• KEITH URBAN WAS GENUINELY SURPRISED ABOUT HIS INVITATION TO JOIN THE OPRY. (AUDIO)

    Keith Urban was certainly surprised when a duffle bag was brought out on stage with a “present” for him during his All for the Hall concert this week. He got an even bigger shock when he was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry. Not even his beautiful wife, Nicole Kidman, breathed a word of the news to him, even though that goes against their promise to each other to not withhold any secrets in their relationship. “My wife and I have a very strict rule that we don’t keep secrets and we’re not into surprises. You know, my wife’s like, ‘I don’t like surprises. Don’t ever have a surprise. Always tell me if there’s going to be a surprise party,’ that sort of thing,” explains Keith. “We’ve never surprised each other with anything, or kept any secret about anything, and this is the rare exception.” So, does he wish she would’ve told him about the invitation? Well, yeah AND no. “On the one hand, yeah, in the sense that I might’ve felt a little more prepared, but no, in the sense of genuine shock. [I’m] grateful that she didn’t.”

    Keith’s induction into the Grand Ole Opry will take place Saturday, April 21st. He’s getting ready to hit the airwaves with his new single, “For You.” 

    AUDIO: Keith Urban says his wife, Nicole Kidman, kept mum about his surprise Grand Ole Opry membership invitation, even though they don’t keep secrets from each other. 

    Keith Urban (wife kept Opry secret) OC: …she didn’t. :30

    “[It’s] not every day that you get a duffle bag brought up on stage. I had no clue what it was, and it’s funny, because my wife and I have a very strict rule that we don’t keep secrets and we’re not into surprises. You know, my wife’s like, ‘I don’t like surprises. Don’t ever have a surprise. Always tell me if there’s going to be a surprise party,’ that sort of thing. And so we’ve never surprised each other with anything, or kept any secret about anything and this is the rare exception. When we got home, she said, ‘Do you wished I would’ve told you?’ And I said, ‘No.’ On the one hand, yeah, in the sense that I might’ve felt a little more prepared, but no in the sense of genuine shock. [I’m] grateful that she didn’t.”

  • LITTLE BIG TOWN LOVE WORKING WITH LIONEL RICHIE. (AUDIO)

    Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker are featured on the new CBS-TV special, ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert. The show features duets between the legendary performer and some of today’s biggest country stars, along with some solo performances. Little Big Town are among the artists taking part in Lionel’s new country duets project, Tuskegee. The band sang with Lionel on his hit, “Deep River Woman.” Not only do they love his music, but the members of Little Big Town also really enjoyed hanging out with the man. “He’s everything you want him to be,” says LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman. “He is what you dream that he is. He’s really that.” Band member Phillip Sweet says Lionel Richie’s music still resonates with fans. “I think it’s very satisfying for the fans to hear those songs in a new way with these different artists,” he explains. “It’s really fresh and different, but at the same time, so familiar, because these songs, I think, take people back to memories of his great legacy of his music.” Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert airs Friday (April 13th) at 9pm ET on CBS. 

    Little Big Town will hit the airwaves with their new single, “Pontoon,” at the end of the month. It’s the first release from their upcoming album, due in stores this fall.

    AUDIO: Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook talk about Lionel Richie’s music. 

    LBT (Lionel Richie music) OC: (Jimi) …great guy. :32

    PHILLIP: “I think it’s very satisfying for the fans to hear those songs in a new way with these different artists. It’s really fresh and different, but at the same time, so familiar, because these songs, I think, take people back to memories of his great legacy of his music. It’s amazing his body of work. You don’t really think about it until you kind of see them one after another, laid out in front of you, and you hear those songs and they take you back.” JIMI: “You know, it’s just cool to be able to sing with him. Man, that was a part of my formative years, musically, and he’s such a great guy.”

    AUDIO: Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman explains how Lionel Richie couldn’t be any nicer. 

    LBT (Lionel nice) OC: …really that. :06

    KIMBERLY: “He’s everything you want him to be [Jimi laughs]. He is. He is what you dream that he is. He’s really that.”

  • THE MAKING OF THE VIDEO FOR ERIC CHURCH’S ‘SPRINGSTEEN.’ (VIDEO)

    Eric Church‘s “Springsteen” is getting ready to enter the Top 10 on the country singles charts, and the video for the song is about to hit the video channels. Check out the behind-the-scenes of Eric’s video shoot below.

  • LUKE BRYAN TAKES FANS BEHIND-THE-SCENES OF THE ACMN AWARDS! (VIDEO)

    Head to Vegas with Luke Bryan and tag along for his eventful ACM Awards weekend. He had a couple of members of KISS (in full makeup) introduce LBTV! There are also a few special guests in this week’s episode of LBTV, folks with names that rhyme with Limb McCaw and Mason Malbean. Awesome!

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  • KEITH URBAN CELEBRATES HIS NO. 1, ‘YOU GONNA FLY!’ (AUDIO)

    Keith Urban celebrated the recent two-week No. 1 success of his most recent single, “You Gonna Fly,” with a party at a local Nashville eatery on Wednesday (April 11th). The tune is his 14th chart-topper, and it was written by the LoCash CowboysPreston Brust and Chris Lucas, as well as pal Jaren Johnston — all three were enjoying their first No. 1 song.

    The writers comedically recalled meeting Keith, and they presented him with a 24-karat gold whistle (download audio below) to commemorate the “best use of a whistle in a song.” Keith took to the mic to thank the duo for allowing him to record their song and to thank others involved in helping him climb to No. 1 in just 19 weeks — one of the fastest-rising singles of his career.

    Now, Keith is starting to hit the airwaves with his latest single, “For You,” which he originally wrote and recorded for the Act of Valor fim soundtrack.

  • LADY A ‘OWN THE NIGHT’ AT ALL FOR THE HALL. (VIDEO)

    Last night, Lady A performed at All For The Hall with Keith Urban, Vince Gill and many other great country artists to support The Country Music Hall of Fame. It was an amazing night of music and support in Nashville. Watch all the highlights from the show and performances in today’s webisode below

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  • (updated) KEITH URBAN’S INVITATION TO JOIN THE GRAND OLE OPRY! (AUDIO &VIDEO)

    During the 2012 All For The Hall concert, Keith Urban was surprised by Vince Gill and other current Opry members — Rascal Flatts, Diamond Rio, Oak Ridge Boys — with an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry family! His induction will take place Saturday, April 21st.

  • CHECK OUT LITTLE BIG TOWN’S REHEARSALS FOR ‘ALL FOR THE HALL!’ (VIDEO)

    Little Big Town will perform a pair of songs at Tuesday night’s (April 10th) All for the Hall benefit, with backup guitarist and show host, Keith Urban as well as co-host, Vince Gill. One is a new song, ‘Front Porch Thing,’ from their upcoming album, due out later this fall, while the other song will be ‘Boondocks,’ a song Keith showcased during his Get Closer World Tour. Check out the Associated Press‘ coverage of rehearsals below…at the end, you’ll see another hit group rehearsing for the show.

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  • LITTLE BIG TOWN SING FOR THE ‘HALL.’ (AUDIO)

    Little Big Town are among the bands taking the stage for Tuesday night’s All for the Hall benefit, hosted by Keith Urban and Vince Gill. Proceeds from the show will go to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, which has a special place in the heart of LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman. “When I was 14 we took a family trip and came up to the Hall of Fame which was down here on Demonbreun. And it’s one of the family trips in my whole life that stands out the most. I know what I wore and everything,” explains Kimberly. “It was just so special and so important, and of course, at 14 I had no idea what my life would bring. But country music is important, not only to our community, but to families all over our country who want to see what Nashville is all about.” 

    • The event, officially titled All Together Now: Groups Give Their All for the Hall, will also feature performances by Alabama, Lady Antebellum, Diamond Rio, Exile, The Oak Ridge Boys, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Pistol Annies and Thompson Square, among others.
    • Little Big Town have finished their upcoming album, featuring their new single, “Pontoon,” which will be released April 30th.

    AUDIO: Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman talks about why the Country Music Hall of Fame is so important to her and the rest of the band. 

    LBT (Country Music Hall of Fame) OC: …all about. :33

    “I think the Country Music Hall of Fame is so important to the whole world of country music. When I was 14 we took a family trip and came up to the Hall of Fame which was down here on Demonbreun. And it’s one of the family trips in my whole life that stands out the most. I know what I wore and everything. It was just so special and so important, and of course, at 14 I had no idea what my life would bring. But country music is important, not only to our community, but to families all over our country who want to see what Nashville is all about.”

  • ALAN JACKSON WILL RELEASE HIS NEW ALBUM, THIRTY MILES WEST, ON JUNE 5TH.

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (April 9, 2012)  Country music superstar Alan Jackson will release his much anticipated album Thirty Miles West on June 5.  It is his debut album on ACR (Alan’s Country Records)/EMI Records Nashville and is produced by long-time producer and friend, Keith Stegall.  Jackson’s current single from the album is “So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore.” 

    When asked about the unique album title Jackson responds, “There’s this highway that’s been in existence for forever now – it’s called the Dixie Highway and it runs from north of Michigan all the way down to South Florida, and I wrote a song about it that’s on the album. I grew up on Highway 34 outside of Newnan, Georgia, and that’s where we came up with Thirty Miles West. I think we were about thirty miles west of the official part of the Dixie Highway that runs through Georgia.”

     About Alan Jackson

    Alan Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music.  He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts.  Jackson is one of the 10 best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica.  

    Jackson has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide, topped the country singles charts 35 times, and scored more than 50 Top-10 hits.  He has written or co-written 25 of his 35 #1 hit singles.  Jackson is a 17-time ACM Award winner, a 16-time CMA Award recipient, and a two-time Grammy-winning artist whose songwriting has earned him the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award and an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame as a 2011 Songwriter/Artist inductee.