• CHRIS STAPLETON SHOWS FANS BEHIND-THE-SCENES OF HIS ‘FIRE AWAY’ VIDEO.

    Chris Stapleton’s powerful “Fire Away” video is used as a conduit to help bring mental health awareness to light. In the video, a young couple battle with the woman’s mental issues until it finally drives her to commit suicide.

    “[The idea for the video] was just a notion, and then it became real and useful and something that can hopefully make the world a better place,” says Chris. “The song is kinda about loving somebody unconditionally through not so easy times. The concept of the video kind of came to me as that would be the hardest possible space in which to love somebody. I’ve been a huge fan of Ben’s [Foster] for a long time and so we tried to track him down and he was kind enough to take the phone call. And then it kind of grew from there,” says Chris. “It was just a notion, and then it became real and useful and something that can hopefully make the world a better place.”

    Chris first came up with the “notion” when he was trying to figure out an idea for a music video, and then he wanted real actors to be in the clip…so that led to Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Six Feet Under) and Margarita Levieva (The Blacklist, Revenge) (pr. Le-vee-va) coming on board and then bringing on ChangeDirection.org.

    “It’s a subject matter that is very close to me and means a lot to me, and to be able to tell that story and to share it with so many people and to bring that character to life for me was tremendously important,” says Margarita. “So, as soon as I heard the whole outline and how we were going to shoot it and the story that we’re going to tell, I was immediately drawn and really looking forward to doing it.”

    Check out the behind-the-scenes of the video and interviews with its stars, as well as director Tim Mattia and President of Change Direction, Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen below.

    Chris is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “Parachute,” a song from his award-winning album, Traveller.

    Audio / Chris Stapleton talks about coming up with the concept of the music video for “Fire Away.”

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    Chris Stapleton (Fire Away video) OC: …grew from there. :25
    “The song is kinda about loving somebody unconditionally through not so easy times. The concept of the video kind of came to me as that would be the hardest possible space in which to love somebody. I’ve been a huge fan of Ben’s [Foster] for a long time and so we tried to track him down and he was kind enough to take the phone call. And then it kind of grew from there.”

    Audio / Chris Stapleton explains why he wanted to make the video for “Fire Away.”

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    Chris Stapleton (Fire Away video) 2 OC: …in the world. :29
    “I wanted to get real actors and not spend a lot of time making it a promo video for me, and that was how I wanted to make a video, because I felt like that it was more artful and meaningful on the backend. That was the thing – it was just a notion, and then it became real and useful and something that can hopefully make the world a better place through putting the notion out in the world.”

    Audio / Actress Margarita Levieva, best known for her roles in Revenge and The Blacklist, explains why she wanted to be involved in the music video for Chris Stapleton’s “Fire Away.”

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    Margarita Levieva (Fire Away video) OC: …to doing it. :37
    “When I first got the call about this video and I heard it was a music video, I was really interested and curious, and then I heard the subject matter and the story. It’s a subject matter that is very close to me and means a lot to me, and to be able to tell that story and to share it with so many people and to bring that character to life for me was tremendously important. So, as soon as I heard the whole outline and how we were going to shoot it and the story that we’re going to tell, I was immediately drawn and really looking forward to doing it.”

    Audio / Ben Foster talks about Chris Stapleton’s “Fire Away” video.

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    Ben Foster (Fire Away video) OC: …connected. :19
    “What would be the worst circumstance – a policeman starting his life with his true love and he can’t police his home. He can’t save it. It’s beyond that four-letter word, Love…hopefully, this video, it’s not about whose character it’s about; it’s about how we’re all connected.”

    Video / Chris Stapleton BTS of Fire Away

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Chris, Kacey, Vince, David, Church, Lady A, Kip and more

    Don’t forget to catch Keith Urban perform on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (11:35p ET) on Friday (May 6th), the day his new album, Ripcord, is released. Keith will also be profiled on CBS Sunday Morning this Sunday (May 8th).

    Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson are set to headline the 15th Annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, taking place over two consecutive weekends – September 30th – October 2nd and October 7th – 9th – at Austin’s Zilker Park.

    Vince Gill and David Nail are among the artists taking part in the 26th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game during this year’s CMA Music Festival. The players will put on their gloves June 7th at 3pm and play against each other at the new First Tennessee Park in Nashville. Tickets for the game are available at Ticketmaster. More names will be announced in the coming weeks. Proceeds will benefit City of Hope’s mission to eradicate cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

    This year’s Faster Horses Festival will feature performances from Eric Church, Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean on the main stage. The lineup for the second stage includes Kelleigh Bannen, Haley Georgia, Aubrie Sellers, LanCo, Mo Pitney and many others. The festival is taking place July 15th – 17th in Brooklyn, Michigan.

    It seems Kip Moore may have gone back into the studio following his European trek to lay down some cool lyrics and funky beats. Check out his Instagram video below. In the meantime, he’s making his way up the country charts with his latest hit, “Running for You.” Kip is set to go on the road on Miranda Lambert’s Keeper of the Flame 2016 Tour, along with Brothers Osborne, in just a couple of weeks.

    Video / Kip Instagram video in the studio

    Gettin funky with the slowhearts

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Brothers, Paslay, Canaan, Pardi, Dierks, Hillary, Chris, Clare

    Brothers Osborne, Eric Paslay, Canaan Smith, Jon Pardi and many others have been added to the lineup at the Riverfront Stage during this year’s CMA Music Fest, running Thursday, June 9th through Sunday, June 12th.

    Dierks Bentley held a surprise pop-up show in Knoxville, Tennessee over the weekend. The event, which took place at a local hotspot, The International, will be seen next month on CMT. The CMT Instant Jam with Dierks is set to debut May 28th at 9pm ET.

    Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott performed at the Stand Up to Cancer benefit, chaired by Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth, as well as MasterCard President and CEO Ajay Banga and his wife Ritu. The gala event over the weekend raised more than $42 million and also featured performances by Sheryl Crow, Tony Bennett and Jamie Foxx. Also in attendance were the event’s co-founder Katie Couric, Alec Baldwin, Joe Torre, Maura Tierney and Donna Karan. Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.

    Chris Stapleton is featured (sort of) in Jake Owen’s new video for “American Love Song.” Jake is wearing one of Chris’ tour T-shirts in the clip.

    Clare Dunn recently shot the video for her single, “Tuxedo,” at a farm south of Nashville. The clip will hit the airwaves in the coming weeks.

  • SAM HUNT LEADS THE LIST OF COUNTRY NOMINEES FOR THIS YEAR’S BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS.

    Sam Hunt leads the list of nominated country artists at this year’s Billboard Music Awards with four nods. He’s nominated for Top Country Artist, Top Country Album for Montevallo and two nominations in the Top Country Song category for “Break Up in a Small Town” and “Take Your Time.”

    Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton follow with a pair of nods, including Top Country Artist and Top Country Album for Kill the Lights and Traveller, respectively, while Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” is up for Top Country Song.

    The 2016 Billboard Music Awards will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas May 22nd.

    2016 Billboard Music Awards Nominations:

     

    Top Country Artist:
    Zac Brown Band
    Luke Bryan
    Sam Hunt
    Chris Stapleton
    Carrie Underwood


    Top Country Album:
    Chris Stapleton, Traveller
    Luke Bryan, Kill The Lights
    Sam Hunt, Montevallo

    Zac Brown Band, Jekyll + Hyde
    Carrie Underwood, Storyteller

     

    Top Country Song:
    Sam Hunt, “Break Up In A Small Town”
    Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time”
    Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
    Thomas Rhett, “Die A Happy Man”
    Chris Young, “I’m Comin’ Over”

  • LUKE BRYAN’S KILL THE LIGHTS TOUR BREAKS VENUE RECORDS AND CONTINUES A STRING OF SOLD-OUT SHOWS.

    Four-time Entertainer of the Year winner Luke Bryan took his Kill The Lights Tour back on the road this past weekend after a short hiatus to co-host the ACM Awards on April 3rd in Las Vegas.

    All three weekend concerts sold out including the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York, where Luke set a record with the largest single day country concert attendance and the largest single day country concert gross in the venue’s history.

    During the tour break, Luke was named the Country Artist of the Year at the iHeart Radio Music Awards, also held on April 3, and dominated as the most-nominated artist with seven category nods for the upcoming American Country Countdown Awards set for May 1.

    Luke’s Kill The Lights Tour resumes this weekend in Toledo and will go on to play six stadiums concerts before wrapping in the fall.

    The Georgia native is making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day,” which is from his latest album, Kill the Lights.

    2016 Kill The Lights Tour:

    4-14                 Toledo, OH                 The Huntington Center

    4-15                 State College, PA       Bryce Jordan Center

    4-16                 Charlottesville, VA     John Paul Jones Arena

    4-20                 Missoula, MT              Adams Center

    4-21                 Missoula, MT              Adams Center

    4-22                 Bozeman, MT             Brick Breeden Fieldhouse

    4-23                 Bozeman, MT             Brick Breeden Fieldhouse

    4-29                 Concord, CA              Concord Pavilion

    4-30                 Fresno, CA                  Save Mart Center

    5-1                   Indio, CA                    Stagecoach

    5-12                 Omaha, NE                 CenturyLink Center

    5-13                 Wichita, KS                INTRUST Bank Arena

    5-14                 Oklahoma City, OK    Chesapeake Energy Arena

    5-20                 Atlanta, GA                Lakewood Amphitheater

    5-21                 Atlanta, GA                Lakewood Amphitheater

    5-27                 Baton Rouge, LA       Bayou Country Superfest*

    5-29                 Daytona Beach, FL     Country 500

    6-2                   Holmdel, NJ                P.N.C. Bank Arts Center

    6-3                   Atlantic City, NJ         Boardwalk Hall

    6-4                   Hershey, PA                Hershey Park Stadium

    6-9                   Virginia Beach, VA    Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

    6-10                 Washington, DC         Jiffy Lube Live

    6-11                 Washington, DC         Jiffy Lube Live

    6-17                 Oshkosh, WI               Country USA*

    6-19                 Columbus, OH            Buckeye Country Superfest*

    6-24                 Toronto, ON               Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

    6-25                 Toronto, ON               Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

    7-7                   Milwaukee, WI           Summerfest*

    7-8                   Indianapolis, IN          Klipsch Music Center

    7-9                   Indianapolis, IN          Klipsch Music Center

    7-15                 Boston, MA                Gillette Stadium***

    7-16                 Boston, MA                Gillette Stadium***

    7-17                 Bangor, ME                Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion

    7-21                 Scranton, PA               The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

    7-22                 Pittsburgh, PA            First Niagara Pavilion

    7-23                 Pittsburgh, PA            First Niagara Pavilion

    7-29                 Philadelphia, PA         BB&T Pavilion

    7-30                 Philadelphia, PA         BB&T Pavilion

    7-31                 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center

    8-11                 Cleveland, OH            Blossom Music Center

    8-12                 Cleveland, OH             Blossom Music Center

    8-13                 Cincinnati, OH            Riverbend Music Center

    8-14                 Cincinnati, OH            Riverbend Music Center

    8-19                 Minneapolis, MN       U.S. Bank Stadium

    8-21                 Calgary, AB                Country Thunder Calgary*

    8-25                 Kansas City, MO        Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

    8-26                 St. Louis, MO             Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

    8-27                 Chicago, IL                Wrigley Field

    9-1                   Raleigh, NC                Walnut Creek Amphitheatre

    9-2                   Charlotte, NC             PNC Music Pavilion

    9-9                   Denver, CO                 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

    9-10                 Denver, CO                 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

    9-15                 Sacramento, CA          Toyota Amphitheatre

    9-16                 Mountain View, CA   Shoreline Amphitheatre

    9-22                 Phoenix, AZ                Ak-Chin Pavilion

    9-30                 Salt Lake City, UT      USANA Amphitheatre

    10-1                 Salt Lake City, UT      USANA Amphitheatre

    10-22               Arlington, TX            AT&T Stadium ***

    10-29               Detroit, MI                 Ford Field

    Dates and Cities subject to change

    *festival date

    **no Little Big Town

    ***Chris Stapleton joins

     

    For up to date information on Luke, the tour and tickets go to www.lukebryan.com or www.livenation.com.

     

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  • CHRIS STAPLETON PARTNERED WITH RAM TRUCKS AND CABELA’S TO RETURN HOME.

    Chris Stapleton teamed up with Ram Trucks and the ACMs to journey back home in his Ram Truck to his high school in Paintsville, Kentucky. He performed a pair of concerts and left the students and community with something to build on…in the hometown that built him. Directed by rock-star photographer and director, Danny Clinch.

    Chris, whose single “Nobody to Blame” won the ACM Song of the Year, left Las Vegas with six total awards, including Male Vocalist, New Male Vocalist and Album of the Year for Traveller.

    Video / Chris Stapleton & Ram Trucks 1

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  • ACM AWARDS 2016: Chris Stapleton is a big winner!

    Chris Stapleton ended up with SIX awards at this year’s ACM Awards as both artist, producer and songwriter. The truckload of awards include Album of the Year for Traveller (as both artist and producer), Song of the Year for “Nobody to Blame” (artist and songwriter), Male Vocalist of the Year and New Male Vocalist of the Year.

    Audio / Chris Stapleton says he’s very grateful for his ACM Awards and recent success.

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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 um… 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 / Backstage at this year’s ACM Awards, Chris Stapleton says he doesn’t feel a lot of pressure performing on the show.

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    Chris Stapleton (ACM performance) OC: …playing music. :22

    “Well you hope so and you’re also just trying not to mess up ’cause they’re throwing you out there and it’s you know throw and go and you hope you’re in tune and all those things. And they put you later in the night tonight and I’m like, ‘Well this is kind of next to last’ (laughs) so there’s a little bit of pressure there I guess but no, we’re just trying to play music and it’s always a comfortable spot for me once the first note hits just to be playing music.”

    Audio / Backstage at this year’s ACM Awards, Chris Stapleton talks about the opening monologue where everyone took credit for “discovering” him.

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    Chris Stapleton (opening monologue) OC: …but me. :21
    “You know it’s a strange thing and it’s a wonderful gift and I’m grateful for t. It was a pretty funny monologue I didn’t know anything about it and as soon as it started I though this is gonna go on and on. I thought it might have carried on throughout the night and I was a little worried about that ’cause it could have gotten darker and darker but I don’t know…it didn’t so were good. Who gets credit? Everybody. Everybody but me.”

  • ACM AWARDS: LBT and CHRIS STAPLETON

    UMG ACM Winners so far include Chris Stapleton, who picked up the Song of the Year honors for his current single, “Nobody to Blame,” along with his co-writers Barry Bales and Ronnie Bowman.

    Congrats go to Little Big Town, who were surprised with the Vocal Event of the Year award for “Smokin’ and Drinkin’” with Miranda Lambert.

  • DIERKS BENTLEY, CHARLES KELLEY, LUKE BRYAN AND CHRIS STAPLETON HIGHLIGHT ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY.

    On Saturday Night (April 2nd), Dierks Bentley headlined the second night of the 4th ACM Party for a Cause® Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. The three-day event continued with an all-star lineup of performers on the Ram Trucks Main Stage including Chris Stapleton, Frankie Ballard, Lee Brice, Chris Janson, Dustin Lynch and Chris Young.
    Highlights from the second day and night included:

    • Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelly and Eric Paslay joined headliner Dierks Bentley on stage to perform Kelley’s debut solo single, “The Driver.”
    • Chris Stapleton performed a duet with his wife, Morgane, as the sunset over the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.
    • ACM CEO Bob Romeo presented Chris Stapleton with his ACM Award for New Male Artist of the Year

    The morning kicked off with the ACM & Cabela’s Celebrity Tic-Tac-Toe Archery Tournament. Cabela’s Ambassadors Luke Bryan and Justin Moore returned to host the fan-favorite event held at the Cabela’s Stage at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. Country music stars Luke BryanChris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Justin MooreEric PaslayChris Rice, and Granger Smith, former MLB player Adam LaRoche, plus Cabela’s pro staff Wade Middleton and Kristy Titus participated in the archery tournament featuring Cabela’s state-of-the-art archery equipment.

    "LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 02:  Singers Justin Moore (L) and Luke Bryan attend Cabela's & Academy of Country Music Celebrity Archery Tournament during the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival at at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on April 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for ACM)"

    “LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 02: Singers Justin Moore (L) and Luke Bryan attend Cabela’s & Academy of Country Music Celebrity Archery Tournament during the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival at at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on April 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for ACM)”

    "LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 02:  Singers Justin Moore (L) and Luke Bryan attend Cabela's & Academy of Country Music Celebrity Archery Tournament during the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival at at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on April 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for ACM)"

    “LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 02: Singers Justin Moore (L) and Luke Bryan attend Cabela’s & Academy of Country Music Celebrity Archery Tournament during the 4th ACM Party for a Cause Festival at at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on April 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for ACM)”

     

    o   HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Team Luke and Team Justin competing head-to-head for the trophy:
    • Team Luke included country music artists Chris Janson, Chase Rice, and Granger Smith plus Cabela’s pro staffer Wade Middleton.
    • Team Justin included artists Dustin Lynch, Eric Paslay, former MLB player Adam LaRoche and Cabela’s Pro Staffer Kristy Titus. Country artist Lucas Hoge and bow hunting athlete Cameron Hanes also competed at the event during half-time.
    • Team Luke was leading the competition when host Storme Warren suggested that Luke and Justin make a sudden death deal: the two artists shoot one last game of tic-tac-toe and whoever wins would take home the trophy. In spite of Team Luke’s commanding lead, Justin surprised the crowd with a victory!

    On Sunday (April 3rd), Kenny Chesney will close out the festival with a full set after his performance on the 51st ACM Awards. Earlier in the evening, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Chase Rice and Old Dominion will perform on the Ram Trucks Main Stage.

    The Academy of Country Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena Sunday at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

  • ACM AWARDS 2016: Chris Stapleton

    Chris Stapleton is going into Sunday night’s ACM Awards already a winner. He picked up the award for New Male Vocalist of the Year. He’s also up for numerous other awards, including Male Vocalist, Album of the Year for Traveller, Song of the Year for “Nobody to Blame” (as both artist and songwriter) and Vocal Event of the Year for “Hangover Tonight” with Gary Allan.

    He’s experienced such a huge wave of success over the past year – heck, the past six months – with three CMA Awards, a huge CMA performance with Justin Timberlake, and through it all, he trusted his instincts where his music is concerned.

    “I always just listen to myself, hopefully to a fault. And sometimes if I ever catch myself not listening to what I want to do musically or personally or anything, it always puts me in a bad spot,” says Chris. “So, hopefully, I’ve learned to follow my own instinct of what I need to do or want to do. It always just kind of works out for me musically and as a job path.”

    “The best example I can give [is] I was in a band called The Steel Drivers. Choosing a career in bluegrass isn’t exactly like, it doesn’t sound like job security to most people, but I was in that band for a few years and out of that, those recordings and those records that I made with that band, a song was recorded by Adele. That’s not a path that you would take to get a song recorded by Adele. No one would ever tell you to be in a bluegrass band, [with] a country rhythm, make a few records with them and you’ll get a cut by the biggest pop star in the world. Those are things that just happen I think when you (A) get really, really lucky and (B) try to follow your path, and whatever that path may be. Sometimes you just don’t know why you have to do those things, and if you listen to yourself enough, you just go do it and figure out what it’s for later.”

    Chris is set to perform on the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards, which will air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas April 3rd at 8pm ET/PT delayed on CBS.

    Audio / Chris Stapleton says whenever he’s followed his instincts, it’s worked out in a big way.

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    Chris Stapleton (following his instincts) OC: …it’s for later. 1:09
    “I always just listen to myself, hopefully to a fault. And sometimes if I ever catch myself not listening to what I want to do musically or personally or anything, it always puts me in a bad spot. So, hopefully, I’ve learned to follow my own instinct of what I need to do or want to do. It always just kind of works out for me musically and as a job path. You know, the best example I can give [is] I was in a band called The Steel Drivers. Choosing a career in bluegrass isn’t exactly like, it doesn’t sound like job security to most people, but I was in that band for a few years and out of that, those recordings and those records that I made with that band, a song was recorded by Adele. That’s not a path that you would take to get a song recorded by Adele. No one would ever tell you to be in a bluegrass band, [with] a country rhythm, make a few records with them and you’ll get a cut by the biggest pop star in the world. Those are things that just happen I think when you (A) get really, really lucky and (B) try to follow your path, and whatever that path may be. Sometimes you just don’t know why you have to do those things, and if you listen to yourself enough, you just go do it and figure out what it’s for later.”