• JON PARDI’S ‘CALIFORNIA SUNRISE’ CERTIFIED GOLD.

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    Dierks Bentley and UMG Nashville Chairman & CEO Mike Dungan surprise Jon Pardi with a Gold plaque for California Sunrise. Sacramento, Calif. Aug. 19, 2017
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    Jon Pardi’s impressive breakthrough year hit another milestone Saturday night as he celebrated his first-ever GOLD-certified album for sophomore release California Sunrise. During the Sacramento What the Hell World Tour stop, Dierks Bentley brought Pardi back on stage as the California-native may have expected, but Bentley had a surprise for his good friend and tour mate. Bentley then welcomed their label head, Universal Music Group Nashville’s Chairman & CEO Mike Dungan to join them as they presented the rising country star with a gold plaque acknowledging 500,000 sales of California Sunrise. The sold-out crowd showed their pride in the Dixon local with boisterous cheering, toasting and a lively chant of “PARDI! PARDI! PARDI!” View video HERE.

     

    An incredibly grateful Pardi shares, “That was definitely a surprise, and for it to be acknowledged in front of a hometown crowd of 18,000 in Northern California, amongst my friends and family and early supporters, made it an emotional moment. I will never forget it.”

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    Pictured (L-R): UMG Nashville’s CEO & Chairman Mike Dungan, Jon Pardi
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    Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, California Sunrise released to overwhelming praise from press highlighting Pardi’s ability to blend together modern production and traditional soundscapes. Rolling Stone proclaims, “Traditionalism isn’t dead … and [California Sunrise] is a fine example, mixing a pronounced California twang and George Strait’s easy swing with some meaty guitar riffs,” while The Tennessean notes, “In a time when many country artists are incorporating progressive, edgy studio tricks to contemporize their sound, Jon Pardi eschewed trends and made a boot scootin’, honky-tonkin’ country album.” HITS calls the album “a triumph of gritty, honky-tonkin’, old-school country with a healthy dose of ballsy guitar rock,” with Billboard adding that California Sunrise is “loaded with attitude…[and] manages to have both a sonic edginess and a defiant grasp of country tradition.”

     

    California Sunrise features Pardi’s back-to-back No. 1 hits with the Platinum-selling “Head Over Boots” and the three-week No. 1, “Dirt On My Boots,” along with his current single climbing country radio airplay’s Top 10, “Heartache on the Dance Floor.”

     

    Pardi found his lane within the wide-open gates of the country music genre. With an invigorating energy across the album dispensed by a live seven-man band, his confident and authoritative low baritone and a blue-collar spirit, he amassed a loyal following of fans and listeners with a sound that sets him apart from the rest. In the past year, Pardi’s distinct blend landed his name on several ‘Best Of’ lists, appearances on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and ABC’s “Good Morning America” and multiple CMT Music Award nominations.

     

    The reigning ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year is currently on one of the hottest tours of the summer with Bentley’s What the Hell World Tour before the road warrior heads out with Luke Bryan for next month’s Farm Tour. Next, Pardi headlines CMT On Tour Presents: Jon Pardi’s Lucky Tonight Tour kicking off Oct. 12. Multiple dates are already sold out for Pardi’s headlining fall run. For a full list of tour dates, tickets and more, visit www.jonpardi.com.

     

    About Jon Pardi:

    Capitol Records Nashville’s Jon Pardi is one of country music’s fastest-rising new stars. Pardi’s sound is undeniably country, and his laid back, fun-loving approach towards life comes through in his music and his raucous live show. The California native’s charisma and authenticity strike a chord with country audiences and fellow artists alike. Pardi has toured with Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Zac Brown Band; he was hand-picked by country legend Alan Jackson to join him on his 25th anniversary tour; he is currently on the What the Hell World Tour with Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell; and he was recently named this year’s ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year.

     

    Pardi’s latest album, California Sunrise, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and includes his very first No. 1 single, the Platinum-selling “Head Over Boots,” along with the three-week No. 1 smash “Dirt on My Boots,” and Pardi’s current Top 10 radio single, “Heartache on the Dance Floor.” The album landed on multiple “Best of the Year” lists including those from Rolling Stone, Music Aficionado, The Tennessean and NASH Country Daily. California Sunrise is the follow-up to Pardi’s highly-praised debut, Write You A Song, which also landed on several “Best of” lists including the Los Angeles Times’ Mikael Wood’s all-genre Top 10 and both Rhapsody’s and Taste of Country’s Top 10 Country Albums. Additional hits include the Top 10 RIAA Gold-certified single “Up All Night,” “When I’ve Been Drinkin,’” “What I Can’t Put Down,” and “Missin’ You Crazy.”

  • COUNTRY STARS REACT TO THE PASSING OF GLEN CAMPBELL.

    Glen Campbell passed away Tuesday afternoon (August 8th) after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The iconic singer, known for such classic songs as “Galveston,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Southern Nights” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” was 81. The Country Music Hall of Famer was an inspiration and musical hero to many of today’s country stars.

     

     

     

     

     

    Keith Urban, who cites Glen as one of his musical idols, posted a heartfelt message about the legendary performer.
    “What a powerful artistic and personal journey Glen Campbell’s passage has been. As a role model, singing guitar player he was a big influence on me.

    His blend of genres created his own sound and style and his ability to entertain wasn’t limited to the stage. He blazed real trails through film (and especially television) where his charismatic southern charm and personality fit perfectly.

    The night I won my first country music award, I got back to my hotel room and there was a fax on the floor.

    “Welcome to the award winning world kid. You got it.” Glen Campbell.

    Universal music, universal stories, universal spirit. No wonder he was a global superstar. I love Glen for so many reasons – but above all, for his humanity. My thoughts and prayers are with Kim and all of his extended family today. May peace be with you all. Go rest high on that mountain, Glen.” – KU

     

    Keith performed at last year’s 10TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS™ for a special tribute to Glen Campbell, who was honored with the ACM Career Achievement Award. Dierks Bentley also performed during the tribute, who said “He just has a way of performing that I’ve always felt like he’s one of those guys that if all of the power went out and there was no PA system and no band behind you and it just had to be just you and a guitar, he could entertain that crowd just as well as if they had all of the lights and production, and it’s Glen. He’s such a great singer, great musician and so funny, and such a great storyteller. He really carved out his niche. There’s no one that’ll ever sound like him – a classic legend.”

    Audio / A couple of years ago, Keith Urban said Glen Campbell was one of his biggest influences.

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    Keith Urban (Glen Campbell) OC: …guitar player. :22
    “I’ve always been a fan of what I like to call Guitartists, you know those guitar artists like Glen Campbell who’s probably one of my biggest influences. Those guys who knew a good song, had a great voice and played great and you know, just the all-around guys with the guitar you know? ‘Cause when you think of Glen Campbell you think off, I think of ‘Galveston’ and ‘Wichita Lineman’ then I also think of him being a phenomenal guitar player.”

     

     

     

    Video / Keith Urban and Glen Campbell performing "Wichita Lineman" in Las Vegas during a stop on Keith's 2009 tour.

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Lady A, Dierks, Kip

    Lady Antebellum have contributed a new song, titled “Chop to the Top,” for Broadway’s new offering, The SpongeBob Musical, which is set to open at the Palace Theater in New York City December 4th.

    Dierks Bentley will make an appearance in the new show, Carpool Karaoke, which is based on the popular segment featured on The Late, Late Show with James Corden. The What the Hell Did I Say singer teams up with Sheryl Crow for an episode of the show. Future installments will include Blake Shelton and Chelsea Handler, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba, Alicia Keyes, John Legend, the entire Cyrus clan (including Billy Ray, Miley and Noah), as well as NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon and Michael Strahan, Shakira, Metallica and many more. Carpool Karaoke will premiere exclusively via Apple Music on August 8th.

     

    Kip Moore takes fans behind-the-scenes again for the making of his new album, Slowheart, available September 8th.

     

  • 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.

     

  • DIERKS BENTLEY LENDS SONG TO THE UPCOMING FILM, ‘ONLY THE BRAVE.’

    Dierks Bentley has a song in the upcoming film, Only the Brave. The movie is based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots – a group of elite firefighters, otherwise known as the Seal Team 6 of firefighters, who battle out of control wildfires. The feature film focuses mainly on the men who fought and subsequently lost to the tragic Yarnell Hill wildfire, which burned a wide swath through Arizona in 2013, killing 19 firefighters.

     

    Dierks shared the movie trailer, stating he was “so honored to have a song in this film. it sheds light on the lifestyle of wilderness fire fighters and honors these men and their families.”

    Only the Brave, starring Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Taylor Kitsch, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Connelly, hits theaters nationwide October 20th.

    The Arizona native is currently making his way up the country charts with “What the Hell Did I Say.”

    Video / Only the Brave movie trailer

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  • 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.

     

  • JON PARDI SAYS THE ATMOSPHERE ON DIERKS BENTLEY’S ‘WHAT THE HELL TOUR’ FEELS LIKE FAMILY.

    Jon Pardi loves being on the road with Dierks Bentley on the What the Hell Tour, which also features pal Cole Swindell, because the vibe on the road is like family. Speaking of family, the tall troubadour has also made quite an impression on Dierks’ daughters, Evie and Jordan.

    “I love Dierks Bentley, being on tour with Dierks Bentley. He’s awesome. His girls are always excited to see me. His little girls are always like, ‘Hey, Jooooonnnn!’ They’re always excited to see me, which is super cute. They tried roping again. I brought the dummy out there for them, and it was a lot of fun,” says Jon. “Dierks does a great job of keeping everybody like they’re family, even from his crew, his truck drivers to the catering people to the opening acts, so he does a really good job, and I’ve always admired that about him. And having Cole Swindell out there with us, it’s just a bunch of friends on the road living the dream.”

    Jon, who is making his way up the country charts with his Top 20 hit “Heartache on the Dance Floor,” will meet back up with Dierks and Cole as the What the Hell Tour returns to the road Thursday (July 13th) in Jacksonville, Florida. Check jonpardi.com for more information on tour dates, news and appearances.

    Audio / Jon Pardi talks about how much he enjoys being on the road with Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell.

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    Jon Pardi (Dierks Bentley tour – progress) OC: …lot of fun. :34
    “I love Dierks Bentley, being on tour with Dierks Bentley. He’s awesome. His girls are always excited to see me. His little girls are always like, ‘Hey, Jooooonnnn!’ They’re always excited to see me, which is super cute. They tried roping again. I brought the dummy out there for them, and it was a lot of fun. We have a lot of fun on tour. Dierks does a great job of keeping everybody like they’re family, even from his crew, his truck drivers to the catering people to the opening acts, so he does a really good job, and I’ve always admired that about him. And having Cole Swindell out there with us, it’s just a bunch of friends on the road living the dream. So, it’s a lot of fun.”

    Video / Jon Pardi Heartache on the Dance Floor

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  • DIERKS BENTLEY RELEASES THE VIDEO FOR HIS NEW SINGLE, ‘WHAT THE HELL DID I SAY.’

    Dierks Bentley puts the spotlight on his 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR in the music video for his new single “What The Hell Did I Say” premiering today on VEVO. Director Wes Edwards captures Bentley and his fans “who believe in the power of a good party” (The Post-Standard) during the recent sold-out stop at Tampa’s MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in June. As Bentley brings the energy of the live show to radio this summer, he has already sold more than a half-million tickets to his WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR just as the summer concert season is heating up. Claiming the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Tours list, Bentley has made “sure the fans have an experience they’ll never forget,” (Billboard).

    “What the Hell Did I Say,” which was written by Ross Copperman, Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, is the follow-up to three No. 1 singles, “Somewhere on a Beach,” “Different for Girls” and “Black,” from the album Black.

    Bentley’s 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR with special guests Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi returns to the road with stops in Jacksonville, FL (7/13), Raleigh, NC (7/14) and Virginia Beach, VA (7/15). For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.

     

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  • FOURTH OF JULY 2017: AJ, BILLY, CANAAN, DARIUS, DIERKS, EASTON, ERIC, JORDAN, JOSH, KEITH, KIP, LADY A, LBT, LUKE, SAM

    Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. The holiday is commonly associated with fireworks displays, parades, barbecues and concerts. Some of your favorite country stars take time to remember their Fourth of July traditions, memories and what the holiday really means to them.

    Audio / Alan Jackson recalls one of the coolest Fourth of July memories he’s ever enjoyed.

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    AJ (fave 4th of July memory) OC: …very cool. :58
    Well, this one is hard to beat. A couple of years ago, maybe longer than that now, I had an old boat in Florida. It’s like an old antique motor yacht, and it was kind of a cool old boat. I had taken that boat, I’ve always wanted to take it up north like to New York and up in that area, up in the northeast where it’s so pretty. So, we took the boat up there and Denise and the girls, we all went up. They like going to New York City, which I don’t really care about going to the city. So, I got to stay in my boat there at the harbor tied up, which was cool anyway. So they spent time in the city a few days and then that was Fourth of July, and we went out in the Hudson River that night and they shot the fireworks off and we were anchored out in front of the Statue of Liberty and New York City was behind us, and the Statue of Liberty and the fireworks were going off sitting on that boat. That was the coolest thing and my girls still talk about that. I mean, that was the coolest thing on Fourth of July I can ever remember. I can’t top that one probably. It was emotional sitting there watching the Statue of Liberty and thinking about all that. It was very cool.”

    Audio / Billy Currington talks about his favorite Fourth of July memories.

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    Billy Currington (4th of July) OC: …of my life. :16
    “My best memories would be hanging out with my mom, brother and sister on the beach on Tybee Island right off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. We’d go there every year, and we’d light our own fireworks and watch the ones that they had for us. They were the best times, some of the best times of my life.”

    Audio / Canaan Smith talks about his Fourth of July memories growing up in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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    Canaan Smith (Fireworks July Fourth) OC: …kinds of stuff. :39
    “Williamsburg, Virginia has a great fireworks display. It’s one of the best in the nation, they say or something like that. We’d go to the Governor’s Palace. They have a big lawn, and we’d sit out there and lay a blanket down. This was before I was old enough to drink, but we probably tried to sneak some in anyhow. And we’d just watch the [show], you know they’d have the grand finale, which always blew my mind ‘cause just when you thought it was over, they’d start bringing out all of the tricks and it just gets crazy. We did that on a regular basis. Other times, we’d do stuff in our own yard. We had a big yard when we were growing up with a dirt track in the back, and our neighbor’s yard was equally as big, so when you put ‘em together, we had a massive area to be destructive and do whatever we wanted. So, we blew up all kinds of stuff.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker talks about what the Fourth of July means to him.

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    Darius Rucker (4th of July) 1 OC: …in the world. :24
    “The Fourth of July to me is a day to celebrate freedom. We get to travel all over the world and see a lot of stuff, and I’ve been to a lot of countries that aren’t like ours and that’s when you really appreciate the fact that you can do whatever you want. As long as you’re willing to deal with the consequences, you can do whatever you want, you know?  [I] appreciate those soldiers who died for us to be sitting here doing this, and we live in the greatest country in the world.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker enjoys setting off fireworks.

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    Darius Rucker (fireworks) OC: …off once. :15
    “Oh, I love fireworks. We had the bottle rocket fights and all that good stuff. I was the typical little crazy kid, you know. In South Carolina, it was always legal, so we shot fireworks when it was legal. We did all that sort of stuff. I almost blew my hand off once.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley explains why he is so patriotic.

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    Dierks Bentley (4th of July-patriotic) OC: …all the time. :17
    “I’m extremely patriotic. I love this country, and I love the history of this country. I read books on this country. I spend my time on the road traveling physically throughout the country. The soldiers and their families are constantly on my mind. We work closely with the Wounded Warriors Project. We think about this stuff all the time.”

    Audio / Easton Corbin recalls his family’s tradition on the Fourth of July.

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    Easton Corbin (Fourth of July) OC: …clown around. :28
    “Fourth of July, I remember growing up and having cookouts, and course we did the whole fireworks thing. I remember my uncle, he’d always get fireworks and bring down like from Alabama, because in Florida, you couldn’t get the bottle rockets and stuff, so he’d always go up to Alabama, ‘cause they live in Tallahassee, which was close to the [state] line. So, he would go over the line and get the good fireworks and bring ‘em down to my Grandma’s for me and my cousin, and we’d just hang out all day and shoot off fireworks and clown around.”

    Audio / Eric Church recalls his family activities on the Fourth of July holiday.

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    Eric Church (4th of July) OC: …freedoms. 1:17
    “The Fourth of July for me, growing up we would always go to the lake, we didn’t live on the lake but we would all go to the lake. Had a buddy who had a pontoon and we would always get on the pontoon and you go out and you’d tie all the pontoons together and just have a big time. This was before, I was younger then, the adults were having more fun than we were, you know it was just to go swim in the water and shoot off fireworks. Basically, water tailgating is what it was. And then as we got older, same thing…we would just, us younger kids had our own boat and we had as much fun as the adults.”

    Audio / Jordan Davis says the Fourth of July is a great time to appreciate the rights and freedoms we have as a nation.

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    Jordan Davis (Fourth of July) 1 OC: …an American. :18
    “I think Fourth of July weekend is a special time to really sit back and be thankful for what we have – thankful to our military, thankful for family and for friends, just a time to really sit back and appreciate how great it is to be an American.”

     

    Audio / Jordan Davis talks about some of his favorite childhood Fourth of July memories.

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    Jordan Davis (Fourth of July) 2 OC: …really cool. :17
    “Probably baseball games, firework shows at baseball games. We’d go to Shreveport Captains games, so yeah, we’d do that or barbecues and fireworks. I can remember being on the lake for a couple of Fourth of Julys. We’d take the boat out and we’d watch the downtown fireworks show from the boat, which was really cool.”

    Audio / Josh Turner, who will perform in Baytown, Texas on Independence Day, talks about the fireworks “wars” his family would have when he was growing up.

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    Josh Turner (fireworks) OC: …of money. [laughs] :20
    “Yeah, we had fireworks around, especially my Daddy’s family. All the individual families had a lot of competition with each other and tried to outdo each other to try to see who had the biggest and baddest fireworks and all that. [laughs] My daddy, I think, was the smartest one. He just went out and bought maybe $25 worth of fireworks and let everybody else put on the big show, so he saved a lot of money.” [laughs]

    Audio / Keith Urban recalls coming over to America for the first time.

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    Keith Urban (coming to America 1st time) OC: …as I could. :39
    “1989 was the first year I came to the States, and it had always been my goal, but I had no plan on how to get here. It was just a case of keep playing, keep getting better at what you do, and then hopefully, somehow, some way I’ll end up over here. The guy who was managing me at the time, we just planned a trip over here – it was actually for the New Music Seminar in New York. And we came over for that, and then we did a trip down to Nashville, and I was shopping my little demo around. I think I humored everybody more than anything else [laughs] with my tragic, ill-fitting demo for the time. So, I left there, but I was just so committed to coming back as quick as I could.”

    Audio / Kip Moore says he’s very proud of the U.S. military and can’t imagine having to do what they do to protect the United States.

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    Kip Moore (Fourth of July-soldiers) OC: …every day. :32
    “I’m a very, very patriotic person, proud of the country that I live in, and I’m very proud of what those guys do for us each and every day, and I don’t take it for granted one bit. My grandparents were in the military, fought wars, and I’ve seen the battle that they go through, just the horror of remember things. When I start to think that I’m half-way tough, I realize how I’m not one bit when I talk to soldiers when I’m out and realize the things that they go through. I can’t imagine facing what those guys face every day.”

    Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott talks about her favorite Fourth of July memories.

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    Lady A (4th of July-Hillary) OC: …on my hand. :29
    “For many, many years in a row, we would be up at the lake for Fourth of July, and having those memories of being on the boat and going tubing and skiing and enjoying being out in the summertime, great weather on the water. But, then for me, Fourth of July was when [husband] Chris [Tyrell] proposed. So, I got proposed to on July 2nd up at the lake, the same lake I grew up going to, and so that’s probably the biggest highlight of Fourth of July to me – getting a rock on my hand.”

    Audio / Every year, Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood celebrates his birthday along with America’s big day.

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    Lady A (Fourth of July-Dave) OC: …and America. :45
    “July fourth is always, for me, my birthday week. My birthday is July 5th so we grew up going on family trips to the beach. We would d always go to Hilton Head, South Carolina and always take trips for my birthday, so that’s always a fun time of the year…watch fireworks. I think my best memory would be my birthday party when I was 9 or 10 years old. We went to the batting cages and I remember I was swinging so hard, it was 100 degrees outside, I was swinging in the batting cage and ended up passing out right there in the batting cage. You’re trying so hard to hit the ball, you’re a kid and you really don’t realize how much water you should be drinking and [CHARLES: “Dave was that kid.”] I was that kid who was on the ground in the batting cage, people fanning and pouring water all over my face. Happy Birthday to me and America.”

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild talks about the big sacrifices the military AND their families make to keep this country free.

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    LBT (military) OC: (Karen) …whenever we can. (Kimberly: “Yeah.”) :22
    “It’s such a huge sacrifice what these men and women do for us, and not only the ones that are serving, but the families that are left here at home. I mean, it’s just a huge commitment that they make, and what an honor. We love to be able to sing for them and entertain them and to say thank you whenever we can.” (Kimberly: “Yeah.”)

    Audio / Luke Bryan recalls one of his favorite Fourth of July memories.

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    Luke Bryan (4th of July memories) OC: …we used to. :21
    “Some of my favorite Fourth of July memories were spent on Lake Blackshear down in Georgia with my family. I was always kind of in charge of driving home from Tennessee and picking up all the fireworks and my nieces and nephews always got excited when I rolled in because they knew I had all the fireworks. But, it was always a great memory, and I miss not getting to do that as much as we used to.”

    Audio / Sam Hunt talks about what he and his family did over the Fourth of July holiday when he was growing up in Georgia.

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    Sam Hunt (Fourth of July) OC: …good time. :39
    “My granddad on the other side of my family, he would always take a lot of pride…fireworks were actually, I’m from Georgia, and most of them were illegal, I’m pretty sure, growing up. But over in Alabama, that’s where all the firework stands were, and we only had to drive 10, 15 minutes to get to the Alabama line, so we could go get a bundle of fireworks pretty easy. But he would always take a lot of pride in going and finding all the good stuff, and coming back with a  big pile. He’d have his torch out there at the end of the driveway and we’d all eat homemade ice cream and put down towels on the driveway and he’d shoot off fireworks for 30-45 minutes. Such a good time.”

     

     

  • DIERKS BENTLEY HITS THE AIRWAVES WITH ‘WHAT THE HELL DID I SAY.”

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    Dierks Bentley has released his new single “What the Hell Did I Say” to radio. The song was written by Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, who wrote Dierks’ No. 1 hit “Drunk on a Plane,” along with the singer’s producer Ross Copperman, Dierks loves the song and it’s one of his favorite songs to perform live.

    “‘What the Hell Did I Say’ is one of the first songs that I heard that I didn’t write, that I fell in love with and knew I wanted it to be on this record. It’s actually written by two of the guys that I wrote ‘Drunk on a Plane.’ They didn’t call me up, but they wrote it with my producer, Ross [Copperman], and they knew it’d be a great song for me and that I’d love it,” says Dierks. “That song is one of my favorite songs to sing every night…I knew ‘What the Hell’ was gonna be a really fun song on the album.”

    “What the Hell Did I Say” follows three consecutive No. 1 singles from his album Black – “Somewhere on a Beach,” “Different for Girls” and the gold-certified title track, and it’s also the idea behind his What the Hell Tour, which features Jon Pardi and Cole Swindell. “We named the tour after this song hoping that it would be a single this summer because it perfectly captures the anything-goes spirit out there this year,” said Bentley. “It’s crazy right now with Cole and Pardi…every night is better than the one before…just when you think it can’t get any more fun, it does. I’ve worked my whole career to have a tour like this one.”

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    “‘What the Hell Did I Say’ is one of the first songs that I heard that I didn’t write, that I fell in love with and knew I wanted it to be on this record. It’s actually written by two of the guys that I wrote ‘Drunk on a Plane.’ They didn’t call me up, but they wrote it with my producer, Ross [Copperman], and they knew it’d be a great song for me and that I’d love it. You know, I’ve learned over the years of making records that, really in the last couple of years, it’s okay to have some of those fun songs on there. Sometimes when I go into album-making mode, I get so serious, and I almost didn’t cut ‘Drunk on a Plane,’ even though I wrote it. I look back at that now and I think, ‘What was I thinking not to have?’ That song is one of my favorite songs to sing every night. So, I didn’t make that mistake this time around. I knew ‘What the Hell’ was gonna be a really fun song on the album. I just didn’t know where it was going to fit on the album.”

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