• TRAVIS DENNING MAKES MORE MUSIC AVAILABLE TO FANS.

    Fans of Travis Denning can now purchase “Red, White and Blue,” one of their favorite songs he performs live in concert. Since people are consuming music at an exponential rate, artists are making more music available to them, even before they release an album.

    Travis, who hits the road with LANCO next week, is currently making his way up the country charts with his song “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs.”

     

     

  • LUKE BRYAN IS DEFINITELY A “COUNTRY” MAN.

    There is no mistaking that Luke Bryan is a country boy. There are so many things that make the entertainer from Leesburg, Georgia country and what makes him proud to be country.

    “I guess the fact that I’ve navigated so many aspects of this career and held onto being country in a lot of ways. I wake up, I get to go take my boys out and do country things. I’ve gotten to follow all my dreams and still kind of remain true to who I am as a person,” says Luke. “I feel like my lifestyle hopefully has inspired some people to be positive and have fun and not take yourself too seriously. I think people understand me to just that and not be too serious all the time. Life is serious enough and so when I’m on stage I just try to – I just try to be as country as I can and let people see that and let people have fun with that.”

    Luke Bryan wraps his What Makes You Country Tour next weekend (October 25th and 26th) with shows in Rochester, New York and his XL Stadium tour at Ford Field in Detroit.

    Luke is nominated for Entertainer of the Year at this year’s CMA Awards. The 52nd Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 14th at 8pm ET/PT on ABC.

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about why he’s proud to be country.

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    Luke Bryan (proud to be country) OC: …fun with that. :48
    “What makes me proud to be country, that’s a tough question what makes me proud?  I mean I guess the fact that I’ve navigated so many aspects of this career and held onto being country in a lot of ways.  I wake up, I get to go take my boys out and do country things.  I’ve gotten to follow all my dreams and still – I’ve gotten to follow all my dreams and still kind of remain true to who I am as a person.  So yeah, that’s what makes me proud to be country.  And I feel like my lifestyle hopefully has inspired some people to be positive and have fun and not take yourself too seriously.  I think people understand me to just that and not be too serious all the time.  Life is serious enough and so when I’m on stage I just try to – I just try to be as country as I can and let people see that and let people have fun with that.”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (What Makes You Country)

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  • JOSH TURNER IS PREPPING TO RELEASE HIS NEW GOSPEL COLLECTION, I SERVE A SAVIOR.

    Josh Turner has wanted to record a gospel collection for a long time, and to have it actually come to fruition means so much to him.

    “My fans have been asking for this for a long time and this has been something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” says the country singer. “I’ve always wanted to do a gospel record and I never really thought about the circumstances of what that would look like. But to do it on MCA, which has been my home since 2001, it just means a lot to me and it’s appropriate for who I am and what I’ve been called to do.  And so, to be able to give my fans this project, it means a lot to me.”

    In addition to the new album, I Serve a Savior, Josh will also release a live performance DVD in partnership with Gaither Studios. Josh performs songs from his debut gospel album, including “I Saw the Light,” “Without Him,” ‘How Great Thou Art” and many more. The DVD, which features a performance by the entire Turner family including Josh’s wife Jennifer and their four children, will also be edited to air as a one-hour television special hosted by the gospel legend, Bill Gaither to air this fall on several networks across the U.S. and Canada.

     

    I Serve A Savior Track List:
    1. I Saw The Light (Featuring Sonya Isaacs)
    2. I Pray My Way Out Of Trouble (Featuring Bobby Osborne)
    3. Great Is Your Faithfulness
    4. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
    5. Without Him
    6. I Serve A Savior
    7. How Great Thou Art (Featuring Sonya Isaacs)
    8. The River (of Happiness) Featuring the Turner family (Live From Gaither Studios)
    9. Amazing Grace
    10. Long Black Train (Live From Gaither Studios)
    11. Doxology
    12. Me And God (Live From Gaither Studios)

    Audio / Josh Turner says his fans have been asking for a gospel collection for a long time.

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    Josh Turner (always wanted to do a gospel record) OC: …a lot to me. :32
    “My fans have been asking for this for a long time and this has been something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’ve always wanted to do a gospel record and I never really thought about the circumstances of what that would look like, but to do it on MCA, which has been my home since 2001, it just means a lot to me and it’s appropriate for who I am and what I’ve been called to do.  And so, to be able to give my fans this project, it means a lot to me.”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (I Serve a Savior available Oct. 26)

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    Video / Josh Turner I Saw the Light live

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  • JON LANGSTON IS A TRIED-AND-TRUE GEORGIA BULLDOG FAN.

    Newcomer Jon Langston is working hard playing shows, recording his debut album and making his way up the charts with his first single, “When It Comes to Loving You.” However, he’s not too busy to catch his beloved Georgia Bulldogs in action.

    “I grew up 30 minutes from Athens, Georgia, so I’ve always been a big Georgia Bulldogs fan and growing up and going to games with my family and stuff,” says Jon. “So, I try to go to as many games as I can if I’m not playing shows and stuff. So, yeah, go Dawgs.”

    He even has a prediction, and it could come true since the Dawgs are currently ranked 1st in the SEC (tied with Florida).

    “My prediction this year for the Georgia Bulldogs will win the National Championship!”

    Jon just wrapped up opening for his pal Luke Bryan on his annual Farm Tour, and is currently on his own Prob’ly At a Bar Tour, which makes a stop in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Thursday (October 18th), followed by a show on Friday (October 19th) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Check jonlangston.com for more tour dates.

    Audio / Jon Langston talks about his favorite college football team, the Georgia Bulldogs.

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    Jon Langston (Georgia Bulldog fan) OC: …go Dawgs. :14
    “I grew up 30 minutes from Athens, Georgia, so I’ve always been a big Georgia Bulldogs fan and growing up and going to games with my family and stuff. So, I try to go to as many games as I can if I’m not playing shows and stuff. So, yeah, go Dawgs.”

    Audio / Jon Langston predicts his beloved Georgia Bulldogs will go to the National Championship.

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    Jon Langston (Georgia Bulldog prediction) OC: …that look. :07
    “My prediction this year for the Georgia Bulldogs will win the National Championship…don’t you give me that look.” [laughs]

  • ERIC CHURCH DESPERATE MAN VIGNETTES.

    We have put together :30, :60 and :90 vignettes of Eric Church’s latest song, “Desperate Man.”

    Audio / :30 Desperate Man vignette

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    Audio / :60 Desperate Man vignette

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    Audio / :90 Desperate Man vignette

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  • CMT’S ARTISTS OF THE YEAR CELEBRATE THE WOMEN OF COUNTRY MUSIC.

    Several of country music’s top female artists were honored during CMT’s Artists of the Year live special on Wednesday night (October 17th), including Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman, as well as Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and the Artist of a Lifetime recipient Loretta Lynn.

    LBT’s Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook honored their bandmates Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman. The two ladies then were joined by the legendary Gladys Knight for “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night.”

    Keith Urban celebrated his friend and “The Fighter” duet partner Carrie Underwood, before she hit the stage with her 2019 Cry Pretty Tour 360 opening acts Maddie & Tae and Runaway June with an all-woman medley hailing those who paved the way. The songs they performed include Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man,” Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5,” The Judds’ “Rockin’ with the Rhythm of the Rain,” Martina McBride’s “Independence Day,” Faith Hill’s “Wild One,” Reba’s “Why Haven’t I Heard From You” and Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” before launching into her recent smash hit, “Cry Pretty.”

    Carrie thanked all of the women in the country music industry she called “the backbone of this music” as she accepted her trophy, as well as praised all of the women artists. “To all of the incredible, amazing, talented women that have been on this stage tonight, you are not here because you are women. You are here because you are dang good. And it is an honor to get to share tonight with you.”

    Little Big Town’s Kimberly and Karen were overwhelmed in accepting their award and helped shine a light on all of the newer female artists who “are available” to be played on the radio by reading out all of their names during their speech.

    Dierks Bentley, along with Sheryl Crow, performed “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” in tribute to Loretta Lynn.

    One of the coolest moments of the night was when Oscar-winning actress Sissy Spacek, who portrayed Loretta Lynn in the iconic film Coal Miner’s Daughter, accepted the Artist of a Lifetime award for the Country Music Hall of Famer who was at home feeling under the weather. She praised their decades-long friendship and was visibly emotional when she talked about her “sister.”

    The CMT special will re-air multiple times beginning Friday (October 19th) at 1:30am ET and 7:30am ET, as well as various times over the weekend.

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  • DARIUS RUCKER CELEBRATES HIS RECENT NO. 1 SONG, “FOR THE FIRST TIME.”

    Darius Rucker celebrated his ninth trip to the top of the country charts with “For the First Time,” which he co-wrote with Derek George and Scooter Carusoe. The three were honored at a party at the performance rights organization, ASCAP, in Nashville on Wednesday (October 17th).

    “It’s a song that, at especially this point in my career, I just thought it was a really cool song to write because getting to have as much fun as I’ve had, and now I’m thinking about all of the stuff I said I was going to do when I was a kid if I ever made it,” says Darius. “Now I want to do all those things again. All that really came from my song; that bucket list thing and everything I’m doing all came from writing that song.”

    Darius, who just wrapped up his coheadlining Summer Plays on Tour with pals Lady Antebellum, will headline the 15th Anniversary Drive for Show, Rock Fore! Dough concert taking place at The First Tee of Augusta’s Driving Range April 9th.

    Audio / Darius Rucker says his “bucket list” of things to do for the first time, came from writing his No. 1 song “For the First Time.”

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    Darius Rucker (For the First Time No. 1) OC: …writing that song. :22
    “It’s a song that, at especially this point in my career, I just thought it was a really cool song to write because getting to have as much fun as I’ve had, and now I’m thinking about all of the stuff I said I was going to do when I was a kid if I ever made it. Now I want to do all those things again. All that really came from my song; that bucket list thing and everything I’m doing all came from writing that song.”

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  • LUKE BRYAN AND SAM HUNT LEAD THE LIST OF PERFORMERS AT NEXT YEAR’S STAGECOACH FESTIVAL.

    The lineup for next year’s Stagecoach Festival has been announced! Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean will headline the three-day festival in Indio, California.

    Luke takes on the closing night duties on opening night April 26th. The Friday night lineup also includes Cole Swindell, Brandon Lay, Jon Langston and Kane Brown. Sam leads the list on Saturday (April 27th), which includes Travis Denning, Luke Combs, LANCO and Cam. Jason will headline closing night (April 27th). Lauren Alaina, Jordan Davis, Old Dominion, Mitchell Tenpenny and Mark Chesnutt will also perform, among others.

    “Stagecoach is hands down one of the best country music festivals around,” Sam says. “We’ve been looking forward to coming back for three years. Can’t wait!”

    Tickets go on sale this Friday (October 19th).

  • MORE ARTISTS ADDED TO THIS YEAR’S CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR SPECIAL.

    Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban and Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet have been added to the list of stars appearing at the CMT Artists of the Year special on Wednesday night (October 17th).

    Dierks, along with Sheryl Crow and Martina McBride, will join together for a special tribute to honor Loretta Lynn who is receiving the 2018 Artist of a Lifetime Award.

    Keith Urban, Elle King, Smokey Robinson, LBT’s Jimi and Phillip, Trisha Yearwood, Oscar winner Sissy Spacek, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood will present.

    Performances include honoree Carrie Underwood with Maddie & Tae and Runaway June, honorees Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman with Gladys Knight. Miranda Lambert and Pistol Annies, Kelsea Ballerini with Alison Krauss, Hillary Scott with Tori Kelley and Kirk Franklin and Maren Morris with Brandi Carlile.

    This year’s CMT Artists of the Year – celebrating all females – will air live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center Wednesday (October 17th) at 8pm ET/PT.

  • VINCE GILL RELEASES A LIMITED-EDITION, DOUBLE-VINYL SET OF “THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION” EXCLUSIVELY AT CRACKER BARREL.

    Vince Gill: The Christmas Collection has been released as a limited-edition, double-vinyl set available exclusively at Cracker Barrel stores nationwide. The MCA Nashville double LP includes 1993’s platinum, #1 Billboard Holiday Album, Let There Be Peace on Earth on green vinyl and 1998’s Breath of Heaven, recorded with the Patrick Williams Orchestra, on red vinyl. The collection includes such classics as “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “The Christmas Song,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The 21-time Grammy award-winning artist also lends his voice to Elvis Presley’s 1957 hit, “Blue Christmas.”

     

    Also included in the package are Gill’s classic versions of “O Holy Night,” “Let There Be Peace On Earth,” featuring a then 11-year-old daughter Jenny Gill, and “Breath of Heaven,” a song co-written by Gill’s wife and star of the Contemporary Christian genre, Amy Grant.

    Gill and Grant are set for a 12-night engagement as part of their much-beloved Christmas at the Ryman performances, beginning on November 28 and ending December 23. These historically sold-out concerts at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium have become a Music City tradition.

    Vince Gill: The Christmas Collection is available now in all Cracker Barrel stores nationwide and online at Cracker Barrel.com/music.