• MEMORIAL DAY 2018

    Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. However, by the turn of the 20th century, Memorial Day celebrated Americans who have sacrificed their lives in all wars. 

    Some of your favorite country artists talk about what it means to be free because of the brave men and women willing to fight and sacrifice for our freedom.

     

    Audio / Brandon Lay says he’s incredibly humbled by anyone who has or is serving in the military and thanks them for their dedication and service.

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    Brandon Lay (Memorial Day) OC: …without you. :37
    “My dad was in the National Guard for six years, and his dad was in the Army and in North Africa during World War II. One of my good buddies, Dan Berry, is a captain at Fort Campbell. I’m incredibly humbled every time I’m around those guys, because it really just puts it in perspective. Memorial Day is a special time to remember and gain perspective that everything we enjoy comes with a price, and these guys have paid the ultimate price and so have their families. So, to anybody that’s served in the military, we salute you, and we couldn’t have the life we have without you.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley, whose own father was a World War II veteran, talks about the sacrifices made by U.S. servicemen and women.

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    Dierks (Memorial Day) OC: …upon them. :37
    “On the most basic level, I think, for me on the road, I just think about being gone two, three days at a time, maybe a couple of weeks at a time, you know. That seems like a long time when you have kids and family, but these soldiers, they’re gone for months and years at a time – they’re doing 12 to 15 to 18 months — and they have family back home. That, in itself, is such a huge sacrifice, and that’s just the beginning of it. That’s just scratching the surface of what these guys [and gals] are doing every day – preparing for battle, actually being in battle, being wounded in battle, sometimes dying in battle. So, this country obviously, we would not exist without those courageous men and women, and our future depends upon them.”

    Audio / Eric Church, whose grandfathers served in World War II, says the sacrifices the men and women in the military make are really touching.

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    Eric Church (grandfathers in WW2) OC: …touching to me. :21
    “Both of my grandfathers were World War II veterans. I mean, that’s something that’s very rare. I’m not unique, you know. There’s a lot of people out there like that that their grandfathers served. The way that I was raised was very much red, white and blue and very patriotic, and I think that it’s the fact that what they give up is the real thing that’s very touching to me.”

    Audio / Jordan Davis thanks the service men and women who have sacrificed to protect and defend America.

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    Jordan Davis (Memorial Day) OC: …gave it all. :29
    “You know, both my grandparents were in the service; my cousin was also a Marine, so the military hits close to home. I mean I can’t say enough about ‘em. We live in the best country in the world, and it’s because of those guys and because of the people that came before ‘em. So, I can’t thank ‘em enough. I wish we had Memorial Day every day, but it is great to have one day to thank the men and the women that gave it all.”

    Audio / Keith Urban wrote and recorded “For You” a few years ago for the film, Act of Valor, which was inspired by real life events and starred a group of active-duty Navy SEALs. After hanging out with the SEALS, he was very impressed with their commitment of service.

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    Keith Urban (SEALS mantra) OC: …conviction. :30
    “They have a mantra, and they say ‘the only easy day was yesterday’ and they had this spirit of brotherhood and that’s a particular thing that’s the way in which, I think, it exists is very specific to the Seals. I mean, military in general have this very strong brotherhood code; it’s a particular kind of thing in the Seals. As was the testament, to Lt. Roark who is the lead guy in the film; when he was interviewed talked about funerals he had been to, and he says ‘there isn’t really any one of us who isn’t just a little bit jealous of the guy who’s died,’ and ok, I heard that, that’s a particular way of being that I cannot relate to. That is an unbelievable depth of commitment and conviction.”

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild says they’re overwhelmed by the huge sacrifices that both the military and their families make in order to be free.

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    LBT (Memorial Day) OC: …whenever we can. :44
    KAREN: “It’s such a huge sacrifice what these men and women do for us, not only the ones that are serving, but the families that are left here at home. Kimberly and I met a young girl…she [was] 21 years old, and she has a third baby, and her husband has served multiple times overseas. She’s raising these children at home and doing a great job and the best that she can, and he’s serving our country. He’s making a monstrous sacrifice, but so is she, and so are those children. And we just can’t take it for granted. 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.”

    Audio / Sam Hunt talks about his grandfather who served during World War II.

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    Sam Hunt (Memorial Day) OC: …those freedoms. :40
    “My granddad was in World World II. He was on the USS Texas battleship, and he was over at Normandy and over near Japan and he spent a lot of time right in the thick of World War II. He really took pride in what that meant, and it was something I got to see it first hand, as somebody who got to experience that; somebody who had that galvanized American trait. It’s hard to describe it. It was just somebody who’s been through that, seen that and really appreciates what that means. I try to channel that into my life, because I haven’t fought in any war, but I have a ton of respect for folks who have, folks who’ve sacrificed, families who’ve lost lives and just sacrificed years of their own lives and time and effort to maintain those freedoms.”

     

     

     

  • MEMORIAL DAY LINERS 2018: Billy, Brandon, Brothers O, Dierks, Jordan, Josh, Keith, LBT, Maddie & Tae, Travis

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Memorial Day)

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    “Hey guys, I’m Billy Currington. I just wanted to say thank you to all our servicemen and women and their daily service to our country.”

    Audio / LINER Brandon Lay (Memorial Day)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Brandon Lay taking time to remember all of our fallen heroes on this Memorial Day weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Bros Osborne (Memorial Day) 2

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    “Hey! What’s up guys? We’re Brothers Osborne. We just wanted to send our thanks to all you service men and women and the ones who’ve gone before you for sacrificing time with your families, sacrificing your own needs and even sacrificing your lives so we can be free to do what we want to do. It means more than you’ll ever know.”

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Memorial Day)

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    “Hey everybody, this is Dierks Bentley. I just want to say thank you to the men and  women in uniform on this day and every day.”

    Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Memorial Day)

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    “Hey-I’m Jordan Davis taking time to remember all of our fallen heroes on this Memorial Day weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (thanks to military)

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    “Hey! This is Josh Turner. I just wanted to say thank you to all of our servicemen and women for what you do around the world.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Memorial Day)

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    “Hi everyone, this is Keith Urban. Now please take time to remember all those who sacrificed their lives during this Memorial Day Weekend.”

    Audio / LINER LBT (Memorial Day)

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    “Hi! This is Little Big Town, take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day Weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Memorial Day Weekend)

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    “Hey everybody—I’m Maddie, and I’m Tae, and we’re Maddie and Tae. Take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Travis Denning (Memorial Day)

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    “Hey y’all—it’s Travis Denning. Take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”

     

     

  • SAM HUNT HUMBLED BY REACTION TO ‘BODY LIKE A BACK ROAD.’

    Sam Hunt was at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (May 20th) and picked up the BBMA for Top Country Song for the five-time platinum “Body Like a Back Road,” which he released last year. Sam is still humbled by the reaction of the song, which spent a record 34 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

    “It’s awesome to have a reaction like that from a song, because that song was kind of uncharted territory for me,” says Sam. “So, it almost felt like I was putting out my first record for the first time where you conceptualize this idea and you’ve already conceptualized the reaction that you expect to have to this a song and you just hope that it all comes true. And this exceeded those expectations by a long shot, so it was just really great. I was just really humbled by how many people were anticipating new music, because that really helped this song have legs and really get going.”

    The Georgia native just released his new song, “Downtown’s Dead,” which he co-wrote with Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally, Zach Crowell and Charlie Handsome.

    Audio / Sam Hunt is humbled by the reaction people had to his multi-platinum, award-winning song, “Body Like a Back Road.”

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    Sam Hunt (Billboard Music Awards BLABR) OC: …get going. :33
    “It’s awesome to have a reaction like that from a song, because that song was kind of uncharted territory for me. So, it almost felt like I was putting out my first record for the first time where you conceptualize this idea and you’ve already conceptualized the reaction that you expect to have to this a song and you just hope that it all comes true. And this exceeded those expectations by a long shot, so it was just really great. I was just really humbled by how many people were anticipating new music, because that really helped this song have legs and really get going.”

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  • BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS: Chris, Luke, Sam, Alan

    The Billboard Music Awards took place Sunday night (May 20th), and a  of your favorite country artists went home with trophies

    Chris Stapleton won the Top Country Album Award for From A Room: Volume 1, and he also won the award for Top Country Male Artist.

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    Luke Bryan took home the award for Top Country Tour.

    Sam Hunt picked up the award for Top Country Song for the multi-platinum, “Body Like a Back Road.”

    Alan Jackson won for Top Christian Album for his Precious Memories Collection.

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Darius, Luke, Brothers O, Lady A

    Darius Rucker and Luke Bryan will perform during Monday night’s finale of ABC’s American Idol.

    Brothers Osborne perform on Monday’s episode of NBC’s Late Night Seth Meyers (12:35p ET). The duo will perform “Weed, Whiskey and Willie” from their new album, Port Saint Joe.

    Darius Rucker will perform on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (May 24th).

    Lady Antebellum will perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado June 25th as part of SeriesFest, a four-day festival showcasing new television pilots. They’ll perform following Kevin Costner’s new show, Yellowstone.

     

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  • CLARE DUNN GIVES US ‘MORE’ MUSIC.

    Today, MCA Nashville singer/songwriter Clare Dunn releases her brand new single, “More.” Clare, writing the song with Gordie Sampson and Josh Kear, shows us a glimpse of her sentimental side.

    “More” is available now HERE and impacts country radio June 4th.

    A dynamic new artist on the country music scene who has garnered critical praise as a “masterful guitar player who can do it all” (CMT), Clare joined American rock icon Bob Seger for his 2015 Ride Out Tour where she earned nightly standing ovations. The Colorado native with “swaggering confidence and soulful vocals” (Rolling Stone) also hit the road with country superstar Miranda Lambert on her recent Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour, as well as with country music’s platinum-selling artist Chris Young on the I’m Comin’ Over Tour. Clare, named “One to Watch” by USA Today, Billboard, The Boston Globe and Rolling Stone, wrote all of the songs on her self-titled EP including fan favorites “Move On,” “Tuxedo” and the emotional “Old Hat.”

    In addition to her regular tour schedule, Clare has upcoming performances at Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry and the CMA Music Festival.

     

    For more information, please visit www.ClareDunn.com.

  • KACEY MUSGRAVES EXPLORES NEW SOUNDS AND COLLABORATIONS ON GOLDEN HOUR.

    It’s been slightly more than five years since Kacey Musgraves released her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park (March 19th, 2013). The collection spawned a huge career for the Texas native, resulting in numerous awards (CMA Awards, ACM Awards, Grammys, etc.), as well as fan-favorite tunes – “Merry Go ‘Round,” “Blowin’ Smoke” and “Follow Your Arrow.”

    In some ways, Kacey has changed because of her experiences and travels, as well as falling in love and gaining a husband, however, she explains she hasn’t changed too much creatively. “I’ve always known exactly who I am. I’ve had a strong core about myself in what I’m willing to do and not do, and that has not changed and that will never change. All I’ve ever wanted to do for myself is to work towards achieving total musical freedom, and I’m on my way to doing that. I started doing that when I put out Same Trailer and it was exactly me. It was exactly what I wanted to say, and I’m always going to evolve and change and hopefully grow as an artist.”

    For her latest collection, Golden Hour, she experimented with new sounds and new collaborators. “With Golden Hour, it was natural for me just to explore new sounds and new inspirations. I worked with different songwriters this time, different producers, and it was super refreshing and exciting for me.”

    Kacey is currently exploring Japan (which has been on her bucket list) after playing one of their biggest festivals. You can check out her Instagram for photos and videos of her experience.

    When she returns to the States, she is set to perform at the Bayou Country Superfest 2018 in New Orleans May 27th before embarking on a tour with British pop sensation Harry Styles in Dallas on June 5th.

    Audio / Kacey Musgraves explains how she’s changed…and not changed…since Same Trailer Different Park came out five years ago.

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    Kacey Musgraves (5 years since Same Trailer) OC: …for me. 1:01
    “So much has changed since Same Trailer Different Park came out, but I wouldn’t say that I’ve changed too much creatively. I mean I’ve always known exactly who I am. I’ve had a strong core about myself in what I’m willing to do and not do, and that has not changed and that will never change. All I’ve ever wanted to do for myself is to work towards achieving total musical freedom, and I’m on my way to doing that. I started doing that when I put out Same Trailer and it was exactly me. It was exactly what I wanted to say, and I’m always going to evolve and change and hopefully grow as an artist. I mean that’s the point of music, isn’t it? It’s not the point to do the same thing every time. So, with Golden Hour, it was natural for me just to explore new sounds and new inspirations. I worked with different songwriters this time, different producers, and it was super refreshing and exciting for me.”

  • KIP MOORE GAINS INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION WITH MULTIPLE SOLD-OUT DATES.

    Kip Moore has kicked off the year with an international bang, wrapping the final of two sold-out stints in Canada last night in Winnipeg, CA (5/17), following a stacked last few months that has seen Moore play to unrelenting crowds across the world. Building a global audience from the ground up, the beginning of 2018 has also seen Moore undertake the first of two capacity-house headlining runs in Canada, as well as a highly-anticipated return to Europe. Ahead of his second headlining stint in Canada this week, which saw Moore play to six additional full houses, he also recently wrapped a five-show, sold-out run across Australia to thunderous applause.

    Kip  is making his way up the country charts with his latest song, “Last Shot.” The track is the second release from his  third studio album SLOWHEART and follows his fourth No. One hit “More Girls Like You.”

  • DIERKS BENTLEY GETS READY TO LAUNCH HIS MOUNTAIN HIGH TOUR.

    Dierks Bentley kicks off his Mountain High Tour on Friday (May 18th) in Columbia, Maryland with special guests Brothers Osborne and LANCO.

    Dierks is looking forward to getting on the road with his opening acts, because he wants to have fun on the road. “I just want this to be fun for me at the end of the day. I’ve got a lot of great stuff going on and I’m gonna spend the whole summer out there,” says Dierks.”It’s not about making money. It’s about my life. I want to have a great summer, have a lot of fun, make a lot of great memories, be totally present from the second we get there on-site, thinking of the fans’ experience when they first pull into a tailgate to when they leave and get home safely. So, it’s really fun, and you want to spend that summer you want to be around, and obviously it’d be nice if it was people that are having success in their career and could help sell tickets and all that. You’re always trying to find that, I say this a lot, someone said this to me early on, where one plus one equals three. You know, where a group of people come together and their sum is greater than their parts.”

    The Arizona native is making his way up the country charts with “Woman, Amen” from his upcoming album, The Mountain, available June 8th.

    Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about having fun on tour, especially with his opening acts.

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    Dierks Bently (wants to have fun on tour) OC: …their parts. :42
    “I just want this to be fun for me at the end of the day. I’ve got a lot of great stuff going on and I’m gonna spend the whole summer out there. I’ve got a 9-year-old, a 7-year-old and 4-year-old. It’s more than just, it’s not about making money. It’s about my life. I want to have a great summer, have a lot of fun, make a lot of great memories, be totally present from the second we get there on-site, thinking of the fans’ experience when they first pull into a tailgate to when they leave and get home safely. So, it’s really fun, and you want to spend that summer you want to be around, and obviously it’d be nice if it was people that are having success in their career and could help sell tickets and all that. You’re always trying to find that, I say this a lot, someone said this to me early on, where one plus one equals three. You know, where a group of people come together and their sum is greater than their parts.”

  • SAM HUNT’S NEW SONG STOOD OUT AMONG THE SONGS HE’S BEEN WRITING.

    It’s been over a year since Sam Hunt released a song, and this week he dropped “Downtown’s Dead,” the follow-up to the multi-week, five-times platinum “Body Like a Back Road.” It’s also been a year since he married his wife, Hannah, so over the past year or so, Sam’s been busy being a husband, being at home, traveling all over and experiencing the world after his whirlwind rise to the top of the charts and headlining tours. He’s also been busy writing songs following the success of his multi-platinum Montevallo album. He told us he’s probably written 50 or 60 songs, including “Downtown’s Dead,” which he says stood out from the rest of the pack.

    “That song…checked all the boxes that I needed to check in a song, and I felt like it was lyrics that are lyrics I felt comfortable saying,” says Sam. “The idea I thought was relatable to people, and it just sounded like a song that people would come out to shows to sing and would inspire people to come out to shows. But ‘Downtown’s Dead,’ it’s hard for me to really say for sure what made that song stand out. I could break it down, I guess theoretically, but I just have those moments where there’s just a gut feeling that says, ‘Okay, this is the song you should put out. This is how you need to say it. This is what you need to say. This is how it should sound,’ and when I get to that point, then I put it out. That song was the one that sort of rose up from the batch that I’ve been working over the past year or two.”

    Sam is nominated in five categories at Sunday night’s (May 20th) Billboard Music Awards, including Top Selling Song for “Body Like a Back Road,” as well as Top Country Song, Top Country Artist, Chart Achievement and Top Country Male Artist. Tune in to NBC on Sunday beginning at 8pm ET.

    Sam will hit the road with Luke Bryan on the What Makes You Country XL Tour, which will hit stadiums beginning May 31st in Toronto Ontario. He has one date prior to the tour – he’s performing at the Indianapolis 500 next weekend.

    Audio / Sam Hunt explains how “Downtown’s Dead” stood out from the songs he’d been working on to become his new single.

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    Sam Hunt (DD checked all the boxes) OC: …year or two. :52
    “That song seemed to have all the elements that, it checked all the boxes that I needed to check in a song, and I felt like it was lyrics that are lyrics I felt comfortable saying. The idea was I thought was relatable to people, and it just sounded like a song that people would come out to shows to sing and would inspire people to come out to shows. But ‘Downtown’s Dead,’ it’s hard for me to really say for sure what made that song stand out. I could break it down, I guess theoretically, but I just have those moments where there’s just a gut feeling that says, ‘Okay, this is the song you should put out. This is how you need to say it. This is what you need to say. This is how it should sound,’ and when I get to that point, then I put it out. That song was the one that sort of rose up from the batch that I’ve been working over the past year or two.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Downtown's Dead)

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