• NEWS AND NOTES: Kacey, LBT, Lady Antebellum, Brothers Osborne, Sam

    Kacey Musgraves appears on Hollywood Medium tonight to talk about the death of her grandmother with Tyler Henry. Check out all the goosebump moments at 8pm ET on E!.


    Little Big Town will take over Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series on Friday (June 23rd). Catch all the action beginning at 7am on ABC.

    The epic all-star CMT Crossroads: Earth, Wind & Fire and Friends  will air Friday (June 23rd) on CMT at 10pm ET. The new installment, which was taped on an outdoor stage the day before this year’s CMT Music Awards, will feature collaborations with Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and more.

    Brothers Osborne have been tapped to open for The Cadillac Three on the UK leg of their Long Hair Don’t Care Tour this fall. The trek kicks off November 1st in Berlin, Germany.

    Sam Hunt is set to return to the University of Alabama Birmingham for a free show September 1st, to help celebrate the return of the school’s football program. Tickets for the show, which will also feature his 15 in a 30 tourmates Maren Morris and Ryan Follese, will go on sale August 4th at 10am CT. For more information, click here.

  • LADY ANTEBELLUM’S HEART BREAK DEBUTED AT THE TOP OF THE COUNTRY ALBUM CHART.

    Lady Antebellum’s new album, Heart Break, debuted at the top of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart this week. The collection sold more than 53,000 units to score their fifth No. 1 album on the country chart and landing at No. 4 on the overall chart, as well as the Top 10 on iTunes charts in 15 countries around the world, including the UK, Ireland, Scotland, Canada and South Africa, where their You Look Good World Tour stops later this year.

    “We just loved the play on words,” says Lady A’s Hillary Scott. “We thought it was clever, but also really hits you straight in the heart, which is how you feel when you’re trying to move on from a relationship. And obviously, for us as a band coming off of a break, it was just a little play on words.”

    “Our new record Heart Break is based on a song we wrote when we were down in Florida last fall,” explains Lady A’s Dave Haywood. “This idea came about having a time to take a breather between different relationships, so the idea started as wanting to take a heart break for a summer or a heart break for a few months. And I think once we wrote this song, we really felt like we started to find the direction for the rest of this record and the rest of this project, which is why we wanted to title it that.

    The group, who is currently sitting at No. 10 on the Mediabase country chart with “You Look Good,” will take their You Look Good World Tour to Camden, New Jersey on Friday (June 23rd), Bristow, Virginia on Saturday (June 24th) and Cincinnati, Ohio  on Sunday (June 25th).

    Audio / The members of Lady Antebellum titled their new album, Heart Break, after a song they co-wrote using a little “play on words.”

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    Lady A (Heart Break) OC: (Hillary) …play on words. :56
    DAVE: “So, our new record Heart Break is based on a song we wrote when we were down in Florida last fall. This idea came about having a time to take a breather between different relationships, so the idea started as wanting to take a heart break for a summer or a heart break for a few months. And I think once we wrote this song, we really felt like we started to find the direction for the rest of this record and the rest of this project, which is why we wanted to title it that. We somehow, I felt like, we stumbled onto some really stuff writing, I think.” CHARLES: “Great sounds too.” HILLARY: “We wrote this song with Jesse Frasure and Nicolle Galyon, who are two of our dearest friends here in town and have written incredible songs for other artists. We just loved the play on words. We thought it was clever, but also really hits you straight in the heart, which is how you feel when you’re trying to move on from a relationship. And obviously, for us as a band coming off of a break, it was just a little play on words.”

  • CHRIS STAPLETON IS LOOKING FORWARD TO OPENING FOR TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS.

    Chris Stapleton will open a couple of shows for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers later this month, and he couldn’t be more thrilled since he’s a huge fan of the rocker.

    “I’m a huge Tom Petty fan, and he’s one of my all-time favorites and the Wildflowers album, in particular, is possibly my favorite record of all-time,” says Chris. “This is something his booking agents and my guys have been working on for a time, or so they told me…and they came up with to play Wrigley and the Summerfest up in Milwaukee, and why wouldn’t we do that? [laughs] I buy tickets to Tom Petty, so I’d certainly be more than happy to be on a bill with him.”

    Chris will open for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers June 29th at Wrigley Field in Chicago and at Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin July 5th.

    The  Kentucky native is on the airwaves with his single, “Either Way,” from his new album, From A Room, Volume 1, which was just certified gold (the only new country album to achieve gold status this year so far).

    Audio / Chris Stapleton talks about opening a couple of shows for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

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    Chris Stapleton (Tom Petty) OC: …bill with him. :38
    “I’m a huge Tom Petty fan, and he’s one of my all-time favorites and the Wildflowers album, in particular, is possibly my favorite record of all-time. This is something his booking agents and my guys have been working on for a time, or so they told me. And  I’ just like, ‘Okay, yeah, sure I’m gonna go play with Tom Petty. That sounds great. Two thumbs up.’ And they came up with to play Wrigley and the Summerfest up in Milwaukee, and why wouldn’t we do that? [laughs] I buy tickets to Tom Petty, so I’d certainly be more than happy to be on a bill with him.”

  • JORDAN DAVIS HITS THE AIRWAVES WITH HIS DEBUT SINGLE, ‘SINGLES YOU UP.’

    Jordan Davis has just hit the airwaves with his debut release, “Singles You Up.” The new MCA Nashville artist co-wrote the song with Steven Dale Jones and Justin Ebach, after they congratulated Justin on his recent engagement. They felt that Ebach was pretty smart that he didn’t “single her up,” and then the song was written in minutes.

    “‘Singles You Up’ was written with two buddies of mine back in Nashville. One of ‘em had just gotten engaged, and when he came in we were congratulating him on it, and the saying ‘You’re smart enough not to single her up’ was thrown up, and I think we all kind of knew that we needed to write that,” says Jordan. “We actually wrote it really, really quick, I mean right when we got done, we knew we had something special. So, we have a blast playing it, and I can’t be happier that it’s my debut single.”

    A little tidbit about the newcomer — he studied resource conservation at Louisiana State University.


    Audio / Jordan Davis talks about his debut song, “Singles You Up.”

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    Jordan Davis (Singles You Up) 1 OC: …lot to me. :29
    “‘Singles You Up’ was written with two buddies of mine back in Nashville. One of ‘em had just gotten engaged, and when he came in we were congratulating him on it, and the saying ‘You’re smart enough not to single her up’ was thrown up, and I think we all kind of knew that we needed to write that. We actually wrote it really, really quick, I mean right when we got done, we knew we had something special. So, we have a blast playing it, and I can’t be happier that it’s my debut single. It’s a song that means a lot to me.”

  • LUKE BRYAN AND JASON DERULO TAKE FANS BEHIND-THE-SCENES OF THEIR CMT MUSIC AWARDS PERFORMANCE.

    Check out the latest installment of LBTV. Luke Bryan and his buddy R&B superstar Jason Derulo take fans behind-the-scenes of this year’s CMT Music Awards and their collaboration on the show.

  • GO BEHIND-THE-SCENES WITH LADY ANTEBELLUM AT THIS YEAR’S CMT AWARDS.

  • JON PARDI PREMIERES THE VIDEO FOR ‘HEARTACHE ON THE DANCE FLOOR.’

    Jon Pardi premiered the video for his latest single, “Heartache on the Dance Floor,” on CMT’s Hot 20 over the weekend. The clip, which was shot in Venice Beach, California, features hot dogs, the beach, dancing and much more, and Jon is really excited for fans to see the video.

    “Shooting the video for ‘Heartache on the Dance Floor’ was awesome. We were out in Venice Beach, California. There’s a lot of crazy people out there [laughs], but it was a lot of fun,” says Jon. “It was beautiful. It was great weather, and we got to explain the story of ‘Heartache on the Dance Floor,’ and it’s kind of a dream sequence where you kinda fall asleep where you dream about the girl on the dance floor and the party. It’s a lot of fun, and there’s a lot of cool coloring in there, a really cool car I drive around. It’s a different video, but it’s kind of grungy in a way and it’s really beachy, kinda cool California style, so that’s why I was really excited about it.”

    Director Carlos Ruiz was at the helm of the video, and it’s not the first time he’s worked with Jon. “ Carlos Ruiz…did the ‘Dirt on My Boots’ video and he also did this one. We work really good together. We’re buddies, and it’s been fun [to work with him again].”

    Jon is currently making his way around the country on Dierks Bentley’s What the Hell Tour. This weekend, they make their way to Jones Beach (New York), Pittsburgh and Charlotte (North Carolina).

    Audio / Jon Pardi talks about the video for his latest single, “Heartache on the Dance Floor.”

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    Jon Pardi (Heartache on the Dance Floor) OC: …video. :53
    “Shooting the video for ‘Heartache on the Dance Floor’ was awesome. We were out in Venice Beach, California. There’s a lot of crazy people out there [laughs], but it was a lot of fun.  It was beautiful. It was great weather, and we got to explain the story of ‘Heartache on the Dance Floor,’ and it’s kind of a dream sequence where you kinda fall asleep where you dream about the girl on the dance floor and the party. It’s a lot of fun, and there’s a lot of cool coloring in there, a really cool car I drive around. It’s a different video, but it’s kind of grungy in a way and it’s really beachy, kinda cool California style, so that’s why I was really excited about it. Carlos Ruiz, Carlos, Carlos Ruiz – he is from Colombia – he did the ‘Dirt on My Boots’ video and he also did this one. We work really good together. We’re buddies, and it’s been fun. So, I’m really excited for people to see the ‘Heartache on the Dance Floor’ video.”

    Video / Jon Pardi Heartache on the Dance Floor video

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Jon, Chris, Lady A

    Jon Pardi’s video for his new single, “Heartache On the Dance Floor,” will premiere during CMT’s Hot 20 on Saturday (June 17th). The clip was shot in Venice Beach (California).

    Lady Antebellum will perform during NBC’s annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in New York City. Brad Paisley is also scheduled to perform.

    Chris Stapleton’s From A Room, Volume 1 is the first 2017 released country album to be certified gold for more than 500,000 copies sold.

     

  • LAUREN ALAINA JOINS LUKE BRYAN ON TOUR.

    Lauren Alaina is one of the opening acts on select dates for Luke Bryan’s Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour, and she begins her run on Friday (June 16th) in Atlanta, Georgia. She is on the bill for the trek, which also features Brett Eldredge, for a handful of dates, including June 23rd in Hershey, Pennsylvania, June 24th in Mansfield, Massachusetts and June 25th in Columbia, Maryland, as well as some shows in July.

    Lauren says she’s so excited to be on tour with Luke, who previously toured together on Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party Tour in 2012.

    “To be on the road with him and to be able to take notes, even though he’s a male and he’s got a very different path than me, I still look up to him in so many ways,” says Lauren. “nd it’s so cool that he’s recognized me as a talent again – after I’ve toured with him before – to go back on the road with him. That, I can’t even explain what that means to me. And I think that he could pick anyone and I’m one of the ones he picked, and that makes me feel pretty cool.”

    Lauren is making her way up the country charts with the autobiographical “Doin’ Fine,” from her Road Less Traveled album.

    Audio / Lauren Alaina talks about heading out on the road with Luke Bryan.

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    Lauren Alaina (Luke Bryan tour) 2 OC: …pretty cool. [laughs] :25
    “To be on the road with him and to be able to take notes, even though he’s a male and he’s got a very different path than me, I still look up to him in so many ways. And it’s so cool that he’s recognized me as a talent again – after I’ve toured with him before – to go back on the road with him. That, I can’t even explain what that means to me. And I think that he could pick anyone and I’m one of the ones he picked, and that makes me feel pretty cool.” [laughs]

  • FATHER’S DAY 2017: AJ, CANAAN, DARIUS, DIERKS, CHURCH, PASLAY, KEITH, LADY A, LBT, LUKE BRYAN, SAM

    Father’s Day is on Sunday (June 18th), and many of your favorite country artists will be celebrating.

    Audio / Alan Jackson allows his three daughters to live and learn.

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    AJ (parenting style) OC: …what they did.  :19
    “We try to be just not pushy hands-on parents. We let them live and be their own way. I’m not stern with them. You know, I’m funny and light, and try to give them guidance and let them live and learn their own ways. And that’s something, I think, my parents did. It was accidental, but that’s what they did.”

    Audio / Canaan Smith says his father is a big inspiration.

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    Canaan Smith (Father’s Day) OC: …I love him. :35
    “My dad, I think is just the greatest man. He’s always provided for us. He was always there. He was always a great dad. He worked his butt off, you know, and showed me what it was like to work hard and provide for a family, and I just hope I can do that one day too. We’ve always had a special bond. He’s been a songwriter and a singer too for a long, long time, and so I got to grow up listening to him do his thing, sitting in the other room while they do band rehearsal. I’d be sitting on the couch in the other room just taking it all in, dreaming one day to be behind that microphone, so he’s definitely been an inspiration. I love him.”

    Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley says his dad is a great role model for him as he enjoys being a father to son Ward.

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    Charles Kelley (qualities as a father) OC: …tolerance. :24
    “I hope I’m a great father. My dad, I’ve always looked up to. He’s such a hard worker and an amazing man. He’s always showed me and the rest of my siblings a lot of love, and so yeah, I hope to instill a strong work ethic into Ward, but also a lot of love and a lot of tolerance.”

     

    Audio / Darius Rucker says his kids would say he was a fun dad, unless they did something wrong.

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    Darius Rucker (Father’s Day) OC: …loving dad. :41
    “I think if you asked my kids what kind of Dad I was they would probably say…Dani would say that I was a fun Dad. My little daughter would say that I was a fun dad; she thinks I’m a lot of fun. I think if you caught them at the right moment they would say I was mean [laughs] because when I’m home I’m not afraid to discipline them. I’m all fun until it’s not fun anymore and then daddy’s not the fun guy. I think that they’d say that I was a fun Dad, I’m a loving Dad and I think they would say that. I’m gone so much that when I’m home, I just shower love upon my kids. I say ‘I love you’ probably fifty times a day. We hug, we kiss all the time. I’m always wanting them to know how much I love them. So I’d hope they’d say that I was a loving dad.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley enjoys being both dad – to daughters Evie and Jordan and son Knox – and country music performer.

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    Dierks Bentley (dad & performer) OC: …to do both. :28
    “When I get home, it’s a totally different reality that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. Just hanging with my girls and doing the things we do and seeing life through their eyes, it’s incredible. It takes a man to do it. It’s not a boys’ game. It takes a man to do it. I love the juxtaposition to be able to be that man and to also go on the road and act like I’m 13 years old and play video games all afternoon waiting for the fans to show up. So, it’s really a blessing to be able to do both.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley explains how being a father (to three children) has changed him.

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    Dierks Bentley (how fatherhood has changed him) OC: …different. :07
    “There’s a whole kind of different universe that has opened up that I never knew existed, and I’m not the center of it, which is really cool. It just makes you look at things totally different.”

    Audio / Eric Church admires his father, and will pass along some of those qualities he’s learned to his own children, sons Boone and Hawk.

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    Eric Church (his father’s influence) OC: …same thing. :32
    “My daddy’s always preached, and it’s something that rung true, he’s always preached authenticity. He’s always preached being honest and being true. My daddy’s from a small town, you know it’s a blue collar town, and he’s just always been pretty even-keeled; never too high and never too low. He’s always been honest and authentic. I think it’s a good template. It has been for me thus far, especially with this industry, ‘cause it’s really easy to get high and low. So, I think just keeping everything in perspective and trying to be real, and I think people can sense that, and I certainly will tell my kids the same thing.”

     

    Audio / Eric Paslay says his father taught him how to work hard and to do a lot of things himself, such as electrical work and other handyman tasks.

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    Eric Paslay (Father’s Day) OC: …ceiling fan. :23
    “He just taught me that working hard and sticking it out, even when you know things aren’t right, that if you stick it out, it’s worth it in the end. And he just taught me to work hard, and there’s a lot of things that you don’t have to pay someone else to do, and it feels more rewarding when you’re able to put in new light fixtures or paint your own walls or put in a new ceiling fan.”

     

    Audio / Keith Urban – father to daughters Sunday and Faith -- says there are a number of things that are at the top of the list of being a dad.

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    Keith Urban (Father’s Day) OC: …experience that. :36
    “The first thing is probably just having someone call you dad. I’m like, ‘Omigosh! I’m her dad! That’s amazing.’ That’s probably the first thing to me. I don’t know, I mean, the different personalities that our two daughters have, that’s amazing. It’s such a long list I think. I always say…I think for the people that haven’t had kids – which I hadn’t for a long, long time. I didn’t have kids ‘til later on, and being around it is not the same as having them, you know? I realize that it’s not something that can be explained until you actually sort of have it, so I’m glad I got to experience that.”

     

    Audio / Kip Moore talks about his LATE father’s influence on his music career, and how he’d play classics on their fishing trips.

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    Kip Moore (Father’s Day-dad’s influence) OC: …of us singin’ ‘em. :29
    “He would just play all those classic records – Little River Band, Jackson Brown, Springsteen, Seeger, Willie Nelson, the Red-Headed Stranger, Kristofferson, Sam Cook – like classic music. He’d be singing the songs and telling us why it was such good music. And I looked up to him so much, that’s the music I gravitated towards and that’s what I continue to listen to. Whenever I think about those old fishing trips, that’s what I think about is on the way down there, him singing those songs and all of us singin’ ‘em.”

    Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott says her father is a great communicator.

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    Lady A (Father’s Day-Hillary) OC: …my children. :33
    “I definitely got my Type-A personality from my dad. He’s the same way, but one thing I’m so appreciative of – especially from a father-daughter relationship – my dad always, always talked to me, even when I didn’t want to talk to him. He would force me to communicate and talk through things, and not always the easy stuff, which is such a rare quality in a man, truthfully. And so, I am very, very thankful for that. I think it helped me find the right husband for me, and I also know that it will help me be that much of a better communicator to my children.”

    Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood says his father was a big influence both personally and musically, and he wants to pass along those qualities to his own children.

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    Lady A (Father’s Day-Dave) OC: …like that. :39
    “My dad was a really hard worker growing up and was always great, however hard he worked, he’d always make important time for family, important time to be home for dinner and be there for a lot of special moments for us growing up. For all the money he would make, he would always give a portion of it back to charity or to the church, and so that was always important for me to watch. We had a great relationship growing up. My dad plays guitar; he’s very musical. I learned how to play acoustic guitar with him playing ‘Day Tripper’ by the Beatles and all these old songs we’d play together when he’d show me how to play these James Taylor songs and things like that. So, definitely want to pass along music, of course, to my children, as well, like that.”

     

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook says fatherhood is absolutely beautiful. He and wife Karen Fairchild became parents to Elijah Dylan on March 5, 2010.

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    Little Big Town (Jimi-Father’s Day) OC: …beautiful. :32
    “It’s still such a new experience for us, and man, I’m telling you, people can tell you all day long how great it’s going to be, but it still never touches it. That little man looking back at me, it’s the most unbelievable feeling. And every day, for me who hates mornings [laughs], waking up to a slap in the face; he’s like pounding on me, then he’s like kissing on me and stuff. It’s unbelievable. It’s absolutely beautiful.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan says he likes to spend Father’s Day fishing with his boys.

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    Luke Bryan (Father’s Day) OC: …for me. :34
    “Father’s Day is certainly always really, really special. With the boys, just the simple things with boys. Caroline’s like, ‘Hey! Pick who you want to go fishing with and y’all just go fishing and have a little morning.’ It’s stuff like that and half the time I load the boat up with all the boys and it’s Father’s Day and I’m untangling fishing line all day. So, Father’s Day is really, really special, and Caroline’s always great about creating some fun stuff…she’s always really proactive in making days like that really special for me.”

    Audio / Sam Hunt says his father taught him a lot about being a man and knowing how to do the right thing.

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    Sam Hunt (Father’s Day) OC: …he’s great. :27
    “I’m obviously biased about my parents, but I’ve been around a lot of great men of integrity, but he is by far the best man that I know. He’s just taught me so much about being a man, doing the right thing, knowing the difference between right and wrong. And even though I don’t always follow his lead, I definitely know better because of him, and that means a whole lot to me. I was just really fortunate to have him as a dad, and he’s great.”