• NEWS AND NOTES: Kacey, Little Big Town, Luke, Hootie & the Blowfish, Jon, Eric, Jordan

    Kacey Musgraves set the Guiness World Record for the world’s largest display of coloring pages on National Color Day (October 22nd) in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Mike Curb Conservatory in support of her Kacey Musgraves: All of the Colors exhibition.

    Little Big Town appear on the Kelly Clarkson Show on Monday (October 28th). Check local listings for time.

    Little Big Town unveil the video for their latest single, “Over Drinking,” on Tuesday (October 29th). The clip will star actress Michelle Monaghan (Mission Impossible, The Bourne Supremacy, True Detective).

    Luke Bryan chatted with Jimmy Fallon about being surprised with the ACM Album of the Decade Award at the Grand Ole Opry, American Idol and how his friends turned his live national anthem performance at the Super Bowl into a gambling extravaganza…AND he performed his brand new song, “What She Wants Tonight,” on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on a special football edition on Sunday (October 27th).

    Hootie & the Blowfish will perform their new single, “Hold On,” when they stop by ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday (November 1st).

    Jon Pardi has been announced as the support act for Garth Brooks’ concert at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on November 16th.

    Eric Church, Darius Rucker and Jordan Davis are among the artists scheduled for next year’s C2C: Country to Country Festival. The eighth annual festival, taking place in London, Glasgow and Dublin March 13th – 15th, will also feature performances by Old Dominion, Luke Combs, Brett Young, Charles Esten, Tanya Tucker, Eric Paslay, Runaway Jone, Tenille Townes and many more. Tickets go on sale Friday (November 1st).

     

  • HALLOWEEN 2019: Adam, AJ, Billy, Brandon, Brothers O, Clare, Dierks, Eric, Langston, Pardi, Jordan, Josh, Luke, Maddie & Tae, Travis and more!

    Halloween is Thursday, October 31st, and the holiday has some of your favorite country stars getting into costumes, while others are recalling memories of Halloweens past.

    Audio / Adam Hambrick talks about one of his favorite Halloween costumes as a kid.

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    Adam Hambrick (Halloween) OC: …five-years-old. :10
    “My grandmother made me a Ghostbusters jumpsuit, and I had the proton backpack and I went as Peter Venkman, the Ghostbuster, when I was five-years-old.”

    Audio / Alan Jackson used to take his now grown daughters trick-or-treating when they were young children, but he recalls one costume that he hated. It was an infant costume that made one of the girls look like a little peapod.

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    AJ (Halloween) OC: …cute, but…[laughs] :17
    “Aww, I remember some, when they were infants, they had like these little, they looked like a little pea pod, you know, or something. It’s like a little green pea or something. And I thought man, that’s awful. But Denise liked it, and I guess it was cute, but…(laughs).”

    Audio / Billy Currington reminisces about his childhood Halloween memories.

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    Billy Currington (Halloween) OC: …Halloween. :17
    “You know, when I was a kid, I loved the trick and the treat. I loved dressing up. I was always wanting to be Dracula. That was my favorite guy. But, of course, who doesn’t love going door-to-door and getting these buckets of candy? [laughs] So, love, love Halloween.”

    Audio / Brandon Lay says since his father was a preacher, their Halloween activities were church-related.

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    Brandon Lay (Halloween) OC: …let Ryder do. :26
    “You know, my dad was a preacher, so Halloween for me (ha) was a little different than most kids. We always had something going on at church, so I think I was usually a character from the Bible and walk around the gym and just try to get as much candy as I can. It sounds a little weird, but I kinda was robbed of the trick-or-treating experience – thanks a lot Mom and Dad – but I’m not bitter about it or anything. We’ll see what we let Ryder do.”

    Audio / Brothers Osborne’s TJ and John Osborne talk about dressing up like zombies for Halloween.

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    Brothers Osborne (zombie costume) OC: (John) …was so fun! :29
    TJ: “Literally, you can dress up like a zombie and drag your foot behind you all day and make weird noises, and everyone finds that completely acceptable.” [laughs] JOHN: “One year I dressed up as a ‘90s  redneck zombie with a mullet wig and an Alan Jackson denim coat. I never once broke character. That’s part of the thing — you can actually not break character and get away with it. And everywhere I went, even when I ordered a drink, I ordered it like a zombie that was falling apart. [laughs] It was so fun!”

    Audio / Brothers Osborne’s John Osborne talks about carving pumpkins with their dad when they were growing up.

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    Brothers Osborne (carving pumpkins) OC: …or something. :25
    “With our dad every year, we would go looking for pumpkins, and we would all get our own pumpkin to carve, and he would buy the biggest pumpkin that they had. It was huge. I mean, it was way too big for any one person, but he would love carving. He’s kind of an artsy guy. He was a great drawer and stuff, and he would carve the most terrifying, vicious looking, scary pumpkin you’d ever seen in your life, and it would be massive. It would be like on a 50-pound pumpkin or something.”

    Audio / Brothers Osborne talk about their favorite Halloween candy.

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    Brothers Osborne (Halloween candy) OC: (John) …go stale. [laughs] :34
    TJ: “I would say, Snickers, Baby Ruth, Kit Kat and Reese’s too.” JOHN: “I always hated those houses that would give you bad candy, though. You’re like, ‘C’mon. Step it up.’ Spend the extra dollar on a bag, you know?” TJ: “A house when we were growing up used to give out whole candy bars. It was the best. You were like, ‘That house – that’s the honey hole of candy.’” JOHN: “I love it, and I love like at the end, like three or four days after Halloween you would see what candy was left, and it was always like those crappy cheap candies, and they would just go stale.” [laughs]

    Audio / Clare Dunn talks about Halloween when she was a kid.

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    Clare Dunn (Halloween) OC: …and stuff. :23
    “Halloween was always hit and miss. I mean it’s five miles to my nearest neighbor. So, for us if we wanted to go trick-or-treating or whatever, some of the country kids a couple of years would all band together and we’d drive around in vehicles from house to house to house. So, we’d all pile into a pickup and then we’d go annoy our neighbors for candy and stuff.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about the Halloweens of his childhood.

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    Dierks Bentley (Halloween) OC: … …around home. [laughs]  :23
    “Oh, when I was a kid, I was all into fireworks. Growing up in Arizona, we couldn’t get ’em, so we’d have ’em shipped in illegally. I still remember the name of the guy we’d call. His name was Joe, and he’d bring in, ship ’em in a package with no writing on ’em. We were all about M-80s in the mailboxes and bottle rocket wars. To me, as a kid, Halloween was fireworks, was blowing up stuff around home. [laughs]”

    Audio / Eric Church recalls his favorite Halloween costume.

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    Eric Church (Halloween) OC: …Franklin Street. 1:18
    “My favorite Halloween costume really came, I remember when I got a little older my first year of college, there’s this thing they do every year in Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Halloween on Franklin Street. We drove down from Boone, North Carolina. I had a bunch of friends that went to University of North Carolina, and we didn’t have costumes and didn’t realize until we were on the way that we had to have costumes. So, we stopped at a costume place in Greensboro, North Carolina. It’s Halloween, so there’s a run on everything and couldn’t find anything. And we end up getting sent around, driving  around town. We end up finding this hole in the wall place, but they had the full costume, Sesame Street outfits. The real deal. The real ones [with] feathers and fur. We were Elmo, Cookie Monster and I was Big Bird, and the Big Bird was the actual Big Bird. It’s about 7-foot-4, and yiou looked out of the body and then you had these straps that went on since the head was a lot higher. There’s a lot of beer involved in Franklin Street, so we get down there and as the night went on, my straps broke, so the head would pivot. And so, I would be walking one way and the head would be facing the other, and it just became this funny…I didn’t know the head was on backwards. I had no idea. I see out of the body, so I’m just kinda walking around and people were talking to my ass-end. [laughs] The whole time peiople’d come up and start talking and go, ‘Hey, turn around.’ And I’d turn around, and they’d go, ‘No turn around.’ It was a mess. That year, there was no other Big Bird on Franklin Street.”

    Audio / Jon Langston talks about his favorite Halloween show a few years ago when his band surprised him on stage.

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    Jon Langston (Halloween show) OC: …memorable Halloween. :59
    “So we played a show a few years ago in Baton Rouge and I go off stage and I come back on stage for the encore. I don’t know this until midway through the song, I’m just into the crowd, like I’m engaged. I’m in the zone, and I just see everyone, like everybody else behind me but me and I’m like what’s going on. I turn around and each of them has a different huge mask on, like one of those stuffed animal masks, like my drummer has a dinosaur head on. My guitar players, one of ‘em has monkey head on, the other has a unicorn head on. And my bass player has like a, I think a dog or cat head or something like that. I couldn’t finish the song I was laughing so hard just seeing them playing with these like oversized huge mask heads on Halloween night. That was funny. It was a good prank, so that was probably the most memorable Halloween.”

    Audio / Jon Pardi talks about his favorite Halloween costumes as a child.

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    Jon Pardi (Halloween) 1 OC: …the Superman. :15
    “Man, I went through phases of costumes – the Superman costume, then it was a ninja, then I was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle one year. I remember rockin’ the Superman.”

    Audio / Jon Pardi reveals his favorite Halloween candy.

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    Jon Pardi (Halloween candy) OC: …during Halloween. :06
    “Man! The candy corn is pretty good, and that’s seasonal, so it only kinda pops out during Halloween.”

    Audio / JORDAN DAVIS TALKS ABOUT HIS FAVORITE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES OVER THE YEARS.

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    Jordan Davis (Halloween costumes) OC: …jet black. :49
    “I can remember being really big into Power Rangers. I always liked the Red Ranger. I remember being Red Ranger one Halloween. I remember me and my br4other being big into the Ninja Turtles. I was Donatello one year, which I think was the purple turtle. I think, though, my favorite Halloween was I was in college and I went as Luigi from Mario and Luigi, and I actually grew a legit mustache and dyed it jet black and ran into an ex-girlfriend at the costume shop and completely forgot I had the mustache on. So, when Is saw her, she was like, ‘So, you’re going with a mustache nowadays, huh?’ [laughs] I remember being like, ‘I swear this is part of my Halloween costume.’ [laughs] When I dyed my mustache, my top lip was black for a week. Like I really did dye it jet black.”

    Audio / JORDAN DAVIS TALKS ABOUT HIS FAVORITE HALLOWEEN CANDY.

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    Jordan Davis (Halloween candy) OC: …some Starbursts. :21
    “My favorite Halloween candy [is] probably Reese’s or M&M’s, although I love the variety of Starburst. It’s one that I feel like I only eat at Halloween, because I feel like at Halloween one of the popular ones is the two-piece Starburst things. So, probably Reese’s, M&Ms and throw in some Starbursts.”

    Audio / CANDY CORN IS A PRETTY POLARIZING CANDY THAT ONLY COMES OUT AROUND HALLOWEEN. SOME LOVE IT; SOME HATE IT AND NEITHER OPINION IS WRONG. JORDAN DAVIS SIDES WITH THE HATERS (DON’T BLAME HIM), SINCE HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO CANDY CORN.

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    Jordan Davis (no candy corn) OC: …they’re awful. :05
    “You know what I never got? The candy corns. I’ve never been a candy corn guy. I think they’re awful.”

    Audio / Josh Turner and his family (including wife Jennifer and their four sons) enjoy dressing up as a family for Halloween. The multi-platinum selling star says his favorite family costumes was a few years ago when they dressed up as Star Wars characters.

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    Josh Turner (Halloween costumes) OC: …pretty classic. :27
    “My favorite family costume was from a couple of years ago when I had my six-and-a-half-month-old beard going, and me and the whole family dressed up as Star Wars characters. So, I was a young Obi Wan Kenobi, Jennifer was Princess Leia, Colby and Marion were Storm Troopers, Hampton was Darth Vadar and Hawk was, I guess, pretty much still a baby, and he dressed up as Yoda. It was pretty classic.”

    Audio / JOSH TURNER REVEALS HIS FAVORITE HALLOWEEN CANDY.

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    Josh Turner (Halloween candy) OC: …can’t beat ‘em. :09
    “My favorite Halloween candy…hmmmm…that’s a tricky one. I’m going to have to go with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Can’t beat ‘em.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan says you can tell a lot about your neighbors from what kind of Halloween candy they hand out.

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    Luke Bryan (Halloween) OC: …your teeth. :21
    “You can find out a lot about your neighbors by what kind of candy they put out. So, well, like full bars of Snickers bars, that’s what, and Reese’s cups, [but] the old chocolate popcorn ball of stuff, that’s no good either, like Dots – you get Dots one time of year and they pull your teeth.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about his Halloween traditions.

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    Luke Bryan (Halloween) 2 OC: …with all that. :33
    “My tradition for Halloween is Caroline picks the outfit. I never know what I’m wearing. So that day, I’ll talk to the neighbors ‘cause I have a tractor back there and I’ll go get my tractor and get a big long trailer, and then I’ll run down to…a couple miles from the farm, we’ve got a big hay farmer that keeps hay and you run in there and pay him for his hay bales. And I’ll load the hay up and get the hayride ready and we’ll take all the kids behind the tractor and have a fun Halloween with all that.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan says his wife Caroline usually pick out his Halloween costumes.

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    Luke Bryan (Halloween costumes) OC: …always has. :20
    “Me and Caroline did one year where I dressed up as the old lady, and she dressed up as, she called herself a dirty old man. So, she went around acting like an old man saying snide comments to everybody. That was a fun one. The main thing is Caroline is big, she loves Halloween and always has.”

    Audio / Maddie & Tae sit on opposite sides of the fence when it comes to scary movies.

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    Maddie & Tae (Halloween) OC: …princesses. :24
    TAE: “Oooooh, Halloween [is] my favorite holiday. Anyone who knows me knows I love all things scary and gory, so especially on Halloween all the scary movies that come out in theaters, I am there every single time.” MADDIE: “And I never go with her because I hate scary things.” TAE: “You know what’s funny? As little girls, everyone wants to dress up as princesses, and I think I was a witch like six years in a row. I just wanted to be scary.” MADDIE: “Girl, I was like Jasmine and you know [other] princesses.”

    Audio / Travis Denning talks about his favorite – and probably most embarrassing – Halloween costume.

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    Travis Denning (Halloween costume) OC: …Busch Light. :21
    “Honestly, I think one of my most proud and embarrassed Halloween costumes is I went as Terry from Reno 9-1-1. I had the roller skates, the short-shorts, the tied-up shirt. Looking back, it wasn’t the manliest thing I ever did, but it got a lot of laughs. And I think that year my favorite candy I ever had was Busch Light.”

  • HALLOWEEN LINERS 2019

    Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (Halloween)

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    “Hey! This is Adam Hambrick. Happy Halloween.”

     

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Trick or Treat)

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    “Trick or Treat, baby.”

    Audio / LINER Brandon Lay (Halloween)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Brandon Lay, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Halloween)

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

    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Halloween)

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    “Hi! I’m Carrie Underwood, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Halloween) 1

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    “Hey y’all, I’m Caylee Hammack, wishing all of y’all a Happy Halloween. Boo!”

    Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Halloween) 2

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    “Hey y’all! I’m Caylee Hammack, wishing all you goblins and gremlins out there a Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Halloween)

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    “Hey! This is Clare Dunn, wishing you a very Happy Halloween.”

     

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Halloween)

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

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Halloween)

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    “Hey! It’s Dierks Bentley, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Halloween)

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    “Hey! This is Eric Church, wishing you a very Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Halloween)

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    “Hey y’all! I’m Jon Langston. Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Halloween)

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    “Hey! I’m Jordan Davis, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Halloween)

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    “Hey Y’all, I’m Josh Turner, wishing you a Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Halloween)

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    “Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, and I hope you have a Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Halloween)

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    “Hey! What’s up, y’all? I’m Luke Bryan, wishing you a very Happy Halloween. Boo!”

    Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Halloween)

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    “Hi! We’re Maddie & Tae. Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Parker McCollum (Halloween)

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    “Hey everybody, I’m Parker McCollum. Happy Halloween.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Halloween)

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    “Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt. Happy Halloween!”

    Audio / LINER Travis Denning (Halloween)

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    “Hey y’all, it’s Travis Denning. Happy Halloween.”

  • THE STAGECOACH LINEUP FOR 2020 HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED.

    The lineup for next year’s Stagecoach Festival has been announced, and Carrie Underwood, Eric Church and Thomas Rhett will headline the three-night festival taking place April 24th – 26th in Indio, California. The 14th annual Stagecoach Festival will also feature performances by Alan Jackson, Jon Pardi, Caylee Hammack, Brett Young, Dustin Lynch, Dan + Shay, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lil Nas X and Bryan Adams, among others.

    Tickets go on sale Friday (October 18th).

     

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Sam, Carrie, Vince, Maddie & Tae, Luke, Jon, Billy, Gary, Eric, Brothers Osborne, Kylie

    Several artists have been added to this year’s CMT Artists of the Year show, including performances by Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood (live-streamed from her Cry Pretty Tour 360 show in Cleveland, Ohio), Dan + Shay, Thomas Rhett, Kane Brown, Ashley McBryde and more. Presenters include Vince Gill and Maddie & Tae. This year’s special celebrates the network’s five Artists of the Year – Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Kane Brown – in addition to Reba McEntire (Artist of a Lifetime) and Ashley McBryde (Breakout Artist of the Year). The 90-minute show will air Wednesday (October 16th) at 8pm ET.

    Luke Bryan’s hit “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” was just certified double platinum by the R.I.A.A., while his “Someone Else Calling You Baby” was just declared platinum. Jon Pardi’s “Up All Night” and Billy Currington’s “Don’t It” were also certified platinum, while Gary Allan’s “It Ain’t the Whiskey,” Eric Church’s “Some of It,” Luke’s “Drinkin’ Beer & Wasting Bullet” and Sam Hunt’s “Downtown’s Dead” were all certified gold.

    Jon Pardi will perform on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday (October 18th).

    Brothers Osborne will perform at the Troy Gentry Foundation’s C’Ya on the Flip Side II February 5th at the Grand Ole Opry House, along with Trace Adkins, Rhett Akins, Tracy Lawrence, Justin Moore, Mark Wills and Eddie Montgomery. The benefit will raise funds for the Foundation, the Opry Trust Fund, T.J. Martell Foundation, Make-A-Wish, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and many others.

    New EMI Nashville Recording Artist Kylie Morgan is one of three recipients of the second annual CMA KixStart Artist Scholarship. Over the next year, the CMA will provide support, connections with top industry professionals, participation in CMA-related events and a stipend to assist with their developing careers. She is currently opening several shows for Kip Moore and released a song “Boys Girl” to all digital partners.

  • JON PARDI GETS ENGAGED TO LONGTIME GIRLFRIEND ON THE STAGE OF THE RYMAN.

    Jon Pardi is definitely off the market, ladies. At his second of two sold-out shows at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium, the California native proposed to his girlfriend, Summer Fawn Duncan…and she said yes!

    After telling the crowd that the Ryman was one of the couple’s first date spots, he got down on bent knee to pop the question. The couple shared an “intimate moment” on stage while Lionel Richie’s “My Love” was piped in over the loud speakers.

    His pal and recent tour partner, Dierks Bentley, was side stage taking a few photos of the moment and posted his congratulations on his socials.

    “My man @jonpardipics crushing the @theryman stage and crushing life… so proud of you pal. Killer show with my all-time fav encore. Congrats to you and @summerfawn_duncan.”

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B3JLdBWBGmZ/

     

    Jon just released his third album, Heartache Medication, and is making his way up the country charts with the title track. His new fiancee appears in the video for “Heartache Medication.”

    He takes his Heartache Medication Tour to Minneapolis on Friday (October 4th) and Milwaukee on Saturday (October 5th).

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  • JON PARDI WILL KICK OFF HIS “HEARTACHE MEDICATION TOUR” WITH TWO SOLD-OUT NIGHTS AT THE RYMAN.

    Jon Pardi kicks off his Heartache Medication headlining tour with a sold-out two-night stand at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Tuesday (October 1st) and Wednesday (October 2nd). Newcomer Riley Green is set to open the shows.

    “Headlining the Ryman and playing the Ryman is amazing. It’s like the mecca of country music, you know, and I love playing there just as a guest,” says Jon. “(It’ll) definitely be something I’ll never forget, and I know the crowd’s ready, and I think it’s gonna be a great show. I think the crowd’s gonna be awesome. I think it’s gonna be really loud. I think the crowd’s gonna be really loud down at The Ryman. We’ve got rowdy Pardi people coming out, and I’m excited.”

    The California native just released his new album, Heartache Medication, and the title track is making its way up the country charts.

    Make sure to tune in to Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight on ABC to see Jon perform a song from his new album, Heartache Medication.

    Audio / Jon Pardi is looking forward to headlining Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on his headlining Heartache Medication Tour.

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    Jon Pardi (headlining the Ryman) OC: …I’m excited. :32
    “Headlining the Ryman and playing The Ryman is amazing. It’s like the mecca of country music, you know, and I love playing there just as a guest. But I really can’t even talk to you about what it’s gonna feel like, but we’re really excited, and I know it’s gonna be, kind of hit you. (It’ll) definitely be something I’ll never forget, l and I know the crowd’s ready, and I think it’s gonna be a great show. I cthink the crowd’s gonna be awesome. I think it’s gonna be really loud. I think the crowd’s gonna be really loud down at The Ryman. We’ve got rowdy Pardi people coming out, and I’m excited.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Lauren Alaina, Jon Pardi, Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Travis Denning

    Make sure to watch Lauren Alaina and her professional dance partner Gleb Savchenko perform the Tango during ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on Monday (September 30th). The show begins at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Jon Pardi
    will perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night (September 30th). Make sure to check local listings for time. Jonathan Van Ness (Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love) and Lucy Boynton (The Politician) will also appear on the show. Jon just released his new album, Heartache Medication on Friday (September 27th).

    Carrie Underwood will be interviewed as well as perform on CBS’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Thursday (October 3rd). Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob) will also appear. Check local listings for time.

    Kacey Musgraves recorded a song “All is Found,” which will appear in Disney’s Frozen 2. The tune is included on the soundtrack, which will be released on November 15th, followed by the feature animated film hitting theaters nationwide November 22nd.

     

    Keith Urban is set to perform the halftime show for the 107th Grey Cup North of the border on November 24th. The Grey Cup (both the championship and trophy) is Canada’s version of the Super Bowl and is between the winners of the Canadian Football League’s East and West Divisional playoffs. It’s also the nation’s largest annual sporting events.

    Travis Denning, as you know, is a huge football fan. He always attended his high school football games and cheered loudly for his hometown team. This past Friday Night, his school played his song “Heartbeat of a Small Town” over the loud speakers for everyone in the stands. For audio of Travis talking about his hometown of Warner Robins, Georgia, click here.

     

  • JON PARDI’S CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED ALBUM HEARTACHE MEDICATION RELEASES TODAY.

    Jon Pardi releases critically-acclaimed album Heartache Medication today (9/27). Lauded as an artist that has “…cut a path through modern country’s embrace of pop, hip-hop and EDM…” (New York Times) and with a collection of songs that place him in the same lineage of “…country-music heroes like Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard…both as a preservationist and rule-breaker” (Rolling Stone), Pardi’s new album is being called “..an emboldened work…one that draws both vitality and assurance from his anything-but-sterile relationship to his tradition’s modern era…” (NPR). Heartache Medication was first announced by the Associated Press, and was named in the New York Times fall preview and in the list of Billboard’s Most Anticipated Albums of fall 2019. The Los Angeles Times said, “Pardi’s evolved approach to country’s heritage sets him apart at a moment when Nashville seems to want to divide itself into the trailblazers and the preservationists.”Heartache Medication is the followup to Pardi’s breakthrough, Platinum-selling album California Sunrise, and is available today, here: http://strm.to/HeartacheMedicationPR.

    Pardi co-wrote seven of the 14 tracks and co-produced the album alongside longtime collaborators Bart Butler and Ryan Gore. “I’m really proud of this record,” says Pardi. “I’m really proud of all the session players, and the songwriters that delivered great songs. I wrote half the record and Nashville stepped in and wrote the other half, and I’m very proud of that.”

    Pardi kicked off release week with several performances including Pandora’s Live Concert Series, where he was recognized as a Pandora Billionaire, achieving over 1 billion lifetime spins on Pandora. In addition to that, he gave an exclusive performance from YouTube’s New York headquarters, and celebrated the release of his album with a special iHeartCountry Album Release Party hosted by Bobby Bones. Following stops at People Magazine and AOL Build, Pardi will take the stage tonight for his Hammerstein Ballroom album release event and concert in New York City. The special one-of-a-kind show will be available to fans to stream exclusively on Amazon Music’s Facebook at 8:45 p.m. EST.

    Fans can also watch Pardi’s upcoming performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Outdoor stage on Monday on ABC before he returns to Nashville for back-to-back, sold-out headlining shows at the famed Ryman Auditorium as part the Heartache Medication Tour.

    Pardi’s headlining Heartache Medication Tour, kicks off with two career-first, sold out shows at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 1st and Oct. 2nd. Upcoming stops along the tour include Minneapolis, MN (10/4), Milwaukee, WI (10/5) and Oklahoma City, OK (10/10). Riley Green will serve as direct support. For tickets and for a full list of tour dates, visit http://www.jonpardi.com.

    Audio / Jon Pardi explains why he named his new album, Heartache Medication.

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    Jon Pardi (Heartache Medication title) OC: …as the title. :43
    Heartache Medication as a title for the record always was something we thought about. We looked at all the titles. We thought about ‘Old Hat,’ but that makes it sound too old and ‘Heartache Medication’s’ different, different kind of saying. You know, I think with all of the song titles and what the songs sing about, what we wrote about, what other people wrote about was always like an uplifting, moving on kind of a thing to where it’s like medication. I feel like Heartache Medication was great representation of the songs. You may be sad, but these are topics that’ll make you feel better. So, what does medication do? It makes you feel better, so that’s why we kinda took that as the title.”

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    “You know ‘Head Over Boots’ was one of the countriest songs off California Sunrise,” the affable young man points out. “And it was one of our biggest singles, so it led us to feel like we could go in this direction. My label was like, ‘Don’t be afraid to be more traditional.  The ball’s in your court, man. We’re perfectly fine with this!’”

    And so, Jon Pardi dug in, slung low and came back with Heartache Medication. An unrepentantly Bakersfield juke joint/Texas ice house proposition, it’s a cocktail of vintage Brooks & Dunn, stone cold Haggard, a strong shot of the smoothest and swinginest Strait, a long pour of Alan Jackson and equal measures Buck’n’Dwight. From the unapologetic lope of “Old Hat,” a declaration of the good ole boy code of honor, to the quick banjo-trimmed blessing “Starlight,” honoring loved ones who’ve passed, the 34-year old writer sought to re-establish as many classic idioms as possible.

    With the twin-fiddle/Telecaster grounded title track, Pardi expands the sweeping “Fool Hearted Memory” classicism into a bar-stool coping strategy, while the turbo-thumping post-rockabilly “Me & Jack” recalls the humor-steeped hijinks of Cash or Waylon and Willie at their wittiest. There’s the fiddle-soaked “Call Me Country” with its ascending guitar solos, the mariachi horns of “Tequila Little Time,” the torch truth of “Don’t Blame It On The Whiskey,” with Lauren Alaina at her most aching, and the steel-stitched promenade turning high-test swing “Tied One On” offering a breadth of style that’s pure ‘90s octane.