Today marks the release of a brand-new track, “Coming Home,” from Keith Urban’s forthcoming, highly anticipated album GRAFFITI U. “Coming Home” builds upon a musical exploration that was apparent on both his previous #1 albums FUSE and RIPCORD. In fact, “Coming Home” not only features the Grammy nominated, multi-platinum artist Julia Michaels, but credits Merle Haggard as a co-writer.
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As Urban explains, “Coming Home” started with an idea I had of using the intro of one of my favorite Haggard songs “Mama Tried” – to build an entirely new song around it. Then, I took the idea to J.R. Rotem and he put some chords around it. I jotted down the first words that the music made me feel, jumped on a mic and sang the chorus.”
“Hearing that rolling Haggard guitar lick sparked memories of my childhood – and my dream to come to America.” added Urban. “I knew right then the story (of the song) was about the struggles of being in a city where your dreams have brought you, but far from your home – wherever, whomever and whatever that is for each of us.”
Of Julia Michaels Urban said, “Julia’s writing contribution extended into the idea of the need to want to physically be home. She summed up the whole story in one sentence. “Yeah, I know it’s only one call away, but it’s not the same.” For me, that simple phrase said so much, especially when she sang it!
Added Urban, “I called Theresa Haggard and Ben Haggard to play them what we’d been working on. It was important to me to have their blessing- and I’m so grateful that they love the song.”
“Coming Home” was written by Urban, J.R. Rotem, Julia Michaels, Merle Haggard and Nicolle Galyon and was co-produced by Rotem and Urban.
The 58-city “GRAFFIT U WORLD TOUR 2018,” kicks off on June 15th at St. Louis’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
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Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum have been added to the list of performers at this year’s ACM Awards. They’re joined by Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton, as well as previously announced performers, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Bebe Rexha and Thomas Rhett. Presenters include New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, actress Rebecca Romijn, ET host Nancy O’Dell and Olympic Alpine Skier Lindsey Vonn.
Keith is nominated in five categories, including Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year.
The 53rd Annual ACM Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 15th at 8pm ET on CBS.
While in Las Vegas for the 53rd Annual ACM Awards, EMI Nashville’s Brothers Osborne is set to perform at a special FRYEDAYS event as part of their ongoing partnership with the authentic and timeless lifestyle brand Frye. The event will be held downtown at the Zappos Headquarters on Friday, April 13 at 4pm PT. Fans can enter for a chance to win tickets by going to brothersosborne.com. Additionally, fans at home will be able to watch a live stream of the event at Zappos.com/brothersosborne and thefryecompany.com
The Maryland natives are nominated again for “Vocal Duo of the Year” as well as “Music Video of the Year” for their Top 10 rowdy hit “It Ain’t My Fault” at the upcoming 53rd ACM Awards. In 2017, the singer/songwriter siblings added their name to the record books as the only duo besides Brooks & Dunn to win both ACM “Vocal Duo of the Year” and ACM “New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year” Awards in the same year.
Brothers Osborne recently released their new single “Shoot Me Straight” off their upcoming sophomore album Port Saint Joe available April 20. Critics are praising the “epic rocker” (Rolling Stone) with industry critic Bob Lefsetz noting, “Brothers Osborne could single-handedly bring back the art of guitar.” To view in-studio video footage of “Shoot Me Straight” click HERE.
Last month, Frye announced their most recent Hometown Pride campaign featuring the GRAMMY-nominated duo. The partnership includes in-store activations such as exclusive “first listen” events for Brothers Osborne’s music and vinyl copies of the new album Port Saint Joe will be sold in select Frye stores starting April 20th. As original craftsmen, The Frye Company continues its tradition of honoring makers and valuing community – connecting quality and craft to the music that is so deeply rooted in the brand’s history. The brand’s music series, FRYEDAYS, is a homegrown original program that features intimate live performances from established and emerging artists.
As one of the largest online retailers well known for their award-winning customer service, Zappos is a longtime supporter of downtown Las Vegas. Since moving its headquarters to Las Vegas in 2004, Zappos has championed countless initiatives, events and partnerships to help revitalize downtown and the surrounding area. At its heart, Zappos is a customer service company constantly seeking new ways to give back and provide a service to communities across the country, especially in their hometown of downtown Las Vegas.
Brothers Osborne recently announced their first headlining UK tour set to launch May 4 in Dublin, Ireland with additional stops in Belfast, London, Manchester, Glasgow and more. The duo will then join Dierks Bentley on the “Mountain High Tour” kicking off May 17 in Columbia, MD. Tickets and additional information can be found at www.brothersosborne.com
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Fans can purchase a unique Record Store Day version of the new album Port Saint Joe HERE
Mercury Nashville recording artist Travis Denning releases his debut single “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs” today, listen HERE. Written by Jon Randall, Jessi Alexander, and Travis, the upbeat coming-of-age song paints a picture of a young man reminiscing on his carefree college memories. The nostalgic tune has quickly gained many fans at country radio.
“The fact that Travis Denning has made me want to meet the real David Ashley Parker shows he can tell a great story.” – Brent Michaels, PD KUZZ
“Travis Denning is the real deal! Loved ‘David Ashley Parker…’on the first listen. So cleverly written and a great story!” – Kerry Wolfe, VP WMIL
“Great country songs tell a story. ‘David Ashley Parker’ delivers with a story that’s never been told. It’s truly unique. This song will put Travis on the map.” – Matty Jeff, Brand Manager WGNA
A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, Travis Denning vividly remembers the moment he realized he wanted to pursue music for a living. He was seven years old sitting in his Dad’s truck and heard AC/DC for the first time. From then on, he was hooked and devoured all types of music from country, heavy metal, pop and rock. Travis started playing local bars at the age of 16 and built a solid following from his distinctive songs and raucous guitar licks. He moved to Nashville in 2014 and within a year signed a publishing deal with Jeremy Stover’s RED Creative Group. After securing outside cuts by Jason Aldean, Justin Moore and Chase Rice he caught the attention of Universal Music Group where he eventually signed a record deal in 2017. Travis recently opened shows for LANCO as well as Chase Rice and will hit the road with Justin Moore later this year. He is currently in the studio working on his debut album.
Brothers Osborne are gearing up to release their sophomore album, Port Saint Joe, next month. The pair went down to Florida and holed up in a beach house to record songs for the collection, and they were so affected by their time down there making music, they decided to title the album after Port Saint Joe, Florida.
“Our next record, Port Saint Joe, is a record that we recorded in Port Saint Joe, Florida,” says John Osborne. “We just shacked up in a beach house for two weeks and we just played music that felt good to us. We recorded them all live. We left all of the mistakes in there. We left it nice and raw. We tracked 10 songs.”
“Once we were done recording it there, we were still affected by the location of where it was that we decided to go ahead and title the record after it and call it Port Saint Joe,” says TJ Osborne.
Port Saint Joe, featuring the duo’s current single “Shoot Me Straight,” is available April 20th.
Brothers Osborne are nominated for two ACM Awards – Vocal Duo of the Year and Video of the Year for “It Ain’t My Fault.” The 53rd Annual ACM Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 15th at 8pm ET on CBS.
Brothers Osborne (Port Saint Joe) OC: …Port Saint Joe. :29
JOHN: “Our next record, Port Saint Joe, is a record that we recorded in Port Saint Joe, Florida. We just shacked up in a beach house for two weeks and we just played music that felt good to us. We recorded them all live. We left all of the mistakes in there. We left it nice and raw. We tracked 10 songs.” TJ: “Yeah, and so once we were done recording it there, we’re still affected by the location of where it was that we decided to go ahead and title the record after it and call it Port Saint Joe.”
Newcomer Travis Denning has released his debut single, “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs.” The song goes for ADDs on Monday (March 19th). He wrote the song about the nostalgia of growing up on the cusp of adulthood and the fun times he had using a fake i.d.
“I wrote this song totally about the fake i.d. that I had,” says Travis. “I think what’s so great about this story is that so many people have come up to me and said, ‘Man, that’s exactly what I did. That’s my story. That’s who I was with my i.d.’ So, I think that’s kind of a special thing about this song.”
A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, Travis is currently on the road on his first promo tour, as well as dates with Alan Jackson and Justin Moore. He’s set to perform in Las Vegas as part of ACM Party for a Cause on April 13th.
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Travis Denning (DAPFPS) 1 OC: …this song. :17
“I wrote this song totally about the fake i.d. that I had. I think what’s so great about this story is that so many people have come up to me and said, ‘Man, that’s exactly what I did. That’s my story. That’s who I was with my i.d.’ So, I think that’s kind of a special thing about this song.”
Kacey Musgraves sings “Roy Rogers” on the new tribute album, Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin. She met Elton last year at the Royal Albert Hall where they both performed, and she says she really respects him as an artist and a songwriter.
“I love Elton John, and I really respect what he’s done through his career as far as remaining true to the music, to the songwriting,” says Kacey. “His persona is larger than life, and he seems so humble and sweet and genuine. And I think anybody that manages to become an icon and a legend by being themselves is somebody that I really respect and making it about the music and not pandering to trends or whatever throughout the years. It’s just simply about the music and I think that’s really cool. Also, I’m the dime store cowgirl; he’s a brown dirt cowboy. This couldn’t be a better fit.”
Spent the morning with Sir @eltonofficial. We talked everything from @gucci to Bobbie Gentry. Thanks for the hospitality at your special house, the spirited chat (and the gorgeous glasses!) You’re an Earth Angel, I’m pretty sure. (Our @RocketHour Radio episode coming soon) 💜 pic.twitter.com/QpbAibzxDT
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“Roy Rogers” was originally included on the legendary performer’s 1973 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert, Vince Gill and many others appear on Restoration, which is set for release April 6th.
Kacey is set to release her new album, Golden Hour, on March 30th.
Kacey Musgraves (Elton John) OC: …better fit. :35
“I love Elton John, and I really respect what he’s done through his career as far as remaining true to the music, to the songwriting. His persona is larger than life, and he seems so humble and sweet and genuine. And I think anybody that manages to become an icon and a legend by being themselves is somebody that I really respect and making it about the music and not pandering to trends or whatever throughout the years. It’s just simply about the music and I think that’s really cool. Also, I’m the dime store cowgirl; he’s a brown dirt cowboy. This couldn’t be a better fit.”
Some of the world’s biggest pop, rock and country artists are celebrating Elton John’s most beloved and legendary catalogue of hits with two albums Revamp (Island Records) and Restoration (Universal Music Group Nashville) to be released on April 6th. The superstar lineup features artists both new and iconic reinterpreting the timeless songs of the over 50 year writing partnership that Elton and Bernie Taupin share. These renditions and artists show the depth of the catalogue these two icons have created, which can easily cross musical genres and their unparalleled influence across popular music of all styles.
Restoration highlights countries biggest stars with thoughtful interpretations by Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris, Miley Cyrus, Vince Gill and Don Henley, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton and Lee Ann Womack.
Revamp features the hits reimagined by the best in pop, rock and urban with Mary J. Blige, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, The Killers, Mumford and Sons, P!nk and Logic, Q-Tip ft. Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.
“’It’s always a huge compliment when an artist loves your song enough to take the time and effort to rework it,” adds Elton John. “As songwriters, Bernie and myself are thrilled when singers we admire and respect as much as those on Revamp & Restoration choose to add their own unique twist in the process. It means that our music is still relevant and ultimately that our songs continue to reach new audiences. We’re humbled and thank them all for their generosity.”
“Because of our love of all kinds of music, we’re not stuck in one genre,” said Bernie Taupin. “From day one we borrowed from everything that’s good about American music – whether it’s blues, country, gospel, pop, pure rock – everything got thrown in the mix. I think that’s why our music over the years has been so varied. It would be tiring if you just got stuck in one niche your entire career, especially when it’s one as long as ours.”
The album art for Restoration was created by Bernie. The rustic musical instruments and flags from both nations is an extension of his mixed-media art that’s another form of expression. It symbolizes the role that U.S. culture and its native music has played as a driver in the John/Taupin canon.
“For me, there’s an irony about the American flag,” Taupin says. “It’s been battered and beaten and burned, but it’s resilient. It’s always come back. I incorporate it with other things, and lately I’ve done a lot of pieces with deconstructed guitars and other found materials: barbed wire, broken bottles, things that people identify with on an everyday level. If it’s on the floor and it works, I’ll put it into the artwork. But it all goes hand in hand with my belief in America and my interest, I would say obsession, with Americana.”
“We have two completely different albums; Revamp being the pop one and Restoration being the country one and God we have so many great artists doing our songs, it’s quite incredible,” said Elton John. “Restoration was Bernie’s project and he’s a huge country fan. The ‘Revamp’ was more my project. He came up with an astonishing list of country performers both new and legendary.”
- Rocket Man – Little Big Town
- Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters – Maren Morris
- Sacrifice – Don Henley and Vince Gill
- Take Me To The Pilot – Brothers Osborne
- My Father’s Gun – Miranda Lambert
- I Want Love – Chris Stapleton
- Honky Cat – Lee Ann Womack
- Roy Rogers – Kacey Musgraves
- Please – Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton
- The Bitch Is Back – Miley Cyrus
- Sad Songs (Say So Much) – Dierks Bentley
- This Train Don’t Stop – Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris
- Border Song – Willie Nelson
- Bennie and The Jets – Elton John, P!nk, Logic
- We All Fall In Love Sometimes – Coldplay
- I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues – Alessia Cara
- Candle In The Wind – Ed Sheeran
- Tiny Dancer – Florence And The Machine
- Someone Saved My Life Tonight – Mumford and Sons
- Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word – Mary J. Blige
- Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Q Tip feat. Demi Lovato
- Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters – The Killers
- Daniel – Sam Smith
- Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Miley Cyrus
- Your Song – Lady Gaga
- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Queens of the Stone Age
The caliber of names contributing to Revamp and Restoration is another reminder of Elton’s enduring popularity at a busy and prolific time for the superstar. Last month Elton announced his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour. Comprising of over 300 dates across five continents over three years, the tour kicks off in the US in September and marks the finale of 50 years on the road. The first 60 dates sold out immediately after going on general sale, confirming that the farewell tour will be some of, if not the, hottest gig tickets of the coming three years.
Music stars honor Elton John’s illustrious career spanning five decades with a rockin’ tribute on ELTON JOHN: I’M STILL STANDING A GRAMMY SALUTE, to be broadcast Tuesday, April 10 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The concert showcases musicians from multiple genres performing classic songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, including Alessia Cara, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Kesha, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, Shawn Mendes, Maren Morris, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and SZA.
After having released not one, but two albums last year, Chris Stapleton says “it’ll probably be a minute” before he releases a new album. He released From A Room: Volume 1 last May and followed it up with From A Room: Volume 2 in December of last year.
“I like the creative process, and I like to do things just because I like to do them. I’ve got a couple of songs in some movies and some different collaborations with some people that are on the horizon,” says Chris. “But as far as a project for me, I don’t know what that next thing is. It’ll probably be a minute, because two records in a year is a lot…It’s been great, and it was a good plan, and I’m real happy with the way things are turning out. But we’ll probably not be recording anything real soon. It may be a minute. We’ll tour off these two records. They’ve got a lot of life in ‘em as far as touring goes, so I’m sure whatever the next right thing is to do will present itself and then I’ll look at it dead in the eye and go, “Alright, let’s go.”
Chris is poised to land at the top of the country singles charts for the first time as an artist with “Broken Halos.”
The Kentucky native leads the list of nominees with eight nods in five categories, including Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Single of the Year for “Broken Halos,” Song of the Year for “Whiskey and You” and Album of the Year for From a Room, Vol. 1.
The 53rd Annual ACM Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 15th at 8pm ET on CBS.
Chris Stapleton (what’s next) OC: …let’s go. :52
“I like the creative process, and I like to do things just because I like to do them. I’ve got a couple of songs in some movies and some different collaborations with some people that are on the horizon. But as far as a project for me, I don’t know what that next thing is. It’ll probably be a minute, because two records in a year is a lot and sometimes you don’t know stuff like that until you do it, like, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna put out two records in a year.’ It’s been great, and it was a good plan, and I’m real happy with the way things are turning out. But we’ll probably not be recording anything real soon. It may be a minute. We’ll tour off these two records. They’ve got a lot of life in ‘em as far as touring goes, so I’m sure whatever the next right thing is to do will present itself and then I’ll look at it dead in the eye and go, “Alright, let’s go.”
Jordan Davis is experiencing his first Top 5 record with his debut song, “Singles You Up.” He says seeing how the song affects people is the main reason he writes and makes music.
“Obviously, country radio has been great in playing it and to see it where it’s at on the charts as a debut song, you know it’s kinda crazy you know to think that it’s doing what it’s doing,” says Jordan. “To see people’s reaction when we start playing that song, you know that’s why we do it. That’s why you write songs for people to hear ‘em, for people to feel something. That’s one that people have fun when they hear that song, you know when we play it in the live show. When I see people’s reaction to it on Twitter or Instagram, that’s why you write music — to make somebody feel something. And if they feel happy when they sing it, it’s pretty awesome. So, it’s one that I’m happy to be a part of.”
“Singles You Up” is the first release from his debut album, Home State, which will be available next Friday (March 23rd).
Jordan Davis (debut song has changed his life) OC: …a part of. :47
“Obviously, country radio has been great in playing it and to see it where it’s at on the charts as a debut song, you know it’s kinda crazy you know to think that it’s doing what it’s doing. I’ll be honest with you as one of the last songs, it actually was the last song that we wrote for this record. To see people’s reaction when we start playing that song, you know that’s why we do it. That’s why you write songs for people to hear ‘em, for people to feel something. That’s one that people have fun when they hear that song, you know when we play it in the live show. When I see people’s reaction to it on Twitter or Instagram, that’s why you write music — to make somebody feel something. And if they feel happy when they sing it, it’s pretty awesome. So, it’s one that I’m happy to be a part of.”