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KASSI ASHTON RELEASES DYNAMIC NEW SONG “HEAVYWEIGHT.”

MCA Nashville/Interscope recording artist Kassi Ashton released her dynamic new song, “Heavyweight,” today. Written by Kassi, Luke Laird, and Hillary Lindsey, the sultry song tells a story of a woman being underestimated in the midst of heart break. The lyrics, Whatever you got to say, I’d appreciate / Just the bare-bone cold hard truth / I’d rather be alone / to be honest, I’m a full grown woman / I can handle your hardest shot, give me what you’ve got/ I’ve seen way worse than you/ paint a picture of the strength and unwavering determination, two attributes Kassi wishes to share most with her fans. Listen to Kassi Ashton’s “Heavyweight” HERE.

“This song is to those of us who don’t want sugar coated bullshit, to hear it like it is,” says Kassi. “It is for those of us who have seen the worst and made it through. Those of us who can take on all we’re given and more.”

Kassi’s visual trailer of “Heavyweight” accompanies the new track, featuring dark imagery and symbolism of breaking free. Watch HERE.

“Heavyweight” joins Kassi’s previous critically acclaimed releases “California, Missouri,” “Hopeless,” “Violins,” and more. For additional information, visit KassiAshton.com

About Kassi Ashton
Kassi brings a whole new attitude to country music. The California, Missouri singer/songwriter touched down with a string of critically acclaimed tracks released by UMG Nashville in conjunction with Interscope Records. Her introductory release “California, Missouri” stirred up widespread critical acclaim from Taste of Country, CMT, The Boot, and many more. Named “Who to Watch” by Huffington Post, The Tennessean, and radio personality Bobby Bones. Rolling Stone lauded her as “a devilish songwriter who isn’t afraid to flip convention on its head,” while Refinery29 claimed, “she blends pop aesthetics with a presence doused in no-fucks-left-to-give authenticity,” and PAPER Magazine called her “the next big country superstar.”

JON LANGSTON RELEASES NEW SONG “WHEN YOU’RE LONELY.”

32 Bridge Entertainment / EMI Records Nashville recording artist Jon Langston dropped his brand-new song “When You’re Lonely,” available everywhere today. Langston shoots it straight on the high-energy heartbreaker, with to-the-point lyrics setting the scene of a recurring late-night call. Written by Langston with Jody Stevens, the track is also produced by Stevens.

LISTEN TO “WHEN YOU’RE LONELY” HERE

“’When You’re Lonely’ is one of the songs that just wrote itself,” shares Langston. “Jody Stevens and I sat down with a catchy melody, and I had a title and we just went from there. I feel like a lot of people can relate to this one. We started playing it live and people are singing the words before the end of the song. I’m excited to see where this one goes!”

Fans have been anticipating “When You’re Lonely” since Langston first shared a sneak peek of the demo on social media this summer, blowing up the comment section this week with excitement for its release. The song follows Langston’s tender ballad “Try Missing You,” released in July and already tallying millions of streams with its heartfelt, personal message.

Currently on the road headlining his TRY MISSING YOU TOUR through December, Langston has played for SOLD OUT crowds in Ohio, Pennsylvania and more. This weekend he will take the stage in Starkville, MS (10/22) and Opelika, AL (10/23). For a full list of tour dates and ticket information, visit http://www.jonlangston.com/tour/.

About Jon Langston:
Jon Langston grew up in Loganville, GA, listening to music by his heroes Alan Jackson and the Eagles. Earning a Division 1 college football scholarship, Langston always thought football would a part of his life, but after his sixth concussion left him blind for fifteen minutes, his football career ended abruptly. He picked up his guitar – untouched since eighth grade – and re-taught himself how to play. Performing at open mic nights and honing his songwriting led to the 2013 release of self-penned, “Forever Girl,” the first song he ever wrote. That release kicked off his music career, culminating in sold out shows across the country and over 500 million career streams. Once a fan attending Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour in Athens, GA, Langston experienced a full circle moment by joining Bryan on the Farm Tour in 2017 and 2018, and again as support on his Sunset Repeat Tour in 2019. Langston signed a publishing deal with Sony ATV, management with KP Entertainment, and is the first artist signed under Bryan’s label 32 Bridge Entertainment with EMI Records Nashville. He released his anticipated EP Now You Know in 2019, featuring six original songs he co-wrote. Langston’s debut major label single, “When It Comes To Loving You” hit No. 1 on the all-genre iTunes Chart and his single “Now You Know” reached the Top 30 on the country radio airplay charts. His recent releases “Happy Ever After,” “Try Missing You” and “When You’re Lonely” highlight his adept songwriting and classic country influences. Catch Langston out on the road this fall for his headline TRY MISSING YOU TOUR.

Audio / Jon Langston talks about his new song, "When You're Lonely."

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Jon Langston (When You’re Lonely) OC: …you anymore. :13“Hey-it’s Jon Langston. I have a new song out called “When You’re Lonely.” It’s a song about having an exe that just keeps finding their way back into your life, and the only reason why they keep coming back is they’re lonely, and they don’t, in fact, really love you anymore.”

CHRIS STAPLETON RESCHEDULES A HANDFUL OF TOUR DATES.

Chris Stapleton has had to postpone a few of his tour dates on the advice of his doctor. The superstar has been ordered to rest his voice and has rescheduled a pair of dates in Nashville and one in Cincinnati this weekend after postponing a show in South Dakota last week.

Chris took to his socials to share the news and to thank his fans for their support, patience and understanding.

His rescheduled dates are:

Nashville • 12.10.2021
Nashville • 12.11.2021

The show at Riverbend in Cincinnati is being rescheduled to 2022. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.”

“I had hoped to have some good news to share with you after this quiet time, but unfortunately the progress I have made is not enough. On doctor’s orders, I will need to continue my vocal rest through the weekend to fully heal. I am sorry that so many of you have been inconvenienced and I’m truly thankful for your patience and understanding,” says Chris.

He continues, “Nothing is more personal to me than the experience of music. I’m eternally grateful for the privilege of sharing in that journey with all of you night after night. Thank you for your continued support and I hope to see you all very soon.”

He urged fans to please “hang onto your tickets as they will still be honored at the rescheduled dates. For those unable to attend a new date, please contact your point of purchase.”

Chris is currently scaling the country charts with “You Should Probably Leave” from his latest album, Starting Over.

HALLOWEEN 2021

Halloween is Sunday, October 31st, and the holiday has some of your favorite country stars getting into costumes, while others are recalling memories of Halloweens past.

 

Audio / Alan Jackson used to take his now grown daughters trick-or-treating when they were young children, but he recalls one costume that he hated. It was an infant costume that made one of the girls look like a little peapod.

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AJ (Halloween) OC: …cute, but…[laughs] :17
“Aww, I remember some, when they were infants, they had like these little, they looked like a little pea pod, you know, or something. It’s like a little green pea or something. And I thought man, that’s awful. But Denise liked it, and I guess it was cute, but…(laughs).”

Audio / Billy Currington reminisces about his childhood Halloween memories.

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Billy Currington (Halloween) OC: …Halloween. :17
“You know, when I was a kid, I loved the trick and the treat. I loved dressing up. I was always wanting to be Dracula. That was my favorite guy. But, of course, who doesn’t love going door-to-door and getting these buckets of candy? [laughs] So, love, love Halloween.”

Audio / Brandon Lay says since his father was a preacher, their Halloween activities were church-related.

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Brandon Lay (Halloween) OC: …let Ryder do. :26
“You know, my dad was a preacher, so Halloween for me (ha) was a little different than most kids. We always had something going on at church, so I think I was usually a character from the Bible and walk around the gym and just try to get as much candy as I can. It sounds a little weird, but I kinda was robbed of the trick-or-treating experience – thanks a lot Mom and Dad – but I’m not bitter about it or anything. We’ll see what we let Ryder do.”

Audio / Brothers Osborne’s TJ and John Osborne talk about dressing up like zombies for Halloween.

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Brothers Osborne (zombie costume) OC: (John) …was so fun! :29
TJ: “Literally, you can dress up like a zombie and drag your foot behind you all day and make weird noises, and everyone finds that completely acceptable.” [laughs] JOHN: “One year I dressed up as a ‘90s redneck zombie with a mullet wig and an Alan Jackson denim coat. I never once broke character. That’s part of the thing — you can actually not break character and get away with it. And everywhere I went, even when I ordered a drink, I ordered it like a zombie that was falling apart. [laughs] It was so fun!”

Audio / Brothers Osborne’s John Osborne talks about carving pumpkins with their dad when they were growing up.

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Brothers Osborne (carving pumpkins) OC: …or something. :25
“With our dad every year, we would go looking for pumpkins, and we would all get our own pumpkin to carve, and he would buy the biggest pumpkin that they had. It was huge. I mean, it was way too big for any one person, but he would love carving. He’s kind of an artsy guy. He was a great drawer and stuff, and he would carve the most terrifying, vicious looking, scary pumpkin you’d ever seen in your life, and it would be massive. It would be like on a 50-pound pumpkin or something.”

Audio / Brothers Osborne talk about their favorite Halloween candy.

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Brothers Osborne (Halloween candy) OC: (John) …go stale. [laughs] :34
TJ: “I would say, Snickers, Baby Ruth, Kit Kat and Reese’s too.” JOHN: “I always hated those houses that would give you bad candy, though. You’re like, ‘C’mon. Step it up.’ Spend the extra dollar on a bag, you know?” TJ: “A house when we were growing up used to give out whole candy bars. It was the best. You were like, ‘That house – that’s the honey hole of candy.’” JOHN: “I love it, and I love like at the end, like three or four days after Halloween you would see what candy was left, and it was always like those crappy cheap candies, and they would just go stale.” [laughs]

Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about the Halloweens of his childhood.

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Dierks Bentley (Halloween) OC: … …around home. [laughs]  :23
“Oh, when I was a kid, I was all into fireworks. Growing up in Arizona, we couldn’t get ’em, so we’d have ’em shipped in illegally. I still remember the name of the guy we’d call. His name was Joe, and he’d bring in, ship ’em in a package with no writing on ’em. We were all about M-80s in the mailboxes and bottle rocket wars. To me, as a kid, Halloween was fireworks, was blowing up stuff around home. [laughs]”

Audio / Eric Church recalls his favorite Halloween costume.

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Eric Church (Halloween) OC: …Franklin Street. 1:18
“My favorite Halloween costume really came, I remember when I got a little older my first year of college, there’s this thing they do every year in Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Halloween on Franklin Street. We drove down from Boone, North Carolina. I had a bunch of friends that went to University of North Carolina, and we didn’t have costumes and didn’t realize until we were on the way that we had to have costumes. So, we stopped at a costume place in Greensboro, North Carolina. It’s Halloween, so there’s a run on everything and couldn’t find anything. And we end up getting sent around, driving  around town. We end up finding this hole in the wall place, but they had the full costume, Sesame Street outfits. The real deal. The real ones [with] feathers and fur. We were Elmo, Cookie Monster and I was Big Bird, and the Big Bird was the actual Big Bird. It’s about 7-foot-4, and yiou looked out of the body and then you had these straps that went on since the head was a lot higher. There’s a lot of beer involved in Franklin Street, so we get down there and as the night went on, my straps broke, so the head would pivot. And so, I would be walking one way and the head would be facing the other, and it just became this funny…I didn’t know the head was on backwards. I had no idea. I see out of the body, so I’m just kinda walking around and people were talking to my ass-end. [laughs] The whole time people’d come up and start talking and go, ‘Hey, turn around.’ And I’d turn around, and they’d go, ‘No turn around.’ It was a mess. That year, there was no other Big Bird on Franklin Street.”

Audio / Jon Langston talks about his favorite Halloween show a few years ago when his band surprised him on stage.

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Jon Langston (Halloween show) OC: …memorable Halloween. :59
“So we played a show a few years ago in Baton Rouge and I go off stage and I come back on stage for the encore. I don’t know this until midway through the song, I’m just into the crowd, like I’m engaged. I’m in the zone, and I just see everyone, like everybody else behind me but me and I’m like what’s going on. I turn around and each of them has a different huge mask on, like one of those stuffed animal masks, like my drummer has a dinosaur head on. My guitar players, one of ‘em has monkey head on, the other has a unicorn head on. And my bass player has like a, I think a dog or cat head or something like that. I couldn’t finish the song I was laughing so hard just seeing them playing with these like oversized huge mask heads on Halloween night. That was funny. It was a good prank, so that was probably the most memorable Halloween.”

Audio / Jon Pardi talks about his favorite Halloween costumes as a child.

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Jon Pardi (Halloween) 1 OC: …the Superman. :15
“Man, I went through phases of costumes – the Superman costume, then it was a ninja, then I was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle one year. I remember rockin’ the Superman.”

Audio / Jon Pardi reveals his favorite Halloween candy.

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Jon Pardi (Halloween candy) OC: …during Halloween. :06
“Man! The candy corn is pretty good, and that’s seasonal, so it only kinda pops out during Halloween.”

Audio / JORDAN DAVIS TALKS ABOUT HIS FAVORITE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES OVER THE YEARS.

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Jordan Davis (Halloween) OC: …jet black. :49
“I can remember being really big into Power Rangers. I always liked the Red Ranger. I remember being Red Ranger one Halloween. I remember me and my br4other being big into the Ninja Turtles. I was Donatello one year, which I think was the purple turtle. I think, though, my favorite Halloween was I was in college and I went as Luigi from Mario and Luigi, and I actually grew a legit mustache and dyed it jet black and ran into an ex-girlfriend at the costume shop and completely forgot I had the mustache on. So, when Is saw her, she was like, ‘So, you’re going with a mustache nowadays, huh?’ [laughs] I remember being like, ‘I swear this is part of my Halloween costume.’ [laughs] When I dyed my mustache, my top lip was black for a week. Like I really did dye it jet black.”

Audio / JORDAN DAVIS TALKS ABOUT HIS FAVORITE HALLOWEEN CANDY.

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Jordan Davis (Halloween candy) OC: …some Starbursts. :21
“My favorite Halloween candy [is] probably Reese’s or M&M’s, although I love the variety of Starburst. It’s one that I feel like I only eat at Halloween, because I feel like at Halloween one of the popular ones is the two-piece Starburst things. So, probably Reese’s, M&Ms and throw in some Starbursts.”

Audio / Josh Turner and his family (including wife Jennifer and their four sons) enjoy dressing up as a family for Halloween. The multi-platinum selling star says his favorite family costumes was a few years ago when they dressed up as Star Wars characters.

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Josh Turner (Halloween costumes) OC: …pretty classic. :27
“My favorite family costume was from a couple of years ago when I had my six-and-a-half-month-old beard going, and me and the whole family dressed up as Star Wars characters. So, I was a young Obi Wan Kenobi, Jennifer was Princess Leia, Colby and Marion were Storm Troopers, Hampton was Darth Vadar and Hawk was, I guess, pretty much still a baby, and he dressed up as Yoda. It was pretty classic.”

Audio / JOSH TURNER REVEALS HIS FAVORITE HALLOWEEN CANDY.

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Josh Turner (Halloween candy) OC: …can’t beat ‘em. :09
“My favorite Halloween candy…hmmmm…that’s a tricky one. I’m going to have to go with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Can’t beat ‘em.”

Audio / We all know Lauren Alaina loves to dress up, but she also loved to come up with costumes for her brother. She says one of her favorite costumes was when she dressed up her brother…as her.

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Lauren Alaina (Halloween-brother) OC: …mad about that! :19
“I always would dress my brother up too, and I’d say not my best costume, but his best costume when I put makeup all over him and made him, he looked JUST LIKE ME, but I put extensions in his hair and a little hat on his head and I put makeup on him and my cheerleading outfit. It fit him. I was so mad about that!”

Audio / Luke Bryan says you can tell a lot about your neighbors from what kind of Halloween candy they hand out.

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Luke Bryan (Halloween) OC: …your teeth. :21
“You can find out a lot about your neighbors by what kind of candy they put out. So, well, like full bars of Snickers bars, that’s what, and Reese’s cups, [but] the old chocolate popcorn ball of stuff, that’s no good either, like Dots – you get Dots one time of year and they pull your teeth.”

Audio / Luke Bryan says his wife Caroline usually pick out his Halloween costumes.

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Luke Bryan (Halloween costumes) OC: …always has. :20
“Me and Caroline did one year where I dressed up as the old lady, and she dressed up as, she called herself a dirty old man. So, she went around acting like an old man saying snide comments to everybody. That was a fun one. The main thing is Caroline is a  big, she loves Halloween and always has.”

Audio / Maddie & Tae sit on opposite sides of the fence when it comes to scary movies.

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Maddie & Tae (Halloween) OC: …princesses. :24
TAE: “Oooooh, Halloween [is] my favorite holiday. Anyone who knows me knows I love all things scary and gory, so especially on Halloween all the scary movies that come out in theaters, I am there every single time.” MADDIE: “And I never go with her because I hate scary things.” TAE: “You know what’s funny? As little girls, everyone wants to dress up as princesses, and I think I was a witch like six years in a row. I just wanted to be scary.” MADDIE: “Girl, I was like Jasmine and you know [other] princesses.”

Audio / Mickey Guyton was raised in a very religious household, so she didn’t really celebrate Halloween and only went trick-or-treating one time.

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Mickey Guyton (Halloween) OC: …the costumes. :50
“Growing up, my parents were very, very conservative Christian, and so they viewed Halloween as a pagan holiday. BUT, I got to go trick-or-treating once in my life, and I dressed as a clown because my mom made me this clown suit and that was the best. We were in Moody, Texas. It was all three of my siblings and myself and we had so much candy that it lasted for months and months. My parents eventually had to throw it away because we had so much candy. And it was one of the most amazing, magical experiences I’ve ever had, because I never got to celebrate freaking Halloween. I tell you what, this son of mine is gonna definitely going to be celebrating trick-or-treating. Like I can’t wait to dress him up in all of the costumes.”

Audio / Parker McCollum says his favorite Halloween candy is…Tootsie Rolls.

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Parker McCollum (favorite Halloween candy) OC: …
“What I can eat like 6,000 of are Tootsie Rolls. If I eat one Tootsie Roll, I’m gonna eat 30. Man, they’re so good.”

Audio / Priscilla Block says she’s not a huge candy/sweet person, but instead, give her all the carbs.

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Priscilla Block (Halloween) OC: …you’re cooking. :52
“You know what’s so funny about me? I’m not a huge candy girl. Is that shocking? Hit me with all the carbs! Hit me with all the pasta! Don’t love treats. It’s really crazy. I’m not a huge chocolate girl. I would say my favorite candy is a Cow Tail. I love to get them from the gas station. Yeah, it’s usually in a little long package and there’s like cream on the inside. Love it! That’s my favorite candy. Give me that and a piece of pizza. Trick or Treat do you have any pizza ‘cause it smells like pizza in this house. 9laughs) That’s me going to the door. It smells like steak. Don’t want the Twizzler. Want the steak that you’re cooking!”

Audio / Reba McEntire recalls what her boyfriend, actor Rex Linn, did to scare her last year.

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Reba McEntire (Halloween-Rex) OC: …lot of fun. :43
“Rex, Rex Linn my boyfriend, his favorite holiday is Halloween. Last year he ordered from Costco a 7-foot werewolf with a motion sensor in it and he put it in my bathroom. And then when I walked in there, it moved and growled at me. I was very upset. I said, ‘Everybody who had anything to do with it, you’re all fired!’ Then I started giggling. Then I was pretty flattered that he went to all that trouble to scare me, and then we took it to every place we could to scare everybody else. We had a blast with it. We love Halloween. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to have a Halloween party last year because of COVID, but I have no idea what he’s got planned this year, but I’m sure it’s gonna be a lot of fun.”

Audio / Travis Denning talks about his favorite – and probably most embarrassing – Halloween costume.

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Travis Denning (Halloween costume) OC: …Busch Light. :21
“Honestly, I think one of my most proud and embarrassed Halloween costumes is I went as Terry from Reno 9-1-1. I had the roller skates, the short-shorts, the tied-up shirt. Looking back, it wasn’t the manliest thing I ever did, but it got a lot of laughs. And I think that year my favorite candy I ever had was Busch Light.”

 

 

 

BROTHERS OSBORNE, ERIC CHURCH AND MICKEY GUYTON AMONG THE FIRST PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR THIS YEAR’S CMA AWARDS.

The first round of performers for this year’s CMA Awards have been announced. Featuring first-time nominees taking the CMA Awards stage, as well as reigning CMA Awards winners, this year’s performances will include Jimmie Allen, Brothers Osborne, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Mickey Guyton featuring Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, and Blake Shelton. Hosted by Country Music superstar and “American Idol” judge Luke Bryan, Country Music’s Biggest Night™ broadcasts LIVE from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 10 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC.

CMA New Artist of the Year nominee and current “Dancing With The Stars” contestant Allen will perform his hit “Freedom Was A Highway.” Three-time CMA Awards nominated group this year Brothers Osborne will deliver a deeply personal performance from their CMA Album of the Year-nominated Skeletons. Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and five-time nominee this year including Entertainer of the Year again, Church will perform his song “Heart on Fire” from his CMA Album of the Year-nominated Heart. Reigning and two-time consecutive CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Dan + Shay, nominated again in the same category this year, will perform their hit “I Should Probably Go To Bed.”

CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Guyton will welcome rising artists Spencer and Edwards for a collaboration not to be missed from Guyton’s debut album, Remember Her Name. Two-time nominee this year Pearce and three-time nominee this year McBryde will perform their heart-wrenching duet “Never Wanted to Be That Girl.” And 10-time CMA Awards winner Shelton will bring his “Come Back as a Country Boy” to the CMA Awards stage.

Additional performers and presenters for “The 55th Annual CMA Awards” will be revealed in the coming weeks.

The 55th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan, will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 10th at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC.

 

PARKER MCCOLLUM ANNOUNCED AS APPLE MUSIC UP NEXT ARTIST.

 

Apple Music today announced Texas singer/songwriter Parker McCollum as the latest addition to its Up Next program, Apple Music’s monthly artist initiative geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent.

Parker McCollum began building a following in his native Texas with 2015’s The Limestone Kid. The album track “Meet You in The Middle” became a hit on Texas’ regional radio chart, but it was the album’s widely-acclaimed follow-up, Probably Wrong, that helped Parker find national success. Bridging the gap between Texas’ homegrown music scene and Nashville’s country-industry headquarters, Parker’s songwriting earned him a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Nashville in May 2018 and a recording deal with Universal Music Group Nashville in June 2019. In 2020, Parker released Hollywood Gold, the highest-selling debut country EP of 2020, which includes debut No.1 hit single “Pretty Heart,” and was certified Platinum, as well as playlisted across Apple Music top tier playlists, Today’s Country, and Don’t Mess With Texas. Parker followed with his 2021 major label debut, Gold Chain Cowboy, which was the top Country album in 17 countries on Apple Music, including the US, since its release. Earlier this summer, Parker played his first sold-out show at the Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion to a crowd of 20K fans and this fall he played the famed Woodlands (The Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavilion) in Woodlands, TX, to a sold out crowd which broke attendance records for the venue.

“All I ever wanted was a real shot in country music. To be an Apple Music Up Next artist is an incredible honor and it means so much to me to have a platform like Apple believe in me,” says Parker McCollum. “I always try to keep my head down and earn every little thing so to have this spotlight for a little while is nice. I do not take it for granted. Now back to work. Mad love.”

“Gritty, believable, and absolutely made for the spotlight, “said Apple Music Country host Kelleigh Bannen. “Parker McCollum is one of those rare artists who has been able to translate serious regional fame into mainstream success without compromising his core artistic identity.”

In his Up Next film out today, Parker McCollum shares his journey working on a Texas ranch for his granddad, who got him into artists like George Strait, picking up a guitar because of his older brother, and telling his dad he was going to sign a major record deal one day. Parker tells Apple Music, “I wanted to do it the hard way. I really wanted to earn it. I didn’t want anybody to be able to say anybody bought me anything,” and talks about how he put a band together, recorded music, and toured on his own before getting an offer from every major label in town. He also talks about the rise of his song ‘Pretty Heart,’ the world shutting down two weeks after the song went to radio, and how the pandemic helped him lead a healthier lifestyle.

Additional Up Next campaign moments include a Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance on November 23rd, and a sit down interview with Apple Music Country’s Kelleigh Bannen, where he discusses his Gold Chain Cowboy album, being inspired by Pat Green, playing the Ryman, and the one song that defines him.

Watch the Apple Music Parker McCollum Up Next film HERE

Check out his Apple Music Country interview with Kelleigh Bannen HERE

Stream the Gold Chain Cowboy album today and add the Apple Music Up Next Playlist into your listening rotation.

ERIC CHURCH RELEASES THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR HIS LATEST SONG “HEART ON FIRE.”

Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Eric Church takes fans on a whirlwind trip down memory lane with the Reid Long-directed music video for his current top 25-and-climbing single “Heart On Fire.” From the Sinners Like Me launching pad of his career in 2006 through the raucous anthem off his latest chart-topping project, Heart & Soul, the must-see video offers a sizzle reel of Church’s hit-filled journey to date, as each reminiscent clip flows naturally from one to the next, connected by the same common threads: passion, contemplation and a reverence for live music. The rapid-fire trip through a decade-plus of hits – which has included 11 No. 1 songs at Country radio and 30 Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum certified singles – provides a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it collection of reference points before Church brings the song to a rousing close with a performance alongside longtime powerhouse backing vocalist Joanna Cotten.

Through the magic of extreme digital editing, Eric’s throwback videos in this new clip include “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines,” “Love Your Love The Most,” “Smoke a Little Smoke,” “Homeboy,” ‘Drink in My Hand,” “Springsteen,” “Creepin’,” “Give Me Back My Hometown,” “Cold One,” “Talladega,” “Mr. Misunderstood” and “Record Year,” among others.  Check it out below.

 

Eric has said “Heart On Fire” was the first song to kick off his massive Heart & Soul project. “‘Heart On Fire’ was the first song we recorded when we got to North Carolina. I already had pretty much, I wrote this song by myself, but I already had this song on the rails and we were heading down the path of what this was going to be. I thought we needed to kind of break the ice and get started on something, you know, we were doing something that was tough to do – writing the song the same day we were record it. This was the song that was kind of the icebreaker for the whole project, and I credit this song a lot for getting us to where we ended up getting to with the project.”

Church, who is tied for most nominations with five at the upcoming CMA Awards (including a repeat nod for Entertainer of the Year) and has been announced as one of the performers, is bringing both “Heart On Fire” and the nostalgic hits of days past to fans across the U.S. and Canada as The Gather Again Tour continues into 2022. Tickets to all dates, including the grand finale at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden, are on sale now at EricChurch.com. All tour dates will enforce local venue and/or city guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions. Church will be touring with a fully vaccinated crew. This weekend you can catch him north of the border in Calgary, Alberta and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Audio / Eric Church credits “Heart On Fire” with kicking off the whole Heart & Soul project.

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Eric Church (Heart On Fire) OC: …the project. :34
“So, ‘Heart On Fire’ was the first song we recorded when we got to North Carolina. I already had pretty much, I wrote this song by myself, but I already had this song on the rails and we were heading down the path of what this was going to be. I thought we needed to kind of break the ice and get started on something, you know, we were doing something that was tough to do – writing the song the same day we were record it. This was the song that was kind of the icebreaker for the whole project, and I credit this song a lot for getting us to where we ended up getting to with the project.”

 

LAUREN ALAINA FLIPS THE SWITCH AS THE OPRY GOES PINK!

Lauren Alaina flips the switch to turn the Opry’s signature barn pink for the annual
Opry Goes Pink to support the fight against breast cancer   photo credit: © Grand Ole Opry, photo by Chris Hollo

As the Grand Ole Opry® nears its historic 5,000th Saturday night broadcast on October 30, the show that made country music famous once again joined together with Susan G. Komen® tonight in the fight against breast cancer with an Opry Goes Pink show. Lauren Alaina, Dillon Carmichael, Maddie & Tae, Del McCoury Band, Jeannie Seely, Victoria Shaw, Connie Smith and Dusty Slay performed on the show.

Multi-Platinum-selling rising superstar Alaina, who recently debuted her new album Sitting Pretty On Top of the World at No. 1, got the night started by flipping the switch to turn the Opry’s signature barn pink, then returned to the stage to close the show with  performances of favorites including “Getting Over Him,” “Good Ole Boy,” and “What Ifs.”

On October 30, 2021, the Opry, the world’s longest-running radio show, will mark a historic, record-breaking milestone with its 5,000th Saturday night broadcast. Scheduled to perform on the Opry’s 5000th Saturday night broadcast is Bill Anderson, Garth Brooks, John Conlee, Terri Clark, The Gatlin Brothers, Vince Gill, The Isaacs,  Chris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Darius Rucker, Jeannie Seely, Connie Smith, Chris Young, Trisha Yearwood, and more.

LUKE BRYAN’S SOLD-OUT CRASH MY PLAYA 2022 ANNOUNCES FINAL TALENT LINEUP.

Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa experienced the fastest sell-out in its seven-year history back in April, and today the event has announced the full lineup of performers joining Luke in Riviera Cancún, Mexico for this special destination vacation event taking place January 19th-22nd, 2022.

Dustin Lynch
 will return in 2022 for his seventh Crash My Playa – this time as a first-time headliner, rounding out the two previously announced headline nights with Luke and one with Jason Aldean. Ashley McBryde, Riley Green, Jimmie Allen, LoCash, Jameson Rodgers, Lainey Wilson, Caitlyn Smith, and Whitney Duncan along with DJ Rock complete the lineup of artists. Plus, Kendell Marvel will return with a special late-night performance.

Crash My Playa 2022 
will feature four nights of country music on a private stretch of white sand beach in Riviera Cancún, Mexico as well as daily pool parties, activities and local adventures. The event will be hosted at the spectacular AAA Four Diamond Awarded, Moon Palace Cancún. This oceanfront sanctuary offers magnificent rooms, gourmet all-inclusive food and drink, 24-hour room service as well as plenty of activities on both land and sea, including the luxurious AWE-Spa and a 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.

CID Presents continues to closely monitor relevant recommendations and guidelines imposed by local authorities and The World Health Organization to ensure a safe experience for all guests. For more information regarding Health & Safety plans, please click here. Additionally, Purely Palace protocols will be in place at all times throughout the resort. Purely Palace goes beyond the already stringent quality controls and health measures in place, with the implementation of more than 250 preventive actions to assure guests health and safety, including a Purely Palace health certification in every room on arrival, guaranteeing its complete disinfection.

For more information about Crash My Playa 2022 please visit: www.crashmyplaya.com

About Luke Bryan

Since his debut, Luke Bryan has garnered 27 #1 hits and has more RIAA certified digital singles than any other country artist with 68.5 million, has 15.6 billion streams worldwide, and has sold nearly 13 million albums. His headline concert tours have played sold-out shows for 12 million fans inclusive of 36 stadium concerts, Farm Tours, Spring Break shows, and seven sold-out ‘Crash My Playa’ destination concert events. Luke has won over 50 major music awards including five wins as Entertainer of the Year. His third and most recent Entertainer win was awarded by the Academy of Country Music this April, and he also holds two Entertainer honors by the Country Music Association. Additional awards include six recognitions as a CMT Artist of the Year, NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year, the first-ever recipient of the ACM Album of the Decade Award for Crash My Party, seven CMT Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, and four American Music Awards – as well as being named Billboard’s Top Country Artist of the 2010s, the ‘Most Heard Artist of the Decade’ by Country Aircheck, and the ‘Artist Humanitarian Recipient’ by the Country Radio Broadcasters this February. Luke is set to return as a celebrity judge for a fifth season, alongside Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, on ABC’s American Idol in 2022. Airing now, fans can see Luke’s original five-part docuseries Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary, on IMDb TV, Amazon’s premium free streaming service.

KACEY MUSGRAVES PERFORMS “breadwinner” ON THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT.

Kacey Musgraves performed “breadwinner” from her album star-crossed on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday night (October 18th). Check out the performance below.

Kacey will headline a 15-city tour, star-crossed: unveiled, beginning January 19th in St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information on tour dates, go to kaceymusgraves.com/tour.

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  • Alan Jackson with WUSN/Chicago’s Jeff Kapugi and Marci Braun, as well as UMG Nashville’s Mike Dungan and Steve Hodges.