• MOTHER’S DAY LINERS: Brothers Osborne, Canaan, Darius, Dierks, Church, Paslay, Strait, Jennifer, Jon, Josh, Keith, Kelleigh, LBT, Luke, Scotty, Shania

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hey! What’s up guys! We’re Brothers Osborne, wishing all you mothers out there a very, very Happy Mother’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hey! What’s up, guys? I’m Canaan Smith. Happy Mother’s Day!”

     

    Audio / LINER Darius (Mother’s Day) 2

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    “Hey! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing all you mothers a Happy Mother’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Dierks (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hey, y’all! This is Dierks Bentley, wishing all you mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Mother’s Day) 1

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    “Hey everybody! This is Eric Church, wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day, mom!”

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Eric Paslay. Happy Mother’s Day to all you awesome Mom’s out there.”

    Audio / LINER George Strait (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hi! This is George Strait, wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Jennifer Nettles (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hi! This is Jennifer Nettles, and I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hey y’all, it’s Jon Pardi. I want to wish all the mamas out there a very Happy Mother’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hi! This is Josh Turner, wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hi everyone, it’s Keith Urban. Hoping all the mothers out there have a very, very Happy Mother’s Day. Love ya, Mom!”

    Audio / LINER Kelleigh Bannen (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hi! I’m Kelleigh Bannen, hoping you have a Happy Mother’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER LBT (Mother’s Day)

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    “(ALL) Hi! This is Little Big Town. (KIMBERLY) We want to wish all you mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day. I love ya, Mama!”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Mother's Day)

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    “Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, hoping all you mothers out there have a Happy Mother’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Scotty McCreery (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hi! This is Scotty McCreery. Happy Mother’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Mother’s Day)

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    “Hi! This is Shania Twain. Happy Mother’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Mother's Day)

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    “Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves. To all you mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day!”

     

  • DIERKS BENTLEY SOARS TO NO. 1. (PRESS RELEASE)

    Nashville, TN – May 4, 2015 – Dierks Bentley soars to No. one on the Mediabase radio chart and spends a second week atop Billboard’s Country Airplay chart today with “Say You Do,” marking his 13th career hit to reach the No. 1 position. The stirring track also becomes the third consecutive single from his CMA, ACM and GRAMMY nominated album RISER (Capitol Records Nashville) to summit the radio charts and park for multiple weeks.

    “This album has taken me on such a cool ride over the last year or so,” said Bentley. “Each single has been so different and this one especially because it’s my first No. 1 that I wasn’t a part of writing. This town has of some of the most talented songwriters anywhere and they help guys like me live our dreams every night out on the road with their songs.  I’m really happy to share this with Shane, Trevor and Matt.”

    Bentley is currently preparing to hit the road for his headlining 2015 SOUNDS OF SUMMER TOUR launching June 5th in Raleigh, NC with special guests Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith.  For more info and for a full list of tour dates visit www.dierksbentley.com.

  • DIERKS BENTLEY TOPS THE COUNTRY CHARTS…FOR A SECOND WEEK…WITH ‘SAY YOU DO.’

    Dierks Bentley’s “Say You Do” is spending a second week on the Billboard country chart and has climbed to No. 1 on the Country Weekly chart this week, making it his third time at No. 1 with songs (“I Hold On,” “Drunk on a Plane”) from his current album, Riser, and his 13th career chart-topper. Dierks says the song took him to a new place.

    “I just feel like vocally, [producer] Ross [Copperman] was able to wring something out of me that I hadn’t gotten to before, and it feels pretty powerful. I feel like we’re starting to get the ball rolling towards the direction when I heard that song, you know, some sort of thematical thing,” says Dierks. “[It’s] just a killer song.”

    Dierks will kick off his Sounds of Summer Tour June 5th in Raleigh, North Carolina. He’s taking Kip Moore, Canaan Smith and Maddie & Tae along for the ride.

    Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about “Say You Do,” from his current album, Riser.

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    Dierks Bentley (Say You Do) OC: …this record. :37
    “One of the biggest goals of this record was just tapping into all the great songs in this town. It definitely ties into ‘Bourbon (in Kentucky)’ and it definitely ties into places in my past with different relationships. I just feel like vocally, Ross [Copperman] was able to wring something out of me that I hadn’t gotten to before, and it feels pretty powerful. I feel like we’re starting to get the ball rolling towards the direction when I heard that song, you know, some sort of thematical thing. [It’s] just a killer song. I think when people hear that song, it’s a great example of kind of the sound and the production that we’re going for on this record.”

  • DARIUS RUCKER AND JENNIFER NETTLES WILL HOST THE 2015 iHEARTRADIO COUNTRY FESTIVAL.

    New York, N.Y. – May 1, 2015Darius Rucker and Jennifer Nettles will host the 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival, bringing together Country music’s biggest superstars all on one stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, May 2nd. This year’s incredible lineup will feature Darius, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, The Band Perry and Tyler Farr, as well as special guest appearances by Bobby Bones, Big & Rich, Cody Alan, Brooklyn Decker, Craig Robinson, Eric Decker and Jessie James Decker.

    The iHeartRadio Country Festival will video stream live exclusively on Yahoo Live, where fans have the freedom to stream the concert for free wherever they are through the Yahoo Screen App for iOS and Android, and on connected devices including Apple TV, Roku, XBox, Tivo and www.yahoo.com/iheartcountry.  It will also broadcast live on iHeartMedia Country radio stations across the U.S. on Saturday, May 2nd at 7 p.m. CT. NBC will televise the iHeartRadio Country Festival on NBC Wednesday, May 27th from 9-11 p.m. ET/ 8-10 p.m. CT.

    “I am thrilled to host the iHeartRadio Country Music Festival and celebrate our beautiful country community of music and musicians,” said Nettles.  “I’m excited to share the stage with some of the biggest names in country music. It’s going to be a wonderful night in the great town of Austin and I look forward to being a part of it.”

    “Growing up in South Carolina, I would lay in bed at night listening to all kinds of music and commentary from deejays on the air. It actually led me to go into sports broadcasting in college, so I have always wanted an opportunity to try my skills at being one of those commentators. I can’t think of a better opportunity to talk directly to the fans — and bring them some great music — than co-hosting this fantastic night with some really awesome friends,” said Rucker.

    Proud partners of this year’s event include Bud Light, Firestone®, Mtn Dew® DEWshine™, NBC, State Farm® and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

    Tickets are on sale now at TexasBoxOffice.com and for more information visit iHeartRadio.com/countryfestival. The iHeartRadio Country Festival is an iHeartMedia Production.

  • DIERKS BENTLEY CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HOW FANS REACT TO ‘SAY YOU DO’ LIVE ON HIS SOUNDS OF SUMMER TOUR.

    Dierks Bentley is closing in on the No.1 spot on the country charts with his latest single, “Say You Do,” which means it’s become really familiar with his crowds over the past few months.

    “The fan reaction to ‘Say You Do’ has been incredible. I mean, we just started playing it towards the end [of the Riser Tour], you could already tell it had that stuff that really connects with the audience,” says Dierks. “The cool thing’s gonna be when we go back out in the summer on the Sounds of Summer Tour to see what’s happened to it, because since we left off and now picking back up, the song’s gone from being in the 20s and now it’s up towards No. 1.”

    Dierks has a few festivals on the books, such as the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California this weekend, before his Sounds of Summer Tour, kicks off June 5th in Raleigh, North Carolina. The trek features Kip Moore, Canaan Smith and Maddie & Tae.

    Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about the fan reaction to his song as it nears the top of the country charts.

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    Dierks Bentley (SYD fan reaction) OC: …forward to. :37
    “The fan reaction to ‘Say You Do’ has been incredible. I mean, we just started playing it towards the end [of the Riser Tour], you could already tell it had that stuff that really connects with the audience. The cool thing’s gonna be when we go back out in the summer on the Sounds of Summer Tour to see what’s happened to it, because since we left off and now picking back up, the song’s gone from being in the 20s and now it’s up towards No. 1, so to see how it’s changed and how the fans are reacting to it. I’ve had a little taste of that with a few shows we’ve done – just one-offs. But getting back out there on the Sounds of Summer Tour and see what’s happened to this song is going to be a huge surprise for us, something we’re really looking forward to.”

    Video / Dierks Bentley Say You Do video

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: LBT, Vince, Dierks

    Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman will appear on The Chew on Tuesday at 1pm ET on ABC to chat about her new cookbook, Oh Gussie!

    Vince Gill is the featured guest on The Big Interview With Dan Rather on Tuesday (April 21st) at 8pm ET.

    Dierks Bentley, as well as Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood were announced as headliners for next year’s ACM Party for a Cause Festival, taking place April 1st – 3rd, 2016.

  • ACM AWARDS: DIERKS BENTLEY

    Dierks Bentley could take home several trophies at Sunday’s ACM Awards. He’s up for Male Vocalist, Album of the Year (Riser), Single and Music Video of the Year for “Drunk on a Plane,” Song of the Year for “I Hold On,” as well as Vocal Event of the Year for “The South” with The Cadillac Three, Florida Georgia Line and Mike Eli. (Audio on most of his awards below)

    The Arizona native and father of three received his first award, Top New Artist, at the ACMs in 2004, and it’s still one of his favorite memories. “I remember I had like a white shirt – I’d been on the road touring so hard, so hard, I wasn’t used to having nice clothes. I had like this white collared shirt that we had tailored and ironed, and I put that on,” says Dierks. “I remember riding over and just not knowing what to expect and just hearing my name being called for ACM New Artist of the Year, it was a really big deal, and walking up there getting a chance to thank everybody and hold that trophy. I still have it, obviously, and it means a lot to me.”

    Dierks, who is knocking on the door of No. 1 with “Say You Do,” is set to kick off his Sounds of Summer Tour, featuring Kip Moore, Canaan Smith and Maddie & Tae June 5th in Raleigh, North Carolina.

    The 50th Annual ACM Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, will be broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas at 8pm ET on CBS.

    Audio / Dierks Bentley recalls his first ACM Award for New Artist of the Year.

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    Dierks Bentley (ACM memory) OC: …a lot to me. :38
    “My very first award was an ACM Award for New Artist of the Year, and it was really special. I remember I had like a white shirt – I’d been on the road touring so hard, so hard, I wasn’t used to having nice clothes. I had like this white collared shirt that we had tailored and ironed, and I put that on. And I remember riding over and just not knowing what to expect and just hearing my name being called for ACM New Artist of the Year, it was a really big deal, and walking up there getting a chance to thank everybody and hold that trophy. I still have it, obviously, and it means a lot to me.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley, who is up for ACM Album of the Year, says Riser is a snapshot of his life at the moment.

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    Dierks Bentley (Riser snapshot) OC: …decided for me. :45
    “I think every record I’ve made has always been a little bit of a Polaroid snapshot of where I was at that place and time when I made it. This particular album just has a lot of scenery in the picture. I mean there’s a lot that’s gone on in the last two years, more so than any other time in my life. You look at some of the bookends of the making of this record – my Dad passing away at the start of the process and then my son Knox being born at the end of the process. It was unexpected…when I made this record I just wanted to have the best songs. I wasn’t sure what they were going to be about, but I wanted them to be the best. I wanted to write my best songs, I wanted to write a lot of songs. I wanted to listen to a lot of outside songs and find the best songs that I could for whatever I was going to write about, but I wasn’t sure what it was gonna be, and then life came along and decided for me.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley is up for Song of the Year for his poignant “I Hold On,” which he says is about self-discovery.

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    Dierks Bentley (I Hold On) 1 OC: …at the end. :33
    “This is so me. It’s so personal, yet it’s so universal at the same time. These verses are snippets of my life and just things of my life, and it’s kind of a song about self-discovery too. Who am I after all these years?  What’s important to me? Why do I do certain things that I do? Why do I hold on to certain things I hold onto? It’s a little bit of me trying to figure out who I am, and then in the choruses, it’s just who we are as Americans, as a people, as human beings I guess, you know there’s things that we really value and hold onto tight – faith, love and freedom. In a way, it’s kind of a love song too, you know, coming back and wrapping up at the end.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about his ACM-nominated Single and Music Video of the Year, “Drunk on a Plane.”

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    Dierks Bentley (Drunk on a Plane) 2a OC: …pretty funny. :27
    “It’s a funny song, but there’s kind of like an undercurrent of like a clown that’s sad on the inside feeling going throughout the whole song. The track’s pretty aggressive and note selection and instruments used, kind of still gives it a little bit of darkness, even though it’s light-hearted song, but you can still feel a tinge of darkness throughout the whole chorus, which I like. It truly is sad [laughs], but it’s kind of done in a way that’s relatable and pretty funny.”

    Video / Dierks Bentley picking up ACM Top New Artist Award in 2004

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  • ALAN, DARIUS, DIERKS, ERIC, KEITH, LADY A, LUKE AND SAM AMONG THE STARS PERFORMING FOR CBS-TV SPECIAL ‘ACM PRESENTS: SUPERSTAR DUETS.’

    Encino, CA (April 9, 2015) – The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced the full lineup of country music luminaries and chart-topping artists who will perform together on “ACM Presents: Superstar Duets” and make up the evening portion of the 3rd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival.  Performances at the two-day outdoor music festival celebrating the 50th ACM Awards will begin at 7:30pm on Friday, April 17th and continue Saturday, April 18th on the Main Stage inside of Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX. A two-hour special including performances from the event will air on Friday, May 15th on the CBS Television Network.

    Friday’s lineup will include special collaborations by Alabama & Eli Young Band, Brooks & Dunn & Reba, Darius Rucker & Sara Evans, Dierks Bentley & Kip Moore & Ashley Monroe, Dwight Yoakam & Sam Hunt, and Luke Bryan & Ronnie Milsap, along with a special performance by Brantley Gilbert.

    Saturday’s lineup will include duet performances by Alan Jackson & Cole Swindell, Clint Black & Joe Nichols, Eric Church & Marty Stuart, Florida Georgia Line & David Lee Murphy, Hunter Hayes & Brett Eldredge, Keith Urban & John Anderson, Lady Antebellum & Brandy Clark, Miranda Lambert & Patty Loveless, and The Band Perry & Deana Carter along with special performances by Kenny Chesney and Jake Owen.

    Ticket packages to the ACM Party for a Cause Festival INCLUDING the 50th ACM Awards are available NOW at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets to the 50TH ACM Awards sold out last spring in a record 18 minutes but as staging changes became final for the ACM Awards, seats to the previously SOLD OUT Awards show and festival are now available.
    lease see a full lineup of tentatively scheduled performances below for “ACM Presents: Superstar Duets” listed by order of appearance and subject to change. For additional updates please visit www.ACMcountry.com.

     Friday, April 17, 2015 (Listed in Order of Appearance)

    ·         Brantley Gilbert

    ·         Dwight Yoakam & Sam Hunt

    ·         Darius Rucker & Sara Evans

    ·         Alabama & Eli Young Band

    ·         Brooks & Dunn & Reba

    ·         Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore & Ashley Monroe

    ·         Luke Bryan & Ronnie Milsap

     Saturday, April 18, 2015 (Listed in Order of Appearance)

    ·         Clint Black & Joe Nichols

    ·         The Band Perry & Deana Carter

    ·         Lady Antebellum & Brandy Clark

    ·         Hunter Hayes & Brett Eldredge

    ·         Jake Owen

    ·         Kenny Chesney

    ·         Alan Jackson & Cole Swindell

    ·         Miranda Lambert & Patty Loveless

    ·         Keith Urban & John Anderson

    ·         Eric Church & Marty Stuart

    ·         Florida Georgia Line & David Lee Murphy

    The 3rd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival, beginning at 12:00 PM on April 17-18, 2015, will include multiple stages for ongoing LIVE country music performances, interactive experiences, a family-friendly country marketplace with food trucks and vendors from around the country, and much more, all leading up to the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be broadcast LIVE for the first time ever from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Proceeds from the event will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music and military philanthropies including Folds of Honor Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, Navy SEAL Foundation, and Task Force Dagger Foundation.

    ACM Presents: Superstar Duets is produced for television by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman and Tom Forrest are co-executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

  • LUKE BRYAN’S CRASH MY PLAYA ADDS DIERKS BENTLEY AS A HEADLINE PERFORMER.

    NASHVILLE – (April 8, 2015) – Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa adds country superstar Dierks Bentley as a headline performer for the all-inclusive Caribbean concert vacation set in Riviera Maya, Mexico on January 22-26, 2016.

    Luke will headline two nights of beachfront concerts, while Dierks will take the headlining reigns for one night. The third headliner and additional artists will be announced soon. All packages go on sale Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 11 AM Central at crashmyplaya.com.

    All Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa guests will enjoy the ultimate country music fan experience with unparalleled access to their favorite stars.  From the moment guests arrive in Mexico, fans will be treated to an all-inclusive and high-caliber experience, including all local travel, amenities and accommodations, admission to each night’s exclusive beach performances, food and drink, 24 -hour concierge, an official Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa merchandise package and optional themed adventures and activities that explore the riches of the Riviera Maya.

    For the 2016 event, guests can choose from one of three distinctive resorts – The Barceló Maya Beach Resort, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya or the Mayakoba featuring RosewoodFairmont, and Banyan Tree Properties – and either four-night or five-night stays.

    For more information about Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa and for information on easy payment plans, please visit: www.crashmyplaya.com.

    About Luke Bryan

    Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke Bryan has placed 12 singles at No. 1 and sold nearly 7 million albums with 27 million digital tracks from his four studio albums and has been named Entertainer of the Year for both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.   He just released his seventh and final spring break album, Spring Break…Checkin’ Out, which debuted the album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart and No. 3 on Billboard’s Top 200.  Sales of Luke’s combined spring break releases now exceed 1.2 million.  He celebrated the album with two concerts at Spinnaker Beach Club in Panama City Beach, Florida with record crowds of more than 400,000 fans.

     

    Luke is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and he will co-host the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards with Blake Shelton for a third consecutive year on April 19, 2015.  In May, Luke will launch a new tour – “Kick The Dust Up.”

     

    About Dierks Bentley

    ACM top male nominee Dierks Bentley is seven albums into one of country music’s most respected and most unpredictable careers. His latest evolution comes in the form of his critically acclaimed and No. One selling album RISER, which has already spawned two consecutive No. One hits with “I Hold On” and “Drunk On A Plane” and his latest single, “Say You Do” is in the Top 10 on the charts. Bentley’s six previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies, notched 12 chart-topping singles and earned 12 GRAMMY nominations. He recently announced his 2015 SOUNDS OF SUMMER TOUR kicking off June 5and running through the summer. For more information and a full list of appearances visit www.dierks.com.

    About CID Presents

    In January 2015, CID Entertainment, the premier guest-focused experiential agency, launched its production arm CID Presents with the sold out Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa. CID Presents designed, produced and operated the all-inclusive destination concert event in the Riviera Maya, which treated 4,000 guests to unprecedented levels of access to the biggest stars in country music. By utilizing CID’s expansive entertainment industry ties and expertise and seamlessly integrating concert and travel logistics, CID Presents develops multi-sensory and creative productions, providing every guest with unparalleled experiences and engagement with their favorite artists.

  • KIP MOORE’S ‘I’M TO BLAME’ SETS THE TONE FOR FORTHCOMING ALBUM.

    Kip Moore’s latest single, “I’m to Blame,” is setting the tone for his forthcoming album, due out later this year. Kip co-wrote the gritty tune with Westin Davis and Justin Weaver, and he says it is the product of his growth as a writer and an artist.

    “I just think it sets the tone for not afraid to go to different places as an artist, as a writer,” says Kip. “A lot of times when things are successful, people want you to stay in one spot. They’re used to you doing one kind of thing. ‘You’ve got to keep doing this thing over and over.’ It’s like, ‘Nah.’ You grow as a person; you grow as an artist. That was what kind of sparked the whole idea was my growth as a writer and as an artist.”

    Kip joins Dierks Bentley on the Sounds of Summer Tour, which kicks off June 5th in Raleigh, North Carolina. The trek will also feature Canaan Smith and Maddie & Tae.

    Audio / Kip Moore says his latest single, “I’m to Blame,” sets the tone for his upcoming album.

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    Kip Moore (growth sparked idea for new album) OC: …an artist. :2
    “I just think it sets the tone for not afraid to go to different places as an artist, as a writer. A lot of times when things are successful, people want you to stay in one spot. They’re used to you doing one kind of thing. ‘You’ve got to keep doing this thing over and over.’ It’s like, ‘Nah.’ You grow as a person; you grow as an artist. That was what kind of sparked the whole idea was my growth as a writer and as an artist.”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (I'm to Blame)

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