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DIERKS BENTLEY CELEBRATES 18TH NO. ONE AND AWARD-WINNING “BURNING MAN.”

Dierks Bentley was joined by family and friends yesterday (4/15) to celebrate his 18th career No. One single “Burning Man” feat. Brothers Osborne as it serves as the second consecutive chart-topper off of his ninth studio album THE MOUNTAIN. Teaming up with BMI at Martin’s BBQ in downtown Nashville, Bentley and Brothers Osborne celebrated the ACM award-winning hit alongside co-writers Bobby Pinson (BMI) and Luke Dick (BMI), as it serves as Dick’s first No. One celebration.

“When you release songs to radio it’s like the cliff notes of your album and ‘Burning Man’ is one of the most important pieces of THE MOUNTAIN,” said Bentley. “When you do a collaboration it’s a leap of faith but there is no one else that could have done what these guys did on this song. We were in direct communication with no one else involved you know…John walks in with his guitar and amp…I’ve just been really lucky to work with people like these guys where it’s all about the music and friendship. It’s rare to find that outside of Nashville and a really unique thing that is happening in Country music right now.”

“When he sent us the song it was done and already sounded awesome,” added TJ Osborne, “I’m such a fan of Dierks and when I listened to the demo, it already sounded like a Dierks hit and it took me a minute to really make it mine. To take that risk on us with something that already sounded great was all on Dierks.”

Pegged as “one of Country music’s most enviable brands, equal parts affability and authenticity” (Forbes),Bentley continues to be a dominant voice for the genre with over 8.6 billion overall digital streams. Reaching a new creative high while “making music designed to challenge” (New York Times), Bentley co-wrote 10 of 13 tracks on THE MOUNTAIN, which earned him the highest debut sales of his career and became his seventh chart-topping album. Known to deliver “the most thoughtful, complete collections in Country music” (USA Today) Bentley has amassed countless nominations from the ACMs, CMAs, Billboard Music Awards and more while also earning 14 GRAMMY  nominations. “Fans get an all-night sing-along party” (Fresno Bee) during Bentley’s 2019 BURNING MAN TOUR as his “stage presence is something to marvel at” (Spokesman Review). The second leg featuring special guests Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and the Hot Country Knights kicks off in Noblesville, IN on May 31st. For more information visit www.dierks.com.

Photo (L-R): TJ Osborne, John Osborne, Dierks Bentley, Luke Dick (BMI/Little Louder Publishing), Bobby Pinson (BMI/Sea Gayle Music)

Photo Credit: Steve Lowry

Audio / At a celebration on Monday (April 15th), Brothers Osborne's John Osborne, along with Dierks Bentley, talk about joining forces for their recent No. 1, "Burning Man."

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CLARE DUNN’S RED-HOT SPRING KEEPS HEATING UP!

It’s been a wildly prolific month for Clare Dunn. The acclaimed musician with a “big voice and serious guitar prowess” (Boston Globe) turned heads at the seventh-annual Tortuga Music Festival this weekend, earning rave reviews for a fiery set that included crowd favorites, Led Zeppelin covers, and an epic performance of her newest single, “My Love.” This week, Dunn is unveiling even more new material with an acoustic version of her original song “More,” whose video just premiered exclusively on CMT.  Watch the new clip — and note the version you’re listening to is Clare’s first-take vocal recording — here: “More.” 

“In what might have been the day’s most welcome surprise, Clare Dunn’s blend of country, rock, soul, and pop, combined with spirited stage antics and a message of empowerment, sucked in passersby like a vortex,” wrote the Miami New Times of Dunn’s daytime set at Tortuga Music Festival. The praise didn’t stop there, with the paper going on to praise Dunn’s “gruff, sexy voice and swagger like Jagger,” as well as her “masterful vocals and crushing guitar that can only be described as an amalgam of the best of both Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart.”

Those accolades arrive on the heels of America’s ecstatic reception for Dunn’s newest single, “My Love,” which earned a standing ovation during her April 3rd performance on the Grand Ole Opry. Inspired by big-voiced singers like Adele, the song was dubbed a “supersized country-pop anthem” by Rolling Stone. It’s also been warmly received by Spotify, where a number of country-themed playlists — including New Boots, New Music Nashville, and Wild Country — added the song during its first two weeks of availability.

A true “triple threat” who writes, sings, produces, and plays lead guitar on her own country-rock songs, Dunn is currently touring America alongside Cassadee Pope and Hannah Ellis as part of the 2019 CMT Next Women of Country Tour. Dates for the ongoing tour, which kicked off last weekend in Tampa, Florida, are below.

April 18 | Atlanta, GA | Terminal West
April 19 | Charlotte, NC | The Underground
April 20 | Lexington, KY | Manchester Music Hall
April 25 | Boston, MA | Paradise Lounge
April 26 | New York City, NY | Gramercy Theatre
April 27 | Washington, DC | U Street Music Hall
May 2 | Evansville, IN | K.C.’s Marina Point
May 3 | Des Moines, IA | Wooly’s
May 4 | Columbia, MO | Blue Note

About Clare Dunn:
MCA Nashville singer/songwriter Clare Dunn is known for her transfixing live shows, powerful vocals, and unparalleled guitar playing.  As part of CMT’s 2019 Next Women of Country Tour, Clare is taking her “big voice” (The Boston Globe) on the road with Hannah Ellis and Cassadee Pope to cities including New York, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and Boston. The Colorado native who “can do it all” (CMT) with “swaggering confidence and soulful vocals” (Rolling Stone) caught the attention of rock legend Bob Seger who, after hearing her sound check only once, invited her to open his Ride Out Tour. Clare has been named “One to Watch” by USA TodayBillboardThe Boston Globe and Rolling Stone.

LUKE BRYAN TO APPEAR ON ABC’S FIRST PRIME TIME COVERAGE EVER OF THE NFL DRAFT ON THE “2019 NFL DRAFT ON ABC.”

Luke Bryan will join ABC’s first time prime-time coverage of the NFL Draft, live coast-to-coast from Nashville, Tennessee, on “2019 NFL Draft on ABC,” THURSDAY, APRIL 25th (8:00-11:30 p.m., EDT), on The ABC Television Network and via streaming.  The appearance was announced tonight on ABC’s live “American Idol” telecast from Los Angeles.
“Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts and ESPN’s Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and the entire College GameDay Built by The Home Depot eight-time Emmy® Award-winning crew will headline night one of ABC’s coverage of the NFL Draft.
Bryan will join the GameDay hosts on night one. His NFL Draft appearance will be a reunion for Bryan and College GameDay, as Bryan served as the show’s guest picker during the show’s 2018 season-opening episode on Saturday, Sept. 1.
“American Idol” mentor Bobby Bones will serve as roving reporter from the streets of Nashville on both nights, sharing the enthusiasm of the city, fans’ passion and provide a behind-the-scenes look of the NFL Draft for viewers at home.  As previously announced, Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback and 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes also will be a special guest with Roberts before round 1 of the NFL Draft kicks off.
ABC will provide differentiated coverage for Rounds 1-3 in prime time that focuses on the journey of the NFL Draft prospects, as viewers go up close and personal to understand the part their families play in their success and the hard work involved in attempting to become an NFL Draft selection. In addition, ABC broadcasts will center on the energy and excitement of the complete event, as coverage will include celebrity appearances and other nods to the host city of Nashville.
ABC will simulcast ESPN’s telecast of Rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
Schedule:
Thursday, April 25 (8:00-11:30 p.m. EDT): NFL Draft, Round 1 – ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Friday, April 26 (7:00-11:30 p.m. EDT): NFL Draft, Rounds 2 and 3 – ABC, ESPN/ESPN2, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Saturday, April 27 (12:00-7:00 p.m. EDT): NFL Draft, Rounds 4-7 – ABC (simulcast of ESPN telecast), ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio

CAYLEE HAMMACK’S “FAMILY TREE” MAKES BOLD ENTRANCE AT COUNTRY RADIO AS MOST ADDED DEBUT BY A FEMALE ARTIST IN OVER THREE YEARS.

Already racking up countless accolades as a 2019 “Artist to Watch,” Capitol Records Nashville’s Caylee Hammack marks a new milestone today confirming that “no doubt she’s born for a life in music” (CMT) as her very first single “Family Tree” is the most-added debut song by a female artist upon impact at Country radio in over three years, with 39 stations already on-board, among others. Co-written and co-produced by Hammack, fans can listen to the ”high-spirited, rollicking” (Variety) single here.

Additionally, the music video for Country radio’s most-added song of the week “filled with smart, shit-kicking energy” (Rolling Stone), world-premiered over the weekend and can be seen here. Hammack effortlessly brings quirky autobiographical lyrics to life with her ferociously fun debut video directed by Dano Cerny (Elle King, The Chainsmokers, The Roots). Weaving together spunky imagery from her small-town South Georgia upbringing and personal tokens from her storied past, the singer/songwriter chronicles her real-life journey with the people who shaped her, inviting fans to feel like they’ve known the fiery newcomer and her ‘family tree’ for a lifetime.

Audio and liners for Caylee’s song can be found here.

Hammack was highlighted as an “Artist to Watch” by outlets such as The Bobby Bones Show, Rolling Stone and HITS Magazine and has already claimed upcoming tour slots with Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and Brothers Osborne and will appear at some of Country music’s biggest festivals including Country LakeShake, iHeartCountry Festival and Faster Horses Festival. Also recently announced, she will hit the road on Miranda Lambert’s upcoming Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour 2019 in September.

Background On Caylee Hammack
Caylee Hammack constantly felt like a self-described “hippie in a hillbilly town.” “I used to pray every night as a kid, ‘God, just please make me different. Don’t make me like everyone else,’” she remembers. Hammack is indeed refreshingly different. She’s a country expressionist, a grungy firebrand and a spiritual seeker. And at only 24, she has already packed a full life into just a few years, using fake IDs to get gigs around South Georgia, turning down a college scholarship for a love that burned out just a few months later, sleeping in her car when she arrived in Nashville and then losing her home in an electrical fire. “My dad has always said that the most beautiful and strongest things are forged in the fire,” she says. “Iron is nothing until you work it in a fire. Glass cannot be blown without intense heat. You can’t make anything beautiful or strong without a little heat.” Tested by the fire, Caylee Hammack has been molded into an artist with incredible depth and a powerhouse voice that can effortlessly veer from fiery and demanding to quiet and vulnerable. Her life experience and relentless curiosity have coalesced into a country cocktail that’s rooted in tradition but expands with shards of modern pop and rock. Her self-penned songs tug on her own life story – bad decisions, secret affairs, broken hearts, a quirky family lineage – as she invariably turns the lemons of her daring life into sonic lemonade. For additional information, visit cayleehammack.com.

 

 

 

MADDIE & TAE RELEASE “DIE FROM A BROKEN HEART” TO RADIO!

Maddie & Tae released their critically-lauded and fan stand-out new single “Die From A Broken Heart” to Country radio today ahead of its May 6 official add date. Co-written by Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye along with Jonathan Singleton and Deric Ruttan, the song is off the duo’s highly-anticpated upcoming project One Heart To Another, out April 26 (Mercury Nashville). Fans can preview the EP here and watch a stirring acoustic performance of the song here.

“Ushering in their new era” (Billboard), “Die From A Broken Heart” has quickly become an undeniable next single, immediately resonating with fans and mounting over 23 million streams.

The duo will continue to introduce the new single to audiences across North America this summer, hitting the road as direct support on Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour 360, kicking off May 1st in Greensboro, N.C.

Award-winning duo Maddie & Tae are drawing praise for their new music “anchored around their stellar vocal pairings and some of the tightest harmonies on Music Row (Rolling Stone). “The sound is identifiable while still representing a distinct step forward” (Billboard), giving fans a taste of what to expect from their highly-anticipated forthcoming debut on Mercury Nashville on April 26. Maddie & Tae first broke out in 2013 with their brilliant take down of bro-country, “Girl In A Country Song,” which took Country radio by storm, skyrocketing to the top of the charts and quickly going PLATINUM. 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. 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 kicking-off in May. For additional information, visit www.maddieandtae.com.

Audio / Maddie & Tae talk about writing “Die From a Broken Heart.”

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Maddie & Tae (writing Die From a Broken Heart) OC: (Maddie) …special here. :39
TAE: “We wrote ‘Die from a Broken Heart’ two weeks after an actual break up that I had gone through. But I’m so, I don’t know. It’s hard for me to really dig into my emotions in the midst of my emotions. I’m more of like an after the point, and then I can kind of revisit it and work through everything. But I turned off my emotions for the most part during that writing session just to look at it from a logical and practical standpoint, just so that I wasn’t a mess during writing it. But that was probably the hardest one just because I felt everything that the song says.” MADDIE: “I knew she did not want to write a breakup song that day, but I was like ‘there’s something so special here.”

Audio / LINER M&T (Die From a Broken Heart) 1

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KIP MOORE’S “THE BULL” IS NOT ONLY HIS STORY, BUT IT’S ALSO THE STORY OF HIS FANS, AS WELL.

Kip Moore is making his way up the country charts with the fan-favorite “The Bull,” from his Slowheart album. He says it’s not only his song, but it’s the song that tells the story of his fans’ lives, as well, and they have offered the star concrete proof.

“I’ve heard thousands of stories from fans. This is definitely a favorite on the Slowheart record,” says Kip. “I’ve counted over a thousand tattoos in meet-and-greets all with ‘thanks to the bulls that bucked me off.’ This song is not only my song, but it’s every fan’s song.”

For more audio and liners on “The Bull,” click here.

Kip makes the trek north of the border later this week to play shows in Moncton (Thursday, April 18th), Halifax on Friday (April 19th) and Charlottesville, Canada on Saturday (April 20th).

This past weekend, Kip released Room to Spare on his first Record Store Day Vinyl. The special collection of songs, handpicked by Kip, included seven tracks that were released on his ROOM TO SPARE: THE ACOUSTIC EP, marking the first time the songs will be available on vinyl. As well as the stripped-back acoustic tracks, there will be five additional tracks from Moore’s previous studio albums including “Plead The Fifth,” “Last Shot,” “The Bull” and “Guitar Man” taken from his wildly-acclaimed SLOWHEART and “That Was Us” from the highly-praised WILD ONES.

Audio / Kip Moore says his fans have lived his song “The Bull” and aren’t afraid to show it.

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Kip Moore (The Bull fans) OC: …fan’s song. :14
“I’ve heard thousands of stories from fans. This is definitely a favorite on the Slowheart record. I’ve counted over a thousand tattoos in meet-and-greets all with ‘thanks to the bulls that bucked me off.’ This song is not only my song, but it’s every fan’s song.”

KEITH URBAN WAS MOVED BY THE SONG “BURDEN” AND WAS COMPELLED TO RECORD IT.

On  the 54th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards last weekend, Keith Urban took to the stage to deliver an emotionally charged and impassioned performance of “Burden,” originally written and recorded by Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance.

Now in a two-minute video, The Story Behind “Burden,” which can be seen below, Keith, the now reigning ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year, explains how his concert in London led him to Ed Sheeran, a two-hour bike ride through London and his compulsion to record and perform “Burden” at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

 

“We played at the 02 in London and Ed (Sheeran) came out to see us play,” explains Urban.  “We talked about Foy (Vance), who’s an incredible musician and songwriter. The next day, I had a day off in London, so I got on my bike and put my headphones on and road around London for like two hours listening to Foy non-stop.”

“And when I got back to Nashville, I realized that I had never seen him play live – he must be fantastic – so I jumped on YouTube and heard this song “Burden” and just fell in love with him.  I thought, ‘I’d love to be able to do a version of the song – the way that I was feeling it in my heart.’’”

So with technology as it is today, with the ability for artists to share music in real-time, that’s what Urban did and “Burden” can now be streamed at http://strm.to/Burden.

Recorded in Nashville with co-producer Dave Cobb, the song is a “beautifully written, minimalist prayer” that Urban says spoke to him.  “Like the paint that’s drying on a heart that’s broke.  Let me carry your burden.”

For more official Keith Urban news and information, go to or follow him at www.keithurban.net or follow him at www.facebook.com/KeithUrban, www.twitter.com/KeithUrban, or www.instagram.com/KeithUrban

Audio / Keith Urban explains why he recorded the song “Burden,” and why he wanted to perform it at last weekend’s ACM Awards.

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Keith Urban (Burden) OC: …what it is. :43
“It’s a song written by Foy Vance, who’s an incredible singer-songwriter from Ireland, that I recently…I knew about but I didn’t know a lot about him, and I fell upon that song ‘Burden,’ and it just floored me. I just thought it was the most beautiful, simple, honest prayer of a song and I was compelled to try to get into the studio and capture it the way I felt about it and what it meant to me. But it wasn’t intended to be a single or any of the traditional things, it was just something I felt very passionate about and wanted to capture and perform. I think that’s the great thing about 2019 is we can do that as artists. We can be moved by something and capture it and immediately put it out without labeling what it is.”

CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS GETTING READY TO LAUNCH HER CRY PRETTY TOUR 360.

Carrie Underwood has been in rehearsals for her Cry Pretty Tour 360, which kicks off less than a month away. She tells us the rehearsals have been going great, and she feels like the fans will most likely spot the hard work that went into her stage show.

“It is super crazy that the Cry Pretty Tour 360 starts May 1st, because it’s right around the corner,” says Carrie. “Rehearsals have been going really great. My band is amazing as always, and I feel like every year and every album, they get better and better, and just everybody gets more comfortable with each other and people just have even more fun on stage. I feel like fans are really going to be able to feel the love and all the hard work that has gone into this tour. There’s so many people that have thought long and hard about how to make this show better than anything that we’ve ever done before. I think it’ll be easy to sit in the audience and recognize that.”

The Cry Pretty Tour 360, which also features Maddie & Tae and Runaway June, launches May 1st in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Carrie is currently on the airwaves with her latest song, “Love Wins.”

Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about getting ready for her Cry Pretty Tour 360, which kicks off May 1st in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Carrie Underwood (leading into launch of Cry Pretty Tour 360) OC: …recognize that. :47
“It is super crazy that the Cry Pretty Tour 360 starts May 1st, because it’s right around the corner. Rehearsals have been going really great. My band is amazing as always, and I feel like every year and every album, they get better and better, and just everybody gets more comfortable with each other and people just have even more fun on stage. I feel like fans are really going to be able to feel the love and all the hard work that has gone into this tour. There’s so many people that have thought long and hard about how to make this show better than anything that we’ve ever done before. I think it’ll be easy to sit in the audience and recognize that.”

Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (want to see you on my Cry Pretty Tour 360)

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ADAM HAMBRICK PLAYS “BOYS OF SUMMER” FOR THE LATEST INSTALLMENT OF “ONE MIC, ONE TAKE.”

Adam Hambrick has released a new 1 Mic 1 Take from the famed Capitol Studios in L.A. Here’s “Boys of Summer.”

 

Adam is currently making his way up the country charts with “Rockin’ All Night Long,” and he just found out he’ll make his debut on the Grand Ole Opry on May 11th.

 

CAYLEE HAMMACK SHARES A CLOSER LOOK AT HER “FAMILY TREE” WITH OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERING EXCLUSIVELY ON CMT.

Quickly becoming one of Nashville’s most buzz-worthy new artists among fans, radio and critics, Capitol Records Nashville’s Caylee Hammack will premiere the official music video for “Family Tree” tomorrow on CMT, before being available with all partners on Monday. Hammack effortlessly brings quirky autobiographical lyrics to life with her ferociously fun debut video directed by Dano Cerny (Elle King, The Chainsmokers, The Roots). Weaving together spunky imagery from her small-town South Georgia upbringing and personal tokens from her storied past, the singer/songwriter chronicles her real-life journey with the people who shaped her, inviting fans to feel like they’ve known the fiery newcomer and her ‘family tree’ for a lifetime. Fans can listen to Hammack’s debut single here.

“I created this song about the people I love with the people I love, it’s been pretty special to have my Nashville family help me shed light on my Georgia family,” said Hammack. “I think this video really goes above and beyond in translating the song into a true visual experience. Welcome to the family, y’all!”

The video for the song “filled with smart, shit-kicking energy” (Rolling Stone), was co-written and co-produced by Hammack. She was highlighted as an “Artist to Watch” by outlets such as The Bobby Bones Show, Rolling Stone and HITS Magazine and has already claimed upcoming tour slots with Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and Brothers Osborne and will appear at some of country music’s biggest festivals including Country LakeShakeiHeartCountry Festival, Faster Horses Festival and more.

Background On Caylee Hammack
Caylee Hammack constantly felt like a self-described “hippie in a hillbilly town.” “I used to pray every night as a kid, ‘God, just please make me different. Don’t make me like everyone else,’” she remembers. Hammack is indeed refreshingly different. She’s a country expressionist, a grungy firebrand and a spiritual seeker. And at only 24, she has already packed a full life into just a few years, using fake IDs to get gigs around South Georgia, turning down a college scholarship for a love that burned out just a few months later, sleeping in her car when she arrived in Nashville and then losing her home in an electrical fire. “My dad has always said that the most beautiful and strongest things are forged in the fire,” she says. “Iron is nothing until you work it in a fire. Glass cannot be blown without intense heat. You can’t make anything beautiful or strong without a little heat.” Tested by the fire, Caylee Hammack has been molded into an artist with incredible depth and a powerhouse voice that can effortlessly veer from fiery and demanding to quiet and vulnerable. Her life experience and relentless curiosity have coalesced into a country cocktail that’s rooted in tradition but expands with shards of modern pop and rock. Her self-penned songs tug on her own life story – bad decisions, secret affairs, broken hearts, a quirky family lineage – as she invariably turns the lemons of her daring life into sonic lemonade. For additional information, visitcayleehammack.com.

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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.