• Jordan Davis Singles You Up
  • Eric Church Round Here Buzz
  • Easton Corbin A Girl Like You
  • Brandon Lay Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers
  • Little Big Town When Someone Stops Loving You
  • Lady Antebellum Heart Break
  • Chris Stapleton Broken Halos
  • Darius Rucker For the First Time
  • Jon Pardi She Ain't In It</br

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KIP MOORE RELEASES ‘LAST SHOT’ TO RADIO.

Kip Moore just released his new single, “Last Shot,” which he co-wrote with the legendary David Lee Murphy and Dan Couch (who co-wrote Kip’s first No. 1 “Somethin’ Bout a Truck”). “Last Shot,” the follow-up to the chart-topping hit “More Girls Like You,” turned into an old-school country love song.

“When I started singing that melody, I was just humming and different stuff, and [David Lee Murphy] said, ‘If you were my last breath I’d just want to hold you,’ and I thought that was just such a brilliant line,” says Kip. “So, then it was just about, ‘Alright, this is a love song, this is an old school country love song right here.’ So that’s what we went with.”

The song is from his new album, Slowheart. The making of the collection came about after a process with Kip taking a lot of time off to spend time at home in Tifton, Georgia, as well as Iceland and Costa Rica, which was all captured in a documentary, Journey to Slowheart, which was shot and put together by his friend PJ Brown.

Audio / Kip Moore explains how “Last Shot” turned out to be an “old school country love song.”

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Kip Moore (Last Shot) SOUNDCUE (:48 OC: . . . we went with.)
“’Last Shot’ was written with David Lee Murphy and Dan Couch. David Lee, the king of quirky phrasing . . . Dan actually came in with that idea and we just kind of danced around that song for probably three hours before we ever could tackle how to get it, where we wanted to go and you get a little bit of that old school Aerosmith vibe from the lyrics to the melodic sense even to the production of it, and, yeah, I mean the minute David Lee said . . . When I started singing that melody, I was just humming and different stuff, and he said, ‘If you were my last breath I’d just want to hold you,’ and I thought that was just such a brilliant line, so then it was just about, ‘Alright, this is a love song, this is an old school country love song right here,’ so that’s what we went with.”

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LAUREN ALAINA WILL APPEAR ON THE MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE.

Lauren Alaina performs “Doin’ Fine” tomorrow morning during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live from New York.

She and her boyfriend Alex were doing a little sightseeing in the Big Apple.

 

The parade airs live on NBC from 8a-11a CT / 9a-12p ET.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD WILL CO-HOST GRAMMY SPECIAL WITH JOHN LEGEND FRIDAY.

Carrie Underwood and John Legend will co-host GRAMMYs Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special on Friday (November 24th) at 9pm ET on CBS.

The special will feature highlights from the past 59 years, including artist reactions to their own GRAMMY performances.

 

KIP MOORE RELEASES NEW SONG ‘LAST SHOT’ TO RADIO.

Kip Moore is following up his recent No. One smash hit “More Girls Like You,” with his “smoldering” (Rolling Stone) new single ”Last Shot.”  The metaphor-driven and reflective ballad, co-written by Moore with Dan Couch and David Lee Murphy, is one of the most added songs at country radio this week and the second single taken from his third studio album “SLOWHEART,” praised by critics across the country as he “blends the passion and connection for which he’s known with a new self-awareness that will speak to both commercial and underground audiences” (USA Today.)
As Moore continues to garner acclaim for SLOWHEART, with Billboard noting the record “shines a light on his more sensitive side,” he is also sharing more insight into the process of making the album with his vulnerable documentary THE JOURNEY TO SLOWHEART, out today.  Available to watch via VEVO now and on Qello beginning tomorrow, the documentary was created by Moore with his best friend and video director, PJ Brown.  The refreshingly raw piece follows Moore as he returns to his hometown of Tifton, GA, as he reflects on his childhood and the importance of his family in shaping the artist he is today.  Fans will also get a glimpse into the recording process behind Moore’s latest release with behind-the-scenes footage in the studio, as well as a look into his travels earlier this year that took him to Iceland, Costa Rica and more.
SLOWHEART follows the acclaim that surrounded Moore’s sophomore album WILD ONES heralded as “an impressively singular release from Music Row” by The Guardian. Moore first turned heads with his debut album UP ALL NIGHT which was recently certified PLATINUM by the RIAA and spawned three No. One hit singles including GOLD certified “Beer Money,” PLATINUM certified “Hey Pretty Girl,” and the DOUBLE PLATINUM breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck. Moore, who has trail-blazed his own path with his reputation-making live show is currently undertaking his headlining PLEAD THE FIFTH TOUR with special guest Drake White. With no signs of slowing down this year, he will also hit the road with Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen for a limited run this December as part of a special solo acoustic stint dubbed TALL TALES AND THE TRUTH TOUR, kicking off in Denver, CO on 12/7. For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit www.kipmoore.net.

KEITH, CARRIE AND LBT WIN BIG AT THE AMA AWARDS.

Keith Urban picked up three American Music Awards on Sunday night (November 19th); Favorite Country Male Artist, Favorite Country Album for Ripcord and Favorite Country Song for “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”

“I’ve always gravitated towards and written a lot of songs that have hope at their center. That’s really it, because if we don’t have hope then what’s the point? Life’s hard. It’s hard, and it’s very hard for some people more than others will ever begin to imagine, me being one of those people. There’s challenges that humans have faced that I can’t even begin to imagine what I would’ve done in that situation,” says Keith. “So, I love songs of hope, songs of compassion, songs of empathy, understanding, songs of forgiveness. I write a lot of those kinds of songs. I’ve always written those kinds of songs, because they’re things I needed to hear, as well…But ‘Blue Ain’t Your Color’ is cut from that cloth too; it’s a song of believing in somebody and believing somebody deserves better.”

Carrie Underwood was named Favorite Female Country Artist, while Little Big Town took home the trophy for Favorite Country Duo/Group for the first time.

Keith just released his new song, “Female,” which is already sitting inside the Top 30 on the country charts.

 

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Audio / Keith Urban says he writes mostly songs of hope, which includes his award-winning "Blue Ain't Your Color."

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Keith Urban (Blue Ain’t Your Color-AMAs) OC: …deserves better. 1:07
“I’ve always gravitated towards and written a lot of songs that have hope at their center. That’s really it, because if we don’t have hope then what’s the point? Life’s hard. It’s hard, and it’s very hard for some people more than others will ever begin to imagine, me being one of those people. There’s challenges that humans have faced that I can’t even begin to imagine what I would’ve done in that situation. So, I love songs of hope, songs of compassion, songs of empathy, understanding, songs of forgiveness. I write a lot of those kinds of songs. I’ve always written those kinds of songs, because they’re things I needed to hear, as well. The amount of times I should’ve taken my own advice in a song is like [laughs]…I was so busy helping everybody else figuring things out that I was lost myself and I needed to listen to my own songs. But ‘Blue Ain’t Your Color’ is cut from that cloth too; it’s a song of believing in somebody and believing somebody deserves better.”

Audio / Keith Urban talks about his AMA Award-winning album, Ripcord.

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Keith Urban (Ripcord-AMA) OC: …really well. :29
“The first thing I think about with that record is buoyant energy that whole album. That’s how I feel about it. I feel the record predominantly has a lot of buoyant energy. Even the name Ripcord appealed to me because the sort of high speed that you’re hurtling to earth at before you pull the ripcord, so there’s a lot of sort of propulsion energy in that name that felt like it fit the record really well.”

LADY ANTEBELLUM’S YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR CONCERT SPECIAL AIRS ON THE AUDIENCE NETWORK NEXT FRIDAY.

On Friday, November 24, AT&T* AUDIENCE Network will present the broadcast premiere of a special concert and documentary event with seven-time GRAMMY award-winning trio Lady Antebellum via DIRECTV Ch 239, AT&T U-verse Ch 1114 and streaming on-demand through DIRECTV NOW. The two-hour show, titled “Lady Antebellum: YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR” starts live at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and gives viewers full access to personal interviews and a never-before-seen televised concert packed with their biggest chart-topping hits and new favorites. The show was recorded live at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena–on the last official North American stop of the tour, which spanned over 60 shows this year and coincided with the release of their sixth studio album HEART BREAK (Capitol Nashville) (HERE).

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Throughout their North American leg, “fans were happy to know it was like no time has passed” (Omaha World-Herald) before the trio wrapped Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone‘s “must-see summer tour” in September. Concluding with dates overseas, the tour was dubbed “one of the best nights of mainstream Nashville music that the UK’s seen” (The Digital Fix) as “they put on a polished show for a rapturous crowd in London,” (The Guardian).

“Being on stage and feeling that high from your fans at a show is one of our favorite parts of what we do,” said Lady A’s Hillary Scott. “Their energy is crazy, so capturing it for something like this is always really fun to share. And, we shot it in our hometown of Nashville, which makes it extra sweet!”

2017 has been another landmark year for platinum-selling trio Lady Antebellum–Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood. The group is nominated  for CMA “Album of the Year” and “Vocal Group of the Year” following more than 18 million album units sold, nine No. 1 hits, ACM and CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row and countless other honors including seven GRAMMY awards, Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice AwardsUsing their “renewed energy” (People), the group hit the road this summer on their YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR featuring special guests Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young, as they introduced fans to “a fresh twist with the addition of a live horn section” (CMT) into a set already packed with mega-hits. 
The new single and title-track Heart Break–an empowering call of independence– was co-written by the trio and the track provides “a bedrock for the entire record” (Paste) as “Scott takes satisfaction in feminine independence” (NPR) with “a touch of darkness and a clever play on words” (Rolling Stone). With eleven songs penned by Lady A, HEART BREAK (Capitol Nashville), the “buoyant album” (Entertainment Weekly) earned the group their fifth No. 1 debut position on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, immediately skyrocketed to the Top 10 on all-genre iTunes charts in 15 countries around the world and the new collection landed on multiple mid-year “best of lists” including Rolling Stone, The Tennessean and Taste of Country.

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THANKSGIVING 2017

The Thanksgiving holiday tradition traces its origins to a 1621 celebration at Plymouth, in the state that’s now known as Massachusetts. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. While initially, the Plymouth colony did not have enough food to feed half of the 102 colonists, the Wampanoag Native Americans helped the Pilgrims by providing seeds and teaching them to fish. The practice of holding an annual harvest festival like this did not become a regular affair in New England until the late 1660s. People now celebrate the holiday by giving thanks for their blessings over the past year, as well as feasting on turkey and other festive goodies.

Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 23rd, and most people will be enjoying time with their friends and families, including some of your favorite country stars, such as Alan Jackson, Brothers Osborne, Canaan Smith, Clare Dunn, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Easton Corbin, Eric Church, Eric Paslay, Josh Turner, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Mickey Guyton, Sam Hunt and more. They share their thoughts, memories and favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

Audio / Alan Jackson talks about his favorite Thanksgiving dish.

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AJ (Thanksgiving) OC: …enjoy it. :19
“My favorite Thanksgiving dish would be the homemade dressin’ that we, cornbread-based kind of dressin’ that we always have with turkey. That recipe is a kind of a combination of my mama, and Denise has taken it and perfected it over the years, so that me and my children really enjoy it.”

Audio / Brothers Osborne’s John Osborne talks about their annual Misfits Thanksgiving dinner.

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Brothers Osborne (misfits Thanksgiving) OC: …going home. :45
“What we’ve done the past several years is because it’s so hard to go home, we would have what we call the Misfit Thanksgiving dinner, and all the people in Nashville who aren’t able to go home to their families, we would just invite them over to our house and have a big potluck style Thanksgiving dinner. We’ll take like a couple of tables and throw them together and throw some sheets on it just to make it look nice. It’s a very redneck display of like tableware, because all the plates don’t match and the forks and knives don’t match, but we don’t care. People will bring wine, and at the end of the day, we’ll probably have 12-15 people all sitting at dinner together that weren’t able to go home with their families, and just enjoy it with friends. It’s been really fun. Definitely a lot less stress than going home.”

Audio / Canaan Smith says his favorite Thanksgiving dish is pumpkin pie.

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Canaan Smith (pumpkin pie) OC: …Thanksgiving. :14
“Pumpkin pie is where it’s at. My mom makes the best. She got it from her mom, my Nanny. It’s so good. It’s made from scratch. Everything about it, it’s just mouthwatering. I love it. I can’t get enough. If I could get fat, it’d be from pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.”

Audio / Clare Dunn talks about her favorite Thanksgiving side dish.

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Clare Dunn (Thanksgiving dish) OC: …like hers. :21
“I think my favorite Thanksgiving dish [is] my mom makes the best mashed potatoes in the world. I mean, they’re crazy. They’re like garlic and butter and all the good stuff, so that’s probably my favorite Thanksgiving dish. Oh, and she makes great stuffing too, and I’m not a stuffing person, but I like hers.”

Audio / Darius Rucker talks about his favorite part of Thanksgiving.

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Darius Rucker (favorite part of Thanksgiving) OC: …my family. :17
“My favorite part of Thanksgiving is easy – it’s food. It’s eating. It’s hanging out with family and getting some great food, ‘cause that’s really what Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for all of the great things you’ve got, and I always give thanks for the greatest thing I’ve got and that’s my family.”

Audio / Easton Corbin talks about spending Thanksgiving with family.

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Easton (Thanksgiving) OC: …my grandma’s. :33
“Having family and being able to spend that quality time with them and obviously, the opportunity to do what I do. But absolutely during that time, being able to spend that time with family and your loved ones. We used to always go to my grandma’s, that’s Christmas and Thanksgiving. We’d go there for the big meal. I don’t get to go back much. A lot of times I’ll stay up [in Nashville] for Thanksgiving, and then go down during Christmas, but we’d always go to my grandma’s.”

Audio / Eric Church says he’s thankful for his family as well as for his fans.

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Eric Church (Thanksgiving) OC: …want to do it. :23
“A couple of things. I’m thankful for my family and great health. And I’m thankful for from a career standpoint, I’m very thankful for the success we’ve had lately. I’m thankful for what the fans have done. I mean there’s a lot of stuff to be thankful for in that regard. And I’m thankful that I was given the opportunity to do it my own way. I’m thankful that I’m going to get to keep doing this and do it the way that I want to do it.”

Audio / Eric Paslay talks about his favorite Thanksgiving memories.

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Eric Paslay (Thanksgiving) OC: …too much. :05
“My best Thanksgiving memory, I think, is just hanging out with family, watching football and eating too much!”

Audio / Josh Turner shares his favorite Thanksgiving side dish.

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Josh Turner (fave side dish) OC: …’em myself. [laughs] :24
“Uh, deviled eggs! [laughs] Where I’m from in South Carolina, I don’t think I’ve tasted a bad deviled egg. It’s like everybody has their own twist on it, but they’re all good, but I always loved it when my mama made ‘em. I’m learning as I get older, making deviled eggs is no easy task. It’s more complicated than it looks, and so that’s probably why I never made ‘em myself.” [laughs]

Audio / Keith Urban will be celebrating Thanksgiving at home in Nashville, along with his wife, daughters and mother, who is flying in from Australia this weekend. He recalls the very first Thanksgiving he spent in the States.

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Keith Urban (1st American Thanksgiving) OC: …immediately. [laughs] :44
“The first Thanksgiving I ever had here, which was 25 years ago, ‘cause I’ve been here a long time now. But the first one I ever had, I remember going to this family’s home, they invited me to Thanksgiving, and I couldn’t believe the volume of food. It was insane. I’ve never seen so much food in my life. Then after the food, there was like 12 desserts. I was like, ‘Why are there so many desserts?’ They said, ‘Well, because every Aunt and every Grandma, everybody brought their thing, their special dessert, and you have to try every one of ‘em.’ I’m like, ‘There’s like THREE apple cobblers.’ And they’re like, ‘Yeah, but they’re made by different people and they’re all watching, so you have to make sure you try everything up there.’ [laughs] I was in love with Thanksgiving immediately.” [laughs]

Audio / Kip Moore talks about his annual Thanksgiving plans to go home to visit with his family.

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Kip Moore (Thanksgiving) OC: …with them. :11
“I [usually] go home for Thanksgiving. I love going home to see all them. I have five brothers and sisters and it’s a blast to go home and just catch up on their lives. I get so wrapped up in all this that I lose touch sometimes, and it’s cool to hear everything going on with them.”

Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott describes her favorite Thanksgiving dish.

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Lady A (Hillary-Thanksgiving food) OC: …ever tasted. :12
“So, my favorite Thanksgiving food would have to be my grandmother’s sweet potato casserole. There’s just something she puts in it — probably all the love – that makes it better than anything I’ve ever tasted.”

Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley talks about one of his favorite Thanksgiving memories.

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Lady A (Charles-Thanksgiving eating contest) OC: …five pounds! :25
“One of my most memorable Thanksgiving memories was probably the first year that me and my two brothers (John and Josh) decided to start our annual eating contest where we ate throughout the whole day. We started that morning and weighed ourselves and at the very end of the night, we weighed ourselves out and all three of us equally gained five pounds. I wish we had a more accurate scale to decide the winner, but we all tied. Five pounds!”

Audio / The members of Little Big Town love Thanksgiving since they get time off to be with their families.

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LBT (Thanksgiving) 2 OC: (Kimberly) …and eat. :31
KIMBERLY: “Thanksgiving—we love Thanksgiving, ‘cause we get to be with our families and we don’t often get to spend time with our families, our extended families, until the holidays. I love being around the table with my family and talking and laughing and cooking and eating…” JIMI: “And eating and eating and eating and eating…” PHILLIP: “The laughter around the eating, the good cheer, the celebration, the music…” JIMI: “The eating, going taking a nap, then coming back and eating.” KIMBERLY: “Go to bed with a full belly, take a nap, and then get up and eat.”

Audio / Mickey Guyton talks about one of her favorite Thanksgiving traditions.

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Mickey Guyton (Thanksgiving traditions) OC: …Thanksgiving traditions. :17
“One of my Thanksgiving traditions is playing charades after Thanksgiving dinner. I’m not the most competitive person in the world, but as soon as you put some Charades in the picture, I am crazy, and you will definitely want to be on my team if we’re playing Charades. I’m just saying. So, that’s one of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions.”

Audio / Sam Hunt talks about his favorite Thanksgiving meal.

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Sam Hunt (Thanksgiving eats) OC: …glass of milk. :34
“When I pile my plate up, it’s mostly turkey and then I’ll put a little dressing on the side, and I’ll usually go ahead and grab my dessert on the first run [laughs] and have it ready before it all disappears. Those are the really the three things. It’s strange, but since I was very young, I’ve always loved drinking milk, my brothers too, we drank lots of milk. My cousins, who grew up down the road, they always looked at us funny when we wanted to drink milk with our Thanksgiving meal. They would have coke or whatever else. So, I still get turkey, dressing, a piece of pecan pie and a big ole glass of milk.”

 

NEWS AND NOTES: Eric, Keith, Brothers Osborne, Kip, Tyminski, Luke, Sam, Shania

Eric Church and Keith Urban will headline next year’s Tortuga Music Festival, along with Florida Georgia Line. The three-day event, taking place April 6 – 8 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will also feature performances by Brothers Osborne, Kip Moore, Tyminski, Snoop Dog, Lucie Silvas, The Cadillace Three, Lee Brice, Dan + Shay and many more. Tickets for the festival go on sale December 1st at 10am ET at TortugaMusicFestival.com.

In addition to the headliners Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Blake Shelton, Luke’s Crash My Playa event will also feature Maren Morris, Brett Young and Dustin Lynch. The annual festival will take place January 17th – 20th, 2018.

Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” music video has reached over 100 million views on Youtube.

CMA NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR JON PARDI IS HUMBLED BY HIS SUCCESS.

Jon Pardi picked up his first CMA Award for New Artist of the Year, and he wished he had more time to thank EVERYBODY.

“If I did win, my dream was to get like a receipt and drop it and be like, ‘These are all of the people I need to thank right here,’ you know, and it keeps going,’ says Jon. “It’s been an amazing year, and I’ve had people that believed in me since day one and I’m just glad that I had somebody like Capitol Records, country radio. They just stuck behind me and never gave up on me.”

The West Coast native’s determination to keep plugging at his music career led to his success. “When I drove here from California, I said, ‘Man, it’s going to be a crappy ride back. That’s a long ways,’” he says. “But, perseverance and believing in myself and constantly keeping myself around people I believe in and just sticking with it. It’s so amazing to be sitting here finally, and I said this is the year that my family doesn’t have to stop the recording to find me in the audience.”

Jon is climbing the country charts with his latest song, “She Ain’t In It,” the follow-up to three No. 1 hits from his sophomore album, California Sunrise.

Jon is headlining his CMT Lucky Tonight Tour, and the trek is scheduled to make stops in Chicago on Thursday (November 16th), Rosemont, Illinois on Friday (November 17th) and Milwaukee on Saturday (November 18th).

Audio / Jon Pardi is the CMA New Artist of the Year, and he says he has so many to thank for his success.

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Jon Pardi (support) OC: …never gave up on me. :23
“You get off stage [after] you do your speech and there’s so many other people that you just [want to thank]…if I did win, my dream was to get like a receipt and drop it and be like, ‘These are all of the people I need to thank right here,’ you know, and it keeps going. It’s been an amazing year, and I’ve had people that believed in me since day one and I’m just glad that I had somebody like Capitol Records, country radio. They just stuck behind me and never gave up on me.”

Audio / Jon Pardi moved from California to pursue his dream of making country music.

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Jon Pardi (realizing dream) OC: …the audience. :21
“When I drove here from California, I said, ‘Man, it’s going to be a crappy ride back. That’s a long ways.’ But, perseverance and believing in myself and constantly keeping myself around people I believe in and just sticking with it. It’s so amazing to be sitting here finally, and I said this is the year that my family doesn’t have to stop the recording to find me in the audience.”

SOME OF NASHVILLE’S BIGGEST STARS HELP RAISE MORE THAN FOUR MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE COUNTRY RISING BENEFIT.

Nashville’s biggest stars united Sunday night for COUNTRY RISING, raising more than four million dollars to support charitable initiatives for those affected by the September 2017 hurricanes as well as victims of the recent shooting in Las Vegas. From top to bottom, the production was as big as the talent that took the stage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, including host Bobby Bones and performers Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Keith Urban and surprise guest Jon Pardi. Additionally, Garth Brooks sent in a special video from Spokane, WA where he donated proceeds from the night’s two shows.
 
Lady Antebellum opened the show with some of their biggest chart-toppers as well as an ode to Tom Petty as the trio covered “Learning To Fly,” followed by host Bobby Bones welcoming the crowd. “Our country has been hit hard by tragedy this year,” Bones said. “It’s affected our families. It’s affected our friends. It’s affected the Country music community, but even during those hard times what we always try to do is find the good and make the difference, and tonight we’re trying to make the difference.” 

Sam Hunt performed a medley of his biggest hits, as well as a unifying chorus of “This Land Is Your Land.” Martina McBride belted out timely songs including “Love’s The Only House” while Keith Urban brought energy to the stage as he interacted with the crowd and performed his soulful “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” Dierks Bentley’s set included his powerful song “Riser,” which he dedicated to the first responders and the community for rallying together and rising up in the midst of tragedy, also surprising the crowd by bringing out special guest Jon Pardi who performed “Dirt On My Boots.” 

Jason Aldean took the stage for a significant set, acknowledging the shooting in Vegas that personally affected him.
 
“It’s been a rough couple months for us up here, and it’s a lot of fun to get back out and play for the people who matter which is you guys,” said Aldean. “I love getting up every day and playing music, and I’ll be damned if anybody out there will ever stop me from doing that.”
 
Little Big Town performed some of their biggest hits including their smash “Better Man” while Chris Stapleton’s set included his poignant “Broken Halos,” as he announced that he and his wife Morgane are donating $250,000 to the cause.

Reba McEntire’s performance included her tenacious “Going Out Like That” while Garth Brooks sent a surprise special video performing “Callin’ Baton Rouge” from Spokane, WA, donating proceeds from the night’s shows.
 
George Strait closed out the evening with his beloved hits including “Amarillo By Morning.”

Fans across the country unable to attend the benefit can continue to give by texting ‘NASHVILLE’ to 41010, by donating at www.CountryRising.org or by purchasing merchandise HERE. All proceeds raised will go toward the Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which was established to support charitable initiatives to help victims of the September 2017 hurricanes — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria. Additionally, the fund will also envelop victims of the recent shooting in Las Vegas. In the course of rebuilding lives disrupted by these devastating events, there are immediate needs and there also will be long-term needs. 
 
COUNTRY RISING has also been supported by sponsors Citi, Texas Roadhouse, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, BMI, Budweiser, Frost, City National Bank, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store™, Sony Pictures Animation’s THE STAR, WME and Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Additional local businesses including Vintage Sparkle Furniture Rental, Events Plus, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, Black Tie Moving, Virago, Hattie B’s, Copper Whisk Cakes, Tin Roof, Dry House, Love and Lion, Foot and Salt Spa, HH Events and Revive Nashville have also stepped up to support the cause. 

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