• LITTLE BIG TOWN HAS TEAMED UP WITH ITUNES FOR FREE VIDEO DOWNLOAD!

  • KEITH URBAN ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR ALL FOR THE HALL BENEFIT!

    KEITH URBAN’S WE’RE ALL FOR THE HALL BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM RETURNS TO THE BRIDGESTONE ARENA ON JANUARY 18

    FIRST ROUND OF ANNOUNCED PERFORMERS INCLUDES URBAN, VINCE GILL, RASCAL FLATTS, ALISON KRAUSS AND UNION STATION, LITTLE BIG TOWN AND THE OAK RIDGE BOYS

     Tickets on Sale November 4 at 10:00 a.m.

     NASHVILLE, Tenn., October 11, 2011 – CMA Entertainer of the Year honoree and five-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban and an all-star lineup of friends will return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, January 18, for a concert to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Reserved seating tickets, which are priced at a family friendly $25 and $35 (does not include Ticketmaster surcharge), will go on sale November 4 at 10:00 a.m.  A limited number of VIP ticket packages will also go on sale on November 4 at Ticketmaster.com. (Complete ticket purchase information is below.)

    The show—which will feature performances from an all-star line-up including Urban, Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince GillRascal FlattsAlison Krauss and Union StationLittle Big Town, the Oak Ridge Boys and additional artists to be announced later—again promises to be a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime evening of music, friendship and camaraderie.   

    All for the Hall is the Museum’s first-ever non-bricks-and-mortar fundraising initiative.  The campaign addresses the not-for-profit educational institution’s need for long-term financial security and provides a safety net for its work.  Through ongoing exhibit schedules, scholarly publications and hundreds of school and family programs annually, the Museum teaches its audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music.  Museum Board President Gill created and has led the institution’s All for the Hall fundraising initiative since 2005. 

    “The support that this event has received over the past couple of years, I think, really speaks to the commitment to and the importance of preserving the past and protecting the future of country music,” Urban said.  “We’ll have some great bands performing—part of our ‘All Together Now’ theme for the night—an especially fitting concept that we hope will capture the spirit of the evening.” 

    “The first two We’re All for the Hall concerts have been landmarks for this institution,” said Museum Director Kyle Young.  “They have been the most successful fundraisers in the museum’s history, together raising roughly $1 million.  And they have not only set a new standard for fundraising and event coordination, but also brought together an entire community and helped us to see what can be done by individuals when there is a collective passion for a cause.

     “It is beyond gratifying” Young continued, “when the artists we love and chronicle, artists like Vince and Keith, offer us their leadership and financial support.  Keith Urban grew up in a home where country music was cherished.  He knows the music’s history and its heroes.  He is one of country music’s greatest champions and he is one of this museum’s heroes.”

     Reserved Seating Tickets

     Tickets ($25 and $35, plus Ticketmaster surcharge) go on sale November 4 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, the Bridgestone Arena box office or by phone at (800) 745-3000.  Phone, internet and outlet orders are subject to a convenience fee.

     VIP Packages:

     VIP packages will go on sale November 4 at Ticketmaster.com.  They include:

     “Get Closer” Package

    $3,500 for one ticket

    20 packages available

    • Invitation for one to an intimate dinner in the Country Music Hall of Fame  Rotunda the evening of Tuesday, January 17, hosted by some of Keith Urban’s close friends and collaborators
    • Meet & greet for one with Keith Urban before the concert January 18 (timing TBD), which includes an individual photo
    • Framed meet & greet picture mailed to your house one week after the concert
    • One Keith Urban autographed guitar
    • One premium floor concert seat and commemorative ticket
    • One signed customized concert seat that you can take home
    • One invitation to a post-concert party at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
    • One complete Keith Urban catalog per package on CD including: Keith Urban, Golden Road, Be Here, Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing, Greatest Hits: 19 Kids, Defying Gravity and Get Closer
    • One commemorative Hatch Show Print event poster autographed by Keith Urban
    • One complimentary parking space for both the January 17 dinner and the January 18 concert within a one-block vicinity of the dinner, concert and post-party venues
    • One “Friends & Family” membership to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which includes unlimited free admission for the entire household to the museum and most public programs for one year (valued at $100)

     “Put You in a Song” Package

    $2,500 for one ticket

    10 packages available

    • Invitation for one to an intimate dinner in the Country Music Hall of Fame Rotunda the evening of Tuesday, January 17, hosted by some of Keith Urban’s close friends and collaborators
    • Meet & greet for one with Keith Urban before the concert on January 18 (timing TBD), which includes a group photo
    • One premium floor concert seat
    • One invitation to a post-concert party at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
    • One complete Keith Urban catalog per package on CD including: Keith Urban, Golden Road, Be Here, Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing, Greatest Hits: 19 Kids, Defying Gravity and Get Closer
    • One commemorative Hatch Show Print event poster autographed by Keith Urban
    • One complimentary parking space for both the January 17 dinner and the January 18 concert within a one-block vicinity of the dinner, concert and post-party venues
    • One “Friends & Family” membership to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which includes unlimited free admission for the entire household to the museum and most public programs for one year (valued at $100)

     “Start a Band” Package

    $150 for one ticket

    60 packages available

    • One premium floor concert seat
    • One complimentary parking spot for the January 18 concert within one-block vicinity of the venue
    • One “Individual Membership” to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which includes unlimited free admission for one to the museum and most public programs for one year (valued at $40)

     A portion of each VIP package is tax deductible to support the preservation of country music.

  • KEITH URBAN AND ELLEN DeGENERES FILM A “COMMERCIAL” FOR THE SINGER’S NEW COLOGNE, PHOENIX!

    Keith Urban appears on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (October 11th), and in addition to performing his new single, “You Gonna Fly” — the follow-up to his current No. 1 hit, “Long Hot Summer” — Keith and Ellen decide to appear in a, um, “commercial” for the entertainer’s new men’s cologne, PHOENIX by Keith Urban. Check it out!

    Video / One Hot Commercial for Phoenix

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  • KEITH URBAN PERFORMS “LONG HOT SUMMER” ON THE ELLEN DeGENERES SHOW!

    Keith Urban performs his new single, “You Gonna Fly” — the follow-up to his current No. 1 single, “Long Hot Summer” — on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

    Video / Keith Urban Performs 'You Gonna Fly'

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  • NEARLY 32,000 PEOPLE BRING A FREE ALAN JACKSON CONCERT TO MINERAL, VIRGINIA!

    It looks like the small town of Mineral, Virginia — population 490 — and the center of the August 23rd earthquake, has won a free concert by Alan Jackson. Mineral received nearly 32,000 votes in the competition sponsored by eventful.com. Kansas City was in second place with more than 8,200 votes, followed by Minot, North Dakota in third with more than 6,000. This is good news for the town, since they received word last week that the state did not secure FEMA aid to help it rebuild after the 5.8 earthquake, which is still causing almost daily aftershocks. Details on the concert should be announced soon.

  • DIERKS BENTLEY’S “MILES & MUSIC” RIDE AND CONCERT RAISES BIG MONEY FOR CHICAGO HOSPITAL!

    DIERKS BENTLEY’S “MILES & MUSIC FOR KIDS” RAISES OVER $144,000 FOR

    CHICAGO’S CHILDREN’S MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

    Nashville, TN – Oct. 10, 2011 — Multi-platinum country music star Dierks Bentley’s “Miles & Music for Kids” stopped in Chicago, IL yesterday for a motorcycle ride and outdoor block party that sold out two weeks in advance and raised over $144,000 for Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital. The event capped off the first weekend of Bentley’s Country & Cold Cans Tour, which also sold out.

    Over the series’ five-year history, Bentley has raised over $1.7 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In 2009, Bentley joined forces with Nationwide Insurance, CMT ONE COUNTRY and the Children’s Miracle Network to expand the successful “Miles & Music for Kids” first held in Nashville across the country, visiting Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth, Seattle, Atlanta, Columbus and now Chicago. The sixth annual Nashville event is scheduled for this Sun., Oct. 16. For more information, visit www.dierks.com.

     

  • KEITH URBAN HAS A “HOT” NO. 1 HIT ON HIS HANDS!

    Keith Urban’s “Long Hot Summer” has climbed to the top of both Mediabase/Country Aircheck and Billboard country singles charts, marking the CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee’s 13th No. 1 song. The singer-songwriter co-wrote the song with Richard Marx, the same team behind Keith’s hits “Better Life” and “Everybody.” “I love writing with Richard [Marx]. We wrote a bit for the last record and nothing sort of eventuated from it, and it frustrated me. I thought, ‘We need to go at it again. I know we can write a song,’” recalls Keith. “And so, he came to Nashville and we had just under a few hours to try to come up with something, and lo and behold, this song came out of the session.”

    • The guitar-slinger will tape an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show today (October 10th), for broadcast tomorrow (October 11th). He’s set to perform his new single, “You Gonna Fly,” as well as promote his new cologne, PHOENIX by Keith Urban.
    • Keith will wrap up his Get Closer 2011 World Tour October 15th in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
    • Keith is nominated for both Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year at next month’s CMA Awards.

    AUDIO: Keith Urban talks about getting together with Richard Marx to write “Long Hot Summer.”

    Keith Urban (Long Hot Summer) OC: …thank goodness. :23

    “We hadn’t written together for a while, and I love writing with Richard [Marx]. We wrote a bit for the last record and nothing sort of eventuated from it, and it frustrated me. I thought, ‘We need to go at it again. I know we can write a song.’ And so, he came to Nashville and we had just under a few hours to try to come up with something, and lo and behold, this song came out of the session…fairly easily, thank goodness.”

  • ALAN JACKSON ENJOYS TAKING A DRIVE.

    Alan Jackson, who is climbing the country charts with “Long Way to Go,” doesn’t have a long way to go to get away from it all. He can walk to his garage and pick out one of his beloved vehicles and take a drive. “At certain times of the year, you know like up here in the fall when it’s really pretty and the temperature’s cooled off, I’ll get out just about every day that I can and take a little drive, run an old car out in the country,” says Alan. “That’s some of the most relaxing times for me.” Alan got the love of cars from his father, who worked at the local Ford plant in Georgia. For his first car – a white 1955 convertible Thunderbird – he began saving up for it when he was just 12 years old, and his love for anything with four wheels has not dissipated over the years. “There’s just something about cars, especially old cars that are just like a work of an art to me and the way they sound and smell and just certain looks.”

    AJ (driving) OC: …for me. :14

    “At certain times of the year, you know like up here in the fall when it’s really pretty and the temperature’s cooled off, I’ll get out just about every day that I can and take a little drive, run an old car out in the country. That’s some of the most relaxing times for me.”

    AJ (cars) OC: …enjoy that, you know? :16

    “It’s in my blood ‘cause I grew up with it and there’s just something about cars, especially old cars that are just like a work of an art to me and the way they sound and smell and just certain looks. And when you’re just out driving, it’s just a feeling, I don’t know, maybe it’s a little nostalgic or something, but I just enjoy that, you know?”

  • DARIUS RUCKER HAS GOT SOMETHIN’

    Darius Rucker kicked off his first solo headlining tour on Thursday (October 6th) in Glen Falls, New York. “I haven’t headlined a tour since Hootie [& the Blowfish], so to say I’m excited is an understatement.” His opening acts on select dates include Rodney Atkins, Justin Moore, Thompson Square and Brett Eldredge. One song we know he’ll perform is his latest Top 20 hit, “I Got Nothin’,” which he co-wrote with Clay Mills. “Everybody’s been there,” Darius says about the song. “Most people in their adult lives have been there where either they said something to keep it going when they know they shouldn’t have or they didn’t, and let it go. It’s one of those things where people just feel it, because they’ve been there.” Darius is taking his trek to Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 7th and Syracuse, New York on October 8th.

    AUDIO: Darius Rucker talks about his latest single, “I Got Nothin’,” from his album, Charleston, SC 1966.

    Darius (I Got Nothin’) OC: …been there. :17

    “I think for me, ‘I Got Nothin’’ is kind of like ‘Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It’ – everybody’s been there. Most people in their adult lives have been there where either they said something to keep it going when they know they shouldn’t have or they didn’t, and let it go. It’s one of those things where people just feel it, because they’ve been there.”

  • DIERKS BENTLEY WILL HIT CHICAGO WITH HIS MILES & MUSIC

    Dierks Bentley will roar into Chicago on Sunday for his latest Miles & Music for Kids charity motorcycle ride and concert. Dierks’ Country & Cold Cans tourmates, Jerrod Niemann and Eli Young, will take part in the benefit with proceeds being donated to the Chicago-based Children’s Memorial Hospital. The ride will end in front of the famous Joe’s Bar, where an all-star concert will take place. His next Miles & Music event, featuring Eli Young Band and Josh Thompson, will take place October 16th in Nashville.

    AUDIO: Dierks Bentley talks about his Miles & Music benefit.

    Dierks (Miles & Music 2011) OC: …in Chicago. :29

    “It’s the people behind the scenes that make it happen. You’ve got to find artists that want to take off a Sunday and come and play for free, you know, in Chicago. That’s not high on everybody’s list [laughs] of who wants to come home on Sunday. And yeah, all the money goes to the Children’s Hospital in Chicago, and the Children’s Miracle Network. So, it’s been cool. I think expanding was tough, because it’s one thing if you’re in Nashville where you can find friends to come out and be a part of it. But it’s hard to do it other cities when you’re trying to get some other acts to come out. And it’s amazing how gracious people are with their time and willing to do it. We have a great lineup in Chicago.”