Dierks Bentley and the gang team up with some Navy Seals for an intense game of paintball during some time off on the Country & Cold Cans Tour. Take a look at the action in the latest episode of DBTV.
Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” arrives exclusively at iTunes on Tuesday (May 22nd). It will then be available at all online retailers beginning May 29th. The song, which is the first release from their upcoming album set for release this fall, evolved in the recording studio. “I think that that little mandolin lick in the beginning was just a spur of the moment idea. It just happened in the studio, and then we kind of embellished upon it,” says LBT’s Phillip Sweet. “It was one of those times where it was just a really creative moment where people were kind of just contributing little musical things, and it was so much fun. We were having so much fun making this record.”
The video for “Pontoon” should hit video outlets in the next few weeks.
AUDIO: Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet and Karen Fairchild talk about the evolution of “Pontoon” in the studio.
LBT (Pontoon mando-lick) OC: (Karen) …pontoony. [Jimi laughs] :44
PHILLIP: “I think that that little mandolin lick in the beginning was just a spur of the moment idea. It just happened in the studio, and then we kind of embellished upon it. It was one of those times where it was just a really creative moment where people were kind of just contributing little musical things, and it was so much fun. We were having so much fun making this record. It just sounds like it too.” KAREN: “That musical idea too, I think, the goal was to find something that’s as hooky as the chorus, but be musical. We liked mandolin or guitar, electric or something, and then somebody came up with that mando-lick, which sounds so kinda cool, and it’s also keyboard doing it at the same time. It sounds kinda freaky and…pontoony. [Jimi laughs]”
Lady Antebellum were named Top Country Artist at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards. The trio has also been nominated in two categories for the 2012 Teen Choice Awards. Lady A received a nod in the overall Choice Music Group Category, as well as Choice Country Group. Luke Bryan also received a nomination in the Choice Country Male category. Fans can vote once a day at teenchoiceawards.com. The trophies will be handed out July 22nd at 8pm ET on FOX.
In other Lady A news, the trio just announced they’re adding a Birmingham 02 Academy show on July 17th to their Own The Night 2012 World Tour this summer. The run of shows will also see them play headline gigs in London, Manchester and Glasgow. Lady Antebellum tickets for Birmingham will go on-sale Friday (May 25th). They kick off their UK tour July 13th in Glasgow.
The band is making its way up the country charts with their latest single, “Wanted You More,” from their Own The Night album.
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley says they don’t take any concerts, nominations or awards for granted.
Lady A (Charles-nothing for granted) OC: …it’s been fun. :10
“Moving into these arenas and stuff, man, we don’t take any of it for granted, because it’s been our dream our whole life. And to see this train keep moving, it’s been fun.”
From Charlottesville, VA NBC affiliate, WVIR:
Sunday night, Alan Jackson made good on his promise to perform a benefit concert to help Louisa County recover from August’s earthquake.
Alan came to Mineral Sunday with a check that will help rebuild Louisa County High School. He also teamed up with companies that are helping to restock the area food bank.
Jackson stepped on to a makeshift concert stage to sing in front 6,000 fans packed into the parking lot between Louisa County’s high school and middle school. The crowds lined up to sing along with the performer whose show helped raise more than $150,000 for the Louisa Education Foundation.
Louisa County High School student Olivia Sword said, “We’re really excited that he’s here because a lot of things don’t happen in this town, because were such a small town.”
It is a small town that’s suffered and struggled to get back to normal after August’s earthquake damaged homes and closed two schools.
Sword said, “Seniors have started their year three times already from different schools. From the high school, then the middle school, and then the pods – so it’s been tough.”
Smithfield and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union will deliver 30,000 pounds of protein to the Feedmore Food Bank – to replenish the food distributed in the aftermath of the quake.
Dennis Pittman of Smithfield said, “To just see his commitment to coming here – it just made us want to be a part of it.”
It was a star-studded night to help a community rebuild. Jackson told the crowd, “Just sort of shows you what type of people are in America – take care of things like this when they need to. So we’re glad that we got to come here to Mineral, Virginia.”
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded $19 million to rebuild the Louisa County High School. Sunday’s concert will provide even more funds as Mineral continues to press forward after this national disaster.
There’s a lot going on this week! Get a behind the scenes look at what Luke Bryan and the band do during the day on the road.
Alan Jackson heads to Mineral, Virginia this weekend to put on a show in the Louisa County High School parking lot. Last year, Mineral won an online contest to be the site of a free Jackson concert — Mineral received more than 31,000 votes in the competition sponsored by eventful.com. Kansas City was in second place and Minot, N.D., was third. The town rallied to win the concert — taking place Sunday (May 20th) — following an August earthquake that did millions of dollars in damage to home and buildings in Louisa County.
Funds raised for the Louisa Education Foundation (LEF) will be used to assist the county public schools in their rebuilding efforts as a result of an August 2011 earthquake. The fund will help in the rebuilding of the Louisa County High School and be earmarked for replacement of the school’s extensively-used auditorium. The Louisa County High School is currently condemned after earthquake damage.
For more information on how you can help, go to musicformineral.com.
Alan is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest smash, “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore,” which is from his forthcoming album, Thirty Miles West, due in stores (and online) June 5th.
AJ (Mineral) OC: …little story. :45
“That thing just kind of grew into this crazy show that it’s become, because we had this contest going, I guess, at radio where every town could vote and whoever got the most votes, I’d come and do a free show for or something, I guess is how it started. And then when this town had the earthquake and damaged the school as well as other buildings in town and didn’t get much attention for it. Somebody in that town, I believe a fan, got on that internet and rallied all this together and got everybody around the country to vote for this little town to win this contest to do the show; that’s how it all started. And so, it’s kind of interesting that that much passion went into that and came together. I don’t think they said there’s about 400 people that live there, so it’ll be a small show…we’re gonna try to raise a little money to help ‘em, and I think it’s a pretty cool little story.”
AJ (Mineral) 2 OC: …show like that. :16
“You know, I’ve played so many shows now from everything you could imagine, and when you walk out on stage at arenas and all, and it gets to be kind of routine. This’ll be a little different. It’ll be more, I don’t know, it’ll just be more charming, I think, is what I’m trying to say, and every now and then, it’s good to do a show like that.”
Nashville, TN – May 16, 2012 – Seven-time GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum and thousands of generous fans joined together at Louisville, KY’s KFC Yum! Center tonight to raise more than $285,000 for the Henryville, IN community. All proceeds will be distributed through the New Hope/Indiana Bankers Association for the Disaster Relief Fund.The group hosted a private prom event with Henryville High School’s Juniors and Seniors where they surprised the students a with an acoustic performance, which was followed by an arena concert open to the public.This event started as an idea we had in the studio last year to crash someone’s prom,” explains Lady A’s Hillary Scott. “We had no idea at the time it would fill such a need. We are amazed by the support we’ve gotten from our fans, sponsors and the press. This is one of the proudest moments in our career!”
Lady A and ABC’s JuJu Chang visited Henryville High School earlier today where they toured the devastated school that is currently under construction and planning to reopen this fall. The community’s inspiring story and highlights from the day will air tomorrow on Good Morning America, World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Nightline, ABC Radio and on ABC affiliates across the country. Additional national and local media supporters will air special content from the event throughout the week. For more information, visit www.thegreenroompr.com.In March, Lady Antebellum began a contest offering fans a chance to OWN THE NIGHT with a private concert at their prom. The trio unanimously chose the community of Henryville, IN for their story, resilience and unity following devastating tornados. Lipton also came on board to help with the event in the spirit of their “Drink Positive” and “Live Positive” message, a campaign that Lady A already supports. Fans who weren’t able to attend the concert, but would still like to contribute towards the cause can make a donation here: http://bit.ly/ladyaprom.Watch ABC News’ Juju Chang’s interview with Lady Antebellum TONIGHT (May 17th) on “World News with Diane Sawyer” at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT and on “Nightline” at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT.AUDIO: Lady A’s Hillary Scott says being part of this amazing night with Henryville High School will be one of the best moments of her career.Lady A (1 of best moments-prom) OC: …through so much. :43AUDIO: Lady A’s Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott talk about the progress they’ve seen take place at the tornado-ravaged Henryville High School.Lady A (Henryville school) OC: (Hillary) …inspiring to see. :59AUDIO: Lady A’s Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood joke about the music played at their own proms.Lady A (music at prom) OC: …going on here. (Hillary laughs) :24
CAPITOL NASHVILLE act LITTLE BIG TOWN are hopping off their “Pontoon” for a couple of minutes to climb on their motorcycles for their annual RIDE FOR A CURE benefit ride and concert on Sunday, June 10th in Nashville, with proceeds benefiting the T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION. This will be the group’s 6th consecutive year hosting the ride.
The ride will start at MICKEY ROO’S in the KROGER INDEPENDENCE SQUARE parking lot on Hillsboro Pike in Franklin, Tennessee (located south of Nashville). Registration begins at 8a (CT). Post-ride festivities will begin at 12p (CT) and includes performances by LAUREN ALAINA, DEAN ALEXANDER, LOVE AND THEFT and LITTLE BIG TOWN as well as a live auction for all attendees.To date over $260,000 has been raised for the T.J. Martell Foundation since the beginning of Ride For a Cure. There have been over 2,500 motorcycle riders to participate in the ride, and an additional 2,000 people have joined us over the last three years at the Harley-Davidson Columbia Superstore for the post-ride All Star Jam concert. Past performers and supporters include Martina McBride, Jamey Johnson, The Band Perry and Luke Bryan among others.Little Big Town is currently scaling the country charts with their latest single, “Pontoon,” the perfect summertime song! The single will be available on iTunes beginning May 22nd.Link to purchase tickets:Directions to new starting location, Mickey Roo’s:About Little Big TownCritically acclaimed group Little Big Town—consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook—first entered the music scene over 14 years ago with hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” and “Good As Gone.” The group recently finished recording their fifth studio album with producer Jay Joyce and released the albums first single “Pontoon” to radio in April. Collectively, the group has earned over 25 award show nominations and has taken home the award for ACM Top New Vocal Group. The foursome has played in front of over 4 million people and is currently on tour nationwide. In early 2011 Little Big Town created an online video series called “Scattered, Smothered & Covered” where they tackle the challenge to make any song country. Presently their videos have had over 2 million views. For more information on Little Big Town and the release of their upcoming fifth studio album please visit www.littlebigtown.com.AUDIO: Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman talks about the band’s goal for this year’s Ride for a Cure.LBT (Ride for a Cure) OC: …more money. :10“I remember the first time we were planning it and getting excited about it, and every year it’s gotten bigger and bigger and more and more money has been raised. So, that’s our goal is just to raise a little bit more money.”
Gowns and corsages have been purchased, tuxes been rented and now the excitement of the graduating class of 2012 at Henryville High School and the surrounding counties has built to a crescendo for Wednesday night’s (May 16th) concert “prom” event featuring Lady Antebellum.
(from Indiana’s FOX-TV affiliate)
Support has also poured in from across the country, and right next door, in the form of money, supplies and a chance for the teens to escape, even for a night. “We love you Lady Antebellum, but we love Henryville high school even more,” said one teen in a video submitted to the band.
Lady Antebellum held an “Own the Prom” contest where students could submit videos for the chance to win a free concert. Several schools submitted videos asking that the free concert go to Henryville instead of their schools. On Wednesday, that generosity will pay off in Louisville. The award-winning group will give the teens a second prom. The event is also a benefit concert where all proceeds will go towards the tornado relief effort in the small Indiana town. Henryville High teens will be given several other free tickets for their families who will join them at the concert that is open to the public. Juniors and Seniors at Silver Creek High, who helped with the campaign to get Henryville the free concert, will also get free tickets to the concert. The school had the winning video.
AUDIO: Lady A’s Charles Kelley says the band’s prom contest was actually Hillary Scott’s idea.
Lady A (prom event) OC: …her ideas. :32
“That was Hillary’s idea. I have to give her credit. She had this idea, you know, when we had ‘Dancin’ Away With My Heart,’ I think it definitely takes people back to that prom date or that first love. And she said, ‘It would be really cool if we went and crashed a prom or something.’ And so, it turned into this whole thing. When all that stuff happened at Henryville, it was really cool to see all these submissions coming in from other schools (HILLARY: “Telling us to choose them.”) on behalf of that school, and it really meant a lot to, I mean, it said a lot to us. So, we’re actually going to do a bigger event…but I, we, have to give Hillary all of the credit for that. That was one of her ideas.”
AUDIO: Lady A’s Hillary Scott explains how she came up with the idea for the band’s prom event.
Lady A (prom event) 2 OC: …their faces. :29
“It was one of those things where I was thinking about it, and thinking about the title of the album, Own the Night, and how that would be such a fun prom theme for this graduating class, because it wasn’t that long ago that I was there myself. And then to see it grow and grow and build into what it’s become. It all starts with a little bitty idea and to see what all has come of it and what it’s going to end up being. We just want to bring that community joy and hope and just do whatever we can to put smiles on their faces.”