• LUKE BRYAN SCORES HIS SIXTH NO. 1 SINGLE! (AUDIO)

    Luke Bryan scores his sixth No. 1 single, as “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” climbs to the top of the Mediabase country singles chart. It’s the third chart-topper and fourth hit from his platinum-certified album, tailgates & tanlines. Luke wrote the song with his producer Jeff Stevens and songwriter Shane McAnally. “I think the chorus of that thing is some of the best writing that I’ve ever been a part of and I love the simplicity of the verses,” says Luke. “I just love ‘Girl, rest your head.’ I love all that the melodies and all that through the song.”

    Luke is currently in the studio working on the follow-up to tailgates & tanlines.

    Luke is nominated for seven ACA Awards, which will be handed out live from Las Vegas December 10th on FOX.

    AUDIO: Luke Bryan talks about his No. 1 song, “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.”

    Luke Bryan (Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye) OC: …the song. :30
    “‘Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye’ I wrote with my producer Jeff Stevens and Shane McAnally. We got out on the road and had a great time and wrote a couple songs, and the last day, Jeff had this title, and we wrote it. I mean, it’s a great idea and a great thought, and man, we wrote it right then. I think the chorus of that thing is some of the best writing that I’ve ever been a part of and I love the simplicity of the verses…I just love ‘Girl, rest your head.’ I love all that — the melodies and all that through the song.”

  • KELLEIGH BANNEN’S VIDEO FOR ‘SORRY ON THE ROCKS’ IS RELEASED! (AUDIO & VIDEO)

    The video for Kelleigh Bannen’s single, “Sorry on the Rocks,” went live on CMT.com on Monday (November 5th). The “house” it was shot in was originally a barn, before it was turned into someone’s cool home. “I found out from Paul Worley, my producer, it used to be like a dance hall, and there was music,” says Kelleigh. “So, it was not really a venue, but it hosted these dances and parties, so that’s kind of cool that was the setting [for the video].”

    Last week, Kelleigh was featured on the CW’s Hart of Dixie during the show’s Halloween party episode as their band. A handful of her songs were used during the show, and they liked her so much, another one of her songs will be used in Tuesday night’s (November 6th) episode of the popular show (8pm ET).

    Kelleigh Bannen (where video was shot) OC: …the setting. :25
    “We shot it at this barn off of Estes in town here in Nashville. Actually, I found out from Paul Worley, my producer, it used to be like a dance hall, and there was music. He said my co-producer on my project, Jerry Smith, he’s like, ‘I’m sure Jerry played there back in the ‘70s.’ So, it was not really a venue, but it hosted these dances and parties, so that’s kind of cool that was the setting.”

    Video / Kelleigh Bannen On "The First Video Shoot"

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  • DIERKS BENTLEY GOES BEHIND-THE-SCENES AT THE 46TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS! (VIDEO)

    In the latest episode of DBTV, you get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at last week’s 46th CMA Awards. You’ll also catch a bit of Dierks Bentley‘s performance of his latest single, “Tip It On Back.”

    Video / Dierks Bentley - DBTV - Episode 84: 2012 CMA Awards

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  • ERIC CHURCH SAYS HE NEVER IMAGINED HE WOULD WIN A CMA AWARD. (AUDIO)

    After picking up his first CMA Award for Album of the Year, Eric Church said he’d never expected to win an award in his career.  After winning the album category for Chief, Church told reporters backstage he never expected to win a CMA Award in his career. “Our path’s been a little bit different. I distinctly remember playing for about eight people in Amarillo, Texas, about four years ago, and to go from there to here is quite surreal. A lot of it I owe to the fans,” says Eric. “The only way we could get our music out there was to keep playing shows. In doing it that way, we laid this foundation. I think when radio started to come on board and the industry started to come on board, it made it that much sweeter.”

    If you weren’t able to catch Eric’s performance of “Springsteen” or his acceptance speech, you have a second chance. CMT will re-broadcast the CMA Awards November 21st at 9pm ET.

    AUDIO: Backstage after last week’s CMA Awards, Eric Church says he’d never imagined he would win a CMA Award.

    Eric Church (CMA – never imagined) OC: …what we do. :47
    “Never…especially with our journey. Our path’s been a little bit different. I distinctly remember playing for about eight people in Amarillo, Texas, about four years ago, and to go from there to here is quite surreal. A lot of it I owe to the fans and we’ve always — more than other people maybe — have built our career there with playing shows on the road. Playing 10, 12, 14 shows in a row, and not really getting paid. The only way we could get our music out there was to keep playing shows. In doing it that way, we laid this foundation. I think when radio started to come on board and the industry started to come on board, it made it that much sweeter. It’s not something that I think about for me. I’ve never put a lot weight on awards, but I’ve always wanted it for the people who believed in me from the very beginning that have been so passionate about what we do.”

  • LITTLE BIG TOWN REVEAL ‘DARKER’ SIDE IN THEIR NEW VIDEO, ‘TORNADO.’ (AUDIO & VIDEO)

    Little Big Townjust released the video for their latest single, the title track of their album Tornado. The clip is something a little different for them – a tale of revenge that’s a bit dark and haunting, just like the song itself. “It’s kinda creepy,” says LBT’s Karen Fairchild. Bandmate Phillip Sweet agrees. “A darker tone, and we ARE the tornado coming through the town,” he says.

    Their buddy, actor Jonathan Schaech (That Thing You Do!, The Sweetest Thing), stars as the “bad guy” in the music video. “He’s such a nice guy, and he plays such a mean guy in this video,” says Karen. “He’s mean and hot at the same time, kinda like Phillip and Jimi. [Jimi laughs] No. They’re sweet and hot.”

    The new CMA Vocal Group of the Year is set to launch their Tornado tour January 31st in Murray, Kentucky.

    AUDIO: Little Big Town talk about the video for their latest single, “Tornado.”

    LBT (Tornado video) OC: (Karen) …sweet and hot. [laughs] :36
    KAREN: “So, we put out the video for ‘Tornado,’ finally. We’ve been dying to put it out, and it’s kinda creepy.” KIMBERLY: “Scary.” PHILLIP: “A darker tone, and we ARE the tornado coming through the town.” KAREN: “We will get you.” PHILLIP: “Yes, and we are coming to bring justice to the broken-hearted girl.” [laughs] JIMI: “We’re excited about it, though. Our buddy, Jonathan Schaceh was actually in it with us. He did a great job.” KAREN: “He’s such a nice guy, and he plays such a mean guy in this video.” KIMBERLY: “But still very cute.” [Jimi laughs] KAREN: “I know. He’s mean and hot at the same time, kinda like Phillip and Jimi. [Jimi laughs] No. They’re sweet and hot. [laughs]”

    Video / Little Big Town - Tornado

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  • LUKE BRYAN AND HIS GUYS INTERVIEW JASON ALDEAN AS THE ‘MY KINDA PARTY TOUR’ COMES TO AN END. (VIDEO)

    The last weekend of the SOLD-OUT “My Kinda Party Tour” recently wrapped up. Luke Bryan and the guys interview Jason Aldean and his band.

    Video / LBTV Thursdays 2012! Episode 40

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  • LUKE BRYAN CO-HOSTS CMA RED CARPET INTERVIEWS FOR ELLEN AGAIN! (VIDEO)

    Luke Bryan co-hosts the CMA Red Carpet for the Ellen DeGeneres Show for the second year in a row. His guests include Kellie Pickler, Hunter Hayes, Blake Shelton and Darius Rucker.

  • LITTLE BIG TOWN SCORE THEIR FIRST CMA AWARDS FOR VOCAL GROUP AND SINGLE OF THE YEAR! (AUDIO)

    Little Big Town experienced a lot of firsts this past year, including their first No. 1 song for “Pontoon.” Thursday night (November 1st), they picked up two CMA Awards for the first time. They took home Single of the Year for “Pontoon,” as well as their very first Vocal Group of the Year award, for which they’ve been nominated a few times.

    AUDIO: We caught Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild right as she was walking into the backstage media area and asked her how she was feeling after the band’s two wins.

    LBT (CMA) OC: …so happy. :07
    “I feel crazy. I…I feel like I’m having an out-of-body experience, like I’m watching a movie. We’re so grateful; so happy.”

  • ERIC CHURCH SCORES FIRST CMA AWARD FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR FOR ‘CHIEF!’ (AUDIO)

    Eric Church took home the CMA Album of the Year award for his multi-platinum, Chief.

    During the show, he performed his two-week No. 1 song, “Springsteen.”

    He’s currently scaling the country charts with his latest single (from Chief), “Creepin’.”

    AUDIO: Eric Church says his CMA Album of the Year award for Chief was more for his long-term supporters than for himself.

    Eric Church (CMA Album) OC: …for them. :26

  • LITTLE BIG TOWN WILL LAUNCH ‘TORNADO TOUR’ IN JANUARY. (PRESS RELEASE)

    NASHVILLE TN (Wednesday, October 31, 2012) – Country-super group Little Big Town—consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet and Kimberly Schlapman—will be launching a new tour entitled The Tornado Tour January 31, 2013 in Murray, KY.
     
    Fresh off of the success of their #1 album, Tornado, Little Big Town along with special guests Kacey Musgraves and David Nail (in select cities) will hit over 25 cities nationwide in some of the most beautiful theaters the US and Canada have to offer.
     
    “We’ve been looking forward to announcing this tour for so long and can’t wait to hit the road next year,” said Schlapman. “It’s going to be so much fun to share more music from this record with our fans and we feel very honored to have Kacey and David opening for us. They’re incredible artists. This new album means so much to us and to be able to showcase all of these songs is a dream come true.”
     
    “I can’t wait to kick off the new year with Little Big Town,” exclaimed Musgraves. “As a musician and fan I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this amazing show. Theaters alone project a special vibe for live music and adding Little Big Town’s sound to that will be magical.”
     
    “The only thing better than being on the road,” says Nail, “is being out on the road with people who’re friends. Being able to get out there with Little Big Town is gonna be a big time – and I can’t wait.”
     
    CMT will have an exclusive presale for The Tornado Tour beginning at 11am ET today. Visit CMT’s Facebook page for the exclusive presale code to get tickets. The network exclusively premiered Little Big Town’s music video for their latest single “Tornado” this morning at 6am ET and will feature it every hour throughout music hours today. You can also view the video on CMT.com’s homepage now. “Tornado” is the follow up single to the #1 summer hit “Pontoon” and is their fastest rising single to date, currently sitting inside the Top 30 after only 5 weeks at country radio.
     
    The Tornado Tour Dates and Markets:
                   

    1/31 Murray, KY Lovett Auditorium/ Kacey Musgraves
    2/1 Birmingham, AL Alabama Theatre / Kacey Musgraves
    2/12 New York, NY Irving Plaza / Kacey Musgraves
    2/14 Washington, DC 9:30 Club / Kacey Musgraves
    2/15 Atlantic City, NJ Harrah’s AC Concert Venue / Kacey Musgraves
    2/16 Lowell, MA    Lowell Memorial Auditorium / Kacey Musgraves
    2/22  Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center / Kacey Musgraves
    3/1 Huntington, WV Keith Albee Theatre / Kacey Musgraves
    3/2 Cherokee, NC  Harrah’s Cherokee Resort / Kacey Musgraves
    3/3 Lancaster, PA   American Music Theatre / Kacey Musgraves
    3/7  Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center Theater
    3/8 New Buffalo, MI   Four Winds Casino Silver Creek Event Center / David Nail
    3/9 Mt. Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort / David Nail
    3/21 Joliet, IL Rialto Square Theatre
    3/22 Rochester, MN Mayo Civic Center / David Nail
    3/23 Appleton, WI Fox Cities Performing Arts Center/ David Nail
    3/26 Winnipeg, MB Pantages Playhouse Theatre
    3/27 Saskatoon, SK TCU Place
    3/28 Regina, SK Conexus Arts Centre
    3/30 Edmonton, AB Winspear Centre for Music
    4/1 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
    4/3 Vancouver, BC Orpheum
    4/19 Fayetteville, AR Arkansas Music Pavilion / David Nail
    4/20 Bossier City, LA Riverdome at Horseshoe Casino / David Nail
    4/26 Catoosa, OK Hard Rock Hotel & Casino / David Nail
    4/28 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre / David Nail
    5/8 Augusta, GA William G. Bell Auditorium / David Nail
    5/9 N. Charleston, SC North Charleston PAC / David Nail