• Luke Bryan Down to One
  • Dierks Bentley Gone
  • Gary Allan Waste of a Whiskey Drink
  • Taylor Swift no body, no crime
  • Little Big Town Wine, Beer, Whiskey
  • Eric Church
  • Brothers Osborne All Night
  • Jon Pardi Tequila Little Time
  • Lauren Alaina feat. Jon Pardi Getting Over Him

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DIERKS BENTLEY MIXES PRODUCTION ELEMENTS TOGETHER ON HIS LATEST HIT, “GONE.”

Dierks Bentley is scaling the country charts with his latest song, “Gone.” The track, written by Nicolle Galyon, Ben Johnson and Niko Moon and produced by David Garcia, Dierks finds himself pushing some new sonic territory. This time blending dobro, piano, drums and guitar sounds with the same fearlessness that has won him both critical acclaim and commercial viability over the last nine albums and 19 No. 1 hits.

“The production is a little different. I mean, when I’m doing my thing the best, I think it’s when I mix the bluegrass instrumentation with some of the, we used to call it ‘mixing the bluegrass with the kickass,’” says Dierks. “But you know, trying to get those acoustic instruments with the big drums and the big guitars and finding that place where they meet. Even though I’m always trying to do something different musically, I always go back to that, you know? I mean just trying to mix those sounds together, it’s interesting for me.”

Dierks is nominated for a pair of awards at this year’s ACM Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year for “Gone.” The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards will air live from Nashville April 18th beginning at 8pm ET/7pm CT on CBS. The show will also be available to stream live and on demand on the new Paramount+ channel.


Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about the production on his latest song, “Gone.”

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Dierks Bentley (production on Gone) OC: …for me. :25
“So, the production is a little different. I mean, when I’m doing my thing the best, I think it’s when I mix the bluegrass instrumentation with some of the, we used to call it ‘mixing the bluegrass with the kickass.’ But you know, trying to get those acoustic instruments with the big drums and the big guitars and finding that place where they meet. Even though I’m always trying to do something different musically, I always go back to that, you know? I mean just trying to mix those sounds together, it’s interesting for me.”

 

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CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY — MONDAY, MARCH 8TH.

Monday (February 8th) is International Women’s Day, which is a global day celebrating

the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900’s.

Many of your favorite female country artists are also celebrating this day in honor of women everywhere and of their influences and inspirations.

Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about her amazing professional influences.

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Carrie Underwood (Musical influences) OC: …do it too. :54
“I think my biggest influences musically, or career-wise, would have to be women like Reba, like Dolly, like Faith Hill, like Martina McBride. You see all of these women just juggle everything masterfully and many of them are moms and they’re superstars and they’re talented, and you know, I know how hard they work because I’m in their shoes somewhat and doing the same juggling. You know, you have the kids and the career and you’re just trying to crush everything you do and being pulled in a million different directions. And to see women like that who are just beautiful and smart and strong and talented, knowing that they have come first and they’re still getting to do what they love and they’re still getting to be the mom and the wife and all the things – that’s just such an inspiration to me and just lets me know that I can do it too.”

Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about her biggest female influence – her Mom.

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Carrie Underwood (biggest female influence) OC: …ever had. :25
“I would say my biggest female influence would have to be my Mom. She was the first person that I was around that really taught me what it was like to be a woman, to be a Mom, to be a wife, to be a daughter and a sister. And just watching her and how she did everything with grace and integrity and she’s so strong. I mean, she was just the best role model anybody could have ever had.”

Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (IWD)

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Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (NWM)

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Audio / Caylee Hammack talks about her professional inspirations, including Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and more.

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Caylee Hammack (Loretta Lynn and professional inspirations) OC: …look up to. :31
“My first concert ever was Loretta Lynn. I was 13 years old and I got to see her in Columbus, Georgia. I begged my Dad to bring me, and I just remembered sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what she’d sing or say next. Loretta Lynn has been such an inspiration to me and all of the women who came before me – Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, all the way to Miranda Lambert and the legends of today. It’s unreal how many amazing women I have been given in this world to look up to.”

Audio / Caylee Hammack talks about seeing Loretta Lynn in concert when she was 13 years old.

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Caylee Hammack (Loretta Lynn) OC: …should listen. :28
“My female idol growing up was Loretta Lynn. I was 13 when I got to see her live in-concert for the very first time. It was my first concert ever, and I will always remember sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to just see what she was gonna sing or say next. The power she had on stage is something you don’t see much; there’s a magic there. I think that when a woman tells her story – a woman like Loretta Lynn – everyone should listen.”

Audio / Caylee Hammack talks about the women in country music who have become her friends and supportive country music family.

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Caylee Hammack (Miranda, Ashley, Tenille) OC: …more grateful. :46
“I could on and on about Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline and Tammy Wynette and Reba and Dolly, but I want to actually mention a few friends that I’ve recently made in this year of quarantine and that’s Miranda Lambert and Ashley McBryde and Tenille Townes, these women that I’ve really gotten to connect with over this time in random group messages and such. I‘m just so very grateful that not only do I have women that have paved the way for us coming up in the country music industry, but I also have amazing women around me that I get to celebrate every single time that they put a new song out or win an award. I feel like I’ve found a family in country music, in the women of country music and I just couldn’t be more grateful.”

Audio / During a backstage press conference at the CMA Awards a few years ago, Kacey Musgraves talked about being inspired by two of her idols, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, and hoped she could carry that inspiration on in her own music.

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Kacey Musgraves (women in Country Music) OC: …of it all. :37
“I look at people like Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, songwriters who were sassy and intelligent and beautiful and also intelligent and humorous. They inspired me, and if I can be at all any part of that in carrying that on, then I feel like,  that’s just the icing on the cake for me, and I feel like I’ve done my job.”

Audio / Kylie Morgan explains what International Women’s Day means to her.

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Kylie Morgan (International Women’s Day) OC: …so young. :21
“For me, International Women’s Day is not only about women supporting women but also looking up to other women. And the very first tiny woman, actually, I ever looked up to was Shirley Temple. Not only was she a child star, but she never let her age hold her back. And I feel like I continue to grow up with that mentality and why I started my career so young.”

Audio / Lauren Alaina talks about the woman she is inspired by on a daily basis.

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Lauren Alaina (woman she most admires) OC: … :24
“A woman that regularly inspires me would be my manager, Trisha. She is the most positive person that I’ve ever met. She’s constantly putting out fires. Trisha’s putting ‘em out and calming me down and helping me get to the next place and she just does everything with such grace and poise and she’s such a problem solver and she’s always positive and I just really admire that about her.”

Audio / Loretta Lynn, who was once signed to Decca and MCA Records, talks about two of her songs that had a big impact.

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Loretta Lynn (which songs had most impact) OC: …double hits. :10
“‘You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)’ and ‘Fist City’ is another one. They both hit women, you know? I wrote them about other women at the time and myself too, so I think that’s why they were double hits.”

Audio / Maddie & Tae talk about some of the women they most admire.

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Maddie & Tae (women most admire) OC: (Maddie) …everybody! :43
“I definitely can’t pick just one inspiring woman in my life, because I’ve been blessed by many. (TAE INTERRUPTS) Yeah, I was gonna say Tae is definitely one that inspires me always for many different reasons. You are really good at living in the moment, I feel like; very good at being present and I always pick that up from you every time we hang out. (TAE SAYS, “Your joy inspires me.”) My mom, she is just a baddie and amazing. I would say our manager Haley. She is just so great at balancing work life and family life, and I really admire that. And I would say, I don’t know. All the women in my life – my sister, my sister-in-laws, my mother-in-law. I love ‘em all. My grandma…everybody!”

Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (IWD)

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Audio / Mickey Guyton recalls the moment she wanted to become a country singer.

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Mickey Guyton (started with LeAnn) OC: …done. :24
“I was eight-years-old, and my church, I grew up singing in the church, and my church drove to Arlington [Texas] from Waco to go see a Texas Rangers baseball game. We were all the way up in the nosebleed section, and the announcer says, ‘Please rise as 10-year-old LeAnn Rimes sings the National Anthem,’ and that was before ‘Blue’ came out. I was already stuck on her, and then when ‘Blue’ came out, I was just like done.”

Audio / Mickey Guyton talks about the female country artists she admired growing up.

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Mickey Guyton (on pursuing a career as a singer) OC: …all those people. :50
“It wasn’t like something where I was like, ‘Dad, I want to be a professional singer.’ It wasn’t until I was older when I finally admitted it. When you say something like that, it’s pretty crazy. What are we normally supposed to be? We’re supposed to be a teacher, a doctor, a lawyer, go to school and for me to even say that was just kind of crazy. So, I took an interest in singing. I started doing solos in the church choir or the school had a talent show. I’d bring my boom box, and I’d sing ‘I Will Always Love You.’ I was just mesmerized by big-voiced women, so from LeAnn, I started listening to Dolly and Patsy Cline and Patty Loveless and Reba McEntire and Faith Hill and Martina McBride, all those people.”

Audio / Mickey Guyton released the song “Sister” a couple of years ago, and she explains why the message was so important.

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Mickey Guyton (why the song Sister is so important to her) OC: …out there. :21
“As a woman, we need our sisters and this song is just so important for women, for girls, for everyone right now, to show solidarity and support for each other. No matter what it is that you believe, no matter what it is that you do, this song is exactly that for every woman out there.”

Audio / Priscilla Block talks about the legendary Dolly Parton.

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Priscilla Block (Dolly Parton) OC: …me some Dolly. :19
“Hey-this is Priscilla Block, and I would say one female country legend that I look up to would be Dolly Parton. I love how honest she is, and she’s always just embraced who she is as a woman, and I love that so much, you know. Big hair, big hoops and you know what’s next. I love me some Dolly.”

Audio / Priscilla Block says she is inspired by her mother.

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Priscilla Block (Mom) OC: …in the butt. :25
“I would honestly say one of the most inspiring women in my life is my mom because she raised five kids, and honestly had no clue what she was doing, but kind of always just made life so fun. She was there when we needed to laugh and when we needed to cry, and she was also there when we needed a little kick in the butt.”

ERIC CHURCH RELEASES THE STUDIO VIDEO FOR HIS SONG, “LYNYRD SKYNYRD JONES.”

Eric Church has released the studio video for “Lynyrd Skynyrd Jones,” a song from his upcoming Soul album. Check it out below.

 

 

Eric is releasing three different albums next month. The Heart album will be available April 16th. In keeping with his longtime commitment to put fans first, Church created the middle album, &, specifically for the Church Choir and will make it available exclusively to those fans and only as a vinyl record on Tuesday, April 20th. Rounding out the trilogy is Soul, available everywhere on  April 23rd.

The North Carolina native is nominated for three ACM Awards, including Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, in addition to Music Event of the Year with Luke Combs for “Does to Me.” He is also a nominee at the upcoming GRAMMY Awards, earning a nod for Best Country Solo Performance with “Stick That In Your Country Song.”

LUKE BRYAN AND CONSTELLATION BRANDS REINTRODUCE TWO LANE AMERICAN GOLDEN LAGER AND WELCOME TWO LANE HARD SELTZER.

Constellation Brands, the leading brewer and producer of high-end beer, wine and spirits, has teamed up with four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan to reintroduce Two Lane American Golden Lager, named for the familiar roads that lead you home, and welcome Two Lane Hard Seltzer, a new Southern-inspired hard seltzer.

Luke and Constellation introduced Two Lane Lager in early 2020, before temporarily hitting pause on production due to the global pandemic. Now, the beer is back on shelves and available in the corner of the country Luke calls home: Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, with plans to steadily expand distribution in the coming years. Fans in the Southeast will have more ways to kick it up, because the lager is joined by Two Lane Hard Seltzer. Two Lane Hard Seltzer was introduced in Georgia, and given its warm reception, it is now available beyond the Peach State. Each of its four refreshing flavors channels the taste of home with just one sip, reminding drinkers of summer days at the lake or sitting on the porch.

“It’s no secret that I love a good time, and I’m also deeply connected to my roots. Two Lane has found the perfect balance, combining my celebratory approach to life and my connection to home,” Luke said. “I’m very excited that Two Lane is back on shelves, and I can’t wait for people to get their first sips of Two Lane Hard Seltzer. It’s a great complement to the lager, and I hope y’all love it as much as I do.”

Luke’s support of Two Lane goes far deeper than a celebrity endorsement. He’s played an instrumental role throughout the entire process, from tasting to creative development. In fact, the flavors of Two Lane Hard Seltzer offer a literal taste of Luke’s home, with Southern-inspired recipes such as Cherry Limeade, Peach Tea, Blueberry Lemonade and Watermelon Punch.

“Two Lane is a natural extension of our high-end portfolio, and we are thrilled not only to get lager back on shelf, but to also offer Two Lane Hard Seltzer to fans across the Southeast,” said Jim Sabia, executive vice president and managing director, Beer Division, Constellation Brands. “We found an incredible co-creator in Luke Bryan. He’s down to earth and is direct in sharing his likes and dislikes, so working with him and evolving the Two Lane brand has been a really fun ride.”

Using only high-quality, American-grown ingredients, Constellation and Luke are proud to brew every can of Two Lane Lager and Hard Seltzer in Daleville, Virgina, with water sourced from the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Two Lane American Golden Lager: Has 4.2% ABV, 99 calories and only 3 grams of carbohydrates per 12-ounce serving. It is available in 6-pack cans, 12-pack cans, 16-ounce single-serve cans and on draft. A 12-pack of cans has an SRP of $15.99.

Two Lane Hard Seltzer: Every 12-ounce serving has 4.5% ABV, 3 grams of real cane sugar, 110 calories and is gluten-free. All four flavors of Two Lane Hard Seltzer are available in 12-can variety packs featuring 12-ounce slim cans with an SRP of $15.99. Additionally, Cherry Limeade is offered in 16-ounce single-serve cans.

Visit drinktwolane.com for more information and details on where to find the nearest Two Lane retailer, or get it delivered straight to your door. Additionally, pending our ability to safely enjoy live music together in the months ahead, fans can crack open a Two Lane at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee (Sept. 2-5, 2021), and Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Nov. 12-14, 2021). Take the road less traveled and follow @TwoLaneBrewing on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and remember that “Every Two Lane Brings You Home.” As always, be sure to kick it up responsibly.

About Two Lane:
Two Lane American Golden Lager and Hard Seltzer is a collaboration between Constellation Brands and country music star Luke Bryan that combines Constellation’s high-end brewing expertise with Bryan’s desire for a smooth sipping beer and Southern-inspired hard seltzer to enjoy while on tour or at home. Every can of Two Lane has a crisp, refreshing taste because it’s brewed in Daleville, Virginia, with high-quality ingredients like two-row American barley, real cane sugar, and water sourced from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Named for the familiar roads that lead you home, Two Lane is rooted in the belief that a two-lane road can take you places a highway never could, places where friends and good times are waiting and the drinks are always cold. To learn more, take the road less traveled and follow @TwoLaneBrewing on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, or visit www.DrinkTwoLane.com.

About Luke Bryan:
Luke wrapped 2020 as Billboard’s Top Country Artist of the 2010s by reigning on their charts with 11 #1s on the Hot Country Songs chart and nine #1s on the Top Country Albums chart during the last decade. Since his debut in 2009, Luke has garnered 26 #1 hits and has more RIAA certified digital singles than any other country artist with 54.5 million. Luke has also tallied 14.6 Billion streams, 12.5 million albums sold with four Platinum albums, two 4x-Platinum albums, seven RIAA certified albums, 22 Platinum singles and 12 Multi-Platinum singles. Luke’s seven headline concert tours have played for 12 million fans including 36 stadium concerts, 11 Farm Tours, six years of Spring Break shows and six sold-out Crash My Playa concert events.

He was recognized as a CMT Artist of the Year six consecutive times, was twice named the Entertainer of the Year by BOTH the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association and was honored as a NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year. In total Luke has won over 40 music awards including seven ACM awards including his honor as the first-ever recipient of the ACM Album of the Decade Award for Crash My Party, seven CMT Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards, two CMA awards, an iHeart and a Teen Choice award and more. Luke was also named the Most Heard Artist of the Decade by Country Aircheck and he was recently honored by the Country Radio Broadcasters as the Artist Humanitarian Award recipient in 2021.

Luke has returned to the judges table, along with Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, for the fourth season of American Idol on ABC.

On April 9th, Luke, who is enjoying his 26th No. 1 song “Down to One” this week, will release a deluxe version of his #1, RIAA gold certified album BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE (Deluxe Edition) with six NEW songs to add to the album’s original 10 tracks. Pre-Order it HERE.

KENNY ROGERS’ 21 NUMBER ONES/DOUBLE VINYL SET TO BE RELEASED FOR THE FIRST TIME ON VINYL NEXT MONTH.

Capitol Records Nashville and UME will release Kenny Rogers21 Number Ones for the first time on vinyl on April 30th. The collection features 21 No. 1 hits, plus the bonus track, “Don’t Fall In Love With A Dreamer” (his cross-over smash with Kim Carnes). Also included in the new collection are his numerous duets – “Islands In The Stream” (with Dolly Parton); “We’ve Got Tonight” (with Sheena Easton); “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine” (with Ronnie Milsap), as well as his handful of Dottie West collaborations “Every Time Two Fools Collide,” “What Are We Doing In Love” and “All I Ever Need Is You.”

In addition, the chart-topping hits featured include “Lady,” “The Gambler,” “Through The Years,” ‘You Decorated My Life,” “She Believes In Me,” “Lucille,” “Coward of the County” and many more (see track list below).

At the height of his success in the late ‘70s – early ‘80s, the Country Music Hall of Famer sold more than one million records every month for 26 straight months.

Track List

VINYL 1
SIDE A
1. The Gambler
2. Through The Years
3. Lady
4. Lucille
5. Coward Of The County

SIDE B
1. I Don’t Need You
2. We’ve Got Tonight (duet with Sheena Easton)
3. Crazy
4. Islands In The Stream (duet with Dolly Parton)
5. She Believes In Me

VINYL 2
SIDE A
1. Every Time Two Fools Collide (duet with Dottie West)
2. You Decorated My Life
3. Make No Mistake, She’s Mine (duet with Ronnie Milsap)
4. Share Your Love With Me
5. All I Ever Need Is You (duet with Dottie West)
6. Buy Me A Rose (featuring Alison Krauss & Billy Dean)

SIDE B
1. Daytime Friends
2. Love Or Something Like It
3. Love Will Turn You Around
4. Morning Desire
5. What Are We Doin’ In Love (duet with Dottie West)
6. Don’t Fall In Love with a Dreamer (duet with Kim Carnes)

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LUKE BRYAN’S “DOWN TO ONE” HITS THE TOP OF THE COUNTRY CHARTS THIS WEEK!

Luke Bryan scores his 26 No. 1 hit this week with his latest smash, “Down to One.” The song, written by Dallas Davidson, Justin Ebach and Kyle Fishman, is from his sixth consecutive No. 1 debuting album, BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE.

“From the first time I heard this song I could not get it out of my head. The melody just roped me in,” said Luke when the song was first released.

The four-time Entertainer of the Year, who is spending his fourth season as a judge on ABC’s American Idol (Sundays at 8pm ET), will release the deluxe version of BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE with six new songs April 9th.

Luke is nominated for both Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year (BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE) at this year’s ACM Awards. The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards will air live from Nashville April 18th beginning at 8pm ET/7pm CT on CBS. The show will also be available to stream live and on demand on the new Paramount+ channel.


Audio / Luke Bryan talks about his song, "Down to One."

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Luke Bryan (Down to One) OC: …on an album. :27
“‘Down To One’ is a real like typical song of mine that you kind of expect from me from the years. First time I heard it — it’s written by one of my dear friends Dallas Davidson who I’ve had a lot of success with as a co-writer with through the years — it just sounds like a big ole hit. Guy and a girl out there, in the middle of nowhere enjoying a moment together, a romantic moment, and I always feel like you gotta have those on an album.”

ERIC CHURCH RELEASES “NEVER BREAK HEART,” EARNS 3 ACM NOMS.

For 10-time GRAMMY nominee and reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Eric Church, the month-long session during which he wrote and recorded a song from start to finish each day was meant to push the limits of creativity and the resulting project, his highly anticipated triple album Heart & Soul set for release this April, proved the unconventional method a success.

What the songwriters and musicians sequestered in rural North Carolina during the early months of 2020 didn’t know, however, was just how drastically the world was about to change. And yet, several songs on the project offer an almost prescient message of resilience and hope that fans are eager to hear amidst the ongoing pandemic. With “Never Break Heart,” out today, February 26, Church delivers that encouragement earnestly:

         Don’t let fear steal your brave heart
         Don’t let doubt take your faith heart
         It’s ok to cry, but don’t never break heart

Church first shared the song nearly a year ago, just two months removed from its creation, when he performed a stripped back version celebrated by Billboard as a “dazzling performance” and by Stereogum as “gracefully growly” on the “ACM Presents: A Salute to Our Country” television special.

“The hardest thing about this for me as a dad, as a husband, as a business leader, as a citizen, has been the unknown. I believe we fear the unknown,” Church shared that evening. “Here’s what I know: I have hope and you should have hope, because since the beginning of time, people have gathered… and we will gather again. The important thing to remember is to not fear, to be brave, and to endure. That’s what this song is about.”

Now, a full year into the pandemic, Church has been recognized for continuing to push creative boundaries and for persistently releasing new music through this unprecedented time, earning nods in the Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year categories at the upcoming ACM Awards, as announced this morning. Church also received a third nomination, in the Music Event of the Year category, for his chart-topping “Does To Me” performance with Luke Combs. He is also a nominee at the upcoming GRAMMY Awards, earning a nod for Best Country Solo Performance with “Stick That In Your Country Song.”

“Never Break Heart” is featured on the Heart album, set for release Friday, April 16. In keeping with his longtime commitment to put fans first, Church created the middle album, &, specifically for the Church Choir and will make it available exclusively to those fans and only as a vinyl record on Tuesday, April 20. Rounding out the trilogy is Soul, available everywhere on Friday, April 23.

For the latest information and to learn how to join the Church Choir, visit www.EricChurch.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter @ericchurch and Instagram @ericchurchmusic.

Heart Track List
Lyrics linked HERE, songwriters in parentheses

  1. Heart On Fire (Eric Church)
  2. Heart Of The Night (Eric Church, Jeremy Spillman, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell, Travis Hill)
  3. Russian Roulette (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell)
  4. People Break (Eric Church, Luke Laird)
  5. Stick That In Your Country Song (Davis Naish, Jeffrey Steele)
  6. Never Break Heart (Eric Church, Luke Dick)
  7. Crazyland (Eric Church, Luke Laird, Michael Heeney)
  8. Bunch Of Nothing (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde)
  9. Love Shine Down (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Jeffrey Steele)

& Track List
Lyrics linked HERE, songwriters in parentheses

  1. Through My Ray-Bans (Eric Church, Luke Laird, Barry Dean)
  2. Doing Life With Me (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Jeffrey Steele)
  3. Do Side (Eric Church, Casey Beathard)
  4. Kiss Her Goodbye (Eric Church, Casey Beathard)
  5. Mad Man (Eric Church, Casey Beathard)
  6. Lone Wolf (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell)

Soul Track List
Lyrics linked HERE, songwriters in parentheses

  1. Rock & Roll Found Me (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Driver Williams)
  2. Look Good And You Know It (Eric Church, Jonathan Singleton, Travis Meadows)
  3. Bright Side Girl (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Scotty Emerick, Clint Daniels)
  4. Break It Kind Of Guy (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Luke Dick)
  5. Hell Of A View (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell)
  6. Where I Wanna Be (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Jeremy Spillman, Ryan Tyndell)
  7. Jenny (Eric Church)
  8. Bad Mother Trucker (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Luke Dick, Jeremy Spillman)
  9. Lynyrd Skynyrd Jones (Casey Beathard)

About Eric Church
Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and current GRAMMY nominee Eric Church has spent the past year releasing new music at a relentless pace; providing a glimpse into the results of a marathon session during which he spent nearly a month writing and recording a song per day – including current single “Hell of a View” – while sequestered in a rural North Carolina cabin, and fueling speculation of his highly anticipated new three-part project, Heart & Soul, set for release this April.

Just as unique as Church’s approach to recording and releasing music is his tenacity on the road. During his most recent outing, 2019’s Double Down Tour, Church played back-to-back nights of two unique shows in each market sans opening act, giving every city’s fans six-plus hours of his iconic music. The tour also featured a massive stop at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, where he broke the venue’s concert attendance record with more than 56,000 fans in attendance and became the first artist to sell out the venue with a solo lineup. Church also recently took to the field at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium to perform the National Anthem with R&B star Jazmine Sullivan ahead of Super Bowl LV.

A seven-time ACM Award winner, four-time CMA Award winner, and 10-time GRAMMY nominee, Church has amassed a passionate fanbase around the globe known as the Church Choir as well as a critically acclaimed catalog of music. His most recent album, Desperate Man, earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album (his third nod in the category) and produced his most recent No. 1 hit, “Some Of It.” Previous releases include the Platinum-certified Sinners Like Me (“How ’Bout You,” “Guys Like Me”), Carolina (“Smoke a Little Smoke,” “Love Your Love the Most”) and Mr. Misunderstood (“Record Year,” “Round Here Buzz”), the Double-Platinum certified The Outsiders (“Like a Wrecking Ball,” “Talladega”) and the 3x Platinum-certified Chief (“Springsteen,” “Drink In My Hand”)as well as 22 Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum certified singles.

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DARIUS RUCKER PERFORMS HIS NO. 1 HIT, “BEERS AND SUNSHINE,” ON THE TODAY SHOW.

Darius Rucker appeared on NBC’s TODAY Show for the Citi Music series this morning (February 26th) and performed his new No. 1 single, “Beers and Sunshine.” He also chatted with the hosts about the single, his friend PGA Champion Tiger Woods and said, “I say if Tiger wants to play again, he’ll play again.” In addition, he talked about Post Malone’s cover of the Hootie & the Blowfish hit, “Only Wanna Be With You.”

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THE ACM AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2021 HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!

With six each, Chris Stapleton and Maren Morris lead the list of nominations at this year’s ACM Awards.

Chris earned nods in the categories for Entertainer, Male Artist, Song (for “Starting Over”) and Album of the Year (Starting Over) as artist, songwriter and producer.

 


Brothers Osborne
and Kelsea Ballerini, along with ET‘s Rachel Smith revealed the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards nominees today (February 26th) on CBS This Morning.

The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Eric Church earned three category nominations for Entertainer, Male Artist and Music Event of the Year for Luke Combs’ “Do to Me.”

 

 

Luke Bryan picks up a pair of nominations for Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for Born Here Live Here Die Here, while Dierks Bentley also is nominated for two including Male Artist of the Year and Music Video of the Year for “Gone.”

 

 

 

 

Brothers Osborne are nominated for both Duo of the Year (an award they’ve won twice before) and Album of the Year for Skeletons. Keith Urban also picks up two nods…in the same category – Music Event of the Year for both “Be a Light” with Thomas Rhett, Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott and Chris Tomlin, as well as his latest single, “One Too Many” with P!nk.

 

 

Carrie Underwood earned a nod in Music Event of the Year with John Legend for “Hallelujah,” while Lauren Alaina is also nominated in Music Event of the Year for Hardy’s “One Beer,” along with Devin Dawson.

 

 

Little Big Town picks up a nomination for Group of the Year, while Maddie & Tae scored a nomination for Duo of the Year.

 

 

 

Mickey Guyton and Caylee Hammack are both nominated for New Female Artist of the Year, while Travis Denning and Parker McCollum are up for New Male Artist of the Year.

 

 

 

 

The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards will air live from Nashville April 18th beginning at 8pm ET/7pm CT on CBS. The show will also be available to stream live and on demand on the Paramount+.

Entertainer of the Year

Luke Bryan
Eric Church

Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Female Artist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris
Carly Pearce

Male Artist of the Year

Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Eric Church
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Duo of the Year

Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

Group of the Year

Lady A
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
The Cadillac Three
The Highwomen

New Female Artist of the Year

Ingrid Andress
Tenille Arts
Gabby Barrett
Mickey Guyton
Caylee Hammack

New Male Artist of the Year

Jimmie Allen
Travis Denning
Hardy
Cody Johnson
Parker McCollum

Album of the Year

Born Here Live Here Die Here, Luke Bryan
Mixtape Vol. 1, Kane Brown
Never Will, Ashley McBryde
Skeletons, Brothers Osborne
Starting Over, Chris Stapleton

Single of the Year

“Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert
“I Hope,” Gabby Barrett
“I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
“More Hearts Than Mine,” Ingrid Andress
“The Bones,” Maren Morris

Song of the Year

“Bluebird,” Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby
“One Night Standards,” Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally
“Some People Do,” Jesse Frasure, Matt Ramsey, Thomas Rhett, Shane McAnally
“Starting Over,” Chris Stapleton, Mike Henderson
“The Bones,” Jimmy Robbins, Maren Morris, Laura Veltz

Video of the Year

“Better Than We Found It,” Maren Morris
“Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert
“Gone,” Dierks Bentley
“Hallelujah,” Carrie Underwood and John Legend

“Worldwide Beautiful,” Kane Brown

Songwriter of the Year

Ashley Gorley
Michael Hardy
Hillary Lindsey
Shane McAnally
Josh Osborne

Music Event of the Year

“Be A Light,” Thomas Rhett f/Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban
“Does To Me,” Luke Combs f/Eric Church
“I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
“Nobody But You,” Blake Shelton f/Gwen Stefani
“One Beer,” Hardy f/Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson
“One Too Many,” Keith Urban f/P!nk

 

Audio / Chris Stapleton, who is nominated for 6 ACM Awards including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year (among others), talks about the theme of his latest album, Starting Over.

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Chris Stapleton (theme of Starting Over album) OC: …as humans. :54
“I’ve never really looked at records necessarily as having a theme.  I’ve never made a record in that kind of a constraint necessarily. And there are a lot of great records that have this theme and this overlying thread that kind of runs through them.  Maybe the thread for me is just I’m singing. I wrote a bulk of the songs. It’s the same guys playing all the songs. If there’s a theme – if there’s a theme it’s hopefully there’s a theme of truth somewhere in it. And what I mean by that is hopefully we’re conveying in the songs some experiences that feel real and hopefully people can find themselves in those songs and in the album. And for me if I’m looking for a theme it’s that kind of, I don’t know, that thing that binds us all together as humans.”

Audio / Eric Church, the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, is nominated for Entertainer (among others) at this year’s ACM Awards. Backstage at last year’s CMA Awards, he talked about his first Entertainer of the Year win.

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Eric Church (CMA 2020) 1 OC: …next year or two. :31
“There’s not really been winners this year. I mean, nobody’s played. Nobody’s done the things we normally do. It’s been a year, to me, about losses. It’s about loss of life. It’s about loss of education for your kids. It’s about loss of time playing. It’s been a year of managing those losses. But I really meant what I said (during my acceptance speech) that we were in a room together as country music, and that’s not happened this year. So, I think that that was a win for country music, and I think it was a win for where we’re gonna go in the next year or two.”

Audio / Before releasing his latest album in August of last year, Luke Bryan talked about what fans can expect on BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE.

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Luke Bryan (fan expectations for BHLHDH) OC: …something for everybody. :37
“I think fans can expect a little something of everything. They can expect a love song, a dancing song; obviously, ‘One Margarita’ being a big ole fun summer drinking song. And I think we have songs that will make you cry, touch your emotions, and I think, like I said there are songs that you can fall in love to out there. And there are songs that talk about the true meaning of life when you think about a song like ‘For a Boat,’ and you got a father teaching his son about the important things in life. So, I’m just proud of the way the album come together, and I feel like there’s something for everybody.”

Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about his latest single, "Gone," for which the music video is nominated for an ACM Award.

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Dierks Bentley (Gone) 2 OC: …would enjoy it too. :18
“You know, the song, ‘cause I didn’t write it I can only brag on it, is just really well-written. It’s catchy, it’s fun. It’s metaphorical about what’s happening right now. It reminds me a little bit of some stuff we’ve had out in the past, but it feels like new territory in other ways and I don’t know, I just enjoyed it. I enjoyed singing it and I enjoyed playing it, and I wanted to put it out there and I thought our fans would enjoy it too.”

Audio / KEITH URBAN TALKS ABOUT RECORDING “ONE TOO MANY” WITH P!NK.

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Keith Urban (P!NK duet) OC: …it together. :29
“This song was written as a duet, and I sent the song to her and luckily she loved it. I loved the song and I was really hoping she would love it, because she’s truly one of the great singers of our generation. So, to hear her voice on this song was phenomenal. We had such a great time getting to do that. I wish we could’ve done it in the same space, but you know with the situation we’re in, of course, we couldn’t do that. So, she recorded her vocal at her house and I did mine at my house, and we put it together.”

Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD TALKS ABOUT THE SONG, “HALLELUJAH,” WHICH JOHN LEGEND WROTE AND IS FEATURED ON.

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Carrie Underwood (Hallelujah) OC: …cool collaboration. :37
“’Hallelujah’ is a song that touches on many different topics and feelings. It’s a love song, it’s a Christmas song, it’s a celebrating the time of year song. It’s you know, still wanting that joyfulness – it was written by John Legend and Toby Gad. When I listened to it, it had John’s voice on it, and it’s just beautiful. I knew I wanted to sing it – we asked if John, you might want to sing it with me. The perfect song, the perfect person, John Legend sounds amazing on it and I was like wow, I can’t believe that this just all came together like this, and just kind of a really cool collaboration.”

Audio / Parker McCollum talks about being nominated for his first ACM Award…for New Male Artist of the Year.

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Parker McCollum (1st ACM Nomination) OC: …So grateful. :36
“What does it mean to be nominated for an ACM Award? I can’t even explain it. I’ve watched these awards shows from the time I can remember listening to country music or watching television. It’s been my whole life. And so to be nominated for an ACM, something like New Male Artist of the Year – an absolute honor and a dream come true and so cool to see how proud my family is of me getting nominated for something like this. It’s just, there are no words, man. So grateful.”

 

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MICKEY GUYTON NOMINATED FOR ACM NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR.

GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter Mickey Guyton releases a special Amazon Original cover of Beyonce’s hit “If I Were a Boy” today, listen HERE. The song is available exclusively only on Amazon Music as part of their slate of Black History Month content highlighting the far-reaching impact of Black music pioneers who have created radical and innovative work. Fans can find additional information HERE.

“It was important for me to record ‘If I Were A Boy’ because I have been fighting in country music for so long to just be accepted for who I am,” shares Mickey. “This song represents the release and the birth of something new. Really this song means so much more to me, and has a completely different meaning, than when I first heard it.”

For the single image, Mickey collaborated with interdisciplinary artist Jamilla Okuba to create an original piece of art. Mickey notes, “I discovered Jamilla through Instagram, and it has been really important for me to support Black Art in whatever capacity that is. When this project came together, I knew Jamilla needed to create the artwork, and it’s just so beautiful that we’re able to do this together.” She continues, “When people see the cover art for my version of ‘If I Were A Boy,’ I really hope that people don’t see me, but that they see themselves.”

Earlier today, Mickey received an Academy of Country Music nomination for New Female Artist of the Year. Last year, Mickey made history as the first solo Black female country artist to perform on the ACM Awards, watch HERE. Accompanied by labelmate Keith Urban, Mickey performed “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” which was hailed as one of the best performances of the night with Rolling Stone noting, “Guyton knocked it out of the park demonstrating that she’s got a world-class set of pipes as well as something important to say.”

Mickey’s powerful and autobiographical track “Black Like Me” is currently nominated for Best Country Solo Performance at the upcoming 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards making Mickey the first Black female solo artist to earn a nomination in a country category. Mikey recently performed “Black Like Me” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (watch HERE) after the track was named one of the Top 10 songs of 2020 by Billboard, The Associated Press, Rolling Stone and NPR

For more information visit www.mickeyguyton.com

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