• SHANIA TWAIN OPENS EXHIBIT AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME.

    Shania Twain was in Nashville on Tuesday night (June 27) to present her new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame to Industry insiders and media. With more than 90 million albums sold worldwide, Shania remains the top-selling female country artist of all time.

    The exhibit, which features guitars, iconic outfits, magazine covers and more, opens Friday (June 30) and will run through July of 2018.

    In remarks she made to the crowd gathered for this event, Shania talked about missing her fans during the 15 years she’s been relatively out of the spotlight. “What I longed for a lot was just getting reacquainted, reunited I guess is a better word, with my largest group of supporters, the fans,” says Shania. “And I realized how much I missed them and I…in speeding past the 90’s and all of the craziness of that, which was beautifully crazy but I never got to enjoy the moment and I was just racing on to the next thing, racing on to the future, and I didn’t really appreciate the fans the way I do now. Now when I’m in concert I see them as a lifeline and as people that I understand and the people that I write the music for.”

    Shania is back with a new single, “Life’s About to Get Good,” which is the first release from her new album, NOW, due September 29th.

    Audio / Shania Twain talks about getting reacquainted with fans.

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    Shania Twain (appreciating fans more than ever) OC: …the music for. :54
    “What I longed for a lot was just getting reacquainted, reunited I guess is a better word with my largest group of supporters, the fans. And I realized how much I missed them and I…in speeding past  the 90’s and all of the craziness of that, which was beautifully crazy but I never got to enjoy the moment and I was just racing on to the next thing, racing on to the future, and I didn’t really appreciate the fans the way I do now. Now when I’m in concert I see them as a lifeline and as people that I understand and the people that I write the music for.”

  • SAM HUNT EARNS DOUBLE AND TRIPLE PLATINUM CERTIFICATIONS.

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    In what is easily the biggest country song of 2017, Sam Hunt’s “Body Like A Back Road” released to country radio Feb. 1 and raced to the top of the charts in only twelve weeks. The three-week No. 1 still remains in the Top 5 titles for country radio airplay and is currently climbing pop radio’s Top 15. “Body Like A Back Road” is also on a 20-week streak at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, the longest command for a song by a solo male ever on the nearly 59-year-old chart. Sales and streams of this song juggernaut quickly surpassed the Gold and Platinum sales standards and “Body Like A Back Road” is now RIAA-certified Double Platinum in record time for the Georgia native.

    Written by Hunt, Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, “Body Like A Back Road” is the No. 1 most-downloaded country song of 2017 so far and is the No. 3 most-downloaded song across all genres year-to-date. The “playfully flirty love song” (Billboard) is the fastest country song in history to reach 100M total streams (10 weeks) and with over 212M total streams is the Top Streaming Country Song of 2017.

    Additionally, Hunt’s monumental 2014 debut album, Montevallo, is now RIAAcertified Triple Platinum. Montevallo topped the Billboard Country Albums Chart in its first week and remains the best-selling debut album for a country artist since 2011. The album landed on multiple “Best of” lists including the Associated Press, Billboard, Country Weekly, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, SPIN Magazine, Village Voice and The Washington Post. It also produced a record-breaking four No. 1 singles and five Platinum and Multi-Platinum-selling hits including “Leave the Night On,” “House Party,” “Take Your Time,” “Break Up In A Small Town” and “Make You Miss Me.”

    This summer, fans can find Hunt selling out venues across the country on his 15 In A 30 Tour with special guests Maren Morris, Chris Janson and Ryan Follese. Upcoming dates include St. Louis, Chicago and Cincinnati.

    For information on Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road,” the 15 In A 30 Tour and more, visit www.SamHunt.com.

    Audio / Sam Hunt talks about his song choices for his debut album, Montevallo.

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    Sam Hunt (song choices) OC: …in that way. :52
    “I had about 14 or 15 songs ready when I went to make the record. I couldn’t decide, after the first 10, I couldn’t decide what to pick. So, at the end of the day, these 10 songs were the songs that I absolutely HAD to put on the record. I didn’t want to overwhelm people with a ton of songs. I wanted them to really digest these songs especially. So, I just stuck with 10. I don’t know what plans will be in the future as far as putting out new music, but hopefully I’ll be able to put out music sooner than later, because I want to continue to write and I do have songs that folks haven’t heard. You only get one first album, and these are the songs I feel like best represented the era of writing my first album. Every song is a little bit different. The other songs that I have would have been a slight version of something that’s already on the record, so I wanted to keep it unique in that way.”

    Audio / Sam Hunt says he’s thankful for the success of his song, “Body Like a Back Road.”

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    Sam Hunt (Body Like a Back Road success) OC: …eight ball. [laughs] :53
    “I can’t say that I expected for it to do as well as it has done. If you listen to the first record, you can see how I fit into that song, but also it’s different. It’s not like anything from the first record, so it was cool to go out on a limb a little bit, but to have the fans of the first record get on board. So, that was cool. But yeah, the success that it’s had has just been awesome. It’s not that polarizing of a song, so fortunately I think it’s palatable to a lot of tastes and people have enjoyed it, hopefully. So, it’s been awesome to have a song after the first record. Your second record is always the thing that everybody’s saying, ‘Well, let’s see if he can do it again’ or whatever. They call it the ‘Sophomore Slump,’ I think. I’m just so glad that [laughs] this song has reacted right off the bat and I don’t feel like I’m behind the eight ball.” [laughs]


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Audio / Darius Rucker enjoys setting off fireworks.

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

    Audio / Dierks Bentley explains why he is so patriotic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

    Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about the song “What the Hell Did I Say,” from his new album, Black.

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    Dierks Bentley (What the Hell Did I Say) 1 OC: …the album. :40

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

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  • KEITH URBAN IS THE EPITOME OF HUSBAND GOALS AS HE SHARES SELFIES ON HIS 11TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY.

    Keith Urban showed the world how much in love he is with Nicole Kidman, his wife of 11 years on Sunday (June 25th). The singer posted several selfies he took with the Oscar winner.

    “Happy Anniversary, Babygirl,” he captioned. “Eleven years and you still feel like my girlfriend!!!!”

    The pair first met at the 2005 G’Day USA gala honoring Australians in America. The couple married in Sydney, Australia in 2006 and have two daughters, Sunday (8) and Faith (6).

     

     

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  • DIERKS BENTLEY CELEBRATES HIS NO. 1 SONG, ‘BLACK.’

    Late last week, Dierks Bentley and his co-writers, Ross Copperman and Ashley Gorley, celebrated the No. 1 success of his recent smash, “Black,” which also happens to be his 16th career chart-topper and third consecutive No. 1 from his album of the same title.

    The song, which he wrote about his wife Cassidy Black Bentley, had a really big impact on his fans and on the charts. “There’s some songs that have a bigger impact than others. I’ve played No. 1s that I don’t even do in the live show anymore. I just don’t feel like they have the impact,” says Dierks. “But songs like this, I feel like, will always have that impact. So, it’s not just about getting a No. 1, it’s about finding a song that’s a No. 1 but will also, you can see it statistically sell singles on iTunes. But also for me, it’s just feel. When you go out there on stage and watch this song grow from nobody knowing it to people getting excited when they hear the first bits of the music to cellphones coming out with the lighters, to see the song grow that way…some No. 1s are better than others.”

    Dierks is ready to release his new single, “What the Hell Did I Say,” from his album, Black.

    Audio / Dierks Bentley says his No. 1 song "Black" has a special impact on him and his fans.

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    Dierks Bentley (Black No. 1) 1 OC: …than others. :32
    “There’s some songs that have a bigger impact than others. I’ve played No. 1s that I don’t even do in the live show anymore. I just don’t feel like they have the impact. But songs like this, I feel like, will always have that impact. So, it’s not just about getting a No. 1, it’s about finding a song that’s a No. 1 but will also, you can see it statistically sell singles on iTunes. But also for me, it’s just feel. When you go out there on stage and watch this song grow from nobody knowing it to people getting excited when they hear the first bits of the music to cellphones coming out with the lighters, to see the song grow that way, you can tell it’s, some No. 1s are better than others.”

  • LADY ANTEBELLUM’S CHARLES KELLEY SWINGS INTO ACTION ON THE COURSE TO COMPETE WITH HIS BROTHER.

    Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley has teamed up with his brother John and Top Golf for a new video series, The Hook With Charles Kelley. The two siblings are very competitive and both are good golfers; in fact, John is a former pro golfer.

    When Charles isn’t in the studio or on the road performing for fans, you can catch him on a golf course, so this video series is absolutely perfect for the singer. Charles also brings along some famous friends to help him best his older brother.

    Special guests in the series include Darius Rucker, The Bachelorette‘s Shawn Booth and Kaitlyn Bristowe and Charles and John’s famous brother Josh Kelley.
    Catch episodes 1-3 below.

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  • FOURTH OF JULY LINERS 2017

    Audio / LINER AJ (4th of July)

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    “Hey! This is Alan Jackson, wishing you a happy and safe Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (4th of July)

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    “Hey guys! I’m Billy Currington, wishing you a Happy Fourth of July.”

     

    Audio / LINER Bros Osborne (Fourth of July)

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    “Hey y’all! I’m John, and I’m TJ, and we are Brothers Osborne, wish you a very Happy Fourth of July.”

     

    Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Fourth of July)

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    “Hey! What’s up guys? I’m Canaan Smith, wishing you a safe and happy Fourth of July!”

     

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Fourth of July)

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    “Hey! This is Clare Dunn, wishing you a very Happy Fourth of July.”

     

    Audio / LINER Darius (4th of July)

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    “Hey y’all, what’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a very, very happy Fourth of July!”

    Audio / LINER Darius (Happy Birthday, America)

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    “Happy Birthday, America!”

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (4th of July)

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    Hey everybody! This is Dierks Bentley, wishing you a Happy and safe Fourth of July.

    Audio / LINER Easton Corbin (4th of July)

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    “Hey! This is Easton Corbin. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (4th of July)

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    “Hey this is Eric Church, wishing you a very happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (4th of July)

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    “Hey! This is Eric Paslay, wishing you a very happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (4th of July)

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    “Hey! This is Gary Allan. Happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (4th of July)

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    “Hi, it’s Jon Pardi, wishing you a happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Fourth of July)

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    “Hey! I’m Jordan Davis, wishing you a happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (summer)

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    Hey everybody, Keith Urban here, wanting to wish you all a fantastic and safe summer. Enjoy the sunshine. Hopefully, you’ll get to spend some time with the ones you love, and hopefully, we’ll also get to see you out on the road.”

    Audio / LINER Lady A (4th of July)

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    “Hi! This is Charles, Hillary and Dave of Lady Antebellum, wishing you a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (4th of July)

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    “Hey! It’s Lauren Alaina. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER LBT (4th of July)

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    “Hey! We’re Little Big Town. Happy Fourth of July!”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (4th of July)

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    “Hey! This is Luke Bryan, wishing you a very happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (4th of July)

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    “Hey! This is Mickey Guyton, wishing you a Happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Fourth of July)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a safe and happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Toby Keith (Fourth of July)

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    “Hi! It’s Toby Keith, wishing you a safe Fourth of July.”

  • JOSH TURNER CELEBRATES HIS NO. 1 HIT, ‘HOMETOWN GIRL.’

    Josh Turner was celebrated, along with songwriters Marc Beeson and Daniel Tashian, at a party in Nashville this week for the recent chart-topping success of his song “Hometown Girl.”

    Josh knew the moment he heard the song that it would be a hit, and he loves it when he’s right. “During the record making process, I was at that point I was looking for some different kinds of songs that I probably wouldn’t cut in the past because I was trying to find some ways to change my sound up and different ways to present my voice. And I felt like ‘Hometown Girl’ was just the song to do that, and I love it when I’m right.”

    The North Carolina native and father of four follows up his No. 1 hit with “All About You” from his latest album, Deep South.

    Audio / Josh Turner says his gut feeling was right on the money when he first heard “Hometown Girl.”

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    Josh Turner (HTG No. 1) OC: …when I’m right. [laughs] :51
    “‘Hometown Girl,’ when I first heard it, that melody – first of all – stuck in my head. Before I even knew what the words were, I I was humming that melody all the way home, and I’m thinking, ‘Man, this is a pretty good sign here.’ And then when I started kind of digging into the lyric, I loved what it said and I felt like it was something that my fan base could really connect with and relate to…that appealed to me. And then at the time too during the record making process, I was at that point, I was looking for some different kinds of songs that I probably wouldn’t cut in the past because I was trying to find some ways to change my sound up and different ways to present my voice. And I felt like ‘Hometown Girl’ was just the song to do that, and I love it when I’m right.” [laughs]

  • KIP MOORE REVEALS HIS NEW ALBUM, ‘SLOWHEART,’ WILL BE RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER.

    Kip Moore shared more details about his most personal body of work to date today, revealing to Rolling Stone that his upcoming third studio album on MCA Nashville SLOWHEART will be released on September 8th.  Having navigated the path from the staggering success of the release of his smash-hit debut album UP ALL NIGHT, to the resounding critical acclaim that followed with his sophomore offering, WILD ONES, has hit his stride with the upcoming release of SLOWHEART.  Moore co-wrote 11 out of 13 tracks, and was the sole producer on seven of the tracks, as well as co-producing five more on the collection that is “between the rough edges of Americana, rock and the evocative storytelling of country, produced to let every guitar lick ring true and every edge and wail of Moore’s voice reverberate raw but strong” (Rolling Stone).  He also played guitar throughout the recording, while singing the majority of the harmonies, giving him a new found respect for the talented background vocalists within the Nashville community and resulting in the impactful authenticity of this record.

    As Rolling Stone aptly describes, “The Georgia native is nothing if not steadfast: he does what he wants, how he wants it, and doesn’t try to shuffle his emotions under the table. He talks openly about depression and self-doubt, and, on Slowheart, about the life of a grown, modern man, one who wants a family sometimes but seeks a few no-strings thrills at others. He sings about fighting for a relationship at all costs, but also knowing when to pour the last round; and about how music is his real lover, while everything else is just an affair.”

    With a wayfarer impulse, Moore followed years on the road touring building one of the genre’s most fervent followings with an extended break exploring the rest of the world, including stops in Iceland, Hawaii, Australia, Costa Rica, Park City and more. This time of reflection culminated in a striking sense of clarity, showcased in Moore’s upcoming collection. With a tip of the hat to 90’s rock and roll, the anthemic “Bittersweet Company” is destined for a spot on the setlist of Moore’s revered live show, as well as “Last Shot” with it’s encore-ready, emphatic chorus. Moore also serves an unflinching wake-up call in the form of the groove-driven track “Blonde,” while he lays bare a more vulnerable layer in the committed ballad, “Try Again.”

    “This is the record I’ve been waiting to make,” said Moore. “The one that leaves you with a peace in your heart, knowing you did it exactly the way you wanted to. The one that makes it okay if you fail, because it truly came from your soul and no other place. You can’t go wrong if you can lay your head on your pillow with no regrets.”

    SLOWHEART Official Track List:

    1.Plead The Fifth

    Luke Dick, Josh Kear

    2. Just Another Girl
    Kip Moore, Westin Davis, Ben Helson

    3. I’ve Been Around
    Kip Moore, Dan Couch

    4. Fast Women

    Kip Moore, Blair Daly, Westin Davis and Troy Verges

    5. Bittersweet Company
    Kip Moore, Josh Miller, Troy Verges

    6. Sunburn
    Kip Moore, David Garcia, Josh Miller, Steven Olsen

    7. More Girls Like You
    Kip Moore, Steven Olsen, Josh Miller, David Garcia

    8. The Bull
    Jon Randall, Luke Dick

    9. Blonde
    Kip Moore, Steven Olsen, Josh Miller, David Garcia

    10. Good Thing
    Kip Moore, Josh Miller, Troy Verges

    11. Last Shot
    Kip Moore, Dan Couch, David Lee Murphy

    12. Try Again
    Kip Moore, David Garcia, Josh Miller

    13. Guitar Man
    Kip Moore, Dan Couch, Westin Davis

    Co-written by Moore, his current Top 20 single and the lead track from his upcoming release “More Girls Like You,” is the fastest rising single of his career so far and is receiving praise from critics such as Entertainment Weekly declaring he “has made a name for himself weaving vignettes of Southern, blue-collar life and love into rollicking country anthems.” As he “consistently serves up clever roots-rock riffs and rhythms that separate Moore from the rock-meets-rap focus of his Nashville peers” (Associated Press), the release of “More Girls Like You” follows the acclaim that surrounded his sophomore album WILD ONES heralded as “an impressively singular release from Music Row” by The Guardian. Moore first turned heads with his debut album UP ALL NIGHT which was certified GOLD by the RIAA and spawned three No. One hit singles including GOLD certified “Beer Money,” PLATINUM certified “Hey Pretty Girl,” and the DOUBLE PLATINUM breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck. Following an extended break, Moore is back out on the road playing some of country music’s biggest festivals this year, as well as headlining dates in U.K this fall stopping in Birmingham, UK (10/2), Manchester, UK (10/3), Glasgow, UK (10/4) and culminating in a special show as part of Country Music Week in London, UK at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 10/6. Moore will also return to Ireland later this summer for Harvest 2017, stopping in Westport, IE (8/26) and Enniskillen, IE (8/27.) For more information and a fill list of tour dates, visit kipmoore.net.