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The three-time Country Music Association and five-time Academy of Country Music Award winner cemented his reputation as a maverick by releasing his 2015 album Mr. Misunderstood as a surprise, delivering it to fans before announcing its existence and putting it on sale. He is rising toward the peak of the country charts with “Record Year,” the second single, which Rolling Stone dubbed “the most moving moment” on the widely lauded album.
Church announced his 60+ city 2017 Holdin’ My Own Tour via Facebook Live at a two-night show at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo. The tour, that kicks off in Lincoln, Neb. and ends with a two-night run in Nashville, Tenn., will feature two sets from Church sans openers.
The man New York Times said produces songs that insist music is “fuel for love, for anguish and, naturally, for other music” earned the 2016 CMA Album of the Year Award for Mr. Misunderstood and the 2016 ACM Music Video of the Year Award for the album’s first title-track single.
The North Carolina native’s previous album, The Outsiders, debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and Top Country Albums Chart with the highest debut and sales of any release in the format that year, making Church 2014’s top-selling country music artist. The album garnered GRAMMY, CMA and ACM Album of the Year nominations and featured his No. 1 hits “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Talladega,” as well as multiple nominee “Like A Wrecking Ball.” The Outsiders was the follow-up to Church’s 3x Platinum-certified CHIEF, named the 2012 Album of the Year by both CMA and ACM, and GRAMMY-nominated for Best Country Album. The LP featured five Top 20 singles: “Homeboy” (certified Platinum for sales in excess of one million); the Top 10 “Like Jesus Does” and the Top 5 “Creepin’” (both certified Platinum); and two No. 1 hits “Drink in My Hand” (certified Platinum) and “Springsteen” (certified Double Platinum for sales in excess of 2 million singles). Church’s sophomore album, Carolina, (2009) is RIAA Platinum certified and his 2006 debut album, Sinners Like Me is RIAA Gold certified.

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CHURCH, DIERKS, KACEY AND BROTHERS OSBORNE HAVE SOME OF ESQUIRE’S TOP 10 BEST COUNTRY ALBUMS OF THE YEAR.

Esquire magazine released its list of the Top 10 Best Country Albums of 2018, and UMG Nashville has several on the list including Brothers Osborne’s Port Saint Joe (No. 7), Dierks Bentley’s The Mountain (No. 5), Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour (No. 4) and Eric Church’s Desperate Man (No. 2). Ashley McBryde’s Girl Going Nowhere, John Prine’s The Tree of Forgiveness and Pistol Annies’ Interstate Gospel were also on the list.

Kacey’s CMA Album of the Year, Golden Hour, summed up the last chapter of her life. “The title Golden Hour just seemed to sum up this chapter of my life perfectly. I mean not only am I from a town called Golden, Texas, but leading up to making this record, there’s been a lot of beauty in my atmosphere and in my world. I love the picture that pops in my head when I hear that title. It’s also an actual song on the record, but it’s just this warm, golden feeling that I’m really happy to have in my life, and I found it to be the perfect title for this record.”

Dierks took to the Rocky Mountain resort town of Telluride, Colorado, which every summer plays host to a celebrated bluegrass festival. Owing to his well-documented love of the genre, Bentley has attended the festival multiple times over the years, always making a point to slow down and tune back in to the world around him. But after performing on the festival’s main stage in 2017, the beautiful surroundings became more than a much-needed getaway, it reflected where he is in life; his past, present and future and the album reflected the happiness he felt.

“I think the unifying thread that runs through The Mountain would be just happiness and positivity, just a real kind of vibe of being grateful in the moment that you’re in, you know? The album really started off just as a tiny idea of something to do with the West,” says Dierks. “The album kind of wrote itself to be that story of just songs like ‘Living,’ ‘Can’t Bring Me Down’ and ‘The Mountain,’ just the vibe of just being really grateful and inspired by your surroundings and not just the mountain vibe, but the surroundings on the road too. The people that I meet on the road that are climbing their own personal mountains and the stuff they’re trying to overcome. I hear so many stories backstage at the Meet-and-Greets, and I was unknowingly inspired by those stories, and I think that gives the whole Mountain [album] a great metaphor between the actual mountains and the mountains people are pursuing in their own lives.”

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Audio / DIERKS BENTLEY TALKS ABOUT A UNIFYING THREAD THAT RUNS THROUGHOUT HIS NEW ALBUM, THE MOUNTAIN.

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Dierks Bentley (unifying thread in The Mountain) OC: …their own lives. 1:22
“I think the unifying thread that runs through The Mountain would be just happiness and positivity, just a real kind of vibe of being grateful in the moment that you’re in, you know? The album really started off just as a tiny idea of something to do with the West. I wasn’t sure if it was a sonic idea or some sort of lyric or an overall vibe, and I didn’t really know where to go. I just put it on the backburner and kept just doing what we were doing which was touring nonstop. I had some shows up there. I played a show, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in June (2017) and it was just so inspiring and so fun, and I kinda had the idea to come back and write there and I did. I came back in August, then I came back and recorded there. That initial little idea I had, I thought I wasn’t going to work on that all, but it turns out I was just kind of in a back door way. And the album kind of wrote itself to be that story of just songs like ‘Living,’ ‘Can’t Bring Me Down’ and ‘The Mountain,’ just the vibe of just being really grateful and inspired by your surroundings and not just the mountain vibe, but the surroundings on the road too. The people that I meet on the road that are climbing their own personal mountains and the stuff they’re trying to overcome. I hear so many stories backstage at the Meet-and-Greets, and I was unknowingly inspired by those stories, and I think that gives the whole Mountain [album] a great metaphor between the actual mountains and the mountains people are pursuing in their own lives.”

ERIC CHURCH DOUBLES DOWN FOR 2019 TOUR.

Eric Church is looking forward to launching his 2019 Double Down Tour in January. He will play two nights in each city (except for Nashville where he’ll play Nissan Stadium) and perform six albums worth of material. Unlike his Holdin’ My Own Tour in 2017 where he would sometimes play four different cities in less than a week (a trek that nearly killed him), he has spaced out his shows to a city a week.

The North Carolina native says he learned a lot from his previous tour and applied it to his new Double Down outing. “When we booked the last tour, we booked the tour before we decided to kind of show what we were going to do. So, we ended up with four or five shows a week sometimes at three hour shows, and it was tough physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. The whole thing was really, really hard on me, very draining,” says Eric. “So, this time knowing that we are going to do that, we booked it in a way that I think we can do that the best way. So, we’re going to a city, we’re going to stay in a city and we’re going to play three, three-and-a-half hours…We’re just gonna stay there and make it about this spiritual, musical experience. I think that’s what the last tour really taught me is there is a different level of where touring can go for us and for the fans. I had not experienced that in my career until the Holdin’ My Own Tour.”

Eric is currently sitting inside the Top 15 on the country charts with his latest hit, “Desperate Man.”

Eric Church’s 2019 Double Down Tour dates are as follows:
January 18, 2019     Omaha, NE                CHI Health Center+
January 19, 2019     Omaha, NE                CHI Health Center+
January 25, 2019     St. Louis, MO            Enterprise Center+
January 26, 2019     St. Louis, MO            Enterprise Center+
February 1, 2019     Boston, MA               TD Garden+
February 2, 2019     Boston, MA               TD Garden+
February 8, 2019     Minneapolis, MN      Target Center+
February 9, 2019     Minneapolis, MN      Target Center+
February 15, 2019   Detroit, MI                 Little Caesars Arena+
February 16, 2019   Detroit, MI                 Little Caesars Arena+
February 22, 2019   Cincinnati, OH           U.S. Bank Arena*
February 23, 2019   Cincinnati, OH           U.S. Bank Arena*
March 1, 2019         Kansas City, MO        Sprint Center+
March 2, 2019         Kansas City, MO        Sprint Center+
March 8, 2019         Toronto, ON               Scotiabank Arena+
March 9, 2019         Toronto, ON               Scotiabank Arena+
March 15, 2019       Greensboro, NC         Greensboro Coliseum+
March 16, 2019       Greensboro, NC         Greensboro Coliseum+
March 22, 2019       Chicago, IL                Allstate Arena*
March 23, 2019       Chicago, IL                Allstate Arena*
March 29, 2019       Milwaukee, WI          Fiserv Forum+
March 30, 2019       Milwaukee, WI          Fiserv Forum+
April 12, 2019         Dallas, TX                 American Airlines Center*
April 13, 2019         Dallas, TX                 American Airlines Center*
April 19, 2019         Cleveland, OH           Quicken Loans Arena*
April 20, 2019         Cleveland, OH           Quicken Loans Arena*
April 26, 2019         Greenville, SC           Bon Secours Wellness Arena*
April 27, 2019         Greenville, SC           Bon Secours Wellness Arena*
May 3, 2019            Pittsburgh, PA            PPG Paints Arena+
May 4, 2019            Pittsburgh, PA            PPG Paints Arena+
May 10, 2019          Denver, CO                Pepsi Center*
May 11, 2019          Denver, CO                Pepsi Center*
May 17, 2019          Los Angeles, CA       STAPLES Center*
May 18, 2019          Los Angeles, CA       STAPLES Center*
May 25, 2019          Nashville, TN            Nissan Stadium#
June 28, 2019          George, WA               The Gorge Amphitheatre#
June 29, 2019          George, WA               The Gorge Amphitheatre#
+on sale October 5 at 10am local time
*on sale October 12 at 10am local time
#on sale October 19 at 10am local time

Audio / Eric Church talks about upping the ante with his upcoming Double Down Tour next year.

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Eric Church (Double Down Tour) 1 OC: …we’d get to. 1:12
“I think a lot of it we learned on the last one, but when we booked the last tour, we booked the tour before we decided to kind of show what we were going to do. So, we ended up with four or five shows a week sometimes at three hour shows, and it was tough physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. The whole thing was really, really hard on me, very draining. So, this time knowing that we are going to do that, we booked it in a way that I think we can do that the best way. So, we’re going to a city, we’re going to stay in a city and we’re going to play three, three-and-a-half hours. What I love is last time we went to Detroit, for example, and [it was] one of the best shows on the tour and we played three hours, 10 or 15 minutes, and I remember that night as I was on the bus after going, ‘How in the world are we gonna top this?’ Well, one way to do it is do two nights and instead of three-and-a-half hours, it’ll be seven hours of music, and we’re just gonna stay there and make it about this spiritual, musical experience. I think that’s what the last tour really taught me is there is a different level of where touring can go for us and for the fans. I had not experienced that in my career until the Holdin’ My Own Tour. So, this, I’m hopin’, is a continuation on that and we go to a place we hadn’t been yet, ‘cause they’ve already taken me places I never thought we’d get to.”

CHRISTMAS LINERS 2018

Here are some holiday liners from UMG Nashville artists, including Adam Hambrick, Alan Jackson, Billy Currington, Brandon Lay, Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood, Clare Dunn, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Gary Allan, George Strait, Jon Langston, Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Josh Turner, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Travis Denning and more!

Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (Christmas)

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“Hey everybody! I’m Adam Hambrick, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

 

Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey everybody! I’m Adam Hambrick. Happy Holidays.”

 

Audio / LINER AJ (Christmas)

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“Hi! This is Alan Jackson, and I’m wishing y’all a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Happy Holiday Season)

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“Hi! Billy Currington here, wishing you and your family a safe and Happy Holiday Season.”

Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Christmas)

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“Hey! This is T.J., and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Christmas)

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“Hi! I’m Carrie Underwood, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Christmas)

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“Hey! What’s up? This is Clare Dunn, hoping you have a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Christmas)

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“Hey y’all! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Christmas)

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“Hey! This is Dierks Bentley, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

 

Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey everybody! It’s Dierks Bentley, wishing you a very Happy Holiday season.”

Audio / LINER Eric Church (Christmas)

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“Hey everybody! It’s Eric Church, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Christmas)

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“Hey! This is Gary Allan. Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER George Strait (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey everybody! This is George Strait, wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday season.”



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Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Merry Christmas)

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“Hey! This is Jon Pardi, wishing you a Merry Christmas!”

Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Christmas)

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“Hey! I’m Jordan Davis, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey! I’m Josh Turner, wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season.”

Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Christmas)

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“Hey! This is Kacey Musgraves, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Christmas)

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“Hi folks, this is Keith Urban, wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Holiday season)

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“Hi everyone, this is Keith Urban, wishing you and all your family the very best this holiday season.”

Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Christmas)

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“Hey guys, this is Kip Moore, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey y’all, it’s Kip Moore. Happy Holidays!”

Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (Christmas)

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“Hey! This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER LBT (Christmas)

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“Hey! We’re Little Big Town, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER LBT (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey! We’re Little Big Town. Happy Holidays!”

Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Christmas)

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“Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey! It’s Luke Bryan. Happy Holidays!”

Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Christmas)

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“Hi! We’re Maddie & Tae, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Happy Holidays)

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“Hi! We’re Maddie & Tae. Happy Holidays.”

Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (Christmas)

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“Hey! It’s Mickey Guyton, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Christmas)

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“Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey everybody! I’m Sam Hunt. Happy Holidays!”

Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Christmas)

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“Hi! This is Shania Twain, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Travis Denning (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey! I’m Travis Denning. Happy Holidays.”

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