EMI Records Nashville’s Brandon Lay joins country superstar Kenny Chesney on his highly anticipated 2018 Trip Around The Sun stadium tour kicking off next April in Tampa, FL. Spanning 18 U.S. cities and taking place in some of the most iconic venues in the United States, including Soldier Field and Gillette Stadium, the Trip Around The Sun Tour is certain to be one of the hottest tours of the Summer. Prior to Chesney’s tour dates, Lay will hit the road with Old Dominion and Michael Ray performing across the U.S. and Canada early next year.

    After landing the No. 1 most-added song at country radio and reaching No. 7 on the Spotify U.S. Viral Chart with his “anthemic new single” (Rolling Stone) “Speakers, Bleachers And Preachers,” Lay has released four songs across two two-packs including brand new songs “Wilder Horses” (Ross Copperman, Jon Nite, Brandon Lay) and “Break Down On Me” (Brandon Lay), plus “Speakers, Bleachers And Preachers” (Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Brandon Lay) and “Let It” (Paul DiGiovanni, Brad Tursi, Brandon Lay). Written in Lay’s signature storytelling style, the new tracks give fans an even deeper look into Lay’s life and memories which inspires the compelling songs he creates. The result is relatable and genuine music “tinged with twang, summing up small-town existence in songs made for a bonfire party” (Rolling Stone). Additionally, fans can learn more about Brandon Lay in his new EPK, check out the lyric video to his debut single, and find his full tour schedule on his website www.brandonlay.com/


    Trip Around The Sun Tour Dates

    April 21                       Tampa, FL                               Raymond James Stadium

    April 28                       Milwaukee, WI                        Miller Park

    May 5                          Minneapolis, MN                     US Bank Stadium

    May 19                        Dallas, TX                                AT&T Stadium

    May 26                        Atlanta, GA                              Mercedes-Benz Stadium

    June 2                          Pittsburgh, PA                          Heinz Field

    June 9                          Philadelphia, PA                       Lincoln Financial Field

    June 16                        Columbus, OH                         MAPFRE Stadium

    June 23                        Phoenix, AZ                             Chase Field

    June 30                        Denver, CO                              Sports Authority Field at Mile High Station

    July 7                           Seattle, WA                              CenturyLink Field

    July 14                         Kansas City, MO                      Arrowhead Stadium

    July 21                         St. Louis, MO                           Busch Stadium

    July 28                         Chicago, IL                              Soldier Field

    August 4                      Detroit, MI                               Ford Field

    August 11                    Nashville, TN                           Nissan Stadium

    August 18                    East Rutherford, NJ                  MetLife Stadium

    August 24                    Foxboro, MA                           Gillette Stadium*

    *Lineup: Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Brandon Lay


    About Brandon Lay:

    EMI Records Nashville’s Brandon Lay grew up in Jackson, Tenn. – in between the blues, soul and rock-and-roll of Memphis and the country music capital of the world in Nashville. Influences from both legendary music cities can be found throughout Brandon’s work including his recently released debut single, “Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers.” Co-written by Brandon with Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, “Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers” is autobiographical and walks listeners through the three biggest influences in his life – music, sports and faith.  The tune sparked an immediate reaction with listeners and quickly impacted the Spotify U.S. Viral chart cresting as high as No. 7.


    Brandon, who moved to Nashville in 2010, signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell in 2013 and has been building a devoted following ever since. Brandon co-produced and co-wrote every song on his debut album expected out in 2018.


    Since relaunching in January, Lady Antebellum has made sure to “cement their place as legends of Country” (Vulture) following their return to the airwaves after taking time to nourish their personal lives and pursue GRAMMY nominated and winning solo projects. To rewind the year alongside Lady A and their biggest fans, check out the video below.

    As they introduced “the most groove-driven song they’ve ever recorded” with “You Look Good,” their moment propelled with the announce of Lady A’s “must see” (Rolling Stone) YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR spanning over 60 shows. Simultaneously, Lady A kicked off the year with the announcement of their sixth studio album HEART BREAK (Capitol Nashville). Honing in on the melodious foundation that first brought Lady A together, the trio headed to the West Coast for the television debut of the hit single on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, before stopping by Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Dancing With The Stars. Additionally, “the expert level of musicianship on display during the 2017 ACM Awards made this performance a knockout” (Billboard) as well as a highlight of the night.

    Leading into the anticipated release of HEART BREAK, which included eleven songs penned by the trio and was produced by busbee, Lady A continued to offer fans a taste of new music during their first-ever SXSW appearance and were also hand-selected by NPR‘s “First Listen” as it “served their native genre well, but also is irresistible to broader audiences” (NPR). Before earning their fifth debut at the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with HEART BREAK in June, Lady A put their fans at the forefront during release week with CMA Music Festival activities including three packed shows in a 360-degree visual experience and national television appearances including Good Morning America’s 2017 Summer Concert Series, Late Night Starring Jimmy Fallon, CBS This Morning and Live from the Artists Den. The “buoyant album” (Entertainment Weekly) immediately skyrocketed to the Top 10 on all-genre iTunes charts in 15 countries around the world and the new collection landed on multiple mid-year “best of lists” including Rolling Stone, The Tennessean and Taste of Country.

    Using their “renewed energy” (People) the group returned to the road in May on their YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR featuring special guests Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young, as they introduced fans to “a fresh twist with the addition of a live horn section” (CMT) into a set already packed with mega-hits. Throughout their North American leg, “fans were happy to know it was like no time has passed” (Omaha World-Herald) before the trio wrapped Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone’s “must-see summer tour” to a packed hometown crowd at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena in September. Concluding with dates overseas, the tour was dubbed “one of the best nights of mainstream Nashville music that the UK’s seen” (The Digital Fix) as “they put on a polished show for a rapturous crowd in London,” (The Guardian).

    Video / Lady Antebellum 2017 in review

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Carrie, Tyminski, Luke

    Carrie Underwood and her husband Mike Fisher helped raise $500,000 when they hosted a benefit for Danita’s Children Sunday night. Proceeds will assist the people of Haiti.

    Tyminski will perform on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert October 25th.

    Luke Bryan will appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show October 26th.


    Brandon Lay is all fired up because he could finally talk about heading out on tour with Kenny Chesney. He will kick off shows on the Trip Around the Sun stadium tour beginning April 21st, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  The trek, which will also feature Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion, will wrap August 24th at Gillette Stadium near Boston, Massachusetts. Joining Kenny and Brandon for the final stop will be Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne.


    The first show Brandon ever attended was Kenny Chesney’s first headlining tour in his hometown at Oman Arena. “That night changed my life. [It] taught me to dream big,” Brandon says.

    Brandon is currently making his way up the country charts with his debut song, “Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers.”


    The first round of performers has been announced for this year’s CMA Awards. Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Jon Pardi and new Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson will perform, as well as Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion and Thomas Rhett.

    Luke is a two-time consecutive CMA Entertainer of the Year (2014, 2015), returning to compete for his fifth nomination in the category. He has garnered 15 CMA Awards nominations since 2010.

    Up for three nominations this year, Eric is a three-time CMA Awards winner with 25 total career nods. He returns this year with recognition in the Entertainer of the Year category, in addition to Musical Event and his sixth consecutive nomination for Male Vocalist.

    Little Big Town claims four nominations this year including Vocal Group, Album for The Breaker, and Single and Music Video for “Better Man.” They are seven-time CMA Awards winners with a career total of 26 CMA Awards nominations.

    Stapleton is a five-time CMA Awards winner nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist, and Album for From A Room: Volume 1. He receives one nomination for Album, but can receive an additional trophy as producer. This is his third consecutive nomination for Male, which he’s won the past two years. He was also nominated for Entertainer last year and won Album for Traveller in 2015. He is an 11-time CMA Awards nominee.

    The reigning CMA Vocal Duo Brothers Osborne received their first Music Video nod for “It Ain’t My Fault” and will once again vie for Vocal Duo, their third nomination in the category.

    First-time nominee, Jon Pardi, vies for two categories with nominations for New Artist of the Year and Single for “Dirt On My Boots,” which he co-produced. He receives one nomination for Single of the Year, but can receive an additional trophy as producer.

    With six CMA Awards to her name, Carrie, who is also co-hosting the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley, returns to vie for Female Vocalist, a category she’s won four times (2006-2008, 2016) and nominated for consecutively since 2006.

    With 81 career nominations, Alan is the second most nominated artist in CMA Awards history. This year marks Jackson’s 24th CMA Awards performance since debuting in 1990 with “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.” He will receive Country Music’s Highest Honor, induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, on Sunday, Oct. 22 during the official Medallion Ceremony at the CMA Theater.

    The 51st Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 8th at 8pm ET on ABC.


    Following on the overwhelming success of his two-year Strait to Vegas concert series, the King of Country George Strait has announced two performances Super Bowl weekend, Feb. 2-3, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 27 at www.GeorgeStrait.com.

    “We said from the beginning that we would listen to the fans and follow what they want,” said Strait, who has won every honor in the format including inclusion in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame. “Fan support is just as strong now as it was when we started; and we are responding to that interest by adding shows in 2018.”

    Strait previously announced two 2018 shows including June 3 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, (tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 3 at 10:00 AM/CT); and June 1 and 2 at BOK Center in Tulsa, OK (tickets for the newly added second show on June 1 are on sale Friday, Oct. 20). He is wrapping up his Las Vegas exclusive, worldwide engagement with two, sold out shows at the T-Mobile Arena in December.

    Opening the February shows for Strait will be special guests Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen. Born in Houston, Lovett has won four Grammy Awards, recorded 13 albums, and released 25 singles including his Top 10 hit “Cowboy Man.” 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. Seasoned performers, Lovett and Keen have enjoyed critically-acclaimed, lengthy careers, but that success pales in comparison to Strait and recently joined him for one night only at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas for his Hand-in-Hand Texas sold-out benefit concert for RebuildTexas.org.

    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 is the only act in history to have a Top 10 hit every year for over three decades and 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.

    In 2014, he shattered the North American indoor concert attendance record by drawing 104,793 concertgoers to his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour finale at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. Strait performed six sold-out shows at T-Mobile Arena in 2016 as part of his Strait to Vegas exclusive concert series, extending his limited engagement into 2017 with an additional 10 shows including his wildly popular, sold-out 2 Nights of Number 1’s

    Strait has reimagined touring with his shows at the T-Mobile Arena and developed a new musical narrative to connect with fans on his terms and create concert experiences that stay fresh and compelling.

    Ticketing information is available at www.GeorgeStrait.com.


    Dierks Bentley returns to Good Morning America tomorrow (10/17) live from Austin, TX. Throughout the summer, GMA along with King’s Hawaiian sought out the biggest Country music fans to host Bentley for the concert event, while others across the country will be able to tune-in to watch on ABC at 7:00A local time.

    Later this week, the Arizona native’s first-ever song written and recorded for a motion picture “Hold The Light” featured in Columbia Pictures and Black Label Media’s Only The Brave will hit theaters nationwide on Friday, Oct. 20. Fans can watch the music video for the track here: http://bit.ly/2gneV9U.

    Current CMA “Male Vocalist of the Year” nominee Dierks Bentley has a “reputation as one of the hardest-working entertainers in country music” (Music Row) as “he sells out enormous tours, is a perennial favorite of format radio stations, and earns critical acclaim without compromising his artistic vision” (Entertainment Weekly). With 17 No. One hits and more than one billion digital streams, he “continues to take risks that pay off” (USA Today) as his eighth studio album BLACK has been hailed the “most fully-formed LP of his career,” (TIME). After making its debut at the No. One position on Billboard’s all-genre Top Albums Chart and Top Country Albums chart, BLACK has garnered nominations from the ACM, CMA, GRAMMY and Billboard Music Awards while earning three consecutive No. Ones; the gold-certified title track and the PLATINUM certified hits “Somewhere on A Beach” and “Different For Girls.” “The bluegrass picker, the love song singer and the stadium rocker all packaged together” (Associated Press) has been a Grand Ole Opry member for over a decade and has illustrated his depth and diversity as an artist with “ferocious live performances” (Fresno Bee) throughout his 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR, which claimed the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Tours selling over 750,000 tickets.


    Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 2 will be released December 1st on Mercury Records Nashville and is now available to pre-order digitally and with exclusive limited-edition bundles. The multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning musician first shared the album news from stage during the first of two sold-out shows at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena this past Friday. Of the special hometown concerts, CMT praises, “…cemented his status as one of music’s greatest talents to emerge from the current decade.”

    The forthcoming album takes its name from Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A (the capital “A” in “From A Room”) where it was recorded over the last year with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb. Along with Stapleton on vocals and guitar and Cobb on acoustic guitar, the album features Morgane Stapleton on harmony vocals as well as longtime band-members J.T. Cure on bass and Derek Mixon on drums. In addition to seven songs co-written by Stapleton, the album features versions of Kevin Welch’s “Millionaire” and the Homer Banks/Lester Snell-penned song made famous by Pops Staples, “Friendship” See below for complete track list.

    Volume 2 follows the release of From A Room: Volume 1, which debuted earlier this year at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and, with its RIAA Gold certification, remains the #1 best-selling country album of 2017. Stapleton’s 2015 double-platinum solo debut, Traveller, is currently the #2 best-selling country album of the year.

    The critically acclaimed album, which Rolling Stone awarded four stars declaring, “From A Room is strikingly focused, sonically and thematically,” was recently nominated for Album of the Year at the 51st annual CMA Awards. Stapleton is also nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year at the awards, which will be broadcast on ABC live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, November 8 at 8/7c.

    Stapleton will soon wrap-up his extensive and widely praised “All-American Road Show” tour, which includes upcoming shows in Baton Rouge, San Antonio, Bossier City, Austin, Houston, Dallas, Charleston, WV, Columbus, Grand Rapids, Tampa, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Oklahoma City and Omaha. Special guests Marty Stuart and Brent Cobb will join for the final leg of the tour. See below for details. Live Nation is the national tour promoter for “Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show.” Many of the shows on “Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show” have already sold out, with limited tickets remaining for others. Check ChrisStapleton.com/tour for tickets and more information.

    In addition to the “All-American Road Show” dates, Stapleton will perform as part of the “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers Farewell Concert” on October 25 and will join fellow country performers for the “COUNTRY RISING” benefit concert on November 12. Stapleton will also make his debut on PBS’ legendary “Austin City Limits” program later this month. The taping will be streamed live via ACL’s YouTube channel on Monday, October 23 at 8pm CT/9pm ET with the broadcast version airing on PBS early next year as part of Season 43.


    1. Millionaire (Kevin Welch)
    2. Hard Livin’ (Chris Stapleton, Kendell Marvel)
    3. Scarecrow In The Garden (Chris Stapleton, Brice Long, Matt Fleener)
    4. Nobody’s Lonely Tonight (Chris Stapleton, Mike Henderson)
    5. Tryin’ To Untangle My Mind (Chris Stapleton, Jaron Boyer, Kendell Marvel)
    6. A Simple Song (Chris Stapleton, Darrell Hayes)
    7. Midnight Train To Memphis (Chris Stapleton, Mike Henderson)
    8. Drunkard’s Prayer (Chris Stapleton, Jameson Clark)
    9. Friendship (Homer Banks, Lester Snell)


    October 19—Baton Rouge, LA—Raising Cane’s River Center Arena* (SOLD OUT)

    October 20—San Antonio, TX—AT&T Center*

    October 21—Bossier City, LA—CenturyLink Center* (SOLD OUT)

    October 25—Nashville, TN—All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers Farewell Concert

    October 26—Austin, TX—Austin360 Amphitheater* (SOLD OUT)

    October 27—Houston, TX—Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman* (SOLD OUT)

    October 28—Dallas, TX—Starplex Pavilion* (SOLD OUT)

    November 2—Charleston, WV—Charleston Civic Center (SOLD OUT)

    November 3—Columbus, OH—Nationwide Arena*

    November 4—Grand Rapids, MI—Van Andel Arena* (SOLD OUT)

    November 10—Tampa, FL—MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*

    November 11—Jacksonville, FL—Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena*

    November 12—Nashville, TN—COUNTRY RISING

    November 16—Little Rock, AR—Verizon Arena*

    November 17—Oklahoma City, OK—Chesapeake Energy Arena*

    November 18—Omaha, NE—CenturyLink Center Omaha*

    *with special guests Marty Stuart and Brent Cobb

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Sam, Carrie, LBT, Chris, Jon, Luke

    Keith Urban, Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton and Jon Pardi earned nominations for this year’s American Music Awards. Keith leads the country nominees with three nods, including Favorite Male Artist – Country, Favorite Album – Country for Ripcord and Favorite Song – Country for “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” Sam picks up a pair of nominations, including Favorite Male Artist – Country and Favorite Song – Country for “Body Like a Back Road.” Chris earns a nomination for From A Room: Volume 1, while Jon picks up a nod for Favorite Song – Country for “Dirt on My Boots.” The 45th Annual American Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 19th at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party and Tailgates and Tanlines albums were certified 4X platinum by the RIAA. Several of his songs, including “Drunk on You,” “Crash My Party,” “Play It Again” and “That’s My Kind of Night” were also certified 4X platinum, while “Country Girl [Shake It For Me]” was certified quintuple platinum. Luke’s “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” “Home Alone Tonight” and “All My Friends Say” was certified platinum.

    Keith Urban is set to appear on a new television special, Grammys Greatest Stories, which will take a behind-the-scenes look at the past 59 years of Grammys performances and history. The two-hour show will include appearances by Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Celine Dion and U2, among others. Grammys Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special will air Black Friday, November 24th beginning at 9pm ET on CBS.


    Tyminski releases his album Southern Gothic, Friday (October 20th). The collection of 13 songs, produced by Jesse Frasure, began when he was writing songs for other artists, but realized he wanted them for himself.

    “I feel like the light and dark in this record is truly my journey, my personal journey just in life,” says Tyminski. “I mean, everyone I think can at least understand the struggle between light and dark. I made a reference a while ago, you always feel that whisper from each side of your shoulder, someone saying yeah do it, no don’t do it. I think it’s just, I don’t know if it’s that I have an enormous struggle with that in my life but it’s something that I’m aware of. I try to make sure that I understand what the right voice is. I try to make sure that I don’t make quick decisions.”

    Dan Tyminski, who has been a member of Alison Krauss and Union Station for 25 years, co-wrote all of the album’s 13 songs with some of Nashville’s best tunesmiths, including Sarah Buxton ( “Stupid Boy”) and Josh Kear (“American Honey”).

    You can pre-order here: http://strm.to/SouthernGothic

    Audio / Tyminski talks about the light and dark of his album, Southern Gothic.


    Tyminski (light and dark of album) OC: …absolute. 1:00
    “I feel like the light and dark in this record is truly my journey, my personal journey just in life.  I mean everyone I think can at least understand the struggle between light and dark. I made a reference a while ago, you always feel that whisper from each side of your shoulder, someone saying yeah do it, no don’t do it. I think it’s just, I don’t know if it’s that I have an enormous struggle with that in my life but it’s something that I’m aware of. I try to make sure that I understand what the right voice is. I try to make sure that I don’t make quick decisions. That I – light and dark, in my opinion, sometimes can look very similar. You don’t necessarily know it’s the light hitting you when it’s hitting you, and sometimes the other way around, you don’t know it’s dark hitting you when it’s hitting you. It can feel good but it’s still dark. That comes out in my writing. When I write, I think I write from that perspective that there are underlying truths to everything that are absolute.”