• THE KING OF COUNTRY GEORGE STRAIT ANNOUNCES FINAL TWO SHOWS OF 2018.

    The King of Country George Strait will play two final shows in 2018 on December 7-8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with special guests Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen. Tickets go on sale in one month on Friday, April 6 at 10 a.m. PT at www.StraitToVegas.com.

     

    The trio of Texans shared the stage earlier this month for the first shows of 2018 after initially coming together last year for Hand in Hand Texas: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief, which was a humanitarian campaign assembled by Strait—a night that ultimately raised tens of millions of dollars for hurricane relief efforts. Strait will be recognized by his home state with the prestigious Texan of the Year honor on March 22 in New Braunfels, Texas.

    With an unmatched 60 singles hitting the top of the charts – more than any other artist in any genre – during the span of his 30-year career, Strait is the undeniable “King of Country Music.” He has collected 33 Platinum or multi-Platinum-selling albums, more than any country artist and third across all genres behind only the Beatles and Elvis Presley. Strait has sold nearly 70 million albums and earned more than 60 major entertainment industry awards including induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

    Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. The Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that makes him one of the most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music. Keen, who grew up in southwest Houston, has recorded 18 full-length albums for both independent and major record labels, while his songs have been recorded by a variety of artists including Strait, Lovett, Joe Ely, The Highwaymen, Nanci Griffith, and Dixie Chicks.

    The Strait To Vegas series started with just six shows in 2016 but was extended with 10 more in 2017. The shows in December will be the last of 2018. Strait previously announced performances in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas in 2018 shows including May 27 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans; June 1 and 2 at BOK Center in Tulsa; and June 3 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin.

    Ticketing information is available at www.StraitToVegas.com.

  • KACEY MUSGRAVES ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR HER NEW ALBUM, GOLDEN HOUR, AS WELL AS RELEASES TWO NEW SONGS.

    Kacey Musgraves presents her fourth album Golden Hour to be released on March 30th via MCA Nashville. The multiple Grammy-winning artist co-wrote and co-produced the album with Ian Fitchuk and Daniel Tashian. Kacey reveals, “I had a different mindset this time, which was feeling rather than thinking – leading heart first.” Her most intimate album to date, Golden Hour, is introduced with two key tracks, the captivating and melancholic “Space Cowboy,” and the uplifting, dreamy “Butterflies.” Both tracks are available instantly upon pre-ordering here (see full track listing below). Kacey will perform new music on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday, February 26th.

    Golden Hour follows the massive success of Kacey’s critically-acclaimed albums Same Trailer Different Park, Pageant Material and A Very Kacey Christmas. Both Same Trailer Different Park and Pageant Material debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, with Kacey becoming the first solo female in 5 years to top the chart with a rookie release and only the seventh to do so in Nielsen SoundScan’s 22-year history. Kacey has won 2 Grammy Awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Song (“Merry Go ‘Round”), 2 CMA Awards for “New Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” (“Follow Your Arrow”), and an ACM Award for Album of the Year.

    Kacey will tour extensively through 2018, kicking the year off with The Breakers Tour with Little Big Town and Midland. She’ll play the highly-coveted second slot at Stagecoach following Keith Urban on April 28th before joining Harry Styles as direct support on his major summer tour, including 2 nights each at New York City’s legendary Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles’ iconic The Forum. In addition to her significant touring presence in the U.S., Kacey continues to break boundaries as one of the most successful country artists in Europe, selling out a headline show at London’s Royal Albert Hall during her last album and headlining this year’s C2C: Country to Country Festival at London’s famed O2 Arena, Dublin and Glasgow. For full list of dates, visit http://www.kaceymusgraves.com/tour.

     

    Golden Hour Tracklist:

    1. Slow Burn
    2. Lonely Weekend
    3. Butterflies
    4. Oh, What a World
    5. Mother
    6. Love Is a Wild Thing
    7. Space Cowboy
    8. Happy & Sad
    9. Velvet Elvis
    10. Wonder Woman
    11. High Horse
    12. Golden Hour
    13. Rainbow

     

  • KEITH URBAN FELT LIKE HE’D KNOWN HIS SONG ‘FEMALE’ HIS WHOLE LIFE.

    Keith Urban felt the need to record “Female,” his current Top 10 hit. He said he had a “heart reaction” to the song, which was written by Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman.

    “The song spoke to me. It just spoke to me,” says Keith. “I went down [into my studio] and I sang it, and as I was singing it, I thought I feel like I’ve known this song my whole life. Something else was going on with it how it felt to me. So, I love it. I believe in it.  I didn’t record it for any other reason than it was a heart reaction that I had to it.”

    Catch Keith on the road when he launches his Graffiti U World Tour June 15th in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Audio / Keith Urban says he had a 'heart reaction' to the song 'Female' when he first heard it.

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    Keith Urban (Female feeling) OC: …had to it. :42
    “It’s a feeling. It’s more of a feeling. It’s not as cerebral for me, the song spoke to me. It just spoke to me. When I went down into the studio to put a vocal on it; my intention was to put a vocal on the demo. I called Ross Copperman and I said, ‘Can you send me the track that you recorded and leave the vocal off, and I’ll go down to my studio and I’ll sing over the top of it and I’ll see if this fits me because it feels really right.’ And I went down and I sang it, and as I was singing it, I thought I feel like I’ve known this song my whole life. Something else was going on with it how it felt to me. So, I love it. I believe in it.  I didn’t record it for any other reason than it was a heart reaction that I had to it.”

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  • SAM HUNT’S FAMILY HAS A LONG-TIME CONNECTION TO LUKE BRYAN.

    Sam Hunt is thrilled to hit the road with Luke Bryan for the stadium dates on his What Makes You Country Tour, launching May 31st in Toronto. The pair have played some dates together, including Luke’s annual Crash My Playa event earlier this year. However, Sam isn’t the only member of his family who has a connection to Luke.

    “I discovered Luke’s music several years ago when I was in college. I came home one weekend and walked in the house, and everybody was gathered around the TV,” recalls Sam. “My mom said, ‘Hey, come over here, come over here! Your brother’s in a country music video.’ And it was an artist named Luke Bryan. He had a song called ‘All My Friends Say,’ and they recorded this video at my brother’s fraternity house. We were all wound up and excited, because we got to see 2.5 seconds of the back of my brother’s head in this Luke Bryan video,” Sam continues. “So, needless to say myself and all the folks back home are excited about this tour.”

    In the meantime, Sam has been in the studio working on new music and putting together The Nashional Music Festival, which will take place April 20th-21st in, you guessed it, Nashville.

    Audio / Sam Hunt recalls his first connection to Luke Bryan, which involved his brother.

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    Sam Hunt (brother in Luke video) OC: …having us out. :39
    “I discovered Luke’s music several years ago when I was in college,” Sam explains. “I came home one weekend and walked in the house, and everybody was gathered around the TV. My mom said, ‘Hey, come over here. Come over here! Your brother’s in a country music video.’ And it was an artist named Luke Bryan. He had a song called ‘All My Friends Say,” and they recorded this video at my brother’s fraternity house. We were all wound up and excited, because we got to see 2.5 seconds of the back of my brother’s head in this Luke Bryan video. So, needless to say, myself and all the folks back home are excited about this tour. So, Luke, man, thanks for having us out.”

  • JON PARDI CELEBRATES TWO NO. 1 SONGS WITH A PARTY IN NASHVILLE.

    Jon Pardi celebrated not one, but two No. 1 songs at a party in Nashville on Wednesday (February 21st). Because he’s been so busy on the road and in the studio, Jon had to double up on the celebrations for his two chart-toppers, “Dirt on My Boots” and “Heartache on the Dance Floor,” along with writers Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure and Ashley Gorley (“Dirt on My Boots”), in addition to Brice Long and Bart Butler.

    The songs are two of three No. 1 hits from his current album, California Sunrise, which he says has changed his life and his live show.

    California Sunrise has definitely brought me to another level that I was never, ever at, and I’m glad to be here,” says Jon. “Definitely the singalongs are off of California Sunrise, and it’s amazing and we go into ‘Heartache on the Dance Floor’ and they’re singing it back. ‘Dirt on My Boots’ erupts the whole…it’s crazy to see like, and I know it takes time, but you hit ‘Head Over Boots’ or ‘Heartache,’ you feel it. The energy’s like, ‘Ahhhhhh!’ It’s a shot and it’s adrenaline. It’s a rush, and California Sunrise has led to that.”

    The reigning ACM and CMA New Artist of the Year is currently making his way up the country charts with “She Ain’t In It,” the fourth release from California Sunrise.

    Jon is on the road with Miranda Lambert on her Livin’ Like Hippies World Tour. The next stop on the tour will be in Knoxville March 1st.

    Audio / Jon Pardi says his sophomore album, California Sunrise, has changed his life in many ways.

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    Jon Pardi (album has changed his life) OC: …good start. 1:08
    California Sunrise has definitely brought me to another level that I was never, ever at, and I’m glad to be here. I’m glad to be a support headliner this year for Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan, and for all of the four years before, I was the first of four and to move up to right before the headliner is definitely a great feeling and California Sunrise the album has got me that and has got me much more. Definitely the singalongs are off of California Sunrise, and it’s amazing and we go into ‘Heartache on the Dance Floor’ and they’re singing it back. ‘Dirt on My Boots’ erupts the whole…it’s crazy to see like, and I know it takes time, but you hit ‘Head Over Boots’ or ‘Heartache,’ you feel it. The energy’s like, ‘Ahhhhhh!’ It’s a shot and it’s adrenaline. It’s a rush, and California Sunrise has led to that. ‘Dirt on My Boots,’ ‘Heartache,’ ‘Head Over Boots’ and even ‘She Ain’t In It’ now is starting to get that like, it’s really like a rush of all kinds of feelings, but it’s definitely a good start.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris, Kacey, Charles, Jon, Kip

    Chris Stapleton is Justin Timberlake’s special guest on today’s Brit Awards. The pair will perform their duet, “Say Something,” from the pop superstar’s new album, Man of the Woods.

    Kacey Musgraves will perform during Monday night’s (February 26th) Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC.

    Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley is teaming up with Jake Owen next Thursday (March 1st) to perform a show at Topgolf Nashville’s live music venue, The Cowan, to benefit pediatric cancer research at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Click here for ticket information.

    Jon Pardi and Kip Moore will perform during the Academy of Country Music’s “Party for a Cause” events in Las Vegas prior to the ACM Awards. For ticket info, go to partyforacause.com. The ACM Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 15th at 8pm ET on CBS.

  • ERIC PASLAY RELEASES HIS NEW SINGLE, ‘YOUNG FOREVER.’

    Eric Paslay has hit the airwaves with his brand-new song, “Young Forever,” which he co-wrote with Chris DeStefano (“That’s My Kind of Night,” “Something in the Water,” “Don’t Ya”) and singer-songwriter Morgan Evans. The song goes for adds at radio March 5th.

    “It all points back to your youth, and it’s about the feeling of it of ‘shooting stars lighting up the boulevard,’ like you’re just young enough to get away with anything almost,” says Eric. “It’s just a cool, exciting experience. It’s that summer love; it’s that first time rush. And I hope I live that way, and I hope everyone who hears this song gets that feeling and makes ‘em want to feel young forever every time they do something in their life and experience it for the first time or the hundredth time.”

    Eric is set to headline the 21st Annual JDRF Promise Gala: A Country Side of a Cure on Saturday (February 24th). The event raises money and awareness for Juvenile Diabetes and the JDRF, which is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.

    Audio / Eric Paslay talks about his new single, "Young Forever."

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    Eric Paslay (Young Forever) OC: …the hundredth time. :39
    “‘Young Forever,’ I wrote it with Chris DeStano [and] Morgan Evans, two great writers. ‘Young Forever,’ I mean, you just listen to the song. There’s so many experiences. It all points back to your youth, and it’s about the feeling of it of ‘shooting stars lighting up the boulevard,’ like you’re just young enough to get away with anything almost. It’s just a cool, exciting experience. It’s that summer love; it’s that first time rush. And I hope I live that way, and I hope everyone who hears this song gets that feeling and makes ‘em want to feel young forever every time they do something in their life and experience it for the first time or the hundredth time.”

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris, Sam, Lady A

    Chris Stapleton is holding steady at No. 1 on the Billboard country album chart with From A Room: Volume 2. The collection was released in December and is followed by From A Room: Volume 1 at No. 2, while the Kentucky native’s album Traveller is sticking around at No. 5 on the chart.

    Sam Hunt will headline the Firestone Legends Day concert May 26th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 102nd Indianapolis 500. Canaan Smith and Filmore will serve as opening acts for the concert.

    Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott invited bandmate Charles Kelley and his family (including wife Cassie and son Ward) to meet her twin daughters, Betsy and Emory. She posted a photo of Charles holding both girls on her Instagram account [see below].

     

  • LUKE BRYAN KICKS OFF HIS WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY TOUR.

    Luke Bryan kicked off his What Makes You Country Tour Friday (February 16th) in Springfield, Missouri. He’s taking Kip Moore and Cadillac Three along for the ride.

    The next stops on the tour include Thursday (February 22nd) in State College, Pennsylvania, Saturday (February 23rd) in Atlantic City and Sunday (February 24th) in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    Luke’s latest song, “Most People Are Good,” has now entered the Top 10 on the country charts. The song is from his latest album, What Makes You Country, which was released late last year.

  • JORDAN DAVIS HITS THE TOP 10 WITH ‘SINGLES YOU UP.’

    Jordan Davis has entered the Top 10 on the country charts with his debut song “Singles You Up.” He co-wrote the infectious song with Justin Ebach and Steven Dale Jones, and the Louisiana native has a pretty easy definition for the title of the song.

    “‘Singles You Up’ to me means if you see a girl may be taken, but she’s a great girl, and ‘A’ if she ever gets singled up or if you think you can be a better boyfriend than the one she already has, just hang around and I don’t know, [you] maybe might get your shot,” says Jordan.

    “Singles You Up” is the first release from Jordan’s forthcoming album, Home State, available March 23rd.

    Jordan is currently on the road on his White Wine and Whiskey Tour. The next stops on the trek are Friday (February 23rd) in Dallas and Sunday (February 25th) in Austin, Texas.

    Audio / Jordan Davis explains what “Singles You Up” means to him.

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    Jordan Davis (Singles You Up meaning) OC: …your shot. :22
    “‘Singles You Up’ to me means if you see a girl may be taken, but she’s a great girl, and ‘A’ if she ever gets singled up or if you think you can be a better boyfriend than the one she already has, just hang around and I don’t know, [you] maybe might get your shot.”

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