• NEWS AND NOTES: Billy, Easton, Canaan, Vince, Darius

    Billy Currington, Easton Corbin and Canaan Smith, along with Cole Swindell, Michael Ray and Maddie & Tae helped raise more than $250,000 during a concert last week for the One Orlando Fund to help victims and their families of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.

    Vince GillRicky Skaggs and Patty Loveless performed “Go Rest High on That Mountain” during Ralph Stanley’s funeral in McClure, Virginia on Tuesday (June 28th).

    Darius Rucker has earned himself another accolade – he’s getting his own Madame Tussaud wax figure. He tweeted a photo on Wednesday as he was “getting fitted.” Can’t wait to see the final product!

    Easton Corbin is featured in a new initiative with Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts, giving access to mash-ups by NE-YO, DNCE and Keke Palmer, inspired by Pop-Tarts’ new mash-ups with soda flavors – Frosted Crush Orange and Frosted A&W Root Beer. Fans can download the Smule app and record their own mash-ups (or “duets”) with the four artists. Easton and Keke did a version of the country singer’s hit “Baby, Be My Love Song,” as well as Keke’s “Enemiez.”

     

  • VINCE GILL CELEBRATES 25TH YEAR AS AN OPRY MEMBER WITH A LIMITED EDITION VINYL OF HIS LATEST ALBUM.

    Vince Gill  is celebrating his 25TH year as a member of the Grand Ole Opry with the release of a Limited Edition Vinyl version of his latest album, Down To My Last Bad Habit.

    Fans can pre-order autographed copies of the historic package—which includes a stylish T-Shirt illustrated with a photo of one of Vince’s favorite guitars—by going to http://goo.gl/vmqL6N.  Orders will arrive on or around July 15.  After that date, only the album will be available at retail that carries vinyl.

    The vinyl edition, which contains all the songs found on the original CD, features a brand new cover designed by Hatch Show Print, the legendary printer of show business posters that is now a part of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

    “No one appreciates the virtues of digital recording more than I do,” Vince says.  “But there’s something magical about the sound and feel of vinyl that a whole new generation is discovering. It’s something that’s yours, something you can share with friends.  Listening to those well-worn vinyl albums in my family’s collection—and reading all that wonderful ‘insider’ information on the back—inspired me in ways that nothing else could.”

    When it was released in February, Down To My Last Bad Habit sent reviewers scrambling for superlatives.  “Soulful yet sophisticated, emotionally raw yet gleaming with studio polish,” said USA Today. Rolling Stone praised Vince’s “exquisite guitar work and soulful vulnerability,” while The Boot enthused, “[This is] quite possibly the most perfect project—from a vocal and instrumental perspective—that he has recorded in his career.”

    Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on August 10th, 1991, Vince is also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, as well as a 20-time Grammy winner.

    Gill continues his 2016 with dates in Torrington, CT (July 15); Cohasset, MA (July 16); Hyannis, MA (July 17) and throughout the rest of the year.

  • DAVID NAIL REVEALS THE TRACK LIST FOR HIS UPCOMING ALBUM, FIGHTER.

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    David Nail has officially revealed the track listing as well as album art for his upcoming album, Fighter. Fans were the first to hear the exciting news, via David’s social accounts, regarding his fourth studio album which will be released on July 15th. Fighter features 11 tracks overall including Nail’s current hit single “Night’s On Fire” written by Jonathan Singleton and Deric Ruttan. Nail wrote or co-wrote seven songs for Fighter and teamed up with the same producer from his previous successful albums, Frank Liddell, for the project.

    “I truly believe this album, from top to bottom, is the first time I have been able to tell my story in real-time of where I am right now as an artist, a husband and a father,” said David Nail. “I wrote more songs for this album than I have for any of my other three so it’s already more personal. Fighter speaks to my journey, my life and now to where I am personally and professionally.”

    Fighter
    is available for pre-order now: http://umgn.us/fighterD2C

    Fighter Track List:

    1.Good At Tonight (TJ Osborne, John Osborne, Troy Verges, Barry Dean)
                *Featuring Brothers Osborne

    2.Night’s On Fire (Jonathan Singleton, Deric Ruttan)

    3.Ease Your Pain (Chris Stapleton, Lee Thomas Miller, Jesse Frasure)

    4.Home (David Nail, Barry Dean, Lori McKenna)
             *Featuring Lori McKenna

    5.Lie With Me (Abe Stoklasa, Marc Beeson)

    6.I Won’t Let You Go (David Nail)
            *Featuring Vince Gill

    7.Fighter (David Nail, Scooter Carusoe, Troy Verges)

    8.Babies (David Nail, Scooter Carusoe, Lee Thomas Miller

    9.Got Me Gone (David Nail, Dave Barnes, Jonathan Singleton)

    10.Champagne Promise (David Nail, Lee Thomas Miller)
           *Featuring Logan Brill

    11.Old Man’s Symphony (David Nail)
            *Featuring Bear Rinehart and Bo Rinehart of NEEDTOBREATHE

     

    Nail recently released Uncovered, an EP featuring four cover tracks such as Adele’s “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” and The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” in response to growing fan demand for new music. Praised as a “must-hear,” Uncovered also includes a remake of “Looking For A Good time” from Nail’s highly-acclaimed debut album I’m About To Come Alive.

    Considered to have one of the most distinctive and powerful voices in country music, the Missouri native’s most recent album, I’m A Fire, received massive acclaim and landed on many BEST OF lists including Rolling Stone Country, NPR, iTunes and Billboard. The album’s first single, “Whatever She’s Got,” was a No.1 certified Platinum hit and was named one of the Top 3 country songs of 2014 by Billboard.

    No stranger to the road, Nail’s own headlining tour I’M A FIRE TOUR was named one of the Must See Concert Tours by Rolling Stone Country. He has toured with Taylor Swift, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Sugarland, Gavin DeGraw, Kenny Chesney and most recently with Darius Rucker’s Southern Style Tour. For all tour dates go to http://www.davidnail.com.

    Follow @DavidNail on Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidnail

    Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidNail

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Chris, Kacey, Vince, David, Church, Lady A, Kip and more

    Don’t forget to catch Keith Urban perform on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (11:35p ET) on Friday (May 6th), the day his new album, Ripcord, is released. Keith will also be profiled on CBS Sunday Morning this Sunday (May 8th).

    Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson are set to headline the 15th Annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, taking place over two consecutive weekends – September 30th – October 2nd and October 7th – 9th – at Austin’s Zilker Park.

    Vince Gill and David Nail are among the artists taking part in the 26th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game during this year’s CMA Music Festival. The players will put on their gloves June 7th at 3pm and play against each other at the new First Tennessee Park in Nashville. Tickets for the game are available at Ticketmaster. More names will be announced in the coming weeks. Proceeds will benefit City of Hope’s mission to eradicate cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

    This year’s Faster Horses Festival will feature performances from Eric Church, Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean on the main stage. The lineup for the second stage includes Kelleigh Bannen, Haley Georgia, Aubrie Sellers, LanCo, Mo Pitney and many others. The festival is taking place July 15th – 17th in Brooklyn, Michigan.

    It seems Kip Moore may have gone back into the studio following his European trek to lay down some cool lyrics and funky beats. Check out his Instagram video below. In the meantime, he’s making his way up the country charts with his latest hit, “Running for You.” Kip is set to go on the road on Miranda Lambert’s Keeper of the Flame 2016 Tour, along with Brothers Osborne, in just a couple of weeks.

    Video / Kip Instagram video in the studio

    Gettin funky with the slowhearts

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  • KEITH URBAN AND VINCE GILL ARE READY FOR THE SIXTH ANNUAL ALL FOR THE HALL EVENT.

    Keith Urban is ready for the sixth annual All for the Hall benefit concert, along with co-headliner Vince Gill. The theme for the event, which takes place Tuesday (April 12th) at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, is Mashville: The Music City in 2016.

    It will feature performances by the show’s headliners, as well as Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Emmylou Harris, Maren Morris, Florida Georgia Line, Peter Frampton, Jason Isbell and Maddie and Tae. Check out his Twitter page to see photos from today’s rehearsals.

    Nashville has become a dynamic and diverse musical melting pot,” Keith said about this year’s theme in a prepared statement. “While it remains the home of country music, an unbelievably talented community of songwriters, producers, instrumentalists, singers, bands and solo artists are rapidly changing the entire musical landscape in Music City, U.S.A.”

    Audio / Keith Urban says the only challenge with his annual All for the Hall event may be culling down the guest list.

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    Keith Urban (All 4 the Hall) OC: …over the years. :50
    “It’s a labor of love in the best way. It really is. If I said there’s only one challenge with it, it’s condensing the guest list. It was, right from the beginning, it was like trying to put a wedding list together and which family member to invite. You have to either invite everybody or elope, right? But we’ve only got limited time and it’s very, very hard to have certain people who are very good friends of mine say, ‘What the…? What the…? Waiting for the call. Nothing.’ So, I thought how do I get around this problem? And then the idea of themes came up so at least there’s some type of criteria for me to put a guest list together. Otherwise, this show would be days and days long if I invited everybody I wanted. We get to do it every year, so I have a huge list of people I want to be able to invite over the years.”

  • THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Vince and Easton (April 12th)

    Happy Birthday to Vince Gill, who was born on this date in Norman, Oklahoma.

    Happy Birthday to Easton Corbin, who was born on this date in Trenton, Florida.

  • UMG NASHVILLE ARTISTS REACT TO THE PASSING OF THE LEGENDARY MERLE HAGGARD

    Country Music has lost a legend. Merle Haggard, who turned 79 today, died Wednesday (April 6th) in California, surrounded by friends and family. The Country Music Hall of Famer had been in failing health for quite some time, diagnosed with double pneumonia in December, which led to the cancellation of several dates, including a two-night stand at the Ryman Auditorium.

    Haggard had 40 No. 1 songs, including “Mama Tried,” “Workin’ Man Blues,” “Okie From Muskogee” and “The Fightin’ Side of Me” and wrote many classics, some of which had been recorded by folks such as Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill, who is a lifelong fan of the iconic entertainer.

    “I‘ve been a [Merle] Haggard nut my whole life,” says Vince Gill, who along with his pal Paul Franklin released Bakersfield album in 2013 (a collaborative tribute of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens songs). “And I’ve played country music, recorded country music my whole life, and I’ve tried to emulate what I loved about Merle Haggard on a lot of occasions.”

    Many of country music’s brightest stars took to Twitter to offer their thoughts:

    For Eric Church, he wrote and recorded “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag” for his Sinners Like Me album. The song also featured the subject of the song, Mr. Merle Haggard.

    Eric Church ‏@ericchurch 
    Rest in peace. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00IEK9KdWgE …

    Alan Jackson ‏@OfficialJackson 
    “We lost one of the greatest singer/songwriters since Hank Williams. Inspiration to millions, great American, thank you Merle. I’ll miss you.”

    Luke Bryan ‏@LukeBryanOnline 
    “A true hero was lost today. Thank you for your contribution to not only country music but all music. @merlehaggard

    Keith Urban ‏@KeithUrban 
    “One of the gr8 concert memories I have is seeing Merle and the Strangers at the Ryman in Nashville. We had a ‘live’ album of his when I was growing up and I felt like I’d fallin’ inside my Dad’s stereo speakers. One of my all time favorite voices – and a master songwriter. Blessings to your soulful spirit Merle & all of you family & loved ones.” – KU

    Hillary Scott ‏@HillaryScottLA
    “You are a cornerstone of country music @merlehaggard…u will be missed greatly. Praying for the Haggard family.”

    KACEY MUSGRAVES ‏@KaceyMusgraves 
    “I think I’ll just stay here and drink.”

    Billy Currington ‏@billycurrington 
    “rip @merlehaggard thank you for all the great music u blessed us with. we will play it forever.”

    Dierks Bentley ‏@DierksBentley 
    “Literally just fell to the floor. can’t believe we lost the hag. rip merle haggard.”

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    Toby Keith ‏@TobyKeithMusic 
    “The greatest singer songwriter of my lifetime is gone. Thanks for the music and friendship. R.I.P. Hag. – T”

    GaryAllan ‏@GaryAllan 
    “Merle was my all-time hero. Today we lost one of the greatest songwriters of country music and I will always regret not recording with him. He was a legend and I was honored whenever we got the chance to share a stage with him. Thank you for the inspiration, the advice and for always being you. I, as well as the entire music community, will miss you Merle.”

    Darius Rucker ‏@dariusrucker
    “Heaven’s band just got better! RIP to the LEGENDARY @merlehaggard. Your music will never die!”

    Jon Pardi ‏@JonPardi 
    “Sad day today @merlehaggard has passed. RIP to a true songwriter, a pioneer of California Country, and country music.”

    Kip Moore ‏@KipMooreMusic 
    “RIP Merle…you paved the way for so many. You had what we all hope for…a voice that matters and survives the ever changing trends.”

    Josh Turner ‏@joshturnermusic  5m5 minutes ago
    “Pains me to say that country music icon @merlehaggard has passed away. So honored to have known him and shared the stage with him. Thanks Merle for all you’ve done for us!”

    Mickey Guyton ‏@MickeyGuyton 
    “RIP Merle Haggard. Heaven’s choir just got a heck of a lot better.”

    For David Nail, seeing Merle in concert was a life-changing experience. “The night I saw Merle At the Golden Nugget, it was the single greatest combination of seeing an artist/venue/city together, that I’ve ever witnessed.  It was a spiritual experience.  I looked at my buddy multiple times in disbelief that we were actually there.  I teared up on a few songs.  I knew the greatness I was seeing/hearing.”

    George Strait was a huge fan of Merle Haggard’s. He says, “When I was in the Army and stationed at Schofield barracks in Hawaii, you know Merle came there, and he played Conroy Bowl.  And I remember I was playing an NCO club that night, and before my little gig, I got to run over there and I kinda snuck in and saw Merle and it just blew me away. That’s what I wanted to be like, you know, I wanted to be like the Hag. And so, I can’t tell you how big of an influence he was on me, just huge.”

    Strait also posted a reaction on his socials: “It’s a very sad day for all of us Hag fans. He was a true icon of the music world and it’s hard to believe we won’t be able to see him anymore. I honestly think that had it not been for him, I would not have chosen the path that I chose.” – G

    Audio / During a recent interview for his new album, Down to My Last Bad Habit, Vince Gill says he’s always been a huge fan of Merle Haggard.

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    Vince Gill (Haggard nut) OC: …occasions. :12
    “I‘ve been a  Haggard Nut my whole life. And I’ve played country music, recorded country music my whole life, and I’ve tried to emulate what I loved about Merle Haggard on a lot of occasions.”

    Audio / George Strait talks about the huge influence Merle Haggard had on him and is career.

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    George Strait (Merle Haggard) OC: …it’s just huge. :41
    “You know, Merle was huge in my career. When he did ‘Okie from Muskogee’ back in the 70’s, I think it was, you know I kinda got hooked then on Merle and country music.  When I was in the Army and stationed at Schofield barracks in Hawaii, you know Merle came there, and he played Conroy Bowl.  And I remember I was playing an NCO club that night, and before my little gig, I got to run over there and I kinda snuck in and saw Merle and it just blew me away. That’s what I wanted to be like, you know, I wanted to be like the Hag. And so, I can’t tell you how big of an influence he was on me, just huge.”

     

     

    Video / Vince Gill -- with Paul Franklin -- on Merle Haggard

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: LUKE BRYAN, ERIC PASLAY, TOBY KEITH, VINCE GILL, CHRIS STAPLETON

    Luke Bryan is scheduled to appear on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday (March 31st) on CBS. Check your local listings for times.

    Luke Bryan is set to co-host for the ACM Great Outdoor Celebrity Archery Tournament in Las Vegas with Justin Moore again this year on Saturday, April 2nd. Eric Paslay and Dustin Lynch will be playing for #TeamLuke. Check out some of the action from last year in the video below.

    Eric Paslay is set to join Toby Keith on his 2016 Interstates & Tailgates Tour this summer. The trek kicks off May 21st in Louisville, Kentucky, and Eric will join the tour July 8th in Virginia Beach. “Really excited for the opportunity to be on the road with TOBY this year,” said Eric. “He sure knows how to put on a show. I can’t wait to take it all in and learn from one of the best.”

    Vince Gill will receive the E.W. “Bud” Wendell Award May 3rd during a ceremony at the Music City Center as part of Nashville’s National Tourism Week Hospitality Industry Celebration.The award honors Nashville business executives who’ve helped the city in its advancement as the center of music entertainment.

    Chris Stapleton has been announced as one of the performers at the 25th anniversary of the Lollapalooza festival July 30th in Chicago.

    Video / ACM Archery Tournament

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  • THIS DATE IN HISTORY: Vince Gill (March 10th)

    Happy Anniversary to Vince Gill and his wife Amy Grant who tied the knot on this date (March 10th) in 2000.

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  • VINCE GILL KICKS OFF HIS SONGS AND STORIES TOUR WITH LYLE LOVETT.

    Vince Gill hit the road with Lyle Lovett on Wednesday night (February 17th) in Montgomery, Alabama. The pair reunited for the Songs and Stories Tour, revisiting their acoustic dates they did together last year.  It’s just the two of them and their guitars onstage at the same time, swapping stories and songs.

    “I know Lyle won’t have a plan, and I won’t either,” says Vince. “What he plays will inspire me, and probably vice-versa. It’ll be like playing ping-pong. Whatever song he chooses to sing will inspire the next song that comes out of me.”

    The two became friends in the ‘80s when Vince sang on Lovett’s second album. “We’ve been friends for a long, long time, and we did some shows together last year and just had a blast. You know, he’s got a great sense of humor and sometimes I do too, so I think the in-between song stuff is about as much fun as the song sometimes.”

    Vince just released his latest album, Down to My Last Bad Habit, which features his single, Take Me Down, featuring Little Big Town.
    Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett Songs and Stories Tour Dates:

    Feb. 17 — Montgomery, Ala. @ Montgomery Performing Arts Centre
    Feb. 18 — Huntsville, Ala. @ Von Braun Center Concert Hall
    Feb. 19 — Birmingham, Ala. @ Alabama Theatre
    Feb. 20 — Atlanta, Ga. @ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
    Feb. 21 — Asheville, N.C. @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
    Feb. 23 — Daytona Beach, Fla. @ Peabody Auditorium
    Feb. 24 — Clearwater, Fla. @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
    Feb. 25 — Jacksonville, Fla. @ Florida Theatre
    Feb. 26 — Sarasota, Fla. @ Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
    Feb. 27 — Key West, Fla. @ Tennessee Williams Theatre
    Feb. 28 — Melbourne, Fla. @ King Center for the Performing Arts
    Feb. 29 — Fort Myers, Fla. @ Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall
    March 1 — Coral Springs, Fla. @ Coral Springs Center for the Arts

    Audio / Vince Gill talks about touring with Lyle Lovett.

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    Vince Gill (Lyle Lovett) OC: …song sometimes. :18
    “I sang on Lyle’s, I think, second record back in about 1985, something like that. We’ve been friends for a long, long time, and we did some shows together last year and just had a blast. You know, he’s got a great sense of humor and sometimes I do too, so I think the in-between song stuff is about as much fun as the song sometimes.”