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KIP MOORE FELT PEACE WHEN MAKING HIS RECENT ALBUM, SLOWHEART.

When Kip Moore was making his album Slowheart last year, he felt more peace with himself and with his music than he had ever felt before and he said it’s all due to his fans.

“It was simply a more peace making this record because I finally learned through the ups and downs of Wild Ones that I had a fan base that was true,” says Kip. “They were truly fans and I felt they were latching on to the honesty, so I felt more open about showing whatever vulnerabilities I had, whatever directions I wanted to go. I could take them on whatever journey I wanted, and as long as I felt I stayed true to myself, I had a sense of peace that they were gonna come along for the ride. So I felt like that shined through in the project and I felt like I was a little more at peace making this project, so the melodies came out a little different.”

His latest hit, “Last Shot,” is from Slowheart and is the follow-up to his fourth No. 1 song, “More Girls Like You.”

For more information and tour dates, go to kipmoore.net.

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KEITH URBAN PREFERS “COMING HOME” TO HIS FAMILY.

Keith Urban’s latest single, “Coming Home” featuring Julia Michaels, is closing in on the top of the country charts, and the song resonates with his fans, many of whom can’t just drop everything and go home to be around their families and friends for a few days. Keith felt that same way when he packed up and left Australia for the bright lights of Nashville to pursue a long-held dream.

“I moved to Nashville 26 years ago, ‘cause this is where I wanted to live since I was little kid, and it was a magical city for me. I was dreaming of being here, I loved being here, but it was really tough as well,” says Keith. “There was plenty of times I wished I could get in my car and go home for the weekend and just be around my family, and I couldn’t that, so that feeling’s always stayed with me. And the difference between phoning home or texting or face-timing, as Julia [Michaels] says in the bridge, ‘I know it’s only one call away/but it’s not the same.’”

He feels the same way today about his own family, which includes wife Nicole Kidman and their daughters Sunday (Sunny) and Faith, and a phone call or Facetime just won’t suffice.

Keith, who recently released his Graffiti U album, is currently on tour. The Graffiti U Tour just played Detroit and Pittsburgh and is headed to Saratoga Springs, New York on Wednesday (June 27th), followed by a two-night stand in Toronto, Ontario on Friday (June 29th and 30th).

Audio / Keith Urban says nothing replaces actually coming home to be with his family.

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Keith Urban (Nashville and Coming Home) OC: …not the same. :50
“When I heard that rolling guitar sample in the chord structure that we came up with, that chorus just fell out in kind of almost a stream of consciousness. I looked at it and thought, ‘Oh, this is a song about coming home. [laughs] This is a song about…’ For me, I moved to Nashville 26 years ago, ‘cause this is where I wanted to live since I was little kid, and it was a magical city for me. I was dreaming of being here, I loved being here, but it was really tough as well. There was plenty of times I wished I could get in my car and go home for the weekend and just be around my family, and I couldn’t that, so that feeling’s always stayed with me. And the difference between phoning home or texting or facetiming, as Julia [Michaels] says in the bridge, ‘I know it’s only one call away/but it’s not the same.’”

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DARIUS RUCKER DECIDED TO RECORD ‘STRAIGHT TO HELL’ AFTER SPENDING SOME HANG TIME WITH LADY A’S CHARLES KELLEY.

Darius Rucker has released his new single, “Straight to Hell,” a remake of the 1989 Drivin’ ‘N Cryin’ hit, featuring his famous friends Luke Bryan, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean. Darius recorded the favorite bar singalong once Charles talked him into it, and he enlisted even more star power once he decided to take it into the studio when working on his new album, When Was the Last Time.

“It came out in ’89 when I was just playing clubs with Hootie [& the Blowfish]. It was a big song to us. It was a big song to everybody around us. It was a big Southern song, and I always thought it was a country song,” says Darius from the set of the video for “Straight to Hell.”

“I wanted to cut it and Charles told me I should cut it one day, and I just started calling my friends. I called Charles. I called Jason. I called Luke, and I said, ‘Hey man, I’m doing this song.’ They all loved the song, and we got to do a video for it.”

“It was funny. We were sitting around one night — ‘cause we hang out all the time, we play a lot of golf — we were drinking and listening to Drivin’ ‘N Cryin’ and ‘Straight to Hell’ came on and I was like, ‘Dude, you could do ‘Straight to Hell,’ recalls Charles. “I was like, man, it kind of reminded me a little bit kind of the phenomenon of ‘Wagon Wheel,’ how big that song is. We had the crazy idea of like, ‘Dude you should do this.’ And he goes, ‘If I’m gonna sing it, you’ve got to be on it.’ And so the next thing you know, we start talking and he goes, ‘We need some other people.’ Literally, I think he reached out to Luke, and the next thing you know – I can’t remember how it all happened – but I think Jason was like, ‘Why didn’t you call me and ask me?’ And so all of a sudden, we have this little foursome, The Troublemakers as Darius likes to call it.”

Darius will kick off his co-headline Summer Plays On Tour with Lady Antebellum July 19th in Toronto, Ontario.

Audio / On the set of the video for “Straight to Hell,” Darius Rucker explains how the collaboration all came together.

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Darius Rucker (STH) OC: …great day. :30
“This is an old Drivin’ ‘N Cryin’ song. It came out in ’89 when I was just playing clubs with Hootie [& the Blowfish]. It was a big song to us. It was a big song to everybody around us. It was a big Southern song, and I always thought it was a country song. Drivin’ ‘N Cryin’ is a big rock band, and I always thought it was a country song. I wanted to cut it and Charles told me I should cut it one day, and I just started calling my friends. I called Charles. I called Jason. I called Luke, and I said, ‘Hey man, I’m doing this song.’ They all loved the song, and we got to do a video for it. This is really cool, man. It’s been a great day.”

Audio / On the set of the video for “Straight to Hell,” Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum talks about how The Troublemakers got together for the song.

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Charles Kelley (STH idea) OC: …call it. :58
“It was funny. We were sitting around one night — ‘cause we hang out all the time, we play a lot of golf — we were drinking and listening to Drivin’ ‘N Cryin’ and ‘Straight to Hell’ came on and I was like, ‘Dude, you could do ‘Straight to Hell.’ I said, ‘It’s one of those songs that was such a big regional hit, kind of in the Southeast, you know. I went to the University of Georgia, and it was a huge bar band, cover band type of song. But like people like my wife, who went to Arizona State, never had heard of the song. I was like, man, it kind of reminded me a little bit kind of the phenomenon of ‘Wagon Wheel,’ how big that song is. We had the crazy idea of like, ‘Dude you should do this.’ And he goes, ‘If I’m gonna sing it, you’ve got to be on it.’ And so the next thing you know, we start talking and he goes, ‘We need some other people.’ Literally, I think he reached out to Luke, and the next thing you know – I can’t remember how it all happened – but I think Jason was like, ‘Why didn’t you call me and ask me?’ And so all of a sudden, we have this little foursome, The Troublemakers as Darius likes to call it.”

Audio / On the set of the video for “Straight to Hell,” Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum says it’s “fitting” that the four of them finally do a song together.

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Charles Kelley (STH idea) 2 OC: …together. :13
“You know, we kinda started this whole thing. It’s really fun. I hope it leads to something else too. We’ve been laughing…we’ve been such close friends, the four of us, for so many years that I think it’s only fitting that we finally do a song together.”

Audio / On the set of the video for “Straight to Hell,” Luke Bryan talks about taking part in the vocal collaboration with Darius Rucker, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley.

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Luke Bryan (STH idea) OC: …and Charles. :16
“Darius called me up and asked me to be a part of this song. When I was in college, I’m Going ‘Straight to Hell’ was one of the biggest college anthems that there was, and I was honored to be a part of this with Darius and Jason and Charles.”

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