• NEWS AND NOTES: Chris, AJ, LBT, Strait, Lady A, Vince, Eric, Darius, Clare

    Chris Stapleton and Alan Jackson have been added to the list of performers at this year’s ACM Honors. They join previously announced performers Little Big Town, George Strait, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris and others. Eric Church, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson are among the honorees, in addition to Strait and Kelsea Ballerini. The show, which tapes next week at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, will air September 15th on CBS.

    Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet took time out to catch the Tennessee Titans practice on Thursday (August 17th).

     

    Darius Rucker is set to perform in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina for the first time in four years October 22nd. He will take the stage at Volvo Car Stadium on Daniel Island just two days after the release of his fifth studio album, When Was the Last Time. Tickets go on sale Friday (August 18th) at 10am at Ticketmaster.

    Clare Dunn returned home to Colorado last week to headline the Sand and Sage Round-Up Kick-Off concert, drawing one of the largest crowds in event history. Prior to her performance, Clare hosted a VIP charity party including a silent auction, autographed memorabilia, an acoustic performance and more, which raised over $25,000 for the Colorado FFA Foundation and Children’s Hospital Colorado.

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Shania, Kacey, Chris, Lady A, LBT, Luke, Kip, George, Vince and more

    Shania Twain is scheduled to perform on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon August 16th. Her new album, NOW, will be released September 29th.

    Kacey Musgraves will appear on the season finale of CMT’s Nashville, which airs Thursday (August 10th) at 9pm ET.

     

    Hillary Scott has been nominated for Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year for “Thy Will” for this year’s Dove Awards. Hillary and her family, the Scott Family, recorded and released “Thy Will” from their Love Remains album. The 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards will take place at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville October 17th at 7:30pm ET. The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on Sunday, October 22nd.

     

    Chris Stapleton and Lady Antebellum have been added to the lineup for the all-star concert, All in For the Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration. The event, which will be taped at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena October 25th, will also feature guest appearances by Little Big Town, Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson and Elle King, among others.

    Luke Bryan, Little Big Town and Kip Moore are among the artists performing at the Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City, Florida September 1st – 3rd. Jason Aldean, Brett Eldredge, Dan + Shay and Granger Smith will also perform.

    George Strait, Little Big Town, Vince Gill, Hillary Scott and Toby Keith are among the first-round performers at this year’s ACM Honors, taking place at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium August 23rd. The concert event, which will also feature performances by Brad Paisley, Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris, will air September 15th at 9pm ET/PT on CBS.

    As previously announced, Special Award recipients celebrated at the 11th Annual ACM Honors will include Kelsea Ballerini (Gene Weed Milestone Award), Toby Keith (Poet’s Award), Bob Kingsley (Mae Boren Axton Service Award), Reba McEntire (Mae Boren Axton Service Award), “Nashville” (Tex Ritter Film Award), Dolly Parton (Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award), Shel Silverstein (Poet’s Award, awarded posthumously), and George Strait (Cliffie Stone Icon Award)The evening will also honor winners of the Industry and Studio Recording Awards, along with Songwriter of the Year Award winner, Lori McKenna. The Academy of Country Music will present trophies to previously announced Special Award recipients Eric Church (Merle Haggard Spirit Award) and Willie Nelson (Poet’s Award) at a later date.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Dierks, Jon, Chris, Lauren, Easton

    Dierks Bentley and Jon Pardi will appear on CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown this weekend. The cameras caught up with the tourmates backstage at the recent Faster Horses Festival. Check out what the two had to say on Saturday (July 29th) at 9am ET.

     

    Chris Stapleton is set to perform during the annual iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which runs September 22nd and 23rd. The two-day event will also feature performances by Pink, Thomas Rhett, Miley Cyrus, Kings of Leon, Harry Styles, Coldplay, Niall Horan, The Weeknd and Thirty Seconds to Mars, among others.

    Chris Stapleton, along with Lee Ann Womack, will perform in honor of the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis on August 24th for a taping for the online series Skyville Live in Nashville. The show will premiere sometime in the coming months.

    Lauren Alaina has released the lyric video for her current single, “Doin’ Fine,” the autobiographical song she wrote with busbee and Emily Shackleton. Check it out here.

    Easton Corbin, who’s making his way up the country charts with “A Girl Like You,” recently took in a New York Yankees baseball game at Yankees Stadium.

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON HAS TWO OF THE BEST-SELLING COUNTRY ALBUMS OF 2017.

    Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 1 is holding the top spot as the best-selling country album of 2017 so far. The collection has sold around 500,000 copies, while his 2015 debut album Traveller, which was recently certified double-platinum for selling more than 2 million copies, is the second-best selling album of the year.

    Chris says he really enjoys all of the songs on the album, most of which he wrote over 10 years ago. “I like all of those songs, and a lot of the songs that I feel like are better songs of mine have never been cut and have never been recorded and things that I like. I heard Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, I read an interview with him one time where he said he always tried to make music that he would want to listen to, and I think that is the best kind of litmus test for what you want to record or make,” says Chris. “If you write a song and you still like it 10 years after the day you wrote it, it’s real easy to like a song the day you wrote it. Everybody can think they’re a genius on the day they write a song. If you can write a song and then listen to it 10 years away from writing it and go, ‘You know, that’s a pretty good song. I like that song,’ then that’s a pretty good indication that it’s probably okay.”

    Chris will take his tour on the road this weekend when he makes a stop in George, Washington at the Watershed Festival on Friday (July 28th) and in Central Point, Oregon for the Country Crossings Music Festival on Saturday (July 29th), as well as Mountain Home, Idaho for the Mountain Home Country Music Festival on Sunday (July 30th).

    The Kentucky native is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “Broken Halos.”

    Audio / Most, if not all, the songs on Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 1, were written 10 years before he put out the album, and he says he really likes all of the songs on the album, even a decade after writing them.

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    Chris Stapleton (From A Room-songs) OC: …probably okay. :50
    “I like all of those songs, and a lot of the songs that I feel like are better songs of mine have never been cut and have never been recorded and things that I like. I heard Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, I read an interview with him one time where he said he always tried to make music that he would want to listen to, and I think that is the best kind of litmus test for what you want to record or make, and I’m a fan of albums too, so I always like things that work together in a pod. If you write a song and you still like it 10 years after the day you wrote it, it’s real easy to like a song the day you wrote it. Everybody can think they’re a genius on the day they write a song. If you can write a song and then listen to it 10 years away from writing it and go, ‘You know, that’s a pretty good song. I like that song,’ then that’s a pretty good indication that it’s probably okay.”

    Video / Chris Stapleton's performance of Broken Halos on Today Show

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Luke, Eric, Sam, Lady A, Dierks, Darius, LBT, Chris, Kacey

    Catch several of this year’s hottest performances from CMA Music Festival during ABC’s CMA Fest television special. Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Lady Antebellum will take the stage, along with collaborations between Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell and Darius Rucker with Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, among others. The music event will air August 16th at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 1 is the No. 1 country album in the nation this week. His Traveller album lands at No. 2, followed by Keith Urban’s Ripcord at No. 3.

    Chris Stapleton‘s From a Room: Volume 1 has been certified gold by the R.I.A.A for more than 500,000 copies sold.

    Kacey Musgraves (along with her fiancé Ruston Kelly) are among the singer-songwriters who are adding their vocals and music to poems Johnny Cash had written throughout the years that are being turned into a tribute album to the Man in Black. The collection, which will be called Johnny Cash Forever Words: The Music, will also feature contributions from Brad Paisley, Jewel, Jamey Johnson, T-Bone Burnett and the late Chris Cornell. Kacey and Ruston recently debuted their duet, “To June, This Morning,” at Blackberry Farm in East Tennessee. Johnny wrote the poem for his wife, June Carter Cash, more than 45 years ago.

    Sam Hunt garners more nominations at this year’s Teen Choice Awards, which just announced its second wave of nominees. He grabbed two more nods, including Choice Country Song for “Body Like a Back Road,” as well as Choice Summer Tour for his 15 in a 30 Tour. Sam was previously nominated for Choice Country Artist and the all-genre Choice Song for his huge smash hit, “Body Like a Back Road.” Voting is now open at TeenChoice.com or fans can tweet the category hashtag with the nominee’s name through July 19th. The Teen Choice Awards will air live August 13th at 8pm ET on FOX.

    Keith Urban’s lovely wife, Nicole Kidman, has earned an Emmy nomination for her role as “Celeste Wright“ in HBO’s Big Little Lies, alongside her friend Reese Witherspoon. The show was also nominated in the Outstanding Limited Series category and ended up with 16 nominations. The Emmys will air live September 17th at 8pm ET on CBS.

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Shania, Lady A, Chris, Kip, Lauren, Vince

    Keith Urban will perform songs from his current album, Ripcord, as well as several of his hits, during an Audience Network special premiering Friday (July 14th) at 9pm ET, which you can find on DirectTV and Uverse.  The  live performance and interview from the four-time GRAMMY Award-winning, platinum-selling artist was filmed on location during the AT&T Block Party at the 2017 NCAA March Madness Music Festival in Phoenix.


    Shania Twain has been keeping up with the scores at Wimbeldon since one of the First Round champs, Milos Raonic, is from her home country of Canada. She’s been cheering him on, even sharing a recent photo taken of the pair.

     

    Catch Lady Antebellum on Friday (July 14th) when they take over Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series on ABC, performing a handful of their hits, including “You Look Good,” which is soaring to the top of the country charts.

    Chris Stapleton is expected to drop by NBC’s Today Show to perform during their Citi Concert Series on July 18th.

    Kip Moore has been releasing short video clips and teasers of songs from his upcoming album, Slowheart. The collection, which features his hit “More Girls Like You,” will be released later this year.


    Lauren Alaina’s film debut, Road Less Traveled, will be available on DVD September 21st. The title was taken from her No. 1 song and album, Road Less Traveled.

    Vince Gill will soon welcome another member into the family. His daughter Jenny Gill is pregnant with child No. 2 and the baby’s arrival is expected in January (2018). The new addition will join big brother Wyatt, who was born in August of 2014.

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  • CHRIS STAPLETON IS LOOKING FORWARD TO OPENING FOR TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS.

    Chris Stapleton will open a couple of shows for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers later this month, and he couldn’t be more thrilled since he’s a huge fan of the rocker.

    “I’m a huge Tom Petty fan, and he’s one of my all-time favorites and the Wildflowers album, in particular, is possibly my favorite record of all-time,” says Chris. “This is something his booking agents and my guys have been working on for a time, or so they told me…and they came up with to play Wrigley and the Summerfest up in Milwaukee, and why wouldn’t we do that? [laughs] I buy tickets to Tom Petty, so I’d certainly be more than happy to be on a bill with him.”

    Chris will open for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers June 29th at Wrigley Field in Chicago and at Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin July 5th.

    The  Kentucky native is on the airwaves with his single, “Either Way,” from his new album, From A Room, Volume 1, which was just certified gold (the only new country album to achieve gold status this year so far).

    Audio / Chris Stapleton talks about opening a couple of shows for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

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    “I’m a huge Tom Petty fan, and he’s one of my all-time favorites and the Wildflowers album, in particular, is possibly my favorite record of all-time. This is something his booking agents and my guys have been working on for a time, or so they told me. And  I’ just like, ‘Okay, yeah, sure I’m gonna go play with Tom Petty. That sounds great. Two thumbs up.’ And they came up with to play Wrigley and the Summerfest up in Milwaukee, and why wouldn’t we do that? [laughs] I buy tickets to Tom Petty, so I’d certainly be more than happy to be on a bill with him.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Jon, Chris, Lady A

    Jon Pardi’s video for his new single, “Heartache On the Dance Floor,” will premiere during CMT’s Hot 20 on Saturday (June 17th). The clip was shot in Venice Beach (California).

    Lady Antebellum will perform during NBC’s annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in New York City. Brad Paisley is also scheduled to perform.

    Chris Stapleton’s From A Room, Volume 1 is the first 2017 released country album to be certified gold for more than 500,000 copies sold.

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON SENDS NOTE TO HIS FANS FOLLOWING THE CANCELLATION OF SEVERAL SHOWS.

    Chris Stapleton had to postpone eight shows on his All-American Road Show Tour. According to a post on his website, the “next three weeks” of the tour have been postponed. In addition, he’s had to cancel his appearance at Nissan Stadium (home of the Tennessee Titans) during CMA Music Festival in Nashville.

    He took to his socials to send a heartfelt thank you note to his fans. He revealed he went for a consultation with a specialist, and he says he’s on the road to recovery from a broken bone and a detached tendon in his right index finger, which prevents him from playing the guitar. He says he wanted to make sure he gave the fans “the show you deserve,” and apologized for the inconvenience. He had to postpone eight concer on his All-American Road Show Tour. According to a post on his website, the “next three weeks” of the tour have been postponed. In addition, the singer-songwriter’s high-profile appearance on the main stage at CMA Music Festival in Nashville has been canceled.

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    Postponed shows include:
    June 1 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
    June 2 – Mt. View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
    June 3 – Wheatland, CA @ Toyota Amphitheatre
    June 9 – Southaven, MS @ Bankplus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
    June 10 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
    June 15 – Charleston, WV @ Charleston Civic Center
    June 16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
    June 17 – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center

     

    Brothers Osborne sent a message out to Chris via Twitter to lend their support and “an index finger” if he needed it.

    Chris is currently making his way up the country charts with his single, “Either Way,” from his No. 1 album, From A Room, Volume 1.

     

    Video / Message from Chris Stapleton

  • CHRIS STAPLETON’S TOUR, ‘THE ALL-AMERICAN ROAD SHOW,’ HAS HAD TO POSTPONE THE NEXT THREE WEEKS OF DATES.

    Unfortunately, the next three weeks of Chris Stapleton‘s “The All-American Road Show” have been postponed. Below is the full list of dates that Chris’ people are trying to reschedule. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Hold on to your tickets for now, and stay tuned for updates.

    June 1 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
    June 2 – Mt. View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
    June 3 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
    June 9 – Southaven, MS – Bankplus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
    June 10 – Birmingham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
    June 15 – Charleston, WV – Charleston Civic Center
    June 16 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
    June 17 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center

    Unfortunately, Chris’ appearance at the CMA Music Festival on Sunday, June 11th is cancelled, as well.

    Thank you for your patience and support.