• MEMORIAL DAY AUDIO 2017: Dierks, Eric, Keith, LBT, Sam

    Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. However, by the turn of the 20th century, Memorial Day celebrated Americans who have sacrificed their lives in all wars. The holiday also typically marks the start of the summer vacation season.

    Some of your favorite country artists talk about what it means to be free because of the brave men and women willing to fight and sacrifice for our freedom.

     

    Audio / Dierks Bentley, whose own father was a World War II veteran, talks about the sacrifices made by U.S. servicemen and women.

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    Dierks (Memorial Day) OC: …upon them. :37
    “On the most basic level, I think, for me on the road, I just think about being gone two, three days at a time, maybe a couple of weeks at a time, you know. That seems like a long time when you have kids and family, but these soldiers, they’re gone for months and years at a time – they’re doing 12 to 15 to 18 months — and they have family back home. That, in itself, is such a huge sacrifice, and that’s just the beginning of it. That’s just scratching the surface of what these guys [and gals] are doing every day – preparing for battle, actually being in battle, being wounded in battle, sometimes dying in battle. So, this country obviously, we would not exist without those courageous men and women, and our future depends upon them.”

    Audio / Eric Church says we should celebrate our freedom AND the people fighting for our freedom.

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    Eric Church (Memorial Day) OC: …those freedoms.

    It’s about, especially the soldiers I come in contact with on the road. And not only that, to be able to make the music that I’m able to make, to say what I want to say, and that freedom to be able to do those things and to be in a country where we’re able to do that and to be in a country where we’re able to play that stuff on the radio. I don’t think you’re going to have any America argue that America isn’t the best place to live, and I’m certainly one of them. I’m very proud to be from here and very proud that we have the soldiers. I know there are a lot of other countries out there in the world that don’t want to live the way we do, and that’s fine, they can keep living the way they are, but I’m very proud of it. I think that’s a time to celebrate being proud to be an American and celebrate those freedoms…and celebrate the people that are over fighting for those freedoms.”

    Audio / Eric Church, whose grandfathers served in World War II, says the sacrifices the men and women in the military make are really touching.

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    Eric Church (grandfathers in WW2) OC: …touching to me. :21
    “Both of my grandfathers were World War II veterans. I mean, that’s something that’s very rare. I’m not unique, you know. There’s a lot of people out there like that that their grandfathers served. The way that I was raised was very much red, white and blue and very patriotic, and I think that it’s the fact that what they give up is the real thing that’s very touching to me.”

    Audio / Keith Urban wrote and recorded “For You” a few years ago for the film, Act of Valor, which was inspired by real life events and stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs. After hanging out with the SEALS, he was very impressed with their commitment of service.

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    Keith Urban (SEALS mantra) OC: …conviction. :30
    “They have a mantra, and they say ‘the only easy day was yesterday’ and they had this spirit of brotherhood and that’s a particular thing that’s the way in which, I think, it exists is very specific to the Seals. I mean, military in general have this very strong brotherhood code; it’s a particular kind of thing in the Seals. As was the testament, to Lt. Roark who is the lead guy in the film; when he was interviewed talked about funerals he had been to, and he says ‘there isn’t really any one of us who isn’t just a little bit jealous of the guy who’s died,’ and ok, I heard that, that’s a particular way of being that I cannot relate to. That is an unbelievable depth of commitment and conviction.”

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild says they’re overwhelmed by the huge sacrifices that both the military and their families make in order to be free.

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    LBT (Memorial Day) OC: …whenever we can. :44
    KAREN: “It’s such a huge sacrifice what these men and women do for us, not only the ones that are serving, but the families that are left here at home. Kimberly and I met a young girl…she’s 21 years old, and she has a third baby, and her husband has served multiple times overseas. She’s raising these children at home and doing a great job and the best that she can, and he’s serving our country. He’s making a monstrous sacrifice, but so is she, and so are those children. And we just can’t take it for granted. 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.”

    Audio / Sam Hunt talks about his grandfather who served during World War II.

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    Sam Hunt (Memorial Day) OC: …those freedoms. :40
    “My granddad was in World World II. He was on the USS Texas battleship, and he was over at Normandy and over near Japan and he spent a lot of time right in the thick of World War II. He really took pride in what that meant, and it was something I got to see it first hand, as somebody who got to experience that; somebody who had that galvanized American trait. It’s hard to describe it. It was just somebody who’s been through that, seen that and really appreciates what that means. I try to channel that into my life, because I haven’t fought in any war, but I have a ton of respect for folks who have, folks who’ve sacrificed, families who’ve lost lives and just sacrificed years of their own lives and time and effort to maintain those freedoms.”

     


  • MEMORIAL DAY LINERS 2017

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    LINER Billy Currington (Memorial Day)
    “Hey guys, I’m Billy Currington. I just wanted to say thank you to all our servicemen and women and their daily service to our country.”

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    LINER Brothers Osborne (Memorial Day) 2
    “Hey! What’s up guys? We’re Brothers Osborne. We just wanted to send our thanks to all you service men and women and the ones who’ve gone before you for sacrificing time with your families, sacrificing your own needs and even sacrificing your lives so we can be free to do what we want to do. It means more than you’ll ever know. Happy Memorial Day!”

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    LINER Dierks Bentley (Memorial Day)
    “Hey everybody, this is Dierks Bentley. I just want to say thank you to the men and  women in uniform on this day and every day.”

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    LINER Easton Corbin (Memorial Day)
    “Hey everybody! It’s Easton Corbin here, wishing you a happy and safe Memorial Day, and I also want to send a special thanks out to our men and women in our Armed Forces.”

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    LINER Eric Church (Memorial Day)
    Hey everyone, this is Eric Church hoping you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

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    LINER Eric Paslay (Memorial Day Weekend)
    “Hey! This is Eric Paslay, hope you have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day Weekend.”

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    LINER Jon Pardi (Memorial Day Weekend)
    “Hi! It’s Jon Pardi, hoping you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.”

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    LINER Josh Turner (thanks to military)
    “Hey! This is Josh Turner. I just wanted to say thank you to all of our servicemen and women for what you do around the world.”

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    LINER Keith Urban (Memorial Day)
    “Hi everyone, this is Keith Urban. Now please take time to remember all those who sacrificed their lives during this Memorial Day Weekend.”

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    LINER LBT (Memorial Day)
    “Hi! This is Little Big Town, take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day Weekend.”

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    LINER Luke Bryan (Memorial Day)
    “Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, hoping you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.”

  • THE BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS 2017 NOMINEES.

    Sam Hunt will perform his mega-hit “Body Like a Back Road” during Sunday night’s (May 21st) Billboard Music Awards.

    Luke Bryan is nominated in the all-format fan-voted Billboard Chart Achievement category, as well as for Top Country Tour.

    Keith Urban has several BBMA nods, including Top Country Album for Ripcord and Top Country Song for “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” as well as a nomination for Top Country Artist.

    Chris Stapleton is up against Keith as Top Country Artist, as well as Top Country Album for Traveller.

    Little Big Town’s “Better Man” is up for Top Country Song, while Dierks Bentley’s “Different for Girls” featuring Elle KingEric Church’s “Kill a Word” with Rhiannon Giddens and Vince Gill’s appearance on Chris Young’s “Sober Saturday Night” are up for Top Country Collaborations.

    Hillary Scott & the Scott Family have three BBMA nominations, including Top Christian Artist, Top Christian Album for Love Remains and Top Christian Song for “Thy Will.”

    The Billboard Music Awards will air live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas beginning at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity:
    Luke Bryan
    Nicki Minaj
    The Chainsmokers
    The Weeknd
    Twenty One Pilots

    Top Country Artist:
    Florida Georgia Line
    Blake Shelton
    Keith Urban
    Chris Stapleton
    Jason Aldean

    Top Country Tour:
    Luke Bryan
    Kenny Chesney
    Dixie Chicks

    Top Country Album:
    Jason Aldean, They Don’t Know
    Florida Georgia Line, Dig Your Roots
    Blake Shelton, If I’m Honest
    Chris Stapleton, Traveller
    Keith Urban, Ripcord

    Top Country Song:
    Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink, “Setting The World On Fire”
    Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.”
    Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”
    Little Big Town, “Better Man”
    Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

    Top Country Collaboration:
    Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King, “Different For Girls”
    Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink, “Setting The World On Fire”
    Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens, “Kill A Word”
    Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”
    Chris Young Featuring Vince Gill, “Sober Saturday Night”

    Top Christian Artist:
    Lauren Daigle
    Hillsong Worship
    Hillary Scott & the Scott Family
    Skillet
    Chris Tomlin

    Top Christian Album:
    Casting Crowns, The Very Next Thing
    Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be
    Joey + Rory, Hymns
    Hillary Scott & The Scott Family, Love Remains
    Skillet, Unleashed

    Top Christian Song:
    Lauren Daigle, “Trust In You”
    Hillary Scott & The Family, “Thy Will”
    Skillet, “Feel Invincible”
    Ryan Stevenson Featuring GabeReal, “Eye Of The Storm”
    Zach Williams, “Chain Breaker”

  • KEITH URBAN PERFORMS THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AS THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS PLAY HOST TO THE ANAHEIM DUCKS DURING GAME 3 OF THE WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS.

    Keith Urban performed the National Anthem before the Nashville Predators played host to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night (May 16th) at Game 3 of the NHL’s Western Conference finals in the run for the Stanley Cup.

     

    In fact, it’s the first time during his 25 years of living in the States to even be asked to perform the Anthem. “Hey, everyone! We’re here at the Preds game. I’ve lived in America for almost 25 years, and I’ve never been asked to sing the national anthem… until tonight. So, it’s a huge honor. Thank you, Preds, for asking me. Go Preds!”

     

     

    Keith follows Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Vince Gill along with daughters Jenny and Corrina and Lady Antebellum in singing the Anthem during the Preds Stanley Cup Playoff run.

    Longtime Preds fan, Dierks Bentley, was feeling a little under the weather, but was definitely  in attendance with his family to cheer on Nashville’s NHL team.

    And…of course Carrie Underwood was at Bridgestone Arena to cheer on her hubby Mike Fisher and the rest of the Preds.

    And Little Big Town, who sang the National Anthem prior to Game 3 of Round 2, were in attendance as well, celebrating the 2 – 1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.

     

  • SEVERAL COUNTRY STARS SIGN ON FOR THE NEW ‘NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL COUNTRY, VOL. 10.’

    NOWNOW Deluxe

    Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Josh Turner, Jon Pardi and Lauren Alaina are among the artists featured on the new NOW That’s What I Call Country, Vol. 10 compilation, due June 9th. The latest installment of the popular NOW series will include some of today’s biggest hits, including “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” “Fast,” “Black,” “Kill a Word,” “Better Man,” “Hometown Girl,” “Dirt On My Boots” and “Road Less Traveled,” as well as Jason Aldean’s “Any Ol’ Bar Stool,” Kenny Chesney’s “Bar At the End of the World” and Dustin Lynch’s “Seein’ Red,” among others.

    To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the NOW Country brand, there will also be a Deluxe Version, featuring 14 more hits that will be released at the same time. Some of the bonus tracks include Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time,” Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel,” Brad Paisley’s “She’s Everything” and Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel.”

    NOW That’s What I Call Country, Vol. 10 Track List:

    1. Keith Urban- “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
    2. Jon Pardi – “Dirt On My Boots”
    3. Josh Turner – “Hometown Girl”
    4. Jason Aldean – “Any Ol’ Bar stool”
    5. Luke Bryan – “Fast”
    6. Dierks Bentley  – “Black”
    7. Kenny Chesney – “Bar At The End Of The World”
    8. Dustin Lynch – “Seein’ Red”
    9. Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled”
    10. Old Dominion – “Song For Another Time”
    11. Eric Church – “Kill A Word”
    12. Little Big Town – “Better Man”
    13. Chris Young f/ Vince Gill -“Sober Saturday”
    14. Brad Paisley – “Today”
    15. Michael Ray – “Think A Little Less”
    16. Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes”
    17. Kelsea Ballerini – “Yea Boy”
    18. Miranda Lambert – “Vice”

    NOW presents What’s Next
    19. Canaan Smith – “Like You That Way”

    Deluxe Bonus Tracks:

    1. Luke Bryan – “Country Girl”
    2. Jason Aldean – “Dirt Road”
    3. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time”
    4. Carrie Underwood – “Jesus Take The Wheel”
    5. Eric Church – “Like A Wrecking Ball”
    6. Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”
    7. Miranda Lambert – “The House That Built Me”
    8. Hunter Hayes – “Wanted”
    9. Brad Paisley – “She’s Everything””
    10. Kenny Chesney – “Somewhere With You”
    11. Josh Turner – “Your Man”
    12. Jake Owen – “Barefoot”
    13. Darius Rucker – “Wagon Wheel”
    14. Cam – “Burning House”

    Audio / Luke Bryan co-wrote the heartfelt “Fast,” a song from his album, Kill the Lights.

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    Luke Bryan (Fast) OC: …in a song. :58
    Fastis a song that I got the opportunity to get in the room with Rodney Clawson and Luke Laird and we started it. Luke and Rodney, I mean obviously, their pedigree is quite extensive and amazing. And I’m just so proud about how we used a simple word like Fast and we tied the verses in and then that second verse how we brought in the parents were saying ‘we were falling in love too fast but we still made it work.’ And how life does move too fast. Every time I come home my boys are bigger and starting to throw me around the house a little more, and one day I’ll snap my fingers and you wish you could have froze time a little bit. And I think anytime you can help people slow down and reflect on that and remember to take things in stride a little bit better, I think people love hearing that in a song.”

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

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

    Audio / Eric Church says “Like a Wrecking Ball” is absolutely about what it says in the song.

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    Eric Church (Like a Wrecking Ball) OC: …their life. :49
    “I hate innuendo. I don’t like where people get cute. I’m 36 years old. I’m not 12. I don’t need people to disguise what we’re talking about. I think we can get so cute with stuff like that. Al Green didn’t get cute. Conway Twitty didn’t get cute. They said it. We’re adults, and this is an adult record. We’ve always made adult music. I like songs like that, and that’s what this song is. This song is about sex. It’s about not being home to see your wife or girl for a long time, and thinking about that, preparing for that and executing that [laughs] is what this song’s about. It has nothing to do with anything else. I mean…that’s what it is, and the honesty of that, I hope people find refreshing, because I’ve not found anybody that hasn’t felt that at some point in time during their life.”

  • MOTHER’S DAY 2017: Chris, Clare, Darius, Dierks, Church, Paslay, Jon, Kacey, Lady A, LBT, Shania

    Mother’s Day is on Sunday (May 14th), and some of your favorite country artists are celebrating the mothers in their lives this weekend.

    In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

    Audio / Chris Stapleton says his wife Morgane is a great mother.

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    Chris Stapleton (Mother’s Day) OC: …great mom. :
    “She’s a great mother. Just like she is with all people, she’s kind and generous with her time, and she’s also, she’ll make you tow the line too, but all great moms are that way. So, yeah, she’s a great mom.”

    Audio / Clare Dunn talks about the support and undying devotion her mom has for her and her sister.

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    Clare Dunn (Mother’s Day) OC: …in the world. :41
    “She is unrelenting in her love and her support, and even when we’re crazy kids and we screw up, it doesn’t matter. Her love knows no bounds. And her undying devotion to her kids – to my sister and I – always believing in us a million percent, always backing us up a million percent and helping us navigate life and navigate our dreams and helping us go towards that goal – those are some of the qualities that I hope to have some day as a mother, you know? And I’m so grateful I have THE best mom in the WORLD!”

    Audio / Darius Rucker talks about not disappointing his beloved mother, who passed away in 1992.

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    Darius Rucker (Mother’s Day) OC: …killed me. :17
    “I think that’s the main reason I am how I am…an innate fear of disappointing my mom.  My mom’s not even alive, and I have a fear of her looking down from heaven and going, ‘Man I’m just disappointed in my son.’ She could have said anything in the world to me, but if she would have said, ‘Son, you just disappointed me,’ That would have killed me. It would have killed me.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker’s mother, who passed away in 1992, was always the singer’s biggest supporter.

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    Darius Rucker (Mother) OC: …in my corner. :44
    “My mom was just always great. She worked a lot. She was a nurse and she worked a lot. She took a lot of overtime and stuff to make sure we could live basically, but she always just so supportive, ever since I was a kid. I was always a music kid. Growing up in an African-American neighborhood, I was never that guy who was gonna be pigeonholed to let people say I could only listen to this and I could only do this, because I was African-American. She always supported whatever I wanted to do, whatever I wanted to listen to, wherever I wanted to go, she always had my back. Going to college and everything, she was my biggest supporter and never let my brothers and sisters knock me down or try to tell me I can’t do this or that. All of my success comes because my mother was always in my corner.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley recognizes and appreciates how much work goes into being a mother.

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    Dierks Bentley (Mother’s Day – Cassidy) OC: …to have her. :
    “It’s the toughest job out there being a mom, and I know from my life with my wife Cassidy. We work as a team together when I’m home, and it takes everyone to get the job done, me and her, working together. So, when I go on the road, I just have so much respect for her because it’s hard to do it right, if you want to do it great, and she does a great job with it. It’s really rewarding, but it’s also very challenging. I’m so thankful that she takes it on the way she does, and our kids are very lucky to have her.”

    Audio / Eric Church says he’s learned quite a bit from his mom.

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    Eric Church (Mother’s Day) OC: …as a man. :57
    “My mom, even though my dad won’t like this, my mom is by far the toughest person that I’ve met. She’s tough. One of those people that’s been through a lot in her life, adversity wise and never complains, always really resilient with anything that’s happened to her. And it’s just that attitude, the positive attitude, regardless of what has happened that I think is the one thing that I got from her. With career, she’s always been a person that’s been really positive through times that I couldn’t find a positive streak, [laughs] and she was always really positive, and very much believes in tough it out, keep working hard, and that’s her motto with stuff like that. I’ve always been impressed with that stuff. Then musically, she’s where I get my talent from, musically. She sings great, always has, her mom sang great. I owe my musical chops to her. And she still sings some. So, career-wise, I owe her everything. And just in life-wise she’s given me a lot of the qualities that it has taken for me to get me where I am. Not only as a musician, but as a man.”

    Audio / Eric Paslay talks about his mother, Donna.

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    Eric Paslay (Mother’s Day) OC: …it’s good. :21
    “I wanna thank my mom for giving me faith, laughter and pride in the family I came from. She’d be the fun Mom, just goofing off in the sprinklers outside or we’d go out and play in the rain and all that stuff growing up. She’s always good to be around; always happy, and it’s good.”

    Audio / Jon Pardi says his mother, Shelly, is an angel.

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    Jon Pardi (Mother’s Day 2015) OC: …worrying about me. :29
    “My mom’s always been there for me. First of all, she’s a great mom. She’s an angel. She takes care of people that aren’t even in the family. She’s always been like that, and she’s a great mother. She’s always proud, and she’s always there supporting and being a great mom. She’s just a good human being. There’s not one mean bone in her body. And she cries about every time I talk to her. She always worries about me. I have to tell her, ‘Stop worrying about me.’”

    Audio / Kacey Musgraves comes from a very creative family, and here she talks about the women in her immediate family and their talents.

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    Kacey Musgraves (creative women) OC: …taking pictures. :16
    “My mom’s an artist – all different kinds of mediums, paint, but she’s always working on something different. My Meemaw, she’s a soap maker. She makes soap and they’re beautiful and they smell really good and they’re all natural. My sister has an etsy store, and she’s constantly creating something, sewing pillows and taking pictures.”

    Audio / With Mother’s Day on Sunday, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley explains he and his brothers – Josh and John -- owe their mother a lot for all of their childhood antics.

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    Charles Kelley (Mother) OC: …playing music. :23
    “We were honestly, at times, pretty hard to handle, both of us. We used to play our music loud up above on the second floor [of the house], bang on the drums and the guitar. And my mom’s just one of those people, she’ll do anything for her family and she sacrificed a lot for us boys. Anytime we needed something, she made it happen. And so, we owe her a lot. She’s definitely the reason we’re playing music.”

    Audio / Lauren Alaina says she can count on her mom for just about everything.

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    Lauren Alaina (Mom) OC: …same for her. :19
    “I honestly would not be able to do it without my mom. I get overwhelmed sometimes, and if she wasn’t there to comfort me or tell me, ‘Look just realize what you’ve got going for you,’ I’d be up the creek [without a paddle]. She’s got my back. My mom would walk through a fire pit for me, and I’d do the same for her.”

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman says she always dreamed of being a mother…and her dream came true nearly 10 years ago when she gave birth to daughter, Daisy (July 27, 2007).

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    LBT (Mother’s Day) OC: …for my mother. :34
    “Being a mother is a life-long dream for me. When I was a kid, that’s what I wanted to be is a mama. It took a long time. I wasn’t ever sure that I would be, but I am now, and it’s the greatest gift of my life. And as I’m a mother now, I see what my mother gave up and her sacrifices and her love and how she made us the most important thing in her life, and that’s what I strive to do for my little girl. It’s the most important job I have, and it’s the most responsibility that I have, and I try to live up to a great example that I had for my mother.”

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild says being a mother to Elijah Dylan Westbrook is the best feeling in the world.

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    LBT (Mother’s Day-Karen) OC: …every day. :23
    “There isn’t anything that means more to me than sitting on the bench and eating a grilled cheese sandwich with this little guy who calls me Mama. There isn’t anything better than that. He’s just a little miracle. I went from dreaming about him to eating grilled cheese sandwiches and ketchup with him, and I could never have dreamed this up – how good it could be, and it just gets better every day.”

    Audio / Shania Twain says it’s such a joy to be a parent.

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    Shania Twain (joy to be a parent) OC: …means everything. :14
    “It’s such a joy to be a parent. So, I relate to all the mums out there who are getting all their love and appreciation from their kids, and I hope, when you’re a kid, a child of somebody, show your mum you love her, because it means everything.”

     

     

  • CMT MUSIC AWARDS 2017: Brothers O, Carrie, Darius, Dierks, Jon, Keith, Lady Antebellum, Lauren, Little Big Town, Luke

    Keith Urban leads the list of nominees with four for this year’s CMT Music Awards, tying with Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini for most nominations. He’s up for Video of the Year for “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” as well as Male Video, Collaborative Video for “The Fighter” featuring Carrie Underwood and Social Superstar.

    Voting is now open and continues until June 5th at CMT.com.

    The CMT Music Awards, featuring performances from Luke Bryan and many others, will air live from Nashville’s Music City Center on Wednesday, June 7th at 8pm ET.
    VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

    Artists of Then, Now & Forever “Forever Country”

    Brad Paisley “Today”

    Brett Eldredge “Wanna Be That Song”

    Carrie Underwood “Church Bells”

    Cole Swindell “Middle Of A Memory”

    Dierks Bentley and Elle King “Different For Girls”

    Florida Georgia Line “H.O.L.Y.”

    Jon Pardi “Dirt On My Boots”

    Keith Urban “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

    Kelsea Ballerini “Peter Pan”

    Little Big Town “Better Man”

    Luke Bryan “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”

    Miranda Lambert “Vice”

    Thomas Rhett “Star of the Show”


    FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

    Carrie Underwood “Church Bells”

    Kelsea Ballerini “Peter Pan”

    Lauren Alaina “Road Less Traveled”

    Maren Morris “80s Mercedes”

    Miranda Lambert “Vice”

    Reba McEntire “Back To God”

     

    MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

    Blake Shelton “Came Here To Forget”

    Eric Church “Record Year”

    Jason Aldean “Lights Come On”

    Keith Urban “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

    Luke Bryan “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”

    Thomas Rhett “Star of the Show”

     

    DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

    Big & Rich Feat. Tim McGraw “Lovin’ Lately”

    Brothers Osborne “21 Summer”

    Dan + Shay “How Not To”

    Florida Georgia Line “H.O.L.Y.”

    LOCASH “I Know Somebody”

     

    GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

    Eli Young Band “Saltwater Gospel”

    Lady Antebellum “You Look Good”

    Little Big Town “Better Man”

    Midland “Drinkin’ Problem”

    Old Dominion “Song For Another Time”

     

    BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

    Brett Young “In Case You Didn’t Know”

    Jon Pardi “Dirt On My Boots”

    Kane Brown “Used to Love You Sober”

    Lauren Alaina “Road Less Traveled”

    Luke Combs “Hurricane”

    Raelynn “Love Triangle”

     

    COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

    Artists of Then, Now & Forever “Forever Country”

    Chris Young Feat. Vince Gill “Sober Saturday Night”

    Dierks Bentley Feat. Elle King “Different for Girls”

    Florida Georgia Line Feat. Tim McGraw “May We All”

    Keith Urban Feat. Carrie Underwood “The Fighter”

    Kenny Chesney With Pink “Setting the World on Fire”

     

    CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR:

    Jason Aldean “Hicktown (From CMT Concert of the Summer)”

    Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan “Want to Want Me (From CMT Crossroads)”

    John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker “Pink Houses (From CMT Crossroads)”

    Alicia Keys and Maren Morris “80s Mercedes (From CMT Crossroads)”

    Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott and Kelsea Ballerini “You’re Still the One/Any Man of Mine/Man I Feel Like a Woman (From CMT Artists of the Year)”

    Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett “Close (From CMT Crossroads)”

     

    SOCIAL SUPERSTAR:

    Brett Eldredge

    Jake Owen

    Keith Urban

    Kelsea Ballerini

    Lauren Alaina

    Thomas Rhett

  • MOTHER’S DAY LINERS 2017

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hey! What’s up guys! We’re Brothers Osborne, wishing all you mothers out there a very, very Happy Mother’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hey! What’s up, guys? I’m Canaan Smith. Happy Mother’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hey! What’s up? This is Clare Dunn, hoping you have a Happy Mother’s Day.”

     

    Audio / LINER Darius (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hey y’all, what’s up? This is Darius Rucker, hoping you have a Happy Mother’s Day.

    Audio / LINER Darius (Mother’s Day) 2

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    “Hey! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing all you mothers a Happy Mother’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Dierks (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hey, y’all! This is Dierks Bentley, wishing all you mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Mother’s Day) 1

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    “Hey everybody! This is Eric Church, wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!”

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Eric Paslay. Happy Mother’s Day to all you awesome Mom’s out there.”

    Audio / LINER George Strait (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hi! This is George Strait, wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hey y’all, it’s Jon Pardi. I want to wish all the mamas out there a very Happy Mother’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hi! This is Josh Turner, wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves. To all you mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day!”

     

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hi everyone, it’s Keith Urban. Hoping all the mothers out there have a very, very Happy Mother’s Day. Love ya, Mom!”

    Audio / LINER LBT (Mother’s Day)

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    “(ALL) Hi! This is Little Big Town. (KIMBERLY) We want to wish all you mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day. I love ya, Mama!”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, hoping all you mothers out there have a Happy Mother’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day.

    Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hi! This is Shania Twain. Happy Mother’s Day.”

  • CHURCH, DIERKS, LADY A AND LBT WILL PERFORM DURING GOOD MORNING AMERICA’S SUMMER CONCERT SERIES.

    ABC’s Good Morning America announced the line-up for their Summer Concert Series, and loads of country stars are taking the stage, including Eric Church in his first-ever morning show concert appearance, as well as Little Big TownLady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley.

    GMA Summer Concert Series Schedule:

    5/19 — Green Day
    5/26 — Florida Georgia Line & Nelly
    6/2 — Fifth Harmony
    6/9 — The Chainsmokers
    6/16 — The Lumineers
    6/23 — Little Big Town
    6/30 — Bebe Rexha (in studio, not in the Park)
    7/7– Big Sean
    7/14 — Lady Antebellum
    7/21 — Zedd & Alessia Cara
    7/28 — Imagine Dragons
    8/4 — Linkin Park
    8/11– Bleachers
    8/18 — Eric Church
    8/25 — Paramore
    9/1 — Jason Derulo
    Date & location TBD — Dierks Bentley

     

     

  • LUKE LAUNCHES HIS HFE TOUR WITH TWO SOLD-OUT NIGHTS AND SURPRISE GUESTS IN NASHVILLE.

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    Four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, who is a master at reading fans from the stage and delivering exactly what they want (Tennessean), did just that as he kept his fans on their feet during a two-night run at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena this weekend. Luke debuted his new tour, Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day Tour, with TWO sold-out shows.

    Luke’s weekend performances included many of his 18 No. 1 hits, superstar guests and a score check on Friday night as the Nashville Predators played simultaneously in St. Louis in second round playoffs away from Bridgestone’s home turf.

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    NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 06:  Singer-songwriters Luke Bryan (L) and Carrie Underwood (R) perform on stage and Kicks off the "Huntin', Fishin' And Lovin' Every Day" Tour at Bridgestone Arena on May 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Schmidt PR) *** Local Caption *** Luke Bryan;Carrie Underwood

    NASHVILLE, TN – MAY 06: Singer-songwriters Luke Bryan (L) and Carrie Underwood (R) perform on stage and Kicks off the “Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day” Tour at Bridgestone Arena on May 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Schmidt PR) *** Local Caption *** Luke Bryan;Carrie Underwood

    NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 06:  Singer-songwriters Cole Swindell (L) and Luke Bryan (R) perform on stage and Kicks off the "Huntin', Fishin' And Lovin' Every Day" Tour at Bridgestone Arena on May 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Schmidt PR) *** Local Caption *** Luke Bryan;Cole Swindell

    NASHVILLE, TN – MAY 06: Singer-songwriters Cole Swindell (L) and Luke Bryan (R) perform on stage and Kicks off the “Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day” Tour at Bridgestone Arena on May 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Schmidt PR) *** Local Caption *** Luke Bryan;Cole Swindell


    Karen Fairchild of CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town performed with Luke on Friday night singing their No. 1 duet “Home Alone Tonight” and “Girl Crush.” On Saturday’s show, 2016 NSAI Songwriter of the Year and six-time No. 1 platinum-selling artist Cole Swindell joined Luke on “Roller Coaster” and “This Is How We Roll.” And closing out the weekend’s superstar appearances was seven-time Grammy® award winner Carrie Underwood, who took the stage sporting a Predators #12 t-shirt, performed “Play It Again” and “I Told You So” with Luke.

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    Backstage Luke was surprised with a commemorative plaque from UMG Nashville Chairman & CEO Mike Dungan and UMG Nashville President Cindy Mabe in celebration of four consecutive years as the most streamed country artist. To listen go here: http://strm.to/BestOfLukeBryan
    Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day Tour will run through this fall with special guest Brett Eldredge. Artists sharing the opening slot throughout the tour’s run include Lauren Alaina, Craig Campbell, Adam Craig, Seth Ennis and Granger Smith.

    Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day Tour
    5-12                 Bristow, VA                 Jiffy Lube Live
    5-13                 Hartford, CT                Xfinity Theatre
    5-18 & 19        Moline, IL                    iWireless Center
    6-1                   Cincinnati, OH             Riverbend Music Center
    6-2                   Cullman, AL                Rock the South*
    6-3                   St. Louis, MO              Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    6-9                   Little Rock, AR            Verizon Arena
    6-10                 Tulsa, OK                    BOK Center
    6-15, 16 & 17  Atlanta, GA                 Verizon Amphitheatre
    6-23                 Hershey, PA                Hershey Park
    6-24                 Mansfield, MA            Xfinity Center
    6-25                 Columbia, MD             Merriweather Post Pavilion
    6-29                 Milwaukee, WI            Summerfest*
    7-1                   Dauphin, MB               Dauphin’s Countryfest*
    7-13                 Bethel, NY                   Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
    7-15                 Cleveland, OH             Progressive Field
    7-16                 Holmdel, NJ                P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
    7-21                 Kansas City, MO         Sprint Center
    7-22                   Eau Claire, WI           Country Jam USA*
    7-23                   Brooklyn, MI              Faster Horses*
    7-26                   Cheyenne, WY            Cheyenne Frontier Days*
    7-28                 Central Point, OR         Country Crossings Music Festival*
    7-29                 Mountain Home, ID     Mountain Home Country Music Festival*
    7-30                 Quincy, WA                Watershed Festival*
    8-1 & 2            Anchorage AK             Sullivan Sports Arena
    8-5                   Detroit Lakes, MN       WE Fest*
    8-8, 10 & 11    Gilford, NH                 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion  
    8-12                 Syracuse, NY               Lakeview Amphitheater
    8-13                 Oro-Medonte ON         Boots and Hearts Music Festival*
    8-17                 Virginia Beach, VA     Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
    8-18                 Charlotte, NC               PNC Music Pavilion
    8-19                 Raleigh, NC                 Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
    8-25                 Darien Center, NY       Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
    8-26                 Saratoga Springs, NY   Saratoga Performing Arts Center
    8-27                 Jones Beach, NY         Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
    9-1                   Lexington, KY             Red, White & Boom*
    9-3                   Panama City Beach, FL   Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam
    9-6                   Scranton, PA                The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
    9-8                   Philadelphia, PA          Citizens Bank Park
    9-9                   Pittsburgh, PA              KeyBank Pavilion
    9-15                 Indianapolis, IN           Klipsch Music Center
    9-16                 Chicago, IL                  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    9-21                 Austin, TX                   Austin360 Amphitheater
    9-22                 Houston, TX                Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
    9-23                 Dallas, TX                   Starplex Pavilion
    10-12               Concord, CA               Concord Pavilion
    10-13               Sacramento, CA           Toyota Amphitheatre
    10-14               Mtn. View, CA            Shoreline Amphitheatre
    10-19               Albuquerque, NM        Isleta Amphitheater
    10-21               Salt Lake City, UT       USANA Amphitheatre
    10-26               Phoenix, AZ                AK-Chin Pavilion
    10-27               San Diego, CA             Sleep Train Amphitheatre
    10-28               San Bernardino. CA     Glen Helen Amphitheater
    *Festival dates, not “Huntin’, Fishin’, And Lovin’ Every Day Tour” 
    Live Nation is the national tour promoter for the “Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day Tour” and Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is a sponsor. Citi is the official credit card of the tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com and additional information atwww.lukebryan.com and www.livenation.com. Tickets for select dates will become available as part of Live Nation’s Country Megaticket going on sale Jan. 27 at www.megaticket.com.
    ABOUT LUKE BRYAN
    Country music superstar Luke Bryan is a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year and has hosted the ACM Awards for five consecutive years. Since the debut of his first album in 2007 he has placed 18 singles at No.1, sold over 10 Million albums, sold more than 40 million tracks with three Billion music streams.   Luke’s concert tours have consistently sold out shows across North America including many NFL Stadiums like the Patriot’s Gillette Stadium where he played back-to-back sold out concerts last summer. Luke has also sold out Chicago’s Soldier Field, Cleveland’s First Energy Stadium, the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Denver’s Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Ford Field in Detroit, home of the Vikings at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, and Levi Stadium in San Francisco. In the last three years, Luke has performed to nearly five Million fans on tour.

    For a one-stop shop for everything Luke Bryan, his community of fans have unparalleled access to his life through Luke Bryan’s official App. Launched in June 2015 in partnership with Disciple Media, the app offers everything from exclusive live streams to updates from the road, competitions to video premieres, exclusive merchandise and more. The App is available now on the Apple App Store and Google Play.


    Visit www.LukeBryan.com or follow Luke on Twitter @LukeBryanOnline, Instagram and Facebook