• CHRIS STAPLETON & DUA LIPA RELEASE “THINK I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU (LIVE FROM THE 59TH ACM AWARDS).”

    Two of music’s most beloved and acclaimed artists, Chris Stapleton and Dua Lipa, have collaborated to release “Think I’m In Love With You (with Dua Lipa) (Live from the 59th ACM Awards).”

     

    Recorded live at this year’s ACM Awards in Frisco, Texas, the surprise duet features Stapleton and Dua Lipa alongside Stapleton’s band, The Honchos, as well as a 13-piece string section.

    Chris says that it was actually Dua’s idea to team up together on the awards show. “She reached out to the ACMs and suggested that we do something, and then we got on the phone with her and she was just a wonderful person to talk to and collaborate with and we knew that was going to work pretty much immediately from one phone call,” says Chris. “It was very exciting and a very fun way to get to collaborate with somebody, and she’s a wonderful collaborator and a wonderful creative spirit and talent and feel very lucky.”

    “stunning…That the performance was so damn good only made the subterfuge all the more worth it.” —Rolling Stone

    “the best performance of the night”—Vulture

    “The sultry performance paired his grizzled vocal with her soaring, polished tones, making for what was surely one of the most talked about performances.”—Billboard

    “electric and soulful”—American Songwriter

    About Chris Stapleton:

    Kentucky-born Chris Stapleton is a 10x Grammy, 16x CMA and 19x ACM Award-winner and one of the country’s most respected and beloved musicians. In the midst of yet another triumphant year, Stapleton recently won four awards at 59th ACM Awards as well as two more trophies at the 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

    These accomplishments celebrate Stapleton’s new album, Higher, which was released this past fall to overwhelming critical acclaim. Produced by Dave Cobb, Morgane Stapleton and Chris Stapleton and recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, the record landed on several “Best of” lists including Billboard, EsquireLos Angeles TimesVulture and Rolling Stone, who praises, “dazzling…the best evidence yet for the way one man’s voice has become synonymous with the very idea of a musical genre.” Additionally, The New Yorker declares, “Stapleton is the rare country star with both traditional bona fides and broad commercial appeal. He has an outlaw soul and a pop star’s capacity for inescapable hooks,” while GQ proclaims, “In an age rife with division, he’s maybe the only thing Americans all agree on.”

    Known for his electric live performances, Stapleton recently returned to NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” as musical guest for the third time and will continue his extensive “All-American Road Show” through this fall. In addition to teaming up with Dua Lipa, Stapleton has new collaborations with Slash (“Oh Well”) and George Strait (“Honky Tonk Hall of Fame”) in addition to recording a version of “I Should Have Known It” for new Tom Petty tribute album.

    Stapleton and his wife, Morgane, are founders of the Outlaw State of Kind charitable fund, which supports a variety of causes that are close to their heart. Stapleton also recently unveiled his new Traveller Whiskey, created in partnership with Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley.

    About Dua Lipa:

    3x GRAMMY and 7x BRIT Award-winning global pop powerhouse Dua Lipa continues to be one of pop music’s leading forces with the release of her third album, Radical Optimism. Upon release, the album went straight to No. 1 in 12 countries, including the UK where it became the biggest album debut of 2024 in the UK and garnered the largest UK female No. 1 volume since 2021. In the US, the album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking Dua’s biggest sales week yet. The New York Times named it a Critic’s Pick and hailed it as “an album of nonstop ear candy,” along with Variety, who declared it “a joyous blast of pop savvy,” The New Yorker, who praised, “the instrumentation is a gleaming and impenetrable expanse, and the main attraction is Lipa,” and Vogue, who raved it’s “a summery, self-assured slice of pop brilliance…[and] catchy as hell.”

    Dua’s certified platinum sophomore album Future Nostalgia solidified her position as both a critical success and top radio performer. The GRAMMY Award-winning album was the longest running top 10 album by a female artist on the Billboard 200 in 2021 and spawned multiple worldwide hit singles, with “Levitating” earning certified diamond status and the title of Billboard’s No. 1 Hot 100 Song of 2021.

    Dua has found superstar status on stage and off, thanks to her many passions outside of music. 2022 saw Dua launch Service95, a global style, culture and society editorial platform that now comprises a weekly newsletter, the Service95 book club and the Dua Lipa: At Your Service podcast, which has been lauded by The Sunday Times and The Guardian, and was named one of the Best Podcasts of 2022 by Spotify. Having graced every major fashion magazine worldwide from Vogue and Elle to W and Dazed, Dua added “designer” to her resume in 2023 when she co-designed Versace’s “La Vacanza” collection alongside Donatella Versace herself, which Vogue deemed “the hottest collaboration of the summer.”

    Dua’s eponymous 2017 debut album is certified platinum, spawned six platinum tracks, and made her the first female artist in BRIT Awards history to pick up five nominations in a single year. Dua has a total of 10 GRAMMY nominations, with three wins for Best Pop Vocal Album, Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording. Additionally, she earned nominations at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards for her hit song “Dance The Night” from the box office sensation Barbie. Across platforms globally, she has amassed over 42 billion streams and holds the record for being the first female artist to have two albums with over 10 billion streams each on Spotify.

    Audio / Backstage at this year's ACM Awards, Chris Stapleton talks about how the collaboration with Dua Lipa came about.

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    Chris Stapleton (Dua Lipa ACM collab) OC: …very lucky. :29
    “As far as I know, it was Dua’s idea (laughs) (MORGANE: “It was. She reached out.”)…and she reached out to the ACMs and suggested that we do something, and then we got on the phone with her and she was just a wonderful person to talk to and collaborate with and we knew that was going to work pretty much immediately from one phone call. It was very exciting and a very fun way to get to collaborate with somebody, and she’s a wonderful collaborator and a wonderful creative spirit and talent and feel very lucky.”

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON WINS ACM ALBUM OF THE YEAR FOR HIGHER.

    Chris Stapleton, along with producers wife Morgane Stapleton and Dave Cobb, picked up the award for Album of the Year for Higher!

    Chris was the most awarded artist of the evening with four wins, including his eighth win for ACM Album of the Year, four as an artist and four as a producer, making him the artist with the most wins in the category (passing George Strait with seven wins). His win for ACM Male Artist of the Year brings his total in the category to four. Stapleton’s win for ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Year marks his first win in the category. His four wins bring his ACM Awards count to 20.

     

    Audio / CHRIS STAPLETON TALKS ABOUT THE TIME IN BETWEEN WRITING THE TITLE TRACK OF HIS NEW ALBUM, HIGHER, AND ACTUALLY PUTTING IT ON AN ALBUM.

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    Chris Stapleton (Higher title track) OC: …to me. :22
    “’Higher’ is a song that’s been around a long, long time. I wrote it in 2001 in the first few onths of being a professional songwriter here in Nashville, and it was on the first demo session that I ever did here in Nashville. So, for it to come around 22 years later and wind up being the title track of an album is a pretty unique thing to me.”

  • CHRIS STAPLETON WINS MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR AT THE ACM AWARDS.

    Chris Stapleton picked up the award for Male Artist of the Year at this year’s ACM Awards, and earlier this week was named Artist-Songwriter of the Year.

     

     

    Chris later performed his current single, “Think I’m In Love With You,” and blew the crowd away with a surprise duet with Dua Lipa!

     

     

     

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON NAMED ARTIST-SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AT THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS.

    Chris Stapleton was named the winner for Artist-Songwriter of the Year. Chris Stapleton is the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year and also the most-recent recipient of the Academy’s coveted Triple Crown prize, which celebrates artists who have won New Female/Male Artist of the Year, Female/Male Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year.

    He also has four additional nominations going into Thursday night’s ACM Awards, including Album of the Year (artist and producer) for  Higher, Male Artist of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year, and is set to perform live on the show.

    The 59th Annual ACM Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will stream live from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas on Thursday (May 16th) at 8pm ET/7pm CT/5pm PDT on Prime Video.  You can also catch offical red carpet coverage on Prime Video, the Amazon Music Channel on Twitch and P, the Amazon Music Channel on Twitch and Amazon Live, starting at 7 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. CDT/4 p.m. PDT.

  • CHRIS STAPLETON PERFORMS AN ELECTRIC VERSION OF “LOVING YOU ON MY MIND” ON THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW.

    Chris Stapleton appeared on The Jennifer Hudson Show on Tuesday (May 14th). He performed “Loving You On My Mind” from his latest album, Higher, and he had some very special guests join him, including ACM-nominated Duo of the Year The War And Treaty, as well as the host herself, Jennifer Hudson.

     

     

    The reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year also sat down to chat about his album, Higher, the major influence his wife Morgane has on his music and opens up about their children’s relationship with his fame. Then the country star reveals how he reacts when he’s mistaken for another celebrity.

    Chris also chatted about going on Saturday Night Live with host Ryan Gosling, revealed whether he would like to explore acting and hosting and also talked about where he keeps his many awards.

     

    Speaking of awards, the Kentucky native, who is making his way up the country charts with “Think I’m In Love With You,” is nominated for five awards at Thursday night’s (May 16th) ACM Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, as well as his ninth consecutive nomination for Male Artist of the Year, an award he’s won three times in the past. Chris is also up for Album of the Year (Higher – Artist & Producer nominations) and Artist-Songwriter of the Year. His wife Morgane Stapleton received her first nomination as a producer on her husband ’s album, Higher. 

    The 59th Annual ACM Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will stream live from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas on May 16th at 8pm ET/7pm CT/5pm PT on Prime Video.  You can also catch the official red carpet coverage on Prime Video, the Amazon Music Channel on Twitch and P, the Amazon Music Channel on Twitch and Amazon Live, starting at 7pm ET/6pm CT/4pm PT.

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris Stapleton, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Anne Wilson, Josh Turner

    Chris Stapleton‘s recent No. 1 song, “White Horse,” was featured in the hit CBS drama, Fire Country, this past weekend. The song from his recent album, Higher, was played during a scene where the firefighters from Cal Fire were racing to a campaign fire.

    Reba McEntire is set to return for her third season as a coach on NBC’s The Voice this fall. She will be joined by friend and returning coach Gwen Stefani, as well as new coaches Snoop Dogg and Michael Bublé.

    Reba McEntire shares some of her pre-awards show rituals and more just two days before this year’s ACM Awards. The 59th Academy of Country Music Awards will stream LIVE on Amazon.com Thursday (May 16th) beginning at 8pm ET/5pm CT.

    George Strait is releasing the song titles of his upcoming album, Cowboys And Dreamers, one by one. Check cowboysanddreamers.com every day to find the MIA titles.

     

    Anne Wilson has three nominations at this year’s KLove Fan Awards. She’s up for Artist of the Year, Female Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for “Strong.” Voting is now live at klovefanawards.com/vote. You can watch them beginning at 8pm ET/7pm CT May 31st on TBN.

     

    Josh Turner and Terri Clark are among the artists just announced to open the nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium during this year’s CMA Fest, June 6th-9th in downtown Nashville. Craig Morgan, Gretchen Wilson and Old Dominion were also added.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town

    Luke Bryan appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night (May 7th), and he talked about Cinco de Mayo, his hit song “One Margarita,” his Mom living in Florida and her new house which he bought, her group of friends who have crazy names, having a severe bass fish allergy, American Idol and falling on stage A LOT.

    Dierks Bentley appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America earlier this week. He talked about going back on the road with his Gravel & Gold Tour, as well as performed “American Girl” from the new Tom Petty tribute album.

     

    Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town with Sugarland have been announced as performers for NBC’s Today Show‘s 2024 Citi Concert Series. Chris is set for September 27th, while Little Big Town and Sugarland will perform August 12th.

     

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Reba McEntire, Kacey Musgraves, Mickey Guyton, Chris Stapleton

    Reba McEntire will perform her new song, “I Can’t,” on NBC’s The Voice on Tuesday (May 7th).

     

     

    Tune in for an intimate Apple Music Live performance of Kacey Musgraves‘s new album, Deeper Well, on Wednesday (May 8th) at 7pm PT/9pm CT/10pm ET on Apple Music.

     

    Mickey Guyton will perform her new song, “Scary Love,” on ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday (May 8th).

     

    Chris Stapleton has been announced as one of the headliners for this year’s Austin City Limits Festival. Taking place October 4th-6th and October 11th – 13th at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, the festival will also feature performances from Mickey Guyton, Norah Jones, Dua Lipa, Blink-182, Sturgill Simpson, Pretty Lights, Leon Bridges, Teddy Swims, Orville Peck, Dasha, The Red Clay Strays, Vince Staples and many more.

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON WILL PERFORM AT THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS.

    The first round of artists set to perform live at this year’s ACM Awards have been announced. Chris Stapleton, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett and Lainey Wilson are all set to take the stage.

     

    As previously announced, show host Reba McEntire will also take the stage for a show stopping special performance featuring brand new music. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Chris Stapleton has five nods, including one for Entertainer of the Year, as well as his ninth consecutive nomination for Male Artist of the Year, an award he’s won three times in the past. Chris is also up for Album of the Year (Higher – Artist & Producer nominations) and Artist-Songwriter of the Year.

    Morgane Stapleton receives her first nomination as a producer on husband Chris Stapleton’s album Higher. 

    Fans can also tune into the official ACM Red Carpet on Prime Video, the Amazon Music Channel on Twitch, and Amazon Live, starting at 7 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. CDT / 4 p.m. PDT.

    The 59th Academy of Country Music Awards will stream live from the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas on Thursday, May 16th at 8pm ET/7pm CT/5pm PT on Amazon Prime video. A Prime membership will not be required to watch live, everyone is invited to “attend” the Party of the Year.

    Fans can also tune into the official ACM Red Carpet on Prime Video, the Amazon Music Channel on Twitch, and Amazon Live, starting at 7 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. CDT / 4 p.m. PDT.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Luke Bryan, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Nate Bargatze, Eric Church

    Luke Bryan performed a John Mellencamp classic, “Small Town,” on Sunday night’s (April 21st) ’70s-’80s theme night episode of ABC’s American Idol.

     

    Brothers Osborne will be featured in the new Beyoncé documentary, Call Me Country, which is scheduled to premiere on MAX on Friday (April 26th).


    Chris Stapleton
    ‘s “Weight Of Your World” from his latest album, Higher, was featured at the end of the CBS show, Fire Country.

    Comedian Nate Bargatze will perform a pair of special shows with Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan and Sebastian Maniscalco at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. on May 1st and May 2nd as part of Netflix is a Joke Fest, which showcases hundreds of comics at different venues for the first half of the month.

    Eric Church will appear on CBS Mornings on Tuesday (April 23rd) in a sitdown with the network’s Jan Crawford. The segment was filmed at his new Nashville venue, Chiefs, to discuss his residency at the Broadway Bar.

    Eric Church will healine the Sugar Bowl Country Kickoff on August 31st at the Caesar’s Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jon Pardi, Thomas Rhett and Ashley McBryde will also perform. Church Choir members will be able to participate in a special presale beginning Monday (April 22nd) at 1pm ET/Noon CT. General on-sale begins Thursday (April 25th) at 11am ET/10am CT.

     

     

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON STOPS BY JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! TO PERFORM, CHAT AND SING A SONG ABOUT JOHN STAMOS.

    Chris Stapleton appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night (April 17th). He chatted with Jimmy, performed “It Takes A Woman” on the outdoor stage — the first performance on that stage in four years — and he participated in a skit called “Wing It & Sing It,” in which Jimmy and his staff wrote a song and putting the lyrics (which Chris had never seen) on cue cards and having him sing it on the fly. There’s also a special appearance from actor/drummer John Stamos!

     

     

    During the interview portion, Chris talked about playing “It Takes a Woman” live for the first time on the show at Jimmy’s request, the birthday present he got from his wife, having his own whiskey brand now “Traveller Whiskey,” being Valedictorian and getting voted most stylish in high school in Kentucky, and what he’s planning to do with his beard in the future.

     

    Chris is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “Think I’m In Love With You.”

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne

    Chris Stapleton is set to perform at the first Jimmy Kimmel Live! outdoor stage concert in four years on Wednesday night (April 17th). The stage hasn’t been in use since February 2020, right before the COVID-19 pandemic. The show airs at 11:35pm ET weeknights on ABC (and streaming next day on Hulu).

    Brothers Osborne just dropped an acoustic version of their song “Back Home” on their Youtube Channel.

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Tyler Hubbard, Darius Rucker, Sam Hunt

    Eric Church led an all-star singalong to the late Jimmy Buffett with “Margaritaville” at a recent tribute to the iconic Parrothead at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Other big names included Paul McCartney (holding and sipping a margarita), Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Don Henley, Jon Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Pitbull, Dave Grohl, Jack Johnson, Judd Apatow, Harrison Ford and others.

    Chris Stapleton teamed up with Slash, guitarist for Guns N’ Roses, on “Oh Well,” a Fleetwood Mac cover for the rocker’s upcoming album, Orgy of the Damned. “His singing cadence and that drawl that he has for this particular song, in my mind’s eye, it sounded perfect,” Slash tells Rolling Stone. “I had to get his number and cold call him. And he was really gracious about it and really bent over backwards to help me get it done.”

     

    Tyler Hubbard performed the song “Wish You Would” from his brand new album, Strong, on ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday (April 15th). Watch HERE.

    Darius Rucker, who is a huge golfer, will host the 2024 World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony airing live June 10th at 7pm ET live on the Golf Channel.

     

     

     

    Sam Hunt has been announced as one of the artists taking place in the Folds of Honor Celebrity Softball Game in Nashville on June 3rd during CMA Music Fest Week. Jelly Roll, Brett Young, Mitchell Tenpenny, Riley Green, Chris Lane and Charles Esten will also play in the event, with proceeds going to scholarship funds for America’s fallen and disabled service members and first responder families.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • CHRIS STAPLETON PERFORMS ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.

    Chris Stapleton was the musical guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live this past weekend (April 13th). He performed a pair of songs from his latest album, Higher. First up with his most recent chart-topper, “White Horse,” which he co-wrote with Dan Wilson.

    His second performance of the night, he showcased his incredible vocals and songwriting on “Mountains of My Mind.”

    Chris also participated in a sketch song “Get That Boy Back.”

     

    Chris is currently making his way up the country charts with his single, “Think I’m In Love With You.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town

    Don’t forget to catch Chris Stapleton on NBC’s Saturday Night Live this weekend (April 13th). He is the musical performer on SNL with Barbie actor — and apparently a big fan of Stapleton’s — Ryan Gosling as the host.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAoO_xOUeXY

     

    Keith Urban‘s #1’s Volume 1 and Volume 2 will be available on two different vinyl albums beginning April 26th. The collection features Keith’s very first No. 1 song to his latest and includes duets with Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Julia Michaels, as well as a special limited-edition poster with each vinyl.

    Keith Urban #1’s Vol. 1- VINYL (Cola Bottle Clear)

    SIDE A

    1)- Somebody Like You

    2)- Days Go By

    3)- The Fighter (featuring Carrie Underwood)

    4)- Grace Of God

    5)- You Look Good In My Shirt

    6)- Blue Ain’t Your Color

    SIDE B

    7)- Wasted Time

    8)- Long Hot Summer

    9)- You’ll Think Of Me

    10)- Sweet Thing

    11)- Better Life

    12)- Raise ‘Em Up (featuring Eric Church)

     

    Keith Urban #1’s Vol. 2- VINYL (Grape)

    SIDE A

    1)- John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16

    2)- Break on Me

    3)- We Were Us (with Miranda Lambert)

    4)- Little Bit of Everything

    5)- Without You

    6)- You Gonna Fly

    SIDE B

    7)- Coming Home (featuring Julia Michaels)

    8)- Kiss A Girl

    9)- Only You Can Love Me This Way

    10)- Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me

    11)- Making Memories of Us

    12)- Once in A Lifetime

     

     

    You can now pre-order Darius Rucker’s new memoir, Life’s Too Short, which comes out May 28th. He says there are some stories in the book that people who know him would be surprised about, and it’s stories he’s always wanted to tell. Pre-order here: dariusrucker.lnk.to/LifesTooShort

     

    Little Big Town recently sat down with CBS Mornings to talk about going on tour with their pals Sugarland. Click here to watch the interview. More with LBT in the coming weeks.

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Parker McCollum

    Kacey Musgraves performed her new single, “The Architect,” on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote the release of her new album, Deeper Well, last week.

    Kacey also talked about her new album, Deeper Well, as well as winning her seventh GRAMMY for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with Zach Bryan for their smash single, “I Remember Everything.” She also talked about “almost dying” during the video shoot for the title track, getting a speeding ticket in Iceland and her upcoming world tour.

     

     

     

    Kelly Clarkson recently performed a rousing version of Chris Stapleton‘s recent No. 1 smash, “White Horse,” during the Kellyoke segment of her daytime talk show.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyXZRs5RPo0

    The members of Little Big Town are set to perform some of their biggest songs and share the stories behind them when they are featured on CMT Storytellers debuting April 5th at 8pm ET/7pm CT on CMT.

     

     

    Parker McCollum, a self-proclaimed sports fanatic, is going to be running a March Madness bracket of his own. He’ll give away a bunch of cool prizes, including a flyaway to his show at Red Rocks in Colorado later this year. You have to fill out the bracket by Thursday (March 21st). Check out his video, which includes instructions in filling out the bracket by clicking the link in his bio.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Tyler Hubbard, Carrie Underwood

    Kacey Musgraves will perform her song “The Architect” on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night (March 14th). The song is from her new album, Deeper Well, which will be released on Friday (March 15th).

    Chris Stapleton will be the musical guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live April 13th. Actor Ryan Gosling (Barbie,  The Gray Man, The Fall Guy, La La Land, Crazy Stupid Love) will host.

    Tyler Hubbard, who is climbing towards the country charts with his latest hit “Back Then Right Now,” has a new song coming out on Friday (March 15th). “Vegas” is from his upcoming album, Strong, available April 12th.

    Carrie Underwood is pretty “dicey” lately. Check out this portrait of the superstar made from 6,400 dice. It was inspired by her REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency at Resorts World Las Vegas.

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, Mickey Guyton, Chris Stapleton, The War And Treaty

    Darius Rucker was performing in Las Vegas after the Madden Bowl — and prior to the Super Bowl — for several NFL executives and members when Miami Dolphins’ Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa jumped on stage with guitar on hand to perform the multi-platinum “Wagon Wheel.”

     

    Keith Urban will perform during this summer’s NASCAR Chicago Street Race Weekend, taking place July 6th-7th. The Black Keys and The Chainsmokers will also perform.

     

    Mickey Guyton performed at the Super Bowl Soulful Celebration on Saturday night (February 10th). The concert special, which aired on CBS and Paramount+, brought together musical artists and NFL players to celebrate the Big Game. Robin Thicke, Kirk Franklin, Earth, Wind & Fire, T-Pain and many others also performed.

    Chris Stapleton and The War And Treaty join an all-star lineup for a special concert event honoring the iconic Mavis Staples. Mavis Staples 85th: All-Star Birthday Concert, which takes place April 18th at the YouTube Theater in Los Angeles, will also feature performances by Black Pumas, Grace Potter, Hozier, Jackson Browne, Jeff Tweedy, Keb’ Mo’, Michael McDonald, Nathaniel Rateliff, Norah Jones, Robert Randolph, Taj Mahal, plus many more to be announced. Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday (February 16th) at 10am PT at http://ticketmaster.com.

     

     

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON WINS TWO EARLY GRAMMY AWARDS.

    Chris Stapleton won two GRAMMY Awards — Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance — for his recent No. 1 song, “White Horse” during the GRAMMYs pre-telecast ceremony.

    Chris’ co-writer, Dan Wilson, accepted both awards as Chris was not in attendance.

    “Chris isn’t here, so I’m taking two of them home,” says Dan. “My biggest thanks is to Chris for writing songs with me. This is great.”

    Chris co-wrote the song with Dan Wilson nearly 12 years ago when they were tasked to write a song for potential placement in the 2013 Lone Ranger movie (which starred Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer), and while it didn’t make the movie soundtrack, it is featured prominently on Chris’ latest album, Higher.

  • GRAMMY AWARDS 2024: Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Dierks Bentley, The War And Treaty, Kacey Musgraves, Vince Gill and more

    The 66th annual GRAMMY Awards are taking place this Sunday (February 4th), and several country artists will be taking home some coveted trophies.

    Chris Stapleton has three nominations, including Best Country Song (“White Horse”), Best Country Solo Performance (“White Horse”) and Best Country Duo/Group Performance as a featured performer on Carly Pearce’s “We Don’t Fight Anymore.”

    Brothers Osborne nabbed a pair of noms, including Best Country Album for their self-titled fourth record and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Nobody’s Nobody.”

    Kacey Musgraves picked up two nominations for her featured performance on Zach Bryan’s “I Remember Everything” for Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

    The War And Treaty are nominated for two GRAMMY Awards, including the overall Best New Artist and for Best American Roots Song for “Blank Page.” The husband-wife duo have several events leading up to Sunday night’s GRAMMY Awards Show, including Spotify’s Best New Artist party, and Michael and Tanya (pr. Tonya) will perform at the MusiCares Person of the Year Gala honoring Jon Bon Jovi on Friday (February 2nd).

    Dierks Bentley is nominated in Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “High Note,” featuring Billy Strings. When the nominations were announced, Dierks posted a heartfelt message of gratitude on his Instagram, writing, “Thank you Billy for lending your talents. Been fun to watch your career explode dude since we recorded this. It must have been the collab!! Haha. The song actually started off pretty grassy with Billy, @sambushband @bryansuttond28 @jerrydouglas on it (and my band). And then we went back in a year later and gave it a little more of a country vibe. Thanks to my friends @jimbeavers and my pal @charlieworsham for writing it and letting me make it my own. This song is why Charlie has been in our band the last two years. After he recorded the acoustic lick at the top, I remember asking him how in the hell are we gonna play this live on the road. @bhelson is on electric and there’s no way I can play it. He said, ‘Well I could come out and do it.’ And he did!! And he still is haha.”

    Vince Gill and Paul Franklin are nominated in Best Country Duo/Group for “Kissing Your Picture (Is So Cold)” from their latest collaboration, Sweet Memories.

    George Strait‘s Blue Clear Sky album was nominated for Best Immersive Album. The collection must be commercially released for physical sale or on an eligible streaming or download service and must provide a new immersive mix of four or more channels. Award to the immersive mix engineer, immersive producer (if any) and immersive mastering engineer (if any).

    The 2024 Grammy Awards will air live from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday (February 4th) at 8pm ET/7pm CT on CBS and streaming live on Paramount+.

    Best Country Album
    Kelsea Ballerini, Rolling Up the Welcome Mat
    Brothers Osborne, Brothers Osborne
    Zach Bryan, Zach Bryan
    Tyler Childers, Rustin’ In The Rain
    Lainey Wilson, Bell Bottom Country

    Best Country Song
    Brandy Clark, “Buried” (Brandy Clark & Jessie Jo Dillon)
    Zach Bryan featuring Kacey Musgraves, “I Remember Everything” (Zach Bryan & Kacey Musgraves)
    Tyler Childers, “In Your Love” (Tyler Childers & Geno Seale)
    Morgan Wallen, “Last Night” (John Byron, Ashley Gorley, Jacob Kasher Hindlin & Ryan Vojtesak)
    Chris Stapleton, “White Horse” (Chris Stapleton & Dan Wilson)

    Best Country Solo Performance
    Tyler Childers, “In Your Love”
    Brandy Clark, “Buried”
    Luke Combs, “Fast Car”
    Dolly Parton, “The Last Thing On My Mind”
    Chris Stapleton, “White Horse”

    Best Country Duo/Group Performance
    Dierks Bentley featuring Billy Strings, “High Note”
    Brothers Osborne, “Nobody’s Nobody”
    Zach Bryan featuring Kacey Musgraves, “I Remember Everything”
    Vince Gill & Paul Franklin, “Kissing Your Picture (Is So Cold)”
    Jelly Roll With Lainey Wilson, “Save Me”
    Carly Pearce featuring Chris Stapleton, “We Don’t Fight Anymore”

    Best New Artist
    Gracie Abrams
    Fred again..
    Ice Spice
    Jelly Roll
    Coco Jones
    Noah Kahan
    Victoria Monét
    The War and Treaty

    Best American Roots Song
    “Blank Page” — Michael Trotter Jr. & Tanya Trotter, songwriters (The War And Treaty) 
    “California Sober” – Aaron Allen, William Apostol & Jon Weisberger, songwriters (Billy Strings Featuring Willie Nelson)
    “Cast Iron Skillet” – Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit)
    “Dear Insecurity” – Brandy Clark & Michael Pollack, songwriters (Brandy Clark Featuring Brandi Carlile)
    “The Returner” – Drew Lindsay, JT Nero & Allison Russell, songwriters (Allison Russell)

    Best Immersive Audio Album
    Blue Clear Sky — Chuck Ainlay, immersive mix engineer; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Chuck Ainlay, immersive producer (George Strait)
    Act 3 (Immersive Edition) – Ryan Ulyate, immersive mix engineer; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Ryan Ulyate, immersive producer (Ryan Ulyate)
    The Diary Of Alicia Keys – George Massenburg & Eric Schilling, immersive mix engineers; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Alicia Keys & Ann Mincieli, immersive producers (Alicia Keys)
    God Of War Ragnarök (Original Soundtrack) – Eric Schilling, immersive mix engineer; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Kellogg Boynton, Peter Scaturro & Herbert Waltl, immersive producers (Bear McCreary)
    Silence Between Songs – Aaron Short, immersive mastering engineer (Madison Beer)

    Audio / Dierks Bentley jokes around about his GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with Billy Strings.

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    Dierks Bentley (Grammy 2024) OC: …a fun ride. :50
    “I think this is my 16th nomination. At 17, they give you one out of pity, so I just have to get one more next year to get the courtesy win. No, but this is my 16th nomination, hey, I’ll take the nominations all day long. This is a tough thing to be nominated for, and I’m proud of the nomination. Actually, when I heard the news – I didn’t even know the song was submitted for a GRAMMY, so when I heard the news, I’m like, ‘Wow! Billy Strings! This might be the one. I’ve got the hottest guy in all music.’ And then I look down the list, and I was like, ‘Oh, we got Lainey Wilson and Jelly Roll. Oooof, that’s tough. We’ve got Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves, they’re GRAMMY darlings, so I don’t know.’ But the nomination is good enough. I’m proud of it, and I’m grateful for Billy for his time and doing it and it was a fun ride.”

    Audio / BROTHERS OSBORNE'S TJ OSBORNE EXPLAINS WHY THEY SELF-TITLED THEIR FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM.

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    Brothers Osborne (self-titling album) OC: …Brothers Osborne. :58
    TJ: “John and I have really shared so much of our personal lives since the release of Skeletons, and I guess we didn’t realize when we created that there was some sort of barriers there that maybe we didn’t realize and certainly didn’t want there. And this time around, while we didn’t necessarily pointedly or specifically talk about those topics, it was the first time we were able to create without any barriers, and it just made the process a lot more fun. We got to explore a lot more musically in the studio, and we felt like for the first time completely 100% us. And I think, I hope, but I feel that the record reflects that. We thought, usually people do that on their first record, but we thought this is a new beginning for us, so between the change of the producer and a lot of the musicians and stuff, so we just thought this was kind of a fresh thought. So we kind of thought we’re gonna lean in more than we have previously and this us—Brothers Osborne.”

    Audio / BROTHERS OSBORNE'S TJ OSBORNE TALKS ABOUT THE DUO'S SONG, "NOBODY'S NOBODY."

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    Brothers Osborne (about Nobody’s Nobody) OC: …by that. :21
    “So, ‘Nobody’s Nobody’ was really inspired just by us thinking, ‘You know what? I don’t care who you are or what you do, we all have our differences and we sometimes get on each other’s nerves, but you still are somebody. Everyone is someone in this world and it takes literally every one of us to make it go around.’ So, ‘Nobody’s Nobody’ was inspired by that.”

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    Chris Stapleton (GRAMMYS) OC: …very cool. :22
    “It’s such a convergence of different aspects of music. It’s just like a big melting pot of stuff that is just so fantastic to watch people interact that you don’t get that any where else, really. The GRAMMYs are great to see that and you always see some cool collaboration or something that’s going on at the GRAMMYS that it’s not going on anywhere else. I think it’s a real honor to be nominated for GRAMMYS, and I think it’s very cool.”

    Audio / The War And Treaty's Michael Trotter Jr. talks about their Grammy-nominated song, "Blank Page."

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    The War And Treaty (Blank Page) OC: …someone new. :16
    “Picture this – you meet someone, both of you decide to fall in love and all of a sudden, you decide to bring in past failed relationships into the equation. No. ‘Blank Page’ is simply about starting from a clean slate and building your own history with someone new.”

    Audio / The War And Treaty's Michael Trotter Jr. talks about the Best New Artist nominations at this year's GRAMMY Awards.

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    The War And Treaty (Best New Artist nod) OC: …for that. :33
    “It was very shocking, one. I just couldn’t believe that it was happening, but I felt really humbled and really blessed to be in that category with so many amazing artists, trailblazing artists, artists who set a standard. And just to call their names out – Gracie Adams, Fred Again, Victoria Monét, Coco Jones, Ice Spice, Noah Kahan and the man, the myth and the legend, Jelly Roll. It feels so good, and we have a role to play. We have a place right there amongst them, so we’re just grateful for that.”

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  • CHRIS STAPLETON RELEASES NEW SINGLE, “THINK I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU.”

    Hot on the heels of his new No. 1 song, “White Horse,” Chris Stapleton has released his follow-up single, “Think I’m In Love With You,” both from his 2023 album Higher. He wrote the song by himself and co-produced it with longtime producer Dave Cobb and his wife Morgane Stapleton. The song goes for ADDs February 12th.

    He says in the studio, the recording process for “Think I’m In Love With You” was kept pretty simple, which really brings the lyrics and vocals to the forefront. “When we were recording ‘Think I’m In Love With You,’ we were making sure that we were all playing as quietly as possible, and I think that really informs the song.”

    Chris earned three nominations at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, including Best Country Song (“White Horse”), Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Duo/Group Performance as a featured performer on Carly Pearce’s “We Don’t Fight Anymore.”

    The 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place live from the Crypto.com in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 4th beginning at 8pm ET/7pm CT.

     

    Audio / Chris Stapleton talks about recording “Think I’m In Love With You.”

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    Chris Stapleton (Think I’m In Love With You) OC: …the song. :08
    “When we were recording ‘Think I’m In Love With You,’ we were making sure that we were all playing as quietly as possible, and I think that really informs the song.”

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  • CHRIS STAPLETON SCORES A NO. 1 WITH “WHITE HORSE.”

    Chris Stapleton‘s “White Horse” climbed to the top of the country charts, marking his fourth time at No. 1 as an artist. He co-wrote the song with Dan Wilson nearly 12 years ago when they were tasked to write a song for potential placement in the 2013 Lone Ranger movie (which starred Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer), and while it didn’t make the movie soundtrack, it is featured prominently on Chris’ latest album, Higher.

    “’White Horse’ was a song that I wrote with my friend, Dan Wilson,” says the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year. “We were out in Los Angeles, it was about I think probably late 2012, early 2013, and there was a movie called the Lone Ranger that was coming out, and I walked in the room to write with Dan at his house, and he said, ‘Hey they’re looking for songs for this Lone Ranger movie.’ I said, ‘Cool. Let’s write something. What do you know about it?’ He goes, ‘Well, we don’t really know anything.’ I was like, ‘Well, let’s just make a song that might sound like that.’ And so, that’s kind of where that came from, and we got to talking about how it would be cool to have a kind of rock-driven-western-themed song, and that’s kind of where the song came from and we kind of built it around a guitar riff, really.”

    Chris earned three nominations at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, including Best Country Song (“White Horse”), Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Duo/Group Performance as a featured performer on Carly Pearce’s “We Don’t Fight Anymore.”

    The 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place live from the Crypto.com in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 4th beginning at 8pm ET/7pm CT.

    Audio / CHRIS STAPLETON REVEALS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND HIS SONG, "WHITE HORSE."

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    Chris Stapleton (White Horse) OC: …guitar riff, really. :37
    “’White Horse’ was a song that I wrote with my friend, Dan Wilson. We were out in Los Angeles, it was about I think probably late 2012, early 2013, and there was a movie called the Lone Ranger that was coming out, and I walked in the room to write with Dan at his house, and he said, ‘Hey they’re looking for songs for this Lone Ranger movie.’ I said, ‘Cool. Let’s write something. What do you know about it?’ He goes, ‘Well, we don’t really know anything.’ I was like, ‘Well, let’s just make a song that might sound like that.’ And so, that’s kind of where that came from, and we got to talking about how it would be cool to have a kind of rock-driven-western-themed song, and that’s kind of where the song came from and we kind of built it around a guitar riff, really.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Keith Urban

    Chris Stapleton has announced a brand new date on his All-American Road Show Tour for June 13th at Thunder Ridge Nature Arena in Ridgedale, Missouri. Tickets go on sale February 2nd.

    Eric Church will be featured on the new tribute album, GLEN CAMPBELL DUETS – Ghost on the Canvas Sessions. He says, “It’s an honor to be a part of this project, celebrating his legacy.” The collection, which also features posthumous duets with Dolly Parton, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Linda Perry and others, will be released April 19th. Eric’s duet of “Hold On Hope” is available now.

    Keith Urban joined forces with singer and The Voice Australia coach Rita Ora on the song, “Shape of Me.” He says, “Rita and I were coaches together for a couple of seasons on The Voice and clicked immediately. She asked if I’d like to be a part of “Shape of Me” and to no one’s surprise I asked if I could play guitar too  I love how it turned out and am so glad we finally found the right song to collaborate on!”

     

     

     

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON’S “WHITE HORSE” WAS BORN FROM A “MISSION” OF SORTS.

    Chris Stapleton is poised to take over the top spot on the country charts with his latest single, “White Horse.” He co-wrote the song with Dan Wilson nearly 12 years ago when they were tasked to write a song for potential placement in the 2013 Lone Ranger movie (which starred Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer), and while it didn’t make the movie soundtrack, it is featured prominently on Chris’ latest album, Higher.

    “It’s really a song born out of almost writing on a mission for something else that never really happened for that. I really like the song, so I like to play it. It’s fun,” says Chris. “It has kind of scene changes in it musically, and my favorite lyric is ‘my mind is like a cloud of dust.’ I think that it’s probably the thing in the song that feels most personally to me, just because that’s a constant battle with me just raising thoughts of a mind that wanders a little bit.”

    The reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year has three GRAMMY Award nominations, including Best Country Song (“White Horse”), Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Duo/Group Performance as a featured performer on Carly Pearce’s “We Don’t Fight Anymore.” The 2024 Grammy Awards will air live from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 4th on CBS and streaming live on Paramount+.

    You can catch Chris on the road when he launches his 2024 All-American Road Show Tour  March 2nd in San Diego, California. The trek will feature rotating special guests Sheryl Crow, The War And Treaty, Elle King, Lainey Wilson, Willie Nelson and Family, Grace Potter, Marty Stuart, Turnpike Troubadours, Nikki Lane and Marcus King.

     

    Audio / Chris Stapleton talks about "White Horse."

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    Chris Stapleton (White Horse musically) OC: …a little bit. :26
    “It’s really a song born out of almost writing on a mission for something else that never really happened for that. I really like the song, so I like to play it. It’s fun. It has kind of scene changes in it musically, and my favorite lyric is ‘my mind is like a cloud of dust.’ I think that it’s probably the thing in the song that feels most personally to me, just because that’s a constant battle with me just raising thoughts of a mind that wanders a little bit.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris Stapleton, Priscilla Block, Brothers Osborne, Dierks Bentley, Kacey Musgraves, The War And Treaty

    Chris Stapleton is among the headliners for this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest. Additional headliners include the Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, Neil Young and Crazy Horse and Vampire Weekend. The event, which takes place April 25th through May 5th, will also feature performances by Bonnie Raitt, Queen Latifah, Earth, Wind & Fire, Widespread Panic, the Beach Boys, Heart, Jon Batiste and Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, who will perform in celebration of the late singer-songwriter. Tickets are on sale now at nojazzfest.com.

     

    Priscilla Block is among the performers at the 2024 Harley-Davidson Homecoming Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin July 25th through 28th. The three-day festival will also include performances from Jelly Roll, Hueston, Red Hot Chili Peppers, HARDY, Cypres Hill, Warren Zeiders, the Offspring and more. Tickets are now on sale here.

    Brothers Osborne are featured on the cover of the new issue of the Nashville Scene and inside in the featured article titled “Country Music Almanac 2024: This is Livin’.” Check it out here. The two talk about how they’ve been reinvigorated with their new self-titled debut album and much more.

    Talk about “this is livin’,” Dierks Bentley certainly knows how to do that with family and friends. During Nashville’s snowstorm that dropped up to eight inches in places and with temperatures dipping below -5 (or more), the “Living” singer had his son Knox and the neighborhood kids playing pond hockey and taking a nature walk in the woods in the snow (see Instagram posts below).

    The War And Treaty, Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift, as well as Lainey Wilson, Jelly Roll, Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs, Kelsea Ballerini and others are part of the new American Currents: State of the Music exhibit at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, opening February 28th. The exhibit is expected to run through February 2025.

     

  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2024: Nominees include Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves and Shania Twain.

    Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Shania Twain and many others have been nominated for a People’s Choice Award.

    Carrie and Shania are up for The Female Country Artist of the Year, while Chris is nominated for The Male Country Artist of the Year. Kacey has a nod with Zach Bryan in The Collaboration Song of the Year for “I Remember Everything.”

    In other news, Taylor Swift is nominated for a pair of awards, including The Female Artist of the Year and The Concert Tour of the Year for her record-breaking ERAS Tour.

    The 2024 People’s Choice Awards will air live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on NBC, Peacock and E! on Sunday, February 18th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT.

     

    MUSIC:

    THE FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
    Beyoncé
    Doja Cat
    Karol G
    Lainey Wilson
    Miley Cyrus
    Nicki Minaj
    Olivia Rodrigo
    Taylor Swift

    THE MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
    Bad Bunny
    Drake
    Jack Harlow
    Jung Kook
    Luke Combs
    Morgan Wallen
    Post Malone
    The Weeknd

    THE FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST OF THE YEAR
    Ashley McBryde
    Carly Pearce
    Carrie Underwood
    Gabby Barrett
    Kelsea Ballerini
    Lainey Wilson
    Megan Moroney
    Shania Twain

    THE MALE COUNTRY ARTIST OF THE YEAR
    Chris Stapleton
    Cody Johnson
    HARDY
    Jelly Roll
    Kane Brown
    Luke Combs
    Morgan Wallen
    Zach Bryan

    THE NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
    Coi Leray
    Ice Spice
    Jelly Roll
    Jung Kook
    Noah Kahan
    Peso Pluma
    PinkPantheress
    Stephen Sanchez

    THE GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
    Dan + Shay
    Fuerza Regida
    Grupo Frontera
    Jonas Brothers
    Old Dominion
    Paramore
    Stray Kids
    TOMORROW X TOGETHER

    THE SONG OF THE YEAR
    “Dance The Night,” Dua Lipa
    “Fast Car,” Luke Combs
    “Flowers,” Miley Cyrus
    “Fukumean,” Gunna
    “greedy,” Tate McRae
    “Last Night,” Morgan Wallen
    “Paint The Town Red,” Doja Cat
    “Vampire,” Olivia Rodrigo

    THE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
    Endless Summer Vacation, Miley Cyrus
    For All The Dogs, Drake
    Gettin’ Old, Luke Combs
    Guts, Olivia Rodrigo
    Mañana Será Bonito, Karol G
    Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va A Pasar Mañana, Bad Bunny
    One Thing At A Time, Morgan Wallen
    Pink Friday 2, Nicki Minaj

    THE COLLABORATION SONG OF THE YEAR
    “All My Life,” Lil Durk Feat. J. Cole
    “Barbie World,” Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice With Aqua
    “Ella Baila Sola,” Eslabon Armado X Peso Pluma
    “First Person Shooter,” Drake Feat. J. Cole
    “I Remember Everything,” Zach Bryan Feat. Kasey Musgraves
    “Seven,” Jung Kook Feat. Latto
    “TQG,” Karol G, Shakira
    “Un x100to,” Grupo Frontera X Bad Bunny

    THE CONCERT TOUR OF THE YEAR
    +–=÷x Tour, Ed Sheeran
    COLDPLAY MUSIC of the SPHERES WORLD TOUR
    Love On Tour, Harry Styles
    Luke Combs World Tour
    Morgan Wallen One Night At A Time World Tour
    P!nk Summer Carnival Tour
    Renaissance World Tour, Beyoncé
    TAYLOR SWIFT | THE ERAS TOUR

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON’S “WHITE HORSE” IS ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS.

    Chris Stapleton released his latest album, Higher, this past November, and the majority of songs are about relationships, including his Top 3 smash, “White Horse.”

    “It’s a relationship song, but it’s about hesitance and stubbornness (laughs), but also real stuff,” says Chris.

    The reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year co-wrote the song with Dan Wilson nearly 12 years ago when they were tasked to write a song for potential placement in the 2013 Lone Ranger movie (which starred Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer).

    Chris, who just unveiled Traveller Whiskey – his new collaboration with Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley. recently announced new dates for his 2024 All-American Road Show Tour, which includes rotating opening acts such as Willie Nelson, Miranda Lambert, Marty Stuart, The War And Treaty, Lainey Wilson, Sheryl Crow and many more. Go to Chrisstapleton.com/tour for more information on his dates.

    Audio / Chris Stapleton talks about his latest Top 3 single, "White Horse."

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    Chris Stapleton (about White Horse) OC: …real stuff. :09
    “It’s about, it’s a relationship song, but it’s about hesitance and stubbornness (laughs), but also real stuff.”

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Dierks Bentley, Kacey Musgraves, Priscilla Block, Chris Stapleton

    Dierks Bentley will headline the ROMP Festival, which is a big fundraising event for the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum. The four-day event will take place at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro, Kentucky June 26th-29th and will also feature performances by Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Jim Lauderdale, Jerry Douglas, The Travelin’ McCourys and many others.

    Kacey Musgraves is among the notable figures featured in the new Paramount + documentary, “JUNE,” focused on June Carter Cash, the iconic singer-songwriter-actress-author and five-time Grammy Award winner. The documentary, which premieres on the streaming platform January 16th in the U.S. and Canada, features never-before-seen archival footage and commentary from actress-producer Reese Witherspoon (who portrayed June in the acclaimed film “Walk The Line”), Dolly Parton, actor Robert Duvall, Willie Nelson, Larry Gatlin, Ronnie Dunn and more. Check out the trailer below.


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    is one of the headliners for the first-ever Bull Bash & Country Music Festival, taking place January 26th and 27th at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds at the Tampa Bay Rodeo.


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    ‘s current Top 5 single, “White Horse,” is so popular that Hollywood royalty has covered it. Actress-producer Kate Hudson performed her own version of the tune on TikTok. Check it out here.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan

    Darius Rucker will perform during CNN’s New Year’s Eve special with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen. The celebration begins at 8pm ET/7pm CT.

    ABC will air a shorter version of the 2023 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on New Year’s Day (January 1st, 2024). Carrie Underwood and Chris Stapleton were among the artists helping to honor the inductees — George Michael, Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, George Michael, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine, and The Spinners, along with other award nominees DJ Kool Herc, Link Wray, Chaka Khan, Al Kooper, Bernie Taupin and Don Cornelius for their contributions to music. The three-hour ceremony, which originally aired in November 2023, will air on ABC beginning at 8pm ET/7pm CT on New Year’s Day.

     

     

    Kacey Musgraves and Keith Urban made former President Barack Obama’s favorite songs of 2023. Kacey’s duet with Zach Bryan “I Remember Everything” and Keith’s collaboration with Rita Wilson “Crazy Love” made the list, along with songs by Megan Thee Stallion, Beyoncé, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Lenny Kravitz and Jon Batiste, among others.

    American Idol has released a new promo for the new season of the competition series, premiering February 18th. The promo features all three judges — Luke Bryan as the Scarecrow, Katy Perry as Dorothy, Lionel Richie as the Lion — as well as host Ryan Seacrest as the Tin Man. They are show traveling the “Golden Ticket Road” in search of new talent, visiting towns of former Idol contestants, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert and Iam Tongi along the way.

     

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Reba McEntire, Jon Pardi, Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Mickey Guyton, Chris Stapleton, Priscilla Block

    Reba McEntire performed her new song, “Seven Minutes In Heaven,” on NBC’s The Voice on Tuesday night (December 5th).

    Jon Pardi just released the official music video for his holiday tune, “Beer For Santa,” from his new Merry Christmas From Jon Pardi album. The clip features Santa, Jon and his beer-slugging faithful dog, Cowboy, in animated form.

     

     

    NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – DECEMBER 05: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (Front Row) Ernest, Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter of The War And Treaty, Brenda Lee, Patty Loveless, Mickey Guyton, HARDY (Back Row) CEO of Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum, Kyle Young, Matthew Ramsey, Geoff Sprung, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi of Old Dominion, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Riley Green and Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum Board Chair, Mary Ann McCready attend All for the Hall, a concert benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at Bridgestone Arena on December 05, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)

    Keith Urban and Vince Gill returned as co-hosts and bandmembers for this year’s benefit show, All for the Hall, with all proceeds going to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The show raised over $900,000 for the Hall of Fame.  The theme of the night was “The Song Remembers When,” and artists performed one of their own songs and a song that influenced them. Trisha Yearwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Brenda Lee, Brooks & Dunn, Mickey Guyton, The War And Treaty, Riley Green, Patty Loveless, Old Dominion, HARDY and Ernest also performed.

    Mickey Guyton‘s song “Heaven Down Here” inspired a Hallmark Christmas movie of the same name, which will premiere December 14th. The movie, which stars Phylicia Rashad, Tina Lifford and Richard Harmon, takes place in a diner in which four people are trapped inside on Christmas Eve.

     

    Chris Stapleton has announced new dates for his All-American Roadshow Tour.

    Priscilla Block covered Justin Bieber’s “Mistletoe” during CMT’s Campfire Sessions: Christmas Version earlier this week. Backing her up was Tenille Townes, Brittney Spencer and Caitlyn Smith.

     

     

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON, LITTLE BIG TOWN, SAM HUNT AND KACEY MUSGRAVES EARN SOME HEAVY METAL.

    Chris Stapleton earned three new heavy metal certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (R.I.A.A.). His latest single “White Horse” and “The Devil Always Made Me Think Twice” from his Starting Over was certified Gold, while “I Was Wrong” on his 2017 From A Room: Volume 2 has been certified Platinum.

    Little Big Town‘s “Boondocks” is now three-times Platinum. The foursome co-wrote the song with Wayne Kirkpatrick and released it in 2005 as the first single from their second album, The Road To Here, and it became their first Top 10 hit.

    Sam Hunt‘s current single, “Outskirts,” is certified Gold. The Georgia native co-wrote the song with Zach Crowell, Josh Osborne and Jerry Flowers.

    Kacey Musgraves‘ “Rainbow,” “High Horse” and “Butterflies” have all been certified Platinum.

    Audio / Chris Stapleton talks about writing “White Horse.”

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    Chris Stapleton (White Horse) OC: …guitar riff, really. :37
    “’White Horse’ was a song that I wrote with my friend, Dan Wilson. We were out in Los Angeles, it was about I think probably late 2012, early 2013, and there was a movie called the Lone Ranger that was coming out, and I walked in the room to write with Dan at his house, and he said, ‘Hey they’re looking for songs for this Lone Ranger movie.’ I said, ‘Cool. Let’s write something. What do you know about it?’ He goes, ‘Well, we don’t really know anything.’ I was like, ‘Well, let’s just make a song that might sound like that.’ And so, that’s kind of where that came from, and we got to talking about how it would be cool to have a kind of rock-driven-western-themed song, and that’s kind of where the song came from and we kind of built it around a guitar riff, really.”

    Audio / SAM HUNT TALKS ABOUT HIS SONG "OUTSKIRTS."

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    Sam Hunt (Outskirts) OC: …gist of it. :55
    “It’s going to sort of be in line with this character who has come to a crossroads in his life between sort of choosing the world and his dreams and maybe a family and future kids and his roots. And as he gets off down the road, out into the world, he’s kind of looking back like, uh, did I do the right thing here? That’s kind of the theme that runs through most of these songs that’ll be coming out here. But it’sthe idea is, uh, that, you know, he’s living in town and fills his schedule and always busy just trying to find his way in the world. And it’s easy to do in town, but as soon as he gets out, out on the outskirts of town, he’s reminded of the choice, the road he didn’t take, and he’s second guessing whether or not he’s on the right path or not. So that’s essentially the gist of it.”

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Mickey Guyton, Maddie & Tae, Kacey Musgraves, The War And Treaty, Alan Jackson, Chris Stapleton, Jordan Davis, Brothers Osborne

    Mickey Guyton and Maddie & Tae performed during Thursday night’s (November 30th) National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse, on the grounds of the White House in Washington, D.C. Mickey, who hosted the ceremony, also helped President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden flip the switch to light the tree. The ceremony dates back to President Calvin Coolidge in 1923 to kick off Holiday celebrations in the Nation’s Capital.

    Kacey Musgraves performed an achingly beautiful rendition of “Can’t Help Falling In Love” during the NBC special, Christmas at Graceland, in the first-ever live concert from Elvis Presley’s iconic home earlier this week. Other performers included Post Malone, Lainey Wilson, Kane Brown, John Legend and Lana del Ray, and also featured never-before-seen home movies and photos. Elvis’ granddaughter, Riley Keough, hosted the event.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiypVETI_50

    The War And Treaty (Michael and Tanya Trotter) performed a powerfully stunning version of “If I Can Dream” during the special. Elvis performed the song at the end of his famous ’68 Special to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was killed in Memphis just a few months prior.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpboikuKQu4

    Alan Jackson, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Jordan Davis and others have donated items to The ASCAP Foundation’s annual online auction. The charitable organization is dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Carly Pearce, Old Dominion, Kelsea Ballerini, Olivia Rodrigo, Selena Gomez, Travis Barker, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Chicago also donated items to the auction which runs through December 14th. Click HERE to make a bid.

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Tyler Hubbard, Mickey Guyton, The War And Treaty, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Eric Church

    Tyler Hubbard released the official music video for his latest single, “Back Then Right Now,” on Wednesday (November 15th).

     

    Mickey Guyton performed “Simply The Best” in honor of Tina Turner during CMT’s Smashing Glass inaugural special, honoring such female musical icons, Tanya Tucker, Patti LaBelle and Tina Turner, among others.

    The 90-minute show, planned as an annual event, is the network’s salute to iconic female artists who have contributed to shattering the glass ceiling for current and future musical artists. The War And Treaty performed Patti LaBelle’s “On My Own.”

    Clint Black, Chris Janson, Ledisi, Luci Silvas and more also performed.

    Chris Stapleton received new RIAA certifications this month. “Tennessee Whiskey,” from his Traveller album, has been certified 15-times Platinum, while “Starting Over” was certified 4-times Platinum.

    Kacey Musgraves and The War And Treaty will perform during the Christmas At Graceland television special, along with Post Malone, John Legend, Alainis Morissette, Lana Del Ray, Lainey Wilson and Kane Brown. Elvis’ granddaughter and Daisy Jones And The Six star Riley Keough, who is among the executive producers of the special, will also appear. Christmas At Graceland, the first televised concert from the estate featuring never-before-broadcast footage of Elvis, will air November 29th at 10pm ET/9pm CT on NBC.

    Eric Church, along with Lainey Wilson, Nickelback and Koe Wetzel, will headline Country Thunder Wisconsin July 18th-21st in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. Kip Moore, Josh Ross, Randy Houser, Bailey Zimmerman and Ernest, among others, will also perform.

  • CHRIS STAPLETON HIGHER ALBUM AUDIO TOOLKIT.

    We have compiled an array of content — liners and soundbites – from CHRIS STAPLETON to equip you with some tools that we hope will come in handy and help you roll out tracks leading up to – and following – the release of his new album, HIGHER. Download the toolkit HERE.

    Chris Stapleton is set to release his fifth studio album, Higher, on Friday (November 10th). Produced by Dave Cobb, Morgane Stapleton, and Stapleton, Higher was recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A. Across its 14 songs, Stapleton showcases his supernatural voice and musical versatility with songs that span genres and defy easy categorization. Alongside Stapleton (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide electric guitar), the album features Cobb (acoustic guitar, eclectic guitar), J.T. Cure (bass), Paul Franklin (pedal steel), Derek Mixon (drums), Morgane (background vocals, synthesizer, tambourine), and Lee Pardini (organ, piano).

    One of the country’s most respected and beloved musicians, in the past year Stapleton was named Entertainer of the Year at the 58th ACM Awards—resulting in a prestigious ACM Triple Crown Award. Additionally, in February, he performed the National Anthem at Super Bowl LVII and has collaborated in recent years with Adele, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, P!nk, Sheryl Crow, Santana and many more.

    The new album follows 2020’s acclaimed Starting Over, which went on to win three awards at the 67th Annual GRAMMYs: Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance (“You Should Probably Leave”) and Best Country Song (“Cold”) in addition to earning Album of the Year honors at both the CMA and ACM Awards. Called a “a sure-footed masterpiece” by the Associated Press, the album landed on “Best of 2020” lists at NPR MusicRolling StoneBillboardEsquireVultureThe Tennessean, and The New York Times, who declared, “Chris Stapleton’s roar isn’t designed to scare you off. It’s regal, an announcement of an alpha figure asserting his primacy…on this, his fourth album, the thrill is back.” Prior to Starting Over, Stapleton released a pair of Platinum-certified releases in 2017—From A Room: Volume 1 and From A Room: Volume 2—as well as his x5 Platinum breakthrough solo debut album in 2015, Traveller.

    HIGHER Track List:

    1. What Am I Gonna Do (Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert)
    2. South Dakota (Chris Stapleton, Dave Cobb, Derek Mixon, J.T. Cure)
    3. Trust (Chris Stapleton, Steve McEwan)
    4. It Takes A Woman (Ronnie Bowman, Jerry Salley)
    5. The Fire (Chris Stapleton, Dave Cobb, Morgane Stapleton, Derek Mixon, J.T. Cure)
    6. Think I’m In Love With You (Chris Stapleton)
    7. Loving You On My Mind (Chris Stapleton, Kendell Marvel, Tim James)
    8. White Horse (Chris Stapleton, Dan Wilson)
    9. Higher (Chris Stapleton)
    10. The Bottom (Chris Stapleton, Lee Miller)
    11. The Day I Die (Chris Stapleton, Carolyn Dawn Johnson)
    12. Crosswind (Chris Stapleton, Dave Cobb, Derek Mixon, J.T. Cure)
    13. Weight Of Your World (Chris Stapleton, Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Johan Fransson)
    14. Mountains Of My Mind (Chris Stapleton)
  • CHRIS STAPLETON, BROTHERS OSBORNE, DIERKS BENTLEY, KACEY MUSGRAVES, THE WAR AND TREATY AND VINCE GILL & PAUL FRANKLIN ARE NOMINATED FOR GRAMMYS.

    The nominations for the 66th annual GRAMMY Awards were announced, and Chris Stapleton earned three nominations, including Best Country Song (“White Horse”), Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Duo/Group Performance as a featured performer on Carly Pearce’s “We Don’t Fight Anymore.”

    Brothers Osborne nabbed a pair of noms, including Best Country Album for their self-titled fourth record and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their current single, “Nobody’s Nobody.”

    Kacey Musgraves picked up two nominations for her featured performance on Zach Bryan’s “I Remember Everything” for Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

    The War And Treaty are nominated for two GRAMMY Awards, including the overall Best New Artist and for Best American Roots Song for “Blank Page.”

    Dierks Bentley is nominated in Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “High Note,” featuring Billy Strings. Dierks posted a heartfelt message of gratitude on his Instagram, writing, “Thank you Billy for lending your talents. Been fun to watch your career explode dude since we recorded this. It must have been the collab!! Haha. The song actually started off pretty grassy with Billy, @sambushband @bryansuttond28 @jerrydouglas on it (and my band). And then we went back in a year later and gave it a little more of a country vibe. Thanks to my friends @jimbeavers and my pal @charlieworsham for writing it and letting me make it my own. This song is why Charlie has been in our band the last two years. After he recorded the acoustic lick at the top, I remember asking him how in the hell are we gonna play this live on the road. @bhelson is on electric and there’s no way I can play it. He said, ‘Well I could come out and do it.’ And he did!! And he still is haha.”

    Vince Gill and Paul Franklin are nominated in Best Country Duo/Group for “Kissing Your Picture (Is So Cold).”

     

    The 2024 Grammy Awards will air live from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 4th on CBS and streaming live on Paramount+.

    Best Country Album
    Kelsea Ballerini, Rolling Up the Welcome Mat
    Brothers Osborne, Brothers Osborne
    Zach Bryan, Zach Bryan
    Tyler Childers, Rustin’ In The Rain
    Lainey Wilson, Bell Bottom Country

    Best Country Song
    Brandy Clark, “Buried” (Brandy Clark & Jessie Jo Dillon)
    Zach Bryan featuring Kacey Musgraves, “I Remember Everything” (Zach Bryan & Kacey Musgraves)
    Tyler Childers, “In Your Love” (Tyler Childers & Geno Seale)
    Morgan Wallen, “Last Night” (John Byron, Ashley Gorley, Jacob Kasher Hindlin & Ryan Vojtesak)
    Chris Stapleton, “White Horse” (Chris Stapleton & Dan Wilson)

    Best Country Solo Performance
    Tyler Childers, “In Your Love”
    Brandy Clark, “Buried”
    Luke Combs, “Fast Car”
    Dolly Parton, “The Last Thing On My Mind”
    Chris Stapleton, “White Horse”

    Best Country Duo/Group Performance
    Dierks Bentley featuring Billy Strings, “High Note”
    Brothers Osborne, “Nobody’s Nobody”
    Zach Bryan featuring Kacey Musgraves, “I Remember Everything”
    Vince Gill & Paul Franklin, “Kissing Your Picture (Is So Cold)”
    Jelly Roll With Lainey Wilson, “Save Me”
    Carly Pearce featuring Chris Stapleton, “We Don’t Fight Anymore”

    Best New Artist
    Gracie Abrams
    Fred again..
    Ice Spice
    Jelly Roll
    Coco Jones
    Noah Kahan
    Victoria Monét
    The War and Treaty

    Best American Roots Song
    “Blank Page” — Michael Trotter Jr. & Tanya Trotter, songwriters (The War And Treaty) 
    “California Sober” – Aaron Allen, William Apostol & Jon Weisberger, songwriters (Billy Strings Featuring Willie Nelson)
    “Cast Iron Skillet” – Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit)
    “Dear Insecurity” – Brandy Clark & Michael Pollack, songwriters (Brandy Clark Featuring Brandi Carlile)
    “The Returner” – Drew Lindsay, JT Nero & Allison Russell, songwriters (Allison Russell)

    Best Immersive Audio Album
    Blue Clear Sky — Chuck Ainlay, immersive mix engineer; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Chuck Ainlay, immersive producer (George Strait)
    Act 3 (Immersive Edition) – Ryan Ulyate, immersive mix engineer; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Ryan Ulyate, immersive producer (Ryan Ulyate)
    The Diary Of Alicia Keys – George Massenburg & Eric Schilling, immersive mix engineers; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Alicia Keys & Ann Mincieli, immersive producers (Alicia Keys)
    God Of War Ragnarök (Original Soundtrack) – Eric Schilling, immersive mix engineer; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Kellogg Boynton, Peter Scaturro & Herbert Waltl, immersive producers (Bear McCreary)
    Silence Between Songs – Aaron Short, immersive mastering engineer (Madison Beer)

  • CHRIS STAPLETON’S NEW ALBUM, HIGHER, IS AVAILABLE NOW.

    Chris Stapleton’s highly anticipated new album Higher is available now via Mercury Nashville. Stream/purchase HERE.

    Additionally, Stapleton was nominated for three awards for the 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards: Best Country Solo Performance (“White Horse”), Best Country Song (“White Horse”) and Best Country Duo/Group Performance (“We Don’t Fight Anymore” with Carly Pearce). The awards ceremony will broadcast live on CBS from Los Angeles’ Crypto.com Arena Sunday, February 4th at 8pm ET.

    Produced by Dave Cobb, Morgane Stapleton and Chris Stapleton, Higher was recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A and is already receiving widespread critical acclaim:

    “dazzling…the best evidence yet for the way one man’s voice has become synonymous with the very idea of a musical genre”— Rolling Stone

    “his leaps, quavers and evasions of the beat can be traced to Al Green. But Stapleton brings his own drama and grit to the style”—The New York Times

    “Stapleton’s enigmatic voice – known for its raw versatility, so anchored in his chosen musical genre with an unusual ability to transcend it – is as present as ever…No one is immune when Stapleton’s textured, bellowing ballads play”—Associated Press

    “finds Stapleton pairing an outlaw swagger with some heaven-scraping vocals”—Billboard

    “certainly suggests that Stapleton is leaning into his strengths as a cross-genre act”—Consequence

    “If you want to set the bar, start—as always—with Chris Stapleton”—Hits Daily Double

    “One of country’s modern vocal masters extends a streak of next-level artistry…his growling grace and understated charm remain in fine form over 14 tracks, as a future Hall of Famer climbs on”—Nashville Lifestyles

    “The consistency Chris Stapleton has with all of his releases is mind-blowing…This man does not miss”—Whiskey Riff

    In celebration of the release, Stapleton was featured on NBC’s “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist” and recently spoke with GQ, who praises, “In an age rife with division, he’s maybe the only thing Americans all agree on…one of the most reliable hit makers in music.” Read the full GQ Hype cover story HERE.

    The release adds to yet another landmark year for Stapleton, who was named Male Vocalist of the Year for the seventh time at the 57th Annual CMA Awards earlier this week, breaking his own record for most wins ever in the category. Stapleton also performed twice during the live awards broadcast: his current single, “White Horse,” and “We Don’t Fight Anymore” with Carly Pearce.

    Known for his electric live performances, the 8x Grammy, 16x CMA and 15x ACM Award-winner will continue his “All-American Road Show” through next year including stops at San Diego’s Petco Park, Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium, Seattle’s T-Mobile Park, Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl (two nights), Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena (two nights), Cleveland’s Blossom Music Center and Philadelphia’s Freedom Mortgage Pavilion among several others. See below for complete itinerary.

    Alongside Stapleton (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide electric guitar), the new album features Cobb (acoustic guitar, eclectic guitar), J.T. Cure (bass), Paul Franklin (pedal steel), Derek Mixon (drums), Morgane (background vocals, synthesizer, tambourine) and Lee Pardini (organ, piano).

    One of the country’s most respected and beloved musicians, in the past year Stapleton was named Entertainer of the Year at the 58th ACM Awards—resulting in a prestigious ACM Triple Crown Award. Additionally, in February, he performed the National Anthem at Super Bowl LVII and has collaborated in recent years with Adele, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, P!nk, Sheryl Crow, Santana and many more.

    The new album follows 2020’s acclaimed Starting Over, which went on to win three awards at the 67th Annual GRAMMYs: Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance (“You Should Probably Leave”) and Best Country Song (“Cold”) in addition to earning Album of the Year honors at both the CMA and ACM Awards. Called a “a sure-footed masterpiece” by the Associated Press, the album landed on “Best of 2020” lists at NPR MusicRolling StoneBillboardEsquire, VultureThe Tennessean, and The New York Times, who declared, “Chris Stapleton’s roar isn’t designed to scare you off. It’s regal, an announcement of an alpha figure asserting his primacy…on this, his fourth album, the thrill is back.” Prior to Starting Over, Stapleton released a pair of Platinum-certified releases in 2017—From A Room: Volume 1 and From A Room: Volume 2—as well as his x5 Platinum breakthrough solo debut album in 2015, Traveller.

    In addition to their work as musicians, the Stapletons are founders of the Outlaw State of Kind charitable fund, which supports a variety of causes that are close to their heart.

    HIGHER TRACK LIST:

    1. What Am I Gonna Do
    2. South Dakota
    3. Trust
    4. It Takes A Woman
    5. The Fire
    6. Think I’m In Love With You
    7. Loving You On My Mind
    8. White Horse
    9. Higher
    10. The Bottom
    11. The Day I Die
    12. Crosswind
    13. Weight Of Your World
    14. Mountains Of My Mind

     

    CHRIS STAPLETON CONFIRMED TOUR DATES:

    November 11—Tampa, FL—Walmart Presents: Heroes & Headliners – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

    November 16—Lafayette, LA—Cajundome†

    November 17—Houston, TX—Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion†

    November 18—Corpus Christi, TX—American Bank Center Arena†

    March 1, 2024—Tempe, AZ—Extra Innings Festival

    March 2, 2024—San Diego, CA—Petco Park‡

    April 3, 2024—Winnipeg, MB—Canada Life Centre+

    April 4, 2024—Grand Forks, ND—Alerus Center+

    April 6, 2024—Minneapolis, MN—U.S. Bank Stadium^

    May 4, 2024—Indianapolis, IN—Lucas Oil Stadium#

    May 9, 2024—West Palm Beach, FL—iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre~

    May 11, 2024—Jacksonville, FL—Everbank Stadium#

    May 22, 2024—Rapid City, SD—The Monument** (SOLD OUT)

    May 24, 2024—Sioux Falls, SD—Denny Sanford PREMIER Center**

    May 25, 2024—Ames, IA—Jack Trice Stadium#

    May 31, 2024—Cleveland, OH—Blossom Music Center**

    June 1, 2024—Charlotte, NC—Bank of America Stadium#

    June 6, 2024—Philadelphia, PA—Freedom Mortgage Pavilion††

    June 7, 2024—Bristow, VA—Jiffy Lube Live††

    June 8, 2024—East Rutherford, NJ—MetLife Stadium#

    June 12, 2024—Kansas City, MO—T-Mobile Center‡‡

    June 26, 2024—Los Angeles, CA—Hollywood Bowl++ (SOLD OUT)

    June 27, 2024—Los Angeles, CA—Hollywood Bowl++

    June 29, 2024—Salt Lake City, UT—Rice-Eccles Stadium#

    July 11, 2024—Buffalo, NY—Darien Lake Amphitheater††

    July 12, 2024—Pittsburgh, PA—The Pavilion at Star Lake††

    July 13, 2024—Detroit, MI—Ford Field#

    July 18, 2024—Toledo, OH—Huntington Center††

    July 19, 2024—Columbus, OH—Schottenstein Center††

    July 20, 2024—Chicago, IL—Soldier Field#

    July 25, 2024—Nampa, ID—Ford Idaho Center Arena^^ (SOLD OUT)

    July 26, 2024—Portland, OR—RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater^^

    July 27, 2024—Seattle, WA—T-Mobile Park##

    August 1, 2024—Gilford, NH—BankNH Pavilion++

    August 2, 2024—Gilford, NH—BankNH Pavilion++ (SOLD OUT)

    August 3, 2024—Gilford, NH—BankNH Pavilion++

    August 9, 2024—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena~~

    August 10, 2024—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena~~

    August 21, 2024—Birmingham, AL—The Legacy Arena at the BJCC++

    August 22, 2024—Little Rock, AR—Simmons Bank Arena++

    October 16, 2024—Manchester, England—AO Arena++ (SOLD OUT)

    October 17, 2024—Glasgow, Scotland—OVO Hydro Arena++ (SOLD OUT)

    October 20, 2024—Dublin, Ireland—3Arena++ (SOLD OUT)

    October 22, 2024—Birmingham, England—Utilita Arena++ (SOLD OUT)

    October 23, 2024—London, England—The O2++ (SOLD OUT)

    December 7, 2024—Las Vegas, NV—Allegiant Stadium#

    †with special guest Nikki Lane

    ‡with special guests Turnpike Troubadours and Elle King

    +with special guests The War and Treaty and Allen Stone

    ^with special guests Lainey Wilson and Marcus King

    #George Strait and special guest Little Big Town

    ~with special guests Grace Potter and Nikki Lane

    **with special guests Marcus King and The War and Treaty

    ††with special guests Marcus King and Nikki Lane

    ‡‡with special guests Marcus King and Allen Stone

    ++with special guests Grace Potter and Allen Stone

    ^^with special guests Nikki Lane and Allen Stone

    ##with special guests Willie Nelson and Family and Sheryl Crow

    ~~with special guests Marty Stuart and Nikki Lane

     

    Audio / Chris Stapleton says his new album Higher has something for everyone.

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    Chris Stapleton (Higher album) OC: …on this record. :56
    “One thing that’s probably notable about the record to me is it’s the first one that we’ve put out that doesn’t contain a cover, so there’s no covers on this record. So, in that way, I guess you could say it should be more intrinsically whatever we do. So, there’s definitely some exploration of the edges of what that is, and certainly some moments of stretching out vocally and trying to see what that is. There’s some different stuff on this record, I think, and I think it’s really great. I think it’s something that people will enjoy. I think there’s something on it for everybody, which is kind of always my goal. If you’re a kind of a hardcore traditional country person, there’s a song on there for that somewhere. If you leaned into more of the R&B side of what we do, there’s stuff on there for that. If you like the rock side of things that we do, there’s stuff on there for that. And there’s some really great songs on here. I’m excited about the songs on this record.”

     

    Audio / LINER Chris Stapleton (Higher available now)

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  • CHRIS STAPLETON IS SET TO RELEASE HIS BRAND NEW ALBUM, HIGHER, ON FRIDAY.

    CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Chris Stapleton is set to release his new album, Higher, on Friday (November 10th). Produced by Dave Cobb, Morgane Stapleton, and Stapleton, Higher was recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A. Across its 14 songs, Stapleton showcases his supernatural voice and musical versatility with songs that span genres and defy easy categorization. Alongside Stapleton (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide electric guitar), the album features Cobb (acoustic guitar, eclectic guitar), J.T. Cure (bass), Paul Franklin (pedal steel), Derek Mixon (drums), Morgane (background vocals, synthesizer, tambourine), and Lee Pardini (organ, piano).

    When releasing new music, Chris and his team feel a combination of anticipation and apprehension about how fans will react. “Whenever we’re releasing new music, we don’t have a specific ritual really, but I think there’s a little bit of apprehension, a little bit of excitement mixed together wondering how fans will react, really,” he says. “I think that’s the main thing going on in our heads when we put something out is we hope whatever we’ve done will be something that people will gravitate to and enjoy.”

    The new album follows 2020’s acclaimed Starting Over, which went on to win three awards at the 67th Annual GRAMMYs: Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance (“You Should Probably Leave”) and Best Country Song (“Cold”) in addition to earning Album of the Year honors at both the CMA and ACM Awards. Called a “a sure-footed masterpiece” by the Associated Press, the album landed on “Best of 2020” lists at NPR MusicRolling StoneBillboardEsquireVultureThe Tennessean, and The New York Times, who declared, “Chris Stapleton’s roar isn’t designed to scare you off. It’s regal, an announcement of an alpha figure asserting his primacy…on this, his fourth album, the thrill is back.” Prior to Starting Over, Stapleton released a pair of Platinum-certified releases in 2017 — From A Room: Volume 1 and From A Room: Volume 2 — as well as his 5x Platinum breakthrough solo debut album in 2015, Traveller.

     

    HIGHER Track List:

    1. What Am I Gonna Do
    2. South Dakota
    3. Trust
    4. It Takes A Woman
    5. The Fire
    6. Think I’m In Love With You
    7. Loving You On My Mind
    8. White Horse
    9. Higher
    10. The Bottom
    11. The Day I Die
    12. Crosswind
    13. Weight Of Your World
    14. Mountains Of My Mind

     

     

    Audio / Chris Stapleton says there's always a little apprehension and a little excitement mixed together when releasing new music.

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    Chris Stapleton (releasing new music) OC: …and enjoy. :22
    “Whenever we’re releasing new music, we don’t have a specific ritual really, but I think there’s a little bit of apprehension, a little bit of excitement mixed together wondering how fans will react, really. I think that’s the main thing going on in our heads when we put something out is we hope whatever we’ve done will be something that people will gravitate to and enjoy.”

    Audio / Chris Stapleton talks about the time in between writing the title track of his new album, Higher, and actually putting it on an album.

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    Chris Stapleton (Higher title track) OC: …to me. :22
    “’Higher’ is a song that’s been around a long, long time. I wrote it in 2001 in the first few onths of being a professional songwriter here in Nashville, and it was on the first demo session that I ever did here in Nashville. So, for it to come around 22 years later and wind up being the title track of an album is a pretty unique thing to me.”

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  • CHRIS STAPLETON WINS CMA MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR.

    Chris Stapleton picked up the award for Male Vocalist of the Year–his 7th in that category. He won in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

     

    He says he’s always surprised to hear his name called when it comes to awards. “These things are always fantastic to win, but when you get nominated or invited to these parties, in my estimation, you’ve already won and you’ve already gotten to be far beyond anything, you know, anybody who’s a musician could ever dream of getting to do, and we get to do that every day, we get to live it every day,” says the humble Kentucky native. “As far as thinking about going into anything, I’m always genuinely surprised to win anything, and I’m always grateful for it.”

    Chris had the crowd on their feet when he turned in a soaring performance of his latest Top 15 single, “White Horse.” The song is from his new album, Higher, which drops on Friday (November 10th).

    Chris will be one of the headliners for the inaugural Walmart “Heroes & Headliners” concert, which will pay tribute to veterans and their families. The concert, which will also feature Imagine Dragons and H.E.R., will be held at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater on Veteran’s Day (Saturday, November 11th). Fans will be able to stream the show beginning at 6:15pm ET/5:15pm CT on Walmart.com/Live, Facebook, Youtube and X/Twitter.

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    Chris Stapleton (awards) OC: …grateful for it. :30
    “These things are always fantastic to win, but when you get nominated or invited to these parties, in my estimation, you’ve already won and you’ve already gotten to be far beyond anything, you know, anybody who’s a musician could ever dream of getting to do, and we get to do that every day, we get to live it every day. As far as thinking about going into anything, I’m always genuinely surprised to win anything, and I’m always grateful for it.”

     

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, Luke Grimes, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Parker McCollum

    Backstage at her Grand Ole Opry appearance, Reba McEntire was presented with a plaque for her song “Fancy.” It has been certified double-platinum and has more than 400 Million Streams.

    Luke Bryan was hosts the new special, DOLLY PARTON – FROM RHINESTONES TO ROCK & ROLL, on Tuesday (November 7th) at 10:01pm ET/9:01pm CT. The one-hour special , which features an in-depth interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, features appearances by Sting, Pat Benatar and husband Neil Giraldo, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Jordan Davis, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, Jelly Roll, Carly Pearce, Luke Combs and Cody Johnson, among others.

     

    Luke Grimes is scheduled to perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live (check local listings) on Wednesday (November 8th).

    Carrie Underwood is offering fans a special limited edition green vinyl of her Christmas album, My Gift. The new special edition version will include all 11 tracks from the 2020 version of the album, as well as three additional songs including “Favorite Time of Year,” “All Is Well” and “Let There Be Peace/Something In The Water” that she performed on her HBO MAX special, My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood. Click here for more information.

     

    If you are looking to purchase a vinyl copy of Chris Stapleton‘s new album, Higher, you’ll be able to choose from SIX different color variants: translucent milky clear, cola bottle clear, opaque baby pink, opaque bone, opaque brown and standard black. Higher, featuring the superstar’s latest single “White Horse,” is available on Friday (November 10th).

     

    Parker McCollum showed CMT his tour bus, complete with recliners, bunks, drinks, Halloween candy and a humidifier, which has been a game changer for him. Check it out below.

     

     

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Kassi Ashton, Nate Bargatze, Chrissy Metz

    Chris Stapleton and George Strait are among the artists taking part in the 90th Birthday Celebration of Willie Nelson. The star-studded special, filmed live earlier this year across two nights before a sold-out crowd at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, celebrates Nelson’s milestone 90th birthday and the 12-time GRAMMY® Award-winner’s contributions to popular culture and music. This historic concert event features unforgettable collaborations and once-in-a-lifetime performances by Chris, Strait, Willie, Beck, Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Snoop Dogg, Norah Jones, Miranda Lambert, Dave Matthews, Nelson’s sons Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson and Keith Richards. The two-hour special, hosted by stars Jennifer Garner, Chelsea Handler, Woody Harrelson, Ethan Hawke, Helen Mirren and Owen Wilson, will air December 17th beginning at 8:30pm ET/PT on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on-demand).

    Fans of Chris Stapleton can listen to his new album, Higher, before it’s available on November 10th. Indie record stores across the country will be holding a special listening party on Tuesday (November 7th).

     

    Kassi Ashton has released her own version of Christina Aguilera’s “Genie In A Bottle.” The song was recorded with her band and produced by Oscar Charles.

    Maddie and Tae will be in Kansas City on December 1st to perform at the 19th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. The event is an annual holiday fundraiser started by a group of volunteers to support Operation Breakthrough — with a goal to raise funds and awareness for kids/families living in poverty in Kansas City’s urban core. The ladies just released the extended version of their holiday collection, We Need Christmas.

    On the heels of his much-lauded debut as host of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, comedian Nate Bargatze will be ESPN’s College GameDay Celebrity Guest Picker on Saturday (November 4th) in Alabama.

    Chrissy Metz is heading out on select dates on Jim Brickman’s A Joyful Christmas tour, hitting such cities as Nashville, Pensacola and Cleveland, among others. Go to chrissymetz.com for more information on tour dates.

     

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Jordan Davis, Chris Stapleton, Anne Wilson, The War And Treaty, Eric Church

    In addition to performing on next week’s CMA Awards, Jordan Davis is scheduled to perform his latest smash “Tucson Too Late” on ABC’s Live With Kelly & Mark on Monday (November 6th), as well as his multi-week No. 1 “Next Thing You Know” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

    Chris Stapleton is featured in a cover story for GQ Hype, and the article is also featured inside GQ. He talks about his upcoming album, Higher, which comes out next Friday (November 10th), as well as myriad of other things, including songwriting, his meteoric rise to normally unattainable heights, his office/rehearsal space, collecting instruments and more. He also filmed the GQ Essentials 10 video, which are 10 Things Chris Stapleton Can’t Live Without. A few of those things are a kitchen table chair he took from his parents’ house when he left for Nashville years ago, the 1979 Jeep Cherokee his wife Morgane bought him in Phoenix (and the same Jeep he wrote “Traveller” in on the way home), his late father’s knife collection, his vintage Charlie 1 Horse straw hat and much more.

     

    Anne Wilson is featured in the new K-Love Live from Red Rocks concert event, which can only be seen in movie theaters nationwide on November 6th and 7th. Filmed at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado, the special concert film features live performances, behind-the-scenes content, plus exclusive interviews with Anne, as well as some of today’s top-charting Christian artists, including MercyMe, Zach Williams, Jeremy Camp, We the Kingdom, CAIN, Blessing Offor and Hope Darst. Anne is currently making her way up the country charts with “Rain In The Rearview.”

     

    The War And Treaty will sing the national anthem prior to the Detroit Lions 84th annual Thanksgiving Day Classic matchup against the Green Bay Packers on November 23rd. The traditional Thanksgiving Day game and festivities will air on FOX at 12:30pm ET.

    Eric Church is set to headline the Pepsi Rock the South music festival in Cullman, Alabama next year. Jelly Roll and Hardy will also headline different nights. The three-day event, which will take place July 18th-20th, 2024, will also feature performances by Parker McCollum, Priscilla Block, Nelly, Oliver Anthony and more.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: George Strait, Mickey Guyton, Darius Rucker, Shania Twain, Chris Stapleton

    George Strait is nominated for Top Country Touring Artist at this year’s Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs), along with Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen. You can watch the BBMAs November 19th on Billboard social channels, as well as via BBMAs.watch.

     

    Mickey Guyton will perform the National Anthem at Game Four of the World Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks the Texas Rangers on Tuesday (October 31st). FOX’s coverage of the 2023 World Series presented by Capital One begins at 7pm ET for all games and will include National Anthem performances at approximately 7:45pm ET.

    Darius Rucker teamed up with rapper/singer Dax for a remix of the breakout star’s remix of “To Be A Man.” The pair filmed the official music video in Nashville.

    Shania Twain‘s Come On Over album has been R.I.A.A. certified TWO TIMES Diamond, which is the highest-certified album for a female artist in the country genre.

     

    Chris Stapleton chatted with Willie Geist on NBC’s Sunday Sitdown to chat about his rehearsal space, guitars, his new album “Higher” and his Super Bowl performance that brought grown men to tears. Check out the interview below. Stapleton’s new album will be available November 10th.

     

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  • CHRIS STAPLETON ADDS DATES TO HIS ALL-AMERICAN ROAD SHOW TOUR FOR 2024.

    Chris Stapleton just announced new dates for his All-American Road Show Tour for next year. The new leg of the trek, which will kick off March 2nd in San Diego, California, will feature rotating special guests Sheryl Crow, The War And Treaty, Elle King, Lainey Wilson, Willie Nelson and Family, Grace Potter, Marty Stuart, Turnpike Troubadours, Nikki Lane and Marcus King.

     

    Tickets for next year’s shows will go on sale November 3rd at 10am local time at chrisstapleton.com.

    The superstar is nominated for three CMA Awards this year including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year (“We Don’t Fight Anymore” with Carly Pearce). The 57th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and NFL great Peyton Manning, will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 8th at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC and the next day on HULU.

    Chris is poised to enter the Top 10 on the country charts with his latest song, “White Horse,” from his upcoming album, Higher, which will be available November 10th.

  • LUKE BRYAN, CHRIS STAPLETON AND LITTLE BIG TOWN ARE AMONG THE INITIAL LIST OF PERFORMERS AT THIS YEAR’S CMA AWARDS.

    Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town are among the initial list of performers for this year’s CMA Awards. Jelly Roll, Old Dominion, Lainey Wilson, Megan Moroney, Carly Pearce, Tanya Tucker and K. Michelle will also perform.

    CMA Awards co-host Luke will deliver a medley of his hits including “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day,” “One Margarita,” “That’s My Kind Of Night,” “Play It Again” and “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” coming on the heels of celebrating his 30th No. 1 song.

    Chris, who is nominated for three CMA Awards including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year (with Carly Pearce) will take the stage to perform his latest single “White Horse.”

    Additional collaborations include Jelly Roll taking the stage a second time with first-time CMA Awards performer K. Michelle for a moving rendition of “Love Can Build a Bridge,” and one of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Tucker, will be joined by Vocal Group of the Year nominee Little Big Town, for a special performance of Tucker’s iconic “Delta Dawn.” Vocal Group and Music Video of the Year nominee this year, Old Dominion, and New Artist and Song of the Year nominee as well as first-time CMA Awards performer, Moroney, will perform their new song “Can’t Break Up Now.” Pearce, nominated for Female Vocalist and Musical Event, will take the stage to perform her lauded new single “We Don’t Fight Anymore” with Stapleton, in addition to his solo performance.

    Additional performers and presenters for “The 57th Annual CMA Awards” will be announced in the weeks ahead.

    The 57th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and NFL great Peyton Manning, will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 8th at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC and the next day on HULU.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Nate Bargatze

    Brothers Osborne performed “Goodbyes Kickin’ In” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday (October 23rd).  The song is from their new self-titled album.

     

    Chris Stapleton has been announced as one of the headliners for the inaugural “Heroes & Headliners” concert, which will pay tribute to veterans and their families. The concert, which will also feature Imagine Dragons and H.E.R., will be held at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater on Veteran’s Day (November 11th). Fans will be able to stream the show beginning at 6:15pm ET/5:15pm CT on Walmart.com/Live, Facebook, Youtube and X/Twitter.

     

    Comedian Nate Bargatze has just announced dates for his 2024 tour. Presale for all new shows begin Wednesday (October 25th) at 10am local time, using the code FUNNY.

     

     

     

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, The War And Treaty, Alan Jackson

    Chris Stapleton has been announced as one of the performers for the 2023 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, along with Elton John, Dave Matthews, Brandi Carlile and H.E.R. This year’s class includes Willie Nelson, Missy Elliott and Sheryl Crow. The event will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on November 3rd and will be livestreamed and broadcast on Disney+ and ABC.

    Little Big Town spent time with TODAY’s Dylan Dryer on a tour of Nashville, for a cowboy boot fitting, a taste of hot chicken and live music ahead of the very first People’s Choice Country Awards tonight on NBC and Peacock. Check it out below.

    Brad Paisley appeared on ABC’s Nightline on Wednesday (September 27th) as he returned home to West Virginia where he’s giving back to the community. He shared his love and heartbreak for his home state and the inspiration behind the songs “Son of the Mountains,” “The Medicine Will” and “Same Here.”

     

    Luke Bryan and The War And Treaty will be featured on CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown this weekend. The show will air Saturday (September 30th) and Sunday (October 1st) at 9am ET/8am CT.

    Alan Jackson will release a special green vinyl edition of his 1993 holiday release, Honky Tonk Christmas on October 6th. You can pre-order it now at https://alanjackson.lnk.to/HTC.

     

     

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris Stapleton, Kylie Morgan, Tyler Hubbard

    Chris Stapleton has announced he’s taking his “All-American Road Show” across the pond to the U.K. next year with special guest, Marty Stuart. The trek will launch October 16th in Manchester with stops in Glasgow, Dublin and Birmingham before wrapping October 23rd in London. Tickets for the U.K. leg go on sale Friday (September 29th).

     

    As you know, Chris Stapleton is now the voice of the opening song for Monday Night Football, but he was also featured during the broadcast Monday (September 25th) in a preview of Dolly Parton‘s forthcoming album, Rockstar. Dolly’s version of “Night Moves” from the album features Chris. In the coming weeks, more of Dolly’s tracks will be featured during MNF.

    Kylie Morgan performed the National Anthem prior to the Monday Night Football matchup (September 25th) between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams. The Bengals won 19-16. She returns to the road on Old Dominion’s No Bad Vibes Tour on Thursday (September 28th) in Charleston, South Carolina.

     

    Tyler Hubbard rushed from his tour stop in Las Vegas to a venue across town to perform the No. 1 hit, “Meant To Be,” with his friend and co-writer Bebe Rexha.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Josh Ross

    Chris Stapleton is ready for some football — Monday Night Football, to be exact. He reimagines Phil Collins’ iconic song, “In The Air Tonight,” along with rapper/entertainment mogul Snoop Dogg and world-renowned drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, as the new opening song and music video for ESPN’s Monday Night Football. The new song and video will premiere tonight (September 18th) prior to Monday Night Football’s “Two Games, One Night” special presentation for both games (Saints at Panthers, 7:15pm ET on ESPN) and (Browns at Steelers, 8:15pm on ABC) and will continue to lead into all Monday Night Football games, ESPN’s Week 18 Saturday Doubleheader, Super Wild Card and its first Divisional playoff game.

     

     

    Brothers Osborne have released the official music video for their latest Top 25 single, “Nobody’s Nobody.” The song, which they co-wrote with producer Mike Elizondo and Kendell Marvel, is on their new self-titled album.

     

    We are just one week away from the premiere of Season 24 of NBC’s The Voice with Reba McEntire taking over the coach’s red chair from Blake Shelton. A new promo was just released for the new season, featuring all four coaches — Reba, Gwen Stefani, John Legend and Niall Horan. Season 24 has a two-night premiere on Monday (September 25th) and Tuesday (September 26th) at 8pm ET/7pm CT.

    Monday, September 25 at 8/7c and Tuesday September 26 at 8/7c

    Carrie Underwood‘s Carrie’s Country on SiriusXM (Channel 60) is showcasing a special episode of Carrie’s Countdown to celebrate the release of Denim & Rhinestones Deluxe Edition, which comes out Friday. The episode premiere’s Monday (September 18th) at 3pm ET and will repeat every day this week through Saturday (September 23rd) and include Monday, September 25th).

    After picking up the CCMA Award for Breakthrough Artist or Group of the Year, Josh Ross has announced his first headlining tour, The Trouble Tour, kicking off early next year. He’s still on the road with Nickelback through October 5th.

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Luke Bryan, Josh Ross

    The Music Industry paid tribute to several artists including Chris Stapleton at the ACM Honors, which were filmed at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on August 23rd. Performers include Keith Urban, Jordan Davis, Priscilla Block, The War And Treaty, Anne Wilson, Trisha Yearwood, Nelly, Lady A, Bailey Zimmerman, Lee Brice, Hailey Whitters and many more.

    Honorees include Chris Stapleton for the ACM Triple Crown Award, Tim McGraw for the ACM Icon Award, Kane Brown for the ACM International Award, and HARDY for the ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Year Award. Other honorees include Clint Black, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Charlie Daniels, K.T. Oslin, BRELAND, Ashley Gorley, Mike Dungan, Bill Mayne, Charlie Cook and Troy Vollhoffer. The ACM Honors will air Monday (September 18th) at 8pm ET/7pm CT on FOX.

    George Strait worked with artist Tim Wakefield and Soundwaves Art for a new round of limited-edition art pieces made from his music. Proceeds from the sale of the artworks will go to Sweet Relief, which assists those struggling in the music industry.

     

     

    Luke Bryan‘s Boldly Grown Peanuts sold out so fast, so the superstar and Fendt created a limited-time fourth flavor — Backroads Bourbon, on sale now at boldlygrowngoods.com.

     

    Josh Ross, who is making his way up the U.S. Country Charts with “Trouble,” won Breakthrough Artist or Group of the Year Award at the Canadian Country Music Awards on Saturday (September 16th).

     

     

     

  • GEORGE STRAIT AND CHRIS STAPLETON EXTEND RUN OF STADIUM SHOWS, NEW DATES ADDED FOR 2024.

    Setting venue attendance records across seven stadium shows this summer, country music icon George Strait and eight-time GRAMMY winner Chris Stapleton continue the excitement into 2024 with nine new dates. Also returning alongside the King of Country and Stapleton for the extended run of one-off stadium dates are special guests and GRAMMY Award-winning band Little Big Town.

    In addition to summer shows in Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Ames, Charlotte, East Rutherford, Salt Lake City, Detroit and Chicago, Strait will also supersize his longstanding Strait to Vegas show with a December date at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium to mark the 37th installment of the engagement.

     

    Tickets to most shows go on sale next Friday, September 22nd at 10am local time via GeorgeStrait.com, with tickets to the Jacksonville show on sale Friday, October 20th at 10am local time. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Friday, September 15th at 10am local time through Thursday, September 21st at 10pm local time.

    Of the few opportunities to see Strait perform live, Pollstar opines, “Strait remains the most worthy inheritor of Merle Haggard or Willie Nelson’s mantle of country icon through the meaningful fluidity with which he moves through country’s various sub-strains with the same ease and enjoyment that marked both men’s Country Music Hall of Fame careers.”

    “I’ve always said we have the best fans in the world, and to see so many of them show up for these shows just makes us want to keep bringing them more,” shares Strait. “I’ve also missed performing in Las Vegas during NFR, so I’m happy to see that show come together in 2024. See you soon!”

    George Strait w/ Chris Stapleton & special guests Little Big Town 2024 Stadium Shows:
    May 4, 2024                Indianapolis, Ind.  ||  Lucas Oil Stadium
    May 11, 2024              Jacksonville, Fla.  ||  EverBank Stadium
    May 25, 2024              Ames, Iowa  ||  Jack Trice Stadium
    June 1, 2024                Charlotte, N.C.  ||  Bank of America Stadium
    June 8, 2024                East Rutherford, N.J.  ||  MetLife Stadium
    June 29, 2024              Salt Lake City, Utah  ||  Rice Eccles Stadium
    July 13, 2024              Detroit, Mich.  ||  Ford Field
    July 20, 2024              Chicago, Ill.  ||  Soldier Field
    Dec. 7, 2024                Las Vegas, Nev.  ||  Allegiant Stadium

  • CHRIS STAPLETON’S NEW SONG “THINK I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU” DEBUTS TODAY.

    Chris Stapleton’s new song, “Think I’m In Love With You,” is debuting today. Listen/share HERE. Written by Stapleton, the song is the second unveiled from his highly anticipated new album, Higher, which will be released November 10th on Mercury Nashville (pre-order/pre-save).

     

    The new music adds to yet another landmark year for the 15x CMA Award-winner, who is nominated for three more awards at this year’s 57th Annual CMA Awards: Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year (“We Don’t Fight Anymore” with Carly Pearce). The awards ceremony will be broadcast live from Nashville on ABC Wednesday, November 8 at 8:00pm ET/7:00pm CT.

    Produced by Dave Cobb, Morgane Stapleton and Chris Stapleton, Higher was recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A and showcases his supernatural voice and musical versatility across 14 songs that defy genre. Already receiving critical attention, Stapleton recently unveiled lead single, “White Horse,” of which Billboard praises “a hell-raising anthem, meant to be blared with windows down and enjoyed with ears ringing. ‘White Horse’ finds Stapleton pairing an outlaw swagger with some heaven-scraping vocals, going for the gusto throughout the chorus to try and match the guitar snarl.” Additionally, Consequence declares, “‘White Horse’ certainly suggests that Stapleton is leaning into his strengths as a cross-genre act” and Brooklyn Vegan proclaims, “one of the most jaw-dropping singles yet from an artist who rarely if ever misses.”

    Alongside Stapleton (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide electric guitar), the new album features Cobb (acoustic guitar, eclectic guitar), J.T. Cure (bass), Paul Franklin (pedal steel), Derek Mixon (drums), Morgane (background vocals, synthesizer, tambourine) and Lee Pardini (organ, piano).

    Known for his electric live performances, the 8x Grammy, 15x CMA and 15x ACM Award-winner will continue to tour through this fall with his extensive “All-American Road Show” tour. See below for complete itinerary.

    One of the country’s most respected and beloved musicians, in the past year Stapleton was named Entertainer of the Year at the 58th ACM Awards—resulting in a prestigious ACM Triple Crown Award—and Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2022 CMA Awards—his sixth time earning the award, setting the record for most wins ever in the category. Additionally, in February, he performed the National Anthem at Super Bowl LVII and has collaborated in recent years with Adele, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, P!nk, Sheryl Crow, Santana and many more.

    The new album follows 2020’s acclaimed Starting Over, which went on to win three awards at the 67th Annual GRAMMYs: Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance (“You Should Probably Leave”) and Best Country Song (“Cold”) in addition to earning Album of the Year honors at both the CMA and ACM Awards. Called a “a sure-footed masterpiece” by the Associated Press, the album landed on “Best of 2020” lists at NPR MusicRolling StoneBillboardEsquire, VultureThe Tennessean, and The New York Times, who declared, “Chris Stapleton’s roar isn’t designed to scare you off. It’s regal, an announcement of an alpha figure asserting his primacy…on this, his fourth album, the thrill is back.” Prior to Starting Over, Stapleton released a pair of Platinum-certified releases in 2017—From A Room: Volume 1 and From A Room: Volume 2—as well as his x5 Platinum breakthrough solo debut album in 2015, Traveller.

    In addition to their work as musicians, the Stapletons are founders of the Outlaw State of Kind charitable fund, which supports a variety of causes that are close to their heart.

    HIGHER TRACK LIST:

    1. What Am I Gonna Do
    2. South Dakota
    3. Trust
    4. It Takes A Woman
    5. The Fire
    6. Think I’m In Love With You
    7. Loving You On My Mind
    8. White Horse
    9. Higher
    10. The Bottom
    11. The Day I Die
    12. Crosswind
    13. Weight Of Your World
    14. Mountains Of My Mind

    CHRIS STAPLETON TOUR DATES:

    October 5—Charlottesville, VA—John Paul Jones Arena* (SOLD OUT)

    October 6—State College, PA—Bryce Jordan Center* (SOLD OUT)

    October 7—Long Island, NY—UBS Arena* (SOLD OUT)

    October 12—Corpus Christi, TX—American Bank Center Arena+

    October 13—Houston, TX—Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion+ (SOLD OUT)

    October 14—Lafayette, LA—Cajundome+

    October 19—San Antonio, TX—AT&T Center+ (SOLD OUT)

    October 20—Austin, TX—Moody Center+ (SOLD OUT)

    October 21—Austin, TX—Moody Center+ (SOLD OUT)

    October 26—Tulsa, OK—BOK Center+ (SOLD OUT)

    October 27—Dallas, TX—Dos Equis Pavilion+ (SOLD OUT)

    October 28—Dallas, TX—Dos Equis Pavilion+ (SOLD OUT)

    *with special guests Margo Price and Nikki Lane
    +with special guests Charley Crockett and Nikki Lane

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris Stapleton, Mickey Guyton, Sam Williams

    Chris Stapleton is taking part in Peloton‘s All For One Fitness Festival, the fitness brand’s annual celebration of movement, music and community, this weekend, September 7th – 9th. The virtual festival will include live Artist Series classes featuring music from KatyPerr, Skrillex, Hozier and Chaka Khan, as well as on-demand classes including Stapleton, The Black Keys, Dave Matthews Band, Eagles, Ellie Goulding, Gorillaz, LL COOL J, Machine Gun Kelly, Maren Morris, Miguel, Pusha T, Salt N Pepa, ZZ Top and Thirty Seconds to Mars. Check out classes with Chris Here: Logan Aldridge – 20 min Chris Stapleton Arms & Shoulders Strength;   Hannah Corbin – 30 min Chris Stapleton Ride.

    Mickey Guyton has released the official music video for her single, “Nothing Compares To You,” featuring Kane Brown. The tune was written by Tyler Hubbard, Bebe Rexha and Jordan Schmidt.

     

    Sam Williams will take part in a special concert event celebrating the 100th birthday of his grandfather, the late Hank Williams at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. “Hank’s 100th: A Concert in Celebration of Hank Williams” will be presented by Spotify on September 21st at 3:30pm in the museum’s CMA Theater in Nashville. Artists also performing during the concert include Suzy Bogguss, Rodney Crowell,  Delbert McClinton, Chuck Mead, Wendy Moten, Country Music Hall of Fame members Charlie McCoy and Connie Smith and two more of Hank Williams’ grandchildren, Hilary Williams and Holly Williams, among others.

     

     

  • CMA NOMINATIONS HAVE BEEN REVEALED; CHRIS STAPLETON AND JORDAN DAVIS GARNER 3 NODS EACH.

    The nominees for “The 57th Annual CMA Awards” have been announced. Lainey Wilson leads the list with nine nominations. Chris Stapleton and Jordan Davis have three apiece.

    Chris, the reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year,  returns to both Entertainer and Male Vocalist categories, marking his seventh Entertainer nod and ninth Male Vocalist nomination. He is also up for Musical Event with Carly Pearce on the song “We Don’t Fight Anymore.” Chris has 34 career nominations.

    Jordan is nominated for Single, Song and Music Video of the Year for his multi-week No. 1 smash, “Next Thing You Know.” The song, produced by Paul DiGiovanni, was written by Jordan, Greylan James, Chase McGill and Josh Osborne.

     

     

    Carrie Underwood is once again nominated for Entertainer of the Year, while Parker McCollum is up for New Artist of the Year.

    Brothers Osborne and Maddie & Tae return to the Duo of the Year category, while The War And Treaty earn their first CMA nod in the category. Brothers’ John Osborne is also nominated as producer AND Mix Engineer of Ashley McBryde’s album, Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville. 

     

    Little Big Town earns their 18th nomination in the Vocal Group Of The Year category, which they’ve taken home six times. This is their 32nd CMA nomination overall.

     

    Entertainer of The Year:

    • Luke Combs
    • Chris Stapleton
    • Carrie Underwood
    • Morgan Wallen
    • Lainey Wilson

    Female Vocalist of the Year:

    • Kelsea Ballerini
    • Miranda Lambert
    • Ashley McBryde
    • Carly Pearce
    • Lainey Wilson

    Male Vocalist of the Year:

    • Luke Combs
    • Jelly Roll
    • Cody Johnson
    • Chris Stapleton
    • Morgan Wallen

    Vocal Group of the Year:

    • Lady A
    • Little Big Town  
    • Midland
    • Old Dominion
    • Zac Brown Band

    Vocal Duo Of The Year:

    • Brooks & Dunn
    • Brothers Osborne  
    • Dan + Shay
    • Maddie & Tae
    • The War And Treaty

    Single of the Year:

    • “Fast Car”; Luke Combs; Producer: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathon Singleton; Mix Engineer: Chip Matthews
    • “Heart Like A Truck”; Lainey Wilson; Producer: Jay Joyce; Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce
    • “Need A Favor”; Jelly Roll; Producer: Austin Nivarel; Mix Engineer: Jeff Braun
    • “Next Thing You Know”; Jordan Davis; Producer: Paul DiGiovanni; Mix Engineer: Jim Cooley
    • “Wait In The Truck”; Hardy f/Lainey Wilson; Producers: Hardy, Joey Moi, Jordan Schmidt, Derek Wells; Mix Engineer: Joey Moi

    Album of the Year:

    • Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville; Producers: John Osborne, John Peets; Mix Engineers: Gena Johnson, John Osborne
    • Bell Bottom Country; Lainey Wilson; Producer: Jay Joyce; Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce
    • Gettin’ Old; Luke Combs; Producers Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton; Mix Engineers: Michael H. Brauer, Jim Cooley, Chip Matthews
    • One Thing At A Time; Morgan Wallen Producers: Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome, Joey Moi, Cameron Montgomery Mix Engineers: Josh Ditty, Joey Moi, Eivind Nordland
    • Rolling Up the Welcome Mat; Kelsea Ballerini Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Alysa Vanderheym; Mix Engineers: Dan Grech-Marguerat, Alysa Vanderheym

    Song of the Year:

    • “Fast Car”; Songwriter: Tracy Chapman
    • “Heart Like A Truck”; Songwriters: Trannie Anderson, Dallas Wilson, Lainey Wilson
    • “Next Thing You Know”; Songwriters: Jordan Davis, Greylan James, Chase McGill, Josh Osborne
    • “Tennessee Orange”; Songwriters: David Fanning, Paul Jenkins, Megan Moroney, Ben Williams
    • “Wait In The Truck”; Songwriters: Renee Blair, Michael Hardy, Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt

    Musical Event Of The Year:

    • “Save Me”; Jelly Roll w/Lainey Wilson; Producers: Zach Crowell, David Ray Stevens
    • “She Had Me At Heads Carolina (Remix)” Cole Swindell & Jo Dee Messina; Producer: Zach Crowell
    • “Thank God”; Kane Brown w/Katelyn Brown; Producer: Dann Huff
    • “Wait In The Truck”; Hardy f/Lainey Wilson; Producers: Hardy, Joey Moi, Jordan Schmidt, Derek Wells
    • “We Don’t Fight Anymore”; Carly Pearce f/Chris Stapleton; Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Carly Pearce

    New Artist of the Year:

    • Zach Bryan
    • Jelly Roll
    • Parker McCollum
    • Megan Moroney
    • Hailey Whitters

    Musician of the Year:

    • Jenee Fleenor
    • Paul Franklin
    • Rob McNelley
    • Derek Wells
    • Charlie Worsham

    Music Video of the Year

    • “Light On In The Kitchen”; Ashley McBryde; Director: Reid Long
    • “Memory Lane”; Old Dominion; Directors: Mason Allen, Nicki Fletcher
    • “Need A Favor”; Jelly Roll; Director: Patrick Tohill
    • “Next Thing You Know”; Jordan Davis; Director: Running Bear
    • “Wait In The Truck”; Hardy f/Lainey Wilson; Director: Justin Clough

     

    The 57th CMA Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 8th at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC.

     

    Audio / JORDAN DAVIS TALKS ABOUT WRITING HIS TWO-WEEK NO. 1 SMASH, "NEXT THING YOU KNOW."

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    Jordan Davis (writing Next Thing You Know) OC: …song is today. :59
    “There’s a saying that says ‘raising kids – the days are long, the years are short,’ and that’s what this song is to me. I kind of came in wanting to write something like that, you know kind of a slow down time song, and Greylan had this idea. The idea initially was about going to a bar or going somewhere and meeting somebody and then just the progression of a relationship. I kind of hijacked the title and said, ‘Hey man. I love that title, but we’re going to write it in the sense of having kids, watching ‘em grow up and hopefully becoming a grandparent, you know? Chase McGill and Josh Osborne both have kiddos, and I think they kind of grabbed on it. Greylan, hats off to him. He’s the single kid of the group, so he was like, ‘Man, I’ll go there. I don’t know how much input I can be able to say in this, but I’ll go there with you.’ I mean, he’s a great writer, and it was fun to kind of see the title that he threw out evolve into what the song is today.”

    Audio / CHRIS STAPLETON SAYS HE’S ALWAYS GRATEFUL FOR THE MOMENT OF RECOGNITION.

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    Chris Stapleton (grateful for awards) OC: …grateful for the moment. :30
    “Well I’ll take ’em home with me I guess once they send ’em Yeah I guess you have to at some point, but it still is a very… I’m thankful for it and it’s very nice and there’s a lot of great people doing a lot of great things making a lot of great music and working really hard and so when you get this kind of a thing going, I don’t think anybody deserves it. It’s a lot of luck and a lot of stars lining up so, I’m grateful for the moment.”

    Audio / Michael and Tanya Trotter of The War And Treaty react to their first CMA nomination.

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    The War And Treaty (CMA 2023 reaction) OC: (MICHAEL) …This is crazy. :24 NOTE: quick cutoff at the end

    TANYA: “I can’t believe you got up and you gave me the phone (Michael laughs). The first thing you did, you passed me the phone and I started crying.” MICHAEL: “Text messages from everyone. Like to think, Oh My God, this is our first CMA nomination.” TANYA: “That’s insane.” MICHAEL: “WE.ARE.NOMINATED.FOR.A.CMA.” TANYA LAUGHS: “That’s crazy.” MICHAEL: “Are you serious?” TANYA: “I mean, all I can say is thank you to the fans and everybody. Thank you so much.” MICHAEL: “This is crazy.”

    Audio / From backstage at last year's CMA Awards, Brothers Osborne are giddy after winning the Duo of the Year Award.

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    Brothers Osborne (CMA Award) OC: …awesome family. :49
    JOHN: “The Duo category can go any which way. I mean, you look at us, comparatively speaking, we’re kind of maybe somewhere in the middle in terms of the numbers. I don’t know what it is (laughs), I don’t know why we’re holding these up here, but it’s super rad and I’m definitely going to put this on my mantel. You know, I think one of the most amazing pieces of advice I was ever given was to work hard and be nice to people, and I think that’s why we have these. We work really hard and we try to be respectful to everyone around us. And one of the things I love about the country music genre is it’s family and we’re all really, really close. We’re all a bunch of misfits thrown together. We’re all a little different, but we love one another and respect one another, and I’m just honored for the both of us to be part of this awesome family.”

    Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD TALKS ABOUT HER CMA ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINATION.

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    Carrie Underwood (CMA Entertainer nod) OC: …that category. :47
    “It is, I mean, obviously such an honor to be nominated in Entertainer of the Year. Obviously, that’s such a tough category to be in, ‘cause there’s just so, I don’t even want to call it competition, there’s just so many hard working artists out there that are just you know pouring themselves and their time and their energy and their love and their artistry into what they do. You know, obviously just to even be in the final category is just absolutely amazing and hopefully, above all, we can all just remember that it’s a celebration of a great year in country music and in our careers as artists, so we’ll just see what happens, but definitely excited to be in that category.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Dierks Bentley, Chris Stapleton, Sam Hunt, Darius Rucker

    Dierks Bentley‘s Whiskey Row will be the new home for Nashville’s musical discovery series, Whiskey Jam, which has hosted over 875 live events in its 13 years serving the artist and songwriting community. Starting September 18th, Whiskey Jam’s regular Monday and Thursday events will take place at the new location. “When we started construction on Whiskey Row seven years ago, my first call was to Ward because I knew he would be able to help us establish a music program that’s representative of the most authentic parts of Nashville, which was really important to me,” said Dierks. “This feels like a natural evolution in our relationship. I’m proud to know that my bar will be home base for artists and fans who want to hear original music of all kinds.”

    Chris Stapleton has partnered with Alaska outfitters brand Filson. The new luggage set is titled the Travellers Collection, and it will include five bags and a custom T-shirt. The complete collection will be available October 5th, but you can purchase the T-shirt with all proceeds from the sale of the Tee going to Chris and Morgane Stapleton’s Outlaw State of Kind charity.

     

    Sam Hunt appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday (September 1st). He performed several songs, including his latest single, “Outskirts,” as well as his multi-platinum, multi-week No. 1 “Body Like A Backroad,” “House Party” and “23.” He also talked about life on the road with his wife and daughter, expecting baby no. 2 and how he’s working on new music.

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    Darius Rucker appeared on NBC’s TODAY Show on Friday (September 1st). Between performances on the Citi Concert stage, Darius talked about his upcoming album, “Carolyn’s Boy” — his first album in six years. He also opened up about being an empty nester now that his children are all out of the house with his youngest, son Jack, heading off to college. Darius performed his new song, “Have A Good Time,” “Fires Don’t Start Themselves,” his fan-favorite smash “Wagon Wheel” and his recent No. 1 “Beers And Sunshine.”

     

     

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  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND CHRIS STAPLETON LEAD THE UMGN LIST OF NOMINEES FOR THE INAUGURAL PEOPLE’S CHOICE COUNTRY AWARDS.

    Carrie Underwood and Chris Stapleton lead Universal Music Group Nashville’s list of nominees for the inaugural People’s Choice Country Awards.

    Carrie has three nods for the fan-voted show, including Female Artist of 2023, Social Country Star of 2023 and Concert Tour of 2023  for her Denim & Rhinestones Tour.

    Chris is also nominated in three categories, including Collaboration Song of 2023 for “We Don’t Fight Anymore” w/ Carly Pearce, Crossover Song of 2023 with “Just Say I’m Sorry” with P!NK and  Concert Tour of 2023 for his All American Road Show.

    Priscilla Block picks up two nominations for New Artist of 2023 and Collaboration Song of 2023 with the No. 1 song “You, Me, And Whiskey” w/ Justin Moore.

    Brothers Osborne, Little Big Town, Maddie & Tae and The War And Treaty are all nominated for Group/Duo of 2023.

    To vote for your favorites and to see the rest of the nominees, go to pcca.votenow.nbc.com.

    One vote per category per day.

    Hosted by Little Big Town, the People’s Choice Country Awards will air live from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House September 28th beginning at 8pm ET/7pm CT on NBC and Peacock.

     

     

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON’S HIGHER OUT NOVEMBER 10TH; FIRST SINGLE “WHITE HORSE” AT RADIO NOW!

    Chris Stapleton’s highly anticipated new album, Higher, will be released November 10th on Mercury Nashville (pre-order/pre-save). In advance of the release, the album’s first single, “White Horse,” written by Stapleton and Dan Wilson, is out today — listen HERE.

    Produced by Dave Cobb, Morgane Stapleton, and Stapleton, Higher was recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A. Across its 14 songs, Stapleton showcases his supernatural voice and musical versatility with songs that span genres and defy easy categorization. Alongside Stapleton (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide electric guitar), the album features Cobb (acoustic guitar, eclectic guitar), J.T. Cure (bass), Paul Franklin (pedal steel), Derek Mixon (drums), Morgane (background vocals, synthesizer, tambourine), and Lee Pardini (organ, piano).

    Known for his electric live performances, the 8x Grammy, 15x CMA and 15x ACM Award-winner is currently in the midst of his extensive “All-American Road Show” tour and joins George Strait for select stadium shows this summer including two shows next Friday and Saturday at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.

    One of the country’s most respected and beloved musicians, in the past year Stapleton was named Entertainer of the Year at the 58th ACM Awards — resulting in a prestigious ACM Triple Crown Award — and Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2022 CMA Awards — his sixth time earning the award, setting the record for most wins ever in the category. Additionally, in February, he performed the National Anthem at Super Bowl LVII and has collaborated in recent years with Adele, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, P!nk, Sheryl Crow, Santana, and many more.

    The new album follows 2020’s acclaimed Starting Over, which went on to win three awards at the 67th Annual GRAMMYs: Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance (“You Should Probably Leave”) and Best Country Song (“Cold”) in addition to earning Album of the Year honors at both the CMA and ACM Awards. Called a “a sure-footed masterpiece” by the Associated Press, the album landed on “Best of 2020” lists at NPR MusicRolling StoneBillboardEsquire, VultureThe Tennessean, and The New York Times, who declared, “Chris Stapleton’s roar isn’t designed to scare you off. It’s regal, an announcement of an alpha figure asserting his primacy…on this, his fourth album, the thrill is back.” Prior to Starting Over, Stapleton released a pair of Platinum-certified releases in 2017 — From A Room: Volume 1 and From A Room: Volume 2 — as well as his 5x Platinum breakthrough solo debut album in 2015, Traveller.

    In addition to their work as musicians, the Stapletons are founders of the Outlaw State of Kind charitable fund, which supports a variety of causes that are close to their heart.

    HIGHER Track List:

    1. What Am I Gonna Do
    2. South Dakota
    3. Trust
    4. It Takes A Woman
    5. The Fire
    6. Think I’m In Love With You
    7. Loving You On My Mind
    8. White Horse
    9. Higher
    10. The Bottom
    11. The Day I Die
    12. Crosswind
    13. Weight Of Your World
    14. Mountains Of My Mind

     

    CHRIS STAPLETON TOUR DATES:

    July 22—Cullman, AL—Rock the South

    July 28—Nashville, TN—Nissan Stadium*

    July 29—Nashville, TN—Nissan Stadium*

    August 5—Tampa, FL—Raymond James Stadium*

    August 10—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion‡ (SOLD OUT)

    August 11—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion‡ (SOLD OUT)

    August 12—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion‡ (SOLD OUT)

    August 17—Toronto, ON—Budweiser Stage† (SOLD OUT)

    August 18—Toronto, ON—Budweiser Stage† (SOLD OUT)

    August 19—Montreal, QC—Lasso Festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

    August 24—Memphis, TX—FedEx Forum#

    August 25—Alpharetta, GA—Ameris Bank Amphitheatre# (SOLD OUT)

    August 26—Alpharetta, GA—Ameris Bank Amphitheatre# (SOLD OUT)

    October 5—Charlottesville, VA—John Paul Jones Arena^ (SOLD OUT)

    October 6—State College, PA—Bryce Jordan Center^ (SOLD OUT)

    October 7—Long Island, NY—UBS Arena^ (SOLD OUT)

    October 12—Corpus Christi, TX—American Bank Center Arena§

    October 13—Houston, TX—Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion§ (SOLD OUT)

    October 19—San Antonio, TX—AT&T Center§ (SOLD OUT)

    October 20—Austin, TX—Moody Center§ (SOLD OUT)

    October 21—Austin, TX—Moody Center§ (SOLD OUT)

    October 26—Tulsa, OK—BOK Center§ (SOLD OUT)

    October 27—Dallas, TX—Dos Equis Pavilion§ (SOLD OUT)

    October 28—Dallas, TX—Dos Equis Pavilion§ (SOLD OUT)

    *with George Strait and special guests Little Big Town
    ‡with special guests Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives and The War And Treaty

    †with special guests Marcus King and The War And Treaty
    #with special guests Marcus King and Allen Stone

    ^with special guests Margo Price and Nikki Lane
    §with special guests Charley Crockett and Nikki Lane

     

    Audio / Chris Stapleton reveals he wrote the title track "Higher" right after he moved to Nashville to become a professional songwriter.

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    Chris Stapleton (Higher song) OC: …to me. :22
    “’Higher’ is a song that’s been around a long, long time. I wrote it in 2001 within the first few months of being a professional songwriter here in Nashville, and it was on the first demo session I ever did in Nashville. So, for it to come around 22 years later and wind up being a title track of an album is a pretty unique thing to me.”

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON RELEASES NEW SINGLE “WHITE HORSE;” ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, HIGHER, OUT IN NOVEMBER.

    Chris Stapleton has released his new single, “White Horse,” which he co-wrote with Dan Wilson. The song was written over a decade ago when Dan and Chris were asked to write a song for a movie, however, it didn’t make the final cut of the film.

    “’White Horse’ was a song that I wrote with my friend, Dan Wilson,” says Chris. “We were out in Los Angeles, it was about I think probably late 2012, early 2013, and there was a movie called the Lone Ranger that was coming out, and I walked in the room to write with Dan at his house, and he said, ‘Hey they’re looking for songs for this Lone Ranger movie.’ I said, ‘Cool. Let’s write something. What do you know about it?’ He goes, ‘Well, we don’t really know anything.’ I was like, ‘Well, let’s just make a song that might sound like that.’ And so, that’s kind of where that came from, and we got to talking about how it would be cool to have a kind of rock-driven-western-themed song, and that’s kind of where the song came from and we kind of built it around a guitar riff, really.”

    Chris co-produced “White Horse” with Dave Cobb and his wife Morgane Stapleton.

    TO ACCESS THE “WHITE HORSE” TOOLKIT, CLICK HERE.

     

    WHITE HORSE LYRICS:

    This love is getting kinda dangerous
    Feels like it’s a loaded gun
    My mind, it’s turning like a cloud of dust
    My heart always wants to run

    Oh Oh Oh
    If you want a cowboy on a white horse
    Riding off into the sunset
    If that’s the kinda love you wanna wait for
    Hold on tight girl I ain’t there yet
    No I ain’t there yet
    No I ain’t there yet

    White Horse

    Someday maybe you could have your way
    Right now’s just not the time
    Some things a man’s just got to do
    I wish you could change my mind

    Oh Oh Oh
    If you want a cowboy on a white horse
    Riding off into the sunset
    If that’s the kinda love you wanna wait for
    Hold on tight girl I ain’t there yet
    No I ain’t there yet
    No I ain’t there yet

    White Horse

    If you want a cowboy on a white horse
    Riding off into the sunset
    If that’s the kinda love you wanna wait for
    Hold on tight girl I ain’t there
    If you want a cowboy on a white horse
    Riding off into the sunset
    If that’s the kinda love you wanna wait for
    Hold on tight girl I ain’t there yet
    No I ain’t there yet
    No I ain’t there yet
    White Horse

    Chris is set to play the Rock The South music festival in Cullman, Alabama on Saturday (July 22nd), followed by a two-night stand at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium with George Strait and Little Big Town July 28th and July 29th.

     

    Audio / Chris Stapleton reveals the inspiration behind his new song, "White Horse."

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    Chris Stapleton (White Horse) OC: …guitar riff, really. :37
    “’White Horse’ was a song that I wrote with my friend, Dan Wilson. We were out in Los Angeles, it was about I think probably late 2012, early 2013, and there was a movie called the Lone Ranger that was coming out, and I walked in the room to write with Dan at his house, and he said, ‘Hey they’re looking for songs for this Lone Ranger movie.’ I said, ‘Cool. Let’s write something. What do you know about it?’ He goes, ‘Well, we don’t really know anything.’ I was like, ‘Well, let’s just make a song that might sound like that.’ And so, that’s kind of where that came from, and we got to talking about how it would be cool to have a kind of rock-driven-western-themed song, and that’s kind of where the song came from and we kind of built it around a guitar riff, really.”

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town

    Chris Stapleton has released his incredible version of “The Star Spangled Banner” that he performed at this year’s Super Bowl.

     

    Luke Bryan will appear on CMT Hot 20 Countdown this weekend.  He talks about his new Country On Tour and much more. Catch all the action Saturday and Sunday at 9am ET/8am CT.

    Little Big Town will open for pop superstar Ed Sheeran on Saturday (July 1st) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachussetts.

     

    Little Big Town will host and perform at the first-ever People’s Choice Country Awards. The two-hour ceremony will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House September 28th at 8pm ET/7pm CT on NBC and will be available to stream on Peacock.

     

     

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris Stapleton, Jordan Davis, Maddie & Tae, Anne Wilson, Darius Rucker

    Chris Stapleton and Lucchese released a behind-the-scenes of their new boot collection. “Everything can be refined to an art and that’s what I love about Lucchese boots — they’ve taken boot making and refined it to an art.” — Chris Stapleton  “A lucchese boot is what a cowboy boot should be.”

    Celebrating artistry through superior craftsmanship and vintage designs. Years in the making, Chris and Lucchese built a collection that reflects their mutual respect of tradition, quality, and timeless style. With every purchase, a portion of the proceeds supports Chris & Morgane Stapleton’s charitable fund Outlaw State of Kind.

     

    Jordan Davis will take part in CMT’s new series, Summer Sessions, which will air Friday nights beginning July 7th. Ashley McBryde, Breland, Chris Janson, Lee Brice and Tanya Tucker will also be featured.

    Maddie & Tae and Anne Wilson will perform as part of “A Covenant Knight at the Opry House” on August 7th, along with Jason Aldean, Morgan Wallen, Old Dominion, Lee Brice and many more. The event will benefit The Covenant School Community Fund to continue mental health support for healing, ease the transition back into the building and equip the school for a safe, successful new year together, following the tragedy that took place at the Nashville-area school earlier this year. Following the August 7th show, “A Covenant Knight at the Grand Ole Opry House” will air for six consecutive nights on Circle Network, starting August 19th.

     

     

    Darius Rucker will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as part of the Class of 2024. He’ll be joined by Gwen Stefani, Def Leppard, Sammy Hagar, Toni Braxton and Andre “Dr. Dre” Young, among others in the Recording category. Other famous faces who will be inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame include Chadwick Boseman (posthumously), Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kerry Washington, Eugene Levy, Ken Jeong, Christina Ricci and more.

     

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae, Reba McEntire

    Chris Stapleton teamed up with famed bootmaker Lucchese to launch its new collection, Lucchese x Chris Stapleton, which is available now and includes three different types of boots. “Everything can be refined to an art and that’s what I love about Lucchese boots – they’ve taken boot making and refined it to an art,” says Chris. With every purchase, a portion of the proceeds supports Chris & Morgane Stapleton’s charitable fund Outlaw State of Kind.

     

    Brothers Osborne will perform a FREE show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Plaza on Monday (June 26th) prior to the NHL Awards, which will be hosted by Dierks Bentley.

     

    Kip Moore and Maddie & Tae will perform a free show as the NHL’s Nashville Predators launch the 25th Anniversary with a Broadway Block Party on Tuesday following the NHL Awards (hosted by Dierks Bentley) on Monday (June 26th). A full week of events will also include the 25th Anniversary Concert (on Tuesday, June 27th), NHL Draft, red carpet walks, games, giveaways, food trucks and more.

    Reba McEntire will extend her run as a coach on NBC’s The Voice into 2024. It was announced on Thursday (June 22nd) she will return, in addition to Dan + Shay joining as coaches in the Double Chair for the first time. For the 25th season, they will be joined by John Legend and Chance The Rapper. The new season, which will feature Reba, Gwen Stefani, Niall Horan and John Legend, kicks off this fall.

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON’S AWARDS ARE FOR THE FANS.

    Chris Stapleton just won the ACM Award for Entertainer of the Year, and fans may be able to see the trophy on the road. The phenomenal singer-songwriter takes some of the many 60+ awards he has received go on the road or are on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    “Some of ‘em, we put ‘em out on the road in the VIP section for people to see, for the fans to see. That’s who they belong to,” says the Kentucky native. “I don’t feel like they really belong to me. I don’t have ‘em in my house or anything like that. So, I don’t sit around in a shrine of myself or anything. We try to make sure the fans get to see ‘em and enjoy ‘em as much as possible in the moments that can make that happen. Some of ‘em are in the Country Music Hall of Fame and places where they can be enjoyed by the people that got me to where I earn them.”

     

    In what could be the most iconic photo of the night (along with Lainey Wilson’s inspiring quote), Chris was captured by photographer John Shearer helping “to clean up” after the show.

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    You can see Chris next in Columbus, Ohio at the Buckeye Country Superfest show with George Strait and Little Big Town May 27th.

     

    Audio / Backstage at this year’s ACM Awards, Chris Stapleton says he puts his awards in places so the fans can enjoy them, such as taking them on the road and putting them in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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    Chris Stapleton (takes awards on the road) OC: …I earn them. :31
    “Some of ‘em, we pujt ‘em out on the road in the VIP section for people to see, for the fans to see. That’s who they belong to. I don’t feel like they really belong to me. I don’t have ‘em in my house or anything like that. So, I don’t sit around in a shrine of myself or anything. We try to make sure the fans get to see ‘em and enjoy ‘em as much as possible in the moments that can make that happen. Some of ‘em are in the Country Music Hall of Fame and places where they can be enjoyed by the people that got me to where I earn them.”

  • ACM 2023: Chris Stapleton Named Entertainer of the Year

    Chris Stapleton picked up his first ACM Entertainer of the Year award at Thursday night’s (May 11th) ACM Awards.

    After kissing his wife Morgane, Chris stepped up to accept his award from presenter Trisha Yearwood and he looked visibly shaken. “Well, I’m shocked — truly. By any imaginable metric I don’t deserve this, but thank you,” he said during his acceptance speech. “There’s so many other great people in this category. I stand up, and I play music. That’s what I try to do every night. I write songs, and I make records. I never thought of myself as somebody who’d win this award. I’m so grateful for each and every person who works so hard to make us able to do what we do — my wife Morgane, thank you.”

    After thanking his management company, record label, his band and crew, he dedicated the award to his five children. “I’m really at a loss of what to say, but I want to say, my kids sitting at home, they give up a lot of my time, a lot of my wife’s time so we can do this. This is for them.”

    Backstage, Chris said he was grateful for the amazing support he’s received. “I’m humbled by it and feel very thankful to the people that voted for me for it and think I’m deserving of that, but I’ll take it. I’ll take it.”

    Chris also said he’ll celebrate the win by heading home and sleeping in his own bed.

    Audio / Chris Stapleton says he's humbled by the people who voted him ACM Entertainer Of The Year.

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    Chris Stapleton (ACM 2023 win) OC: …take it. :13
    “I’m humbled by it and feel very thankful to the people that voted for me for it and think I’m deserving of that, but I’ll take it. I’ll take it.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley

    George Strait joins Chris Stapleton, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Shooter Jennings, Snoop Dogg, The chicks, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Billy Strings, Dave Matthews and many others to celebrate Willie Nelson’s 90th birthday at the Hollywood Bowl Saturday (April 29th) and Sunday (April 30th). Chelsea Handler, Ethan Hawke, Gabriel Iglesias, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson have been added as presenters at “Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90, A Star-Studded Concert” Celebrating Willie’s 90th Birthday celebration.

     

    The recent tribute concert to the late George Jones, “Still Playin’ Possum: Music & Memories of George Jones,” will be made into a PBS Television special, according to Billboard. On Tuesday (April 25th), artists such as Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Wynonna, Jelly Roll and Tanya Tucker performed at the Propst Arena at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama to honor the “Possum” with renditions of his biggest songs, including “Tennessee Whiskey,” “White Lightnin'” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” among others. A date for the PBS special should be forthcoming soon.

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Jordan Davis, Parker McCollum, Jon Pardi

    Keith Urban just announced new dates for his Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. He will keep the party going November 1st – 18th with his fan club presale beginning on Wednesday (March 15th) at 10am PT, with tickets on sale to the public on Saturday (March 18th).

     

    You can win a limited-edition Chris Stapleton guitar. The folks at Epiphone just announced the release of the Chris Stapleton Frontier. Only 300 guitars will be produced. Check out the details below and how to get the limited run axe.

    Little Big Town will perform as part of the new CBS television special, “A GRAMMY Salute To The Beach Boys,” a two-hour tribute  featuring a star-studded  lineup, which will also include performances by John Legend, Brandi Carlile, Beck, Mumford & Sons, Weezer and many others. The special, which will also feature appearances by . The special also features appearances by Drew Carey, Tom Hanks, Jimmy Jam, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, and John Stamos, airs April 9th beginning at 8pm ET/7pm CT on CBS and Paramount+.

     

    Jordan Davis and Parker McCollum are featured in the new Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit: American Currents: State of the Music. American Currents takes a view of the country genre over the past year, exploring musical development and artist achievement. The exhibit, which also features HARDY, Molly Tuttle, Scotty McCreery, Shania Twain and more, runs until February 2024.

     

    Jon Pardi headlined the Houston Rodeo for the second time, and it looks like he had a little bit of fun. He posted a short video on his socials, showing a little behind-the-scenes action, as well as his well-executed exit from the arena on horseback.

     

    Keith Urban will perform at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, taking place March 27th at 8pm ET/7pm CT/tape-delayed PT on FOX. P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Cody Johnson and Coldplay, among others. Taylor Swift will receive the 2023 iHeartRadio Innovator Award.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Jon Pardi, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton

    Jon Pardi and his wife Summer welcomed their first child, daughter Presley Fawn, on Saturday (February 18th). She weighed in at 7 pounds 12 ounces and was 20.21 inches long.

     

    Luke Bryan is one of the headliners for the  inaugural BEACH IT! Music Festival, which will also feature fellow headliners Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett. They’re set to take over the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on Friday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 25th. The three-day, two-stage festival’s main stage will also host performances by Riley Green, Jo Dee Messina, Kip Moore, Megan Moroney, Brothers Osborne, Jameson Rodgers, Nate Smith, Alana Springsteen, Cole Swindell, Lily Rose and Hailey Whitters.

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    Chris Stapleton joins P!nk on the song “Just Say I’m Sorry,” which is from her brand new album, Trustfall. They also had a duet on 2019’s “Love Me Anyway.”

     

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON MAY HAVE MANIFESTED THE PERFORMANCE OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT THE SUPER BOWL.

    Chris Stapleton will be singing the National Anthem at Sunday’s (February 12th) Super Bowl. The multi-platinum artist and 8-time Grammy winner been quoted in the past he would perform the anthem unless it was at the Super Bowl. During an Apple Music press conference this week, he said he may have manifested the invitation.

    “It’s one of those calls you think you’re not gonna get. And then you get the call and you’re like, ‘Okay, let’s do this!,'” says Chris. “I think I said it ‘cause I thought I wouldn’t get asked. The national anthem’s not an easy song for singers, and it’s one that can go horribly wrong as we’ve seen many times in the past. Hopefully it won’t happen for me, knock on wood. But yeah, no, if you’re gonna do it, this is the place to do it.”

    Oscar winner Troy Kotsur will sign the national anthem alongside Stapleton. Kotsur won an Academy Award in 2022 for Best Supporting Actor for his work in “CODA,” becoming the second Deaf person ever to win an acting Oscar after Marlee Matlin.

     

    Also performing this year are Emmy-winning actor Sheryl Lee Ralph (Abbot Elementary) with “Lift Every Voice and Sing” during the pre-show. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds will also perform with a rendition of “America the Beautiful.”

    If you want to see the entire press interview with Chris, as well as Sheryl Lee Ralph and Babyface, click here.

    A cool note — Oscar winner Troy Kotsur will sign the national anthem alongside Stapleton. Kotsur won an Academy Award in 2022 for Best Supporting Actor for his work in “CODA,” becoming the second Deaf person ever to win an acting Oscar after Marlee Matlin.

    The Big Game kicks off at 6:30pm ET/5:30pm CT Sunday (February 12th) and will be broadcast live from State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on FOX. However, make sure to tune in early to catch all of the pre-game performances.

     

    Audio / During a press interview earlier this week, Chris Stapleton talked about performing the National Anthem at this year's Super Bowl.

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    Chris Stapleton (on singing the National Anthem at Super Bowl 2023) OC: …to do it. :23
    “It’s one of those calls you think you’re not gonna get. And then you get the call and you’re like, ‘Okay, let’s do this!’ I think I said it ‘cause I thought I wouldn’t get asked. The national anthem’s not an easy song for singers, and it’s one that can go horribly wrong as we’ve seen many times in the past. Hopefully it won’t happen for me, knock on wood. But yeah, no, if you’re gonna do it, this is the place to do it.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Chris Stapleton, Chrissy Metz

    Keith Urban will premiere the official music video for his latest single, “Brown Eyes Baby,” on Wednesday (February 8th) at 11am CT on Facebook.

    Don’t forget to tune into TalkShopLive with Dierks Bentley on Tuesday night (February 7th) beginning at 6:30pm ET. He’ll talk about his upcoming album, Gravel & Gold, which drops February 24th.

    Chris Stapleton teams up with P!nk once again for a duet on her new album, Trust Fall, which will be available next Friday (February 17th). The song is “Just Say I’m Sorry,” and it’s the closing track on her new album. The first time they paired up was in 2019 for “Love Me Anyway.”

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    Chrissy Metz co-wrote a children’s book with her boyfriend Bradley Collins and illustrator Lisa Fields. “When I Talk To God, I Talk About You.” The picture book, which is about faith, prayer and the loving bond between parent and child, will be released February 14th.

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR DATES.

    Chris Stapleton announced new dates for the 2023 leg of his All American Road Show Tour. The trek kicks off April 26th in El Paso, Texas and will make stops in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Moline, Illinois, Grand Rapids, Michigan and currently runs through August 25th in Alpharetta, Georgia.

    Rotating opening acts include The War and Treaty, Marty Stuart, Margo Price, Allen Stone, Charley Crockett, Marcus King and Nikki Lane. Tickets go on sale February 10th.

     

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON HAS BEEN TAPPED TO PERFORM THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT THIS YEAR’S SUPER BOWL.

    Chris Stapleton will perform the National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl (or “Big Game”). Super Bowl LVII takes place Sunday, February 12th at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Big Game will air on FOX with the kickoff scheduled at 6:30pm ET/5:30pm CT.

    Babyface will perform “America The Beautiful,” and Abbott Elementary star Sheryl Lee Ralph will sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The U.S. Navy will conduct a flyover during the National Anthem to celebrate 50 years of women being admitted in the military branch. As previously announced, Rihanna will be the half-time performer this year.

     

     

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON AND KACEY MUSGRAVES ARE SLATED FOR LONG STORY SHORT: WILLIE NELSON 90, A STAR-STUDDED CONCERT CELEBRATING WILLIE’S 90TH BIRTHDAY.

    Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves are set to perform during a two-day concert honoring a generational icon – Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90, A Star-Studded Concert Celebrating Willie’s 90th Birthday. The shows will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 29th and 30th, 2023, at the legendary Hollywood Bowl and is being billed as one of the biggest music events of the year. Each night will be a unique experience, featuring once-in-a-lifetime performances and unforgettable collaborations to be revealed at the show.

    “I can’t think of a better way to spend my 90th birthday than being surrounded by family, friends and of course the fans who made this all possible,” says Willie Nelson. “It’s an honor to perform with such an incredible group of artists at such an iconic venue.”

    Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90, A Star-Studded Concert Celebrating Willie’s 90th Birthday includes performances by Willie Nelson, Chris and Kacey, along with Allison Russell, Beck, Billy Strings, Bobby Weir, Charley Crockett, Edie Brickell, Leon Bridges, Lukas Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Margo Price, Miranda Lambert, Nathaniel Rateliff, Neil Young, Norah Jones, Orville Peck, Particle Kid, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Snoop Dogg, Sturgill Simpson, The Avett Brothers, The Chicks, The Lumineers, Tom Jones, Tyler Childers, Warren Haynes and Ziggy Marley. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Two-day packages for the general public go on sale Saturday, Jan. 28, at 10 AM PT at http://ticketmaster.com. All eligible Capital One Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cardholders will have access to exclusive presale tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 10 AM PT. For complete show details, including information on travel packages, go to willienelson90.com.

  • PARKER McCOLLUM, CHRIS STAPLETON, LUKE BRYAN AND JON PARDI ARE AMONG THE HEADLINERS AT THIS YEAR’S RODEOHOUSTON.

    The lineup for this year’s RodeoHouston has been announced. The 20-day event kicks off with Parker McCollum February 28th, following his sold-out debut last year. RodeoHouston will also include headliners such as Jon Pardi (March 8th), Chris Stapleton (March 16th) with Luke Bryan closing it out March 19th. Other performers include Ashley McBryde, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Jason Aldean, The Chainsmokers, New Kids on the Block, Machine Gun Kelly and Cody Johnson, among others.

    Individual RODEOHOUSTON tickets will go on sale to the public Thursday, January 12th. For the first time, they will be sold in two waves, 10am and 2pm, at rodeohouston.com.

  • GEORGE STRAIT TO HEADLINE BUCKEYE COUNTRY SUPERFEST WITH CHRIS STAPLETON AND SPECIAL GUESTS LITTLE BIG TOWN.

    Buckeye Country Superfest has announced a top-tier lineup for 2023, with George Strait headlining the annual event at Ohio Stadium on May 27th, 2023. Appearing alongside the King of Country is one of the country’s most respected and beloved musicians, Chris Stapleton, plus special guests, Grammy Award-winning band Little Big Town and rising star Warren Zeiders. 2023 will mark the sixth year for Buckeye Country Superfest at Ohio Stadium, following a record-setting attendance of over 63,000 fans in 2022.

    Tickets go on sale this Saturday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. ET at BuckeyeCountrySuperfest.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. ET through Friday, Nov. 18 at 10 p.m. ET.

    The festival announcement follows the recent news that Strait and Stapleton will team up for one-off stadium shows in only six markets next summer, with Little Big Town also joining them for those dates. Tickets to the 2023 concerts in Phoenix, Milwaukee, Seattle, Denver, Nashville (two nights) and Tampa are on sale now via GeorgeStrait.com.

    “When I walk through those curtains and see those smiling faces, my feet don’t touch the ground again ‘til I walk back out and get on that bus that got me there. That’s from a song I wrote called ‘I’ll Always Remember You.’ It’s a true statement,” Strait shared exclusively with Billboard of the recent announcement.

    “I love doing these shows with George about as much as I like doing anything. There’s nothing to compare it to,” added Stapleton. “So many of his songs are in the ethos of what country music is. Playing these shows together is a great experience all the way around.”

     

     

  • GEORGE STRAIT AND CHRIS STAPLETON TEAM UP TO PLAY ONLY SIX MARKETS, SUMMER 2023; FEATURING LITTLE BIG TOWN.

    Fans of George Strait will have six major opportunities to see the King of Country live in 2023, alongside one of the country’s most respected and beloved musicians, Chris Stapleton, for one-off stadium dates in Phoenix, Seattle, Denver, Milwaukee, Nashville and Tampa. Joining 89x Platinum music icon Strait and eight-time GRAMMY-winner Stapleton for all dates are special guests, Little Big Town.

    Tickets to all shows go on sale next Friday, November 4th at 10am local time at GeorgeStrait.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, October 26th at 10am local time through Thursday, November 3rd at 10pm local time.

    “When I walk through those curtains and see those smiling faces, my feet don’t touch the ground again ‘til I walk back out and get on that bus that got me there. That’s from a song I wrote called ‘I’ll Always Remember You.’ It’s a true statement,” Strait shared exclusively with Billboard of the announcement. “When we talked about doing these six shows next year with Chris, it was a no brainer for me. I was all in.”

    “I love doing these shows with George about as much as I like doing anything. There’s nothing to compare it to,” adds Stapleton. “So many of his songs are in the ethos of what country music is. Playing these shows together is a great experience all the way around.”

    George Strait w/ Chris Stapleton & special guests Little Big Town 2023 Stadium Shows:
    May 6              Glendale, Ariz.  ||  State Farm Stadium
    June 3              Milwaukee, Wisc.  ||  American Family Field
    June 17            Seattle, Wash.  ||  Lumen Field
    June 24            Denver, Colo.  ||  Empower Field at Mile High Stadium
    July 29            Nashville, Tenn.  ||  Nissan Stadium
    Aug. 5             Tampa, Fla.  ||  Raymond James Stadium

    Since his record-breaking Cowboy Rides Away Tour wrapped in 2014, Strait has performed for limited engagements, including appearances in 2021 headlining both weekends of the Austin City Limits Music Festival as well as Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium. He also extended his Strait to Vegas series at T-Mobile Arena earlier this year along with headlining shows at Little Rock’s Simmons Bank Arena and Kansas City’s GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in addition to returning to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for his 31st performance at the event and headlining back-to-back nights in Austin for the Moody Center’s grand opening celebration.

    As previously announced, Strait will also perform in his home state of Texas this fall for a two-night stand at Fort Worth’s Dickies Arena on Friday, November 18th and Saturday, November 19th, 2022. The two shows sold out within just hours of going on sale to the public this spring. In addition, he will return to Las Vegas for his Strait to Vegas series once again, gracing the stage at his T-Mobile Arena home away from home for the 35th and 36th times on Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd.

     

    Audio / Little Big Town lists their favorite George Strait songs.

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    LBT (Strait songs) OC: …Mmmm hmmmm. :39
    “We have so many George Strait songs we love that we literally cannot pick. ‘The Chair.’ Yes! ‘Sweet Adalina,’ ‘Give It Away,’ ‘Nobody in Her Right Mind Would’ve Left Her,’ ‘I Saw God Today,’ ‘Ocean Front Property,’ ‘All My Exes Live In Texas,’ ‘Love Without End, Amen,’ ‘Blue Clear Sky,’ ‘So Good in Love.’ ‘You Look So Good in Love’ (Jimi sings it). That’s a rolling in the haystack song. That was definitely on the ‘Rolling In The Haystack’ Mixtape.” KAREN: hmm mmmmm.

  • AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS 2022 NOMINEES: CARRIE UNDERWOOD, CHRIS STAPLETON, JORDAN DAVIS, LUKE BRYAN

    The nominations for this year’s AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS have been announced.

    Carrie Underwood is up for two awards including Favorite Country Album (Denim & Rhinestones) and Favorite Female Country Artist.

    Chris Stapleton is also nominated for two awards including Favorite Country Song (“You Should Probably Leave”) and Favorite Male Country Artist.

    Jordan Davis is nominated for Favorite Country Song for his two-week No. 1 song “Buy Dirt” featuring Luke Bryan.

    The 2022 American Music Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on November 20th at 8pm ET/5p PT on ABC.

    Fans can vote on Twitter and online. More info at https://www.theamas.com/how-to-vote/

    Vote Limits: 22 votes per user, per category, per day, per method.
    Vote Open: Thursday, October 13 at 6:00am PT.
    Vote Close: Monday, November 14 at 11:59pm PT.

    Favorite Country Song

    • Chris Stapleton, “You Should Probably Leave”
    • Cody Johnson, “‘Til You Can’t”
    • Dustin Lynch ft. MacKenzie Porter, “Thinking ‘Bout You”
    • Jordan Davis ft. Luke Bryan, “Buy Dirt”
    • Morgan Wallen, “Wasted On You”

     

    Favorite Country Album

    • Carrie Underwood, “Denim & Rhinestones”
    • Luke Combs, “Growin’ Up”
    • Cody Johnson, “Human: The Double Album”
    • Taylor Swift, “Red (Taylor’s Version)”
    • Walker Hayes, “Country Stuff: The Album”

     

    Favorite Country Duo or Group

    • Dan + Shay
    • Lady A
    • Old Dominion
    • Parmalee
    • Zac Brown Band

     

    Favorite Male Country Artist

    • Chris Stapleton
    • Cody Johnson
    • Luke Combs
    • Morgan Wallen
    • Walker Hayes

     

    Favorite Female Country Artist

    • Carrie Underwood
    • Lainey Wilson
    • Maren Morris
    • Miranda Lambert
    • Taylor Swift

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about what fans can expect when they listen to her new album, Denim & Rhinestones.

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    Carrie Underwood (hopes for fans) OC: …time with it. 1:00
    “I hope when fans listen to the album, Denim & Rhinestones, that they just feel happy. When we set out to make this entire project, I walked in the writing room with my co-producer David (Garcia), and he’s like, ‘Well, what are we doing? What do you want to do?’ And I said, I just want to have fun. I feel like over the past couple of years, everybody’s been a little cooped up and just need some fun in their lives. You know, thinking about taking all of these songs on the road, I just wanted to think about as we were writing and as I was choosing songs, which ones would be great live. I love this album so much. It makes me happy. I hope they learn a little bit more about my musical influences and things that I like, because I feel like a lot of those just worked their way into this album. But, most of all, I just want them to feel happy, I want them to dance, I want them to sing and just have a good time with it.”

    Audio / JORDAN DAVIS TALKS ABOUT HOW HE AND HIS THREE CO-WRITERS CAME UP WITH THE SONG, "BUY DIRT."

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    Jordan Davis (Buy Dirt origin) OC: …that day. :55
    “We took a writer’s retreat a little south of Nashville, me and three of my favorite writers in the world – Matt Jenkins, Josh Jenkins and my brother Jacob. We started every day – we were down there three days – and we started every day with coffee on the back porch, and Josh would lead us in some type of devotional. He would find some scripture and then we would just kind of chew on it for a little bit. That day he had read, and I need to remember the exact scripture, but it was something about being planted, being planted in the dirt and having a strong root system so you can weather storms and rain. That is really the start of ‘Buy Dirt.’ And I don’t know if that song comes if we don’t wake up early and get out there and kind of start talking about real life. That was where it all started, and I’m grateful, grateful that I (laughs) didn’t sleep in that day.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris Stapleton, Parker McCollum, Kylie Morgan, Kip Moore, Jordan Davis

    Chris Stapleton has been added as a presenter at this year’s CMT Artists of the Year celebration from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Friday (October 14th) at 9pm ET/8pm CT. Alan Jackson, Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Kane Brown, Lainey Wilson, Walker Hayes and Riley Green are all slated to perform during the special.

    Chris Stapleton, along with Dwight Yoakam and Tyler Childers, performed during Tuesday night’s (October 11th) KENTUCKY RISING benefit. They helped raise more than $2.5 million for flood relief in Eastern Kentucky.

    Parker McCollum is giving away free tickets to his show. Check his socials for more information.

    Kylie Morgan and her fiance Jay Allen are spearheading a sold-out show, the Fort Myers Beach Relief Concert, on Monday (October 17th). The benefit, taking place at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Nashville, will also feature performances from Walker Hayes, Ashley Cooke, Tigirlily and many others. After the duo’s wedding was postponed after Hurricane Ian devastated Fort Myers and other cities in Florida, Kylie and Jay decided to put on a benefit show to assist those affected by the massive storm.

     

    Kip Moore and Jordan Davis will perform at next year’s CMC Rocks QLD Festival, which will take place at Willowbank Raceway in Ipswich, Australia March 17th – 19th.

     

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Mickey Guyton, Jon Pardi, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Parker McCollum, Priscilla Block, Reba McEntire

    Mickey Guyton will perform on The Jennifer Hudson Show on Tuesday (September 13th) during the show’s premiere week. Check local listings for time and channel.

    Jon Pardi will perform on The Talk on Tuesday (September 13th) on CBS.

    Little Big Town will perform on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (September 14th) followed by a performance on NBC’s Today Show’s Citi Concert Series on Friday (September 16th).

    Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton are set to headline next year’s Stagecoach Festival April 28th – 30th in India, California, along with Kane Brown. The three-day festival will also feature performances by Jon Pardi, Parker McCollum, Priscilla Block, Brooks and Dunn, Elle King, Breland, Nelly, Old Dominion, Gabby Barrett, Lainey Wilson and many more. Tickets and passes go on sale this Friday (September 16th) at 1pm ET.

    Reba McEntire is set to appear on ABC’s Live With Kelly & Ryan on September 22nd.

  • CHRIS STAPLETON AND SHANIA TWAIN ARE FETED AT THIS YEAR’S ACM HONORS.

    Chris Stapleton and Shania Twain were among the recipients of the Special Awards for the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards.

    Chris received the ACM Spirit Award, which is presented to a singer-songwriter who’s continuing the legacy of Country Music legend Merle Haggard by following his/her own path, crafting great songs and epitomizing The Hag’s spirit through compelling performances and great storytelling.

    Shania, along with tunesmith Sonny Throckmorton, received the ACM Poet’s Award, which is given to a Country Music songwriter for outstanding and longstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their career, with special consideration given to a song or songs’ impact on the culture of Country Music.

    Little Big Town honored Miranda Lambert with the ACM Triple Crown Award. Other honorees include HARDY (ACM Songwriter of the Year), Connie Bradley (ACM Icon Award), Paul Barnabee and Dwight Wiles (ACM Lifting Lives Award), Morgan Wallen (ACM Milestone Award), Duane Clark (ACM Service Award) and the TV show Yellowstone (ACM Film Award).

    Performers and presenters include Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, The Warren Brothers, Brooks & Dunn, Dan + Shay, Jordan Davis, ERNEST, Jesse Frasure, Vince Gill, Ashley Gorley, Mickey Guyton, HARDY, Wynonna Judd, Avril Lavigne, Little Big Town, Morgan Wallen, Lainey Wilson and more.

    The 15th Annual ACM Honors will air Tuesday (September 13th) at 8pm ET/PT on FOX.

     

    Audio / Chris Stapleton talks about receiving the ACM Honors Spirit Award, especially at the legendary Ryman Auditorium.

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    Chris Stapleton (ACM Honors) OC: …big enough word. :30
    “Well, you’re in the Mother Church, you know, first of all. This is a special building. This is kind of ground zero for the foundations of what we know to be country music, a lot of it. Great people have come through this building and stood on that stage. Anytime you walk in here, it’s a special place, but to stand on that stage and accept an award that draws some comparisons between you and someone who’s obviously as important to country music as Merle Haggard, that’s very, honored is probably not even a big enough word.”

    Audio / Shania Twain talks about her ACM Poet's Award at this year's ACM Honors.

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    Shania Twain (ACM Honors) OC: …through music. :17
    “It’s sort of a fancy word for someone who plays with words, a poet. (laughs) But I am very honored, and I do believe that poetry really is just putting words together that communicate or resonate with whoever reads them or listens to them through music.”

    Audio / Phillip Sweet of Little Big Town talks about honoring Miranda Lambert at this year’s ACM Awards.

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    LBT (ACM Honors) OC: …not cry. (laughs) :13
    “It’s so beautiful to see her and to honor her in this way. She deserves every bit of it, and a powerful woman that we all admire and so thankful that this is happening tonight, ‘cause it’s gonna be emotional. I’m gonna try to not cry.” (laughs)

  • THE 2022 CMA NOMINATIONS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED; CHRIS STAPLETON AMONG THE MOST NOMINATED.

    The nominations for the 56th Annual CMA Awards have been announced. Lainey Wilson leads the list of nominees with six nods.

    Chris Stapleton has five nominations including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Music Video of the Year (“I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)”), Single and Song of the Year for “You Should Probably Leave.”

    With this year’s five nods, Stapleton has amassed 39 career nominations. He is a six-time nominee for Entertainer of the Year and an eight-time nominee for Male Vocalist, a category he has won five times. “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” collects Stapleton his third nomination for Music Video, a category he won in 2016. The video is directed by Lively and is performed with 27-time nominee Taylor Swift. “You Should Probably Leave” marks Stapleton’s fifth nomination for Single of the Year and third nomination for Song. He is a two-time winner in both categories, claiming both trophies in 2018 and 2021. Stapleton co-produced the single with Dave Cobb and it was mixed by Vance Powell. He co-wrote the song with Chris DuBois and Ashley Gorley.

    Carrie Underwood earned three nominations including Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for “If I Didn’t Love You” with Jason Aldean.

    With this year’s nominations, Underwood has garnered 40 career nods since 2006. This year marks her 16th nomination for Female Vocalist, a trophy she’s claimed five times. She is a four-time nominee for Musical Event, earning a nod this year for “If I Didn’t Love You,” a duet with Jason Aldean produced by Michael Knox. She collects her fifth nomination for the night’s most coveted trophy, Entertainer of the Year.

    Jordan Davis picked up two CMA nominations for Single of the Year for the multi-week No. 1 single “Buy Dirt” featuring Luke Bryan (who is also nominated); and for Song of the Year for “Buy Dirt,” which he wrote with his brother Jacob Davis (who earned his first CMA nomination), along with Matt and Josh Jenkins.

    Jon Pardi also picked up a pair of nominations for his collaboration with Midland on “Longneck Way To Go” for Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year. The song also appears on Jon’s brand new album, Mr. Saturday Night.

    2020’s Entertainer of the Year Eric Church earned a nod for Male Vocalist of the Year, while Little Big Town earned a nomination for Vocal Group of the Year, a category which they’ve won SIX times!

    Reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne and Maddie & Tae pick up nods for Vocal Duo of the Year.

    Dierks Bentley is nominated along with BRELAND and HARDY for Musical Event of the Year for the trio’s chart-topping tune, “Beers On Me.”

    Parker McCollum earns his first CMA nomination for New Artist of the Year

    The 56th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, will broadcast LIVE from Nashville November 9th at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC.

    ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

    • Luke Combs
    • Miranda Lambert
    • Chris Stapleton
    • Carrie Underwood
    • Morgan Wallen

    SINGLE OF THE YEAR
    Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer  

    • “Buy Dirt” – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan
      Producer: Paul DiGiovanni
      Mix Engineer: Jim Cooley
    • “half of my hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini (feat. Kenny Chesney)
      Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins
      Mix Engineer: Dan Grech-Marguerat
    • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde
      Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
      Mix Engineer: Ryan Gore
    • “’Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson
      Producer: Trent Willmon
      Mix Engineer: Jack Clarke
    • “You Should Probably Leave” – Chris Stapleton
      Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
      Mix Engineer: Vance Powell

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR
    Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s) 

    • Growin’ Up – Luke Combs
      Producers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton
      Mix Engineers: Jim Cooley, Chip Matthews
    • Humble Quest – Maren Morris
      Producer: Greg Kurstin
      Mix Engineer: Serban Ghenea
    • Palomino – Miranda Lambert
      Producers: Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall, Mikey Reaves
      Mix Engineer: Jason Lehning
    • Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’ – Lainey Wilson
      Producer: Jay Joyce
      Mix Engineer: F. Reid Shippen
    • Time, Tequila & Therapy – Old Dominion
      Producers: Shane McAnally, Old Dominion
      Mix Engineer: Justin Niebank

    SONG OF THE YEAR
    Award goes to Songwriter(s) 

    • “Buy Dirt”
      Songwriters: Jacob Davis, Jordan Davis, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins
    • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl”
      Songwriters: Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce
    • “Sand In My Boots”
      Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, Michael Hardy, Josh Osborne
    • “Things A Man Oughta Know”
      Songwriters: Jason Nix, Jonathan Singleton, Lainey Wilson
    • “You Should Probably Leave”
      Songwriters: Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley, Chris Stapleton

    FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

    • Miranda Lambert
    • Ashley McBryde
    • Carly Pearce
    • Carrie Underwood
    • Lainey Wilson

    MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

    • Eric Church
    • Luke Combs
    • Cody Johnson
    • Chris Stapleton
    • Morgan Wallen

    VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

    • Lady A
    • Little Big Town
    • Midland
    • Old Dominion
    • Zac Brown Band

    VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

    • Brooks & Dunn
    • Brothers Osborne
    • Dan + Shay
    • LOCASH
    • Maddie & Tae

    MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
    Award goes to Artist(s) and Producer(s)  

    • “Beers On Me” – Dierks Bentley with BRELAND & HARDY
      Producers: Dierks Bentley, Ross Copperman
    • “If I Didn’t Love You” – Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood
      Producer: Michael Knox
    • “Longneck Way To Go” – Midland (featuring Jon Pardi)
      Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
    • “Never Say Never” – Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson)
      Producer: Zach Crowell
    • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde
      Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

    MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

    • Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle
    • Paul Franklin, Steel guitar
    • Brent Mason, Guitar
    • Ilya Toshinskiy, Banjo
    • Derek Wells, Guitar

    MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
    Award goes to Artist(s) and Director(s)  

    • “I Bet You Think About Me” (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault) – Taylor Swift (featuring Chris Stapleton)
      Director: Blake Lively
    • “Longneck Way To Go” – Midland (featuring Jon Pardi)
      Director: Harper Smith
    • “Never Say Never” – Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson)
      Director: Michael Monaco
    • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde
      Director: Alexa Campbell
    • “’Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson
      Director: Dustin Haney

    NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    • HARDY
    • Walker Hayes
    • Cody Johnson
    • Parker McCollum
    • Lainey Wilson

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Audio / JORDAN DAVIS SAYS THE SUCCESS "BUY DIRT" IS HAVING IS VERY SPECIAL.

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    Jordan Davis (Buy Dirt success is special) OC: …more special. :13
    “It just means a lot more. I wrote it with my brother (Jacob) and two my best friends (Josh and Matt Jenkins) in town and just the content of it. It comes from a really, really honest place. So, when you have songs that mean that much and you get to see them have success like ‘Buy Dirt’ is having, it’s a little bit more special.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves, Shania Twain, Chris Stapleton, Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker

    Taylor Swift received five nominations for MTV’s Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year, Best Longform Video, Best Cinematography, Best Direction and Best Editing.

     

    Kacey Musgraves received a pair of nominations for MTV’s Video Music Awards for Best Longform Video and Best Art Direction. The 2022 VMAs will air live from New Jersey’s Prudential Center on Sunday, August 28th at 8pm ET/PT.

    Shania Twain‘s new documentary, Not Just A Girl, is now available for streaming on Netflix.

    In addition, Shania has also released a companion album, Not Just A Girl (The Highlights).

     

    Chris Stapleton has been added to the list of performers at this year’s Farm Aid. The festival, featuring performances by co-founders Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, as well as Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, Margo Price and Brittney Spencer, will take place at Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 24th. Tickets go on sale July 30th.

    Alan Jackson made a wonderful announcement on his socials this week. There’s a new addition to the Jackson clan — Alan’s daughter, Ali, is pregnant with the country superstar’s first grandchild, a boy, who is due in December.

    If you’re watching Netflix and come across the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair’s three-part docuseries, you might hear a familiar voice. Wrestling fan (and Ric Flair’s biggest fan) Darius Rucker is narrating the documentary, Ric Flair: The Last Match, about the wrestling legend’s life and career, which is all leading up to his last match, scheduled to take place in Nashville on July 31st.

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton

    Carrie Underwood will help honor the legendary Country Music Hall of Famer, Barbara Mandrell, on her 50th Anniversary as a member of the Opry family with two shows at the Grand Ole Opry July 30th. Carrie, who has lauded Mandrell as one of her musical and professional inspirations, is scheduled to perform and help honor the music legend who will be in attendance at both shows. More artists will be announced soon.

     

    Keith Urban is set to perform on NBC’s TODAY Show for its Citi Concert Series June 30th.

     

     

    A new exhibit titled Chris Stapleton: Since 1978 is set to open July 1st, 2022 and will run through May 14th, 2023. The exhibit will follow the superstar’s career, starting with his birth in 1978 -hence the title of the exhibit- in eastern Kentucky and will highlight his journey to Nashville, life as a songwriter and his meteoric rise as an artist.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Vince Gill, Luke Bryan

    Carrie Underwood will perform on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (June 14th).

    Chris Stapleton had a very special guest come up to sing with him and his wife Morgane during his L.A. show on Friday (June 10th). His pal and superstar Justin Timberlake got up to sing what has been reported as a nearly 12-minute version of Tennessee Whiskey at the legendary Forum in Inglewood. He started with singing his bandmember intros and

    Vince Gill had the honor of inviting two legends to become members of the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night (June 11th). He extended the invitation to musician Charlie McCoy and hit tunesmith Don Schlitz, both already in the Country Music Hall of Fame, to be the next members of the Grand Ole Opry. The invitation marks the first time the Opry has invited two entertainers to become Opry members in the same night since it became a tradition to make the surprise invitations in public.

    Luke Bryan will appear on Live With Kelly and Ryan on June 22nd, along with his fellow American Idol judges, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.

  • CHRIS STAPLETON AND SHANIA TWAIN AMONG ACM HONORS RECIPIENTS.

    Chris Stapleton and Shania Twain are among the recipients of the Special Awards for the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards. The honorees will be celebrated during the 15th Annual ACM Honors, taking place August 24th at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

    Chris is set to receive the ACM Spirit Award, which is presented to a singer-songwriter who’s continuing the legacy of Country Music legend Merle Haggard by following his/her own path, crafting great songs and epitomizing The Hag’s spirit through compelling performances and great storytelling.

    Shania, along with tunesmith Sonny Throckmorton, will receive the ACM Poet’s Award, which is given to a Country Music songwriter for outstanding and longstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their career, with special consideration given to a song or songs’ impact on the culture of Country Music.

    Other honorees include Miranda Lambert (ACM Triple Crown Award), HARDY (ACM Songwriter of the Year), Connie Bradley (ACM Icon Award), Paul Barnabee and Dwight Wiles (ACM Lifting Lives Award), Morgan Wallen (ACM Milestone Award), Duane Clark (ACM Service Award) and the TV show Yellowstone (ACM Film Award).

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Reba McEntire, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Taylor Swift, Sam Hunt

    Reba McEntire has joined the cast of ABC’s Big Sky as a series regular for Season 3. She’ll star as Sunny Brick, the matriarch of the Brick family, described as a “successful backcountry outfitter with a secret history of missing customers.”


    Little Big Town
    are among the artists joining Wynonna as she embarks on The Judds final tour solo this fall after the unexpected and tragic death of her mother Naomi. Martina McBride (originally on the bill), along with Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Ashley McBryde and Brandi Carlile will also hit the road with Wy.

    Luke Bryan  and Chris Stapleton honored the legendary Lionel Richie during the star-studded PBS special, Lionel Richie: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Luke, seated at a piano, performed “Lady,” which was written by Lionel for the late Kenny Rogers. Chris performed “Say You, Say Me.”

    Taylor Swift gave the commencement speech to the class of 2022 at New York University this week, and she was awarded a doctorate degree, as well.

    Sam Hunt will join acclaimed hit songwriter and founder of Big Loud Records and Big Loud Shirt, Craig Wiseman, for the 2022 Second Harvest benefit concert presented by American Airlines. Stars for Second Harvest will be held at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on Tuesday, June 7th at 7:30pm. Country singer-songwriters ERNEST and Ben Burgess will also perform.

  • CHRIS STAPLETON HEADS HOME TO KENTUCKY TO PLAY A SOLD-OUT STADIUM SHOW.

    Chris Stapleton proves you can go home again, and he did so in a huge way this past weekend. After a two-year delay, he was finally able to headline his benefit show, A Concert For Kentucky, which was held at Kroger Field at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The first-ever music concert at the field, featuring over 55,000 in attendance, also showcased performances by Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow and newcomer Madeline Edwards.

    Proceeds from A Concert For Kentucky went to Chris and Morgane’s Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund, established to support local and national organizations. The fund has helped thousands of organizations including, but not limited to, Red Cross, Farm Aid, City of Hope, Blue Grass Community Foundation, Music Health Alliance, MusiCares, Mr. Holland’s Opus, March of Dimes, Feeding America and Habitat for Humanity.

    Chris also surprised the senior class of his alma mater, Johnson Central High School in Paintsville, Kentucky, by giving tickets to the entire class of 2022 to attend the show, even providing transportation to and from the concert.

    The Kentucky native, who is making his way up the charts with his latest song “Joy of My Life,” is taking his All-American Roadshow north of the border this weekend with shows on Thursday (April 28th) in London, Ontario, Friday (April 29th) in Ottawa, Ontario and Saturday (April 30th) in Montreal, Quebec.

    Audio / After winning several trophies at this year’s ACM Awards, Chris Stapleton talked about what it was like getting back on the road after the pandemic shut everything down for two years.

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    Chris Stapleton (getting back on the road after COVID) OC: …it again. :28
    “Well, you certainly gain an appreciation for what we had lost, which was getting to interact with people every night and hear people sing songs back to you and see smiles on their faces and people having a good time and the communion that that brings. It’s a wonderful thing. And we certainly missed it. It was 504 days, I think, we didn’t play a show. So, we were certainly counting the days and the hours until we got to do it again.”

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Jordan Davis, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Brothers Osborne, Kassi Ashton

    Jordan Davis will perform his recent two-week No. 1 song, “Buy Dirt,” on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday (April 22nd).

    Chris Stapleton has been announced as one of the headliners at this year’s Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin, Tennessee. The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival will return for its eighth year on September 24th and 25th at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm. Artists, including Brandi Carlile, The Avett Brothers, Jon Batiste, Elle King, Marty Stuart, Brittney Spencer and more, are scheduled to perform across five stages during the two-day festival.

    Keith Urban joined wife Nicole Kidman at the L.A. premiere of The Northman at the TCL Chinese Theatre earlier this week. Nicole, who appears in the film, will also appear on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday (April 22nd).

    Brothers Osborne‘s TJ Osborne will serve as a Grand Marshal of this year’s Nashville Pride Parade. The parade kicks of June 25th at 10am on Broadway and 8th Ave. Other Grand Marshals include Leslie Jordan, Greg Cason and Alberta Hardison.

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    Brothers Osborne
    were among those recognized at the seventh annual AIMP (Association of Independent Music Publishers) Awards in Nashville earlier this week. Also honored were HARDY, Lee Brice, Tenille Arts and Morgan Wallen. Jordan Davis, Kassi Ashton, Jimmie Allen, Callista Clark, Lee Brice, Matt Stell and HARDY performed during the event.

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker

    Kacey Musgraves is among the many artists who joined together on Friday (April 8th) to Stand Up For Ukraine, a social media movement powered by Global Citizen. The Weeknd, Jon Batiste, Jonas Brothers, Katy Perry, Billy Porter, Ellie Goulding, Jon Bon Jovi, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and many others also joined the movement. The online event took place just a day before a “pledging summit” to aid displaced Ukrainians.

     

    Chris Stapleton picked up four nominations for this year’s Billboard Music Awards, including Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist, Top Country Tour and Top Country Song (“You Should Probably Leave”). Carrie Underwood also has four nominations, including Top Country Female Artist, Top Christian Artist, Top Christian Album (My Savior) and Top Country Song (“If I Didn’t Love You”). Luke Bryan has two with Top Country Tour and Top Country Song for “Buy Dirt,” which is also a nomination for Jordan Davis. Eric Church picked up a nomination for Top Country Tour. The BBMAs will broadcast live coast-to-coast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 15th at 8pm ET/5 pm PT on NBC and will stream live on Peacock.

     

    Priscilla Block, who is performing at tonight’s (April 11th) CMT Music Awards, is set to open the 2022 Downtown @ Sundown Concert Series in Clarksville, Tennessee on May 6th. The Concert Series is free to the public and will take place on the first and third Fridays of the month May through October.

    University of South Carolina alum Darius Rucker will perform a free concert for students to celebrate the women’s basketball team’s national championship. Darius suggested the concert in a tweet April 1st after South Carolina beat Louisville for a spot in the championship game. The Gamecocks went on to defeat UConn 64-49 to take their second national title in five years. Students can sign up for a lottery here to win a ticket to the concert, which will be held April 24th at Colonial Life Arena.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Dierks Bentley, Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton

    Dierks Bentley was inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame on Tuesday (April 5th). He, along with musicians Keb’Mo, Bobby Bare and Connie Smith, were recognized for their contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville with their own star on the Walk of Fame.

     

    Reba McEntire scored her 28th Top 10 album on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart as My Chains Are Gone debuts at No. 9.

    Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline, along with NASCAR legend Darryl Waltrip, helped break ground on Williamson Medical Center’s $200 million expansion earlier this week. The project will be the largest renovation to date for the hospital, which has been at its current home on Carothers Parkway since 1986. Luke and Caroline will help raise $50 million dollars via a capital campaign for the reno. Caroline Bryan, who serves as co-chair of the campaign, said her family settled on moving to Franklin when they realized how close their potential new home would be to Williamson Medical Center. “This is where our children were born. This is where their doctors are. This is where my doctors are,” Caroline Bryan tells The Tennessean. “Anything from a routine visit to the ER visits, everybody is just fantastic, and watching this getting ready to expand is so needed. It’s time. It’s exciting.” Luke added, “We get to have a voice to make sure this is the best health care you could ever dream of,” Luke Bryan said.


    Chris Stapleton is one of the headliners for Kentucky’s Bourbon & Beyond Festival taking place September 15th-18th. Also headlining are Kings of Leon, Pearl Jam and Jack White. Additional performers include Elle King, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Yola, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and many more. Tickets are now on sale at bourbon.frontgatetickets.com.

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON, BROTHERS OSBORNE AND CARRIE UNDERWOOD ARE GRAMMY WINNERS.

    Chris Stapleton won three GRAMMY Awards including Best Country Album for Starting Over, Best Country Song for “Cold” and Best Country Solo Performance for “You Should Probably Leave” — both songs from Starting Over. During his acceptance speech for Best Country Album, Chris spoke about the sacrifices everyone in the room had made chasing their musical career. In fact, his twins’ fourth birthday was on Sunday (April 3rd).  “Hopefully we’re all doing it so it would make the world a better place and the people that live in it will love each other and have a good time together and come together.”

     

     

    Brothers Osborne took home a GRAMMY Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Younger Me.”

     

    Carrie Underwood won a GRAMMY for Best Roots Gospel Album for My Savior.

    Backstage talking to the media, an emotional Carrie says this is probably one of the most important award wins she’s had in her entire career. “I feel like it’s more important because I feel like this is one of the most important bodies of work I’ve ever been a part of, been able to do. This is what one thing that I’ve wanted to do literally my whole career. I’ve wanted to make this album and I got to, and this just means the world to me.”

     

    Audio / Backstage at last night's Grammy Awards, Chris Stapleton talks about winning awards, particularly at The Grammys.

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    Chris Stapleton (Grammys 2022) OC: …those guys. :36
    “You know, anytime that you are even nominated for a award or someone thinks enough of you to invite you to these kinds of shows, particularly the Grammys, it’s, you know, it’s a very surreal moment and we had a very surreal moment all day today. And so it was it was a very and to get to play a song, you know that I wrote with the guys in the band on the show, won a Grammy for it earlier in the year and in the evening, and it was a special night for it. For me. For me, it’s special and it’s special. Get it to do with those guys.

    Audio / CHRIS STAPLETON SAYS HE DOESN'T REALLY THINK ABOUT A THEME IN HIS NEW 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 / Backstage at last night's GRAMMY AWARDS, TJ Osborne of Brothers Osborne talks about winning their first Grammy Award and especially for the significance of it being for the song, "Younger Me."

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    Brothers Osborne (Grammys 2022) OC: …on myself. :52
    “We, John and I have taken, I think, a lot of risks in our career and sometimes don’t always pay off and we try to just stick with who we are and what we do. And this was the validation that you got for that hard work and the sacrifices that we made. It felt like they were suddenly weren’t all for nothing. And I’m so incredibly grateful for it. And I think on top of that, with the song that we were nominated for younger me was a song that my brother and I both wrote really kind of as a letter to our younger selves. If they could just see where we are now, that would have saved themselves a lot of heartbreak and strife. And and then the add on to that to be accepting a Grammy also does adds to that story that if I could just tell my younger self that this would be here, this is where I would be in my life here on the stage right now. I would certainly not believe it, but I would also be a hell of a lot easier on myself.”

    Audio / BROTHERS OSBORNE'S TJ OSBORNE TALKS ABOUT THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THEIR SONG, "YOUNGER ME," WHICH IS FEATURED ON THE DELUXE EDITION OF THEIR ALBUM, SKELETONS.

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    Brothers Osborne (Younger Me) OC: …made it through. :38
    TJ: “The inspiration behind ‘Younger Me’ was really inspired by both, really kind of both of our stories and just the different things that we struggled with in our youth and we just made things overly complicated. I truly didn’t think I’d get to this point in my life, and I’m sure John would probably say the same for himself. And we really just wanted to really kind of almost in some ways write a note to our younger selves and just kind of tell them to hold on, hold tight, and hopefully in an effort for maybe other people out there that are going through that currently to realize there will be a moment in your life where you can look back on this and be happy that you made it through.”

    Audio / Backstage at last night's Grammy Awards, an emotional Carrie Underwood says the win for My Savior is probably the most important win of her career.

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    Carrie Underwood (Grammys 2022) OC: …world to me. :24
    “I’m probably immediately going to start crying, OK? I feel like it’s more important because I feel like this is one of the most important bodies of work I’ve ever been a part of been able to do. This is what one thing that I’ve wanted to do literally my whole career. I’ve wanted to make this album and I got to, and this just means the world to me.”

    Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD GREW UP SINGING MANY OF THE HYMNS ON HER NEW ALBUM, MY SAVIOR, IN CHURCH AND REVISITING THEM FELT LIKE “HOME” TO HER.

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    Carrie Underwood (hymns feel like home) 1:05
    “These particular songs for My Savior, you know, I grew up singing these in church and my church that we go to right now they play a lot of very contemporary Christian songs, praise and worship songs, and it’s great. But every once in a while, they’ll kind of throw in like a chorus or something of some hymn that I grew up with and there’s an immediate sense of home when I hear that. And that’s kind of where I was at when we were recording this. It should be like a warm hug, and I feel like there’s so many people that are like me that kind of long for that. You think back to that sense of home and your church that you grew up in with the pews. I mean it’s just one of those things that it just feels like home. And after a year like last year, I feel like people are definitely searching. A lot of people were thrown out of their daily routines and trying to figure life out and be more introspective or kind of slow down. We were all forced to slow down.”

  • CHRIS STAPLETON WILL PERFORM AT THIS YEAR’S GRAMMY AWARDS.

    Chris Stapleton has been added to the list of performers at this year’s GRAMMY Awards. Also announced as performers are Jon Batiste, H.E.R., Foo Fighters, Nas, Ben Platt, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Rachel Zegler.

    They’ll join previously announced performers Brothers Osborne, BTS, Brandi Carlile, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow and Olivia Rodrigo.

    Chris has three nods including Best Country Album (Starting Over), Best Country Solo Performance (“You Should Probably Leave”) and Best Country Song (“Cold”).

    The 64th Grammy Awards will take place live from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3rd at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on CBS.

  • CHRIS STAPLETON RELEASES NEW SINGLE, “JOY OF MY LIFE.”

    Chris Stapleton released his new single “Joy Of My Life,” on Monday (March 21st). The follow-up to his recent No. 1 single, “You Should Probably Leave,” “Joy of My Life” was originally written and recorded by John Fogerty for his 1997 album, Blue Moon Swamp.

    “Joy Of My Life” is featured on Chris’ latest album, Starting Over. Chris takes his All-American Road Show Tour to Atlantic City for a two-night stay on April 8th and April 9th.

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Reba McEntire, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton

    Reba McEntire has released a lyric video for the Oscar-nominated, Diane Warren-penned song “Somehow You Do.”

     

    Brothers Osborne will perform on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (March 22nd). Tune in at 11:35pm ET/10:35pm CT.

     

    Chris Stapleton and Brothers Osborne are set to hit the road on select dates of Willie Nelson & Friends’ Outlaw Music Festival Tour this summer.  For complete information on tickets and guests details, go to: http://outlawmusicfestival.com

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Vince Gill, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt and more

    Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton honor Lionel Richie in an upcoming PBS special concert celebrating the music icon’s Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The tribute concert, which was taped earlier this month and will air May 17th on PBS, featured Luke singing “Lady,” the hit Lionel wrote for Kenny Rogers, and Stapleton performing “Say You, Say Me.” Other performers include Gloria Estefan, Yolanda Adams, Boyz II Men, Andra Day and many more.

    Kacey Musgraves is the recipient of this year’s GLAAD Vanguard Award. The presentation will be made at the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton on April 2nd. Vanguard Awards are given to allies who have made a major contribution to the advancement of LGBTQ rights. GLAAD praised Musgraves’ efforts, including her use of her platform to collect cash for GLAAD’s annual anti-bullying Spirit Day campaign and to raise awareness of anti-LGBTQ. Previous recipients include Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez.

    Vince Gill and Amy Grant will return to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for their holiday residency, Christmas At The Ryman, in December. The pair will perform holiday classics for the shows spanning December 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20 & 21. Tickets are on sale now.

    Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt and Parker McCollumare among the artists performing at Cheyenne Frontier Days, taking place July 21st – 31st in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Check out the entire schedule here.

  • UMG NASHVILLE 2022 ACM AWARDS WINNERS: Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Parker McCollum

    There were lots of big wins at Monday night’s ACM Awards, and some incredible and moving performances.

    Chris Stapleton won his third ACM Male Artist of the Year, which is his 13th ACM Award overall. He also performed a fiery, moving and pulse-inducing performance of “Watch You Burn,” which he wrote with Mike Henderson after the devastating mass shooting at the Route 91 festival in 2017. The performance was introduced by Jason Aldean, who was on stage performing at the festival when the shooting took place.

     

    Carrie Underwood picked up an ACM Award for Single of the Year with Jason Aldean for “If I Didn’t Love You,” which they turned in a spectacular performance of during the show. This makes her 16th overall ACM win.

    Brothers Osborne’s win for Duo of the Year marks their third win in the category, and sixth win overall. John and TJ performed twice on the show. First, they played the title track from their latest album, Skeletons, complete with light up outfits. They also closed the show performing a cool version of “These Boots Were Made For Walking” with Brittney Spencer.

     

     

    Parker McCollum was named New Male Artist of the Year, his first-ever ACM Award. He also performed his No. 1 “Pretty Heart.”

     

    Eric Church performed a 16-song medley on the show, which featured Ashley McBryde and included songs such as “How Bout You,” “Guys Like Me,” “Love Your Love The Most,” “Smoke A Little Smoke,” “Drink In My Hand,” “Springsteen,” “Talladega,” “Give Me Back My Hometown,” “Mr. Misunderstood,” “Round Here Buzz,” “Record Year,” “Desperate Man,” “Some Of It,” “Hell Of A View,” and his latest single “Heart On Fire.”

    Luke Bryan performed his latest single, “Up,” before joining Jordan Davis on the two-week No. 1 “Buy Dirt.”

     

     

     

    Fans can relive all of the excitement of the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony now on Prime Video and on IMDb TV, Amazon’s premium free streaming service on March 8th beginning at 8pm ET/5pm PT.

    Audio / Backstage at this year's ACM Awards, Carrie Underwood talks about her performance with Jason Aldean on "If I Didn't Love You" on the show.

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    Carrie Underwood (ACM 2022 performance with Jason Aldean) OC: …the performance. :46
    “It’s my home away from home with our residency not too far from here, so I feel like I’ve gotten a taste for Vegas showmanship. And it’s just so much fun, and we were trying to think of ways to make this performance fresh and fun and what else can we do. The song has such a huge success and we love it so much, we really just wanted to take the moment and celebrate it. When somebody said, ‘How would she feel about descending from the ceiling?’ I was like, ‘I feel good about that.’ I was excited. It’s something I’ve never done before, and I’m always up for trying new things; adding a bit of danger in to the performance.”

    Audio / Brothers Osborne's TJ Osborne talks about closing the ACM Awards with Brittney Spencer.

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    Brothers Osborne (closing  ACM show) OC: …room was fun. :24
    “We knew with Brittney (Spencer) and her vocal ability and just her stage presence, we liked the arrangement that we came up with, and it was something that I genuinely just wanted to play. I was like this is gonna be exciting and fun to play. We also knw there was going to be confetti cannons at some point. I’ve never experienced that. But I felt really excited about the whole thing. I thought the night, just us aside, I thought the whole night went very well and the energy in the room was fun.”

    Audio / Backstage at Monday night’s ACM Awards, Parker McCollum says he’s realizing a dream come true.

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    Parker McCollum (ACM Award) OC: …good feeling. :18
    “Since I was a little kid, all I wanted to do was play country music for a living and work my butt off and my team’s worked their butt off. So, to get to have a night like this after putting out a record like that, just to know that it worked a little bit? I don’t know what else anybody could ask for. It’s, I don’t know, that’s a good feeling.”

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton

    Jon Pardi and Jordan Davis are among the list of rotating artists joining iconic duo Brooks & Dunn for their Reboot 2022 Tour. The trek, which will also feature Gabby Barrett, Riley Green, Walker Hayes, Morgan Wade and others, kicks off May 5th in Evansville, Indiana. Each stop will feature two opening acts.

    Kacey Musgraves is on the cover of the current TIME Magazine for its Women of the Year issue. Read the feature HERE
    Kacey is among 12 women being recognized by TIME with their Women of the Year list. Kacey will perform at TIME‘s invitation-only Women of the Year Gala in Los Angeles on International Women’s Day (March 8th). The event will also include TIME Women of the Year honorees Tracy ChouAllyson FelixAmanda GormanSherrilyn IfillJennie JosephAmanda Nguyen, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez and Kerry Washington. Additional honorees highlighted in the TIME Women of the Year list include Amal ClooneyAdena Friedman and Zahra Joya.

    Chris Stapleton has partnered with E.H. Taylor, Jr. for the 125th Anniversary of Bottled in Bond Day. Two packages are now up for bid with prizes including an autographed bottle, tickets, a VIP distillery tour and much more. All proceeds will benefit Outlaw State of Kind, which is Chris and Morgane Stapleton’s charitable fund that supports a variety of causes that are close to their heart.

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Luke Bryan, Mickey Guyton, Priscilla Block, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Shania Twain

    Luke Bryan will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America and Live With Kelly & Ryan, along with his fellow American Idol judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, on Tuesday (February 22nd). He will also appear on The View Wednesday (February 23rd) and Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday (February 24th).

    Mickey Guyton will guest host the Ellen DeGeneres Show March 3rd, and the musical guest will be Priscilla Block. Check local listings for channel and time.

    Chris Stapleton has added 25 dates to his “All-American Road Show Tour.” The trek includes newly added stops at L.A.’s The Forum, Detroit’s Comerica Park, DC’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, Long Island’s Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center and Fort Worth’s Dickies Arena among many others and is expected to run through October 27th. Tickets go on sale Friday (February 25th).

    Eric Church is currently No. 1 on Pollstar’s Live75 chart. Reba McEntire with her “Reba: Live In Concert” tour is sitting at No. 5.

    Shania Twain had a special guest join her Saturday night during her Las Vegas Residency at Zappo’s Theater at Planet Hollywood. Coldplay’s Chris Martin joined the songstress on his own “Fix You” and her iconic hit, “You’re Still the One.”

     

     

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON IS AMONG THE FIRST ROUND OF PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS.

    Chris Stapleton is set to perform at this year’s ACM Awards. Kelsea Ballerini, Walker Hayes, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Parmalee and Blanco Brown featuring Brooke Eden, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, and Breakthrough Artist for Amazon Music, BRELAND, will also hit the stage at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. With more than 20 performances, additional details will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Chris is a five-time nominee this year, including his fourth nod for Entertainer of the Year and seventh for Male Artist of the Year. He is also nominated for Single of the Year (“You Should Probably Leave”) – nominated as artist + producer and Video of the Year (“I Bet You Think About Me”) with Taylor Swift. He is a nine-time ACM Award winner.

    The 57th Annual ACM Awards, hosted by Dolly Parton with co-hosts Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett, will be streamed live without commercial interruption from Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium on March 7th at 8pm ET/7pm CT on Amazon Prime.

     

  • ACM NOMINATIONS: Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Jordan Davis, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Brothers Osborne, Maddie & Tae, Parker McCollum, Priscilla Block, Taylor Swift

    The nominations for the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards were announced this morning, and at the top of the list is Chris Stapleton with five nominations.

    Chris earned nods in the categories for Entertainer of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year (“You Should Probably Leave”) – nominated as artist + producer, Video of the Year (“I Bet You Think About Me”).

     

    Carrie Underwood and Jordan Davis both earned four nominations each.

    Carrie is up for Carrie Underwood Entertainer of the Year, Single of the Year (“If I Didn’t Love You”), Video of the Year (“If I Didn’t Love You”) and Music Event of the Year (“If I Didn’t Love You”)

     

    Jordan Davis is nominated for Single of the Year (“Buy Dirt”), Song of the Year (“Buy Dirt”) – nominated as artist + songwriter, Music Event of the Year (“Buy Dirt”), along with Luke Bryan.

     

    Luke picks up three nominations with Jordan Davis for Single of the Year (“Buy Dirt”), Song of the Year (“Buy Dirt”) and Music Event of the Year (“Buy Dirt”)

    Eric Church is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, while the members of Little Big Town are up for Group of the Year.

     

     

    The reigning CMA Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne, as well as Maddie & Tae, are up for Duo of the Year.

     

    Parker McCollum is up for New Male Artist of the Year, while Priscilla Block is nominated for New Female Artist of the Year.

     

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    Taylor Swift receives her 32nd nomination, her first ACM Award nomination since 2018 as she is nominated for ACM Music Video of the Year. Actor, producer, and director Blake Lively receives two nominations for producing and directing Taylor Swift’s music video I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version). This marks Lively’s first ACM Award nomination and her first nomination at a music award show. Actor and Producer Austin Swift is a first-time nominee, receiving a nod for producer of I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version).

    Artist nominee list below.

     

    ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

    • Eric Church
    • Luke Combs
    • Miranda Lambert
    • Chris Stapleton
    • Carrie Underwood

     

    FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    • Gabby Barrett
    • Miranda Lambert
    • Ashley McBryde
    • Maren Morris
    • Carly Pearce

     

    MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    • Jimmie Allen
    • Luke Combs
    • Thomas Rhett
    • Chris Stapleton 
    • Morgan Wallen

     

     DUO OF THE YEAR

    • Brooks & Dunn
    • Brothers Osborne
    • Dan + Shay
    • LOCASH
    • Maddie & Tae


    GROUP OF THE YEAR

    • Lady A
    • Little Big Town
    • Midland
    • Old Dominion
    • The Cadillac Three

     

    NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

    • Tenille Arts
    • Priscilla Block
    • Lily Rose
    • Caitlyn Smith
    • Lainey Wilson

     

    NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

    • HARDY
    • Walker Hayes
    • Ryan Hurd
    • Parker McCollum
    • Elvie Shane

     

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    • 29: Written in Stone – Carly Pearce

    Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Jimmy Robbins, Tony Brown

    Record Company-Label: Big Machine Records

    • Country Again: Side A – Thomas Rhett

    Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Matt Dragstrem

    Record Company-Label: Big Machine Label Group

    • Dangerous: The Double Album – Morgan Wallen

    Producer: Joey Moi, Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome, Matt Dragstrem, Dave Cohen

    Record Company-Label: Big Loud Records / Republic Records

     

    • Famous Friends – Chris Young

    Producer: Mark Holman, Corey Crowder, Chris Young, Chris DeStefano

    Record Company-Label: RCA Records Nashville

     

    • The Marfa Tapes – Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall 

    Producers: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall

    Record Company-Label: Vanner Records / RCA Records Nashville

     

    SINGLE OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    • Buy Dirt – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan 

    Producer: Paul DiGiovanni

    Record Company-Label: MCA Nashville

    • Famous Friends – Chris Young and Kane Brown 

    Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young

    Record Company-Label: RCA Records Nashville

    • Fancy Like – Walker Hayes

    Producers: Walker Hayes, Shane McAnally, Joe Thibodeau

    Record Company-Label: Monument Records

    • If I Didn’t Love You – Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood 

    Producers: Michael Knox

    Record Company-Label: Broken Bow Records; Macon Music, LLC; BBR Music Group, BMG

     

    • You Should Probably Leave – Chris Stapleton

    Producer: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton

    Record Company-Label: Mercury Nashville

     

    SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

    • 7 Summers – Morgan Wallen

    Songwriters: Morgan Wallen, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally

    Publishers: Big Loud Mountain, Bo Wallace Publishing, Smackborne Music, Sony/ATV Accent, Smackstreet Music, Tempo Investments, Warner Geo Met Ric Music

     

    • Buy Dirt – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan

    Songwriters: Jordan Davis, Jacob Davis, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins

    Publishers: Anthem Music Publishing II, Bentprop Pub, Big Blue Nation Music, Combustion Five, Jentown, Jordan Davis Music, Smackwork Music, Smack Blue, Kobalt Music Group Music, Universal Music Corporation, WC Music Corp

     

    • Fancy Like – Walker Hayes

    Songwriters: Cameron Bartolini, Josh Jenkins, Shane Stevens, Walker Hayes

    Publishers: Songs of SMACK, Rarespark Media Group, Smackworks Music, Smack Blue, Kobalt Music Group, Holy Graffiti Music, Purplebeatz, WC Music Corp

     

    • Knowing You – Kenny Chesney 

    Songwriters: Adam James, Brett James, Kat Higgins

    Publishers: 3 Ring Circus, BMG Platinum Songs, Pompano Run Music, Songs of Brett, WC Music Corp

     

    • Things A Man Oughta Know – Lainey Wilson

    Songwriters: Jason Nix, Jonathan Singleton, Lainey Wilson

    Publishers: Sony/ATV Accent, Sony/ATV Countryside, Spirit Two Nashville, Super Big Music

     

    VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

    • Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home) – Elle King and Miranda Lambert 

    Producers: Angie Lorenz, Wes Edwards, James Stratakis

    Directors: Alexa Kinigopoulos, Stephen Kinigopoulos

     

    • Famous Friends – Chris Young and Kane Brown 

    Producer: Jennifer Ansell

    Director: Peter Zavadil

     

    • I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) – Taylor Swift featuring Chris Stapleton

    Producers: Jil Hardin, Blake Lively, Kathy Palmer, Austin Swift

    Director: Blake Lively

    • If I Didn’t Love You – Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood 

    Producers: Christen Pinkston, Wesley Stebbins-Perry

    Director: Shaun Silva

     

    • Never Wanted To Be That Girl – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde 

    Producer: Ryan Byrd

    Director: Alexa Campbell

     

    SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR*(Off Camera Award)

    • Jesse Frasure
    • Nicolle Galyon
    • Ashley Gorley
    • Michael Hardy
    • Josh Osborne

     

    MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    • Buy Dirt – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan 

    Producer: Paul DiGiovanni

    Record Company-Label: MCA Nashville

    • Famous Friends – Chris Young and Kane Brown

    Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young

    Record Company-Label: RCA Records Nashville

    • half of my hometown – Kelsea Ballerini featuring Kenny Chesney 

    Producers: Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins, Kelsea Ballerini

    Record Company-Label: Black River Entertainment

    • If I Didn’t Love You – Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood

    Producer: Michael Knox

    Record Company-Label: Broken Bow Records; Macon Music, LLC; BBR Music Group, BMG

    • Never Wanted To Be That Girl – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde

    Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

    Record Company-Label: Big Machine Label Group, Warner Music Nashville


    Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD SAYS SHE AND JASON ALDEAN HAVE WANTED TO DO A DUET, BUT FEELS LIKE “IF I DIDN’T LOVE YOU” WAS THE “PERFECT FIT.”

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    Carrie Underwood (IIDLY perfect fit) OC: …the perfect fit. :30
    “Jason asked if I would sing ‘If I Didn’t Love You’ with him. I knew I liked the song, and Jason and I have actually been kind of trying to do things together over the years. We’ve sang together before, but we’ve never officially recorded anything together. It just kind of felt like this could be our moment. I felt like it was a little bit of an unexpected duet to other people, but I feel like I kinda always knew at some point I’d probably sing with him officially, and this just seemed like, the stars were aligning and it just seemed like it was going to be the perfect fit.”

    Audio / Jordan Davis says the success his two-week No. 1 song, "Buy Dirt," is having is pretty special.

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    Jordan Davis (Buy Dirt success is special) OC: …more special. :13
    “It just means a lot more. I wrote it with my brother (Jacob) and two my best friends (Josh and Matt Jenkins) in town and just the content of it. It comes from a really, really honest place. So, when you have songs that mean that much and you get to see them have success like ‘Buy Dirt’ is having, it’s a little bit more special.”

    Audio / Jordan Davis talks about how he and his tree co-writers came up with "Buy Dirt."

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    Jordan Davis (Buy Dirt origin) OC: …that day. :55
    “We took a writer’s retreat a little south of Nashville, me and three of my favorite writers in the world – Matt Jenkins, Josh Jenkins and my brother Jacob. We started every day – we were down there three days – and we started every day with coffee on the back porch, and Josh would lead us in some type of devotional. He would find some scripture and then we would just kind of chew on it for a little bit. That day he had read, and I need to remember the exact scripture, but it was something about being planted, being planted in the dirt and having a strong root system so you can weather storms and rain. That is really the start of ‘Buy Dirt.’ And I don’t know if that song comes if we don’t wake up early and get out there and kind of start talking about real life. That was where it all started, and I’m grateful, grateful that I (laughs) didn’t sleep in that day.”

    Audio / Jordan Davis explains how Luke Bryan ended up on his song, "Buy Dirt."

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    Jordan Davis (Luke Bryan on Buy Dirt) OC: …my songs now. 1:13
    “I met Luke three or four years ago at an awards show after party, and got to hang with him, but I really kind of got to sit and talk with him after a round of golf one day, and we just really talked about everything under the sun aside from music. Luke kind of embodies what that song is. You know a lot of people get to see Luke on American Idol or on stage, but Luke Bryan really is a great guy. I sent him a message one day, a text message actually attached with the song, and I was like, ‘Hey Luke, I wrote this. It means a lot to me. You came to mind whenever I was thinking about it, through the writing process, and this song just kind of says what you’re about, and if you want to sing on it, great, no pressure. Don’t even feel the need to text me back or whatever. Just listen to it and let me know.’ And he got right back with me. He’s like, ‘Man I love the song. Let me live with it for a couple of days.’ And he called me back four or five days later and was like, ‘When do you want me singing on this thing?’ That was a pretty cool moment. I’m such a big fan of Luke, and he’s been a huge influence on me since I moved to Nashville, and pretty cool to have him on one of my songs now.”

     

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON HITS THE TOP OF THE COUNTRY CHARTS WITH “YOU SHOULD PROBABLY LEAVE.”

    Chris Stapleton has hit the top of the country charts with his latest single, “You Should Probably Leave,” a song he co-wrote with tunesmiths Ashley Gorley and Chris DuBois about a decade ago.

    This is Chris’ third No. 1 song as an artist, but he’s written several chart-toppers for other artists including Luke Bryan (“Drink A Beer”), Josh Turner (“Your Man”), Thomas Rhett (“Crash And Burn”), George Strait (“Love’s Gonna Make It Alright”), Darius Rucker (“Come Back Song”) and Kenny Chesney (Never Wanted Nothing More”), among others.

    Click here for audio on “You Should Probably Leave.”

    The song appears on his latest CMA and ACM award-winning album, Starting Over. Chris is also nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Best Country Solo Performance (“You Should Probably Leave”), Best Country Song (“Cold”) and Best Country Album (Starting Over).

    Prior to launching the new leg of his All-American Road Show Tour in April, Chris will headline the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 17th, followed by a pair of shows at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma on March 18th and 19th.

  • CHRIS STAPLETON’S “YOU SHOULD PROBABLY LEAVE” IS ENJOYING A FULL CIRCLE MOMENT.

    Chris Stapleton is closing in on the top of the country charts with “You Should Probably Leave,” a song he co-wrote with tunesmiths Ashley Gorley and Chris DuBois over 10 years ago. The song was supposed to be on an earlier album which was never released, so Chris says it’s getting a “new life” on his latest album, Starting Over.

    “This is a song that I probably wrote, let’s say 10 years ago, somewhere in there,” says Chris. “I don’t know the exact date of creation for this song, but I recorded an entire record that was previous to Traveller for Mercury that kind of canned and never came out and a version of this song is actually on that record. So, it’s kind of full circle for this song to reemerge. It’s getting a new life on this record.”

    Prior to launching the new leg of his All-American Road Show Tour in April, Chris will headline the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 17th, followed by a pair of shows at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma on March 18th and 19th.

    Audio / Chris Stapleton talks about his latest hit, "You Should Probably Leave."

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    Chris Stapleton (You Should Probably Leave) 1 OC: …on this record. :26
    “Well, this song is very old, for me. This is a song that I probably wrote, let’s say 10 years ago, somewhere in there. I don’t know the exact date of creation for this song, but I recorded an entire record that was previous to Traveller for Mercury that kind of canned and never came out and a version of this song is actually on that record. So, it’s kind of full circle for this song to reemerge. It’s getting a new life on this record.”

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  • CHRIS STAPLETON ON 60 MINUTES: “I’M GOOD AT BEING ME ON GUITAR.”

    Chris Stapleton was profiled on CBS’ 60 Minutes on Sunday (February 16th), and the cameras went behind the scenes with the Kentucky native both on the road and in Nashville. He showed off part of his guitar and musical instrument collection, as well as Nashville’s Broadway where he busked at one time.

    On his distinct guitar playing, “I think I have a good sense of doing what I do. I’m probably more of a stylist than I am– somebody who can do anything.   I’m good at being me on guitar.”

    The show revealed he graduated valedictorian from his high school and landed at Vanderbilt University, transferred to Kentucky and then, dropped out. Eventually, discovering his dream job: writing music. He started going to school to be a Biomedical Engineer, but quickly realized it wasn’t for him. He ran into a songwriter and really discovered that was the path he wanted to follow.

    Journalist Sharyn Alfonsi asked him what he thought was a “win” for a song. He replied, “I don’t think I ever know that. The win is finishing the song. And there are a lot of songwriters who will claim that they know. “Yeah, I knew this– when we wrote this one that it was a six-week number one. And– and I was gonna get a big giant check in the mail.” I really just think those guys are full of s***. I don’t think anybody knows that. Like, you can’t–  possibly know how everybody’s gonna feel about a song that you write. That’s impossible to know. I don’t trust computer research or phone surveys or anything like that. You have to take it to the people. I trust people. And I trust people who have taste.”

    Chris is currently making his way to the top of the country charts with “You Should Probably Leave” from his latest album, Starting Over.

    Check out the rest of the interview below.

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  • CHRIS STAPLETON WILL BE FEATURED ON “60 MINUTES” THIS WEEKEND.

    Country music star Chris Stapleton gets candid with 60 Minutes about songwriting. 

    “You can’t possibly know how everybody’s gonna feel about a song that you write. That’s impossible to know… You have to take it to the people. I trust people.” 

     

    Chris is currently making his way to the top of the country charts with “You Should Probably Leave” from his latest album, Starting Over.

    See the interview this Sunday (January 16th) on CBS.

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  • KEITH URBAN, LUKE BRYAN, DIERKS BENTLEY, SAM HUNT, JON PARDI AND CHRIS STAPLETON ADDED TO THE LINEUP FOR THIS YEAR’S HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO.

    Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Chris Stapleton and Jon Pardi have been added to the lineup for this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, taking place February 28th – March 20th. Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Kane Brown and Brad Paisley have also been added, and they join previously announced performers George Strait, Parker McCollum, Gwen Stefani, Journey, Ricky Martin and Cody Johnson, among others.

    Strait  is set to perform on the final night, marking his 31st RODEOHOUSTON performance.

    Tickets for the 90th Anniversary of the Rodeo will go on sale January 13th at Rodeohouston.com.

  • CHRIS STAPLETON’S “TENNESSEE WHISKEY” EARNS DIAMOND CERTIFICATION.

    Chris Stapleton was presented with a plaque commemorating the illustrious diamond certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (R.I.A.A.) for surpassing 10 million units sold. The presentation took place at Stapleton’s second of two sold-out shows at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena over the weekend.

    Prior to releasing his Traveller album, Chris explained why he had decided to record “Tennessee Whiskey.”

    “’Tennessee Whiskey’ is a song that I love, you know I love great country songs and songwriters, and this is certainly one that is a great country song written by great country songwriters and performed by a great country artists. Certainly, if you try to cover a George Jones or David Allan Coe, you can’t try to out-George Jones George Jones or anything like that. So, if you’re gonna cover something like that, you need to try to move away from that and hopefully make it your own. We kind of happened upon this way of playing this song and had fun with it live and felt like it was something to record that was a good tip of the hat to things we grew up on and loved. I think it’s a unique and interesting version of it.”

    Audio / Chris Stapleton talks about why he recorded “Tennessee Whiskey” for his album, Traveller.

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    Chris Stapleton (Tennessee Whiskey) OC: …version of it. :41
    “’Tennessee Whiskey’ is a song that I love, you know I love great country songs and songwriters, and this is certainly one that is a great country song written by great country songwriters and performed by a great country artists. Certainly, if you try to cover a George Jones or David Allan Coe, you can’t try to out-George Jones George Jones or anything like that. So, if you’re gonna cover something like that, you need to try to move away from that and hopefully make it your own. We kind of happened upon this way of playing this song and had fun with it live and felt like it was something to record that was a good tip of the hat to things we grew up on and loved. I think it’s a unique and interesting version of it.”

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Josh Turner, Chris Stapleton, Travis Denning, Parker McCollum, Taylor Swift

    Josh Turner is set to hang with two talented ladies — Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager — on NBC’s Today Show on Wednesday (December 8th) to chat about his new Christmas album, King Size Manger, and his Christmas tour, Holiday and the Hits.


    Chris Stapleton 
    and H.E.R. appeared on CBS’ National Tree Lighting television special to perform “This Christmas” together.

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    It was announced earlier this week that Travis Denning will hit the road with pal and fellow Georgia native, Cole Swindell beginning February 17th in Peoria, Illinois.

    Parker McCollum has teamed with MusicFX, a digital community platform connecting artists to their fans through NFTs, to launch the Gold Chain Cowboy Club. “I’m thrilled to be the first artist to partner with MusicFX,” said Parker. “Without my amazing fans, I would not be where I am today. MusicFX is really going to allow us to support one another as we continue this incredible journey.” The NFT fan club is set to go live on Christmas Day.

    Taylor Swift is No. 78 on the Forbes list of the Most Powerful Women In Entertainment for 2021. Other amazing women on the list include Vice President Kamala Harris, Oprah Winfrey, Rhianna, Beyonce, Reese Witherspoon, Queen Elizabeth and at No. 1 is billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Carrie Underwood, Mickey Guyton, Chris Stapleton

    Carrie Underwood, who performed during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, will perform during this year’s CMA Country Christmas. Pistol Annies, Breland, Brett Eldredge, Jimmie Allen, Lady A and hosts Carly Pearce and Gabby Barrett, among others, will also perform. CMA Country Christmas will air Monday (November 29th) beginning at 8pm ET/7pm CT.

    Carrie Underwood and Mickey Guyton will perform during this year’s Christmas in Rockefeller, which will kick off the annual tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Brad Paisley, Rob Thomas, Norah Jones and Alessia Cara will also perform. The two-hour special will air Wednesday (December 1st) at 8pm ET on NBC.

    Chris Stapleton‘s All-American Road Show will head to Canada beginning April 28th in London, Ontario with special guest Elle King. Tickets go on sale Friday. Visit http://chrisstapleton.com/tour for more information.

     

     

  • GRAMMY NOMINATIONS 2022: Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Mickey Guyton, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood

    The nominees for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards were announced today (November 23rd).

    Chris Stapleton has three nods including Best Country Album (Starting Over), Best Country Solo Performance (“You Should Probably Leave”) and Best Country Song (“Cold”).

    Mickey Guyton is nominated in three categories, including Best Country Solo Performance (“Remember Her Name”), Best Country Song (“Remember Her Name”), Best Country Album (Remember Her Name)

    Carrie Underwood has a pair of nominations for Best Roots Gospel Album (My Savior), Best Country Duo/Group Performance (“If I Didn’t Love You”) with Jason Aldean.

    Brothers Osborne pick up nominations for Best Country Duo/Group Performance (“Younger Me”), Best Country Album (Skeletons).

    Kacey Musgraves has a pair of nods for Best Country Solo Performance (“camera roll”) and Best Country Song (“camera roll”).

    The Grammy Awards ceremony will take place January 31st at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. It will recognize the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, running from September 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

    Best Country Solo Performance

    “Forever After All,” Luke Combs
    “Remember Her Name,” Mickey Guyton
    “All I Do Is Drive,” Jason Isbell
    “Camera Roll,” Kacey Musgraves
    “You Should Probably Leave,” Chris Stapleton

    Best Country Duo/Group Performance

    “If I Didn’t Love You,” Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood
    “Younger Me,” Brothers Osborne
    “Glad You Exist,” Dan + Shay
    “Chasing After You,” Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris
    “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” Elle King and Miranda Lambert

    Best Country Song

    “Better Than We Found It,” Jessie Jo Dillon, Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz, songwriters (Maren Morris)
    “Camera Roll,” Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves and Daniel Tashian, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
    “Cold,” Dave Cobb, J.T. Cure, Derek Mixon and Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)
    “Country Again,” Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley and Thomas Rhett, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)
    “Fancy Like,” Cameron Bartolini, Walker Hayes, Josh Jenkins and Shane Stevens, songwriters (Walker Hayes)
    “Remember Her Name,” Mickey Guyton, Blake Hubbard, Jarrod Ingram and Parker Welling, songwriters (Mickey Guyton)

    Best Country Album

    “Skeletons,” Brothers Osborne
    “Remember Her Name,” Mickey Guyton

    “The Marfa Tapes,” Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall and Jack Ingram
    “The Ballad of Dood & Juanita,” Sturgill Simpson
    “Starting Over,” Chris Stapleton

    Best Roots Gospel Album

    “Alone With My Faith,” Harry Connick, Jr.
    “That’s Gospel, Brother,” Gaither Vocal Band
    “Keeping On,” Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
    “Songs For the Times,” The Isaacs
    “My Savior,” Carrie Underwood

     

  • OUTSTANDING CMA PERFORMANCES FROM ERIC CHURCH, CHRIS STAPLETON, KEITH URBAN, LUKE BRYAN, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, BROTHERS OSBORNE, MICKEY GUYTON AND MORE.

    The 55th Annual CMA Awards were not only about giving out trophies, but it was about the music and several artists put their best foot forward showcasing just what makes their songs connect with fans worldwide.

    Eric Church blew the doors off of the Bridgestone Arena with his flaming performance of his latest single, “Heart On Fire.”

    Chris Stapleton turned in a soulful and off-the-charts performance with his song, “Cold,” from his CMA Award-winning Album of the Year, Starting Over.

    Chris also hit the stage with the fabulous Oscar-winning actress and singer, Jennifer Hudson, that just about brought the house down with a medley of “Night Life” and “You Are My Sunshine.” “Night Life” was written by Willie Nelson and recorded by numerous artists such as Ray Price, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who JHud plays in the feature film, RESPECT, released nationwide this past August.

    Mickey Guyton joined forces with Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards to perform “Love My Hair” from her Remember Her Name album. The song was introduced by young Faith Fennidy, who was sent home from school three years ago when she was told her braids were distracting and who inspired the song.

    Keith Urban performed his latest single, “Wild Hearts,” which he co-wrote with Brad Tursi of Old Dominion, Eric Paslay and Jennifer Wayne and dedicated to all of the “born-to-be rock stars” and all of the dreamers.

    Brothers Osborne performed “Younger Me,” which was inspired by their younger selves. The song’s video was nominated for CMA Video of the Year.

     

    CMA Awards show host Luke Bryan performed his latest, “Up,” and ended the show with his No. 1 “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” with several folks dancing with the same sentiment.

     

    Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean took to the stage to perform their recent two-week chart-topper, “If I Didn’t Love You.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON PICKS UP FOUR CMA AWARDS, INCLUDING ALBUM, SINGLE AND SONG OF THE YEAR FOR “STARTING OVER.”

    Early in the evening, Chris Stapleton picked up both Single and Song of the Year for “Starting Over” at this year’s CMA Awards. Chris co-wrote the song with his frequent collaborator, Mike Henderson. The country superstar, who had two of the biggest and coolest performances of the night for “Cold” and then his collaboration with Jennifer Hudson, then picked  up Album of the Year for Starting Over and Male Vocalist of the Year.

    Chris says it feels great to be appreciated as a songwriter and for having a radio hit, but he’s truly excited about winning Song of the Year with Mike Henderson. “It feels incredible for a number of reasons. First of all, to be recognized as a songwriter and to be recognized in a, I guess, in a commercial sense from the Single of the Year standpoint. Those are two things that are pretty hard to get because there’s a lot of great songs and there’s a lot of great singles out there,” he says. “But the other part of that that is most special to me is that I wanted to with my dear friend and co-writer and hero, Mike Henderson, and I’ve been in bands with Mike, you know he’s taught me a lot of things on the guitar and a lot about songwriting. So, to win that award with Mike, who I’ve probably written more songs with than anybody I’ve ever written with, that probably means the most is to win with Mike.”

    He also enjoyed picking up Album and Male Vocalist of the Year. “It’s special every time you win something, and I do like, I feel like when you win that (Male Voclaist) award, people are appreciating your talent as a singer. And I do partially pride myself on being a pretty good one, so it’s nice to be recognized for that.”

    Chris is currently making his way up the country charts with “You Should Probably Leave.”

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, Lauren Alaina, Jordan Davis, Chris Stapleton, Taylor Swift, Mickey Guyton

    Darius Rucker is performing his current single, “My Masterpiece,” on Good Morning America on Friday (November 5th), airing on ABC.

    Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and Lauren Alaina, along with several other artists, will be featured on ABC News’ Backstage Pass: Countdown to the CMA Awards on Monday (November 8th).

    Jordan Davis will perform his latest smash, “Buy Dirt,” on Live With Kelly and Ryan on Monday (November 8th).

    Taylor Swift will be the musical guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live on November 13th. Actor Jonathan Majors will host.

    Chris Stapleton is featured on a new version of Adele’s “Easy On Me.” The duet is a bonus track on the Target deluxe edition of her new album, 30, which is available November 19th.

    Mickey Guyton performed “Different” from her new album, Remember Her Name, on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday (November 4th). Check out the performance below.

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  • CHRIS STAPLETON, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, LUKE BRYAN, KACEY MUSGRAVES AND TAYLOR SWIFT PICK UP NOMINATIONS FOR THIS YEAR’S AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS.

    The nominees have been announced for the 2021 American Music Awards. Chris Stapleton picks up three nominations, including Favorite Male Country Artist, Favorite Country Album for Starting Over and Favorite Country Song for “Starting Over,” while Carrie Underwood is nominated for Favorite Female Country Artist and Favorite Inspirational Artist.

    Luke Bryan has a pair of nods including Favorite Male Country Artist and Favorite Country Album for Born Here Live Here Die Here.

    Kacey Musgraves is nominated for Favorite Female Country Artist, and Taylor Swift has a handful of nods including Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Pop Artist and Favorite Pop Album (evermore).

    Favorite Male Country Artist

    • Chris Stapleton
    • Jason Aldean
    • Luke Bryan
    • Luke Combs
    • Morgan Wallen

    Favorite Female Country Artist

    • Carrie Underwood
    • Gabby Barrett
    • Kacey Musgraves
    • Maren Morris
    • Miranda Lambert

    Favorite Country Album

    • Chris Stapleton “Starting Over”
    • Gabby Barrett “Goldmine”
    • Lee Brice “Hey World”
    • Luke Bryan “Born Here Live Here Die Here”
    • Morgan Wallen “Dangerous: The Double Album”

    Favorite Country Song

    • Chris Stapleton “Starting Over”
    • Chris Young & Kane Brown “Famous Friends”
    • Gabby Barrett “The Good Ones”
    • Luke Combs “Forever After All”
    • Walker Hayes “Fancy Like”

    Favorite Country Duo or Group

    • Dan + Shay
    • Florida Georgia Line
    • Lady A
    • Old Dominion
    • Zac Brown Band

    Favorite Inspirational Artist

    • CAIN
    • Carrie Underwood
    • Elevation Worship
    • Lauren Daigle
    • Zach Williams

     

    Artist of the Year

    • Taylor Swift
    • Ariana Grande
    • BTS
    • Drake
    • Olivia Rodrigo
    • The Weeknd

    Favorite Female Pop Artist

    • Ariana Grande
    • Doja Cat
    • Dua Lipa
    • Olivia Rodrigo
    • Taylor Swift

    For a complete list of nominees, click here.

    The 2021 American Music Awards will air November 21st at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC.

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND CHRIS STAPLETON ARE AMONG THE PERFORMERS ADDED TO THIS YEAR’S CMA AWARDS.

    Additional performers have been announced for this year’s CMA Awards. Taking the stage will be Carrie Underwood with Jason Aldean to perform their chart-topping collaboration “If I Didn’t Love You.” Chris Stapleton, 10-time CMA Awards winner and five-time CMA nominee this year including Entertainer of the Year, performs “Cold” from his CMA-nominated Album of the Year Starting Over. Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Chris Young and Kane Brown will also perform.

    They join previous announced performers Jimmie AllenBrothers OsborneEric ChurchDan + ShayMickey Guyton featuring Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, and Blake Shelton. Additional performers and presenters for the 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.

  • 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.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Mickey Guyton, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Darius Rucker

    Kacey Musgraves will perform on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight (October 18th) at 11:35pm ET/10:35pm CT.

    Taylor Swift and Mickey Guyton will appear during the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 36th annual Induction Ceremony. Angela Bassett, Christina Aguilera, H.E.R., Bryan Adams, Jennifer Hudson, Drew Barrymore, Paul McCartney and Lionel Richie are also among the A-listers taking part in the celebration. This year’s inductees include Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Gos, JAY-Z, LL Cool J, Foo Fighters and Todd Rundgren. The ceremony will take place October 30th in Cleveland, Ohio and will be available on HBO and HBO Max November 20th.

    Eric Church is set to release the music video for his latest song, “Heart On Fire,” on Wednesday

     

    Chris Stapleton performs with Kelly Clarkson on the song “Glow” from her new holiday project, When Christmas Comes Around, available now

     

    Darius Rucker joined Keb’Mo on “Good Strong Woman” from the Grammy-winning blues singer-songwriter’s upcoming album, Good To Be, which will be available early next year.

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON GETS “COZY ON A COUCH” WITH JIMMY FALLON.

    Chris Stapleton and Jimmy Fallon donned chinos and cozy sweaters last night (October 12th) on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The pair performed a song about getting “cozy on the couch” and watching films by Nancy Meyers (which included “It’s Complicated,” “The Holiday,” “Something’s Gotta Give” and “Father Of The Bride.” Check it out below.

     

    Last week, Chris performed his latest single, “You Should Probably Leave.”

     

  • CHRIS STAPLETON APPEARS ON TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON AND FEATURES A SPECIAL GUEST DURING HIS PERFORMANCE.

    Chris Stapleton appeared on NBC’S Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform his latest hit, “You Should Probably Leave.” Chris had a little help when producer/guitarist Dave Cobb wasn’t able to fly to New York where the show is filmed, so Jimmy stepped in to play guitar and harmony vocals.

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    “You Should Probably Leave” is from Chris’ current album, Starting Over, and is sitting inside the Top 20 on the country charts.

    Chris, who takes his All-American Road Show to Syracuse, NY, New York City and Holmdel, New Jersey this weekend, is nominated for five CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (Starting Over) and Single and Song of the Year for “Starting Over.”

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood

    Reba McEntire teams up with her Reba co-star and friend, Melissa Peterman, on Tuesday (October 5th) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic show on Facebook Live at 6pm ET/5pm CT.

     

    Chris Stapleton is set to perform his latest song, “You Should Probably Leave,” on NBC’s Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (October 5th). Check local listings for time.

     

    Carrie Underwood will return to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry on October 23rd.

     

  • ERIC CHURCH AND CHRIS STAPLETON LEAD THE LIST OF NOMINEES FOR THIS YEAR’S CMA AWARDS WITH FIVE EACH.

    The 55th Annual CMA Awards take place on Wednesday, November 10th, and UMG Nashville will be represented in many of the night’s categories, including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist, Album, Group, Duo, Single, Song, Musical Event and New Artist.

    With 30 CMA Awards nominations already under his belt, reigning Entertainer of the Year Eric Church scores five additional nominations this year, bringing his total to 35 nominations and four previous wins. In addition to a nod in the Entertainer of the Year category again this year, he claims his eighth nomination in the Male Vocalist of the Year category and fifth nomination in the Album (Heart), Single (“Hell Of A View”) and Song of the Year (“Hell Of A View”) categories. Heart was produced by Joyce and mixed by Hall and Joyce. “Hell Of A View” was written by Casey Beathard, Church and Monty Criswell, and was also produced by Joyce and mixed by Hall and Joyce.

    Bringing his total nominations to 26, Chris Stapleton adds five CMA Awards nominations to his previous 21 in five categories – Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year(Starting Over), Single of the Year (“Starting Over”) and Song of the Year (“Starting Over”), including producer credits in both the Album and Single categories. This brings his total nominations in the Entertainer category to five and tallies his seventh nomination in the Male Vocalist category, which he’s won four times. Starting Over was produced by Dave Cobb and Stapleton and mixed by Vance Powell. “Starting Over” was written by Mike Henderson and Stapleton, produced by Cobb and Stapleton and mixed by Powell. Stapleton is a 10-time CMA Awards winner.

    Brothers Osborne scores three CMA nominations. The pair return to this year’s ballot in the Vocal Duo of the Year category for the seventh consecutive year – a trophy they’ve claimed three times. This marks the brothers’ first nomination in the Album of the Year category, a nod they receive for Skeletons, while they collect their third nomination in the Music Video of the Year category for “Younger Me.” The “Younger Me” video was directed by Reid LongSkeletons was produced by Joyce and mixed by Hall and Joyce.

    Dierks Bentley gets a pair of nods as Male Vocalist of the Year and Music Video of the Year for “Gone.”

    Carrie Underwood returns to the Entertainer of the Year category, while Little Big Town is nominated for Group of the Year. Maddie and Tae are nominated in the Duo of the Year category.

     

     

    Jordan Davis scores his very first CMA nomination in the Musical Event category for “Buy Dirt” featuring Luke Bryan.

     

    Mickey Guyton also scores her first CMA nod in the New Artist of the Year category.

     

     

     

    The 55th Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live on Wednesday (November 10th) at 8pm ET on ABC.

     

    NOMINATIONS:

    ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

    • Eric Church  
    • Luke Combs
    • Miranda Lambert
    • Chris Stapleton  
    • Carrie Underwood

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR
    Award goes to Artist and Producer(s) 

    • 29 – Carly Pearce
      Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Jimmy Robbins
      Mix Engineer: Ryan Gore
    • Dangerous: The Double Album – Morgan Wallen
      Producers: Dave Cohen, Matt Dragstrem, Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome and Joey Moi
      Mix Engineer: Joey Moi
    • Heart – Eric Church
      Producer: Jay Joyce
      Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce 
    • Skeletons – Brothers Osborne
      Producer: Jay Joyce
      Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce 
    • Starting Over – Chris Stapleton
      Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
      Mix Engineer: Vance Powell 

     

    FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

    • Gabby Barrett
    • Miranda Lambert
    • Ashley McBryde
    • Maren Morris
    • Carly Pearce

     

    MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR  

    • Dierks Bentley 
    • Eric Church    
    • Luke Combs
    • Thomas Rhett
    • Chris Stapleton

    VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

    • Lady A
    • Little Big Town
    • Midland
    • Old Dominion
    • Zac Brown Band

    VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

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

    SINGLE OF THE YEAR
    Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer

    • “Famous Friends” – Chris Young with Kane Brown
      Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young
      Mix Engineer: Sean Moffitt
    • “The Good Ones” – Gabby Barrett
      Producers: Ross Copperman, Zach Kale
      Mix Engineers: Chris Galland, Manny Marroquin
    • “Hell Of A View” – Eric Church
      Producer: Jay Joyce 

      Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce
    • “One Night Standards” – Ashley McBryde
      Producer: Jay Joyce
      Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce
    • “Starting Over” – Chris Stapleton
      Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
      Mix Engineer: Vance Powell 

     

    SONG OF THE YEAR
    Award goes to Songwriters 

    • “Forever After All”
      Songwriters: Luke Combs, Drew Parker, Robert Williford
    • “The Good Ones”
      Songwriters: Gabby Barrett, Zach Kale, Emily Landis, Jim McCormick
    • “Hell Of A View”
      Songwriters: Casey Beathard, Eric Church, Monty Criswell  
    • “One Night Standards”
      Songwriters: Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde
    • “Starting Over”
      Songwriters: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton  

     

    MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
    Award goes to Artists and Producer(s) 

    • “Buy Dirt” – Jordan Davis and Luke Bryan
      Producer: Paul DiGiovanni  
    • “Chasing After You” – Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris
      Producers: Aaron Eshuis, Teddy Reimer
    • “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” – Elle King & Miranda Lambert
      Producer: Martin Johnson
    • “Famous Friends” – Chris Young with Kane Brown
      Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young
    • “half of my hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini (featuring Kenny Chesney)
      Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins

    MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
    Award goes to Artist(s) and Director 

    • “Chasing After You” – Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris
      Director: TK McKamy
    • “Famous Friends” – Chris Young with Kane Brown
      Director: Peter Zavadil
    • “Gone” – Dierks Bentley
      Directors: Wes Edwards, Travis Nicholson, Ed Pryor, Running Bear, Sam Siske
    • “half of my hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini (featuring Kenny Chesney)
      Director: Patrick Tracy
    • “Younger Me” – Brothers Osborne
      Director: Reid Long  


    NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

    • Jimmie Allen
    • Ingrid Andress
    • Gabby Barrett
    • Mickey Guyton 
    • HARDY

    MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

    • Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle
    • Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar
    • Aaron Sterling, Drums
    • Ilya Toshinskiy, Banjo
    • Derek Wells, Guitar

     

    Audio / Chris Stapleton, who is up for two awards at Wednesday night’s CMA Awards, including Male Vocalist and Music Video of the Year, says he’s always grateful for the moment of recognition.

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    “Well I’ll take ’em home with me I guess once they send ’em Yeah I guess you have to at some point, but it still is a very… I’m thankful for it and it’s very nice and there’s a lot of great people doing a lot of great things making a lot of great music and working really hard and so when you get this kind of a thing going, I don’t think anybody deserves it. It’s a lot of luck and a lot of stars lining up so, I’m grateful for the moment.”

    Audio / Eric Church talks about writing his CMA-nominated Hell of a View.

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    “Writing ‘Hell of a View,’ we were in North Carolina. We were in the mountains, and actually that song, I’d went out for a jog one day. We had a pretty good weather day and Casey Beatherd, one of the writers on the song, had been with Monty Criswell earlier. They had kind of worked on some of the song and hadn’t played it for me yet. I went out to jog and I came back in, and Casey was kind of standing up looking out the window and I can tell he’s playing. And when I opened the door, he looked up at me and he said, ‘Don’t say anything. You’ve got to hear this. This is really good.’ He immediately started playing the first part of the song. [One] verse or so, I was hooked. I was in. I loved the way he had the line, ‘caught your wings on fire/when I smoked my Bronco tires out of town,’ and I just thought that was such a great line, and I was smitten with it at that point of time. So, we finished it that night, later that day/night and then recorded it, and it came out great. I knew it was pretty special when it went down. It was always a song that I knew was a big hit, but at the same time it has that timeless quality to it and it’s gonna be one of our biggest ones.”

    Audio / BROTHERS OSBORNE’S JOHN OSBORNE EXPLAINS WHY THE DUO MADE THE ALBUM, SKELETONS.

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    Brothers Osborne (how Skeletons was made) OC: …came about. 1:02
    “Skeletons is a record that was essentially brought on because we wanted to play more new songs live. So going into this record T.J. and I decided let’s make a record that no matter what song we just cherry pick out of the record we can do it during our show. And that is how we decided the songs that we ended up on the record. And we started with just like every other artist, 30, 40 plus songs. We started whittling them down, ‘well we might be able to play that. I don’t know if we would be able to play that.’ And that’s how we ended up with Skeletons. And it was really birthed from just playing live shows. One of the cool things about this record is that this is the first record where our entire band is playing on it. Previous records our drummer Adam and our bass player Pete they were playing, but this one has our other guitar player Jason and our keys player Billy Justin now. And it made a huge difference because for the first time we all got in the studio after playing hundreds of shows together, we put the headphones on and started playing and it was like oh it’s just the guys. We’re jamming with the dudes. And that’s how the record came about.”

    Audio / JORDAN DAVIS EXPLAINS HOW LUKE BRYAN ENDED UP ON HIS SONG, “BUY DIRT.”

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    Jordan Davis (Luke Bryan on Buy Dirt) OC: …my songs now. 1:13
    “I met Luke three or four years ago at an awards show after party, and got to hang with him, but I really kind of got to sit and talk with him after a round of golf one day, and we just really talked about everything under the sun aside from music. Luke kind of embodies what that song is. You know a lot of people get to see Luke on American Idol or on stage, but Luke Bryan really is a great guy. I sent him a message one day, a text message actually attached with the song, and I was like, ‘Hey Luke, I wrote this. It means a lot to me. You came to mind whenever I was thinking about it, through the writing process, and this song just kind of says what you’re about, and if you want to sing on it, great, no pressure. Don’t even feel the need to text me back or whatever. Just listen to it and let me know.’ And he got right back with me. He’s like, ‘Man I love the song. Let me live with it for a couple of days.’ And he called me back four or five days later and was like, ‘When do you want me singing on this thing?’ That was a pretty cool moment. I’m such a big fan of Luke, and he’s been a huge influence on me since I moved to Nashville, and pretty cool to have him on one of my songs now.”

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