Eric Church has taken “Round Here Buzz” to the top of the country charts. The song is from his album, Mr. Misunderstood, which he released as a surprise to his fans on the morning of the CMA Awards in 2015.
The North Carolina native co-wrote “Round Here Buzz” with Luke Dick and Jeff Hyde. He says the song contains a nostalgic, heartbreaking feel.
“I’ve done a few of these songs in my career; this nostalgic kind of song about the guy that kind of wishes things were different than they are,” says Eric. “I know a lot of people like that and like this from where I’m from. I’m from a small town, and I’ve just seen this. I think part of the reason, I feel like we’re pretty good at this kind of song, and I think part of it is because I’ve seen it, I’ve felt it. It’s a motive to me. So, I think with this song, there’s just something about it that’s always spoke to me.
You can catch Eric on this year’s GRAMMY Awards when he performs as part of a special tribute to honor the victims lost to gun violence and terrorism at various live music events last year, especially to those affected by the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. He will be joined by Brothers Osborne and Maren Morris.
The 60 annual GRAMMY Awards will air live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday (January 28th) beginning at 7:30p ET on CBS.
Eric Church (Round Here Buzz) OC: …emotive qualities. :48
“‘Round Here Buzz,’ I mean, I’ve done a few of these songs in my career; this nostalgic kind of song about the guy that kind of wishes things were different than they are. I know a lot of people like that and like this from where I’m from. I’m from a small town, and I’ve just seen this. I think part of the reason, I feel like we’re pretty good at this kind of song, and I think part of it is because I’ve seen it, I’ve felt it. It’s a motive to me. So, I think with this song, there’s just something about it that’s always spoke to me. It was one I was a pretty big champion for on the album and one that I think will be a hit for us, and the right kind of hit, not just one that’s a hit. One that has emotive qualities.”
As a former softball player, the wife (and cheerleader) of a former NHL star player (the Nashville Predators’ Mike Fisher), the voice of Sunday Night Football for five years, Carrie Underwood is truly a fan of sporting events.
“I love sporting events. I mean I think it’s just the excitement, the drama. You’ve got all these people on the ice or on the field or on the court, and they’re just giving it their all, and big sporting events are just amazing,” says Carrie. “There’s just something really special about live sporting events, and football, I’ve been watching it my entire life, so it’s fun to be a part of it in some way and to be a part of the biggest game of the year is really special.”
Carrie is set to open NBC’s Super Bowl LII (the Big Game) on February 4th with a video filmed last year for her anthemic song, “The Champion,” which was just released globally. Carrie co-wrote “The Champion” last year with fellow songwriters Brett James, Chris DeStefano, and Christopher Bridges PKA Ludacris, who she asked to collaborate on the event song. NBC Sports will also incorporate “The Champion” into its coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Carrie Underwood (loves sporting events) OC: …really special. :55
“I love sporting events. I mean I think it’s just the excitement, the drama. You’ve got all these people on the ice or on the field or on the court, and they’re just giving it their all, and big sporting events are just amazing. The fans are excited. There’s rivalries, and it’s competition and you can just feel it in the air when you go see, I mean, really any sporting event live is just absolutely amazing. We have our heroes. It’s in us. There are heroes and villains for all of us, and it’s just sitting down and getting to watch that and root for your favorite team. I don’t know. There’s just something really special about live sporting events, and football, I’ve been watching it my entire life, so it’s fun to be a part of it in some way and to be a part of the biggest game of the year is really special.”
UMG Nashville releases the highly anticipated 19 song soundtrack to the feature film Forever My Girl today. Assembled by executive music producer Brett Boyett, the star-studded soundtrack includes brand new original songs along with classics from some of the most respected names in country music. Artists include reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town performing their harmony soaked “Can’t Go Back,” premier American acoustic vocalist Dan Tyminski with his new track “Can’t Tame A Fire,” and critical darling Lauren Alaina and her original song “Wings Of An Angel.” Alaina also performs a duet with Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet titled “Enough.” Additionally, Josh Turner, Travis Tritt, Canaan Smith, Mickey Guyton, Alex Roe, Destin Bennett, Brett Boyett, and Abby Ryder Fortson have all recorded original songs for the soundtrack.
The digital-only soundtrack is available worldwide, and Forever My Girl releases wide in theatres today. Fans can listen to the entire soundtrack HERE. Written and directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf based upon the novel by Heidi McLaughlin, the film stars Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, Abby Ryder Fortson, Travis Tritt and John Benjamin Hickey The official trailer for the movie can be viewed HERE and the full track listing to the soundtrack is as follows:
FOREVER MY GIRL SOUNDTRACK:
1. Little White Church – Little Big Town
2. Don’t Water Down My Whiskey – Alex Roe – Original Song
3. Enough – Alex Roe – Original Song
4. Can’t Tame A Fire – Dan Tyminski – Original Song
5. Can’t Go Back – Little Big Town
6. Back From Gone – Josh Turner – Original Song
7. Who Needs Mexico – Canaan Smith – Original Song
8. Silver and Gold – Little Big Town
9. Wings Of An Angel – Lauren Alaina – Original Song
10. Live Forever – Little Big Town
11. Little Red Wagon – Miranda Lambert
12. Caught Up In Your Storm – Mickey Guyton – Original Song
13. Slowing Down – Travis Tritt – Original Song
14. Wild And Free – Destin Bennett – Original Song
15. Solid Ground – Brett Boyett – Original Song
16. Smokin’ and Cryin’ – Alex Roe – Original Song
17. Finally Home – Alex Roe and Abby Ryder Fortson – Original Song
18. Always and Forever – Canaan Smith – Original Song
19. Enough (reprise) – Lauren Alaina and Phillip Sweet – Original Song
If you happened to miss the TV debut of Dierks Bentley‘s new song, “Woman, Amen,” on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, check it out below.
“Woman, Amen” is the first release from Dierks’ forthcoming album, The Mountain, due out early this year.
Lauren Alaina will join Jason Aldean on his High Noon Neon Tour this summer. The trek, which will also feature Luke Combs, will kick off May 10th in Kansas City, Missouri and hit 34 cities across the country.
Throwback to 2012 when Jason and I "tour" it up on the #MyKindaPartyTour. Can't wait to "duet" again. I'M SO EXCITED to announce I will be touring with @Jason_Aldean and @LukeCombsMusic this summer. #HighNoonNeonTour #YESSSSS pic.twitter.com/s7oqYqRxn6
— Lauren Alaina (@Lauren_Alaina) January 18, 2018
JASON ALDEAN: HIGH NOON NEON TOUR CITIES:
5/10/2018 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
5/11/2018 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center Arena
5/12/2018 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
5/17/2018 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
5/18/2018 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
5/19/2018 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
5/25/2018 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre
5/26/2018 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
5/27/2018 Bangor, ME Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
7/13/2018 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/14/2018 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
7/15/2018 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/21/2018 Atlanta, GA SunTrust Park
7/25/2018 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
7/26/2018 Orange Beach, AL The Amphitheater at the Wharf
7/27/2018 Brandon, MS Brandon Amphitheater
7/28/2018 Dallas, TX Starplex Pavilion
8/10/2018 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater
8/11/2018 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
8/17/2018 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
8/18/2018 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
8/19/2018 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
8/23/2018 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
8/24/2018 Pittsburgh, PA KeyBank Pavilion
8/25/2018 Philadelphia, PA BB&T Pavilion
9/7/2018 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
9/13/2018 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
9/14/2018 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/15/2018 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
9/20/2018 San Diego, CA Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
9/22/2018 San Bernardino, CA Glen Helen Amphitheater
9/27/2018 Sacramento, CA Toyota Amphitheatre
9/28/2018 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/29/2018 Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheater
Mercury Nashville’s Lauren Alaina released one of Rolling Stone’s Best Albums of the Year and Taste of Country’s Most Empowering Album with 2017’s Road Less Traveled. Praised as “full of life lessons and uplift” (PEOPLE), the collection of 12 songs all written by the young star includes Lauren’s first No. 1 hit, title track “Road Less Traveled,” and her current single, “Doin’ Fine,” which was named one of Amazon’s and Sounds Like Nashville’s Top Country Songs of the Year. Lauren is one of Billboard’s Top Country Artists of the Year and she is the only female to land two No. 1 hits in 2017 with “Road Less Traveled” and “What Ifs,” a collaboration with Kane Brown. The “sassy Southerner with killer pipes” (PARADE) has shared the stage with superstars including Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Martina McBride. Lauren is currently on the road with Cole Swindell on the Reason to Drink Tour. For more information, visit www.LaurenAlainaOfficial.com.
In addition to honoring musical excellence, the Recording Academy® will also take a moment to honor the victims lost to gun violence and terrorism at various live music events over the course of the past year. In a special GRAMMY® tribute performed by three of the artists who participated in the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, current GRAMMY nominees Brothers Osborne, past GRAMMY nominee Eric Church, and GRAMMY winner and current nominee Maren Morris will come together for the touching segment.
“Live music events have always provided a safe space for fans to gather in a shared celebration of music. Sadly, that wasn’t always the case this past year,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “We believe it’s incredibly important to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in these senseless tragedies and to remind musicians and music lovers alike that live music will continue to be a powerful force that unites us all.”
“In many ways, our show encapsulates the year in music,” said Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the GRAMMY Awards. Although that usually means a focus on achievement and excellence, sadly, last year was marred by a number of senseless tragedies that took place at live music events. We didn’t feel like we’d be doing our jobs if we didn’t reflect on these tremendous losses.”
Performing for the first time on the GRAMMY stage, Brothers Osborne are nominated again this year in Best Country Duo/Group Performance (“It Ain’t My Fault”).
— Brothers Osborne (@brothersosborne) January 18, 2018
GRAMMY Award winner Maren Morris is currently nominated for Best Country Solo Performance (“I Could Use A Love Song”).
Previously announced GRAMMY performers include Little Big Town, Alessia Cara, Cardi B, Miley Cyrus, Childish Gambino, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, Elton John, Kesha, Khalid, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Logic, Patti LuPone, Bruno Mars, P!nk, Ben Platt, Sam Smith, SZA and U2.
The 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from Madison Square Garden in New York City January 28th at 7:30pm ET on CBS. Previously announced GRAMMY performers include Alessia Cara, Cardi B, Miley Cyrus, Childish Gambino, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, Elton John, Kesha, Khalid, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, Logic, Patti LuPone, Bruno Mars, P!nk, Ben Platt, Sam Smith, SZA, and U2.
Performing for the first time on the GRAMMY stage, Brothers Osborne are nominated again this year in Best Country Duo/Group Performance (“It Ain’t My Fault”).
Eric Church (fans are Vegas fans) OC: …came out. :44
“Talking about the year, a lot of people have asked ‘Why did Vegas bother you so much?’ I mean, it bothered all of us, but why maybe I took it more personal was because the same people that had been there all year, 20, 30 songs with their arms around each other’s shoulders that had became family to me, were the people that were affected that night. I think there was a part of me that went away that night too. And I think how I respond to that as a writer, [I’m] not sure yet. I’m working on it, and I may already have, I mean, that’s really what ‘Why Not Me’ was my, at least some way for me to process it and heal, maybe offer something for other people, but I did that as much for myself as anything else. I didn’t try to say ‘Hey, let me write a song.’ It just happened. It came out.”
At an unannounced pop-up show last night at Nashville’s Exit/In, GRAMMY Award winner Keith Urban enlisted his fans to officially announce his “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR 2018,” and also took the opportunity to reveal that his forthcoming album will be called GRAFFITI U. During a 2-hour surprise show, in front of a crowd of 350 lucky fans that poured out onto the streets, Urban also took time to introduce and perform with GRAMMY nominee Kelsea Ballerini, who will accompany Urban on the North American leg, as his supporting act.
It was Urban’s fans who took center stage for the tour announcement – a live streamed event that saw them during the feed, in cities across the country announcing the “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR 2018” on white poster boards – http://smarturl.it/KU-FanVideo.
“I’ve been full-on writing, recording, collaborating and creating with some incredibly talented people for GRAFFITI U, a lot of whom I’ve never worked with before,” said Urban. “I can hear how some of the songs will translate live already, which really makes putting on a new show so exhilarating and I loved having our fans included in the announcement of the tour because it’s their tour too.”
The 58-city tour will kick off on June 15th at St. Louis’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre and will include 10 shows in Canada (supporting act TBA) as well as visits to cities in Nevada, Oregon, Alabama and Arkansas that Urban has yet to headline. Urban’s shows have become concert events that electrify. They’re unexpected, if not unpredictable, and have been hailed by media around the world as a “concert experience not to be missed.” The tour will feature many of Urban’s 23 #1 songs, as well as brand new songs that have never been performed live and an all-new concert production that promises to be as spectacular as never before.
“I remember hearing Keith Urban songs that stopped me in my tracks and made me want to drop everything and chase that kind of lyric and heart filled artistry,” says Ballerini. “He’s the best in the business and I can’t wait to fangirl and learn from him this year. Truly an honor to tour with him.”
THE GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR 2018
Fri Jun 15 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sat Jun 16 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Fri Jun 22 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sat Jun 23 Pittsburgh, PA KeyBank Pavilion
Wed Jun 27 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Fri Jun 29 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Sat Jun 30 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Thu Jul 5 Gilford, NH Bank of NH Pavilion
Fri Jul 6 Gilford, NH Bank of NH Pavilion
Sun Jul 8 Canandaigua, NY CMAC
Fri Jul 13 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Sat Jul 14 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Sun Jul 15 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
Fri Jul 20 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sat Jul 21 Lake Tahoe, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
Sun Jul 22 Lake Tahoe, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
Fri Jul 27 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Sat Jul 28 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Sun Jul 29 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Amphitheatre
Fri Aug 3 Philadelphia, PA BB&T Pavilion
Sat Aug 4 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
Sun Aug 5 Bangor, ME Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Fri Aug 10 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
Sat Aug 11 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Sun Aug 12 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Wed Aug 15 Rogers, AR Walmart AMP*
Fri Aug 17 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Sat Aug 18 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sun Aug 19 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Fri Aug 24 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Sat Aug 25 Orange Beach, AL The Wharf Amphitheater
Sun Aug 26 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
Fri Sept 7 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Sat Sept 8 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Fri Sept 14 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre*
Sat Sept 15 London, ON Budweiser Gardens*
Wed Sept 19 Winnipeg, MB Bell MTS Place*
Fri Sept 21 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre*
Sat Sept 22 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place*
Sun Sept 23 Calgary, AB ScotiaBank Saddledome*
Tue Sept 25 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena*
Thu Sept 27 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena
Fri Sept 28 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
Sat Sept 29 Missoula, MT Adams Center
Thu Oct 4 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Fri Oct 5 Laughlin, NV Laughlin Event Center
Fri Oct 12 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
Sat Oct 13 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Sun Oct 14 Grand Forks, ND Ralph Engelstad Arena
Thu Oct 18 Toledo, OH Huntington Center
Fri Oct 19 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Sat Oct 20 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
Wed Oct 24 Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre
Thu Oct 25 Hershey, PA Giant Center
Sat Oct 27 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Sun Oct 28 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
Thu Nov 1 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
Fri Nov 2 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
Sat Nov 3 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
* Supporting performer to be announced
For more official Keith Urban news and information go to www.keithurban.net.
— Lady Antebellum (@ladyantebellum) January 17, 2018
Breakout country artist and People Magazine’s “One to Watch,” Nashville-based Russell Dickerson continues to overtake airwaves and arenas with his Top 5 GOLD single “Yours,” repeatedly called the “biggest love song of the year,” off his debut album by the same name. The “hypnotic” (CMT) crooner kicks off what promises to be his landmark year as Billboard’s No.1_Emerging_Artist, a Spotify RISE artist and CMT’s 18 for 2018. With a deep appreciation for and responsibility to his loyal fan following, Dickerson understands the importance of real connectivity, spending as much time as he can on the road in front of the people who made him the #1 country pre-order for weeks (2017 saw tour billings that included Thomas Rhett’s “Home Team” Tour and Florida Georgia Line’s “Smooth” tour, and finished with his first headlining tour). His EP premiered at No. 1 on Billboard’s Heat Seeker Chart and No. 2 on iTunes Country chart, with “Yours” clocking over 100 million streams to date. The singer and songwriter is the launch artist on Triple Tigers Records, a joint venture with Sony Music. Dickerson’s “Blue Tacoma” was also recently featured in the tenth installment of the “X-Men” film franchise, “Logan”. @russelled | www.russelldickerson.com
Lady A (Darius Tour) 1 OC: …during the day. :59
CHARLES: “One of the biggest reasons that we kind of, together with Darius, approached this concept of touring again together was because we had so much fun last time. When was the last time we toured together, Dave?” DAVE: “It was 2012.” CHARLES: “2012, and still today, it was the biggest tour we had ever had, and it was just so much fun. The one thing that I love about Darius, not only is he a great guy, but he’s a seasoned entertainer. We finally feel like too as a band, we’ve been at this for over 10 years now, we feel like we know how to hold a crowd and put on a really fun, entertaining show. And I just feel like when the crowds come, they’re gonna get over three hours worth of music that is just straight sing-a-long, constantly, and that’s what we want. Darius is just such a great entertainer, great friends, we’re gonna have a lot of collaborative moments on it too, and obviously, I’ll have my golf buddy there with me during the day.”
Dierks Bentley has just released his new single, “Woman, Amen,” the first song from his upcoming album, The Mountain. Dierks co-wrote the song with Josh Kear and producer Ross Copperman while they had a writer’s retreat in Telluride, Colorado where he wrote and recorded much of the new album.
all my roads led to her pic.twitter.com/fFLFgX1HP3
— Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley) January 17, 2018
For Dierks, “Woman, Amen” is an important way to kick off his new album. “The song’s about gratitude, and the song is just the cracks in your heart and love and how you really need to have those failures and those cracks to really let love get in, so it’s an inspiring song,” says Dierks. “I think it’s an album that has a lot of gratitude in the album throughout every song. So, it’s a good song to really just get that message out there, and all that gratitude for me starts at home. There’d be nothing without Cass and the way she’s not only made my life, she’s been through the ups and downs and made me a better person. I don’t know where I’d be without her. So, for me to get the message of the album out there, I want to start with this song and this important message about the women in my life, the women in our lives. There’d be nothing without them. For me, it’s just an important way to start the album.”
“I’d lose my way, yeah, I’d lose my mind/If I faced one day on my own/I know I was saved, the night that she gave/This drifter’s heart a home/Every night I should be on my knees/Lord knows how lucky I am/I’ll never say it near enough/Thank God, for this woman, amen.”
Dierks just opened the new Nashville location of Whiskey Row on the corner of Broadway and Fourth Avenue.
Dierks Bentley (Woman, Amen) OC: …to start the album. :45
“The song’s about gratitude, and the song’s just the cracks in your heart and love and how you really need to have those failures and those cracks to really let love get in, so it’s an inspiring song. I think it’s an album that has a lot of gratitude in the album throughout every song. So, it’s a good song to really just get that message out there, and all that gratitude for me starts at home. There’d be nothing without Cass and the way she’s not only made my life, she’s been through the ups and downs and made me a better person. I don’t know where I’d be without her. So, for me to get the message of the album out there, I want to start with this song and this important message about the women in my life, the women in our lives. There’d be nothing without them. For me, it’s just an important way to start the album.”