Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore and Sam Hunt are among the performers during the brand new ABC-TV special, CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock.
“It’s an amazing night of music and an amazing week for Nashville and it’s a great, great week for me,” says Luke. “I get to be home and do all this stuff. I was at the house playing with the boys and came in and sound checked and been here. It’s always been a fun week for me.”
Little Big Town return as hosts for the third time, while Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts, Randy Houser and Carrie Underwood will also be among the performers. The CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock will air Tuesday, August 4th beginning at 8pm ET on ABC.
Luke Bryan (CMA Music Fest 2015) OC: …for this week. :50
“I truly love this week for, I mean, hundreds of reasons. I always remember my first ones starting out and doing River Stages and always dreaming of coming over here and performing at LP Field. I did my fan club party, and I truly love that opportunity to do that show for them really, really kind of acoustic and a chance to kind of sit there and be real with them for a little bit, and then obviously through the day and being here tonight. It’s an amazing night of music and an amazing week for Nashville and it’s a great, great week for me. And then, like I said, I get to be home and do all this stuff. I was at the house playing with the boys and came in and sound checked and been here. It’s always been a fun week for me. A lot of my family comes in for this week.”
Little Big Town return as hosts for “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” on Tuesday (August 4th) at 8:00pm ET.
The group not only are hosting this three-hour special event, but they’re also performing on the show, as well. “One of the moments, I think, that stood out to me was, the biggest, I mean when we actually got to play and perform the music, as opposed to all of the hosting duties. We started our set with ‘Girl Crush,’ and that moment just swept me away. The whole crowd was lit up – their phones were lit up – and they were singing louder than we were,” says LBT’s Phillip Sweet. “It just was the most incredible feeling to feel that energy and all focused on ‘Girl Crush’ and the starkness of that song. It was just like the most incredible moment for me.”
For folks who want to come next year, LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman gives you a few safety tips. “It happens to the hottest week of the summer, every CMA Fest. Really. It’s so very hot, so you’ve got to wear a lot of sunscreen because there’s a lot of burnt backs that happen at CMA Fest,” says Kimberly. “Stay hydrated. Stay hydrated. It is so hot out there. It’s hot on the stage. It’s hot in the crowd, but you should come. If you’re even considering coming, come. You will not be disappointed.”
Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Kip Moore, Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge and Carrie Underwood will also be among the performers. The CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock will air Tuesday, August 4th beginning at 8pm ET on ABC.
LBT (CMA Music Fest) 1 OC: (Phillip) …moment for me. :55
KIMBERLY: “To me, it doesn’t get any better than singing for that crowd at the stadium. So many of ‘em do it for their family vacation, so they save up their money all year long and generations of these families come to make it their family vacation, and they’re there to hear just good ole great country music. And we got to host this year, which is just so much fun in itself, and so many different funny things happened, and all that, but…” PHILLIP: “One of the moments, I think, that stood out to me was, the biggest, I mean when we actually got to play and perform the music, as opposed to all of the hosting duties. We started our set with ‘Girl Crush,’ and that moment just swept me away. The whole crowd was lit up – their phones were lit up – and they were singing louder than we were. It just was the most incredible feeling to feel that energy and all focused on ‘Girl Crush’ and the starkness of that song. It was just like the most incredible moment for me.”
LBT (CMA Music Fest) 2 OC: (Phillip) …comes alive. :47
KIMBERLY: “It happens to the hottest week of the summer, every CMA Fest. Really. It’s so very hot, so you’ve got to wear a lot of sunscreen because there’s a lot of burnt backs that happen at CMA Fest.” PHILLIP: “Get those fan misters. Those are so good.” KIMBERLY: “Those are so cool. Just be smart. Stay hydrated. Stay hydrated. It is so hot out there. It’s hot on the stage. It’s hot in the crowd, but you should come. If you’re even considering coming, come. You will not be disappointed.” PHILLIP: “Yeah, it’s hot, but it’s like so much fun, that you don’t think about it as much, because there’s so much to do and so many concerts going on, and it’s like the town just triples in size and it’s just incredible energy all over the place. Nashville comes alive.”
Luke Bryan premiered the title track of his new album, Kill the Lights, on Tinder, the world’s most popular social app for meeting new people. Beginning today (Friday, July 31st) through Monday, August 3rd, Tinder users nationwide will discover a video message from Luke inviting them to be the first to experience his new track. Simply tap the banners on either the top or bottom of the card to receive an exclusive link. Fans will also have the opportunity to pre-order Luke’s latest album, KILL THE LIGHTS, out August 7th. Tinder users should have the latest version of the app installed to catch the video.
“Tinder is the hottest social platform for meeting new people,” shared Luke. “That’s why I thought my title track for KILL THE LIGHTS would be perfect to premiere exclusively on the app before it comes out next Friday, August 7th. I’m happily married and not on Tinder but I hope my fans on Tinder enjoy the song – and if they’re not on Tinder, now’s the chance.”
Luke’s “Kill The Lights” track will also become available on iTunes on Tuesday, Aug. 4th when pre-ordering the album.
Luke Bryan is one week away from releasing his new album, Kill the Lights. The collection features his latest hit, “Kick the Dust Up,” which is poised to enter the top of the country charts.
The son of a peanut farmer, Luke says the song really defines who he is. “‘Kick the Dust Up’ is just a song that really defines who I am,” he says. “It talks about a farm in town. It talks about we don’t stand in those lines buying $10 drinks. Why do that when we can go buy a six pack and go out to a cornfield and kick some dust up? And that’s what I want my fans doing.”
Luke is set to perform a couple of tracks from the new album during ABC’s Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series on August 7th, the day his album is released. He’ll also take over New York City’s Irving Plaza for a record release party that evening.
Luke Bryan (lead single Kick the Dust Up) OC: …album off. 1:14
“‘Kick the Dust Up’ is just a song that really defines who I am. It talks about a farm in town. It talks about we don’t stand in those lines buying $10 drinks Why do that when we can go buy a six pack and go out to a cornfield and kick some dust up. And that’s what I want my fans doing and when I think about just how tough ‘Kick the Dust Up’ is. I mean it’s a tough song in my opinion. And I’ll tell you what, in the way the instrumentation on it is something different, something that you may or may not have ever, something that I don’t think I’ve ever heard on country song or something on country radio. It’s almost got a Middle Eastern lick in there which is something that is pretty hooky. And ‘Kick The Dust Up’ is as much as it is a lyrical song about being in the country, it has a whole other side of these musical hooks that make it fun and make it drive and feels like big stadium, big anthemic country songs. It feels like just a big anthem to me, and we felt like it was the way to name the tour and we felt like it was the way to kick this album off.”
Four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban debuts his documentary short “The Making Of John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” today at http://www.ew.com/article/2015/07/30/keith-urban-documentary-john-cougar-deere. The 7-minute piece is a revealing, inside look into the recording of Urban’s latest and fastest selling single in nearly a decade, and is also available for posting via https://www.youtube.com/embed/xKdx27gMDTY.
A four-minute version is also available at https://www.youtube.com/embed/F4rC20qxTJU.
Narrated by Urban, the documentary delves into the creative journey through which John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 was conceived. It chronicles the recording of the song, warts and all, from Urban’s initial frustrations of ‘where to even start (the song)’ to the unfamiliar revelation that the song’s foundation would be built around the bass guitar, rather than Urban’s usual six-string. Light-hearted moments also reveal what Urban forgets to do when singing and why his “crowd of four” unknown backing singers stare at their phones while singing.
“We couldn’t recall a song-specific documentary short that really gave a feeling for how a song comes together,” said Urban. “We’re usually filming anyway and the evolution of “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” really did happen in the studio, so we thought why not share some of the fun (and creative angst) that we usually have in the studio with our fans!”
Urban is currently on tour performing at fairs and festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada and will begin filming for American Idol in August. The official music video for John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16, the first from Urban’s next studio album, is due to be released next month.
In celebration of the release of ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan’s Kill The Lights, Citi will present an exclusive concert by the award-winning country artist that will stream live from Irving Plaza on August 7th on the Live Nation Channel on Yahoo. Tickets will be available for purchase exclusively for Citi cardmembers beginning Wednesday, August 5th at 10:00 am EST. Kill The Lights is Bryan’s fifth studio album and the follow up to his most successful project to date, Crash My Party, which contains six consecutive No. 1 singles, is certified Double Platinum and has sold over two million copies with eight million digital downloads.
“I am so excited to be getting this new music out to my fans and cannot wait to be on stage and enjoy the album release night with them!” said Luke Bryan. Fans can tune in to stream the concert live online on August 7th at 9:00 pm ET here. Fans will also have the freedom to stream the concert wherever they are through the Yahoo Screen App on mobile devices (iOS & Android) and connected devices (Apple TV, Roku and Xbox). This live stream is part of Live Nation’s partnership with Yahoo, bringing live concerts and festivals to music fans across the globe.
“Luke Bryan’s last album solidified his superstar status and we are thrilled to celebrate the release of Kill The Lights,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Head of Entertainment Marketing for Citi. “Country music is a favorite among Citi cardmembers. We’ve enjoyed working with Luke on his previous tours and know this intimate concert will be a night to remember.”
“We’re thrilled to welcome Citi as a presenter of this once-in-a-lifetime concert with Luke Bryan in such an intimate setting as the legendary Irving Plaza,” said Darin Wolf, executive vice president, Live Nation Media & Sponsorships. “Throughout our successful partnership, Citi has shown a commitment to providing its customers extraordinary access to the best music artists in the world.”
Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke Bryan has placed 12 singles at No. 1 and sold 7.5 million albums with 30 million digital tracks from his four studio albums. He has been named Entertainer of the Year by both the Academy of Country Music (twice) and the Country Music Association. In 2014, Luke achieved the best touring year of his career with 1.7 million fans attending his concerts. In early 2015, Luke played his first-ever shows in Europe and on May 22, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum launched a new exhibit, “Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary.” The exhibit runs through November 8, 2015. Luke’s new concert tour, “Kick The Dust Up,” which is also the title of the first single from Kill The Lights, will continue through October and includes seven stadium dates.
Summer Forever: From The Road: Episode Five
Billy Currington takes you behind-the-scenes, on Tour, with footage from Toronto, New Jersey, Virginia, Indiana, Kansas and Michigan. He also answers some of your Facebook questions.
Summer Forever: From The Road: Episode FiveBilly takes you behind-the-scenes, on Tour, with footage from Toronto, New Jersey, Virginia, Indiana, Kansas and Michigan. He also answers some of your Facebook questions...Watch now!!Posted by Billy Currington on Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Fandango Movieclips, the number one destination for movie trailers and movie-related video content on YouTube, launched today a Country Edition of its “I Love Movies” original video series, featuring four new episodes with Country Music stars Scotty McCreery, Brad Paisley, Maddie & Tae and Ole Dominion. The episodes, filmed on location at CMA Music Festival in Nashville earlier this summer, are available now for viewing on Fandango Movieclips on YouTube and Fandango.com. “I Love Movies” celebrates the joys of moviegoing and showcases celebrities and other cultural influencers across the globe, sharing personal stories and introducing fans to the movies that have touched their lives.
Scotty McCreery reveals how the film “Miracle,” based on the historic U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team victory over the Soviet Union, inspired him during his “American Idol” competition. McCreery recalls, “If you could read my mind when Ryan Seacrest said the winner of ‘American Idol’ is Scotty McCreery, you could almost hear those lines ‘Do you believe in miracles?’ It was incredible for me out of nowhere, small town USA, to be getting up there and doing that in front of all those people.”
Previous episodes of “I Love Movies,” have featured NBA All-Star Dwight Howard, Grammy Award winner Reba McEntire, skateboarding icon and X Games gold medalist Tony Hawk, five-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, rock legend Slash and Country Music artist Darius Rucker, talking about iconic movies like “Rocky,” “The Sound of Music,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Spy Who Loved Me,” “The Naked Gun,” “Purple Rain,” and “The Exorcist,” so that fans can learn about these movies and their impact. Interviews for “I Love Movies” were conducted by New York Times bestselling author and writer-at-large for Esquire Magazine, Cal Fussman.
Scotty McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011 at age 17 and has quickly established himself as one of Country Music’s hottest new stars. By age 21, the singer/songwriter has sold nearly 2.5 million albums, debuting three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart. In 2011, after winning season 10 of “American Idol,” McCreery released his debut album, the Platinum-certified Clear As Day, which made him both the first Country artist and the youngest male artist to debut their first studio album at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. His 2013 album See You Tonight, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and featured his recent Top Ten hits “Feelin’ It” and the title song. He has also achieved three Platinum-certified singles: “I Love You This Big,” “The Trouble with Girls,” and “See You Tonight.” McCreery is currently on tour with Rascal Flatts on their RIOT TOUR 2015 this summer, in addition to doing solo dates throughout the year, and will be releasing new music soon.
Hosted by reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town who is returning for the third time to host the summer’s hottest television music event, “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” airs on Tuesday, August 4 8|7c on the ABC television network. “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” is executive-produced by Robert Deaton. Filmed during CMA Music Festival in June, the special features many of today’s most exciting Country Music stars, including Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Randy Houser, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Maddie & Tae, Kip Moore, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Chris Young, and Zac Brown Band as they hit the stage during the four-day party and celebration of America’s music.