• ERIC CHURCH SAYS PLATINUM SINGLE IS ‘SURREAL!’ (AUDIO)

    Eric Church is not only celebrating a number-one single with “Springsteen,” but he also recently scored his FIRST platinum-selling single, as well. “It’s pretty surreal to me that it’s a platinum single and sold a million copies. And it’s a testament to everybody out there that feels kinda the way I did,” says Eric. “It’s been one of those songs that really transported you back to a place and a time, and I’m glad we get to go out there and sing it every night.” 

    Eric will definitely be performing “Springsteen” when he hits the road during the fall leg of his Blood, Sweat & Beers tour, kicking off September 13th in Amherst, Massachusetts. 

    AUDIO: Eric Church talks about his platinum-selling single, “Springsteen,” which is spending its first week at the top of the country charts. 

    Eric Church (Springsteen platinum) OC: …every night. :27

    “It’s pretty surreal to me that it’s a platinum single and sold a million copies. And it’s a testament to everybody out there that feels kinda the way I did. You know, every time they hear that song, they’re 16 or 17 or however old they again, and they’re back at that concert experience for them. It’s just a special song. It’s been since the moment we wrote it, it’s been one of those songs that really transported you back to a place and a time, and I’m glad we get to go out there and sing it every night.”

  • ERIC CHURCH SCORES SECOND NO. 1 SINGLE WITH ‘SPRINGSTEEN!’ (AUDIO)

    Eric Church’s “Springsteen” has taken over the top spot on both the Mediabase/Country Aircheck and Billboard country charts. The song is Eric’s second number-one single, following “Drink in My Hand” – marking back-to-back chart-toppers. Eric says every time he performs “Springsteen,” he remembers his first concert at an amphitheater when he was 16. “I can remember spreading that blanket down, and I can still see the faces of the people that were there with me; I still remember what the weather was like; I can still remember what the air smelled like, what the sky looked like,” he recalls. “And I think the great thing about that song – you always try to write music and record music that sparks a memory, and there’s a line in the song – ‘Funny how a melody sounds like a memory.’ That’s exactly what ‘Springsteen’ is for me, and I hope that that’s what it’s for for everybody out there.” 

    Both “Springsteen” and “Drink in My Hand” is from his nearly platinum-selling album, Chief. 

    AUDIO: Eric Church says his new number-one single, “Springsteen,” takes him back to when he was 16-years-old at his first amphitheater experience. 

    Eric Church (Springsteen inspiration) OC: …everybody out there. :38

    “Springsteen’ is one of those songs that every night that I sing it, I can remember being 16 years old at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Charlotte, North Carolina – my first amphitheater experience up there on the lawn. And I can remember spreading that blanket down, and I can still see the faces of the people that were there with me; I still remember what the weather was like; I can still remember what the air smelled like, what the sky looked like. And I think the great thing about that song – you always try to write music and record music that sparks a memory, and there’s a line in the song – ‘Funny how a melody sounds like a memory.’ That’s exactly what ‘Springsteen’ is for me, and I hope that that’s what it’s for for everybody out there.”

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  • DARIUS RUCKER RAISES MORE THAN $120,000 AT HIS DARIUS AND FRIENDS BENEFIT.

    Darius Rucker helped raised $121,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital through his fundraising golf tournament and benefit concert held Monday (June 4th) in Nashville. Rodney Atkins, Clint Black, Rodney Atkins, Sunny Sweeney and Chuck Wicks were among the additional performers on the bill. In addition to his participation at this year’s CMA Music Festival, Darius has been in the studio working on his next album.

  • LITTLE BIG TOWN SELL THEIR ‘PONTOON!’ (AUDIO)

    Platinum-selling country quartet Little Big Town sizzled at the 2012 CMT Music Awards during the performance of their newest single, “Pontoon.” The band brought a full-size pontoon boat to the stage and sang from its balcony, and the performance became one of the highlights of the show that evening.

    Little Big Town’s stand-out performance that night created a significant digital sales increase, as “Pontoon” single sales spiked over 250%. “Pontoon” has sold nearly 100,000 downloads since becoming available for purchase only two weeks ago.  

    “Pontoon” is the first single from Little Big Town’s upcoming fifth studio album, produced by Jay Joyce, which is set for release this fall. Written by Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird and Barry Dean, “Pontoon” has received rave critical praise to date and has been called the “song of the summer.” 

    Little Big Town will perform at LP Field on Saturday (June 9th) during CMA Music Festival, and their performance will air on the ABC Television Special CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: COUNTRY’S NIGHT TO ROCK on Monday, September 17th from 8-11p (ET/PT). 

    For more information, be sure to visit www.littlebigtown.com.

    AUDIO: Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman says her husband has a cool concept for a Pontoon boat.  

    LBT (Airstream Pontoon) OC: (Kimberly) …you could. :20

    KIMBERLY: “My husband has an idea for a Pontoon. Take the aluminum floaters and putting an Airstream on it and welding that together and covering the top with Astroturf, and then you can sit up there and you can have a slide from the Astroturf down to the water.” PHILLIP: “And you can put a Tee-box off the top.” KAREN: “That’s what I thought you were gonna say.” [Jimi laughs] PHILLIP: “Play golf off the top of the Airstream.” KIMBERLY: “You could.”

  • LUKE BRYAN CELEBRATES PLATINUM ALBUM. (VIDEO)

    Come along with us as we celebrate Luke Bryan’s newest album Tailgates & Tanlines going platinum for selling over 1 MILLION COPIES!

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  • LUKE BRYAN WINS CMT MUSIC AWARD FOR MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR…AND THROWS HIS UNDIES INTO THE AUDIENCE. (VIDEO

    Luke Bryan picked up the CMT Music Award for Male Video of the Year for “I Don’t Want This Night to End.”

  • LUKE BRYAN SENDS OUT A THANK-YOU TO FANS FOR HIS CMT MUSIC AWARDS WIN! (VIDEO)

    From backstage at Wednesday’s CMT Music Awards, Luke Bryan sends out a big thank you to his fans for voting for him for Male Video of the Year!

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  • CAPITOL EMI CMT MUSIC AWARDS PERFORMANCES: LADY A, LBT, LUKE, ERIC AND DARIUS! (VIDEO)

    Lady Antebellum kicked off the 2012 CMT Music Awards with a performance of their No. 1 hit, “Own the Night,” along with hit pop group, Hot Chelle Rae and their hit “Tonight, Tonight.”

  • ERIC CHURCH PERFORMS ‘DRINK IN MY HAND’ OUTSIDE WITH THE FANS AT THE CMT MUSIC AWARDS. (AUDIO)

    Eric Church took to the stage located outside of Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena at Wednesday night’s CMT Music Awards to perform his recent No. 1 hit, “Drink in My Hand.” Fans were singing along to every word and even held up their own drinks to punctuate the chorus! Eric tells us it was the perfect setting for the performance. “We’re certainly in our element to be out there, outside with the fans, live, in the middle of ‘em. It’s what we’re used to, it’s what we do. I think it makes it better for the live show, and it makes it better certainly for us, you know, ‘cause we feel comfortable being able to go out there and give it to ‘em and throw our fist in the air and throw our beer in the air and give ‘em ‘Drink in My Hand’ the way that they get it every night.” 

    Eric is poised to hit the top of the country charts with his latest smash, “Springsteen!” 

    AUDIO: Eric Church talks about how performing “Drink in My Hand” outside at the CMT Music Awards was the perfect stage. 

    Eric Church (CMT Drink) OC: …every night. :58

    “It really was born on the road, it was born live. I mean, the inspiration fr the song came from songwriters that were out one night seeing our show and saw the people putting their drinks up in the air. It’s actually quite coordinated for a bunch of drunk people, and that’s where ‘Drink in My Hand’ came from. So, it’s really cool now to see the inspiration for that song and where it came from and how it’s kind of come full circle with what we wrote about that the people were the inspiration. Now we have this song that they can sing back to us every night. Really cool for the CMT Awards, I mean, we’re certainly in our element to be out there, outside with the fans, live, in the middle of ‘em. It’s what we’re used to, it’s what we do. I think it makes it better for the live show, and it makes it better certainly for us, you know, ‘cause we feel comfortable being able to go out there and give it to ‘em and throw our fist in the air and throw our beer in the air and give ‘em ‘Drink in My Hand’ the way that they get it every night.”

  • JON PARDI GETS HIGH SCORES FOR HIS SHOOTING SKILLS. (AUDIO)

    Newcomer Jon Pardi and Luke Bryan took part in the inaugural Tug McGraw Celebrity Sporting Clay Shootout at the Nashville Gun Club on Tuesday. Luke did pretty well, but Jon Pardi says he did pretty well, scoring an 84 (when Tim McGraw shot an 88). Jon grew up going hunting with his father, and this week, he used a shotgun he received when he was 12-years-old. “I got mine for free, and I’ve had since I was 12, and it’s a pump, and I was the only one shooting a pump shotgun,” Jon says. “So, I shot pretty good for having a tank as a gun, and it made me feel good to have that old gun…we were at a Ducks Unlimited dinner and I won it on a raffle, and so I kept it ever since. It’s been a good gun.” 

    He was so happy to participate that he went to the gun range to practice and told us he now has a place to go when he’s in Nashville (which is rare). “. I was glad I found out something really fun to do in Nashville for like a hobby, is to go out there and shoot, so that was really fun.” 

    The Shootout was organized by Tim’s brother Mark, to benefit the Tug McGraw Foundation, which supports medical care for the country’s veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

    Jon, who is currently making his way up the country charts with his debut single “Missin’ You Crazy,” is on the road until Sunday, when he’s back in Nashville for his first official CMA Music Festival performance at Bridgestone Arena.

    AUDIO: Jon Pardi talks about taking part in one of the first events of CMA Music Festival, the inaugural Tug McGraw Celebrity Sporting Clay Shootout at the Nashville Gun Club earlier this week. 

    Jon Pardi (Tug McGraw Shootout) OC: …great cause. :16

    “Once I found out I was gonna do that, I went out there [to the gun club] and practiced, ‘cause I wanted to know what I was gonna do. I was glad I found out something really fun to do in Nashville for like a hobby, is to go out there and shoot, so that was really fun. It was cool just to be included and it’s for a great cause.” 

    Jon Pardi (Tug McGraw Shootout) 2 OC: …good gun. :25

    “My gun is not, it’s an old…like all those guys were shooting high-dollar shotguns. I got mine for free, and I’ve had since I was 12, and it’s a pump, and I was the only one shooting a pump shotgun. So, I shot pretty good for having a tank as a gun, and it made me feel good to have that old gun…we were at a Ducks Unlimited dinner and I won it on a raffle, and so I kept it ever since. It’s been a good gun.”