• THE FIRST ROUND OF CMA PERFORMERS HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED.

    The first round of performers has been announced for this year’s CMA Awards. Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Jon Pardi and new Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson will perform, as well as Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion and Thomas Rhett.

    Luke is a two-time consecutive CMA Entertainer of the Year (2014, 2015), returning to compete for his fifth nomination in the category. He has garnered 15 CMA Awards nominations since 2010.

    Up for three nominations this year, Eric is a three-time CMA Awards winner with 25 total career nods. He returns this year with recognition in the Entertainer of the Year category, in addition to Musical Event and his sixth consecutive nomination for Male Vocalist.

    Little Big Town claims four nominations this year including Vocal Group, Album for The Breaker, and Single and Music Video for “Better Man.” They are seven-time CMA Awards winners with a career total of 26 CMA Awards nominations.

    Stapleton is a five-time CMA Awards winner nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist, and Album for From A Room: Volume 1. He receives one nomination for Album, but can receive an additional trophy as producer. This is his third consecutive nomination for Male, which he’s won the past two years. He was also nominated for Entertainer last year and won Album for Traveller in 2015. He is an 11-time CMA Awards nominee.

    The reigning CMA Vocal Duo Brothers Osborne received their first Music Video nod for “It Ain’t My Fault” and will once again vie for Vocal Duo, their third nomination in the category.

    First-time nominee, Jon Pardi, vies for two categories with nominations for New Artist of the Year and Single for “Dirt On My Boots,” which he co-produced. He receives one nomination for Single of the Year, but can receive an additional trophy as producer.

    With six CMA Awards to her name, Carrie, who is also co-hosting the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley, returns to vie for Female Vocalist, a category she’s won four times (2006-2008, 2016) and nominated for consecutively since 2006.

    With 81 career nominations, Alan is the second most nominated artist in CMA Awards history. This year marks Jackson’s 24th CMA Awards performance since debuting in 1990 with “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.” He will receive Country Music’s Highest Honor, induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, on Sunday, Oct. 22 during the official Medallion Ceremony at the CMA Theater.

    The 51st Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 8th at 8pm ET on ABC.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Sam, Carrie, LBT, Chris, Jon, Luke

    Keith Urban, Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton and Jon Pardi earned nominations for this year’s American Music Awards. Keith leads the country nominees with three nods, including Favorite Male Artist – Country, Favorite Album – Country for Ripcord and Favorite Song – Country for “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” Sam picks up a pair of nominations, including Favorite Male Artist – Country and Favorite Song – Country for “Body Like a Back Road.” Chris earns a nomination for From A Room: Volume 1, while Jon picks up a nod for Favorite Song – Country for “Dirt on My Boots.” The 45th Annual American Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 19th at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party and Tailgates and Tanlines albums were certified 4X platinum by the RIAA. Several of his songs, including “Drunk on You,” “Crash My Party,” “Play It Again” and “That’s My Kind of Night” were also certified 4X platinum, while “Country Girl [Shake It For Me]” was certified quintuple platinum. Luke’s “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” “Home Alone Tonight” and “All My Friends Say” was certified platinum.

    Keith Urban is set to appear on a new television special, Grammys Greatest Stories, which will take a behind-the-scenes look at the past 59 years of Grammys performances and history. The two-hour show will include appearances by Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Celine Dion and U2, among others. Grammys Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special will air Black Friday, November 24th beginning at 9pm ET on CBS.

  • JON PARDI LAUNCHES HIS ‘LUCKY TONIGHT’ TOUR THURSDAY.

    Jon Pardi kicks off his headlining “CMT On Tour Presents Jon Pardi’s Lucky Tonight Tour” today in Birmingham, Alabama with nearly all 17 shows sold out. The tour will make stops in major markets across the country including Chicago and Detroit. The fast-selling tour includes special guests Midland and Runaway June.

    ““The first week is gonna be a big party – a lot of laughter, a lot of happiness, lots of proud to be playing music for a living and to be playing it all together is kind of a dream,” says Jon, who just released his new single, “She Ain’t In It.”

    Pardi’s momentum continues to build this morning with a nomination for the American Music Award’s Favorite Song – Country with smash-hit “Dirt On My Boots.” Voting is now open to fans, here: https://www.theamas.com/vote/. Stacking up an impressive year of accolades, the reigning ACM New Male Vocalist Of The Year is also nominated for CMA Award’s New Artist Of The Year category and “Dirt On My Boots’” is up for two categories including Single Of The Year and Song Of The Year.

    Pardi recently celebrated his third, consecutive No. 1 single “Heartache On The Dance Floor” on Mediabase charts. “Heartache On The Dance Floor” follows the Platinum-selling No. 1 song “Head Over Boots” and three-week No. 1 smash “Dirt On My Boots” from his #1 debut and Gold-certified album California Sunrise.

    Fresh off two of the hottest tours of the summer; Dierks Bentley’s What the Hell World Tour and Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour, Pardi marks his third headlining tour with “CMT On Tour Presents Jon Pardi’s Lucky Tonight Tour.” Following that, he will join Miranda Lambert’s Livin’ Like Hippies Tour in early 2018. For a full list of tour dates and more information, visit www.jonpardi.com.

    Audio / Jon Pardi talks about his Lucky Tonight Tour.

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    Jon Pardi (Lucky Tonight Tour) OC: …and stuff. :43
    “The first week is gonna be a big party – a lot of laughter, a lot of happiness, lots of proud to be playing music for a living and to be playing it all together is kind of a dream. From playing shows with the girls and laughing at those, they’re so good and so fun. And then Midland, I played a show with them at New Year’s Eve, it was crazy [laughed]. We don’t have to get into too many details. Arm wrestling was going on. Mark arm-wrestled my dad, their tour manager basically drank all of our beer, but we had a great time. It was a New Year’s Eve show, and we always talked about being on tour together. So, long story short, that’s how Midland got on tour with me, and then the girls, I played a bunch of guitar pulls and stuff.”

  • JON PARDI RELEASES HIS NEW SINGLE, ‘SHE AIN’T IN IT.’

    Jon Pardi has released his new song, “She Ain’t In It,”  the follow-up to three No. 1 hits from his gold-certified album, California Sunrise.

    He says “She Ain’t In It” is just a great country song. “When I first heard it, I had to listen to it over and over again, and it was just like was so like 1980s George Strait and just something that I hadn’t heard in a long time. I had to record this. I have to. There’s no question,” says Jon. “When I heard it I was like, ‘This is on the record. This has to be on the record. I want this. This is mine.’ Trying to be anything but just pure country. It’s got that heart-break to it and it’s got that moving on and just very good lyrics and a great melody, and it was one of my favorites to ever call mine. It’s going to be great. If you like country music, you’re going to like this song.”

    The song goes for adds at radio October 23rd.

    Jon launches his Lucky Tonight headlining tour Thursday (October 12th) in Birmingham, Alabama.

    Audio / Jon Pardi says “She Ain’t In It” is a good country song.

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    Jon Pardi (She Ain’t In It) OC: …this song. :42
    “She Ain’t In It’ is a great country song and when I first heard it I had to listen to it over and over again and it was just like was so like 1980s George Strait and just something that I hadn’t heard in a long time. I had to record this. I have to. There’s no question. When I heard it I was like this is on the record. This has to be on the record. I want this. This is mine. Trying to be anything but just pure country. It’s got that heart-break to it and it’s got that moving on and just very good lyrics and a great melody, and it was one of my favorites to ever call mine. It’s going to be great. If you like country music, you’re going to like this song.”

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Jon, LBT, Eric, Kacey, Kip

    Keith Urban will be honored with BMI’s (Broadcast Music Incorporated) Champion Award during the 65th Annual BMI Country Awards November 7th in Nashville. Keith is being honored by the performing rights organization for his assistance in helping the next generation of songwriters and musicians, as well as furthering music education.

    Jon Pardi, who’s headlining his own Lucky Tonight Tour, has already planned dates for next year by heading out on Miranda Lambert’s Livin’ Like Hippies Tour beginning January 18th in Greenville, South Carolina.

    Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” has caught the ear and the voice of Harry Styles, who recorded the song for the UK version of Spotify Singles. He later performed the tune during his show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

    Eric Church is set to perform at the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association’s 2018 Hall of Fame induction ceremony February 24th. Maren Morris, Radney Foster, Jack Ingram, Joe Ely, Lori McKenna and Hayes Carll will also perform in honor of this year’s inductees – Buddy Holly, Liz Rose, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Mickey Newberry.

    Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Kip Moore are among the performers announced for next year’s C2C: Country to Country Festival. Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, Luke Combs, Emmylou Harris, Margo Price, Midland, Lukas Nelson, Ashley McBryde, Lindsay Ell and Jillian Jacqueline will also perform during the three-day festival running March 9th – 11th in London.

  • COUNTRY STARS REACT TO THE HORRIFIC TRAGEDY IN LAS VEGAS.

    Words are still hard to come by, emotions and unfamiliar feelings are flooding our hearts and souls and trying to process the horrific tragedy at the Rt. 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night (October 1st) is still something that we can’t quite do and which will affect us the rest of our lives. The Country Music family, community, fans and friends around the world have been shaken to the core by the devastating carnage from Sunday night.

    It has taken days for me to post the following:

     

    Eric Church performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Wednesday night (October 4th) and spoke eloquently and passionately about Sunday’s shooting in Las Vegas. He was one of the headliners at the Route 91 Harvest Festival and painted the picture of the fans who attended the festival. He dedicated “Why Not Me,” a song he wrote this week, to Sonny Melton, the Paris, Tennessee man who died protecting his wife from the bullets that were being sprayed into the crowd of festivalgoers. Check out the videos below.

     

    While he performed “Here On Earth” the other morning for a national radio show, he’s also healing folks by talking to them and really listening to them, as well as giving much needed blood to the American Red Cross.

    Heartbroken for all the victims and families involved in #LasVegas. Still in disbelief. I love you all

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    There are no words. Praying for all the victims and their families affected by the tragedy in Vegas.

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    Our hearts are so heavy this morning… sick to our stomachs.

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    Lord be near (Route 91) Psalm 91

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    …And the greatest of these is LOVE. ❤️ 1 Corinthians 13 #prayersforvegas

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    On the worst day ever. It got even worse. #nowords #prayforvegas #musicisawesome #tompettyandtheheartbreakers

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    At a loss for words over what happened in Vegas last night…My prayers are with everyone involved.

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    Audio / Before performing “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” at Monday night’s Candlelight Vigil at Nashville’s Ascend Theater, Keith Urban offered hope and prayers from his family to everyone who was affected by Sunday night’s horrific tragedy in Las Vegas.

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    Keith Urban (Candlelight Vigil) OC: …in the world. 1:23
    “I I want to firstly offer the prayers and love of my whole family to everybody affected by last night’s horrific tragedy. I started this morning by finding out about it, and being shell-shocked all morning getting my kids ready for school. And our nine-year-old, as I was driving her to school this morning, said to, ‘Dad, you seem quiet.’ I said, ‘Yeah, it was a lot of people killed last night.’ She said, ‘Did you know any of them?’ I said, ‘Not that I know of.’ Then she said, ‘Well, why are you so sad?’ I said, ‘Well, first of all, these were innocent people horrifically taken. Secondly, they’re like family.’ It’s the one thing about country music that’s always been at the center of it. It is community. It’s about community. So, I did know those people in that way, and it just really hit me. I feel very grateful for this moment tonight to be able to put some light in the world.”

     

    Audio / Before performing "Go Rest High On That Mountain" at Monday night's Candlelight Vigil in Nashville, Vince Gill gave his thoughts to the horrific events of Sunday night.

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    Vince Gill (Candlelight Vigil) OC: …innocent people. :17
    Thank you for the opportunity to come and lift up 58 families who lost somebody last night. An honor to be here as a voice for the innocent. May we never lose our voice for innocent people.”

     

    Audio / Vince Gill's wife, Amy Grant, led a prayer at Monday night's Candlelight Vigil in Nashville to honor those who lost and risked their lives Sunday night in Las Vegas.

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    Amy Grant (Candlight Vigil) OC: …each other. Amen. 2:21
    Father in Heaven, thank you for the gift of each other. Thank you that none of us is born alone or dies alone. But you go before us and beneath us and beside us and within us. Thank you for loving arms that were there to catch every fallen child, man and woman. Thank you for your presence that never leaves us. Thank you for word said over and over again, ‘Fear not.’ ‘Fear not.’ Father, in silence, we lift up, we just imagine all of the people rebuilding their lives. Broken. Grieving. And as a group, I don’t even know how to imagine lifting them all up, but I’m just picturing us almost like slinging them on our backs, lifting them up in our arms to the light of your love. We lift them up now, God, in silence. We lift up grieving spouses, God. We lift up moms and dads grieving the loss of a child, a son and a daughter. We lift up the doctors and nursing attending to the hundreds of people recovering. Give us the grace, God, every day, to see each other. To see each other. To see our differences. To see our similarities. To observe. To learn rather than judge. Fill our hearts with courage to not be afraid. To love, love, love. Thank you that you began this story that we’re all a part of, and you will finish it. And it began in love, and it will end in love. Thank you for the gift of each other. Amen.”

    Video / Eric Church performs "Why Not Me" on the Grand Ole Opry.

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    Video / Eric Church honors the victims and heroes and fans at Sunday night's horrific tragedy in Las Vegas.

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  • LUKE BRYAN LAUNCHES HIS NINTH ANNUAL FARM TOUR.

    Luke Bryan launches his ninth annual Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2017 Thursday (September 28TH) in Lincoln, Nebraska. It’s set to run through October 7th.

    Since the tour’s inception in 2009 Luke has awarded 50 college scholarships to a local student from a farming family within the communities the tour has played. A total of more than 100,000 fans have gathered on the farms each year.

    2017 ACM New Male Vocalist AND 2017 CMA Award nominee Jon Pardi will support Luke at each stop, along with Adam Craig, the Peach Pickers (Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson & Ben Hayslip) and Jon Langston plus DJ Rock.
    Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2017

    September 28  Lincoln, NE                     Benes Farm

    September 29  Baldwin City, KS            Don-Ale Farms

    September 30  Boone, IA                        Ziel Farm

    October 5         Fort Wayne, IN              Spangler Farms West

    October 6         Edinburg, IL                   Ayers Family Farm

    October 7         Centralia, MO                Stowers Farm

    Audio / LUKE BRYAN SAYS HE LOVES GIVING SCHOLARSHIPS TO COLLEGE STUDENTS INTERESTED IN FARMING AND AGRICULTURE.

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    Luke Bryan (education on farming) OC: …roots. :34
    “Anytime we can take a step to help facilitate dreams and agriculture and be smarter in how the food’s being made and being safer and stuff like that, the awareness of that can never be undermined….If I can educate some people on it and that can be my platform, I think I’ll always, the farmers out there and the people in that world will appreciate and they’ll know I’ve kinda stayed true to my roots.”

    Audio / Jon Pardi talks about farming and being out on the Farm Tour with his buddy Luke Bryan.

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    Jon Pardi (Farm Tour 2017) OC: …drive one. :47
    “I’ve done a lot of tractor work, mainly big construction stuff, but I mean the farm stuff is fun. I cut hay, and we’ve leveled hay fields and stuff. I haven’t done much of the planting or anything. I tried to plant corn this year, and I sent a picture to Luke and he made fun of me, so I felt really bad. But I just don’t have time, you know, like Luke’s got a farm manager, okay, so, I don’t have a farm manager and the deer ate all my corn and I spaced ‘em too far apart, ‘cause that’s what the bag said to do. I didn’t know. I’m by myself. I thought, ‘Alright, maybe they’ll space out good.’ So, it’s good to go see where the real farmers are. See I’m doing my job on their farm. I’m taking away the everyday heavy work and they’re gonna go out and have a good time with me and Luke, and we can talk about tractors. Maybe I’ll get to drive one.”

  • JON PARDI TOPS THE COUNTRY CHARTS WITH HIS LATEST SONG, ‘HEARTACHE ON THE DANCE FLOOR.’

    Jon Pardi scored his third chart-topping song this week with “Heartache on the Dance Floor.” The song, which follows in the footsteps of “Head Over Boots” and “Dirt on My Boots,” was written by Jon, Brice Long and Bart Butler.

    “It’s been really fun to watch it just kind of soar up, and program directors and fans and country stations across the country just loving it – ‘That’s my favorite song on the record,’ along with every other song they say, ‘I love that too.’ It’s just been really cool,” says Jon. “I pushed for ‘Heartache’ ‘cause I thought it was a cool summer song.”

    Jon hits the road with Luke Bryan on Thursday (September 28th) when Farm Tour 2017 kicks off in Lincoln, Nebraska. Following the Farm Tour, Jon will launch his own headline tour, CMT on Tour Presents Jon Pardi’s Lucky Tonight Tour, October 12th in Birmingham, Alabama.

    Jon is also up for a few CMA Awards, including New Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for “Dirt on My Boots,” which is also up for Song of the Year. The 51st Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 8th at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Audio / Jon Pardi has enjoyed the journey that “Heartache on the Dance Floor” has made up the country charts.

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    Jon Pardi (No. 1 Heartache) OC: …sing live. :33
    “It’s been really fun to watch it just kind of soar up, and program directors and fans and country stations across the country just loving it – ‘That’s my favorite song on the record,’ along with every other song they say, ‘I love that too.’ It’s just been really cool. I pushed for ‘Heartache’ ‘cause I thought it was a cool summer song. It had a cool kind of Southern California vibe to it when I was thinking about writing it and kind of running into a girl, getting to know her, but could never really get to know her and wondering where she’s at. So, it’s a cool story, and it’s fun to sing live.”

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: LBT, Kacey, Josh, Jon

    Little Big Town and Kacey Musgraves will appear on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (September 20th).

    Josh Turner’s video for “All About You” is set to be released on Thursday (September 21st).

    Little Big Town will perform on The View on Friday (September 22nd).

    Jon Pardi paddles up to CMT Hot 20 in a kayak on Saturday (September 23rd) and again Sunday (September 24th).

  • JON PARDI HAD A WEST COAST BEACH TOWN IN MIND WHEN HE WROTE ‘HEARTACHE ON THE DANCE FLOOR.’

    Jon Pardi is poised to top the country charts with his latest smash, “Heartache on the Dance Floor,” following in the footsteps of his two previous chart-toppers, “Head Over Boots” and “Dirt on My Boots,” both of which are from his sophomore album, California Sunrise. He co-wrote the tune with producer Bart Butler and singer-songwriter Brice Long.

    “I kind of wrote it with like San Diego kind-of-style-of-town or Venice Beach in my mind just because there was a couple of times I spent out there,” says Jon. “So, I just always had this story of this super-hot California girl, like you’re dancing around. You don’t ever have the courage to say it but then you like – she drives you crazy and you’re just kind of like waiting to see her again. You never really see her but this is kind of that – it’s just like a happy song about this guy looking for a girl, and he’s just trying to find her but not in a creepy way.”
    Jon will launch his CMT Lucky Tonight Tour October 12th in Birmingham, Alabama, but first he’ll head out with Luke Bryan on his annual Farm Tour, which kicks off September 28th in Lincoln, Nebraska.

    Audio / Jon Pardi talks about “Heartache on the Dance Floor,” from his new album California Sunrise.

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    Jon Pardi (Heartache on the Dance Floor) OC: …her again. :53
    “Man, I always say if you’re going to have a song called ‘Heartache on the Dance Floor,’ you better have a good dance beat. So, this one definitely has something you can dance to. And I kind of wrote it with like San Diego kind of style of town or Venice Beach in my mind just because there was a couple of times I spent out there and this is so cool. I can’t believe people live out here all the time, and this is on the beach bars and stuff. So I just always had this story of this super-hot California girl, like you’re dancing around. You don’t ever have the courage to say it but then you like – she drives you crazy and you’re just kind of like waiting to see her again. You never really see her but this is kind of that – it’s just like a happy song about this guy looking for a girl, and he’s just trying to find her but not in a creepy way. This guy is glorifying this girl through lyrics in a love song, because he wants to find her and he wants to know her name, he wants to see her again.”

    Video / Jon Pardi Heartache on the Dance Floor

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