• KEITH URBAN GOES HOME WITH YAHOO! (VIDEO)

    Keith Urban recently took Yahoo! Music on an exclusive tour of his hometown, Nashville, Tennessee. A few stops on the tour include The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, The Ryman Auditorium and Blackbird Studio. Watch the full episode from Ram Country on Yahoo! Music.

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  • ‘LISTEN UP’ TO JON PARDI AS HE SHARES STORIES AND MUSIC. (VIDEO)

    Northern California native and country newcomer Jon Pardi brings a certain swagger and spirit to the stage. With a lively set list including his rowdy debut single “Missin’ You Crazy,” as well as others like “Chasin’ Them Better Days” and “Up All Night,” the charismatic singer-songwriter knows how to attract a crowd. Having shared the road with the likes of Eric Church, Pat Green, Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan, fans have come to enjoy Pardi’s silver-tongued sound and passionate performance. He talks to CMT’s Samantha Stephens about his humble beginnings, his move to Nashville, his musical influences and writing with others. Check it out!

  • LITTLE BIG TOWN NAME THEIR FAVORITE SWIMMING HOLES. (ARTICLE)

    Top 10: Little Big Town’s Favorite Swimming Holes

    August 13, 2012 | By Caroline McKenzie |
    Out here in the open. Mmmmmmm…motorboatin.’” No question about it. This summer’s anthem is Little Big Town’s hit “Pontoon.” Since the temperature creeped up hot enough to sport a swimsuit it’s been blaring from boats and docks across the South. (A certain Southern Living editor may have even played it on repeat as she sat at her desk daydreaming about weekends at the lake.)

    With its edgy rifts and smooth lyrics it celebrates some of the things we hold most dear down here below the Mason-Dixon–still waters, over-flowing coolers and long, lazy summer days.

    And with an upcoming album release, this country group–made up of Southern natives Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet–plans to keep us rocking right on into fall. Tornado, their fifth studio album, hits stores on September 11th. In celebration of their smash single and new album we asked them to share their list.

    Here’s their Top 10 Favorite Swimming Holes:

    1) Lake Lanier, Georgia
    “I spent my childhood summers on black inner tubes on Lake Lanier.  I have the best memories of that time of my life. ”–Karen

    2) Percy Priest Lake, Tennessee
    “We shot the video for Pontoon in Percy Priests’ Party Cove. This is also where I like to sneak away for a quick fishing trip when I have a chance.” –Jimi

    3) Lake Rabun, Georgia
    “This is where I first learned to water ski. How could it not be special? Plus they have an annual Fourth of July wooden boat parade.” –Kimberly

    4) Lake Thunderbird, Arkansas
    “Growing up I spent my summers on Lake Thunderbird. My favorite part? Tubing behind a pontoon boat.” –Phillip

    5) Chattahoochee River, Alabama/Georgia/Florida
    “There’s a reason Alan Jackson wrote a song about it. Nothing is better than a lazy afternoon floating down the Chattahoochee.” –Karen

    6) Smith Lake, Alabama
    “I grew up going to this lake with my family.  It is definitely where I first experienced the joys of ‘pontooning.’” –Jimi

    7) Lake Hartwell, Georgia/South Carolina
    “My family spends long weekends on Lake Hartwell camping out, roasting marshmallows and jumping off the back of the pontoon boat. Just because we want to.” –Kimberly

    8) Spring River, Arkansas/Missouri
    “My brothers and I have done a lot of river rafting and canoeing on Spring River near our home in Northeast Arkansas. It comes from Mammoth Spring, which is the largest natural water spring in the state.” –Phillip

    9) Sliding Rock, North Carolina
    “Kimberly and I spent many a summer day while in college sliding down these incredibly steep and slick rocks.  We were daredevils back then!” –Karen

    10) Fort Loudon Lake, Tennessee
    “Where I first joined the Vol Navy—by way of a pontoon!” –Kimberly

    Tornado hits stores September 11th. Follow Little Big Town on Twitter @lbtmusic or Facebook.

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  • DIERKS BENTLEY GEARS UP FOR 7TH ANNUAL ‘MILES & MUSIC FOR KIDS’ BENEFIT RIDE AND CONCERT! (AUDIO)

    First Announced Special Guests Include Sheryl Crow, Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert,
    The Cadillac Black and Craig Campbell

    Nashville, TN – Aug. 13, 2012 – Since first hitting the pavement in 2006, Multi-Platinum country music star Dierks Bentley’s “Miles & Music for Kids” celebrity motorcycle ride and concert has held 12 events in seven US cities to raise over $2 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country. Bentley announced today that he is revving up for the seventh annual “Miles & Music for Kids” on Sun., Oct. 14 in Nashville, TN with tickets going on sale this Fri., Aug.17 at 10:00A CT through TicketMaster.
     
    The event begins at Harley-Davidson of Columbia (1616 Harley Davidson Blvd., Columbia, TN) for a scenic hour-long motorcycle ride ending at downtown Nashville’s Riverfront Park. Following the ride, Bentley will host a family-friendly jam-style concert with special guests Sheryl Crow, Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert, The Cadillac Black and Craig Campbell all joining him on the ACM Lifting Lives main stage.  More artist announcements will be made in the upcoming weeks.

    “I really want to blow Miles & Music out this year and make it bigger than ever,” said Bentley.  “We’ve had the chance to help a lot of communities across the country, but the heart and soul of this event is in downtown Nashville with Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and the artists and friends who come out and help us raise money. It’s my favorite thing we do all year.”

    Fans can purchase tickets for the ride, concert and commemorative T-shirt for $50, or those looking to attend the concert only can purchase tickets for $20.  Special VIP packages are also available. All proceeds from the event will benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. For more ticket info, visit www.dierks.com.  
     
    About Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt:  
    Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, a freestanding hospital dedicated to serving only children, is nationally recognized as a leading provider of pediatric health care services. Expertstreat and work to prevent all health issues ranging from common childhood conditions to serious, advanced diseases. Featuring Centers of Excellence for the treatment of diabetes and congenital heart disorders, Children’s Hospital also operates the region’s only level 1 pediatric trauma unit and a neonatal intensive care unit with the highest designated level of care. In addition, Children’s Hospital is a top-level teaching and research facility. No child is denied care on basis of limited ability to pay.

    AUDIO: Dierks Bentley, who will hold his 7th annual Miles & Music for Kids motorcycle ride and concert in Nashville in October, explains about what riding a motorcycle gives him.

    Dierks (Motorcycle) OC: …great feeling. :22

    “You know, for me, like on the road, it’s funny. You’re on the road, then you get off the road and the first thing I want to do is get on a motorcycle and go back out on the road. But it’s a totally different feeling to be like a few feet off the asphalt and be all alone. It’s kind of a modern-day version of being an outlaw on a horse. You’re on a motorcycle, you’re alone and all you’ve got with you is the bare necessities. And really just being on the bike and being out there by yourself is a great feeling.”

  • LUKE BRYAN KEEPS COOL DURING THE HOT SUMMER MONTHS. (AUDIO)

    If you go to a Luke Bryan show, you’re bound to get overheated – not only because of his sexy onstage dance moves and nonstop interaction with the audience, but because a lot of his shows are outdoor, and many of the cities he’s visited have been having record heat waves. So, how does this country boy stay cool onstage? “With playing really, really hot amphitheaters, you just have to remember throughout the day what you’re fixin’ to have to get up there and do,” says Luke. “For me, I love getting out there and sweatin’ and workin’. I mean, I grew up in South Georgia workin’ in the heat and I love getting out there and flushing out all the ole, the beer from last night out.” Luke isn’t too concerned about himself, but more about his fans. “In that scenario, I worry about the fans, ‘cause really, they’re out there drinking beer all day and you just worry about their safety and them being hydrated. I’ve got enough people checking on me and looking after me, so I’ll be taken care of.”

     AUDIO: Luke Bryan explains what he does to stay cool onstage during the hot summer months.

    Luke Bryan (heat) OC: …taken care of. :54

    “Well, with playing really, really hot amphitheaters, you just have to remember throughout the day what you’re fixin’ to have to get up there and do. For me, I love getting out there and sweatin’ and workin’. I mean, I grew up in South Georgia workin’ in the heat and I love getting out there and flushing out all the ole, the beer from last night out. So, it’s fun for me, but you do have to be careful. You know, some of the amphitheaters, I think in Philadelphia last year we had, under the shed it was like 115, 120. So, you just have to hydrate onstage and be mindful. In that scenario, I worry about the fans, ‘cause really, they’re out there drinking beer all day and you just worry about their safety and them being hydrated. I’ve got enough people checking on me and looking after me, so I’ll be taken care of.”

  • LUKE BRYAN WILL PERFORM DURING THE ANNUAL MDA TELETHON SPECIAL.

    Luke Bryan has been tapped to perform during the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Labor Day Weekend special, now titled MDA Show of Strength. Luke will join other such performers as Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Pitbull, Will.i.am, Carole King and Hot Chelle Rae, among others.  

    The show, featuring more than a dozen of today’s top entertainers, also will include inspirational “stories of strength” about families affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases.

    The three-hour special is scheduled to air Sunday, September 2nd at 8pm ET.

    “The show will be broadcast over MDA’s “Love Network” of almost 150 television stations across the country and streamed from mda.org. 

  • DIERKS BENTLEY INTRODUCES HIS NEW SINGLE, ‘TIP IT ON BACK!’ (VIDEO)

    Dierks Bentley introduces us to his new single, “Tip It On Back”, in Episode 75 of DBTV. Take a look at what he had to say from the studio and road about the new song.

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  • ERIC CHURCH IS DOING MORE THAN JUST “CREEPIN'” UP THE COUNTRY CHARTS! (AUDIO)

    Eric Church‘s new single, “Creepin’,” kicks off his platinum-certified album, Chief, and according to the North Carolina native, he couldn’t think of a better way to start the record. “I love how not only the title is ‘Creepin’,’ but it kinda creeps in. You know, it starts in one dynamic and ends in a totally different dynamic. I’ve always loved the song, I have loved the looseness and oddness of it,” says Eric. “It was just one of those things you didn’t expect, and I think it sets the tone for the record. It shows how unharnessed the album is gonna be. It is completely free and moving and breathing, and that’s what I love.”

    The next leg of Eric’s Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour kicks off September 13th in Amherst, MA, and he’s bringing along special guests Justin Moore and Kip Moore.

    AUDIO: Eric Church talks about his latest single, “Creepin’,” which kicks off his album, Chief.

    Eric Church (Creepin’) OC: …what I love. :33

    “‘Creepin’ ’ to me was the perfect way to start the record. I mean, I love how not only the title is ‘Creepin’,’ but it kinda creeps in. You know, it starts in one dynamic and ends in a totally different dynamic. I’ve always loved the song, I have loved the looseness and oddness of it. One of the best quotes I had [was] from somebody who heard it recently for the first time, and they got through listening to it and their response was ‘What the hell?’ And they went back and listened to it again, they love it. It was just one of those things you didn’t expect, and I think it sets the tone for the record. It shows how unharnessed the album is gonna be. It is completely free and moving and breathing, and that’s what I love.”

  • LUKE BRYAN GIVES ANOTHER AMAZING PERFORMANCE ON LBTV! (VIDEO)

    Follow Luke Bryan through another great weekend on the road…and catch a sneak peek of the CMT Insider special on the Georgia native. Watch the full interview and story on CMT on August 18th & 19th at 11AM EST.

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  • KELLEIGH BANNEN HITS THE ‘ROCKS’ AND THE CHARTS! (AUDIO)

    Newcomer Kelleigh Bannen has hit the country charts in a big way with her debut single, “Sorry on the Rocks,” and people are already clamoring over when they’ll be able to download it for themselves, especially those on a specific mission. “I had someone write me on Twitter and say, ‘I can’t wait for ‘Sorry on the Rocks’ to be up on iTunes, because I have someone who needs to hear that,’” laughs the Nashville native. Kelleigh’s college friends and roommates would agree. “Everyone has either placed that phone call or they’ve been on the receiving end of that phone call…that was college…when I was overhearing all of that from my girlfriends – ‘You would not believe who called me last night at 2 o’clock in the morning!’ Everyone gets really sorry and really apologetic, you know, at that time of the day.”

    “Sorry on the Rocks” is the first single from Kelleigh’s debut album, due out early next year.

    AUDIO: Kelleigh Bannen talks about her debut single, “Sorry on the Rocks.”

    Kelleigh Bannen (Sorry on the Rocks) OC: …hear that. [laughs] :38

    “Everyone has either placed that phone call or they’ve been on the receiving end of that phone call. I feel like especially, I don’t know why, for me, that was college was like when I was overhearing all of that from my girlfriends – ‘You would not believe who called me last night at 2 o’clock in the morning!’ Everyone gets really sorry and really apologetic, you know, at that time of the day. I don’t know if that’s it, but that was the concept and that’s where it came from. It’s fun now too to hear people say, I had someone write me on Twitter and say, ‘I can’t wait for ‘Sorry on the Rocks’ to be up on iTunes, because I have someone who needs to hear that.’ [laughs]”