• NEWS AND NOTES: Brandon, Kacey, Luke, Sam, LBT

    Brandon Lay is set to make his Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday (September 29th).

     

    Kacey Musgraves will perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live October 2nd.

    Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Little Big Town, along with Alabama, have been announced as headliners for the 28th Annual Country Jam. The weeklong event will take place June 13th – 19th in Grand Junction, Colorado. More artists will be announced soon.

  • LUKE BRYAN IS READY TO KICK OFF HIS TENTH ANNUAL FARM TOUR THIS WEEK.

    Country music superstar and CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee Luke Bryan is getting ready to kick off his 10th annual Farm Tour 2018 on Thursday (September 27th) at the Ayars Family Farm in Irwin, Ohio.  Joining Luke in saluting the American farmer are guests Chase RiceJon Langston, the Peach Pickers and DJ Rock. 

    Over 100,000 fans have attended the tour each year since its inception in 2009. Luke will continue giving back to the farmers by awarding college scholarships to students from farming families who are attending the local college or university near the tour stops. To date, more than 50 scholarships have been granted.

     

    Farm Tour 2018 Tour Dates:

    Sept 27            Irwin, OH                    Ayars Family Farm

    Sept. 28           Pesotum, IL                 Atkins Farm

    Sept. 29           Boone, IA                    Ziel Farm

    Oct. 4               Archer, FL                   Whitehurst Cattle Company

    Oct. 5               North Augusta, SC       Misty Morning Farms

    Oct. 6               Ringgold, GA               Doug Yates Farms

    Listen to Luke’s Farm Tour playlist HERE

    Bayer has once again teamed up with Luke to continue their #HeresToTheFarmer campaign. For every share, Bayer will donate a meal to someone in need through Feeding America®.  In years past nearly two million meals have been donated and $140,000 went to area food banks and local farmers in each of the tour cities. Visit HeresToTheFarmer.com to learn more.

    Audio / Luke Bryan says he's got a lot of memories of the past nine years of his Farm Tour, and this year he should make a lot more.

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    Luke Bryan (Farm Tour 2018) 1 OC: …country music. :17
    “It’s our 10th anniversary of the Farm Tour. We’ve been able to have a lot of amazing memories and we’ve been able to give some scholarships to kids through the Farm Tour. You know, there’s nothing better than watching 15, 20,000 people in a hayfield have fun and listen to country music.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about this year’s Farm Tour.

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    Luke Bryan (Farm Tour 2018) 2 OC: …every year. :56
    “We’ve laid out of Georgia a couple of years, and my Georgia crowd they were not happy about that, so we finally got one back in Ringgold. We’ve got Chase Rice out, we’ve got the Peach Pickers and we’ve got Jon Langston on all the shows. And yeah, we’re doing the first one ever in Ohio. We’re in Illinois this year. We’re in Iowa, and then we’re down in Florida also. So, we do Florida, North Augusta in South Carolina and then we do Georgia. So, we kinda got the Southeast handled, and we got the Midwest handled. So, we like to just spread ‘em around and we may lay out of Iowa one year and then go down to Nebraska. We just kinda keep it fun. We did eight shows a year for a long time, and we learned that was a lot of work and I didn’t really sound good on the last, on the eighth, the seventh and eighth show I was pretty tired. So, we just trimmed it back to six, and it makes it fun and fresh and we love the Farm Tour every year.”

  • KEITH URBAN, LUKE BRYAN AND CARRIE UNDERWOOD ARE NOMINATED FOR PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS THIS YEAR.

    The finalists for this year’s People’s Choice Awards have been announced. Keith Urban leads the list of country artists with two nominations – one for Country Artist of the Year, alongside Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Thomas Rhett; as well as all-genre Male Artist of the Year, in which he’ll face Drake, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes and Ed Sheeran.

    Other categories include movies, television, social media and other music formats. Voting is live now and will run through October 19th. Fans can either vote at pca.eonline.com or through Twitter and Facebook.

    The People’s Choice Awards will be telecast for the first time on E! on November 11th at 9pm ET/PT.

  • LUKE BRYAN SCORES A SECOND WEEK AT NO. 1 WITH “SUNRISE, SUNBURN, SUNSET.”

    Luke Bryan has scored a second week at the top of the country charts with his latest smash, “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset.” The song, written by Zach Crowell, Ryan Hurd and Chase McGill, is the follow up to Luke’s 20th career No. 1 single “Most People Are Good,” which held the top spot for three weeks.

    “The guys that wrote it, Ryan Hurd and Zack Crowell and Chase McGill, just knocked it out of the park,” says Luke. “You hear that title so much it just sticks with you, and the second verse is something that’s just truly amazing. They painted so many wonderful pictures of youth and young love and thinking about them out there on a boat dock playing music, passing a bottle around. And it’s just one of my favorite songs, one of my most favorite songs I’ve ever recorded.”

    Luke continues his What Makes You Country Tour on Wednesday (September 19th) and kicks off his Farm Tour 2018, with Jon Langston, September 27th in Irwin, Ohio.

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about his latest No. 1 smash, "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset."

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    Luke Bryan (Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset) 2 OC: …ever recorded. :31
    “The guys that wrote it, Ryan Hurd and Zack Crowell and Chase McGill, just knocked it out of the park. You hear that title so much it just sticks with you, and the second verse is something that’s just truly amazing. They painted so many wonderful pictures of youth and young love and thinking about them out there on a boat dock playing music, passing a bottle around  And it’s just one of my favorite songs, one of my most favorite songs I’ve ever recorded.”

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  • LUKE BRYAN WANTED TO HELP MAKE THINGS HAPPEN FOR NEWCOMER JON LANGSTON.

    Luke Bryan announced his own record label, 32 Bridge Entertainment, under his own record company, UMG Nashville, last week. His first signing is Jon Langston who was brought to town by songwriter (and a member of the Peach Pickers) Rhett Akins. Luke kept hearing great things about Jon and says he felt the need to sign him.

    “I woke up one day and he put a song out and it was No. 1 on iTunes for five days, and this kid was unsigned. He came out on Farm Tour and just gave a ton of energy, did a great show, and I just looked him in the eye and said, ‘I don’t know how I’m gonna make this happen, but quit worrying about getting a record deal. We’re gonna make sure you get a record deal and we’re gonna make stuff happen.’ I didn’t have anything planned,” says Luke. “You know, sometimes you have to do some things and not be worried to fail, and he’s in it for the right reasons. He loves making music. He loves the fans. He’s out there working his tail off, and he’s growing every day. Every day, he gets better and better. It’s just really, really fun to see somebody going about it in all the right ways, and if I can’t put my name on the line for Jon Langston then…it felt like something I had to do, and it’s so fun.”


    Luke, whose latest song “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” is sitting at No. 1 on the country charts, continues his What Makes You Country Tour on Wednesday (September 19th) and kicks off his Farm Tour 2018, with Jon Langston, September 27th in Irwin, Ohio.

    Audio / Luke Bryan says starting a record label is a dream come true.

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    Luke Bryan (Jon Langston) 1 OC: …going on. :28
    “The ability to start a record label through my record label is such a dream come true for me, and it allows me to see these kids and just sign ‘em. If you love ‘em, sign ‘em. Trust your heart and sign ‘em. And Jon Langston kinda came to town through Rhett Akins and Jon lived with Rhett, and I’ve been watching Jon and I’ve been hearing about Jon and about his following down in Georgia. It’s very similar to what I had going on.”

     

    Audio / Luke Bryan says he felt signing Jon Langston to his label was just something he had to do.

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    Luke Bryan (Jon Langston) 2 OC: …it’s so fun. :54
    “I woke up one day and he put a song out and it was No. 1 on iTunes for five days, and this kid was unsigned. He came out on Farm Tour and just gave a ton of energy, did a great show, and I just looked him in the eye and said, ‘I don’t know how I’m gonna make this happen, but quit worrying about getting a record deal. We’re gonna make sure you get a record deal and we’re gonna make stuff happen.’ I didn’t have anything planned. You know, sometimes you have to do some things and not be worried to fail, and he’s in it for the right reasons. He loves making music. He loves the fans. He’s out there working his tail off, and he’s growing every day. Every day, he gets better and better. It’s just really, really fun to see somebody going about it in all the right ways, and if I can’t put my name on the line for Jon Langston then…it felt like something I had to do, and it’s so fun.”

  • LUKE BRYAN AND SOME OF HIS FRIENDS WILL HOST A BENEFIT SHOW, THE HEART OF SOUTH GEORGIA, NEXT MONTH.

    Georgia natives Luke Bryan, Phillip Phillips, Cole SwindellThe Peach Pickers andDJ Rock will host a benefit show in their home state, The Heart of South Georgia, on October 3 at the Exchange Club of Albany in Albany, Georgia. Proceeds raised will be donated to The Heart of South Georgia Fund of The Community Foundation of South Georgia to support the ongoing natural disaster relief efforts as well as other needs within the community. Tickets are on sale nowHERE
    “My hometown is more than a place for me.  It is a way of life,” shared Luke. “Growing up in South Georgia has had such an impact on me in so many ways and I’m so glad that this group of amazing artists and writers are able to come back home and help those who have been hit by such devastation over the past couple of years.”
    “Albany is my home,” shared Phillips. “I have traveled near and far, but always come back home. This is where my family is and where I planted my roots. I was home on January 22, 2017, when the tornado ravaged our area and surrounding areas. I was able to get out that night and in the days following to serve alongside my community, seeing the true heart of our city. I am honored to have the opportunity now to play this special show.”
    “When I was asked to be a part of this event I didn’t hesitate,” said Cole. “Even though I get to travel the country doing what I love day after day there is nothing that gives me a sense of recharging than coming back home to South Georgia and being around the people who helped get me here. Being able to give back in some small way means the world to me.”
    Dallas Davidson of The Peach Pickers said, “I’m extremely excited to be a part of The Heart of South Georgia show. It’s an honor to be able to give back to a town that gave me so much. No matter where I am I always take a piece of Albany, Georgia with me.”
    For additional information on The Heart of South Georgia Fund go to www.heartofsouthgeorgia.org
  • NEWS AND NOTES: Luke, Carrie, Eric, AJ, Strait

    Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood have earned American Music Awards nominations. Luke is up for Favorite Male Artist Country, while Carrie is nominated for Favorite Female Artist Country. The 2018 American Music Awards will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on October 9th at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Eric Church was just announced as one of the performers at the 12th annual Stand4Heroes event at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on November 5th. Bruce Springsteen, Seth Meyers, Jim Gaffigan, Jon Stewart and many special guests will also participate. Tickets go on sale Thursday (September 13th) at Noon ET.

    UMG Nashville has teamed up with the Gaither Music Group to create a new Gaither Gospel Series titled Country Gospel Collection. The first volume will include classic country gospel songs from some of the biggest names, including Alan Jackson and George Strait, as well as songs by Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell and Conway Twitty, among others. Country Gospel Collection Volume 1 will be released October 5th.

    Country Gospel Collection Volume 1 Track List:

    1. Just A Closer Walk With Thee- Patsy Cline
    2. How Great Thou Art- Alan Jackson
    3. What A Friend We Have In Jesus- Glen Campbell
    4. Shall We Gather At The River- Tennessee Ernie Ford
    5. Take My Hand Precious Lord- Roy Acuff
    6. I Saw The Light- Hank Williams
    7. Will The Circle Be Unbroken- George Jones
    8. In The Garden- Loretta Lynn
    9. You’ll Never Walk Alone- Conway Twitty
    10. Peace In The Valley- Johnny Cash
    11. I Saw God Today- George Strait
    12. Amazing Grace- The Statler Brothers
  • LUKE BRYAN THROWS A HUGE PARTY IN CELEBRATION OF THE GRAND OPENING OF HIS NEW BAR, LUKE’S 32 BRIDGE FOOD + DRINK, AND HIS 21ST NO. 1 HIT.

    Four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan performed a free concert for 30,000 fans in the heart of downtown Nashville tonight for the grand opening celebration of his new bar, LUKE’S 32 BRIDGE FOOD + DRINK.

    On Monday (September 10th), Luke and his wife Caroline cut a camouflage ribbon to christen the opening of the bar followed by a press conference for media where Luke talked about his excitement for the venue opening and playing for the fans tonight. Luke kicked off the press event with an acoustic performance of his 21st career No. 1, “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” that landed at the top of the country singles charts this week.

    After openers DJ Rock, Chelsea Field and Jon Langston performed, Luke took the stage and played a 90 minute set. Luke’s show included many of his #1 hits as well as a guest appearance by Ryan Hurd on “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” who wrote the current #1 single with Zach Crowell and Chase McGill. Multi-Platinum selling singer/songwriter Cole Swindell made a surprise appearance and performed his #1 hit “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” with Luke and the pair covered Tim McGraw’s “Where The Green Grass Grows.”

    This year, Luke’s “What Makes You Country Tour,” named Billboard Music Awards Top Country Tour, will run through the end of October with 40+ concerts and boasting 13 stadiums shows. In 2019,  Luke, along with Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, will return to the judges table for a second season on ABC’s American Idol.

  • LUKE BRYAN THROWS A PARTY AND SCORES HIS 21ST CAREER SINGLE.

    Luke Bryan is set to host a huge party on Broadway in downtown Nashville tonight with a free concert to celebrate the grand opening of his new bar LUKE’S 32 BRIDGE FOOD + DRINK, and he now has a second reason to celebrate as his current single “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” becomes his 21st career No. 1 single.

    “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” was written by Zach Crowell, Ryan Hurd and Chase McGill. Luke shares, “These guys knocked it out of the park. You hear that title and so much of it just sticks with you. They painted so many wonderful pictures of youth and young love. This is one of my most favorite songs I’ve ever recorded!” “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” is the third consecutive No. 1 single from Luke’s What Makes You Country album.

    “LUKE’S 32 BRIDGE PARTY ON BROADWAY” begins at 6:30pm tonight just outside the bar at 301 Broadway. Special guests include Jon Langston, Chelsea Field and DJ Rock.

    As part of tonight’s show Luke has partnered with Lyft, the on-demand transportation company, to create a Luke Mode that will offer a promo code valid for 15% off two Lyft rides to or from the concert. Simply enter promo code: 32BRIDGE into the Lyft app to claim the discount.

    Click HERE for Luke’s playlist and HERE to watch the “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” video.

    This year, Luke’s “What Makes You Country Tour,” named Billboard Music Awards Top Country Tour, will run through the end of October with 40+ concerts and boasting 13 stadiums shows. In 2019, announced, Luke, along with Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, will return to the judges table for a second season on ABC’s American Idol.

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about his new No. 1 song, "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset."

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    Luke Bryan (Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset) 1 OC: …back to me. :28
    “‘Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset’ is, it’s a perfect song in my opinion.  It’s reflective. It talks about love in a summer and summer love. It doesn’t get any better than summer love way back when. And then when you say ‘Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset, Repeat,’ that’s what you do in the summer. You wake up. You go get your tan on, and the sun goes down and you do it over and over.”

     

  • LUKE BRYAN TELLS A LOVE STORY IN HIS LASTEST HIT, “SUNRISE, SUNBURN, SUNSET.”

    Luke Bryan is poised to enter the top of the country charts with his latest smash, “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” the follow-up to his multi-week No. 1 “Most People Are Good.”

    The song, written by Ryan Hurd, Zach Crowell and Chase McGill, is a song just about everyone can relate to in their life.

    “It tells like a love story that so many of us have been in that summer love story,” says Luke. “Who hasn’t had all those emotions where they fall in love in the summer? They just wake up, you soak up the sun all day, you go to the lake and then you watch the sun go down and then you party into the wee hours of the night. This song captures that moment of youth and young love.”

    The Georgia native has enjoyed watching fans react to the song as it moves up the country charts. “It was a really special song from the first time I heard it to me to be able to record it and then now, for it to be a really, really big song for me and going up the charts and watching the fans sing, ‘Sunrise, Sunburn…’ I mean, it’s so much fun watching the fans react as it becomes a bigger hit.”

    Luke is planning a huge street party outside his new downtown Nashville bar, 32 Bridge Food + Drink, on Monday (September 10th). The bar is located at 301 Broadway, on the corner of Third Avenue South and Broadway. The party starts around 6:30p CT with performances by newcomer Jon Langston, Chelsea Field and DJ Rock.

    If you can’t be in Nashville to catch a free show from Luke, he will be taking his What Makes You Country Tour to San Antonio tonight (September 6th), followed by shows on Friday (September 7th) in Houston and Saturday (September 8th) in Dallas.

    Audio / Luke Bryan says it’s so fun to watch his fans react to his latest hit, “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” a song he describes as a summer love story.

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    Luke Bryan (Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset) OC: …bigger hit. :44
    “This song has been a special song, because it tells like a love story that so many of us have been in that summer love story. Who hasn’t had all those emotions where they fall in love in the summer? They just wake up, you soak up the sun all day, you go to the lake and then you watch the sun go down and then you party into the wee hours of the night. This song captures that moment of youth and young love. It was a really special song from the first time I heard it to me to be able to record it and then now, for it to be a really, really big song for me and going up the charts and watching the fans sing, ‘Sunrise, Sunburn…’ I mean, it’s so much fun watching the fans react as it becomes a bigger hit.”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset)

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