• Eric Church Doing Life With Me
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  • Little Big Town Hell Yeah
  • Priscilla Block My Bar
  • Kip Moore Crazy One More Time
  • Chris Stapleton Joy Of My Life

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD ENJOYS REHEARSING FOR UPCOMING TOUR.

Carrie Underwood is getting ready to launch The Denim & Rhinestones Tour this fall. She’s set to kick off the trek, featuring Jimmie Allen, October 15th in Greenville, South Carolina, making stops in 43 U.S. cities including New York’s Madison Square Garden, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, and L.A.’s Crypto.com Arena before concluding in Seattle, Washington March 17th.

The global superstar is already preparing for the upcoming tour and says she really enjoys the anticipation of getting ready to hit the road.

“I think my favorite parts of putting a new tour together is the anticipation. I love rehearsals as well. I feel like it’s, it’s like a show with no pressure (laughs), no pressure, no audience and we just kind of get to play music and do all that stuff and it’s fun, and so I really, I enjoy rehearsals.”

Carrie is closing in on the Top 10 of the country charts with her latest single, “Ghost Story.”

Audio / Carrie Underwood says she enjoys putting a tour together.

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Carrie Underwood (enjoys tour rehearsals) OC: …enjoy rehearsals. :19
“I think my favorite parts of putting a new tour together is the anticipation. I love rehearsals as well. I feel like it’s, it’s like a show with no pressure (laughs), no pressure, no audience and we just kind of get to play music and do all that stuff and it’s fun, and so I really, I enjoy rehearsals.”

SAM HUNT FOUND THE PERFECT SPOT FOR THE VIDEO FOR HIS LATEST SINGLE, “WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE.”

Sam Hunt found the perfect location for the music video for his latest single, “Water Under The Bridge.” It’s a local Middle Tennessee fishing hole he found a few years ago, where he likes to catch small mouth bass.

“I like to catch small mouth bass and fly fish, and Middle Tennessee has some really good small mouth water, and yeah, that’s a cool little place I found several years ago,” says Sam. “I have a canoe that I’ll strap onto the top of the jeep or truck and take over there and float that little stretch and sometimes catch fish, sometimes not, but it’s so pretty over there it’s worth taking the trip in the summer or early fall.”

The Georgia native will definitely perform “Water Under The Bridge” when he performs this weekend. On Friday (August 12th), he’ll perform at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield; on Saturday (August 13th), he’ll be at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia; on Sunday (August 14th), he’s set to perform at the Q Casino in Dubuque, Iowa.

 

Audio / Sam Hunt talks about the location of his latest music video for "Water Under The Bridge."

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Sam Hunt (WUTB video location) 1 OC: …early fall. :21
“A hangout, fishing hole—I like to catch small mouth bass and fly fish, and Middle Tennessee has some really good small mouth water, and yeah, that’s a cool little place I found several years ago. I have a canoe that I’ll strap onto the top of the jeep or truck and take over there and float that little stretch and sometimes catch fish, sometimes not, but it’s so pretty over there it’s worth taking the trip in the summer or early fall.”

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KEITH URBAN, SHANIA TWAIN AND MORE REMEMBER OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN.

Many movie and television stars, music artists and fans took to social media earlier this week after news broke that Olivia Newton-John had died. She was 73.

The 1974 CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year revealed in 2018 that she was treating cancer at the base of her spine. It was her third cancer diagnosis, following bouts with breast cancer in the early ’90s and in 2017.

Fellow Aussies Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman posted a loving tribute to the iconic singer/actress/activist.

Livvie brought the most divine light into the world… so much love, joy, inspiration and kindness…and we will always be hopelessly devoted to you.” — Keith and Nic

Keith first met Olivia at a songwriters’ retreat at Miles Copeland’s castle in France and said he was a bit starstruck when they first met. “I met her at a songwriting retreat that was about 23 songwriters were at this songwriting retreat, and I was a bit of a fanboy (laughs). I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m meeting Olivia Newton-John,’ you know, and it was surreal to meet her. And she was, she couldn’t have been more down-to-earth, kind, friendly, warm, funny, everything I thought she would be, she was exactly that. And then we got to write a little more over the years.”

The three have a long history together. In fact, Olivia was there the night Keith met his future wife. “There was an event in Los Angeles called G’Day LA in 2005 where they were honoring me and Nic, who I hadn’t met, and Mel Gibson, the three of us as Australians who’d done well in America,” he recalls. “And they asked if I wanted anybody, in particular, some famous Aussie, to introduce me, and I had just written with Olivia so I asked Olivia if she would do it for me, so she was the person who introduced me that night, that fateful night when I met my wife. So, she also plays that very special role in our past, as well.”

Shania Twain was heartbroken like the rest of us, and wrote, “This one hit hard. Olivia inspired me with her voice, her strength and her spirit. I followed her career from the pop stuff to movies and country music – Please Mr. Please was on my childhood set list! Thank you for sharing your talent with us all.”

Eric Church met the “Grease” star backstage at the 50th Annual CMA Awards in 2016, where he was in awe of the opening of the show, which featured current artists with heritage artists performing some of the biggest country songs of all time. “We revere Country Music and the history of it, and I’m a student of it. I’m a student of Country Music, and the opening alone was mind-blowing,” he said. “And I was backstage and I’m sitting there with Olivia Newton-John, and it was all I could do not to go into ‘Summer Lovin’.”

Audio / Keith Urban talks about Olivia Newton-John's role in his life.

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Keith Urban (Olivia Newton-John) OC: …past, as well. 1:27
“Olivia’s one of those people that for so many Australians, particularly, has just always been part of the fabric of life, you know? She was there in the 70s and kinda has just been there, for all of my life it feels like she’s been there. I met her at a songwriting retreat that was about 23 songwriters were at this songwriting retreat, and I was a bit of a fanboy (laughs). I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m meeting Olivia Newton-John,’ you know, and it was surreal to meet her. And she was, she couldn’t have been more down-to-earth, kind, friendly, warm, funny, everything I thought she would be, she was exactly that. And then we got to write a little more over the years. And there was an event in Los Angeles called G’Day LA in 2005 where they were honoring me and Nic, who I hadn’t met, and Mel Gibson, the three of us as Australians who’d done well in America. And they asked if I wanted anybody, in particular, some famous Aussie, to introduce me, and I had just written with Olivia so I asked Olivia if she would do it for me, so she was the person who introduced me that night, that fateful night when I met my wife. So, she also plays that very special role in our past, as well.”

Audio / Eric Church says he reveres Country Music and was in awe when he was at the 2016 CMA Awards with all of the history, as well as getting to meet the lovely Olivia Newton-John.

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Eric Church (ONJ) OC: …’Summer Lovin’. :17
“We revere Country Music and the history of it, and I’m a student of it. I’m a student of Country Music, and the opening alone was mind-blowing. And I was backstage and I’m sitting there with Olivia Newton-John, and it was all I could do not to go into ‘Summer Lovin’.”

NEWS AND NOTES: Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton,Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Jordan Davis, Vince Gill, Chrissy Metz

Carrie Underwood has earned a GMA Dove Award nomination for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year for her song “All Is Well.” The GMA Dove Awards Nashville will be held October 18th and will air exclusively on TBN and the TBN app, October 21st at 8pm ET and 10pm ET.

The trailer for Reba McEntire‘s upcoming Lifetime movie, The Hammer, has just been released, and it looks goooooood! The film, which stars real-life boyfriend Rex Linn and good friend Melissa Peterman, is expected to premiere sometime next year.

 

Darius Rucker will be featured in a new edition of CMT’s Storytellers series. He’ll be sharing stories and playing a handful of songs on the show on August 31st at 10pm ET/9pm CT.

Mickey Guyton will perform during the 10th anniversary of the Global Citizen Festival on September 24th in Central Park in New York City. Actress Priyanka Chopra will host the New York event, which will also feature performances by Mariah Carey, Metallica, Jonas Brothers, Charlie Puth and more. A second event will take place at Black Star Square in Accra, Ghana. Click here more information on the event.

Catch Little Big Town on CMT on Friday (August 12th) beginning at 9pm ET/8pm CT for CMT Summer Camp. The band performs new and classic hits at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Georgia.

Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Jordan Davis, Vince Gill and many others have been announced as performers at this year’s ACM Honors. Kelsea Ballerini, Morgan Wallen, Dan + Shay, Hardy, Avril Lavigne and Wynonna Judd will also perform. The show, which will pay tribute to Chris Stapleton, Shania Twain, Miranda Lambert and the popular TV show Yellowstone, will take place  August 24th at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The two-hour special will air September 13th at 8pm ET/PT on FOX.

Parker McCollum is set to make his first appearance on Austin City Limits on October 29th. Robert Earl Keen, who is retiring from live performing.

Chrissy Metz appeared on NBC’s TODAY Show on Thursday (August 11th) to talk about her City Winery Tour, her children’s book and more. Check out the interview below.

 

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JON PARDI PERFORMS LATEST SMASH ON THE TONIGHT SHOW.

Jon Pardi performed his latest hit, “Last Night Lonely,” on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night (August 9th).

 

“Last Night Lonely” is from Jon’s forthcoming album, Mr. Saturday Night, which is available September 2nd.

JORDAN DAVIS PERFORMS LATEST SINGLE, “WHAT MY WORLD SPINS AROUND,” ON TODAY SHOW.

Jordan Davis performs “What My World Spins Around,” on NBC’s TODAY Show, which he says is a love letter to his wife. Check it out below!

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DIERKS BENTLEY HITS “GOLD” AT COUNTRY RADIO WITH MOST ADDED SONG THIS WEEK.

Dierks Bentley has the most added song at Country Radio today, with more than 80 stations on-board at add date for “Gold.”  Focusing on gratitude, presence and the treasures to be found in the moment that you are in, “Gold” sets the tone for Dierks’ 10th LP, arriving early next year. The song has already become a standout during his current BEERS ON ME TOUR and is available here.

Bentley’s new single showcases why he “is indeed one of Country music’s biggest stars” (TODAY). While he’s long been a Music Row standout for devotion to his roots in classic Country and bluegrass, Bentley has never been so free to infuse his passions into music destined for the competitive commercial Country arena. As part of TODAY’s Hitmaker Series, watch Bentley share the deeper meaning of the track and his chart-topping career here.

“Dierks Bentley returns with a jam session vibe on his latest release, and his raspy vocal gives grit to these lyrics that find the sunshine even amid life’s darkest storms.” – Billboard

“Cranks up the energy in a way that’s calibrated to get beers raised at summer concerts.” – Rolling Stone

“Incorporates familiar Country electric guitar tones with driving riffs, acoustic guitars and a happy, infectious melody for a track that feels like a relatable and readymade hit for Country music audiences.” – CMT

“A life anthem that perfectly melds heart-on-sleeve lyrical candor with an infectiously jaunty melody.” – Taste of Country

“Bentley always releases music that is authentic to him, and ‘Gold’ is no exception…it’s refreshing to hear that someone of Bentley’s stature sings about finding the deeper meaning to life.” – The Nash News

That 10th album landmark speaks to how time has flown in Bentley’s unique, 21st-century career. He landed his first publishing deal in 2001 and released his debut album in 2003, producing an instant No. One single. The years since have revealed a rare consistency that’s fueled longevity – eight more albums that reached the top of the Country sales charts, resulting in 21 No. One songs, 6.4 billion streams, three CMA Awards, 14 GRAMMY® nominations and membership into the Grand Ole Opry. Trendy sounds have ebbed and flowed around him over these two decades, but fans have relied on Bentley for something more nourishing and individual. The new single “Gold” promises a landmark album that will build on that enviable legacy. Fans can currently find Bentley out on his BEERS ON ME TOUR leading into his SEVEN PEAKS MUSIC FESTIVAL over Labor Day Weekend (Sept 2-4) in Villa Grove, CO. He also has created professional endeavors outside of the music with his Flag & Anthem lifestyle collection Desert Son, along with his “Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row” franchise hosting four locations. For more information, visit www.Dierks.com.

PRISCILLA BLOCK GOES “OFF THE DEEP END” WITH NEW SONG – AVAILABLE NOW.

One of Nashville’s brightest new stars, Priscilla Block, is keeping the Block Party going all summer long and she shows no signs of slowing down with the release of her new song, “Off The Deep End,” available now. The upbeat track, written by Block, Martin Johnson and Brandon Paddock, is a call for everyone to embrace their wild side and jump “off the deep end” from time to time.

Listen to “Off The Deep End” HERE

“We had such a blast creating ‘Off the Deep End.’ Hope this one gets you feeling a little wild whether it’s at the bar, at the pool, or you found your Boat Daddy for the summer! Life’s short – sometimes you gotta let your crazy side show!  I’ll be right there with y’all, Off the Deep End!” says Block.

In addition to the track, Block has also released the official lyric video for the single, out now.

 

Priscilla is currently making her way up the country charts with “My Bar.”

Welcome to the Block Party Tour Dates:

8.07     Boots And Hearts Music Festival                  Oro-Medonte, Ontario, CAN

8.19     Parkersburg Homecoming Fest                      Parkersburg, WV

8.22     King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut                              Glasgow, UK

8.24     The Lexington                                                London, UK

8.25     Nashville Meets London Fest                         London, UK

8.26     The Long Road Festival                                 Leicestershire, UK

8.27     The Long Road Festival                                 Leicestershire, UK

8.29    The Workman’s Club                                      Dublin, IRE

9.2       Colorado State Fair                                         Pueblo, CO

9.3       Nebraska State Fair                                        Grand Island, NE

9.4       South Dakota State Fair                                 Huron, SD

9.8       Fantasy Springs Casino                                   Palm Springs, CA

9.10     Kansas State Fair                                            Hutchinson, KS

9.12     Washington County Fair                                Abingdon, VA

9.17     Minnesota State Fair                                       Mankato, MN

9.24     OC Adventure Fest                                         Ocean City, MD

9.25     State Fair of Virginia                                      Doswell, VA

9.29     Landers Center                                               Southaven, MS*

9.30     Von Braun Center                                           Huntsville, AL*

10.1     Ascend Amphitheater                                     Nashville, TN*

10.2     Merriweather Post Pavilion                            Columbia, MD

10.13   Lori’s Roadhouse                                           West Chester Township, OH

10.14   Jergel’s Rhythm Grille                                   Warrendale, PA

10.15   8 Seconds Saloon                                            Indianapolis, IN

10.20   Wooly’s                                                          Des Moines, IA

10.21   Joe’s on Weed St.                                           Chicago, IL

10.22   Elevation at the Intersection                           Grand Rapids, MI

10.26  Rick’s Cafe                                                     Starkville, MS

10.27  Cotton Eyed Joe                                              Knoxville, TN

10.28  Silverados                                                       Black Mountain, NC

10.29   Rome River Jam                                             Rome, GA

11.3     Nashville Palace                                            Nashville, TN

11.11   The Bluestone                                                 Columbus, OH

11.12  Boondocks                                                     Springfield, IL

11.17   The Blue Room                                              Statesboro, GA

11.18   The Blind Horse Saloon                                 Greenville, SC

11.19   Music Farm                                                    Charleston, SC

 

*Supporting Jon Pardi Tour

Tickets for the Welcome to the Block Party World Tour can be found here.

 

Audio / Priscilla Block talks about the song "Off The Deep End."

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NEWS AND NOTES: Jordan Davis, Jon Pardi

Jordan Davis will perform his latest song “What My World Spins Around” on NBC’s The TODAY Show on Tuesday (August 9th).

Jon Pardi will perform his latest smash “Last Night Lonely” on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (August 9th).

VINCE GILL WILL BE HONORED WITH “CMT GIANTS: VINCE GILL” NEXT MONTH.

CMT announced “CMT GIANTS: Vince Gill,” an all-new 90-minute special celebrating the extraordinary career and music of country music titan Vince Gill. The star-packed event premieres Friday, September 16th at 9p/8c exclusively on CMT.

“CMT GIANTS: Vince Gill” brings together Gill’s superstar friends, collaborators and some of the biggest names in music to honor him with performances of his most legendary hits, including Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Cody Johnson, Luke Combs, Maren Morris and Ricky Skaggs, with more to be announced. Emmylou Harris, Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Rodney Crowell and Sting will also appear as special guests to share personal stories, reflect on their time working with Gill and speak to his forever impact on country music. The special will additionally feature an all-new sit down interview with Gill as he reflects personally on his career, his classic songwriting, musical influences and his future plans, all blended alongside rare photos, performance footage and interviews from the vault.

CMT’s new music special will mark the first-ever televised performance from Belmont University’s new Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Nashville.

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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.