• LADY ANTEBELLUM’S HILLARY SCOTT NAMED SESAC SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR.

    Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott was named Songwriter of the Year from the song-royalties organization SESAC (pr. See-Sack) on Monday night (November 7th). It’s her third Songwriter trophy in four years. She also received individual ribbons for co-writing three hits for Lady A – “Our Kind of Love,” “Need You Now” and “Just a Kiss,” not to mention recognition for the No. 1 song, “A Little Bit Stronger,” which she co-wrote and was a hit for Sara Evans. Hillary also was presented a more personal gift from the organization – they gave a donation to a charity that does missionary work in Haiti, a place where Hillary has visited many times to assist with earthquake relief.

    In other news, Hillary and her Lady A bandmates are nominated for Vocal Group of the Year at Wednesday night’s CMA Awards, where they will also perform. You can catch all the action live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena beginning at 8pm ET on ABC.

    At the No. 1 party for “A Little Bit Stronger” in May, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, who co-wrote the song with Luke Laird and Hillary Lindsey, talked about how she came up with the idea for the song, and which song her ex-boyfriend thinks is about him.

    Hillary Scott (A Little Bit Stronger) OC: …not ‘Need You Now.’ [laughs] :37

  • DIERKS BENTLEY’S “HOME” IS GETTING AMAZING REACTION LIVE IN CONCERT. (AUDIO)

    Dierks Bentley has been performing his latest Top 25 hit, “Home,” during his Country & Cold Cans Tour, and he says the reaction he’s been getting has been a bit overwhelming, especially those who have served the nation. “I was playing out in Phoenix, and I did it out there and a girl that served in the Navy came up to me afterwards with tears in her eyes and just really said the song had a really big impact in her,” Dierks recalls. The singer-songwriter explains that the song is also a great way to pay tribute to those in the military, as well. “In our show, we really try to honor the folks that might be in the crowd, you can’t pick them out, they’re in their civilian clothes,” says Dierks. “They’re there every night. There’s guys and girls that serve and have brothers overseas and just have the moment where we can honor them and feel good about it, just give the show a little bit more, something to stand on other than just music, cold beer and laughter and good times, add a little bit of depth to the show.”

    Dierks has partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project on his Country & Cold Cans Tour, and before some of his shows, he hosts parties to bring about awareness and raise funds for the organization.

    “Home” is available on iTunes beginning today!

    AUDIO: Dierks Bentley says performing “Home” live in concert is a way to honor those serving overseas.

    Dierks (Playing Home live) OC: …the show. :57

    “I’m just now starting to play ‘Home’ live. I’ve just been doing it on the road a little bit, and when I first started doing any song live for the first time, I always do it acoustic just to get a feel for it. And I was playing out in Phoenix, and I did it out there and a girl that served in the Navy came up to me afterwards with tears in her eyes and just really said the song had a really big impact in her. It’s the little things like that that really let you know where the song is going, and how to steer it and how to get the most impact out of it and make it a moment in the show and try to…in our show we really try to honor the folks that might be in the crowd, you can’t pick them out, they’re in their civilian clothes. They’re there every night. There’s guys and girls that serve and have brothers overseas and just have the moment where we can honor them and feel good about it, just give the show a little bit more, something to stand on other than just music, cold beer and laughter and good times, add a little bit of depth to the show.”

  • ALAN JACKSON INDUCTED INTO MUSIC CITY WALK OF FAME. (AUDIO)

    Alan Jackson was among the inductees into the Music City Walk of Fame on Sunday (November 6th). Radio veteran Lon Helton introduced him to the hundreds of fans lined up to catch a glimpse of the country legends. Kix Brooks, clothing designer Manuel, Dr. Bobby Jones, Dottie Rambo, Les Paul and Nashville television anchor Dan Miller. The honorees were recognized officially with the unveiling of commemorative sidewalk markers in the Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville. The Music City Walk of Fame, located on Nashville’s Music Mile, is a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have made significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration.

    “After all I’ve been through and accomplished and all the great luck I’ve had, when I think about 20-something years ago the first time I was driving down Music Row with a paper sack full of songs, I never could’ve imagined standing here in front of the Country Music Hall of Fame in the heart of Nashville and in the heart of country music, and having ’em put my name down in this concrete that’ll be here for a long time, that’s just something you never thought about and never dreamed about,” says Alan. “I never dreamed it could happen. Hell, I could thank a million people out there, but the fans are the ones to me that put that name there.”

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  • KEITH URBAN IS STILL SCHEDULED TO PERFORM DURING THE TRIBUTE TO GLEN CAMPBELL ON THE CMA AWARDS. (AUDIO)

    As of right now, Keith Urban will still take part in a tribute to Glen Campbell, one of his heroes, on Wednesday night’s CMA Awards. (Note: last week, it was announced he had to cancel all but his single song commitments since he has developed a polyp on one of his vocal cords. He will undergo surgery later this month.) Not only is he in awe of Glen’s guitar playing, but his vocal ability, as well. “I saw him play and was just floored by how incredibly he sang,” says Keith, adding, “and his guitar playing, it’s really very impressive.” Playing clubs and events prior to his moving to Nashville, Keith would often perform a handful of Glen’s songs, including “Galveston,” but it wasn’t until he truly went through the lyrics that he realized just what it meant. “I did that song for years live, you know, when I was a kid right up until I was 20 or something or other. And somebody here in town asked me if I could write out the lyrics for it, because they wanted, you know, a copy of it,” recalls Keith. “After all these years of singing that song, it wasn’t until I sat down and wrote the lyrics out, just cried like a baby…that’s absolutely the first song that’s just completely rocked my world. It’s tragic and beautiful.” Keith will be joined by Vince Gill and Brad Paisley for the tribute.

    • Keith, who is also set to perform one of his own songs as well, is nominated for both Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year. The 45th Annual CMA Awards will air live from
      Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Wednesday (November 9th) at 8pm ET on ABC.
    • Keith will also be featured in the ABC special, In the Spotlight With Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville, next Tuesday (November 8th). He’ll be joined by Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Sugarland, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina in the show airing at 10pm ET.

    AUDIO: Keith Urban talks about both Glen Campbell’s guitar playing and his vocal abilities.

    Keith Urban (Glen Campbell’s vocal abilities) OC: …extraordinary. :15

    “His vocal abilities — I saw him play and was just floored by how incredibly he sang. And his guitar playing, it’s really very impressive. And of course his work on a lot of other people’s records too is pretty extraordinary.”

    AUDIO: Keith Urban says he didn’t realize just how tragic Glen Campbell’s hit, “Galveston,” was until he wrote out the lyrics to the song and listened to songwriter Jimmy Webb’s version of the song.

    Keith Urban (Galveston) OC: …and beautiful. :43

    “Galveston, and I did that song for years live, you know, when I was a kid right up until I was 20 or something or other. And somebody here in town asked me if I could write out the lyrics for it, because they wanted, you know, a copy of it. And after all these years of singing that song, it wasn’t until I sat down and wrote the lyrics out, just cried like a baby. Just, with all due respects to Glen, he sings it with such gusto that it, that I didn’t realize how tragic the song was, and then I did a writer’s night with Jimmy Webb, and he did it on piano, and it was just devastating. And, that’s absolutely the first song that’s just completely rocked my world. It’s tragic and beautiful.”

  • MORE OF LADY ANTEBELLUM’S HILLARY SCOTT IN REDBOOK MAGAZINE!

    Here are some excerpts from Lady Antbellum‘s Hillary Scott in the December issue of Redbook magazine due on newsstands November 15th:

    On being the only girl in the band:
    I don’t mind it. There are moments when I’m like, If I hear one more ‘That’s what she said’ joke, I’m going to pull my hair out. But for the most part, the guys are so easygoing, and there’s no drama. In high school I was the manager of the football team, so being around boys is natural to me!

    On her meeting her fiancé Chris:

    We met in college—we went to different schools in Tennessee and met through mutual friends. I thought off the bat that he was really attractive, and I could tell that he was kind. Kindness just oozes out of him. I wanted to date him when I met him! And he just wanted to play basketball. [Laughs]

    On growing up as the daughter of musicians traveling with Reba McEntire’s band:
    I was homeschooled on the road for kindergarten, then went to elementary school and a private Christian school while living with my grandparents until I graduated, and I loved it. But my parents were gone a lot. I’ve learned to adapt my whole life, and I’m thankful for that, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t mad for a couple of years in middle school!
     
    On her favorite performance with the band:
    We sang the national anthem at the Jets-Cowboys game this past September 11, and it was so emotional. Right before, we gathered to say a prayer. Our nerves were crazy—we wanted to do a great job, but we also knew we were singing the national anthem on September 11, on national television, for one of the biggest football audiences ever. We prayed, and the peace that came over us as we took the field was unbelievable.

     

    Find out how Hillary feels about getting married, being curvy and sharing sexy duets with a guy who’s like her brother. Catch the rest of her interview in the December of Redbook magazine in stores November 15th.

     

  • KEITH URBAN WILL UNDERGO THROAT SURGERY, POSTPONING HIS ALL FOR THE HALL BENEFIT.

    Keith Urban is set to undergo throat surgery later this month, to remove a polyp which has developed on his vocal cords. The out-patient procedure, while minor, will require complete voice rest followed by an undetermined period of  recuperation that will require the postponement of the All For The Hall benefit concert, which was originally scheduled for January 18th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

    While the CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee has had to scale back his appearances requiring multiple songs, he will honor his pre-existing one-song performance commitments leading up to the minor vocal cord surgery at the end of this month. All other appearances will be rescheduled in the new year. 

  • LADY ANTEBELLUM’S HILLARY SCOTT GRACES THE COVER OF REDBOOK MAGAZINE!

    Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott appears on the cover of the new issue of Redbook, which hits newsstands November 15th. She talks about finding love with drummer Chris Tyrrell and how her future husband makes her feel. “Everything is brighter. Everything has a deeper meaning,” she says of her relationship with her fiancé. “I’ve found a guy who truly embraces me for who I am and appreciates the things that I don’t necessarily love about myself. He makes me feel more comfortable in my own skin.”

    Check out more of the Redbook article in USA Today.

     

  • LUKE BRYAN TAPPED AS SPECIAL CMA AWARDS RED CARPET CORRESPONDENT FOR THE “ELLEN DeGENERES SHOW!”

     LUKE BRYAN TAPPED AS SPECIAL CMA AWARDS RED CARPET CORRESPONDENT FOR THE “ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW! 

    CMA Awards nominee Luke Bryan has been asked to be the Nashville red carpet correspondent for the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” at the 45th Annual CMA Awards on Wed., Nov. 9th.  The CMA red carpet segment will air on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thurs., Nov. 10th.

    Luke made his first appearance on Ellen in late September to perform his smash hit “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” and also portrayed “Pierre” in Ellen’s ongoing soap opera drama, “As the Tide Turns.”   Watch it below:

    Luke is nominated in the New Artist category and will also be performing on the CMA Awards this year. Fans can tune in on Wed., Nov. 9th at 8:00pm ET on ABC.

    Video / 'As the Tide Turns,' Episode 3

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  • LUKE BRYAN CMA AWARDS ARTIST SPOTLIGHT!

    Luke Bryan is nominated for New Artist of the Year at next week’s CMA Awards. He will also be performing during the show, as well. Check out the attached artist spotlight from the CMA.,

  • DIERKS BENTLEY IS AMONG THE FIRST ROUND OF CMA AWARDS PRESENTERS.

    The first round of CMA Awards presenters has been announced and Dierks Bentley‘s name is among them. He will be joined by Jake Owen, Billy Currington, Reba, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes and Lauren Alaina.

    Previously announced performers include Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and Eric Church, along with Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts, among others.

    The 45th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 9th at 8pm ET on ABC.