As Lady Antebellum seriously start recording their fourth album, they wanted to take a look back at where it all began, recording their first single, “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore!”
Eric Church tops the list of final nominees for “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” with five nominations. The reigning CMA Female and Male Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton each received four nominations. Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town and Taylor Swift each received three nominations for Country Music’s Biggest Night™.
“The 46th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted for the fifth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Thursday, Nov. 1st (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
For the seventh year, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made live on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” with Aldean and Luke Bryan (who filled in for Lady Antebellum whose plane was delayed) delivering the news from the heart of New York City’s Times Square. They then dashed to nearby B.B. King Blues Club and Grill to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories during a press conference that was made available across the world via live stream at CMAworld.com.
Church received his first CMA Awards nomination last year for New Artist of the Year. A year later, he tops the list of nominees with five including Male Vocalist; Album for Chief, which was produced by Jay Joyce; Single of the Year for “Springsteen,” also produced by Joyce; Song of the Year for “Springsteen,” written by Church, Ryan Tyndell, and Jeff Hyde, a member of Church’s band; and Music Video of the Year for “Springsteen,” directed by Peter Zavadil.
There was no place like Home for Dierks Bentley. He received three nominations including Album of the Year for Home, produced by Brett Beavers, Luke Wooten, and Jon Randall Stewart; Single of the Year for “Home,” produced by Beavers and Wooten; and Song of the Year for “Home,” written by Bentley, Beavers, and Dan Wilson, lead singer of Semisonic.
Little Big Town made a splash with “Pontoon” in 2012. The popular group was nominated for Vocal Group of the Year in addition to capturing nominations for Music Video and Single of the Year for “Pontoon,” directed by Declan Whitebloom and produced by Jay Joyce respectively.
Church was not the only artist making his debut in the Male Vocalist category. Luke Bryan enters the elite list for the first time in 2012. Bryan also picked up a second nomination for Album of the Year for tailgates & tanlines, produced by Jeff Stevens and Mark Bright. Check out his reaction on People.com. “Man, that was a blast announcing the CMA nominations with my buddy Jason Aldean. I am so honored to be nominated in two great categories!” Bryan posted on his Facebook page following the show.
Previously, Church and Bryan received only best new artist nominations. Both made a splash – earning spots on the male vocalist and album of the year lists, joining Aldean, Shelton and Keith Urban.
And they also shook up the album of the year list – Bryan for “Tailgates & Tanlines” and Church for “Chief.” Other nominees in that category included Lambert’s “Four the Record,” Bentley’s “Home” and Lady Antebellum’s “Own the Night.”
“Those are just really, really important categories and stuff that really anytime I get nominated and I look at the company that I’m in it’s pretty amazing,” Bryan said.
Keith Urban, completes the Male Vocalist of the Year category. Urban won the trophy three times (2004, 2005, and 2006).
Lady Antebellum, who is the reigning Vocal Group of the Year for the past three consecutive years, also earned a nod in the Vocal Group of the Year. Lady A is also nominated for Album of the Year for Own The Night, which the group produced with Paul Worley making them eligible to receive a second trophy for producing the nominated record.
The Song of the Year trophy is presented to and celebrates the songwriters. Nominees in addition to those previously mentioned include “Even if It Breaks Your Heart” by Will Hoge and Eric Paslay (recorded by Eli Young Band). The song was the first No. 1 for Hoge, who is a solo artist in his own right. Paslay also has a blossoming solo career and has penned songs for Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, and Love and Theft. This is their first CMA Awards nomination.
The Musical Event of the Year category always provides an eclectic mix of talent and unique collaborations and 2012 was no exception. In addition to the nominations for Chesney and Swift, Alan Jackson and Zac Brown were nominated for “Dixie Highway”; Willie Nelson, Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg), Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson received a nomination for “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die”; and Lionel Richie and Darius Rucker were nominated for “Stuck On You.”
Jackson’s nomination ties him with George Strait for the most career CMA Awards nominations with 81 each.
Winners of “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Thursday, Oct. 4. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 22 (5:00 PM/CT).
Tickets for “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” go on sale to the public Saturday, Sept. 29 (10:00 AM/CT).
Single of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
“Dirt Road Anthem”
Produced by Michael Knox
Broken Bow Records
“God Gave Me You”
Produced by Scott Hendricks
Warner Bros. Records
Produced by Brett Beavers and Luke Wooten
Capitol Records Nashville
Little Big Town
Produced by Jay Joyce
Capitol Records Nashville
Produced by Jay Joyce
EMI Records Nashville
Album of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
Produced by Jay Joyce
EMI Records Nashville
Four The Record
Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf
Produced by Brett Beavers, Luke Wooten, and Jon Randall Stewart
Capitol Records Nashville
Own The Night
Produced by Paul Worley and Lady Antebellum
Capitol Records Nashville
tailgates & tanlines
Produced by Jeff Stevens and Mark Bright
Capitol Records Nashville
Song of the Year
(Award goes to Songwriter(s))
“Even If It Breaks Your Heart”
Will Hoge and Eric Paslay
“God Gave Me You”
Dan Wilson, Brett Beavers, and Dierks Bentley
Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton
Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell, and Jeff Hyde
Male Vocalist of the Year
Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band
Musical Event of the Year
(Award goes to each Artist)
Alan Jackson featuring Zac Brown
ACR/EMI Records Nashville
“Feel Like A Rock Star”
Kenny Chesney (duet with Tim McGraw)
Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville
“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die”
Willie Nelson with Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson
“Safe & Sound”
Taylor Swift (featuring The Civil Wars)
Big Machine Records/Universal Republic Records
“Stuck On You”
Lionel Richie (with Darius Rucker)
Mercury Records Nashville
Music Video of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Director)
Directed by Shaun Silva
Directed by Trey Fanjoy
Little Big Town
Directed by Declan Whitebloom
“Red Solo Cup”
Directed by Michael Salomon
Directed by Peter Zavadil
AUDIO: Eric Church is shocked at receiving the most nominations for this year’s CMA Awards.
Eric Church (CMA nominations 2012) OC: …get this done. 1:13
“I really don’t know what to say. The funny part of the story is I’ve been on vacation for the last week and I lost my phone in the Gulf of Mexico when I was swimming. And I had no clue that even the CMA nominations were today and just landing on an airplane, and really just been unplugged and not paying attention to what’s going on in the world. I got whisked to my management office and they had a screen up that said we were the most nominated artist, so I’m still a little bit in shock. I’m truly speechless. I think it’s a testament to really fans that believed in the music and loved the music and told people about the music. Otherwise, we don’t really have really the track record to be the most nominated artist at this point in time in our career for the path that we’ve taken. I think it’s truly because of the fans and because they did something that’s, I think, really going to be judged as pretty special and pretty unique that we were able to get this done.”
AUDIO: The members of Little Big Town express their excitement over their 3 CMA nominations.
LBT on CMA nominations OC: (Phillip) …cloud nine right now. :22
“[SCREAMS] JIMI: “We were freaking out! It kinda sounded like that.” KIMBERLY: “Yeah, it did.” KAREN: “We’re so thrilled and so honored. The Group of the Year category is fierce, fierce. We’re so honored to be a part of it.” PHILLIP: “We literally were jumping up and slapping and high fives and hugging each other. I mean, we’re so thrilled. This is the best. Living on cloud nine right now.”
AUDIO: Dierks Bentley talks about the diversity of songs on his CMA-nominated album, Home.
Dierks Bentley (diversity of songs) OC: …I am, musically. :27
“I think what’s cool about this record, and one thing I tried to capture on it is a diversity of the music but it all falls within the confines of who I am as a country singer as far as loving the country sounds, the bluegrass sounds, loving some of the rock sounds and energy and mixing it all together on a record. I think it’s all there so I think there’s a diversity of subject matter and sounds but in a way that it all kind of gels together pretty well and it’s a good description of who I am, musically.”
AUDIO: Lady A’s Charles Kelley says the band wrote songs about their experiences and real life for their CMA-nominated album, Own the Night.
Lady A (write what we know) OC: …relate to, you know? :09
“We just write about what we know, you know. We don’t know much about changing the world or politics, so we stick to love songs. And I think it’s stuff everybody can relate to, you know?”
AUDIO: Luke Bryan says his CMA-nominated album, tailgates & tanlines, is more than just a collection of party songs.
Luke Bryan (more than a party) OC: …live shows. :26
“I think it has serious stuff too. It’s a deeper deal too than just a party. I mean, I think what’s important to be able to do those fun songs but then to hit fans with a big thought song that really gets ‘em. People want to come and have a good time and I think that what you need to do with your albums. You can’t overload your album with it but you certainly need it for the live show and want it to happen in the live shows.”
ERIC CHURCH LIVE ALBUM SLATED FOR 2013Chattanooga, Tenn. Tapped for Live Recording Oct. 8-9, 2012; Fan Video Contest AnnouncedNASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the fall leg of his arena headlining tour, The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, kicking off Sept. 13, Eric Church reveals plans for an early 2013 live album release. For his first-ever live album, Church will record back-to-back shows in Chattanooga, Tenn. at Tivoli Theatre on Oct. 8-9, 2012.In honor of the forthcoming release, Church wants to know what about his music first ‘captured’ his fans’ attention and is hosting the “Captured” video contest, encouraging everyone to show him visually how his music has impacted them and why. Always a believer in creating music that resonates with his listeners, he wants to hear his fans’ real stories.Folks can visit www.EricChurch.com to share the moment they first became enthralled with his music via video entry for a chance to win two tickets to the live album taping, a one-night hotel stay, and a VIP prize package including a meet and greet with Church.Videos must be submitted by Sept. 12. Church will announce his top 10 personal favorite videos on Sept. 17 before the polls open to fans for the final vote. The “Captured” grand prize winner will be announced Sept. 26th.AUDIO: Eric Church explains what it’s like to perform live for his fans.
Eric Church (performing live for him) OC: …your music. :15
“When you write songs and you’re a songwriter, and you see the way those songs affect people’s lives…and some of those times it’s not a life changing event. It’s just them being able to drink beer and party and throw their fists in the air and forget about whatever problems they have. It’s pretty cool when it’s all relatable to your music.”
We are just one week away from the release of Little Big Town’s highly-anticipated fifth studio album, Tornado. The title certainly describes what is going on in the band’s career, as well as the process of recording the album. “It definitely, to me, describes how the album happened,” laughs LBT’s Jimi Westbrook. “The recording process alone was this big storm that happened, and it was fast and furious and then it was just gone and over. I feel like that really is a good description of that.”T
Tornado, which is set for release September 11th, includes their new No. 1 single, “Pontoon.”
The group will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America (September 10th) with a performance during the premiere week of The Ellen DeGeneres Show (September 13th). The band will also perform on the upcoming ABC Television Special CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: COUNTRY’S NIGHT TO ROCK (September 17th) and will also be featured on CMT’s Unplugged Series which will premiere on CMT.com September 11th and on CMT September 18th.
AUDIO: Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook talks about the title of the band’s new album, Tornado.
LBT (Tornado title) OC: …we love. :22
“I think Tornado describes the album. It definitely, to me, describes how the album happened.” [laughs] KIMBERLY: “Yes.” JIMI: “The recording process alone was this big storm that happened, and it was fast and furious and then it was just gone and over. I feel like that really is a good description of that, and it’s a song on the record that we love.”
Little Big Town are celebrating their very first No. 1 single this week, as “Pontoon” hits the top of both the Mediabase/Country Aircheck and Billboard country singles charts. The song, the first release from their new album Tornado, was just certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. last week for more than one-million downloads (their first platinum-selling single). The track – written by Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird and Barry Dean — is their fastest selling-single to date and has spent four weeks as a No. 1 country digital download, as well as topping the country chart in Canada just last week.
“Pontoon” is being called the “song of the summer,” and LBT’s Phillip Sweet would have to agree with that assessment. “It’s just fun,” he says. “It feels like summer, and it feels exactly what it sounds like. I grew up on pontoon boats in the summer on the lakes and just having a blast, so it’s good ole clean summertime fun.”
During their 13-year-plus career, Little Big Town has sold more than 1.5 million records, racked up numerous Grammy, CMA and ACM nominations and enjoyed a handful of Top 10 country hits (“Boondocks” and “Bring It On Home” from their platinum 2005 album The Road to Here, and “Little White Church” from their acclaimed 2010 release, The Reason Why).
Little Big Town’s preparing for the release of their highly-anticipated fifth studio album, Tornado, set for release September 11th, with coast-to-coast television appearances, including ABC’s Good Morning America (September 10th) and a performance during the premiere week of The Ellen DeGeneres Show (September 13th). The band will perform on the upcoming ABC Television Special CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: COUNTRY’S NIGHT TO ROCK (September 17th) and will also be featured on CMT’s Unplugged Series which will premiere on CMT.com September 11th and on CMT September 18th.
AUDIO: Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet says their new No. 1 single, “Pontoon,” celebrates summer fun.
LBT (Pontoon summer fun) OC: …summertime fun. :13
“It’s just fun. [Jimi laughs] It really is. It feels like summer, and it feels exactly what it sounds like. I grew up on pontoon boats in the summer on the lakes and just having a blast, so it’s good ole clean summertime fun.”
Luke Bryan is headed to the small screen this week. He’ll be in New York City for appearnaces on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (September 5th) and ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday (September 6th), where he’ll perform his latest single, “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.”
The Georgia native is thrilled to make his first performance on Fallon, who is a huge fan of music. “I think Jimmy Fallon embodies, you know, my generation and the youth generation of night-time, late-night TV,” says Luke. “And he’s certainly crazy as it gets…it’s a big honor to be a part of his show.
He makes his second appearance on GMA, having performed as part of the Summer Concert Series a couple of months ago. Forming a bond with host Robin Roberts during his first time on the show, Luke sends prayers and well-wishes as she undergoes a bone marrow transplant for MDS, a rare blood disorder which developed after she underwent treatment for breast cancer. (Roberts’ mother, Lucimarian Roberts, died late Thursday and she was with her mother in Mississippi, leaving a day earlier than she had planned.) “She’s such a beautiful spirit and soul,” says Luke. “I know since I’ve been on the show, she is taking a leave of absence for her health and very close to getting her bone marrow transplant, which on behalf of me and my family and everybody in my organization, we will be praying for her and praying for a speedy, strong recovery. I tell you what, she’s just such an amazing woman, and no doubt in my mind will pull through and come back stronger than ever.”
You can also catch Luke on TV in a couple of weeks. He will be co-hosting ABC’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock with The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry on Monday, September 17th at 8pm ET.
AUDIO: Luke Bryan is excited about performing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday.
Luke Bryan (Jimmy Fallon) OC: …of Fallon. : 23
“I think Jimmy Fallon embodies, you know, my generation and the youth generation of night-time, late-night TV. And he’s certainly crazy as it gets. And to be involved and to be on that show, he’s a music guy and a fan of music – it’s a big honor to be a part of his show. So, we’re very excited to be a part of Fallon.”
AUDIO: Luke Bryan sends his thoughts and prayers to Good Morning America anchor, Robin Roberts, who is on a leave of absence for bone marrow transplant surgery.
Luke Bryan (GMA-Robin) OC: …the show. :40
“She’s such a beautiful spirit and soul. I know since I’ve been on the show, she is taking a leave of absence for her health and very close to getting her bone marrow transplant, which on behalf of me and my family and everybody in my organization, we will be praying for her and praying for a speedy, strong recovery. I tell you what, she’s just such an amazing woman, and no doubt in my mind will pull through and come back stronger than ever. So, we’re certainly excited to see her back smiling so beautifully, and hopefully, I can see her very, very soon. And we’re very excited to be coming to the show.”
T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES LITTLE BIG TOWN TO PERFORM AT 37TH ANNUAL NEW YORK HONORS GALA OCTOBER 23, 2012
New York, New York… August 31, 2012… The T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research announced today that one of Country Music’s most popular groups Little Big Town will perform at its 37th Annual Honors Gala on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at the legendary Ciprianis on 42nd St in New York. With the highly anticipated release of Little Big Town’s full-length album, Tornado, hitting the nation on September 11, 2012, the Capitol Records recording artists have found themselves on an impressive road to country music super stardom. Little Big Town includes Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook, a group famous for their four part harmonies.
In addition to its title track, Tornado includes their summertime smash hit, “Pontoon,” as well as “Your Side Of The Bed,” “Sober,” “Front Porch Thing” and seven other original songs from the powerhouse group.
“We have had the pleasure of working with T.J.Martell for many, many years and it’s our great privilege to be invited to be part of the Honors Gala to celebrate all of the 2012 Honorees and their contributions for such a worthy cause,” said Karen Fairchild.
Little Big Town will join fellow performer Grace Potter and presenters to help pay tribute to honorees Russell Simmons, Del Bryant, Edward Walson and Randy Jackson. The T.J. Martell Foundation’s gala has long been a who’s who amongst celebrities and musical performers. The special evening includes a star-studded red carpet, musical performances by some of today’s greatest performers and attendance by celebrity friends and families. The night also includes a fantastic cocktail reception, dinner, awards presentation and world-class silent auction to raise funds for cancer and AIDS research. Red carpet arrivals will begin at 6pm EST. Tickets and tables are available for purchase by calling the TJ Martell Foundation at (646) 841-1394 or at www.tjmartellfoundation.org
AUDIO: Little Big Town talk about their involvement with the TJ Martell Foundation.
LBT (TJ Martell event) OC: (Phillip) …is there. :35
Dierks Bentley was the guest of honor at a No. 1 party for his recent chart-topper,“5-1-5-0,” at Nashville’s Tin Roof Thursday afternoon. The inspiration behind the song – his 10th No. 1 hit — first came from Van Halen then from his song, “Country and Cold Cans,” which he wrote a few years ago. His co-writer, Jim Beavers, asked him about 51-50 one time, and from that moment on begged him to write a song about it. It was from a song that I had written before and then he heard that and we wrote a song from that particular line. That’s where it came from – sitting on a beach, on Panama City Beach, which I hope is still there, and drinking beer and writing a song about drinking beer and listening to country music.”
Dierks, who drove up to the party in a black ’67 Camaro, planned an after-party celebration with his daughter, Evie, on the ice at Bridgestone Arena. The city’s NHL team, Nashville Predators, had an event where dads could skate with their daughters, so he had packed up all of his hockey gear before leaving the house.
Dierks has hit the airwaves in a big way with his latest single, “Tip It On Back,” the follow-up to “5-1-5-0.”
AUDIO: Dierks Bentley explains the inspiration behind his recent No. 1 hit, “5-1-5-0.”
Dierks (#1 5-1-5-0) OC: …and country music. :26
“A song I had written before called ‘Country and Cold Cans,’ I wrote by myself and it had the line, ‘Y’all, let’s get 51-50 tonight.’ And Jim [Beavers] had heard that and asked, ‘What does that mean?’ So, I explained that to him. It was from a song that I had written before and then he heard that and we wrote a song from that particular line. That’s where it came from – sitting on a beach, on Panama City Beach, which I hope is still there, and drinking beer and writing a song about drinking beer and listening to country music.”
In the latest episode of LBTV, Luke Bryan and his band answer questions submitted by his fans. Learn what Luke’s favorite movie is, favorite ’90s sitcom, favorite athelete, weirdest autograph and what is his favorite part of the show.
Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” Certified Platinum
National TV Appearances Include ABC’s Good Morning America And The Ellen DeGeneres Show Supporting September 11th “Tornado” Album Release
“Tornado” Available For Pre-Order Now
Country super group Little Big Town has earned a RIAA Platinum certification for their current summer smash, “Pontoon,” the lead single from their upcoming album Tornado, in stores September 11th. The track is their fastest selling-single to date and has spent four weeks as a #1 country digital download. Written by Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird and Barry Dean, “Pontoon” has received rave critical praise and has been called the “song of the summer.”
Little Big Town is preparing for the release of their highly anticipated fifth studio album Tornado, out September 11th, with coast-to-coast television appearances, including ABC’s Good Morning America (September 10th) and a performance during the premiere week of The Ellen DeGeneres Show (September 13th). The band will perform on the upcoming ABC Television Special “CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: COUNTRY’S NIGHT TO ROCK,” (September 17th) and will also be featured on CMT’s Unplugged Series which will premiere on CMT.com September 11th and on CMT September 18th.
AUDIO: Little Big Town react to the success of their single, “Pontoon,” which has just been certified platinum.
LBT (Pontoon) 1 OC: …people smile. :31
JIMI: “How cool?” PHILLIP: “It’s so rewarding.” KAREN: “People like to motorboat!” [laughs] JIMI: “That’s right!” PHILLIP: “And you know, the great thing about this song too is it just makes people smile, so it’s a happy thing to celebrate this for us on a commercial level, but the mood that it creates and the party…what a great introduction to this record. And I think when people put on this album, the first four songs are gonna make you feel really good and are gonna take you on a ride. So, I’m just so, so proud of that, and I’m so glad that it’s making people smile.”