• TRAVIS DENNING CLEARS UP A MISCONCEPTION ABOUT DAVID ASHLEY PARKER.

    Travis Denning is certainly connecting with fans over his song, “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs,” which is currently sitting inside the Top 35 on the country charts. While he’s singing about his real-life experience with a fake i.d., the name on the driver’s license was slightly altered to make it.

    “The biggest thing that’s not true about this story – the only thing – is that the real name on the i.d. was ‘Ashley David Parker, not ‘David Ashley Parker,’” says Travis. “And that little bit of information is actually what ultimately led to finding someone who I know really knew him.”

    Travis has a lot of dates on the books, including a show in Maryland this weekend and downtown Nashville on Monday (August 13th). He’s also set to play Dierks Bentley’s Seven Peaks Festival in Buena Vista, Colorado over Labor Day Weekend.

    Audio / Travis Denning explains the real name on his fake i.d. from his song, “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs.”

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    Travis Denning (Ashley David Parker) OC: …knew him. :17
    “The biggest thing that’s not true about this story – the only thing – is that the real name on the i.d. was ‘Ashley David Parker, not ‘David Ashley Parker.’ And that little bit of information is actually what ultimately led to finding someone who I know really knew him.”


    Audio / LINER Travis Denning (David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs)

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  • LUKE BRYAN HEADLINES FOURTH STADIUM CONCERT IN DENVER SINCE 2015.

    Luke Bryan headlined his fourth stadium concert in four years on Saturday when he brought his “What Makes You Country Tour XL Stadium Sized” to Denver’s Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Luke first headlined this stadium in 2015 and in 2016 he played back to back stadium dates in Denver’s Dick’s Sporting Good Park.

    By the end of October, Luke will have headlined 13 of North America’s biggest and best sports stadiums so far playing concerts in Toronto, New York City, Cincinnati, Tampa, Pittsburgh, Boston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Denver. The remaining stadium dates include St. Louis, Chicago, Vancouver and wrapping the tour in Detroit at Ford Field.

    Luke is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest song, “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset.”

    “WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY TOUR XL STADIUM SIZED”

    8/25/2018        St. Louis, MO                         Busch Stadium
    9/1/2018          Chicago, IL                             Wrigley Field

    10/13/2018      Vancouver, BC                       BC Place Stadium

    10/26/2018      Detroit, MI                              Ford Field

     

    Luke is a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, a five-time host of the ACM Awards, a NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year and was named a CMT Artist of the Year six consecutive years. Luke has more certified digital singles than any other country artist with 40 million tracks and 12 million albums with three Billion music streams and he was the most-streamed country artist from 2012 to 2016. Luke has placed 20 singles at #1, 11 of which he co-wrote, and has headlined arena tours and sold-out stadiums across the U.S. performing for 1.5 Million fans in 2017 alone.  Luke’s “What Makes You Country Tour,” named the 2018 Billboard Music Awards Top Country Tour, will run through the end of October with 40+ concerts and boasting 13 stadiums shows.

    This summer Luke  is set to open Nashville’s only six-floor entertainment facility in the heart of Music City, LUKE’S 32 BRIDGE FOOD + DRINK. In 2019 Luke, along with Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, will return to the judges table for a second season on ABC’s American Idol.

    For all additional tour dates, schedule and tickets go to www.lukebryan.com

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS EXPECTING HER SECOND CHILD.

    During a personal video announcement of her 2019 tour to her fans this morning, Carrie Underwood also revealed she and husband Mike Fisher are expecting their second child!!

    “You might be wondering or asking, ‘Carrie, why is your tour starting in May?’ Well…[she smiles and looks up as the camera in the video pulls out to reveal a BABY balloon cluster]…yay! Mike and Isaiah and I are absolutely over the moon and excited to be adding another little fish to our pond. This has just been a dream come true with album and baby news and all that stuff. We are just so excited and just so glad that you guys can share in this with us and be a part of this with us. Love you guys, and we’ll see you on the road in 2019.”

     

    The new bundle of joy will join big brother Isaiah, who was born February 27th, 2015.

    Carrie is currently sitting inside the Top 10 with her single, “Cry Pretty,” which is also the title of her new album, Cry Pretty, available September 14th.

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD ANNOUNCES NEW “CRY PRETTY 360” TOUR.

    Seven-time Grammy winner and Pollstar’s three-time top female country touring artist, Carrie Underwood, will launch a new arena tour, The Cry Pretty Tour 360, in Spring 2019. Sponsored by CALIA, the new tour will kick off on May 1st in Greensboro, NC, and will play 55 arenas across the U.S. and Canada and be promoted by AEG Presents. She will be joined on tour by special guests Maddie & Tae and Runaway June. Carrie made the announcement this morning in a personal video to her fans.

     

    Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, August 17th at 10am local time but please check local listings. For more information including the Cry Pretty album/ticket bundle, go to http://www.carrieunderwoodofficial.com. Also beginning Monday, August 13th, a limited number of exclusive VIP Packages will be available which include an amazing selection of tickets, Meet & Greets, autographed memorabilia, custom merchandise and much more.

    Citi® is the official presale credit card for Carrie Underwood’s “The Cry Pretty Tour 360” for 2019. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning on Monday, August 13th at 12pm until Thursday, August 16 at 10pm through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

    Carrie is set to release her eagerly-anticipated new album, Cry Pretty, on September 14th. Cry Pretty will be her first studio album on Capitol Records Nashville and marks the first time she has co-produced her own album. The lead single and title track, “Cry Pretty” debuted as the #1 song in the U.S. all-genres. The song also topped download charts in 38 countries around the world and amassed over 3.5 billion social impressions across 66 countries during its week of launch in April, which was culminated with a show-stopping performance on the “2018 ACM Awards” telecast. Carrie co-wrote the powerful single with Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, and Liz Rose (aka The Love Junkies) and co-produced Cry Pretty with fellow writer/producer David Garcia.

    Following her successful “The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round,” the new production will feature a brand-new stage in the middle of the arena floor, creating a unique 360-degree setting to allow fans on all sides of the arena an intimate view of the concert.  Barry Lather (Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson) is the tour’s Creative Director, and Nick Whitehouse/Fireplay (Justin Timberlake, Beyonce) is Production Designer.

    “I love performing in the round,” says Underwood.  “It’s so much fun for me and the band to play in every direction and creates a much more intimate and immersive experience for the audience, even in a larger arena setting.  It’s been exciting to introduce audiences to Cry Pretty and I can’t wait to bring the new album to life on this tour, along with all of the songs we love to play live.  I’m thrilled to be going out with an amazing line-up – Maddie & Tae and Runaway June are incredible artists that are going to bring even more electricity to our shows.”

    Underwood has arranged for a donation of $1 from each ticket sold for The Cry Pretty Tour 360 to be contributed to Danita’s Children, which provides a safe haven for abandoned and vulnerable children in Haiti, while encouraging families to stay together through their education and malnutrition programs.

    THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360:

    Date City Venue
    May 1, 2019 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
    May 3, 2019 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena at the BJCC
    May 4, 2019 N. Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
    May 6, 2019 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
    May 9, 2019 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
    May 11, 2019 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
    May 12, 2019 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
    May 14, 2019 Sacramento, CA Golden1 Center
    May 16, 2019 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
    May 18, 2019 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
    May 21, 2019 Portland, OR MODA Center at Rose Garden
    May 22, 2019 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
    May 24, 2019 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
    May 25, 2019 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
    May 28, 2019 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
    May 31, 2019 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre
    June 2, 2019 Winnipeg, MB Bell MTS Place
    June 9, 2019 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
    June 10, 2019 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
    June 13, 2019 Hershey, PA GIANT Center
    June 15, 2019 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena
    June 16, 2019 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    June 18, 2019 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center
    June 20, 2019 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum
    June 21, 2019 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
    June 23, 2019 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
    Sept 10, 2019 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
    Sept 12, 2019 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
    Sept 14, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena
    Sept 16, 2019 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
    Sept 18, 2019 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
    Sept 19, 2019 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
    Sept 21, 2019 Houston, TX Toyota Center
    Sept 22, 2019 Lafayette, LA Cajundome
    Sept 24, 2019 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
    Sept 25, 2019 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
    Sept 27, 2019 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
    Sept 29, 2019 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
    Sept 30, 2019 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
    Oct 2, 2019 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden
    Oct 4, 2019 Washington, D.C. Capital One Arena
    Oct 5, 2019 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
    Oct 10, 2019 Boston, MA TD Garden
    Oct 12, 2019 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
    Oct 13, 2019 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center
    Oct 16, 2019 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
    Oct 17, 2019 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
    Oct 19, 2019 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
    Oct 20, 2019 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
    Oct 23, 2019 Memphis, TN FedExForum
    Oct 24, 2019 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
    Oct 26, 2019 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
    Oct 27, 2019 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
    Oct 29, 2019 Chicago, IL United Center
    Oct 31, 2019 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena

    *Tickets on sale Friday, Aug 24th in Wichita, Kansas City and Sioux Falls

    Audio / Carrie Underwood is looking forward to performing for fans on her

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    Carrie Underwood (looking forward to Cry Pretty Tour) OC: …else like it. :30
    “I’m so looking forward to the Cry Pretty Tour 360. It’s so much fun being on stage. It’s an energy. I love singing anywhere. I love being in the studio, but it’s just different when you have fans that are singing your songs back to you and kind of throwing that energy back to you. It takes everything to a whole new level, and there’s just like so much adrenaline from the crowd and the lights and the music and everything’s loud. There’s nothing else like it.”

    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (want to see you on my Cry Pretty Tour 360)

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  • THE CMA FEST TELEVISION SPECIAL, FEATURING SOME OF THE HOTTEST PERFORMANCES OF THE YEAR, AIRS WEDNESDAY ON ABC.

    Many of your favorite country stars will be featured on ABC’s three-hour special, CMA Fest on Wednesday (August 8th). The concert special was taped during this year’s CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville in June. For fans who weren’t able to attend, or if you want to revisit the amazing time you had, you can watch Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt and Chris Stapleton, among others, perform on the stage at Nissan Stadium (home of the Tennessee Titans).

    “I’ve always been the type of artist when I can perform my music for a television audience, it’s the best of both worlds. You get to be in people’s households and they get to always put the face with the song,” says Luke. “I mean, this is like a big, awards-show-type crowd in August and yeah, it’s very important. You don’t want to go out there and lay an egg. You want to go put a great show on, because the fans that are in the room, they’re gonna go watch it again in August. And another thing — it’s gonna make people that may not have been to this festival, they’re gonna want to come be a part of that. So, it’s been fun watching CMA Music Fest grow to where it’s sold out every night, and that’s because we put a cool thing to watch on TV together for the fans.”

    The CMA Fest special, hosted by Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini, airs Wednesday (August 8t) beginning at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about the CMA Fest television special and how much he enjoys performing on it.

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    Luke Bryan (CMA Music Festival TV) OC: …for the fans. 1:00
    “I’ve always been the type of artist when I can perform my music for a television audience, it’s the best of both worlds. You get to be in people’s households and they get to always put the face with the song. I mean, that used to be a big deal in my career, in my early career, we had to make sure that the people watching at home put it together that this crazy guy was singing in the song. I mean, this is like a big, awards-show-type crowd in August and yeah, it’s very important. You don’t want to go out there and lay an egg. You want to go put a great show on, because the fans that are in the room, they’re gonna go watch it again in August. And another thing — it’s gonna make people that may not have been to this festival, they’re gonna want to come be a part of that. So it’s been fun watching CMA Music Fest grow to where it’s sold out every night, and that’s because we put a cool thing to watch on TV together for the fans.”

    Audio / Keith Urban says he tries to show up and perform on CMA Music Fest every year because of the fans.

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    Keith Urban (CMA Fest TV) OC: …it’s my tribe. :15
    “Well, number one, for the fans, who come from all over the world to be here, and it’s an amazing week for them. But for me personally too, I love the work that all of the CMA Board and all of the Foundation do. You know, they’ve been very good to me over the years, and it’s my tribe.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about CMA Music Fest.

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    Carrie Underwood (CMA Music Festival) OC: …when they’re here. 1:05
    “CMA Music Festival is so much fun, and every year they do a TV special, which is really cool. We kind of get to give the rest of the world that didn’t get to come to the Music Fest a little taste of what it’s like and hopefully they’ll see it and want to come next year. But CMA Music Fest is so much fun. No other genre of music does what country music does for their fans like this, which is so cool. There are literally like hundreds of thousands of people that like descend on Nashville, and there’s not a hotel to be found. Everywhere you go there’s people looking for music and looking to see artists and fan club parties and charity events and the CMT Music Awards are that week. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s kind of a way to get to interact and give back and meet the people that have been coming to see you on tour and get to say thank you. It’s just a blast. I came as a kid growing up a couple of times, and it’s cool to be on that side of things and now to be on this side of things, but I think everybody just has a lot of fun when they’re here.”

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  • DIERKS BENTLEY REVEALS “WHISKEY ROW” LINEUP AT HIS UPCOMING INAUGURAL SEVEN PEAKS MUSIC FESTIVAL.

    Dierks Bentley announced another round of artists slated to play the upcoming inaugural Seven Peaks Music Festival, taking place this Labor Day Weekend in Buena Vista, CO, today.  The festival’s newly-revealed Whiskey Row Stage will serve as the festival’s second stage, and will offer performances from up and coming country and bluegrass artists across the weekend. PEOPLE exclusively broke the news this morning that Abby Anderson, Boy Named Banjo, Brown & Gray, Cody Canada, Dillon Carmichael, Travis Denning, Walker McGuire, Mipso and Rapidgrass will perform. Passes for the Labor Day weekend (8/31-9/2) destination experience are available now at sevenpeaksfestival.com.

    The eclectic lineup will take the festival’s second stage in addition to previously announced main stage artists Miranda Lambert, Brothers Osborne, Sam Bush, Dan + Shay, Elle King, LANCO, Del McCoury, Lucie Silvas, The Cadillac Three and Kiefer Sutherland. The carefully-curated, three-day festival will also set the pace for the weekend on Friday, Aug. 31 with a highly-anticipated Hot Country Night featuring performances by Clint Black, Sawyer Brown, Terri Clark, David Lee Murphy and special guests Bentley’s own Hot Country Knights.

    Like his current studio album THE MOUNTAIN, Seven Peaks Music Festival was inspired from Bentley’s love of The West and is set to be an unforgettable experience, where fans will be able to enjoy the unique vibe from the artist-friends stacked lineup, to the atmosphere of comradery, while the breathtaking backdrop of the collegiate peaks mountain range provides the perfect homegrown feel for camping under the stars. A weekend-long Somewhere On A Beach Party will also be in full swing beginning Saturday, where campers will be able to bask in the Colorado sunshine while floating with their friends, as well as enjoying daily drink specials and beach games with DJ AYDAMN keeping the festivities going all-day long.

    About Dierks Bentley: 
    Reaching a new creative high, Bentley co-wrote 10 of the album’s 13 tracks off his seventh chart-topping No. One album THE MOUNTAIN (Capitol Records Nashville), which earned him the highest debut sales of his career. Its “quality music with depth and sincerity” (NPR) is unified by themes of presence and positivity while ranging in style from textured rock to acoustic folk. The Arizona native has amassed nearly five billion digital streams, countless additional nominations from the ACM, CMA and Billboard Music Awards while earning 13 GRAMMY nominations – including at least one stemming from each of his last six albums. Continuing endeavors outside of the music industry Bentley has partnered with Flag & Anthem to create an exclusive lifestyle collection, Desert Son, available now. He continues to host capacity crowds throughout the summer on his 2018 MOUNTAIN HIGH TOUR sponsored by PepsiCo and 5-hour ENERGY®. Tickets for the MOUNTAIN HIGH TOUR and Seven Peaks Festival are on sale now at Dierks.com.

  • KEITH URBAN AND CARRIE UNDERWOOD FINALLY CELEBRATE THEIR NO. 1 HIT, “THE FIGHTER.”

    Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood celebrated the chart-topping success of “The Fighter” at a party at a Nashville hot spot more than a year after it went No. 1. The two were honored, along with Keith’s co-writer and co-producer busbee. Before awards were handed out and speeches were given, the trio performed their hit song.

    Prior to the party, Keith and co-writer busbee, sat down to talk about “The Fighter” and how it was based on real-life conversations between Keith and his lovely wife, Nicole Kidman.

    “It was such an easy song to write ‘cause it was born of real conversations Nic and I had before we had gotten married, and some of those fears she had about it, and me wanting to be able to make vows to her, promises to her that I knew I could keep, but just needed that chance,” explains Keith. “It’s interesting because in a lot of ways this song feels like vows that they really are – this is what I promise I’ll be and do and I’ll take care of you and I’ll keep the world away. It was very easy to write from that perspective.”

    Keith also just hit the top of the country chart with “Coming Home,” which features Julia Michaels. The song is from his current album, Graffiti U.

    Audio / Keith Urban explains the inspiration behind his No. 1 song, "The Fighter."

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    Keith Urban (Fighter No. 1) OC: …perspective. :33
    “It was such an easy song to write ‘cause it was born of real conversations Nic and I had before we had gotten married, and some of those fears she had about it, and me wanting to be able to make vows to her, promises to her that I knew I could keep, but just needed that chance; give me a chance, you know? It’s interesting because in a lot of ways this song feels like vows that they really are – this is what I promise I’ll be and do and I’ll take care of you and I’ll keep the world away. It was very easy to write from that perspective.”

  • BROTHERS OSBORNE ADDS HEADLINING U.S. LEG TO WORLD TOUR; FEATURED ON ABC TELEVISION SPECIAL, CMA FEST, THIS WEEK.

    Reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Duo of the Year, Brothers Osborne announces additional U.S. tour dates today, expanding their upcoming headlining world tour. In addition to these newly-announced US headlining dates, the GRAMMY nominated duo is already scheduled to return to Canada in October as well as headline their second U.K. tour this November. The Wild Feathers and Lucie Silvas will be joining on select dates.

    Brothers Osborne will perform their latest single “Shoot Me Straight” on ABC’s television special of “CMA Fest” this Wednesday August 8 at 8/7c. The “rocking anthem” (Premier Guitar) continues to climb the country airplay charts, approaching the Top 25, with Rolling Stone noting it as “an epic whiskey-fueled rocker that barrels into hangover territory head on, no chaser.” “Shoot Me Straight” is featured on the duo’s critically-acclaimed sophomore album, Port Saint Joe, which has been hailed as “soulful, classic-rocking” by NPR and “absolutely superb” by the BBC.

    Fans can purchase tickets this Friday August 10, with the fan club pre-sale beginning tomorrow August 7. Fans can join The Family, the official fan club, to be eligible to participate in the pre-sale.  To become a member, join here www.brothersosborne.com/fanclub.

    Brothers Osborne is currently on the road as part of Dierks Bentley’s Mountain High Tour and has previously toured with the likes of Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, and Little Big Town. On the Maryland native’s headlining world tour, fans can expect to hear the band’s three GRAMMY-nominated singles including No. 1 Platinum-Certified “Stay A Little Longer,” rowdy Top 10 hit “It Ain’t My Fault,” the reminiscent “21 Summer,”  in addition to songs from the new record such as “Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive)” and “Weed, Whiskey And Willie.”

    Brothers Osborne – World Tour Dates:

    Aug 26             Charlottesville, VA       Jefferson Theatre

    Aug 31             Laramie, WY               University of Wyoming Arena Auditorium

    Sept 5               Bethlehem, PA             Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks

    Oct 7                Paso Robles, CA          Vina Robles Amphitheatre

    Oct 17              Spokane, WA               Knitting Factory Concert House*^

    Oct 18              Abbotsford, BC            Abbotsford Centre*

    Oct 19              Penticton, BC               South Okanagan Events Centre*

    Oct 20              Calgary, AB                 MacEwan Hall*

    Oct 21              Edmonton, AB             Shaw Conference Centre*

    Oct 24              Saskatoon, SK              O’Brian’s Event Centre

    Oct 25              Winnipeg, MB              Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts

    Oct 26              St Paul, MN                  Palace Theatre^

    Oct 27              Madison, WI                The Sylvee^

    Oct 28              Grand Rapids, MI         20 Monroe Live^

    Nov 1               Toronto, ON                Rebel Complex*

    Nov 2               Kitchener, ON              Elements*

    Nov 3               London, ON                 London Music Hall*

    Nov 8               Asheville, NC              Thomas Wolfe Civic Center Auditorium^

    Nov 9               Louisville, KY             Palace Theatre~

    Nov 10             Fort Wayne, IN            Clyde Theatre^

    Nov 25             Glasgow, Scotland        O2 Academy Glasgow+

    Nov 27             Newcastle, England      O2 Academy Newcastle+

    Nov 28             Manchester, England    Academy Manchester+

    Nov 30             Nottingham, England    Rock City+

    Dec 1               Porthcawl, Wales         Planet Rock Festival

    Dec 2               London, England          O2 Kentish Town Forum+

    * Support from The Wild Feathers

    Support from Lucie Silvas

    ^  Fan club pre-sale begins August 7 at 10am local time, general on-sale August 10

    ~ Fan club pre-sale begins August 14 at 10am local time, general on-sale August 17

     

    For a full list of tour dates, news, images and more, visit: www.BrothersOsborne.com

  • BRANDON LAY IS HAVING A BLAST WITH KENNY CHESNEY ON HIS “TRIP AROUND THE SUN TOUR.”

    Brandon Lay has been electrifying crowds on Kenny Chesney’s Trip Around the Sun stadium tour. Last Saturday (August 4th), they played Detroit and this weekend (August 11th), they’re coming home to Nashville to perform at Nissan Stadium (home of the Tennessee Titans). Brandon says he’s having a great time on the road with Kenny.

    “That whole camp and whole atmosphere around that camp is just a party on wheels. And there are so many crew people that have worked with him for 20 plus years and it really is impressive just the setup and tear down aspect of it, and it takes literally a village to make it all go round,” says the Tennessee native. “But somewhere between all of that everyone is laid-back and having fun, and then it’s two hours before we even go on and people are out in the parking lot having a great time. It is easy to have fun in that kind of environment.”

    Brandon is making his way up the country charts with his song, “Yada, Yada, Yada.”

    Audio / Brandon Lay says the Kenny Chesney Trip Around the Sun stadium tour is a “party on wheels.”

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    Brandon Lay (playing stadiums on Kenny tour) OC: …environment. :33
    “It really is easier than a lot of other smaller venues and rooms because that whole camp and whole atmosphere around that camp is just a party on wheels. And there are so many crew people that have worked with him for 20 plus years and it really is impressive just the setup and tear down aspect of it, and it takes literally a village to make it all go round. But somewhere between all of that everyone is laid-back and having fun, and then it’s two hours before we even go on and people are out in the parking lot having a great time. It is easy to have fun in that kind of environment.”

  • KEITH URBAN SCORES A NO. 1 WITH “COMING HOME.”

    Keith Urban’s “Coming Home,” featuring Julia Michaels, has entered the top of the Mediabase Country chart this week, marking Keith’s 24th trip to No. 1. The song, which he co-wrote with Julia, as well as J.R. Rotem, Nicolle Galyon and the late Merle Haggard, is the first chart-topper from his latest album, Graffiti U. Keith wrote “Coming Home” based on a guitar lick he loved from Merle Haggard‘s 1968 No. 1 hit, “Mama Tried.”

    “I wanted to write something from that famous guitar lick in that song, and we took it from Haggard’s record, sort of manipulated it a little bit and put some new chords around it and wrote this music track,” says Keith. “What became the chorus was almost stream of conscious when I was listening to the track. I just wrote ‘There’s a place that I know where they all know me/I gotta get back now to the ones who love me/wrap myself around you/never let you go/there’s nothing in the world that feels like Coming Home.’ And it all just came out, and that’s what Merle’s guitar lick made me feel, so it was a very important part of the song.”

    Keith takes his Graffiti U World Tour to Cleveland, Ohio on Friday (August 10th), followed by a show in Bristow, Virginia on Saturday (August 11th) and Virginia Beach on Sunday (August 12th).

    Audio / KEITH URBAN EXPLAINS HOW HIS SONG “COMING HOME” ALL STARTED WITH MERLE HAGGARD’S GUITAR LICK FROM “MAMA TRIED.”

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    Keith Urban (Merle Haggard guitar riff) OC: …of the song. :38
    “I wanted to write something from that famous guitar lick in that song, and we took it from Haggard’s record, sort of manipulated it a little bit and put some new chords around it and wrote this music track. And then that what became the chorus was almost stream of conscious when I was listening to the track. I just wrote ‘There’s a place that I know where they all know me/I gotta get back now to the ones who love me/wrap myself around you/never let you go/there’s nothing in the world that feels like Coming Home.’ And it all just came out, and that’s what Merle’s guitar lick made me feel, so it was a very important part of the song.”