• CHRISTMAS 2018: Adam Hambrick

    Adam Hambrick just released an acoustic video of “Silent Night” to Youtube, and he says it’s probably his favorite Christmas song. “My favorite Christmas song is ‘Silent Night,’ because when we get together at Christmas, we all sing it together as a family like a fleet of Von Trapps (Sound of Music). So, that always reminds me of being at my grandmother and granddaddy’s house on Christmas.”

     

     

    Audio / Adam Hambrick says his favorite holiday song reminds him of being at his grandparents’ house at Christmas.

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    Adam Hambrick (favorite Christmas song) OC: …on Christmas. :13
    “My favorite Christmas song is ‘Silent Night,’ because when we get together at Christmas, we all sing it together as a family like a fleet of Von Trapps (Sound of Music). So, that always reminds me of being at my grandmother and granddaddy’s house on Christmas.”

    Audio / Adam Hambrick talks about the magic of Christmas time.

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    Adam Hambrick (Christmas magic) OC: …he does. C’mon. :36
    “I love Christmas too because it makes you feel like a kid ‘cause there’s a certain element of Christmas like anything can happen, because all of a sudden you look up and there’s lights everywhere. It’s just so far out of the routine. There’s decorations and we stop singing our regular songs and we sing Christmas songs. It’s such a disruption from the routine that it kind of has this magical effect, and it always makes me feel like a kid. I love thinking about those memories when I was a kid at Christmas. Is Santa Claus gonna bring me the Ninetindo? And then he does. C’mon.”

    Audio / Adam Hambrick explains what he considers the official kick-off to Christmas for him and his wife.

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    Adam Hambrick (Christmas traditions) OC: …some Christmas. :18
    “Every year since my wife and I have been married, we decorate the Christmas tree while Elf is playing on the TV and while there are Christmas cookies baking in the oven. Those are the three things that we officially need to kick off Christmas. If we have those three things, we can roll with some Christmas.”

    Audio / While Elf is Adam Hambrick’s favorite Christmas movie, Rudolph, the Red-Nose Reindeer and the California Raisins Christmas Special was his favorite shows as a child.

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    Adam Hambrick (Christmas shows) OC: …thing out. :31
    “Rudolph is probably my O.G. Christmas favorite, but when I was a kid, there was this California Raisins Christmas Special that they did with the Claymation, and we recorded off of TV. I must’ve watched that bootleg tape a billion times. There was like this one Carol the Bells skit that had, I can’t summarize it enough to do it justice, but the California Raisins Christmas Special from like 1991 was [laughs], I wore that thing out.”

  • CHRISTMAS 2018: Luke Bryan

    Luke Bryan usually has a house full of family at Christmas. The Georgia native and his wife will host several, including their sons, nephew, nieces, Luke’s mom, and others, and they will all take part in the Bryan tradition by having chili dogs on Christmas Eve.

    Find audio below of him talking about the unique tradition, his most meaningful Christmas gift, his favorite Christmas movie and much more.

    Luke is climbing the country chart with his latest, “What Makes You Country.”

    Audio / LUKE BRYAN REVEALS THE MOST MEANINGFUL CHRISTMAS GIFT HE’S EVER RECEIVED FROM HIS WIFE CAROLINE.

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    Luke Bryan (Most meaningful Christmas gift) OC: …turkey hunting. :55
    “By far the best Christmas present I have ever gotten and will ever get was when my wife Caroline went and found my brother’s old pickup truck from 1996 that they found the VIN number and it was down in Louisiana and it was still on the road.  And her and my dad went down, they picked it up, brought it to Nashville and Christmas Eve night pulled into the driveway with it, and let’s just say that yes, the tears were flowing and it will never be topped. I don’t know how you’ll ever top it. What an amazing moment for me and my family and it was pretty special.  And that truck is when we do our turkey hunting; it’s the turkey hunting truck. So, all my turkey hunting gear stays in there, and when the boys see me pull up in my brother’s truck they know we’re fixing to go turkey hunting.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan reveals his family’s Christmas tradition.

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    Luke Bryan (Bryan Christmas tradition) OC: …pretty special. :41
    “We have a pajama night and we do chili dogs on Christmas Eve, and we’ve always done that.  My mother comes up and we go shop. She makes me go shop with her so we have to pick out all the right stuff. We have to get the proper buns, the proper wieners. It’s very important.  All beef wieners for the chili dog cooking. It’s a ritual. So, we’re eating chili dogs in pajamas, and so it’s special anytime you can come up with fun traditions and hold true to them. Yeah, so cooking chili dogs in a onesie is pretty special.

    Audio / Luke Bryan reveals his favorite Christmas movie.

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    Luke Bryan (Christmas movie) OC: …Vacation. :06
    “Hey, it’s Luke Bryan! My favorite Christmas movie is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

    Audio / LUKE BRYAN TALKS ABOUT HIS FAVORITE PART OF CHRISTMAS.

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    Luke Bryan (favorite thing about Christmas) OC: …special time. :32
    “My favorite part of the holidays obviously is watching the kids – watching the boys’ excitement for what they may or may not be getting and watching them tear open Christmas presents on Christmas morning. You got the fireplace going. You got Christmas music on the TV. You’ve got – you get up at 6am. You’re exhausted and you’ve got all your family there.  It doesn’t get any better than certainly waking up on Christmas mornings and just having that special time.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about his favorite Christmas gift when he was a kid.

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    Luke Bryan (Christmas gift) OC: …walked out. :15
    “My favorite Christmas gift is definitely my first Honda 50 motorcycle that I got back in 1984. It was just an amazing gift to have under the tree, and I never will forget seeing that as I walked out.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Kacey, Luke, Dierks, AJ, Lauren

    Kacey Musgraves’ CMA Album of the Year, Golden Hour, has been named Apple Music’s Album of the Year, as well.

    If you’re visiting downtown Nashville and stop by Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink, Dierks Bentley’s “Whiskey Row,”  Alan Jackson’s AJ’s Goodtime Bar and Blake Shelton’s Ole Red, among others, you’ll be helping out the local Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The country stars and other businesses are taking part in the Jingle All the Broadway initiative to help raise money and awareness for the hospital. It continues through Christmas Day.

    Lauren Alaina will make her late-night TV debut with her latest song, “Ladies in the ‘90s,” on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers on February 19th.

  • CHRISTMAS 2018: Jordan Davis

    Jordan Davis started a Christmas tradition when he moved to Nashville a few years ago. He goes to the historic Belcourt Theatre to catch a viewing of the classic It’s a Wonderful Life. “They play it at a theater here in town, and it’s something that I really look forward to going and seeing that movie,” he says.

    As a young man, he and his brother Jacob asked for a specific present together. “Me and my brother asked for go-karts together, and I was actually worried that we weren’t going to get ‘em, because I knew my mom probably thought we were going to kill ourselves,” says the Louisiana native. “We woke up Christmas morning and me and Jacob, we run into the living room and don’t see a go-kart. I remember being like sad opening presents, and then my dad tells me he thought he heard some reindeer in the backyard. So, we jet to the back of the house and there’s two blue-and-white go-karts in the backyard. So, that’s the one I always remember. That was a great present.”

    Jordan says the music that signals the Christmas season is anything by Nat King Cole. “My favorite Christmas song is Nat King Cole’s ‘Buon Natale.’ I don’t know the record it’s on it, [but] we would just play that song over and over and over. So, that’s by far my favorite, but anything by Nat King Cole. I mean Nat King Cole is Christmas to me, always playing, always having some type of Christmas music on. I remember growing up, my mom, she would start on Thanksgiving. We would start listening to Christmas music and anytime you’d walk into the house if Mom was home, there was Christmas music playing.”

    Jordan is closing in on the Top 15 with his latest hit, “Take It From Me.”

    Audio / JORDAN DAVIS REVEALS HIS FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE.

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    Jordan Davis (favorite Christmas movie) OC: …a great movie. :19
    “The one Christmas movie I have to watch, which Elf has slowly taken over that spot, but I would have to say It’s a Wonderful Life. Then moving to Nashville, they play it at a theater here in town, and it’s something that I really look forward to going and seeing that movie. Man, it’s just a great movie.”

    Audio / JORDAN DAVIS TALKS ABOUT HIS FAVORITE CHRISTMAS GIFT AS A CHILD.

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    Jordan Davis (favorite Christmas gift) OC: …great present. :41
    “The one Christmas present that stands out to me – I can remember I asked for go-karts. Me and my brother asked for go-karts together. And I was actually worried that we weren’t going to get ‘em, because I knew my mom probably thought we were going to kill ourselves, but we woke up Christmas morning and me and Jacob, we run into the living room and don’t see a go-kart. I remember being like sad opening presents, and then my dad tells me he thought he heard some reindeer in the backyard. So, we jet to the back of the house and there’s two blue-and-white go-karts in the backyard. So, that’s the one I always remember. That was a great present.”

    Audio / JORDAN DAVIS TALKS ABOUT HIS FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONG.

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    Jordan Davis (Christmas music) OC: …music on. :41
    “My favorite Christmas song is Nat King Cole’s ‘Buon Natale.’ I don’t know the record it’s on it, [but] we would just play that song over and over and over. So, that’s by far my favorite, but anything by Nat King Cole. I mean Nat King Cole is Christmas to me, always playing, always having some type of Christmas music on. I remember growing up, my mom, she would start on Thanksgiving. We would start listening to Christmas music and anytime you’d walk into the house if Mom was home, there was Christmas music playing. It was just background music, and it’s something I’ve carried over like there’s Christmas music that is played all the time. If we’re home, there’s Christmas music on.”

  • BRANDON LAY COVERS FAVORITE HOLIDAY SONG, “TENNESSEE CHRISTMAS.”

    Brandon Lay and his wife Nicole covered the holiday song, “Tennessee Christmas,” and released it on Youtube. They included their infant son Ryder who made his video debut in the clip. The song has special meaning to Brandon who grew up in West Tennessee.

    “‘Tennessee Christmas’ is one of my favorite Christmas songs just because I was born and raised in Tennessee, and it’s one we always sang around the piano this time of year,” says Brandon.

    They haven’t thought about any new holiday traditions, but Brandon says it’s a different dynamic as a family of three and they’re going to savor every moment of son Ryder’s first Christmas.

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

     

    Audio / Brandon Lay explains why he covered "Tennessee Christmas."

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    Brandon Lay (covering Tennessee Christmas) OC: …for a cover. :11
    “‘Tennessee Christmas’ is one of my favorite Christmas songs just because I was born and raised in Tennessee, and it’s one we always sang around the piano this time of year. So, it just seemed fitting to do it for a cover.”

    Audio / Brandon Lay and his wife Nicole haven’t created any new Christmas traditions with the addition of their brand new son, Ryder, but are looking forward to spending time together as a family of three.

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    Brandon Lay (new tradition with Ryder) OC: …looking forward to it. :23
    “Yeah, so we have a new addition to our family this year for Christmas. We kinda spend time between her parents’ place and my parents’ place in Jackson (Tennessee). So as far as any new traditions, it’s just gonna be totally different dynamic having him here. So, we look forward to creating those, and we don’t really have anything specific in mind, but just the fact that there are three of us now is probably enough change for now, so we’re looking forward to it.”

  • CHRISTMAS 2018: Carrie Underwood

    Christmas for Carrie Underwood hasn’t changed that much from when she was a young girl. She usually still gets together with her family, which includes her parents, two sisters, their husband and kids…as well as her own husband, Mike Fisher, and son Isaiah. However, this year, since she’s pregnant with her second child – a boy – their plans are to stay home.

    This year we’re going to be able to relax a little more and we’re going to get to be home, because usually we travel a lot. That’s kind of our main Christmas tradition is traveling to Oklahoma or Canada or both to spend time with all of our family, but this year we’re going to kind of relax in one place and yeah, just be together.”

    Carrie is currently making her way up the country charts with her latest song, “Love Wins.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood is expecting a baby boy who will be joining the family pretty soon. She, Mike and Isaiah usually travel to Oklahoma and Canada for the holidays, but this year they’ll be staying put this year.

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    Carrie Underwood (Christmas 2018) OC: …be together. :37
    “It’s really cool to see Christmas through Isaiah’s eyes. He is definitely all about Santa and seeing him. He’s now started requesting certain toys and things like that. This year we’re going to be able to relax a little more and we’re going to get to be home, because usually we travel a lot. That’s kind of our main Christmas tradition is traveling to Oklahoma or Canada or both to spend time with all of our family, but this year we’re going to kind of relax in one place and yeah, just be together.”

    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Christmas)

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  • TRAVIS DENNING WILL TAKE PART IN THE CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES IN LONDON DURING THE C2C FESTIVAL IN MARCH.

    Travis Denning has been tapped to take part in the CMA Songwriters Series at The O2 in London during the C2C: Country to Country Festival next year. The event will kick off C2C March 7th and will also include Ross Copperman (Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge), Jimmie Allen, Cam and newcomer Laura Veltz. The performance follows October’s successful second annual CMA Songwriters Series tours in Europe and the U.K., while also marking the sixth London appearance and third consecutive sold-out CMA Songwriters Series during C2C. Tickets go on sale Friday (December 7th) at 9:00 AM/GMT at AXS.com and gigsandtours.com.

    CMA Songwriters Series introduces new artists and songwriters through its intimate storytelling format. Audiences get to know the performers, their journey and the stories behind their songs throughout the two-hour seated show, as artists take turns performing their songs acoustically. Each CMA Songwriters Series is unique—the one-off performances are unrehearsed, uplifting and heartwarming, leaving audiences feeling closer to the artists and the music.

    A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, Mercury Nashville’s Travis Denning vividly remembers the moment he realized he wanted to pursue music for a living. He was seven years old sitting in his Dad’s truck and heard AC/DC for the first time. From then on, he was hooked and devoured all types of music from Country, pop, rock and heavy metal. Denning started playing local bars at the age of 16 and built a solid following from his distinctive songs and raucous guitar licks. He moved to Nashville in 2014 and within a year signed a publishing deal with Jeremy Stover’s RED Creative Group. After securing outside cuts by Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Michael Ray and Chase Rice he caught the attention of Universal Music Group where he eventually signed a record deal in 2017. Denning just released his debut single “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs,” an upbeat coming-of-age song that paints a picture of a young man reminiscing on his carefree college memories. The singer/songwriter has previously opened shows for Alan Jackson, Moore, Rice and Cole Swindell and is currently on the road with LANCO on the Hallelujah Nights Tour. When he’s not touring, he is in the studio working on his debut album.

    Travis was recently named one of three recipients of the first-ever CMA KixStart Artist Scholarship, which provides educational and professional support to rising artists throughout the course of a year.

  • KEITH URBAN WILL RING IN THE NEW YEAR FROM NASHVILLE ON NBC’S NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH HOSTS CARSON DALY AND CHRISSY TEIGEN.

    NBC has it all on New Year’s Eve as Carson Daly and Chrissy Teigen host “NBC’s New Year’s Eve” live from Times Square in New York with Leslie Jones. The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban will perform live from Nashville and host the Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve from Nashville’s Bicentennial State Park. This incredible line up of talent will introduce the biggest musical acts of the year (to be announced) and join the crowd in saying goodbye to 2018.

     

    The special will air Monday, Dec. 31 from 10-11 p.m. ET/PT, will break for local news and return for the final countdown from 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

    CARSON DALY 

    Carson Daly serves as host and producer for the 15th season of the hit NBC series “The Voice.” The series has received seven consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Reality Competition Program and won in 2013, 2015-17. Additionally, “The Voice” received a Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television for the sixth year in a row. Daly joined NBC’s morning show “Today” in 2013 and is host of the Orange Room, its digital studio. Daly’s long-running late night NBC series, “Last Call with Carson Daly,” is currently entering its 18th season. “Last Call” has garnered acclaim for its documentary style, emphasis on exceptional storytelling and status as late-night TV’s unofficial music tastemaker. After getting his start in radio  as the host at the top-rated morning-drive radio program on 97.1 AMP-FM Los Angeles, Daly quickly landed one of the most coveted positions in the business — the early evening voice of L.A.’s influential and highly rated alternative rock station KROQ-FM. MTV soon recognized his talent and brought him to New York. As host and executive producer of MTV’s “Total Request Live (TRL),” Daly transformed an afternoon music video program into a must-stop on the publicity circuit for musicians, movie stars and entertainers. It was Daly’s guy-next-door charm that made him appealing as he entered living rooms daily to offer exactly what the audience desired.

    CHRISSY TEIGEN

    Chrissy Teigen is a bestselling cookbook author, model and television host. In 2016, she released her #1 New York Times best-selling cookbook, “Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat.” Earlier this year she followed that publication up with her highly anticipated second cookbook, “Cravings: Hungry for More,” in addition to launching her kitchen and tabletop collection, “Cravings by Chrissy Teigen,” which is available exclusively at Target. Teigen can also be seen on Paramount Network’s smash hit competition show, “Lip Sync Battle.”

    LESLIE JONES 

    Leslie Jones is currently starring in her fifth season of “Saturday Night Live.” Her work on the longstanding sketch show has garnered her two Emmy Award nominations and inclusion on the Time 100 list. Jones covered the most recent Summer and Winter Olympics for NBC and was the host of the 2017 BET Awards. She is currently recording one of the lead roles in “Angry Birds 2” for Sony Pictures. Jones also starred in Paul Feig’s reboot of “Ghostbusters,” alongside Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon. Her other film credits include Chris Rock’s “Top Five,” Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck” and the animated film “Sing.” Jones is from Memphis, Tenn.

    KEITH URBAN

    Keith Urban, 2018 CMA Entertainer of the Year and Grammy Award winner, recently released his new album, “Graffiti U,” in conjunction with his “Graffiti U World Tour 2018.” The album, which upon its debut on April 27, hit #1 on charts in the United States, Canada and Australia, is Urban’s ninth. He’s had an album atop the all-genre charts in the U.S., Canada and Australia twice and is the only male country artist to have achieved the mark even once. He now stands at #8 on Billboard’s All-Time Country Airplay Chart as the artist with the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart (38) – a streak that started in 2000. Besides four Grammys, Urban has won 12 Country Music Association Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music Awards, four People’s Choice Awards and four American Music Awards. He is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He’s long supported numerous charities, including the CMA Foundation, for which he is the first Ambassador, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum©, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, for which he is an advisory board member, the Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund and the Grammy Foundation.

    The 10th annual Nashville New Year’s Eve event will take place near the Tennessee State Capitol at Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. The music-filled evening caps off with a Music Note Drop and fireworks to ring in the New Year.

  • HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH ANNOUNCE ‘GROUP THERAPY TOUR’ FOR 2019; WILL RELEASE NEW ALBUM ON UMG NASHVILLE.

    Iconic pop-rock band Hootie & the Blowfish appeared on NBC’s TODAY this morning to announce a highly anticipated return to full-time touring in 2019, as the foursome sets out on the 2019 Group Therapy Tour with direct support from special guest Barenaked Ladies.

     

    The band formed by Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld during their time as students at the University of South Carolina will visit 44 cities on the tour produced by Live Nation, kicking off Thursday, May 30th in Virginia Beach, Virginia and wrapping Friday, September 13th with a Columbia, South Carolina homecoming.

     

    Citi is the official pre-sale credit card for the Group Therapy Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning today, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. local time until Thursday, Dec. 6 at 10 p.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

    Hootie & the Blowfish fan club members can also access an exclusive pre-sale starting today, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. local time. Barenaked Ladies fans who have purchased VIP packages in the past will receive an exclusive code to purchase tickets early on Wednesday, Dec. 5 starting at 10 a.m. local time before they go on sale to the general public this Friday, Dec. 7 at www.LiveNation.com.

    “Once the four of us met and started playing shows, we toured for years before signing a record deal,” reflects Rucker who, in the 10+ year break since their last formal tour and nearly 15 years since their last studio album as a band, has charted nine No. 1 singles on Country radio.

    Felber notes, “Having those shows at fraternity houses, clubs and dive bars under our belt prepared us for success to a degree, and it’s something we’re proud of – that we put in the work – but what matters to me the most is that we’re still a band all these years later. We’ve never stopped being a band.”

    “We were content playing clubs and small theaters, so playing to three-, four- and five-times that size was incredible, and we’re looking forward to that feeling again on this tour,” Sonefeld echoes.

    Bryan adds, “There’s nothing like playing music live. For the first time in nearly 20 years we’ll be coming back to Columbia, South Carolina where it all began,” before Rucker interjects, “and we’re ready to rock.”

    In addition to hitting the road on the Group Therapy Tour in 2019, the band described as “beloved” by the New York Times and praised by Billboard for their “undeniable charm” will also release a forthcoming sixth studio album under new label home Universal Music Group Nashville as their debut Cracked Rear View celebrates its 25th anniversary.

    Cracked Rear View, certified by the RIAA as 21x Platinum and the fifth-most certified studio album of all time, marked the beginning of a whirlwind of success for the two-time GRAMMY winners who have gone on to sell over 25 million albums and notch 17 Billboard-charting songs to date.

    Group Therapy Tour
    May 30             Virginia Beach, Va. | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
    May 31             Raleigh, N.C. | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

    June 1               Atlanta, Ga. | Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
    June 6               Orange Beach, Ala. | The Wharf
    June 7               Tampa, Fla. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
    June 8               West Palm Beach, Fla. | Coral Sky Amphitheatre
    June 13             Austin, Texas | Austin360 Amphitheater
    June 14             Houston, Texas | The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
    June 15             Dallas, Texas | Dos Equis Pavilion
    June 19             Phoenix, Ariz. | Ak-Chin Pavilion
    June 21             Chula Vista, Calif. | North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
    June 22             Las Vegas, Nev. | T-Mobile Arena
    June 23             Irvine, Calif. | FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance
    June 25             Los Angeles, Calif. | Hollywood Bowl
    June 28             Wheatland, Calif. | Toyota Amphitheatre
    June 29             Mountain View, Calif. | Shoreline Amphitheatre

    July 11              Englewood, Colo. | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
    July 13              Maryland Heights, Mo. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    July 14              Rogers, Ark. | Walmart AMP
    July 19              Monticello, Iowa | Great Jones County Fair
    July 20              Cincinnati, Ohio | Riverbend Music Center
    July 21              Burgettstown, Penn. | KeyBank Pavilion
    July 26              Cleveland, Ohio | Blossom Music Center
    July 27              Bristow, Va. |  Jiffy Lube Live
    July 28              Camden, N.J. | BB&T Pavilion

    August 2           Guilford, N.H. | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
    August 3           Mansfield, Mass. | Xfinity Center
    August 4           Saratoga Springs, N.Y. | Saratoga Performing Arts Center
    August 8           Columbia, Md. | Merriweather Post Pavilion
    August 9           Canandaigua, N.Y. | Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
    August 10         New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden
    August 16         Detroit, Mich. | DTE Energy Music Theatre
    August 17         Noblesville, Ind. | Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
    August 18         Des Moines, Iowa | Iowa State Fair
    August 22         St. Paul, Minn. | Minnesota State Fair
    August 23         East Troy, Wis. | Alpine Valley Music Theatre
    August 24         Tinley Park, Ill. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    August 29         Toronto, Ont. | Budweiser Stage
    August 30         Hershey, Penn. | Hersheypark Stadium
    August 31         Hartford, Conn. | XFINITY Theatre

    September 5      Charlotte, N.C. | PNC Music Pavilion
    September 6      Birmingham, Ala. | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
    September 7      Nashville, Tenn. | Bridgestone Arena
    September 13    Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena

    For more information, visit www.hootie.com or follow on Facebook @hootieandtheblowfish, Twitter @HootieTweets and Instagram @hootieofficial.

    About Hootie & the Blowfish
    With the rich, bluesy vocals of Darius Rucker and gleeful harmonies of guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber and drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, Hootie & the Blowfish have sold over 25 million records worldwide to date after their infectious melodies hit the airwaves in 1994 with hits such as “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You.”

    The quartet met at the University of South Carolina where endless gigs at frat houses and local bars built a major local buzz. Their blend of pop, folk, blues, soul and rock made them hard to pigeonhole and easily accessible to anyone who loved good music.

    Atlantic Records, impressed by their regional draw, signed them and released Cracked Rear View in 1994. The album had been out for six months before the band played on the Late Show with David Letterman which sent sales skyrocketing, eventually landing at No. 1 on the Billboard chart the following spring. Cracked Rear View and the band went on to win two GRAMMY Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, and multiple People’s Choice Awards. Cracked Rear View earned the band Billboard‘s Band of the Year Award in 1996 and the RIAA’s Diamond Award for sales in excess of 10 million units. Cracked Rear View remains the 5th most certified studio album in music history.

    The band remained a top draw nationwide and released five more albums for Atlantic: Fairweather JohnsonMusical ChairsScattered, Smothered & CoveredHootie & The Blowfish and The Best of Hootie & The Blowfish, as well as Looking For Lucky on their own Sneaky Long Records and LIVE in Charleston, The Homegrown Concert Event DVD and CD. The band took a break from full-time touring in 2008, reuniting annually for a variety of philanthropic events while also pursuing solo projects. 2019 will mark the band’s first full-time touring year in over a decade as they embark on the Group Therapy Tour in support of forthcoming new music under a new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville.

    About Barenaked Ladies
    Over the course of their remarkable career, Barenaked Ladies have sold over 15 million albums, written multiple Top 20 hits (including radio staples “One Week,” “Pinch Me,” “Brian Wilson,” “If I Had $1,000,000”), garnered 2 GRAMMY nominations, won 8 JUNO Awards, had Ben & Jerry’s name an ice cream after them (“If I Had 1,000,000 Flavours”), wrote and recorded the theme song to the award-winning TV series “The Big Bang Theory,” participated in the first-ever “space-to-earth musical collaboration” with astronaut Chris Hadfield and garnered an international fan base whose members number in the millions. In 2018, the band (vocalist/guitarist Ed Robertson, drummer Tyler Stewart, keyboardist Kevin Hearn and bassist Jim Creeggan) celebrated their 30th anniversary with the release of a dynamic new album, Fake Nudes, a much-deserved induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame (with Rush vocalist Geddy Lee handling the honors) and a proclamation from Toronto Mayor John Tory declaring October 1st “Barenaked Ladies Day.” The band is currently in pre-production for a new album due in 2019. For more information, visit www.barenakedladies.com.

  • UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP NASHVILLE PARTNERS WITH LUCCHESE AND JW MARRIOTT FOR RECORD SHOP CONCEPT.

    Universal Music Group Nashville has partnered with Lucchese Bootmaker and JW Marriott for a special record shop concept store. Located at the JW Marriott Hotel on the corner of 8th Avenue and Clark Place in Nashville, this limited time only pop-up shop features handmade boots by Lucchese in addition to merchandise from UMG Nashville artists such as Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, George Strait, Keith Urban and more. The shop is open every Thursday – Sunday from 12-8pm and also includes an indoor stage featuring free live music as well as Shiner beer, brewed by Spoetzl.

    Photo Credit: Katie Kauss

    About Universal Music Group Nashville

    Universal Music Group Nashville consists of Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Records Nashville, MCA Nashville and Mercury Nashville. Reading like a “who’s who” of Music Row, the combined rosters include Adam Hambrick, Alan Jackson, Billy Currington, Brandon Lay, Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood, Caylee Hammack, CB30, Chris Stapleton, Clare Dunn, Dan Tyminski, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Gary Allan, George Strait, Jon Langston, Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Josh Turner, Kacey Musgraves, Kassi Ashton, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Maddie & Tae, Mickey Guyton, Sam Hunt, Shania Twain, Sugarland, Travis Denning and Vince Gill. For additional information, visit www.umgnashville.com

     

    About Lucchese

    Texas-based Lucchese is a legendary bootmaker and iconic brand of the American West. Applying the same craftsmanship principles and techniques since 1883, Lucchese artisans use only the finest leathers, preeminent materials and a proprietary twisted cone last to construct boots of unrivaled quality, fit, comfort and style.