the maturity and how I’ve grown as an artist and as a person through this record,” he says. “I want to give them a sense of hope and joy and peace after hearing it. I’m proud of this record, and I’m proud of the packaging and how it all came together. It’s got a youthful, fresh kind of feel to it, but like I say it’s got a maturity to it at the same time. I think it’ll appeal to a lot of different kinds of people.”

Turner wrote five of the 11 tracks on the well-crafted album and he is impressing fans and critics alike. Rolling Stone declares that Turner, with his “river deep baritone,” delivers an “eagerly awaited album from a country purist.” PEOPLE Magazine says the “Nashville veteran flaunts his deep bass” on Deep South and thatthe album is “an ode to down-home staples, from finding that perfect love on ‘Hometown Girl’ to savoring the laid-back life on the title track.”

Josh takes his album to  Austin, Texas on Tuesday (March 21st).

Audio / Josh Turner explains his hopes for his new album, Deep South.

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Josh Turner (hopes for Deep South) OC: …kinds of people. :42
“I want them to be excited about the record, first and foremost, but I want them to listen to the record and I want that excitement to continue after they’ve heard it and lived with it for a while. I also want them to hear the maturity and how I’ve grown as an artist and as a person through this record. I want to give them a sense of hope and joy and peace after hearing it. I’m proud of this record, and I’m proud of the packaging and how it all came together. It’s got a youthful, fresh kind of feel to it, but like I say it’s got a maturity to it at the same time. I think it’ll appeal to a lot of different kinds of people.”

JON PARDI SPENDS A SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEK AT THE TOP OF THE BILLBOARD COUNTRY CHART.

Jon Pardi spends a second week at the top of the Billboard country chart with “Dirt on My Boots.” The song, which was written by Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure and Ashley Gorley, is from Jon’s sophomore album, California Sunrise.

“I saw my 22-year-old self getting off a tractor and going to take a shower and putting his work boots back on and going and hanging out with a girl and having a good time dancing or something,” says Jon. “I really connected to the lyrics of it.”

Jon won the award for ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year. The 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, will be broadcast live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas April 2nd at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

Audio / Jon Pardi talks about “Dirt on My Boots.”

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Jon Pardi (Dirt on My Boots) OC: …that track. :31
“I saw my 22-year-old self getting off a tractor and going to take a shower and putting his work boots back on and going and hanging out with a girl and having a good time dancing or something. And I really connected to the lyrics of it. It’s very country lyrics. It has tractors. It has cutting a rug. My favorite [line] — ‘I can get cleaned up, but I can only get so fancy,’ and I loved it. It was a great written country lyric, and I really think we made it more of a traditional feel with a modern flare to it, and I was really proud of that track.”

Video / Jon Pardi Dirt on My Boots

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KEITH, DARIUS, BROTHERS O, CLARE PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LATE CHUCK BERRY.

Several members of the country music community are mourning the loss of Rock’n Roll pioneer Chuck Berry over the weekend. According to the New York Times, Berry, who died at his home in Wentzville, Missouri on Saturday at the age of 90, “did as much as anyone to define rock ’n’ roll’s potential and attitude in its early years.”

Keith Urban was eloquent in his remembrance of Chuck Berry, citing one of his biggest hits, “RIP Chuck Berry !!!! Thank you for the poetry, the passion and the potency! GO JOHNNY GO. – KU”, while Darius Rucker said, “Legend isn’t a big enough word for you sir!!”

Brothers Osborne paid tribute to his guitar playing skills, saying “This man invented rock guitar as we know it. Thanks for everything, Chuck.” Guitar slinger Clare Dunn said, “Pioneer, game changer: those words barely start to describe . We miss you and the world will never be the same.”

 

 

 

 

 

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