• JON PARDI’S ‘CALIFORNIA SUNRISE’ CERTIFIED GOLD.

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    Dierks Bentley and UMG Nashville Chairman & CEO Mike Dungan surprise Jon Pardi with a Gold plaque for California Sunrise. Sacramento, Calif. Aug. 19, 2017
    Photo Credit: Zachary Belcher

     

    Jon Pardi’s impressive breakthrough year hit another milestone Saturday night as he celebrated his first-ever GOLD-certified album for sophomore release California Sunrise. During the Sacramento What the Hell World Tour stop, Dierks Bentley brought Pardi back on stage as the California-native may have expected, but Bentley had a surprise for his good friend and tour mate. Bentley then welcomed their label head, Universal Music Group Nashville’s Chairman & CEO Mike Dungan to join them as they presented the rising country star with a gold plaque acknowledging 500,000 sales of California Sunrise. The sold-out crowd showed their pride in the Dixon local with boisterous cheering, toasting and a lively chant of “PARDI! PARDI! PARDI!” View video HERE.

     

    An incredibly grateful Pardi shares, “That was definitely a surprise, and for it to be acknowledged in front of a hometown crowd of 18,000 in Northern California, amongst my friends and family and early supporters, made it an emotional moment. I will never forget it.”

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    Pictured (L-R): UMG Nashville’s CEO & Chairman Mike Dungan, Jon Pardi
    Photo Credit: Nolan Feldpausch

    Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, California Sunrise released to overwhelming praise from press highlighting Pardi’s ability to blend together modern production and traditional soundscapes. Rolling Stone proclaims, “Traditionalism isn’t dead … and [California Sunrise] is a fine example, mixing a pronounced California twang and George Strait’s easy swing with some meaty guitar riffs,” while The Tennessean notes, “In a time when many country artists are incorporating progressive, edgy studio tricks to contemporize their sound, Jon Pardi eschewed trends and made a boot scootin’, honky-tonkin’ country album.” HITS calls the album “a triumph of gritty, honky-tonkin’, old-school country with a healthy dose of ballsy guitar rock,” with Billboard adding that California Sunrise is “loaded with attitude…[and] manages to have both a sonic edginess and a defiant grasp of country tradition.”

     

    California Sunrise features Pardi’s back-to-back No. 1 hits with the Platinum-selling “Head Over Boots” and the three-week No. 1, “Dirt On My Boots,” along with his current single climbing country radio airplay’s Top 10, “Heartache on the Dance Floor.”

     

    Pardi found his lane within the wide-open gates of the country music genre. With an invigorating energy across the album dispensed by a live seven-man band, his confident and authoritative low baritone and a blue-collar spirit, he amassed a loyal following of fans and listeners with a sound that sets him apart from the rest. In the past year, Pardi’s distinct blend landed his name on several ‘Best Of’ lists, appearances on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and ABC’s “Good Morning America” and multiple CMT Music Award nominations.

     

    The reigning ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year is currently on one of the hottest tours of the summer with Bentley’s What the Hell World Tour before the road warrior heads out with Luke Bryan for next month’s Farm Tour. Next, Pardi headlines CMT On Tour Presents: Jon Pardi’s Lucky Tonight Tour kicking off Oct. 12. Multiple dates are already sold out for Pardi’s headlining fall run. For a full list of tour dates, tickets and more, visit www.jonpardi.com.

     

    About Jon Pardi:

    Capitol Records Nashville’s Jon Pardi is one of country music’s fastest-rising new stars. Pardi’s sound is undeniably country, and his laid back, fun-loving approach towards life comes through in his music and his raucous live show. The California native’s charisma and authenticity strike a chord with country audiences and fellow artists alike. Pardi has toured with Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Zac Brown Band; he was hand-picked by country legend Alan Jackson to join him on his 25th anniversary tour; he is currently on the What the Hell World Tour with Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell; and he was recently named this year’s ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year.

     

    Pardi’s latest album, California Sunrise, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and includes his very first No. 1 single, the Platinum-selling “Head Over Boots,” along with the three-week No. 1 smash “Dirt on My Boots,” and Pardi’s current Top 10 radio single, “Heartache on the Dance Floor.” The album landed on multiple “Best of the Year” lists including those from Rolling Stone, Music Aficionado, The Tennessean and NASH Country Daily. California Sunrise is the follow-up to Pardi’s highly-praised debut, Write You A Song, which also landed on several “Best of” lists including the Los Angeles Times’ Mikael Wood’s all-genre Top 10 and both Rhapsody’s and Taste of Country’s Top 10 Country Albums. Additional hits include the Top 10 RIAA Gold-certified single “Up All Night,” “When I’ve Been Drinkin,’” “What I Can’t Put Down,” and “Missin’ You Crazy.”

  • LADY ANTEBELLUM REVEAL THEIR CURRENT BINGE-WORTHY TV SHOWS.

    Lady Antebellum spend long hours on their tour bus while crisscrossing the country perform for thousands of fans, so that leaves some time to catch up on their favorite television shows.

    Lady A’s Hillary Scott has a few favorite shows she and husband Chris Tyrrell have been watching. “My husband and I have been binge-watching The Last Man on Earth with Will Forte,” reveals Hillary. “It’s really funny. And then I’m just counting down the days, like I’m not so bad that I have a countdown on my phone, but until This is Us is back…I miss that show.” Hillary doesn’t have to wait long, since This is Us returns September 26th at 9pm ET on ABC.

    Dave Haywood agrees with Hillary’s choices, but is also a big fan of the hit Netflix show, Stranger Things, which arrives October 27th.

    Lady A’s latest hit song, “You Look Good,” is making its way to the top of the country charts.

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  • KIP MOORE DOCUMENTS HIS JOURNEY LEADING UP TO HIS NEW ALBUM ‘SLOWHEART.’

    Kip Moore has created a documentary with one of his best friends (video director PJ Brown) to detail the months he took off to travel the world, as well as the process of making his new album. The Journey to Slowheart begins with footage in his hometown at his mother’s house in Georgia. He drives around the town reminiscing on the good times with his parents and siblings. It is apparent that there are several key people in his life that have really had an influence on him and his views. He talks about his sister and “biggest hero” who was paralyzed from the waist down after a bad car accident when she was in high school. She describes Kip as being the most “caring brother who would do anything to help her.” He talks about his father, who passed away about 5 years ago and the heartbreak that goes along with that. He also talks about a man he met in Cancun, who has cancer, but he does not let that stop him.

    It wasn’t his idea to have cameras follow him 24/7, but he soon realized what a special journey he was on and embraced the idea. “PJ knew where I was at mentally. He knew the exhaustion that I had been dealing with, so when I decided to check out, he was like, ‘I want to come with you and I want to document where you are in the beginning of this journey, where you’re at the end of it and what comes about after it.’ So, he followed all of our travels and watching me just kind of evolve through those four months and come out of it and come back in the studio and finish the second half of this record,” says Kip. “So, we just felt like it was a crucial time. We knew that when I got done with those travels I was going to be trying to go back in and finish this record that I’d started on. So, I mean, I think he just wanted to capture what happened between the beginning of it and the end of it, and it wasn’t my idea; it was his, but once we got going, I could see that something pretty special was happening, so I’m glad we were able to capture it.”

    He decided to take a break from touring to see the world and for self-exploration. He traveled to Hawaii, Cancun, and Iceland. He traveled to Iceland with one of his best friends that he met in Nashville when he first moved there. Traveling gave Kip a new perspective on life and allowed him to recharge.

    Kip is scaling the country charts with “More Girls Like You,” which is from his new album, Slowheart, available September 8th.

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    “PJ knew how long I had been in the process of making this record. PJ knew where I was at mentally. He knew the exhaustion that I had been dealing with, so when I decided to check out, he was like, ‘I want to come with you and I want to document where you are in the beginning of this journey, where you’re at the end of it and what comes about after it.’ So, he followed all of our travels and watching me just kind of evolve through those four months and come out of it and come back in the studio and finish the second half of this record. So, we just felt like it was a crucial time. We knew that when I got done with those travels I was going to be trying to go back in and finish this record that I’d started on. So, I mean, I think he just wanted to capture what happened between the beginning of it and the end of it, and it wasn’t my idea. It was his, but once we got going, I could see that something pretty special was happening, so I’m glad we were able to capture it.”

     

  • LADY ANTEBELLUM ‘LOOK GOOD’ ON TOUR.

    The members of Lady Antebellum are making their way up the country charts with “You Look Good” from their new album, Heart Break. The band has received a lot of compliments on including horns on their latest hit song, which has become one of the biggest moments on their You Look Good World Tour.

    “I think one of the coolest things about ‘You Look Good’ is you know, just from the get-go the fans really gravitated towards the fun feel of it, the sound of it,” says Lady A’s Charles Kelley. “I can’t go too many places without somebody stopping me and going, ‘Man! Love the horns!’ And it really shows me as an artist that you really do have to take chances. I know that I t was a little scary to some people, because it hasn’t been done in a while, but it just felt like a really, funky, fun summer song. Just to see it rise up the charts and each week become the song of the show on the You Look Good World Tour really is kind of fun to watch.”

    Lady Antebellum, who just announced that two of their members are adding to their families in the coming months, wind their way to Dallas and Houston on their You Look Good World Tour next weekend.

    Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley talks about the band’s hit song, “You Look Good.”

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    “I think one of the coolest things about ‘You Look Good’ is you know, just from the get-go the fans really gravitated towards the fun feel of it, the sound of it. I can’t go too many places without somebody stopping me and going, ‘Man! Love the horns!’ And it really shows me as an artist that you really do have to take chances. I know that I t was a little scary to some people, because it hasn’t been done in a while, but it just felt like a really, funky, fun summer song. Just to see it rise up the charts and each week become the song of the show on the You Look Good World Tour really is kind of fun to watch.”

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  • LADY ANTEBELLUM’S HILLARY SCOTT IS EXPECTING TWINS.

    Well, you know how we said Lady Antebellum will be expanding their family yesterday? Well, Hillary Scott and husband Chris Tyrrell are expecting not one, but TWO babies. Hillary is pregnant with twins who will join big sister Eisele early next year. Chris and Hillary decided to tell her together and share the glorious experience they’ve been praying about with us.

     

     

    The group announced on Thursday (August 17th) that both Dave Haywood and his wife Kelli were going to welcome their second child in December, while Hillary and Chris were expecting in February 2018 and would join Charles’ son Ward, Dave’s son Cash and Hillary’s daughter Eisele as part of Baby Bellum. So, instead of three children on the road next summer, the band will have doubled that number to include the three new babies.

    Lady Antebellum, whose song “You Look Good” is nearing the top of the country charts,

  • LADY ANTEBELLUM WELCOMES A ‘MODERN’ GUEST ON STAGE.

    Lady Antebellum welcomed a special guest on stage Thursday night (August 17th) in Kansas City, Missouri. Modern Family‘s Eric Stonestreet (a huge country music fan and friend of the band) gave the trio some sage advice before going on stage to assist drummer Chris Tyrrell (married to Lady A’s Hillary Scott) on the song, “Army,” which is featured on Heart Break, the band’s new album. Catch all the action in the clip below.

    Lady Antebellum is making their way up to the top of the country charts with their latest single, “You Look Good.”

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris, AJ, LBT, Strait, Lady A, Vince, Eric, Darius, Clare

    Chris Stapleton and Alan Jackson have been added to the list of performers at this year’s ACM Honors. They join previously announced performers Little Big Town, George Strait, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris and others. Eric Church, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson are among the honorees, in addition to Strait and Kelsea Ballerini. The show, which tapes next week at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, will air September 15th on CBS.

    Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet took time out to catch the Tennessee Titans practice on Thursday (August 17th).

     

    Darius Rucker is set to perform in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina for the first time in four years October 22nd. He will take the stage at Volvo Car Stadium on Daniel Island just two days after the release of his fifth studio album, When Was the Last Time. Tickets go on sale Friday (August 18th) at 10am at Ticketmaster.

    Clare Dunn returned home to Colorado last week to headline the Sand and Sage Round-Up Kick-Off concert, drawing one of the largest crowds in event history. Prior to her performance, Clare hosted a VIP charity party including a silent auction, autographed memorabilia, an acoustic performance and more, which raised over $25,000 for the Colorado FFA Foundation and Children’s Hospital Colorado.

     

     

  • MADDIE & TAE HAVE PARTNERED WITH ONE JEANSWEAR GROUP TO LAUNCH NEW JUNIOR BRAND, BLACK DAISY.

    Platinum-selling country duo Maddie & Tae announced this week a partnership with ONE Jeanswear Group to launch new junior denim brand, Black Daisy. The award-winning pair serve as brand ambassadors for Black Daisy and they will kick off its debut with a back-to-school event including a performance and meet-and-greet at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City this Saturday, Aug. 19th.

    In addition to being the face of Black Daisy and appearing in the brand’s marketing materials, Maddie & Tae will also design a capsule for the line expected fourth quarter this year with plans for an entire collection in stores next year.

    Following this weekend’s event, Maddie & Tae head out to tour dates in the U.K. and Ireland. The young stars are also writing and working on their sophomore album, the follow up to their 11-track, critically-acclaimed debut, Start Here, featuring the Platinum-selling No. 1 hit, “Girl In A Country Song.”

    For more information, tour dates and news, visit maddieandtae.com.

  • SHANIA TWAIN ANNOUNCES A TOUR FOR 2018.

    In what promises to be one of the most anticipated tours of 2018, Global superstar Shania Twain has announced that she will hit the road next year in support of her new album, NOW.  These dates mark Shania’s first tour since “Rock This Country” back in 2015. Produced by Live Nation, the tour kicks off May 3rd in Tacoma, WA and will run through the rest of the summer, culminating in Las Vegas on August 4th at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

    American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, August 22 at 10:00 a.m. local time until Thursday, August 24 at 10:00 p.m. local time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on August 25th. For more presale details and ticket information, please visit www.ticketmaster.com.

    One of the most highly anticipated albums of 2017, NOW, will be released on September 29 via Mercury Nashville, and is offered as both a 12-track standard and 16-track deluxe album. Fans can pre-order the album HERE and instantly receive “Life’s About to Get Good,” “Poor Me”, and beginning tomorrow, Aug. 18, pre-orders also receive Shania’s brand new single impacting radio Sept. 18, “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed.”  Shania debuted “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed” last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Watch the performance HERE.

    Shania is set to headline the Opening Night Ceremony for the 2017 US Open on Monday, Aug. 28, in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The ceremony will be televised live on ESPN2. She will be performing some of her biggest hits as well as songs from the new album, NOW.

    Shania is a five-time GRAMMY Award-winner and the reigning Queen of Country Pop. With more than 90 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 34.5 million, Shania remains the top-selling female country artist of all time. Shania’s albums include her Platinum-selling 1993 debut, Shania Twain; the GRAMMY Award-winning, Double Diamond-selling 1995 release, The Woman in Me; Come On Over, the best-selling studio album in Soundscan history by a female artist in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time with over 40 million units sold worldwide; and UP!, Shania’s third consecutive Diamond-selling album release.

    Shania Twain NOW Tour Dates:

    Thurs., May 3, 2018            Tacoma, WA                       Tacoma Dome

    Sat., May 5, 2018                 Vancouver, BC                     Rogers Arena

    Sun., May 6, 2018               Vancouver, BC                     Rogers Arena

    Wed., May 9, 2018              Edmonton, AB                     Rogers Place

    Thurs., May 10, 2018          Edmonton, AB                     Rogers Place

    Sat., May 12, 2018              Saskatoon, SK                    Sasktel Centre

    Sun., May 13, 2018             Winnipeg, MB                      MTS Centre

    Tues., May 15, 2018           St. Paul, MN                         Xcel Energy Center

    Wed., May 16, 2018            Sioux Falls, SD                    Denny Sanford Premier Center

    Fri., May 18, 2018               Omaha, NE                          CenturyLink Center Omaha

    Sat., May 19, 2018              Chicago, IL                          United Center

    Fri., June 1, 2018                Ft. Lauderdale, FL               BB&T Center

    Sat., June 2, 2018               Tampa, FL                           Amalie Arena

    Mon., June 4, 2018              Duluth, GA                           Infinite Energy Center

    Wed., June 6, 2018             Dallas, TX                            American Airlines Center

    Thurs., June 7, 2018           Austin, TX                             Frank Erwin Center

    Sat., June 9, 2018                Houston, TX                        Toyota Center

    Sun., June 10, 2018            New Orleans, LA                  Smoothie King Center

    Tues., June 12, 2018          North Little Rock, AR           Verizon Arena

    Wed., June 13, 2018            St Louis, MO                        Scottrade Center

    Fri., June 15, 2018              Detroit, MI                            Little Caesars Arena

    Sat., June 16, 2018             Cleveland, OH                     Quicken Loans Arena

    Mon., June 25, 2018            Ottawa, ON                         Canadian Tire Centre

    Tues., June 26, 2018          Montreal, QC                       Bell Centre

    Thurs., June 28, 2018         Québec, QC                        Videotron Centre

    Sun., July 1, 2018                Hamilton, ON                        FirstOntario Centre

    Tues., July 3, 2018              London, ON                         Budweiser Gardens

    Wed., July 4, 2018              London, ON                         Budweiser Gardens

    Fri., July 6, 2018                  Toronto, ON                         Air Canada Centre

    Sat., July 7, 2018                Toronto, ON                         Air Canada Centre

    Wed., July 11, 2018            Boston, MA                           TD Garden

    Thurs., July 12, 2018            Philadelphia, PA                   Wells Fargo Center

    Sat., July 14, 2018              Brooklyn, NY                       Barclays Center

    Sun., July 15, 2018             Washington, DC                  Capital One Center

    Tues., July 17, 2018            Pittsburgh, PA                     PPG Paints Arena

    Wed., July 18, 2018            Grand Rapids, MI                 Van Andel Arena

    Fri., July 20, 2018                Louisville, KY                        KFC Yum! Center

    Sat., July 21, 2018              Nashville, TN                       TBD*

    Tues., July 24, 2018            Kansas City, MO                 Sprint Center

    Wed., July 25, 2018            Des Moines, IA                    Wells Fargo Arena

    Fri., July 27, 2018                Denver, CO                         Pepsi Center

    Sat., July 28, 2018              Salt Lake City, UT                Vivint Smart Home Arena

    Mon., July 30, 2018             Phoenix, AZ                          Talking Stick Resort Arena

    Wed., August 1, 2018           Fresno, CA                          Save Mart Center

    Fri., August 3, 2018              Los Angeles, CA                 Staples Center

    Sat., August 4, 2018             Las Vegas, NV                     MGM Grand Garden Arena

     

    *On sale date To Be Announced

  • LADY ANTEBELLUM’S FAMILY IS EXPANDING!

    Lady Antebellum‘s family is growing!!!!  Dave Haywood and his wife Kelli are expecting a baby girl in December; she’ll join big brother Cash (who will turn three next month). That’s not all — Hillary Scott and her husband Chris Tyrrell are expecting in February 2018. The couple welcomed daughter Eisele July 22nd, 2013. They’ll also join fellow Baby Bellum member, one-year-old Ward Kelley (Charles and Cassie Kelley).

    The group announced the good news via their socials, saying “Thrilled to announce the Haywoods are welcoming a girl this Dec, AND the Tyrrells are expecting in Feb 2018!!”

    Lady A’s currently making their way to the top of the country charts with their single, “You Look Good,” from the band’s latest album, Heart Break.