• DIERKS BENTLEY ANNOUNCES ‘COUNTRY & COLD CANS 2012’ TOUR!

    20-City Tour Kicks Off April 13 In Los Angeles with Special Guest Eli Young Band and Will Hoge

    and The Cadillac Black in Select Markets 

    Nashville, TN – Jan. 30, 2012 – Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley announced today that he will bring his Country & Cold Cans Tour back to the U.S. this spring with 20 cities to be announced in the coming weeks.  Republic Nashville’s Eli Young Band will rejoin Bentley for the run, along with a combination of Will Hoge and The Cadillac Black in the opening slot. The tour kicks off in Los Angeles on April 13 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live with tickets for the first show going on sale Fri., Feb 10.  Other dates and on-sales will roll out by market over the coming weeks.

    “Country & Cold Cans was such a great tour last fall…it’s just way too much fun to stop and we knew we had to continue it into the spring and make another run across the U.S. when we get home from Canada and Australia.  We’re even going to Alaska…giving new meaning to COLD cans,” laughed Bentley.   “I’m excited that EYB is coming out with us again…great dudes and they put on a killer show.  I’m also a big fan of both The Cadillac Black and Will Hoge, so I’m looking forward to watching their sets every night.”

    Bentley is currently gearing up for the release of his sixth studio album HOME on Feb. 7. The new album’s anthemic second single and title track received an ACM nomination for Song Of The Year last week and is pushing its way up the Top 10 of the radio charts.  Billboard noted that the song is “Maybe his strongest lyrical statement to date, the single reminds us of a late 70s Haggard track — the ultimate compliment.  The past few years have seen some of the best work of his career, and this is another example.”  The lead single “Am I The Only One” already peaked in the No. one spot and has been certified GOLD.  Bentley’s earlier albums have earned him eight No. one hits, over five million total album sales and 10 GRAMMY nominations.
     
    Eli Young Band’s “Crazy Girl,” has been certified PLATINUM with sales of over 1.4 million downloads and was named Billboard’s No. one Country Song of The Year. The band has performed the hit on Late Show With David Letterman, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and the ACA Awards. LIFE AT BEST made its debut at No. three on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and No. six on the Billboard 200.  It came in at No. one on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and No. two on the iTunes All Genre chart.

    Critically acclaimed Nashville singer/songwriter Will Hoge’s seventh studio album, aptly titled NUMBER SEVEN, explores the struggles of the heart that are Hoge’s songwriting stock in trade while revealing enticing range and freshness on the sonic front. The Philadelphia Inquirer noted its “raw, impassioned power,” while the Chicago Sun-Times called it “a rich, textured album.” For the past 10 years, Hoge has maintained a rigorous touring schedule, building his fan base by playing hundreds of shows a year.  Hoge recently made his late night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

    The Cadillac Black like to refer to their sound as “Country Fuzz.” It’s a little bit country, a little bit rock & roll and a whole lot of whiskey soaked fun. On stage TCB bring a high energy show that will make your feet stomp, your beers pop and your heart skip a beat. Their debut album will be out in the spring of 2012, but has already had six songs featured in TV shows prior to its release including FOX’s “House,” CW’s “Hart of Dixie” and “Vampire Diaries.”
     
    For more info on the new album and for a full list of “Country & Cold Cans” dates as they roll out, visit www.dierks.com

  • LUKE BRYAN SPENDS A SECOND WEEK AT NO. 1!!! (AUDIO)

    Luke Bryan’s “I Don’t Want This Night to End” spends a second week at No. 1 on the Mediabase/Country Aircheck chart. Not only does Luke love the story of the song that he co-wrote, but he also really digs the unusual melody of “I Don’t Want This Night to End.” “A buddy of mine kind of said it best. He said, ‘Luke, it sounds, you know, a track, it’s like The Cure or something,’” recalls Luke. “It’s probably the furthest I’ve went from a country-sounding track ever. It’s really not a country track. But then you got my old country voice on it, and that’ll simmer down the most-craziest of tracks.”

    • “I Don’t Want This Night to End” is the latest single from Luke’s gold-certified album, tailgates & tanlines.
    • He’s out on the My Kinda Party 2012 Tour with his buddy, Jason Aldean. Their next stop is Thursday (February 2nd) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    AUDIO: Luke Bryan says the melody of his latest No. 1 hit, “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” is a bit out of the norm for him.

    Luke Bryan (melody of Night) OC: …behind it. :29

    “I love the melody of [hums], I mean, all that melody is just really kind of cool there. A buddy of mine kind of said it best. He said, ‘Luke, it sounds, you know, a track, it’s like The Cure or something.’ It’s probably the furthest I’ve went from a country-sounding track ever. It’s really not a country track. But then you got my old country voice on it and that’ll simmer down the most craziest of tracks. So it’s fun to have that kind of music behind it.” 

     

  • DIERKS BENTLEY FLIES THE FRIENDLY SKIES. (AUDIO)

     

     

    Dierks Bentley works hard, but he also plays hard. When he’s off the road, not in the studio and not being Dad, you might find him sporting ice skates playing with his hockey team, The Iceholes, riding the highways on his motorcycle…or in the air piloting a plane. What? Yes, the “Home” singer has his pilot’s license and enjoys meandering through the clouds on a rare day off. “It’s something I started off doing like fifteen years ago, but it was expensive and time consuming. It took me like three years to get my pilot’s license, although I soloed after like seven hours,” Dierks explains. “I really did enjoy it. It just took a while to get the license…the last fifteen years, I’ve had to focus really on music. But I had about a month off between last year’s tour and recording and getting ready to go back out again, and I just really got into it and spent the last of my little time off just letting a different part of my brain get used.”

    • Dierks is getting ready to release his new album, Home, on February 7th. The collection includes his latest Top 10 hit and title cut, “Home.”

    AUDIO: Dierks Bentley talks about getting his pilot’s license.

    Dierks Bentley (pilot’s license) OC: …now and then. 1:10

    “I just really love doing the safe things like motorcycles and airplanes and playing hockey. It’s great. It’s just a totally different – it’s something I started off doing like fifteen years ago but it was expensive and time consuming. It took me like 3 years to get my pilot’s license, although I soloed after like 7 hours. I really did enjoy it. It just took a while to get the license. But then the last fifteen years I’ve had to focus really on music. But I had about a month off between last year’s tour and recording and getting ready to go back out again, and I just really got into it and spent the last of my little time off just letting a different part of my brain get used. It’s just great. It’s really fun having a little mission to fly to a gig and I’m the kind of person who really likes driving. I like being in the driver’s seat. I can be on a big airplane and still be nervous. I don’t like being in the back not knowing what’s going on. I just like being – I guess it’s a control thing – but I do like being in control, flying things or driving things or what not. It’s just the personality I have. It’s been really fun. It’s a great feeling up there and it’s a really cool thing being able to do every now and then.”

  • LADY ANTEBELLUM REACT TO THEIR FIVE ACM NOMINATIONS. (VIDEO)

    Lady Antebellum send in their reaction to their 5 ACM Awards Nominations, and a hint to where you might find Charles in April…

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  • LUKE BRYAN TAKES FANS ON THE ROAD IN THE LATEST EPISODE OF LBTV. (VIDEO)

    The latest episode of LBTV features Luke Bryan in rehearsals for the My Kinda Party 2012 Tour, as well as for the opening weekend of the tour with Jason Aldean and opening act Lauren Alaina.

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  • DIERKS BENTLEY IS SUPER BOWL BOUND! (AUDIO)

    Dierks Bentley heads to Indianapolis on Sunday to perform as part of the festivities leading up to this year’s Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants on Sunday, February 5th. A sports fan, Dierks isn’t necessarily picking a winner (well, he’s not telling us), but he’s looking for a good game between the two titan teams. “I’m really just pulling for a great game,” says Dierks. “As a fan, I just really want to see a game that isn’t over by half-time. I want to see something that goes into the fourth quarter, maybe even deeper. It would be so cool…I was kind of pulling for this rematch in some ways. There are a lot of great story lines to play out in…this year’s playoffs.”

    Dierks is getting ready to release his new studio album, Home, February 7th. It features the title track, which is currently scaling the Top 10 on the country charts.

    Dierks Bentley talks about this year’s Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants.

    Dierks Bentley (Super Bowl 2012) OC: …be cool. :42

    “That’s really tough. I mean, you’ve got 2 teams with great quarterbacks that have Super Bowl history between them. Tom Brady is unbelievable — won so many Super bowls. I think this is his fifth Super Bowl appearance, but the last time these two teams met, Eli won and the Giants. So, I’m really just pulling for a great game. As a fan, I just really want to see a game that isn’t over by half-time. I want to see something that goes into the fourth quarter, maybe even deeper. It would be so cool. I had a chance to be at the last meeting between these two teams in Phoenix, and saw the catch and all this stuff. So it was a great game. I was kind of pulling for this rematch in some ways. There are a lot of great story lines to play out in this particular, this year’s playoffs. But I have a feeling that…a little payback. It’s gonna be cool.”

  • LADY ANTEBELLUM HIT THE ROAD WITH THEIR ‘OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR.’ (AUDIO)

    Lady Antebellum are hitting the road Friday (January 27th) to kickoff their Own the Night 2012 World Tour, taking along Darius Rucker and Thompson Square. The trio have been very busy during their time off, which included a marriage AND engagement. “We’ve been off for about a month, which has probably been the longest break we’ve had since we started as a band, in all seriousness,” said Dave. “So, it’s been a fantastic break. Hillary got married and I got engaged, and Charles has been running around on 10 different vacations. [laughter] So, to get back to touring is something I know we just can’t wait for.” 

    If you caught one of their shows this past fall, the trio have made a few changes. “We’ve got a couple new little surprises we’re gonna throw into this set,” says Charles.”We feel like we’ve got it to a great place, and we’ve thrown in some more fun things.” What they are keeping for their arena tour is the “inner circle” where fans actually are part of the show.

    The trek, which will definitely feature Lady A’s latest single “Dancin’ Away With My Heart,” kicks off Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, then makes stops in Des Moines, Iowa and Bloomington, Illinois. The tour has already sold more than a half-million tickets.

     

    AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood says they’re looking forward to being on the road after a month off.

     

    Lady A (tour kickoff 2012) 1 OC: …the fall. :28

    We’ve got Darius Rucker and Thompson Square out this year, which we’re just thrilled about. We’ve been off for about a month, which has probably been the longest break we’ve had since we started as a band, in all seriousness. So, it’s been a fantastic break. Hillary got married and I got engaged, and Charles has been running around on 10 different vacations. [laughter] No, but to get back to touring is something I know we just can’t wait for. It’s kicking off all across the U.S. and Canada, but yeah, we love what we did in the fall and this is a continuation of the tour from the fall.” 

     

    AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott talk about changing up the 2012 leg of their Own the Night just a bit.

     

    Lady A (tour kickoff 2012) 2 OC: (Hillary) …of the show. :21

    CHARLES: We’ll change up a couple of the songs. Rehearsing last week, we got a couple new little surprises we’re gonna throw into this set. We got to really hone in the set I feel like too over the fall, and we feel like we’ve got it to a great place, and we’ve thrown in some more fun things, but…” HILLARY: “And we’ve had such great feedback with the design of the stage, you know, with the inner circle where the fans, they’re a part of the show.”

  • ERIC CHURCH REACTS TO HIS ACM 2012 NOMINATIONS.

    ERIC CHURCH GARNERS ACM NOMINATIONS FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR AND VIDEO OF THE YEAR
     
    Blood, Sweat & Beers Arena Tour Sets First Week Venue Records
     
    Nashville, Tenn. (Thursday, January 26, 2012) – Eric Church surprised fans at the 2011 ACM Awards with his Awards show performance debut of his hit “Smoke A Little Smoke” from the RIAA Certified Gold sophomore release, Carolina.  Many speculated it was the start of incredible things to come for the EMI Records Nashville singer, and they were right.  Additional milestones soon followed: No. 1 album debut on the Top 200 Billboard charts with CHIEF, his first-ever GRAMMY nomination for Album of the Year, his first No. 1 single with “Drink In My Hand,” which was recently RIAA Certified Gold, and now, his first industry-voted ACM nominations for Album of The Year for CHIEF and Video of The Year for “Homeboy.”
     
    “I’ve never minced words about the fact that my passion is making great records for the sake of the music,” says Church.  “The fact that the ACM’s have nominated us for the album category is quite the honor and frankly the one I revere the most.  “Homeboy,” both musically and visually, is a song that tells a compelling story.  I have a very special place in my heart for the video, and  I’m very grateful that it is getting recognized.  It’s been one hell of a year!”
     
    Turning heads out on his first-ever headlining arena tour, Eric Church: The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, Church is seemingly on fire right now when it comes to inching closer to achieving sought-after megastar success.  He set venue records in Southaven, MS over the weekend with a record attendance for a show in that arena – beating a record previously set with his performance alongside Jason Aldean. After witnessing his live show, the Los Angeles Times said, “Vehement… propelled further still by the voices of his fans singing along.” Followed by the Oakland Tribune who said, “[Church is] arguably the hottest artist in country these days… this guy’s a major talent and soon to be one of country’s premier stars.”
     
    To purchase tickets for Eric Church: The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, which includes special guest Brantley Gilbert, visit www.ericchurch.com. VIP Packages are also available for fans that want to experience an up-close, exclusive backstage acoustic concert.
     
    The ACM Awards winner for the Album of the Year and Video of The Year categories will be announced LIVE on CBS on Sunday, April 1 at 7 p.m. CT / 8 p.m. ET.
     
    For more information on Eric Church, visit his official website at http://www.ericchurch.com.
  • ACM NOMINATIONS: LADY ANTEBELLUM, ERIC CHURCH AND DIERKS BENTLEY

    The nominations for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards have been announced, and Capitol/EMI acts are up for numerous awards. The trophies will be handed out live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas April 1st beginning at 8pm ET/PT delayed on CBS.

    Lady Antebellum leads group nominations with five nods, including Vocal Group of the Year, which they have won for two consecutive years. They are also nominated for Album of the Year for Own The Night as artists and producers, and for Song and Video of the Year for “Just A Kiss.”

    Eric Church scores a pair of nominations, including the prestigious Album of the Year for his R.I.A.A. gold-certified Chief. He also picks up a nod for the insightful video for “Homeboy,” which was shot at the old Tennessee State Prison.

    Dierks Bentley, who is scaling the charts with his inspirational anthem and ACM-nominated “Home,” could potentially take home two awards for Song of the Year honors as both artist and composer. 

    AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott discusses how the band’s ACM-nominated album, Own The Night, documents specific moments in life that shape the person you become. 

    Lady A (theme of OTN) OC: …who you are, you know? :20 

    HS: “The theme that I’ve kind of seen throughout it is a lot of these songs are about very specific moments in time. It’s not just an overall emotion or an overall feeling that’s portrayed in a song, It’s just very specific to moments that throughout your life end up defining who you are.” 

    AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott explains the band’s personal connection to their ACM-nominated Song of the Year, “Just a Kiss.” 

    Lady A (Just a Kiss story) OC: …personal experience. :25

    “The song, we pulled from our own personal experience with Charles [Kelley] meeting his wife and the first night he met his now-wife and the magic that was there and how the restraint he knew to have because she was something special. And that’s a lot like where I’m in my life too with recently engaged and really in love and blissfully happy. So, it’s all from personal experience.” 

    AUDIO: Eric Church talks about making his ACM-nominated album, Chief. 

    Eric Church (making of Chief) OC: …its heartbeat. :59

    “We have built our career on the backs of our fans. We have not cared what else was going on around us. The other thing, we went and played shows, and we have given those fans the keys to this vehicle, and we said, ‘Drive it!’ And they have told people about it, and they’ve spread the word, and they’ve preached that gospel, and they’ve just become an army out there. This record when we made it, it needed, for me, to sound like a live show. It needed to sound like we had recorded it live, like you were watching something that we didn’t rehearse, that we didn’t think out. And there’s so many tracks on this record, where I am interacting with the musicians, because I am in the room with them, and either I will sing a melody line or the guitar will be playing a melody line, and we’ll pick up on each other, and it will turn into this little jam moment. And that is where the magic happens. We didn’t plan it, we didn’t talk about it, there’s as much unrehearsed magic on this record as we’ve ever had. There’s a lot of mistakes on it, and I think that’s part of a live show. We mess up every night live, and we talk about it after a show. We left it on this record. Those mistakes are in there, and I think that’s what gives it its heartbeat.” 

    AUDIO: Eric Church talks about his ACM-nominatedvideo for “Homeboy.” 

    Eric Church (Homeboy video) 2 OC: …love that shot.  :24

    “And seeing the story line develop, and being in the place, I mean I’ve been there, I was feeling the stuff the kid was feeling, that despair. I think we have all been in places like that. It just came across great. I love the lighting. I love the angles. I love the slow motion. The slow motion is one of the coolest things. There’s a scene with a match where he lights a match and throws it at the camera, and you can see the match extinguish itself, in super, super, super slow motion. I love that shot.”

     

    AUDIO: Dierks Bentley describes his hopes for his ACM-nominated Song of the Year, “Home.” 

    Dierks Bentley (Home-hopes) OC: …come together. :32

    “The song is written in a way that is open-ended as far as how people, what they want to walk away with. I mean I think it’s obvious that it’s a song about our country and about the ups and downs and the scars we have in our past, but at the end of the day, no matter what side of the fence you’re on, where you stand on certain issues, or where you come from, your background, we all live here. You have to walk through the front door of your house every day. This is our house. This is our home. This is our country. You know, I hope in some sense that it brings people together, and finds a bit more in common than we don’t. I hope people feel inspired and come together.”

  • KEITH URBAN CELEBRATES THE NO. 1 SUCCESS OF ‘LONG HOT SUMMER.’ (AUDIO)

    Keith Urban was honored at a party at a local Nashville hotspot to celebrate the success of his recent No. 1 hit, “Long Hot Summer,” along with his co-writer and friend Richard Marx and producer Dann Huff. The two singer-songwriters revealed that writing “Long Hot Summer” was more than just putting words to music; it was actually a testament to their friendship. “We had an ‘issue’ with each other and I learned a lot about the importance of friendship,” says Keith. “[The song] wasn’t born of a quota to write a song. It was born of a want for us to reconnect, and the song was a by-product of that desire.” While they had to reschedule the party a couple of times, the celebration was very important to both of them. “This is important,” says Richard. “I love this guy, and this song is a great testament to our friendship.” 

    A special moment came near the end of the fete when Keith pulled a couple of young adults up on stage to perform “Long Hot Summer,” along with him and Richard. He combed through tons of YouTube videos to find two talented aspiring musicians and fly them to Nashville to join him for the party. Patrick Woolam, who fronts his own band in Kansas City, was featured on lead vocals, while Leslie Strong, from Hazard, Kentucky, showcased her talents on the guitar and matched Keith lick for lick. The two didn’t appear nervous at all in front of an industry crowd made up of publishers, producers, songwriters and label executives, and in fact, seemed like they belonged on stage.

    This was the pair’s third hit song they wrote together. Their first, “Better Life,” went to No. 1 in 2004, while “Everybody” hit the Top 5 in 2007.

    • Keith’s current single, “You Gonna Fly,” is sitting in the Top 5 of the country charts. 

    AUDIO: Keith Urban talks about why “Long Hot Summer” was more than just a song for both him and Richard Marx. 

    Keith Urban (#1 party for Summer) OC: …that desire. :52

    RICHARD “This was a very special No. 1 song for me, and for personal reasons between me and Keith and…” KEITH: “Tell ‘em. Tell ‘em.” RICHARD: “It’s nobody’s business.” KEITH: “No, but we’d had an ‘issue’ with each other, that’s all I’m gonna say, and I learned a lot about the importance of friendship. This guy was so incredibly gracious and good, and I learned a lot about what it takes to be a good friend. And I wanted to really make it up to Richard, and show him that our friendship really means something to me. And so, I said, ‘Please, I really want to write together again. We should really do that.’ We talked about it for a long time, and we eventually did. And I’m so glad that we got to not only write the so0ng, but for the song to take us to this point…It wasn’t born of a quota to write a song. It was born of a want for us to reconnect, and the song was a by-product of that desire.” 

    AUDIO: Richrd Marx talks about how special “Long Hot Summer” is to him. 

    Richard Marx (Summer #1 party) OC: …friendship. :30

    “I hear such great joy in this particular song. I love this song. I freakin’ love this song! They’re all special for their own reasons, but this one’s really kind of fun to [celebrate], and it’s why we’ve really been actively, there’s been a couple of times because of his surgery, etc. that we weren’t going to do a celebration. We were maybe going to go out to dinner next time I was in Nashville or something. It became sort of like this unspoken, this is important, because it’s really like, you know, I love this guy, and this song is a great testament to our friendship.” 

    AUDIO: Patrick Woolam recalls how he got the news he was going to perform with Keith Urban. 

    Patrick Woolam (Keith) OC: …just amazing. :39

    “My drummer was in contact with him first. They asked for my name, and he called me and said, ‘Are you sitting down?’ And I said, ‘Yeah,’ and that usually means something bad. He said, ‘Well, you’re going to be singing with Keith Urban next Wednesday.’ And so I told him, ‘Why don’t you call me back when you’re done messing around with me?’ So, I hung up the phone on him, and he texted me, and he said, ‘Here’s the number. You just call this lady, and she’ll take care of you and you’ll see that it’s real.’ So, it’s just been an incredible opportunity, and I’m so excited to be a part of this and I’m just enjoying every moment of this…and Keith is just a phenomenal person. I mean, just talk about a stand-up guy. To have this happen and have him put in the time and effort to do this is just amazing.”  

    AUDIO: Leslie Strong, who smoked the guitar parts on ‘Long Hot Summer’ with Keith Urban at his No. 1 party, says she wasn’t nervous at all to play with one of the best guitarists around. 

    Leslie Strong (not nervous) OC: …cool gig, you know? [laughs] :05

    “There should’ve been, but no. I don’t know why. It’s a cool gig, you know? [laughs]”

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