• BROTHERS OSBORNE COVER ALL ASPECTS OF LOVE IN ‘STAY A LITTLE LONGER’ VIDEO.

    Brothers Osborne are staying a little longer near the top of the country charts with their hit single, “Stay a Little Longer,” that’s just climbed inside the Top 3. The video for the song is also sitting pretty at No. 13 on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown, as well.

    The Peter Zavadil-directed clip for “Stay a Little Longer” was shot inside an empty Nashville warehouse and features five real-life couples. What you see is those couples, which range from an older couple to an interracial couple and a same-sex couple, love each other, argue, get back together – all of which reflects reality for each of us.

    “Overall, everyone was very supportive and loved that concept, and we had some people that were frustrated with us for putting like a same-sex couple in there and interracial, but at the end of the day, we felt that it was actually more discriminating against people if we were to just leave people out,” says TJ Osborne. “The whole concept was that it’s for everyone, so it’s like let’s put everyone in it. You know, it’s a song we all feel and it’s something that we all go through together. We’re so different as people, but the feeling of love or not love or not sure it it’s love is something everyone understands and goes through.”

    “Stay a Little Longer” is from their new album, Pawn Shop, which was released on Friday (January 15th).

    In support of the album release, John and TJ will make their national TV debut with NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers Monday (January 18th) followed by the Today show on Tuesday (January 19th).

    The duo recently earned their first ever GRAMMY nomination for their current Top 3 hit “Stay A Little Longer.”

    Album links:
    iTunes/ Google Play/ Amazon – http://umgn.us/PawnShop
    CD on Amazon – http://umgn.us/PawnShopCD
    Autographed Vinyl / T-shirt bundles on – http://umgn.us/4Dnu

    Audio / TJ Osborne of Brothers Osborne talks about the duo’s video for “Stay a Little Longer.”

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    Brothers Osborne (Stay a Little Longer video) OC: …goes through. 1:03
    “The song is really kind of inspired by the fact that everyone kind of feels this, and it really hasn’t been talked about. You usually talk about being in love or being heartbroken, but everyone feels that weird, kind of unexplainable, in-between phase. So, we were kind of like, we could not find some actors to put in here, let’s go out and find real couples and tell the story of, whether it was the older couple or the young, beautiful couple and the interracial couple and the same-sex couple, and it not be about one thing and have it be about everything. Overall, everyone was very supportive and loved that concept, and we had some people that were frustrated with us for putting like a same-sex couple in there and interracial, but at the end of the day, we felt that it was actually more discriminating against people if we were to just leave people out. The whole concept was that it’s for everyone, so it’s like let’s put everyone in it. You know, it’s a song we all feel and it’s something that we all go through together. We’re so different as people, but the feeling of love or not love or not sure it it’s love is something everyone understands and goes through.”

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Scotty, Vince, Sam, Chris, Brothers Osborne

    Scotty McCreery is set to perform the National Anthem at the AFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium Saturday (January 16th) on CBS at 4:35p ET.

    Vince Gill will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena January 31st. His 14-year-old daughter Corrina Grant Gill will join him, according to The Tennessean.

    Sam Hunt will be awarded the Breakthrough Artist Award at the Music Business Association’s luncheon on May 18th during the organization’s annual convention at Nashville’s Renaissance Hotel.

    Brothers Osborne will perform on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers on Monday (January 18th), followed by a performance on NBC’s Today show Tuesday (January 19th).

    Chris Stapleton will perform live on NBC’s Saturday Night Live as the first musical guest of 2016. Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will host. Check out the promos below.

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  • BROTHERS OSBORNE TAKE A DIFFERENT APPROACH.

    Brothers Osborne take a different approach to being a duo. While TJ Osborne takes lead on all of the vocals and plays rhythm guitar, his brother John shreds on lead guitar and provides harmony to TJ.

    “It’s really built off of me singing and John playing the guitar,” says TJ. “So, I think it is unique and fun and cool, and it kind of gives two kind of parallels that I think work really nicely together.”

    John describes it as a kind of old-school rock approach. “In country music, you have two singers that sing a lot of harmonies and stuff together, and we do that as brothers – sing a lot together – but his voice in the band is his voice and my voice is guitar,” he says. “We look back at a lot of old rock bands like Aerosmith to The Allman Brothers and guys like that, where it’s like a lead singer and the sideman guitar player. That’s the approach that we’re going for, and it seems to be really working for us. It’s kind of carving our path in country music.”

    TJ and John, who are riding high on the country charts with their single “Stay a Little Longer,” will release their debut album Friday (January 15th). The two are set to perform on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers on Monday (January 18th), followed by a performance on NBC’s Today show Tuesday (January 19th).

    The guys are nominated for a Grammy in the Best Country Duo/Group category for their hit single, “Stay a Little Longer.” The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles February 15th at 8pm ET on CBS.

    Audio / John and TJ Osborne of Brothers Osborne explain how they work together as a duo.

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    Brothers Osborne (duo) OC: …in country music. :56
    TJ: “[For] most duos it’s built on singing. I mean, John’s an incredible guitar player and to not try to follow in anyone’s footsteps and just kind of do it our own way, it’s really built off of me singing and John playing the guitar. So, I think it is unique and fun and cool, and it kind of gives two kind of parallels that I think work really nicely together. It’s really fun in a live setting too.” JOHN: “It’s kind of an old-school rock approach, you know. In country music, you have two singers that sing a lot of harmonies and stuff together, and we do that as brothers – sing a lot together – but his voice in the band is his voice and my voice is guitar. We look back at a lot of old rock bands like Aerosmith to The Allman Brothers and guys like that, where it’s like a lead singer and the sideman guitar player. That’s the approach that we’re going for, and it seems to be really working for us. It’s kind of carving our path in country music.”

  • BROTHERS OSBORNE READY DEBUT ALBUM, PAWN SHOP.

    Classic country, timeless rock and roll and a blue collar background are the primary elements that make up the music of Brothers Osborne’s debut album, Pawn Shop. The collection, produced by Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Little Big Town, Cage the Elephant and Zac Brown Band), features 11 songs written by brothers John and TJ Osborne, including their Top 3 single, “Stay a Little Longer.”

    “Every song is held together by John and I and what we do, but we want it to be kind of these different scenes in every track,” says TJ. “We went through a lot, a lot of material and listened to it over and over and over…I think every artist struggles with [picking songs for an album]. If you think of all of your life’s work being summed up in 11 songs, that’s really, really challenging.”

    • The guys are nominated for their first Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group for “Stay a Little Longer.”
    • Pawn Shop is available beginning January 15th. To pre-order an exclusive Pawn Shop album package, visit:http://umgn.us/4Dnu

    Pawn Shop Track List:
    1. Dirt Rich (Brothers Osborne, Barry Dean)
    2. 21 Summer (Brothers Osborne, Craig Wiseman)
    3. Stay a Little Longer (Brothers Osborne, Shane McAnally)
    4. Pawn Shop (Brothers Osborne, Sean McConnell)
    5. Rum (Brothers Osborne, Barry Dean)
    6. Loving Me Back (Brothers Osborne, Casey Beathard)
    7. American Crazy (Brothers Osborne, Ross Copperman)
    8. Greener Pastures (Brothers Osborne, Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris)
    9. Down Home (Brothers Osborne, Jessi Alexander)
    10. Heart Shaped Locket (TJ Osborne, Lisa Carver and Andi Zack)
    11. It Ain’t My Fault (Brothers Osborne, Jessi Alexander)

    Audio / Brothers Osborne’s TJ Osborne says it’s been a bit of a challenge picking songs for their debut album.

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    Brothers Osborne (picking songs for album) OC: …really challenging. :55
    “We really focused on having this album be, every song is held together by John and I and what we do, but we want it to be kind of these different scenes in every track. So, that’s really, really difficult to whittle that down. I don’t know. We went through a lot, a lot of material and listened to it over and over and over. Some of the songs when you’re listening to ‘em, you’re not sure how they’re gonna turn out when you finally record them. I mean, it’s pretty often a lot of times the song that you think is gonna be the best song, the easiest song to record ends up being the hardest one and sometimes doesn’t turn out that great. Then there’s these little diamonds-in-the-rough that’s usually the last song you just threw on the session just ‘cause you had the time, and it’s just suddenly that’s the one, you know? I don’t know why that is, but I think that’s really challenging. I think every artist struggles with [picking songs for an album]. If you think of all of your life’s work being summed up in 11 songs, that’s really, really challenging.”

  • NEW YEAR’S 2015: Brothers O, Canaan, Chris, Clare, Dierks, Eric, Kacey, Kip, LBT, Luke

    What are some of your favorite stars doing to welcome in the New Year? Many of them are working to help fans celebrate. Several artists have taken the time off around the holidays and will hit it hard when they return to the road in January. Some artists have resolutions and some are very helpful with their own hangover cures for those who imbibe too much on New Year’s Eve.

    Chris Stapleton is set to entertain folks who are in Music City on New Year’s Eve. He’ll perform downtown as part of the Jack Daniels Bash. Kings of Leon and Kelsea Ballerini are also on the bill.

    Little Big Town will ring in the New Year at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

    Audio / John and TJ of Brothers Osborne talk about how people spend the last moments of the year, and the first moments of the new year.

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    Brothers Osborne (New Year) OC: (TJ) …next month. :44
    JOHN: “I think it’s kind of funny how we spend literally the last moment and the very first moment of every year being extremely intoxicated, extremely, because you don’t want to wait until like 12:30 to get your buzz on. You’ve got to do it before midnight, and then once midnight happens, you’re like, ‘Omigod! Now it’s time to celebrate even more.’ Debauchery is the literally bookending your entire year.” TJ: “I love how everyone starts the year off with diets and then we end the year with like excessive amounts of food. And then you get to the end of the year, you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m going to start a diet on the 1st, so I’m going to eat everything that’s in front of me.’ I love it.” JOHN: “And come February 1st, ‘what diet?’” [laughs] TJ: “What diet? I’ll start it next month.” [laughs]

    Audio / Canaan Smith says there’s really no cure for a hangover.

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    Canaan Smith (no hangover cure) OC: …long, you know? :32
    “There is no hangover cure. The older I get I’m like, ‘Oh God! What am I thinking?’ It’s terrible. Hangovers are awful. Tequila’s the worst. I try to stay away from Tequila, because it hurts me bad. I used to be a whiskey guy. I still am every now and then, but of late, I’m domestic, American beer, just something light and tasty. Shots are my worst enemy. When I start working shots into the picture, that’s when I know I’m gonna hurt the next morning. I just try to keep it the same, whether it’s whiskey or beer or whatever, I just stick with that same drink the whole night long, you know?”

    Audio / Clare Dunn suggests a good hangover cure.

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    Clare Dunn (hangover cure) OC: …hangover cure. :10
    “Greasy food is always kind of a, you can let it go for one day before you start all your resolutions [laughs] after that. So, that’s probably my best hangover cure.”

     

    Audio / Dierks Bentley says there’s not really a cure for a hangover.

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    Dierks (NYE) OC: …for that. :10
    “I think January first is universally accepted as a dog. So I mean, a little hair of the dog, I guess. But just…water and stay on the couch, I guess. There’s no real sure-fire cure for that.”

    Audio / Eric Church has a couple of hangover cures for those times (especially on New Year’s Eve) when you might imbibe a little too much.

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    Eric Church (hangover cure) OC: …every time. :17
    “The best hangover cure – I’ve got two. One is 5-hour Energy [bottles], because of all the B-vitamins that are in it. You can start pounding those, and it’s either gonna work, or it’s gonna keep you up and prolong your misery. But the other one I have is just take two Advil and a beer in the morning. Hair of the dog, man – that works every time.”

    Audio / Kacey Musgraves, who begins a three-night stand with the ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas beginning December 29th and running through New Year’s Eve (December 31st), has her own hangover cure.

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    Kacey Musgraves (NYE) OC: …water. Yup! :32
    “Coconut water is a major help with hangovers and also, a lot of times we go and eat Vietnamese fuh. It’s a soup, and it’s got this awesome broth. You can get different things in it or whatever, but for some reason, it’s just like…it’s almost like a chicken noodle soup kind of an idea, you know, but it’s good. That’s good for hangovers too. That, sleep, Tylenol, coconut water and just water, in general. And when you’re drinking, have your alcohol, drink a little bit of water, drink some more alcohol, drink some water. Yup!”

    Audio / Kip Moore gives advice on how to avoid a hangover on New Year’s Eve.

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    Kip Moore (avoiding hangovers on NYE) OC: …yourself. :03
    “Pace yourself on New Year’s – that’s the remedy. Pace yourself.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan will perform as part of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on ABC, which will certainly be one of his best New Year’s Eves…however, his favorite has to be when he and his now wife Caroline reunited.

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    Luke Bryan (New Years-best) OC: …great night. :17
    “My best New Year’s Eve is definitely when my wife and I started back dating. We started back dating right before Christmas, and we went on a trip down to Florida and met some friends. And her birthday is New Year’s Eve. We celebrated it that night. It was just a great night.”

  • NEW YEAR’S LINERS 2015

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (New Year)

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    “Hey! This is TJ, and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne. Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey, what’s up guys? I’m Canaan Smith, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

     

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey! I’m Clare Dunn, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

     

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey y’all! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Happy New Year!

    Audio / LINER David Nail (New Year)

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    “This is David Nail, wishing you a Happy New Year’s Day.”

     

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey, it’s Dierks Bentley. Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Easton Corbin (New Years)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Easton Corbin, wishing you a Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey! It’s Eric Church, hoping you have a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (10 COUNTDOWN)

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    “10-9-8-7—6-54321, Happy New Year, y’all. It’s Eric Church, and it’s time to put a drink in MY hand!”

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Happy New Year)

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    “Hi! I’m Eric Paslay, wishing you a Happy New Year!”


    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (New Year)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Gary Allan. Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (New Year)

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    “Hi! I’m Jon Pardi, wishing you a Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (New Year)

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    “Hey! I’m Josh Turner. Happy New Year!”

     

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (New Year)

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    “Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, hoping you have a safe and Happy New Year!”

     

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (New Year)

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    “Hey everyone! This is Keith Urban. Have a safe and happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Kelleigh Bannen (New Year)

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    “Hey there! It’s Kelleigh Bannen, wishing you a very Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (New Year)

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    “It’s Kip Moore, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (New Year)

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    “This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER LBT (New Year)

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    “Hey! We’re Little Big Town. Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (New Year)

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    “Hey! This is Luke Bryan, hoping you have a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (New Year)

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    “Hey! This is Mickey Guyton, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Sam Hunt. Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Happy New Year)

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    “Hi! This is Shania Twain. Happy New Year!”

     

  • DIERKS BENTLEY, SAM HUNT, KIP MOORE, CHRIS STAPLETON, BROTHERS OSBORNE, KELLEIGH BANNEN AND LAUREN ALAINA WILL PERFORM DURING THE ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE FESTIVAL IN APRIL.

    he Academy of Country Music is announcing the 4th ACM Party For A Cause® Festival in 2016 being headlined—with full set performances!—by superstars Carrie Underwood on Friday, April 1, Dierks Bentley on Saturday, April 2 and Kenny Chesney on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds, in the heart of the famous Las Vegas Strip.  These ACM Award-winning artists will be joined on the Main Stage by some of the biggest and best names in country including Frankie Ballard, Kelsea Ballerini, Lee Brice, Cam, Sam Hunt, Chris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Kip Moore, Kellie Pickler, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Maddie & Tae, Old Dominion and more to be announced. The Party Stage will feature more hit makers and rising stars including Lauren Alaina, Kelleigh Bannen, Chase Bryant, Lindsay Ell, Jana Kramer, Chris Lane, Jackson Michelson, Granger Smith, Brothers Osborne and more to be announced.  Full daily schedule to be announced closer to the festival including details on a special “ACM Women of Country Night” hosted by Friday’s headliner Carrie Underwood.

    Fans can purchase three-day passes at www.ticketmaster.com.

    Ticket proceeds from the ACM Party For A Cause Festival benefit the Academy’s charitable arm, ACM Lifting Lives.  Generous giving from fans, and partnerships with artists, has allowed ACM Lifting Lives to support military programs that use music therapy to aid our veterans and wounded warriors, while providing funding to help them ease back into civilian life.  Over $400,000 has been donated to various military organizations in just three years.  For more information, visit www.ACMpartyforacause.com.

    The festival will include multiple stages for ongoing LIVE country music performances, interactive games, a country marketplace, and more to be announced.

  • CHRISTMAS 2015: Brothers Osborne

    Brothers Osborne will be back home in Deale, Maryland for the holidays, and while they’re enjoying the down time with family, they also love the sights and sounds of Christmas.

    “It stays dark so you have a lot of Christmas lights. I just love Christmas lights – they put you in such an amazing mood,” says John Osborne. “Just the sounds, like all the Christmas music and even shopping, which is quite possibly one of the most hectic things to do during the holidays. Even if we have all our shopping done, we’ll still go to the mall just because it’s so alive and vibrant and the colors and the music and the lights. I just love it. It’s a bit sensory overload, but I kinda dig that.”

    Brothers Osborne, who are sitting at No. 5 with “Stay a Little Longer,” are nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Their debut album, Pawn Shop, is available January 15th.

    Audio / John Osborne of Brothers Osborne says he loves the feel, sights and sounds of Christmas.

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    Brothers Osborne (feel of Christmas) OC: …dig that. :36
    “I love the overall feel and look at that time of year, because it’s starting to get really cold then and everything’s coming to a halt. It stays dark so you have a lot of Christmas lights. I just love Christmas lights – they put you in such an amazing mood. Just the sounds, like all the Christmas music and even shopping, which is quite possibly one of the most hectic things to do during the holidays. Even if we have all our shopping done, we’ll still go to the mall just because it’s so alive and vibrant and the colors and the music and the lights. I just love it. It’s a bit sensory overload, but I kinda dig that.”

  • CHRISTMAS LINERS 2015: AJ, Billy, Bros O, Canaan, Clare, Darius, David, Dierks, Easton, Church, Paslay, Gary, Strait, Pardi, Josh, Keith, Kelleigh, Kip, Lady A, Lauren, LBT, Luke, Sam, Scotty, Toby and more!

    Holiday liners from UMG Nashville artists, including Alan Jackson, Billy Currington, Brothers Osborne, Canaan Smith, Clare Dunn, Darius Rucker, David Nail, Dierks Bentley, Easton Corbin, Eric Church, Eric Paslay, Gary Allan, George Strait, Jon Pardi, Josh Turner, Keith Urban, Kelleigh Bannen, Kip Moore, Lady Antebellum, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Mickey, Sam Hunt, Scotty McCreery and more!

    Audio / LINER AJ (Christmas)

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    “Hi! This is Alan Jackson, and I’m wishing y’all a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Happy Holiday Season)

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    “Hi! Billy Currington here, wishing you and your family a safe and Happy Holiday Season.”

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is T.J., and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Christmas)

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    “Hey! What’s up guys? I’m Canaan Smith, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Christmas)

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    “Hey! What’s up? This is Clare Dunn, hoping you have a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Christmas)

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    “Hey y’all! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER David Nail (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is David Nail, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Dierks Bentley, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey everybody! It’s Dierks Bentley, wishing you a very Happy Holiday season.”

    Audio / LINER Easton Corbin (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Easton Corbin, wishing you and your family a Happy Holidays.”

     

    Audio / LINER Easton Corbin (Merry Christmas)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Easton Corbin, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Christmas)

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    “Hey everybody! It’s Eric Church, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Christmas)

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    “Hi! I’m Eric Paslay. Hope you have a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hi! I’m Eric Paslay, wishing you a very Happy Holiday Season.”

    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Gary Allan. Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER George Strait (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey everybody! This is George Strait, wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday season.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Merry Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Jon Pardi, wishing you a Merry Christmas!”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey! I’m Josh Turner, wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season.”

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Kacey Musgraves, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Christmas)

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    “Hi folks, this is Keith Urban, wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Holiday season)

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    “Hi everyone, this is Keith Urban, wishing you and all your family the very best this holiday season.”

    Audio / LINER Kelleigh Bannen (Merry Christmas)

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    “Hey y’all, it’s Kelleigh Bannen, and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Christmas)

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    “Hey guys, this is Kip Moore, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey y’all, it’s Kip Moore. Happy Holidays!”

    Audio / LINER Lady A (Christmas)

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    “Hey everybody! We’re Lady Antebellum, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Lady A (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey everybody! We are Lady Antebellum. Happy Holidays.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (Christmas)

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    “Hey! This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER LBT (Christmas)

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    “Hey! We’re Little Big Town, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

     

    Audio / LINER LBT (Very Merry Christmas)

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    “Hey! We’re Little Big Town, and we just want to say Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas.”


    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Christmas)

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    “Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey! It’s Luke Bryan. Happy Holidays!”

    Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (Christmas)

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    “Hey! It’s Mickey Guyton, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Christmas)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Happy Holidays)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Sam Hunt. Happy Holidays!”

    Audio / LINER Scotty McCreery (Happy Holidays)

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    “Happy Holidays everyone. It’s Scotty McCreery, and go easy on that eggnog!”

    Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Christmas)

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    Hi! This is Shania Twain, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

    Audio / LINER Toby Keith (politically correct holiday liner)

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    “Hey! It’s Toby Keith with the gift of politically correctness. Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah, or Bah Humbug. Whatever way you celebrate, I hope it’s a good one.”

  • GRAMMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2015: Chris Stapleton, LBT, Sam, Charles, Keith, Kacey and more.

    The nominations for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced Monday morning (December 7th) and country music is well-represented.

    Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town and Sam Hunt led the list of country nominees, with Chris and LBT each picking up four, while Sam earned two.

    Little Big Town are nominated for overall Song of the Year for “Girl Crush,” as well as Best Country Duo/Group Performance, Best Country Album for Pain Killer and Best Country Song. The group tweeted, “WOW! 4 nominations? We are thrilled to be representing country music w/ @TheGRAMMYs, esp. ‘Song Of The Year.’”

    Chris, who picked up three CMA Awards last month, is nominated in four categories at the Grammy Awards, including overall/all-genre Album of the Year. He says that he hopes fans enjoy his album, Traveller, as a whole. “Music to me is meant to be enjoyed in that way and you’re really supposed to dive into it. And I hope some folks can find it in their hearts to do that with this record, because I think it’s how it was meant to be used. And somewhere in there if they’re compelled to come and watch me live, that’d be great.” Chris is also nominated for Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song.

    Sam Hunt has a pair of nods, including the overall Best New Artist, as well as Best Country Album for his debut album, Montevallo, which has spawned three No. 1 hits, and another song making its way up the country charts. “I am beyond humbled with these nominations,” says Sam. “I am so grateful to the fans, the Nashville music community and the Recording Academy for their appreciation and recognition. This has been just the most amazing year.”

    John and TJ Osborne, aka Brothers Osborne, are excited to earn their very first Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their Top 10 single, “Stay a Little Longer.” The two were asleep when news of their nomination was announced. ““My wife woke me up, just like screaming, ‘Wake up! Wake up!’ I woke up in a panic. I thought the damn house was on fire,” laughs John. “But, yeah, we hear most big news while we’re asleep.”

    Charles Kelley earned his first-ever GRAMMY nomination as a solo artist in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category for his “soaring new single” (Entertainment Weekly) “The Driver” featuring Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay. This year’s recognition serves as Kelley’s 12th career nomination from The Recording Academy. “I’m still in shock from waking up this morning to a GRAMMY nomination for ‘The Driver,” says Charles. “I feel like I’m just getting started on this journey, so to get honored in this way and share it with Dierks and Eric is incredible. I’m so thankful to my producer Paul Worley who encouraged me to chase this record down.”

    Keith Urban has a nomination for Best Country Solo Performance for his recent chart-topping hit, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” while Kacey Musgraves picks up a nod for Best Country Album for Pageant Material.

    The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be handed out February 15th.

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR

    Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes

    To Pimp A Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar

    Traveller – Chris Stapleton

    1989 – Taylor Swift

    Beauty Behind The Madness – The Weeknd

     

    SONG OF THE YEAR

    “Alright” – Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears, Pharrell Williams (Kendrick Lamar)

    “Blank Space” – Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift (Taylor Swift)

    “Girl Crush” – Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose (Little Big Town)

    “See You Again” – Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth, Cameron Thomaz (Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth)

     

    BEST NEW ARTIST

    Courtney Barnett

    James Bay

    Sam Hunt

    Tori Kelly

    Meghan Trainor

     

    BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE

    “Burning House” – Cam

    “Traveller” – Chris Stapleton

    “Little Toy Guns” – Carrie Underwood

    “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” – Keith Urban

    “Chances Are” – Lee Ann Womack

     

    BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

    “Stay A Little Longer” – Brothers Osborne

    “If I Needed You” – Joey+Rory

    “The Driver” – Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley, Eric Paslay

    “Girl Crush” – Little Big Town

    “Lonely Tonight” – Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe

     

    BEST COUNTRY SONG

    “Chances Are” – Hayes Carll (Lee Ann Womack)

    “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” – Barry Dean, Luke Laird, Jonathan Singleton (Tim McGraw)

    “Girl Crush” – Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose (Little Big Town)

    “Hold My Hand” – Brandy Clark, Mark Stephen Jones (Brandy Clark)

    “Traveller” – Chris Stapleton (Chris Stapleton)

     

    BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

    Montevallo – Sam Hunt

    Pain Killer – Little Big Town

    The Blade – Ashley Monroe

    Pageant Material – Kacey Musgraves

    Traveller – Chris Stapleton

    Audio / Chris Stapleton talks about what he hopes for folks and fans to go away with when they listen to his album.

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    Chris Stapleton (album) OC: …that’d be great. :47
    “I grew up on records as a piece of work. I didn’t grow up in an age where we necessarily bought singles or just one piece of an album. I grew up on things that were albums. I hope that people go ahead and get the whole album and listen to it, take the time to listen it, and not as a passive thing, as like I’m watching television or Youtube, all these things that we have as distractions. Music to me is meant to be enjoyed in that way and you’re really supposed to dive into it. And I hope some folks can find it in their hearts to do that with this record, because I think it’s how it was meant to be used. And somewhere in there if they’re compelled to come and watch me live, that’d be great.”

    Audio / John & TJ Osborne of Brothers Osborne reveal how they found out they were nominated for a Grammy.

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    Brothers Osborne (Grammys) OC: (John) …we’re asleep. [laughs] :28
    TJ: “We found out that we were nominated almost the same exact way we found out we were nominated for an ACM. I woke up to like 60 text messages, and I was like, ‘Who the hell is texting me at this time of the day.’ And I looked at the phone, and everyone’s like, ‘Wake up! You were nominated for the Grammys.’” JOHN: “My wife woke me up, just like screaming, ‘Wake up! Wake up!’ I woke up in a panic. I thought the damn house was on fire. But, yeah, we hear most big news while we’re asleep.” [laughs]

    Audio / Brothers Osborne talk about their Grammy nomination.

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    Brothers Osborne (Grammys) 2 OC: (John) …by our peers. :39
    TJ: “I mean, it’s crazy to be nominated for a Grammy, For the rest of our lives, we’ll always be Grammy nominated artists, you know. And hopefully, we win the category, but just simply being nominated, it’s something that a lot of musicians and songwriters and entertainers never, ever get to achieve, and so it’s, to say it’s an honor is an understatement.” JOHN: “Yeah, we’ve always taken kind of a different approach when it comes to music. And our music is not necessarily 100% conventional all the time, so the mountain for us has been a bit steeper, and this is an amazing achievement because we’re nominated and we’re being acknowledged by our peers.”

    Audio / Keith Urban explains that while he and producer Dann Huff changed up the song’s production from the demo, it didn’t detract from “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”

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    Keith Urban (J3 #1 party) OC: …does everything. :30
    “For me, it was just a great song. It kinda didn’t matter how it was done, it was a great song. It was solid, great melody. Even from a singer’s standpoint, there’s certain things about rhythmic qualities of consonants and vowels and where they fall in a melody and where they fall in the rhythm that matter to me; maybe not even just matter, but they resonate with me that way. So, you can have a song that’s really well-written lyrically, but it’s not great to sing. It doesn’t sing well. It reads well, but it doesn’t sing well, and this is one of those songs that does everything.”

    Audio / Charles Kelley talks about his Grammy nomination for “The Driver.”

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    Charles Kelley (Grammys) OC: …this record. :57
    “I actually found out about the nominations this morning. My wife woke me up. I had a whole bunch of text messages from friends and family congratulating me. I, of course, like most musicians, don’t wake up before nine o’clock. But just honestly, I have not been able to get this smile off my face today. I’m so fired up. I’m so ready for fans to hear this project. ‘The Driver’ is a song, it’s probably one of the most honest songs I’ve written in a long time, and to be able to share this moment with my buddies Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay, means the world to me. Every time I go on social media and see the reaction and fans specifically talking about this song and how it’s speaking to them, that reminds me of why I wanted to pursue this project. I don’t know. It just means the world to me, and it means the world to me that Hillary and Dave are so supportive. They were one of my first texts this morning congratulating me. And I cannot wait for everybody to hear the rest of this record.”

    Audio / Kacey Musgraves talks about her Grammy nominated album, Pageant Material.

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    Kacey Musgraves (Pageant Material) OC: …for the record. :55
    “For this record, Pageant Material, it’s funny how that was one of the later songs we wrote, and I don’t go into a record, or I haven’t yet, with a theme in mind. I just like let the songs come, and somewhere along the way, they take shape on their own. That’s kind of what happened here. We gotten ‘Pageant Material,’ and at that point, I think that was the last one we wrote, that one or ‘Dime Store [Cowgirl].’ So, we had most of the songs in the batch, and I hadn’t really, I was kind of feeling a little weird ‘cause I was like I didn’t really know what it was going to be called. Same thing happened with Same Trailer…, it just kind of popped out of nowhere and late in the game. So, I was just messing around with the titles, and I just thought, ‘Pageant Material – that would be an awesome statement for the record, I think.’ It’s just kind of saying, ‘I’m not pageant material. I’m not a robot. I kind of am what I am.’ And it also has a humorous touch to it too, which I really like. And of course, I love big hair and retro styles, so I thought it was a good fit for the record.”