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CARRIE, LUKE AND KEITH ARE ANNOUNCED AS FIRST-ROUND PERFORMERS AT THIS YEAR’S CMA AWARDS.

Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Kenny Chesney, Dan + Shay and Old Dominion have been announced as the first round of performers for this year’s CMA Awards, which are being hosted for the 11th time by Carrie and Brad Paisley.

Luke is a two-time Entertainer of the Year winner (2014, 2015) and 16-time CMA Awards nominee. He’s set to return this year to vie for his third win in the category. Luke has just released his brand-new song, “What Makes You Country,” to radio and is wrapping up his What Makes You Country Tour next week.

Carrie, a four-time CMA Awards Female Vocalist of the Year winner, receives her 13th nomination in the category this year. She has garnered 30 CMA Awards nominations since 2006. She is making her way up the country charts with her latest release, “Love Wins,” from her No. 1 album, Cry Pretty.

This year marks Keith’s 14th nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year, 11th nomination in the Entertainer of the Year category, and his sixth nomination in the Album of the Year category, bringing his career nominations to 45 with 11 total wins. Keith, who is on the road with his Graffiti U World Tour, is scaling the country charts with “Never Coming Down.”

The 52nd Annual CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 14th at 8pm ET/PT on ABC.

MADDIE & TAE TO PERFORM “FRIENDS DON’T” ON TODAY SHOW; DIGITALLY RELEASE MORE MUSIC TO FANS.

Maddie & Tae are set to perform their “flirty” (Billboard), “confessional” (Rolling Stone) lead single “Friends Don’t,” live on the TODAY Show this Monday (October 22nd). The first taste of the duo’s highly-anticipated sophomore release on Mercury Nashville, the “up-tempo almost love song” (Tennessean) is currently climbing the Country radio charts.

Maddie & Tae are sharing even more new music with fans, exclusively unveiling the candidly heart-rending track and lyric video for “Die From A Broken Heart” with Huffington Post.View HERE. Now available everywhere, “Die From A Broken Heart” invites fans to eavesdrop on an honest conversation as a heartbroken daughter seeks wisdom from her mother. Listen HERE.

 

“We created a concept record that follows the ups and downs of a relationship. You’ve heard the in love phase with ‘Friends Don’t’ and now you hear the heartbreak in ‘Die from a Broken Heart.’ This song definitely hits home for us and we hope our fans relate to it as well.”

The duo became only the third female duo in 70 years to top the Country Airplay charts, also earning trophies from the Country Music Academy and Radio Disney Music Awards along with multiple ACM, CMA and CMT Award nominations. They are currently nominated for CMA Vocal Duo of the Year. Receiving widespread praise from NPR, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, Glamour and others, country music’s hottest stars including Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice and Brad Paisley have welcomed Maddie & Tae on the road, with Carrie Underwood recently inviting the duo out as direct support on her 2019 Cry Pretty Tour 360. For additional information, visit www.MaddieandTae.com.

KACEY MUSGRAVES ANSWERS FAN QUESTIONS WHILE PLAYING WITH PUPPIES.

Watch Kacey Musgraves play with puppies while answering fan questions during an interview with Buzzfeed.

 

 

Kacey, who released her latest album Golden Hour, earlier this year, is currently overseas on her Oh, What a World: Tour.  She’s set to play Leuven, Belgium, as well as Amsterdam, Manchester, Liverpool, London and Glasgow, before wrapping the U.K. leg on November 6th in Dublin, Ireland.

The Texas native is nominated for a pair of CMA Awards, including Female Vocalist and Album of the Year for Golden Hour. The 52nd Annual CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 14th at 8pm ET/PT on ABC.

LUKE BRYAN TAKES FANS BEHIND-THE-SCENES OF HIS 10TH ANNUAL FARM TOUR.

Luke Bryan celebrated his 10th year anniversary of his Farm Tour this year, and with the money raised, he’s been able to give away 56 scholarships. The two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year (he’s also nominated this year) takes fans behind-the-scenes of the annual trek.

 

Luke just released his brand new single, “What Makes You Country,” the title track of his latest album.

KASSI ASHTON AND TRAVIS DENNING HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED AS RECIPIENTS OF THE FIRST-EVER CMA KIXSTART ARTIST SCHOLARSHIP.

The Country Music Association has selected rising stars Kassi Ashton, Travis Denning and Jameson Rodgers as recipients of the first-ever CMA KixStart Artist Scholarship. Throughout the next year, CMA and its staff will provide support for the three artists, helping connect each with professionals within the industry as well as providing unique opportunities to participate in CMA-related events during CMA Fest, CMA Awards and C2C: Country 2 Country festival in the U.K. Get to know the artists through introduction videos at CMAworld.com/KixStart.

The scholarship program is the brainchild of artist managers and 2017 CMA Board Artist Relations Committee Chair Marion Kraft (ShopKeeper Management) and Vice Chair Mary Hilliard Harrington (Red Light Management). The program saw more than 100 interested artists through the application process, with 48 eligible finalists vying for a spot.

“The CMA board is continually looking for ways to grow our format and help support our artist community. The idea behind KixStart was to focus on emerging artists who are already out there working hard but could use a boost that these extra resources might provide. And I think we found out from the high number of artists who applied for the scholarship program that CMA has identified a real need,” said Harrington. Adds Kraft, “Our goal is to give artists an opportunity to learn best practices in an industry that has no structure on teaching someone how to become a successful working artist. We are excited that the CMA KixStart scholarship is highlighting three talented and unique artists like Kassi, Travis and Jameson.”

On Tuesday evening, Denning and Rodgers performed for CMA board members during a private dinner held at BMI, while Ashton is currently overseas, participating in the CMA Songwriters Series U.K. tour.

Kassi Ashton is one of Nashville’s most compelling rising stars. Signed to UMG Nashville in conjunction with Interscope Records, the California, Missouri singer/songwriter has been making a name for herself on the music scene thanks to her authentic songwriting and soulful, rich voice. The Tennessean recognizes “her distinct husky, powerful voice and self-assured take-me-or-leave-me attitude put her in her own lane in country music” while Huffington Post gives Ashton “mad props for her songwriting and stage presence” and CMT calls Ashton “fearless” and notes “her point of view is inspired and her storytelling knows no bounds.” Ashton released her auto-biographical song “California, Missouri,” where she paints an unconventional portrait of life growing up in her small town. Named “Who to Watch” by Huffington Post, The Tennessean and radio personality Bobby Bones’ Class of 2018, Ashton also caught the attention of Country superstar Keith Urban. Describing her as “such a unique, original creature,” Urban featured Ashton on his song “Drop Top” for his latest album Graffiti U. Ashton brings a certain swagger and take-no-prisoners attitude to her music, especially with her latest, “Taxidermy” – available HERE. Read more at KassiAshton.com.

A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, Mercury Nashville’s 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, pop, rock and heavy metal. Denning 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, Michael Ray and Chase Rice he caught the attention of Universal Music Group where he eventually signed a record deal in 2017. Denning just released his debut single “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs,” an upbeat coming-of-age song that paints a picture of a young man reminiscing on his carefree college memories. The singer/songwriter has previously opened shows for Cole Swindell, Alan Jackson, Moore and Rice and is set to hit the road with LANCO on the “Hallelujah Nights” tour this fall. When Denning is not touring, he is in the studio working on his debut album. Read more at TravisDenning.com.

Raised in Batesville, Mississippi, singer-songwriter Jameson Rodgers brings together electrified rock & roll and Country songwriting on his new self-titled EP, released in January of 2018, with songs featured on Spotify’s New Boots and Wild Country playlists as well as Sirius XM’s On The Horizon. This year, Rodgers also received the AIMP (Association of Independent Music Publishers) Nashville Rising Artist-Writer of the Year nomination for the third annual AIMP Nashville Awards. The former college baseball player, who landed a publishing deal with Combustion Music in 2014, scored his first songwriting cuts with Florida Georgia Line’s “Wish You Were On It” and “Talk You Out Of It” in addition to co-writing Chris Lane’s new single “I Don’t Know About You.” His debut EP, released in 2016, features the streaming hit “Midnight Daydream.” In addition to opening shows for Sam Hunt and Old Dominion, Rodgers has been selling out clubs throughout the south and Midwest this year. He will join Luke Combs’ “Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour,” kicking off in January. Read more at JamesonRodgers.com.

The CMA KixStart Artist Scholarship is named after former CMA Board Chairman and long-serving board member Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn. An artist advocate, Brooks drove the creation of the CMA Board of Directors’ Artist Relations Committee in 2006.

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CLARE DUNN AND KASSI ASHTON WILL HELP KICKOFF CMA WEEK.

Budweiser has announced an all-female lineup for their Budweiser Country Club, which will take place on Sunday, November 11th at Nashville’s Exit / In – just a few days before the CMA Awards (November 14th). Clare Dunn, Kassi Ashton, Lindsey Ell and The Sisterhood are scheduled to perform during the event. Kassi is thrilled to be a part of the showcase – which shines the light on some of country’s most exciting female artists.

“The Country Club does a lot with bridging current country music with traditional and making sure that everyone knows that Budweiser loves all country music and accepts all fans,” says Kassi. “I’ve worked with them before, both at Stagecoach and CMA Fest, and it is always a blast. Everyone in the Country Club is always ready to have fun. Everyone always has a smile on their face. And, the fact that I get to do it all again with them, plus incorporate the CMA really gets me stoked.”

“I’m absolutely honored to be a part of the Budweiser CMA showcase,” says Clare. “I’ve been working with Budweiser for the past couple years and I’m so grateful to be working with a brand that supports artists on the way up and who also support our veterans through Folds of Honor. So for me, having been a volunteer once upon a time for the CMA Awards, it’s pretty full circle moment to be able to play a show with Budweiser around one of the legacy award shows in our genre.”

Clare is making her way up the country charts with her single, “More,” while Kassi has released a couple of songs digitally — “Taxidermy” and “California, Missouri.”

TRAVIS DENNING MAKES MORE MUSIC AVAILABLE TO FANS.

Fans of Travis Denning can now purchase “Red, White and Blue,” one of their favorite songs he performs live in concert. Since people are consuming music at an exponential rate, artists are making more music available to them, even before they release an album.

Travis, who hits the road with LANCO next week, is currently making his way up the country charts with his song “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs.”

 

 

LUKE BRYAN IS DEFINITELY A “COUNTRY” MAN.

There is no mistaking that Luke Bryan is a country boy. There are so many things that make the entertainer from Leesburg, Georgia country and what makes him proud to be country.

“I guess the fact that I’ve navigated so many aspects of this career and held onto being country in a lot of ways. I wake up, I get to go take my boys out and do country things. I’ve gotten to follow all my dreams and still kind of remain true to who I am as a person,” says Luke. “I feel like my lifestyle hopefully has inspired some people to be positive and have fun and not take yourself too seriously. I think people understand me to just that and not be too serious all the time. Life is serious enough and so when I’m on stage I just try to – I just try to be as country as I can and let people see that and let people have fun with that.”

Luke Bryan wraps his What Makes You Country Tour next weekend (October 25th and 26th) with shows in Rochester, New York and his XL Stadium tour at Ford Field in Detroit.

Luke is nominated for Entertainer of the Year at this year’s CMA Awards. The 52nd Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 14th at 8pm ET/PT on ABC.

Audio / Luke Bryan talks about why he’s proud to be country.

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Luke Bryan (proud to be country) OC: …fun with that. :48
“What makes me proud to be country, that’s a tough question what makes me proud?  I mean I guess the fact that I’ve navigated so many aspects of this career and held onto being country in a lot of ways.  I wake up, I get to go take my boys out and do country things.  I’ve gotten to follow all my dreams and still – I’ve gotten to follow all my dreams and still kind of remain true to who I am as a person.  So yeah, that’s what makes me proud to be country.  And I feel like my lifestyle hopefully has inspired some people to be positive and have fun and not take yourself too seriously.  I think people understand me to just that and not be too serious all the time.  Life is serious enough and so when I’m on stage I just try to – I just try to be as country as I can and let people see that and let people have fun with that.”

Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (What Makes You Country)

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JOSH TURNER IS PREPPING TO RELEASE HIS NEW GOSPEL COLLECTION, I SERVE A SAVIOR.

Josh Turner has wanted to record a gospel collection for a long time, and to have it actually come to fruition means so much to him.

“My fans have been asking for this for a long time and this has been something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” says the country singer. “I’ve always wanted to do a gospel record and I never really thought about the circumstances of what that would look like. But to do it on MCA, which has been my home since 2001, it just means a lot to me and it’s appropriate for who I am and what I’ve been called to do.  And so, to be able to give my fans this project, it means a lot to me.”

In addition to the new album, I Serve a Savior, Josh will also release a live performance DVD in partnership with Gaither Studios. Josh performs songs from his debut gospel album, including “I Saw the Light,” “Without Him,” ‘How Great Thou Art” and many more. The DVD, which features a performance by the entire Turner family including Josh’s wife Jennifer and their four children, will also be edited to air as a one-hour television special hosted by the gospel legend, Bill Gaither to air this fall on several networks across the U.S. and Canada.

 

I Serve A Savior Track List:
1. I Saw The Light (Featuring Sonya Isaacs)
2. I Pray My Way Out Of Trouble (Featuring Bobby Osborne)
3. Great Is Your Faithfulness
4. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
5. Without Him
6. I Serve A Savior
7. How Great Thou Art (Featuring Sonya Isaacs)
8. The River (of Happiness) Featuring the Turner family (Live From Gaither Studios)
9. Amazing Grace
10. Long Black Train (Live From Gaither Studios)
11. Doxology
12. Me And God (Live From Gaither Studios)

Audio / Josh Turner says his fans have been asking for a gospel collection for a long time.

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Josh Turner (always wanted to do a gospel record) OC: …a lot to me. :32
“My fans have been asking for this for a long time and this has been something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’ve always wanted to do a gospel record and I never really thought about the circumstances of what that would look like, but to do it on MCA, which has been my home since 2001, it just means a lot to me and it’s appropriate for who I am and what I’ve been called to do.  And so, to be able to give my fans this project, it means a lot to me.”

Audio / LINER Josh Turner (I Serve a Savior available Oct. 26)

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JON LANGSTON IS A TRIED-AND-TRUE GEORGIA BULLDOG FAN.

Newcomer Jon Langston is working hard playing shows, recording his debut album and making his way up the charts with his first single, “When It Comes to Loving You.” However, he’s not too busy to catch his beloved Georgia Bulldogs in action.

“I grew up 30 minutes from Athens, Georgia, so I’ve always been a big Georgia Bulldogs fan and growing up and going to games with my family and stuff,” says Jon. “So, I try to go to as many games as I can if I’m not playing shows and stuff. So, yeah, go Dawgs.”

He even has a prediction, and it could come true since the Dawgs are currently ranked 1st in the SEC (tied with Florida).

“My prediction this year for the Georgia Bulldogs will win the National Championship!”

Jon just wrapped up opening for his pal Luke Bryan on his annual Farm Tour, and is currently on his own Prob’ly At a Bar Tour, which makes a stop in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Thursday (October 18th), followed by a show on Friday (October 19th) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Check jonlangston.com for more tour dates.

Audio / Jon Langston talks about his favorite college football team, the Georgia Bulldogs.

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Jon Langston (Georgia Bulldog fan) OC: …go Dawgs. :14
“I grew up 30 minutes from Athens, Georgia, so I’ve always been a big Georgia Bulldogs fan and growing up and going to games with my family and stuff. So, I try to go to as many games as I can if I’m not playing shows and stuff. So, yeah, go Dawgs.”

Audio / Jon Langston predicts his beloved Georgia Bulldogs will go to the National Championship.

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Jon Langston (Georgia Bulldog prediction) OC: …that look. :07
“My prediction this year for the Georgia Bulldogs will win the National Championship…don’t you give me that look.” [laughs]

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