• Kip Moore Last Shot
  • Carrie Underwood Cry Pretty
  • Lady Antebellum Heart Break
  • Brothers Osborne  Shoot Me Straight
  • Eric Paslay Young Forever
  • Travis Denning David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs
  • Darius Rucker Straight to Hell</br>

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KEITH URBAN AND JULIA MICHAELS MAKE A GREAT MUSICAL TEAM.

Keith Urban’s latest hit, “Coming Home,” features singer-songwriter Julia Michaels, who also had a hand in writing the song from his Graffiti U album released earlier this year. He came across her song “Issues,” and then immediately wanted to hear more from the pop songstress.

“She put out a song called ‘Issues,’ and I loved it, and then I got her EP and there’s maybe just 7 or 8 songs on it, but I literally loved every single song on that record and I thought I just got to figure out if I can write with her someday,” says Keith. “And her and two of the writers, we got together one day, and we wrote a song called ‘Gemini,’ which is on the album. And then I was working on this song called ‘Coming Home,’ and I needed, I just wanted some more color on finishing out the song, so I called in Julia and she helped me finish it out and then sang on the bridge.”

Julia, who also co-wrote the song “Gemini” with Keith, says collaborating with Keith is amazing. “Keith has so many ideas, and the fact that he can literally hop on the guitar and play something so effortlessly or hop on the banjo and play that just as effortlessly, and melodically so in tune with himself. All the lyrics have to matter to him. Everything has to mean something to him, and that’s really important when it’s your song and it’s your voice and it’s your music. You have to make sure that it’s you and he does, and it’s really cool to watch.”

Keith takes his Graffiti U World Tour to Mountain View, California on Thursday (July 19th), followed by a two-night stand in Lake Tahoe on Friday (July 20th) and Saturday (July 21st).

Audio / Keith Urban talks about “finding” Julia Michaels and collaborating with her on two of the songs from his latest album, Graffiti U.

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Keith Urban (Julia Michaels) OC: …nerve wracking. :42
“I heard her EP a while back. She put out a song called ‘Issues,’ and I loved it, and then I got her EP and there’s maybe just 7 or 8 songs on it, but I literally loved every single song on that record and I thought I just got to figure out if I can write with her someday. And her and two of the writers, we got together one day, and we wrote a song called ‘Gemini,’ which is on the album. And then I was working on this song called ‘Coming Home,’ and I needed, I just wanted some more color on finishing out the song, so I called in Julia and she helped me finish it out and then sang on the bridge. We got to do it at the ACMs, and that’s the first time we’d ever played that song in front of an audience. It was a little nerve wracking.”

Audio / Singer-songwriter Julia Michaels talks about collaborating with Keith. She co-wrote both “Gemini” and “Coming Home,” and also sings on Keith’s current single.

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Julia Michaels (Keith Urban) OC: …cool to watch. :36 [NOTE: there is a lot of background noise.]
“Writing with Keith is amazing. Keith has so many ideas, and the fact that he can literally hop on the guitar and play something so effortlessly or hop on the banjo and play that just as effortlessly, and melodically so in tune with himself. All the lyrics have to matter to him. Everything has to mean something to him, and that’s really important when it’s your song and it’s your voice and it’s your music. You have to make sure that it’s you, and he does and it’s really cool to watch.”

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LADY ANTEBELLUM AND DARIUS RUCKER PREP A SHOW YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS ON THEIR SUMMER PLAYS ON TOUR.

Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker launch their Summer Plays On Tour Thursday night (July 19th) in Toronto, Ontario, and there will be lots of collaborations between the two superstar acts, especially since they’ve recorded and written together.

“We have a lot of things together,” says Lady A’s Charles Kelley. “I don’t know if many people know this – we sing on ‘Wagon Wheel.’ We sing the backgrounds on ‘Wagon Wheel’ together, and we just have a really strong relationship together. I actually co-wrote ‘Homegrown Honey’ with him. So, we’ll have a lot of fun, collaborative moments.”

Those moments and many others you’re not going to want to miss. You might want to take a potty break or invest in adult diapers before either of them hit the stage…just in case.

“I think more than anything, we just feel like this is gonna be a great ticket together. We really do,” adds Charles. “I mean I think people are looking for a night where they come, and we want them to like have to literally hold their bladder, like they’re afraid to go to the bathroom ‘cause they might miss something, and that’s what it’s gonna be. If you go to the bathroom or you go get a beer, you might miss your favorite song and I love that! I want you to pee your pants when you come to see Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum.”

The members of Lady Antebellum are currently making their way up the country charts with “Heart Break,” while Darius, along with Charles Kelly, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean, has hit the airwaves with “Straight to Hell.”

Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley says the Summer Plays On Tour with them and Darius Rucker will be a show you won’t want to miss.

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Lady Antebellum (Darius Tour) 2 OC: …and Lady Antebellum. :42
“We have a lot of things together. I mean, we actually – I don’t know if many people know this – we sing on ‘Wagon Wheel.’ We sing the backgrounds on ‘Wagon Wheel’ together, and we just have a really strong relationship together. I actually co-wrote ‘Homegrown Honey’ with him. So, we’ll have a lot of fun, collaborative moments, but I think more than anything, we just feel like this is gonna be a great ticket together. We really do. I mean I think people are looking for a night where they come, and we want them to like have to literally hold their bladder, like they’re afraid to go to the bathroom ‘cause they might miss something, and that’s what it’s gonna be. If you go to the bathroom or you go get a beer, you might miss your favorite song and I love that! I want you to pee your pants when you come to see Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum.”

THE VIDEO FOR ERIC CHURCH’S ‘DESPERATE MAN’ IS AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE.

Following a 48-hour exclusive with Amazon Music, the video for Eric Church’s new song, “Desperate Man,” is now available across the board.

This is the first release from his forthcoming album Desperate Man due October 5th.

The cinematic and high-flying video directed by Reid Long and John Peets captures Church executing his mission to fight for what’s right. Ray Wylie Hubbard, who co-wrote “Desperate Man” with Church, guests in the video.

Video / Official Desperate Man video

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ERIC PASLAY IS GOING TO BE A FATHER!

Eric Paslay and his wife Natalie recently announced on social media that they’re expecting their first child. The two, who met through his publishing company several years ago, were married in 2015.

Eric, which just returned from a series of shows overseas, is currently making his way up the country charts with “Young Forever.”

LADY ANTEBELLUM TALKS KIDS, TOURING AND MORE ON NBC’S SUNDAY TODAY.

Before hitting the road for the first time on the Summer Plays On Tour with pal Darius Rucker on Thursday (July 19th), journalist Willie Geist sat down with Lady Antebellumfor NBC’s Sunday TODAY (July 15th) in Nashville. Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley talked to Willie about their whirlwind, decade-long career including the ups and downs that have come along with their record-breaking success. Check out the interview with Lady A here.

The members of Lady A are currently making their way up the country charts with “Heart Break.”

KIP MOORE ANNOUNCES NEW ‘AFTER THE SUNBURN TOUR’ WITH JORDAN DAVIS AND OTHERS.

Kip Moore revealed he will hit the road this fall for a string of headlining dates across the country as part of his AFTER THE SUNBURN TOUR. The impressive trek will kick off in Silver Springs, MD on 9/20 and will make stops in major cities including Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City and more, as Moore’s fervent live fanbase continues to grow as “its the way he expresses what’s on his mind that draws sold-out audiences around the world” (CMT.) Moore has invited a combination of special guests including Jordan Davis, Jillian Jacqueline, The Wild Feathers and Caroline Jones to join him across the dates, assembling one of the most stacked lineups this fall. Live Nation is the official tour promoter of AFTER THE SUNBURN Tour. Tickets for the tour will go on sale beginning Friday July, 20 at kipmoore.net.

“Anyone who knows me, knows that the live show means everything to us,” said Moore. “It’s where we get to thank our die-hard fans that show up to every show year after year, and it’s also where we get to lay all of our cards out on the table and win over new fans. I’m excited to get out to some cities we haven’t played a full show at in a while and with all the awesome acts we have joining us, it’s going to be a hell of a fall!”

AFTER THE SUNBURN TOUR DATES:

9/20/2018               Silver Springs, MD               The Fillmore Silver Spring**
9/21/2018               New York, NY                       Hammerstein Ballroom**
9/22/2018               Huntington, NY                     The Paramount****
9/28/2018               Birmingham, AL                    Avondale Brewing Co.***
10/4/2018               Fargo, ND                             Scheels Arena*
10/5/2018               Sioux Falls, SD                     The District*
10/6/2018               Madison, WI                          The Sylvee*
10/18/2018             Raleigh, NC                           The Ritz*
10/20/2018             Chattanooga, TN                   The Signal*
10/25/2018             Denver, CO                            The Fillmore Auditorium*
10/26/2018             Salt Lake City, UT                  The Complex*
10/27/2018             Reno, NV                               Grand Theatre @ The Grand Sierra Resort*
10/30/2018             Paso Robles, CA                   Vina Robles Amphitheater*
11/1/2018               Anaheim, CA                          House of Blues*
11/2/2018               Los Angeles, CA                    The Wiltern*
11/3/2018               San Diego, CA                       House of Blues*
11/5/2018               San Francisco, CA                 The Regency*
11/8/2018               Spokane, WA                         Fox Theater*
11/9/2018               Eugene, OR                           Hult Center for Performing Arts*
11/10/2018             Seattle, WA                            Paramount Theatre*
11/17/2018             Nashville, TN                         War Memorial Auditorium*

*Dates with Jordan Davis, Jillian Jacqueline // **Dates with The Wild Feathers, Caroline Jones
***Dates with The Wild Feathers, Jillian Jacqueline // ****Dates with The Wild Feathers

Kip Moore’s current single “Last Shot” is the second taken from his revered third studio album SLOWHEART and follows his fourth No. One hit “More Girls Like You.”

JORDAN DAVIS IS PROUD OF LATEST SONG, “TAKE IT FROM ME.”

Jordan Davis’ current song, “Take It From Me,” kicks off his debut album, Home State, for a reason.

“That was one that is at number one for a reason. I feel like when it came to kicking the record off there was not a better song than ‘Take It From Me’ that did it,” says the Louisiana native. “I feel like we wrote that song very well, and then you know as far as production-wise, I think that that’s a great introduction to what Home State is, and yeah, I’m very, very proud of that one.”

Jordan “takes” his music to Louisville, Kentucky on Wednesday, followed by a performance at the Faster Horses Festival in Brooklyn, Michigan on Friday (July 20th).

Audio / Jordan Davis said there is a reason why “Take It From Me” is the first song on his debut album, Home State.

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Jordan Davis (Take It From Me) 2 OC: …of that one. :24
“That was one that is at number one for a reason. I feel like when it came to kicking the record off there was not a better song than ‘Take It From Me’ that did it. I feel like we wrote that song very well, and then you know as far as production-wise, I think that that’s a great introduction to what Home State is, and yeah, I’m very, very proud of that one.”

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BRANDON LAY DISCOVERS WHAT’S IMPORTANT ON TOUR WITH KENNY CHESNEY.

Brandon Lay is a student of his craft, studying every move Kenny Chesney makes on his Trip Around the Sun stadium tour.

“It’s amazing to watch, because you know I think one of the main lessons I’ve learned already is as a new artist, it’s a little daunting sometimes to step out ‘cause there’s no way to prepare for a stage and I’ve played honky tonks and every frat party I could, but when you step out into a stadium it’s a totally different sport,” says Brandon. “One thing that I’ve noticed what he does better than anybody is he makes it an inclusive event and gives more. And I feel like for me, I’m coming out there maybe thinking too much sometimes ‘cause I’m a new guy, nobody knows too much about me so I don’t want to mess up. But what I’m founding out is more important than nailing every note or every lick is that it’s that connection. That’s something that I strive for.”

Brandon rejoins Kenny on the road on Saturday (July 2st) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Tennessee native is currently climbing the country chart with his latest song “Yada, Yada, Yada.”

Audio / Brandon Lay says he’s learning a lot while on tour on Kenny Chesney’s Trip Around the Sun Tour.

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Brandon Lay (Kenny Chesney tour) 2 OC: …strive for. :42
“It’s amazing to watch, because you know I think one of the main lessons I’ve learned already is as a new artist, it’s a little daunting sometimes to step out ‘cause there’s no way to prepare for a stage and I’ve played honky tonks and every frat party I could, but when you step out into a stadium it’s a totally different sport. One thing that I’ve noticed what he does better than anybody is he makes it an inclusive event and gives more. And I feel like for me, I’m coming out there maybe thinking too much sometimes ‘cause I’m a new guy, nobody knows too much about me so I don’t want to mess up. But what I’m founding out is more important than nailing every note or every lick is that it’s that connection. That’s something that I strive for.”

DARIUS RUCKER SCORES A HOLE-IN-ONE!

Darius Rucker just scored his fourth hole-in-one on Friday (July 13th). He was playing at Old Natchez Golf Course in Franklin, Tennessee.

Golf is one of Darius’ favorite pastimes and passions, which he began when he was just 14 years old, when a friend’s father invited him to go along with them to the golf course to play a round. He’s been hooked ever since.

Getting outside and playing against a course are the reasons why he enjoys playing golf. “First of all, I love being outside. I get outside so little, you know, really when you look at the whole thing. I just love me against the course. I love that.”

Last year, the avid golfer began a monthly radio show called On Par with Darius Rucker, which airs on the SiriusXM’s PGA Tour Radio channel.

Darius is climbing the country charts with his all-star collaboration, “Straight to Hell,” featuring Luke Bryan, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean.

The South Carolina native will embark on his co-headline Summer Plays On Tour with pals Lady Antebellum on Thursday (July 19th) in Toronto.

Audio / Darius Rucker gives a few reasons why he loves playing golf.

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Darius Rucker (Golf) OC: …love that. :09
“First of all, I love being outside. I get outside so little, you know, really when you look at the whole thing. I just love me against the course. I love that.”

 

ERIC CHURCH WILL DEBUT THE VIDEO FOR HIS NEW SONG, “DESPERATE MAN,” ON MONDAY.

Eric Church, a two-time CMA Album of the Year winner, has a well-known reputation for always bringing his music to the people. With 2015’s Mr. Misunderstood, he went as far as overnighting fans copies of his surprise release. So this time around, after announcing new music is coming in a video message speaking directly to fans yesterday, Church is set to exclusively debut the “Desperate Man” music video via Amazon Music in the U.S. on Monday, July 16 ahead of his forthcoming October 5 Desperate Man album release.

The cinematic and high-flying video directed by Reid Long and John Peets captures Church executing his mission to fight for what’s right. Ray Wylie Hubbard, who co-wrote “Desperate Man” with Church, guests in the video. For its release, Amazon Music, a service that has supported Church’s music and provides a strong connection to his fans on a global scale, offered to premiere the music video for the title track “Desperate Man.”

“Excitement for new music from my favorite artists is a feeling I can remember from my formative years. The unknown and the possibilities of the anticipation are one of the true joys of music,” shares the North Carolina native. “Well, even though how we discover songs from our favorite performers may have evolved, the feeling remains the same.”

The music video for Church’s “Desperate Man” will be live for 48 hours exclusively at www.amazon.com/adlp/ericchurchdesperateman starting Monday, July 16 at 12:01am PT/2:01a.m. CT/3:01am ET.

Beginning today (July 13th), fans can also stream the single on Amazon Music.

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