GRAMMY-winner Keith Urban will headline Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville (#NashvilleNYE) for a second year in a row, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today. Urban will lead a diverse lineup that includes CMA New Artist of the Year Maren Morris, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick, 2017 country music breakout artist Carly Pearce, R&B artist Jonny P and the Fisk Jubilee Singers. The event at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is free and open to the public.
“We are thrilled to have Keith return to headline our New Year’s Eve show with a lineup that represents the great diversity of music genres thriving in Music City,” said Beth Seigenthaler Courtney, chairman of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp and president of DVL Seigenthaler. “We look forward to welcoming tens of thousands of visitors in the crowd of 100,000, who will fill up hotel rooms, eat and shop across Davidson County and generate substantial economic activity.”
Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, added, “With the tragedy in Las Vegas still fresh on our mind, as always we are taking the necessary precautions and refining our security plan with partners at the federal, state and local levels, including our full-time security team and the Metro Nashville Police Department. We moved to Bicentennial Mall last year to accommodate the growth of the event and to enhance our safety measures, and we will continue our efforts to provide the most comprehensive security possible.”
Gates will open at 4 p.m. on Dec. 31, and the raising of the Music Note will take place at 6:15 p.m. with the concert to follow. The event will include the traditional Music Note Drop and accompanying fireworks display to ring in the New Year against the backdrop of the iconic State Capitol building and unique view of the Nashville skyline. Storme Warren and Kelly Sutton will serve as emcees.
Nashville is scheduled to be a featured location as part of CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen.”
New for 2017 are exclusive party and celebration packages with three different options to choose from. Details can be found at visitmusiccity.com/nyepackages.
- Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville Celebration Package: Choice of hotel, commemorative event t-shirt and Music City Midnight Party Pack.
- Music City Gold Circle Party – Ticket: Ticket only to the Exclusive Party, Viewing Area and special amenities.
- Music City Gold Circle Party Package: Choice of hotel plus ticket to the Exclusive Party, Private Viewing Area and special amenities.
Limited Gold Circle Party tickets are available so purchase early before they sell out. All ticket and hotel package options available for purchase by calling 1-800-657-6910 or purchase online at visitmusiccity.com/nyepackages.
Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville is produced by the NCVC for the city of Nashville and presented by Jack Daniel’s. Partners include Advance Financial, Tennessee Highway Safety Office: Booze It & Lose It, Carl Black Chevrolet, Anderson Benson Insurance, Dr Pepper Cherry, Korbel, Budweiser, Bud Light, Fetzer and Uber.
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2017 has proven to be a successful year for Keith Urban and his album RIPCORD, which was released in 2016 and continued its incredible run this year. He has earned five nominations for the 2017 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year, and was the most awarded artist at the 2017 CMT Music Awards with four wins. A groundbreaking album for Urban, RIPCORD marked the second time that one of his albums debuted simultaneously atop the all-genre charts in the United States, Canada and Australia. He is the only male country artist to achieve this mark. RIPCORD produced five No. 1 songs including “Wasted Time,” “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “The Fighter,” which is Urban’s 23rd No. 1 song and his seventh consecutive. It continued his streak as the artist with the most consecutive Top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart (38) — a streak that started in August, 2000. Following the breakthrough success of RIPCORD, which has continued worldwide, Urban took to the road for his “ripCORD WORLD TOUR 2016.” The tour played more than 70 shows on four continents in front of more than 1 million people, further solidifying Urban’s already established reputation as one of the most electrifying and dynamic live performers. In 2001, the Country Music Association honored Urban with its Horizon Award. He was the first in history to go on to win the CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year, a title he’s captured three times, and the coveted Entertainer of the Year. Since then, Urban’s career has seen a long list of groundbreaking firsts and accomplishments reserved for the music industry’s elite. The 2015 CMA Awards brought Urban his third win for Vocal Event of the Year (“Raise ‘Em Up” featuring Eric Church) that marked the first time in history that any artist has received the award in three consecutive years. Besides his four GRAMMY Awards, Urban has won 10 Country Music Association Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music Awards, a People’s Choice and an American Music Award. He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Urban’s reputation as a premier songwriter, vocalist, musician and virtuoso guitarist has afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with the likes of The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Steven Tyler, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift, Vince Gill and Eric Church. Urban has long supported numerous charities. His “All For The Hall” benefit concerts for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum© have raised more than $3.4 million. He is the first Ambassador of the CMA Foundation, is an advisory board member at the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and is a longtime supporter of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund and The GRAMMY Foundation. KeithUrban.net
Alan Jackson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday (October 22nd), alongside the late Jerry Reed and songwriter Don Schlitz.
The iconic Loretta Lynn inducted the Georgia native into the Hall of Fame in what she said was her first outing after she suffered a stroke in May. “I love you and I am so proud of you,” she said. “You deserve to be here.” “Loretta Lynn said I should be here,” Alan said. “That’s all I needed to hear.”
Alan began his career as the lead singer of local Newnan band Dixie Steel, holding down numerous odd jobs while touring and writing songs. His wife, Denise, a flight attendant at the time, had a chance meeting with Glen Campbell. Campbell suggested Alan get in touch with his music publishing company. Within two weeks of the meeting, the Jacksons packed up and moved to Nashville to follow his dreams and Alan eventually signed with the worldwide star’s publishing company.
“I wrote what I knew about, and that was cars,” he says. “My daddy was a mechanic. I grew up in a garage. That’s all I cared about. That’s the reason I came to Nashville to be a singer because I loved cars, and I couldn’t really buy any. [crowd laughs] So, I didn’t have much going on, and I didn’t see much of a future of any direction that would help me buy a lot of cars, and being a singing star looked like the only shot I had.”
He honed his craft and was eventually signed by executive Tim DuBois as the flagship artist at Arista Nashville in 1989. Jackson saw almost immediate success with his first album, Here in the Real World. It yielded his first Billboard No. 1 single, “I’d Love You All Over Again,” and made Jackson an instant — and instantly recognizable — star. He was nominated for four awards at the 1990 CMA Awards and, over the course of his career, would become the second most-nominated artist in CMA Awards history with 81 nominations, following only close friend and fellow Hall of Fame member George Strait. He still owns the record for most nominations in a single year with 10, set in 2002, the year he swept Song and Single of the Year with his poignant 9/11 tribute “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” The track also was nominated for all-genre Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards and won the Best Country Song Award, his first golden gramophone.
Jackson released four studio albums in the first five years of his recording career. Here in the Real World, Don’t Rock the Jukebox, his best-selling A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ‘Bout Love), and Who I Am sold more than 20 million albums during that period and included some of his most memorable and important tracks, including “Midnight in Montgomery” and “Chattahoochee,” a winner of CMA Single and Song of the Year in 1993-94, respectively.
Jackson has released more than 20 albums and collections — including forays into gospel and bluegrass — nine of which went multiplatinum with 2 million or more in sales. Those albums have led to one of Country Music’s most decorated careers with three CMA Entertainer of the Year Awards (1995, 2002, 2003); two Grammy Awards; and membership in the Grand Ole Opry, the esteemed Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. He was given the first ASCAP Heritage Award (2014) by the performance rights organization, recognizing him as the most performed Country Music songwriter-artist of the last 100 years. Jackson has charted more than 30 No. 1 hits, sold nearly 60 million albums, and is among the genre’s most decorated and respected figures, with more than 150 awards.
During the ceremony, Lee Ann Womack performed his first Top 10 hit “Here in the Real World,” Alison Krauss sang “Someday,” while friend George Strait performed his hit “Remember When.”
As a finale to the entire evening, Alan, Loretta and George, along with Connie Smith sang “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” which is performed at the end of every Hall of Fame Medallion ceremony.
Late last week before this weekend’s induction, Alan released a new song, “The Older I Get.”
AJ (Hall of Fame induction) 1 OC: …only shot I had. :33
“I wrote what I knew about, and that was cars. My daddy was a mechanic. I grew up in a garage. That’s all I cared about. That’s the reason I came to Nashville to be a singer because I loved cars, and I couldn’t really buy any. [crowd laughs] So, I didn’t have much going on, and I didn’t see much of a future of any direction that would help me buy a lot of cars, and being a singing star looked like the only shot I had.” [crowd laughs]
AJ (Hall of Fame induction) 2 OC: …tell you that. :58
“I came here, I was so ignorant. I didn’t know anything about the business. I thought people you hear on the radio, I thought everybody wrote their own songs. I didn’t know there were songwriters that wrote ‘em for ‘em, so I came here. I didn’t know what producers were or anything, just blind ignorance, came up here and I guess for some reason God gave me a little big of talent to throw some words together and some melodies that have worked over these years. But, I do have some happy songs. [crowd laughs] ‘Chattahoochie,’ ‘Five O’Clock Somewhere,’ ‘Pop a Top,’ I mean I’ve had a lot of ‘em. It makes me so sad and serious, and I’m not that kind of person, not really. But I’ve always said I’ve loved, my favorite songs are the heartbreak songs. I’ve loved writin’ ‘em. I love singin’ ‘em. There’s more emotion in ‘em, and they’re easier to write. I think most songwriters’ll tell you that.”
With the premiere of Season 8 of The Walking Dead on Sunday (October 22nd), we had to ask Darius Rucker if he’d ever binge-watched the show (he’s currently in the middle of The Tudors – more on that later). He and his son, Jack, tried to watch the show for the first time, but couldn’t get through the first episode of Season 1.
“Jack, my son, wanted to get into The Walking Dead, so I said, ‘Yeah, dude. I’ll watch it with you.’ So, we were going to binge-watch the first couple of seasons, and it was the first episode, and we were sitting in my man cave, and it was the first episode and I’m sitting there,” Darius recalls. “People who watch it will know the scene I’m talking about it. It’s the little girl that’s facing away and they’re slowly panning into the little girl. I thought, ‘That’s cool. Boy, I’ll watch it.’ They pan and she turns around and I got up and ran out of the room. I mean, I pushed Jack down and I ran out of the room, and I said, ‘I cannot watch this television show!’ That was the end of it for me. That little girl freaked me out so much I couldn’t watch any more Walking Dead. I haven’t watched it since. True story. I ran out of the room. Aaaaaahhhhh I’m screaming. It was awful.” [laughs]
The Walking Dead, which stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Melissa McBride and many others, premieres Sunday (October 22nd) on AMC at 9pm ET/8pm CT.
Darius is currently making his way up the country charts with “For the First Time,” which is from his brand-new album, When Was the Last Time.
Catch Darius as he makes the media rounds this week. He’ll perform live on NBC’s Today Show on Tuesday (October 24th), The View on Wednesday (October 25th) and The Chew on Friday (October 27th).
Darius Rucker (couldn’t watch The Walking Dead) OC: …it was awful. [laughs] :48
“Jack, my son, wanted to get into The Walking Dead, so I said, ‘Yeah, dude. I’ll watch it with you.’ So, we were going to binge-watch the first couple of seasons, and it was the first episode, and we were sitting in my man cave, and it was the first episode and I’m sitting there. People who watch it will know the scene I’m talking about it. It’s the little girl that’s facing away and they’re slowly panning into the little girl. I thought, ‘That’s cool. Boy, I’ll watch it.’ They pan and she turns around and I got up and ran out of the room. I mean, I pushed Jack down and I ran out of the room, and I said, ‘I cannot watch this television show!’ That was the end of it for me. That little girl freaked me out so much I couldn’t watch any more Walking Dead. I haven’t watched it since. True story. I ran out of the room. Aaaaaahhhhh I’m screaming. It was awful.” [laughs]