• JOSH TURNER HITS THE TOP OF THE COUNTRY CHARTS WITH ‘HOMETOWN GIRL.’

    Josh Turner’s “Hometown Girl” vaulted to the top of both the Country Aircheck and Billboard country charts this week. The song, from his new album Deep South, was written by Marc Beeson and Daniel Tashian, and was one he definitely wanted to record after hearing it for the first time.

    “I was kind of looking for some different kind of stuff that I hadn’t really done before, and ‘Hometown Girl’ kind of fit that mold. Even before I knew the lyrics, I had that melody stuck in my head. It’s such a catchy melody,” says Josh. “When I really got to diggin’ into what the lyrics were saying, I loved the message in the song a nd I just felt like my female fan base would really get this song and relate to this song. I felt like the guys in my fan base, I feel like that’s the kind of girl they’re looking for or either they have already. So, I just felt like it was a good message to put out there and just a great song to give me kind of the opportunity to shake things up production-wise

    “Hometown Girl” is his first chart-topping song since “All Over Me” was No. 1 in 2010.

     

    Audio / Josh Turner explains why he recorded his new No. 1 single, “Hometown Girl.”

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    Josh Turner (why he recorded Hometown Girl) OC: …production-wise, so… :43
    “I first heard the song at my producer’s house – Kenny Greenburg – and I was kind of looking for some different kind of stuff that I hadn’t really done before, and ‘Hometown Girl’ kind of fit that mold. Even before I knew the lyrics, I had that melody stuck in my head. It’s such a catchy melody. When I really got to diggin’ into what the lyrics were saying, I loved the message in the song a nd I just felt like my female fan base would really get this song and relate to this song. I felt like the guys in my fan base, I feel like that’s the kind of girl they’re looking for or either they have already. So, I just felt like it was a good message to put out there and just a great song to give me kind of the opportunity to shake things up production-wise, so…”

  • KEITH URBAN CELEBRATES HIS FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF BEING A GRAND OLE OPRY MEMBER.

    Keith Urban just celebrated his fifth anniversary of being an official member of the Grand Ole Opry on Friday (April 21st). On that night five years ago, he showed the fans in the audience, the ones watching it on TV or hearing it on the radio, just why he’s been such a great ambassador for country music and for Nashville and how deserving he is of Opry membership. He performed a handful of his hits, including “Days Go By,” an acoustic version of “Without You” before Opry members Trace Adkins and Josh Turner and helped to present Keith with his Opry award, a 14-inch replica of the Grand Ole Opry microphone stand with a base made from wood from the Ryman Auditorium.

    After Trace officially welcomed him into the family, Keith said “Thank you very much! Yee Haw!” After thanking Pete Fisher, the General Manager of the Opry, as well as other Opry members, his parents who gave him his love of country music, his wife and two daughters and his fans, among others, the superstar said. “I just want to thank the Opry for this honor, but also this responsibility,” says Keith. “I take this responsibility very seriously.” The superstar born in New Zealand and raised in Australia continued, “it’s a long way from Caboolture [Queensland, Australia] to the stage here at the Grand Ole Opry … and to stand in this circle is the most phenomenal thing. I just want to thank the Opry for this honor, but also the responsibility. This is a responsibility that I take deep to the heart of me. …This once and for all shows the global popularity and reach of country music. … I honor the history of country music, but I absolutely fully dedicate myself to the future of country music, as well. God bless you all.” He wrapped it up with “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me.”

    “I was thinking what it means to me to be inducted into the Opry is probably no more than just a feeling of they know where my heart is – that’s what it means to me to get this induction,” said Keith. “And the foundation was always country, so to get this induction…this is exactly where my heart is; always has been.”

    Keith is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “The Fighter,” featuring Carrie Underwood. For more information on Keith including tour dates, go to keithurban.net.

    Audio / Keith Urban explains what it means for him to be asked to join the Grand Ole Opry.

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    Keith Urban (Opry knows his heart) OC: …always has been. :57
    “I was thinking what it means to me to be inducted into the Opry is probably no more than just a feeling of they know where my heart is – that’s what it means to me to get this induction. My whole childhood is predominantly immersed in traveling around to country festivals and performing and competing in these talent quests. And you know, I was in this heavy metal band for like two weeks, and I got fired for playing these chicken-picking guitar solos ‘cause it’s a band that plays all this Judas Priest and Whitesnake and everything, but I’m totally immersed in Ricky Skaggs at the time. I bought Highways and Heartaches, and I just discovered Ray Flack and I’m like, ‘This is fantastic.’ And I’m like, [sings guitar picking] every time they throw me a solo, and I got fired from the band. You know, I was 15, and that to me, that sums up what my conundrum was at the time was sort of like, ‘Well, what do I do? What sort of music should I be making?’…And the foundation was always country, so to get this induction…this is exactly where my heart is; always has been.”

    Video / Keith Urban's Grand Ole Opry induction

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  • DIERKS BENTLEY IS FLYING HIGH WITH LATEST NOMINATION.

    Dierks Bentley has been tapped by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry as her nominee to fill the latest vacancy on the Nashville Airport Authority’s board of directors.

    “I am honored for the opportunity to serve on the Airport Authority board,” Dierks says. “I love Nashville and I love aviation. There are many big changes happening in our city right now as it continues to grow so rapidly. I am very excited to get a chance to be involved in facilitating and managing that growth as it pertains to our airports and aviation services.”

    The Metro Council will vote on the volunteer appointment of the country music pilot next month.

    He started flying planes for the love of it, but then once he got married and became a father, it made a lot of sense to fly to and from tour dates. “I fly so much on Southwest and trying to cut that first day off, so ‘kids’ is really the reason I started flying. It’s just to get more time with my kids. You get an extra 12 hours basically, which is a long time when you’ve got three kids. I mean, that’s a whole other night to put ‘em to bed, a whole other morning to make breakfast and do school, and then you come into the gig fresh and you get a chance to fly, which I enjoy doing,” says Dierks. “So, it’s like 100% pleasure, but it’s also 100% work. I realized I can’t really afford to sit in the back of a private jet, but I could afford to learn how to fly and sit in the front left seat of a little prop plane and buzz around that way. So, it works out pretty good.”

    He calls his plane “The Time Machine,” because it literally buys him time to spend with his family, which includes his beautiful wife Cassidy and his three children – Evie (rhymes with Chevy), Jordan and Knox.

    -Dierks is currently sitting inside the Top 10 on the country charts with “Black,” the title track from his latest album.

    -Dierks is headlining his What the Hell Tour, featuring Jon Pardi and Cole Swindell, and they make a stop in Rapid City, South Dakota on Sunday (April 23rd). The Arizona native is also set to perform during Stagecoach, which takes place April 28th in Indio, California.

    Audio / Dierks Bentley explains some of the reasons why he flies to his tour dates.

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    Dierks Bentley (flying) OC: …pretty good. :55

    “I started flying back in 1994, so I guess I was just always into it. Just because of time and money, it took a while to get my license. I got it in ’97, and  then I had no more reason to and really money to do anything with it, so I set it aside and didn’t pick I t up until 15 years later when in 2011, I was trying to find a way to, I fly so much on Southwest and trying to cut that first day off. So, kids is really the reason I started flying. It’s just to get more time with my kids. You get an extra 12 hours basically, which is a long time when you’ve got three kids. I mean, that’s a whole other night to put ‘em to bed, a whole other morning to make breakfast and do school, and then you come into the gig fresh and you get a chance to fly, which I enjoy doing. So, it’s like 100% pleasure, but it’s also 100% work. I realized I can’t really afford to sit in the back of a private jet, but I could afford to learn how to fly and sit in the front left seat of a little prop plane and buzz around that way. So, it works out pretty good.”

  • CHRIS STAPLETON RELEASES A NEW TRACK FROM HIS FORTHCOMING ALBUM, ‘FROM A ROOM, VOLUME 1.’

    Chris Stapleton has released another “instant grat track” from his forthcoming album, From a Room: Volume 1. He covered Willie Nelson’s “Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning,” which the Red-Headed Stranger had a hit with in 1982. You can get the song immediately if you pre-order the album.

    From a Room, Volume 1 takes its name from Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, where it was recorded during the winter of 2016-17. Once again produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave CobbVolume 1 features “Second One To Know,” which Stapleton recently premiered at the 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards as well as the album’s first single, “Either Way.”

    The highly anticipated full-length record is the first new music from Stapleton since 2015’s breakthrough double Platinum solo debut Traveller and will be followed by From A Room: Volume 2—coming later this year.

    From a Room, Volume 1 will be released May 5th.

    Video / Chris Stapleton 'Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning'

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  • LUKE BRYAN PERFORMS NATIONAL ANTHEM AT GAME FOUR OF THE STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS BETWEEN THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS AND THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS.

     

    Luke Bryan sang the National Anthem prior to Game Four of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Division between the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night (April 20th). Luke surprised the crowd dressed in blue and gold, just like Carrie Underwood did before Game Three.

     

    On his way  off the ice, popular Preds fan and Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill came over to shake his hand. Carrie, who is married to Preds captain Mike Fisher, gave Luke a shout-out following his performance.

    Dierks Bentley also showed up to show his support to Nashville’s NHL Team, as well as to his buddy Luke. They seemed to have a good time at the game.

     

    The Preds are currently leading the series 3 – 0. We’ll find out tonight if they move to the next round or go to Game Five.

  • DIERKS BENTLEY’S TOUR OPENERS ARE CRUSHING IT.

    Dierks Bentley continues his What the Hell Tour on Friday (April 21st) in Lethbridge, Canada, and he couldn’t ask for two better guys who are “crushing it” more than Jon Pardi and Cole Swindell.

    “I think the base level is like you have to go out there and be someone who’s gonna crush the show every night and you want to win and you want to take those fans with you and you’re going after it. You’re not just out there to party. You’re out there to attack the stage and go for those fans,” says Dierks. “[Cole] has that. Jon Pardi has that. But besides that, they’re both just really fun guys. They’re both single and just fun guys to be around and that energy is always good for the tour.”

    The next stop on the What the Hell Tour is Friday night (April 21st) in Lethbridge, Canada, followed by a stop in Billings, Montana on Saturday (April 22nd).

    Dierks latest single, “Black,” is currently sitting in the Top 10 on the country charts.

    Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about his tour openers, Jon Pardi and Cole Swindell.

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    Dierks Bentley (What the Hell Tour) OC: …for the tour. :43
    “He’s told me so many times that I’m the reason he moved to town to write songs, just enough to where I actually kind of semi believe him, he’s said it so many times. It’s a special thing for him. It’s a special thing for me to have someone out there really that I’ve known for so long, that I’ve been cheering on for so long who’s obviously killing it. That’s important. I think the base level is like you have to go out there and be someone who’s gonna crush the show every night and you want to win and you want to take those fans with you and you’re going after it. You’re not just out there to party. You’re out there to attack the stage and go for those fans. He has that. Jon Pardi has that. But besides that, they’re both just really fun guys. They’re both single and just fun guys to be around and that energy is always good for the tour.”

  • JOSH TURNER GUESSES WHICH JOSH IS IT ON LATEST EPISODE OF UNSCRIPTED.

    Which famous Josh was on Dawson’s Creek? Time to play “Just Joshing You” on this week’s #Unscripted with Josh Turner.

    Josh is currently poised at the top of the country charts with  his latest single, “Hometown Girl.” 

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD PERFORMS THE NATIONAL ANTHEM PRIOR TO GAME THREE OF THE FIRST-ROUND STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS BETWEEN THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS AND THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS.

    Carrie Underwood surprises the crowd prior to the first-round NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Game between the Nashville Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks by singing the National Anthem. Her husband Mike Fisher is the captain of the Nashville Predators,  and she sported his No. 12 jersey and blue and gold nail polish as she sang “The Star Spangled Banner.” The Predators won in overtime over the Blackhawks 3-2 for a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference quarterfinals. The next game in the series will be Thursday night in Nashville (or “Smashville” as the Predators nicknamed Bridgestone Arena during games).

     

     

     

    Video / Carrie Underwood sings the National Anthem prior to NHL playoff game

  • JOSH TURNER’S ‘HOMETOWN GIRL’ HAS DEEP HOMETOWN ROOTS.

    Josh Turner is poised to reach the top of the country charts with his single, “Hometown Girl.” The song, written by Marc Beeson and Daniel Tashian, is about a woman who doesn’t want to forget how she was raised.

    “The song was basically talking about she’s got a lot of potential and she’s got a lot of talent and she’s obviously beautiful, but she’s kind of down-to-earth and she hasn’t forgotten where she came from. She’s got a lot of roots there in that small town, and it’s special to her and close to her heart,” says Josh. “There’s a lot of people that I’ve met that live in the big city that couldn’t wait to get out of their small town, and I don’t think the girl in this song is that. If she does leave, it’s not because she’s trying to escape [laughs] or trying to run away. So that’s kind of the way I view it.”

    “Hometown Girl” is from his No. 1 album, Deep South, which was released last month.

    Audio / Josh Turner describes the girl in his hit song, “Hometown Girl.”

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    Josh Turner (Hometown Girl) 2 OC: …view it. :38
    “The song was basically talking about she’s got a lot of potential and she’s got a lot of talent and she’s obviously beautiful, but she’s kind of down-to-earth and she hasn’t forgotten where she came from. She’s got a lot of roots there in that small town, and it’s special to her and close to her heart. There’s a lot of people that I’ve met that live in the big city that couldn’t wait to get out of their small town, and I don’t think the girl in this song is that. If she does leave, it’s not because she’s trying to escape [laughs] or trying to run away. So that’s kind of the way I view it.”

    Video / Josh Turner 'Hometown Girl' lyric video

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  • ERIC CHURCH ISN’T ALL ALONE ON HIS HOLDIN’ MY OWN TOUR.

    Eric Church has been selling out venues all across the country on his Holdin’ My Own Tour, which features him and his band performing two sets with only a short intermission between the two. The North Carolina native plays for nearly four hours each night, and he feels that he’s only a small part of the show.

    You kind of get into the show and you start feeling the crowd and you start playing off of them, and then it just starts to kind of take over and it becomes its own living, breathing thing,” says Eric. “I don’t know that I’ve ever experienced that before, you know, where the show kind of becomes something that it’s alive. I’m just a part of it, just like they are. I’m not really directing it. I’m not really steering it. It’s just doing its thing, and it’s been something. That’s the best way for me to say it – it’s been something. I’m fortunate that we’re able, in our career, able to have that, because it’s not something I would’ve ever even dreamed of.”

    The trek, which kicked off in January, rolls into Buffalo, New York on Thursday (April 20th), followed by dates in Pittsburgh (Friday) and Cincinnati (Saturday).

    Eric just released his new single, “Round Here Buzz,” from his Mr. Misunderstood album.

    Audio / Eric Church says the shows on his Holdin' My Own Tour have been more than he possibly could have dreamed.

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    Eric Church (just a part of Holdin’ My Own) OC: …dreamed of. :44
    “There are those nights, I mean, when I really do rely on the fans ‘cause there are those nights when you walk out for that first song and you see a setlist that’s got 38 or 39 on ‘em, I mean, you’re in for a night. You kind of get into the show and you start feeling the crowd and you start playing off of them, and then it just starts to kind of take over and you really, it becomes its own living, breathing thing. I don’t know that I’ve ever experienced that before, you know, where the show kind of becomes something that it’s alive. I’m just a part of it, just like they are. I’m not really directing it. I’m not really steering it. It’s just doing its thing, and it’s been something. That’s the best way for me to say it – it’s been something. I’m fortunate that we’re able, in our career, able to have that, because it’s not something I would’ve ever even dreamed of.”