• NEWS AND NOTES: Kacey, Jordan, Adam, Caylee and more

    Kacey Musgraves is set to perform on the iHeart Music Awards airing this Thursday (March 14th) on FOX beginning at 8pm ET.

    Jordan Davis, Adam Hambrick
    and Caylee Hammack have been announced to perform during the ACM Party for a Cause events leading up to this year’s ACM Awards in Las Vegas on April 7th. They’ll be joined by Jimmie Allen, Brantley Gilbert, Scotty McCreery, Tracy Lawrence, Carly Pearce, AJ McLean and Cassadee Pope among others. Previously announced artists include Darius Rucker, Lauren Alaina, Maddie & Tae and many others. The events support ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the ACM. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, go to PartyForaCause.com.

  • CMA FEST 2019 WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY CARRIE, LUKE, DIERKS, KEITH, BROTHERS OSBORNE, LBT, JORDAN, LAUREN AND MANY MORE.

    Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan are among the initial artists announced for Nissan Stadium at this year’s CMA Fest, taking place in downtown Nashville June 6th – 9th. Kelsea Ballerini, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Rascal Flatts, Old Dominion, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Combs, Kane Brown and the Pistol Annies will also perform on the stage at Nissan Stadium.

    The Chevy Riverfront Stage returns once again with a fantastic lineup that will keep crowds rocking from 10:00 AM-5:15 PM each day including performances by A Thousand Horses, Lauren Alaina, Jimmie Allen, Danielle Bradbery, Lee Brice, Easton Corbin, Jordan Davis, Devin Dawson, Jessie James Decker, Gavin DeGraw, Russell Dickerson, Eli Young Band, Lindsay Ell, Tyler Farr, Gone West, Riley Green, Hunter Hayes, Walker Hayes, High Valley, Home Free, Ryan Hurd, LOCASH, Maddie & Tae, Ashley McBryde, Scotty McCreery, Eric Paslay, Carly Pearce, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Mason Ramsey, Michael Ray, Tyler Rich, Runaway June, Dylan Scott, Granger Smith, Mitchell Tenpenny, Morgan Wallen and Aaron Watson.

    Returning for a third year, the Budweiser Forever Country Stage will take place from 11:00 AM-4:45 PM daily. Featuring some of the biggest names in Country Music from recent decades, this year’s lineup includes Keith Anderson, Deana Carter, John Carter Cash, Joe Diffie, George Ducas, Charles Esten, Andy Griggs, Halfway to Hazard, Ty Herndon, Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence, Little Texas, Lonestar, The Marshall Tucker Band, Kendell Marvel, Neal McCoy, Montgomery Gentry, Lorrie Morgan, The Nelsons, Jerrod Niemann, Jamie O’Neal, The Road Hammers, Ray Scott, Shenandoah, Sister Hazel, Ricky Skaggs, Kiefer Sutherland, Thompson Square, Uncle Kracker, Mark Wills, Rita Wilson and Darryl Worley.

     

    CMA Fest is a one-of-a-kind festival with artists donating their time to perform so a portion of ticket proceeds can directly benefit high-quality music programs across the country through the CMA Foundation. A limited number of four-day passes for the nightly performances at Nissan Stadium are still available at CMAfest.com or through the CMA Box Office at 1-800-CMA-FEST.

    Outdoor daytime stages including Chevy Riverfront and Budweiser Forever Country are free and open to the public. All artist lineups are subject to change.

    CMA Fest will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network this summer.

  • JORDAN DAVIS GIVES SOUND ADVICE FOR FIRST-TIMERS AT MARDI GRAS.

    Jordan Davis, who just served as the Grand Marshal for the Krewe of Centaur parade, grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana and since he’s experienced Mardi Gras pretty much every year of his life, he’s got a lot of advice for those attending for the first time.

    “My main piece of advice is everybody needs to experience New Orleans at least once,” says Jordan. “Another piece is just pace yourself. It is pretty much a month-long party, so just pace yourself, try to stay hydrated that’s not alcohol, have a blast and catch a bunch of beads. Get a sign – that’s another piece of advice. If you’re really going after beads, get something that catches their eyes. Also, when it comes to making signs, best advice, make it a hoop, ‘cause if you have somebody on a float, if they have something to throw at, you’re gonna get a ton more beads.”

    The Louisiana native just scored his second No. 1 song this week with “Take It From Me.” Jordan is also nominated for New Male Artist of the Year at next month’s ACM Awards, which will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 7th at 8pm ET on CBS.

    Audio / Jordan Davis gives some advice on attending Mardi Gras for the first time.

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    Jordan Davis (Mardi Gras) OC: …ton more beads. :44
    “I have a lot advice on Mardi Gras. My main piece of advice is everybody needs to experience New Orleans at least once. Another piece is just pace yourself. It is pretty much a month-long party, so just pace yourself, try to stay hydrated that’s not alcohol, have a blast and catch a bunch of beads. Get a sign – that’s another piece of advice. If you’re really going after beads, get something that catches their eyes. Also, when it comes to making signs, best advice, make it a hoop, ‘cause if you have somebody on a float, if they have something to throw at, you’re gonna get a ton more beads.”

  • OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: JORDAN DAVIS CLAIMS THE TOP SPOT ON THE MEDIABASE COUNTRY CHART THIS WEEK.

    Jordan Davis claims the No.1 spot on the Mediabase country airplay chart this week with his infectious second single “Take It From Me”. The upbeat track is featured on Jordan’s debut album Home State and was co-written by Jordan along with his brother, Jacob Davis, and Jason Gantt.

    “Jacob and I had a dream of having a No.1 song together when we moved to Nashville and we both cannot thank everyone enough for their support of this tune,” says Jordan. “From country radio to the fans, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

    In addition to “Take It From Me,” Home State features Jordan’s No.1 Platinum-certified debut single “Singles You Up” which has continued to amass impressive streaming numbers hitting over 300M total worldwide streams after spending a month on the Spotify US Viral Chart (peaking at No.2) and even hitting the Spotify Global Viral Chart.

    Jordan is currently nominated for ACM New Male Artist of the Year as well as Best New Country Artist at the upcoming iHeartRadio Music Awards after just winning MusicRow’s Breakout Artist of the Year. Jordan was also recently named Billboard’s Top New Country Artist of 2018 as well as Mediabase/Country Aircheck’s Most Heard New Artist of 2018. The Louisiana native is currently on the road with Old Dominion as part of the “Make It Sweet Tour” and will next join Rascal Flatts on the “Summer Playlist Tour”. For a full list of tour dates, news, images and more, visit www.jordandavisofficial.com

    Fans can click HERE to listen to Home State.

  • JORDAN DAVIS SCORES HIS SECOND NO. 1 SONG WITH “TAKE IT FROM ME.”

    Jordan Davis has topped the Mediabase/Country Aircheck chart with “Take It From Me,” which he co-wrote with his brother Jacob Davis and Jason Gantt. Jordan says no one knows him better as a songwriter or an artist than Jacob, and it’s been a goal for the two brothers to have a song go to No. 1.

    “I know what he’s really good at, and I think he knows what I’m stronger at when it comes to writing. One of the best things too is we both know who we are as artists and we both know what we would sing and what we wouldn’t sing. I mean, there’s nobody that knows me better as an artist or as a writer than Jacob. And so, it helps a ton, and it was a goal of ours to have a song out, have a single together and have it top the charts. It’s been a really, really fun ride to watch this song climb.”

     

    “Take It From Me” follows in the footsteps of his first No. 1 song, “Singles You Up,” and both are from his album, Home State.

    Jordan, who is nominated for New Male Artist of the Year at this year’s ACM Awards, will definitely sing both of his chart-toppers when he performs in Pensacola on Thursday (March 7th), Tallahassee on Friday (March 8th) and Columbus, Ohio on Saturday (March 9th).

    For more audio on “Take It From Me,” click here and here.

    Audio / Jordan Davis talks about writing “Take It From Me” with his brother Jacob.

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    Jordan Davis (Take It From Me-family) OC: …song climb. :29
    “I think we both know our strengths. I know what he’s really good at, and I think he knows what I’m stronger at when it comes to writing. One of the best things too is we both know who we are as artists and we both know what we would sing and what we wouldn’t sing. I mean, there’s nobody that knows me better as an artist or as a writer than Jacob. And so, it helps a ton, and it was a goal of ours to have a song out, have a single together and have it top the charts. It’s been a really, really fun ride to watch this song climb.”

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  • JORDAN DAVIS’ LATEST SMASH BEGAN WITH AN IDEA BASED ON ADVICE HE AND HIS BROTHER WERE GIVEN AS CHILDREN.

    Jordan Davis has a familial connection to his latest hit, “Take It From Me.” He co-wrote the song with his brother, singer-songwriter Jacob Davis, and Jason Gantt, and says the initial idea came from his sibling.

    “It was Jacob’s idea. He came in and said he’d always loved that idea or loved that saying and thought that there was a cool way to kind of have a twist on it. We got told a lot growing up, ‘Take it from me. Don’t do that. Learn from experience,’” recalls Jordan. “We initially tried to write it, kind of as a grandpa kind of saying, ‘Take it from me. Do this, do that.’ But I had just written a song about him a couple days before, maybe a week before and those are tough ones to write. I didn’t know if I could do that again. So, I had to find a cool way to write it.”

    More real life experience weaved its way into the song, as well. “That John Anderson T-shirt that got stolen from Jacob was the line that kind of sparked that. You know, ‘it’s my favorite, but you can keep it.’ So, it was a fun write. It was a fun write.”

    Jordan, who is currently on the road with Old Dominion, is nominated for New Male Artist of the Year at this year’s ACM Awards on April 7th.

    Audio / Jordan Davis talks about the inspiration behind his latest hit, “Take It From Me.”

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    Jordan Davis (Take It From Me-Jacob) OC: …a fun write (2x). :41
    “It was Jacob’s idea. He came in and said he’d always loved that idea or loved that saying and thought that there was a cool way to kind of have a twist on it. We got told a lot growing up, ‘Take it from me. Don’t do that. Learn from experience.’ We initially tried to write it, kind of as a grandpa kind of saying, ‘Take it from me. Do this, do that.’ But I had just written a song about him a couple days before, maybe a week before and those are tough ones to write. I didn’t know if I could do that again. So, I had to find a cool way to write it. I was like, ‘Man, let’s just take it more literal.’ That John Anderson T-shirt that got stolen from Jacob was the line that kind of sparked that. You know, ‘it’s my favorite, but you can keep it.’ So, it was a fun write. It was a fun write.”

  • JORDAN DAVIS “TAKE IT FROM ME” :30, :60, :90 VIGNETTES

    We have put together :30, :60 and :90 vignettes for Jordan Davis‘ latest hit, “Take It From Me.”

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    Audio / Jordan Davis Take It From Me :60 vignette

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    Audio / Jordan Davis Take It From Me :90

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  • JORDAN DAVIS TAKES HIS MUSIC HOME.

    Jordan Davis will experience a couple of firsts when he returns to Shreveport, Louisiana this weekend. On Friday, he’ll perform his first hometown show and says he’s expecting a lot of family and friends. While there, he will also experience his first turn as the Grand Marshal for the Krewe of Centaur Mardi Gras parade on Saturday (February 23rd).

    “It’s gonna be wild. There’s gonna be lots of family there, a lot of friends, and it’s my first time coming back to my hometown playing music,” says Jordan. “So, I’m really looking forward to it, really excited about it and excited to see people I grew up with. It’s gonna be great.”

    “I grew up going to the Krewe of Centaur Parade, just right down at the end of my street,” he says. “So, to go back and be the Grand Marshal, it’s one of those things that you never expected, but so far everything has been an unexpected ride these last couple of years. This is just the cherry on top – to go back, hometown and be part of something that had such a huge part of my childhood.”

    Jordan is closing in on the top of the country charts with his latest smash, “Take It From Me.”

    Audio / Jordan Davis talks about his hometown show in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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    Jordan Davis (Hometown show) OC: …be great. :14
    “It’s gonna be wild. There’s gonna be lots of family there, a lot of friends, and it’s my first time coming back to my hometown playing music. So, I’m really looking forward to it, really excited about it and excited to see people I grew up with. It’s gonna be great.”

    Audio / Jordan Davis talks about being the Grand Marshal of the Krewe of Centaur Parade in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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    Jordan Davis (Krewe of Centaur Parade) OC: …special night. :30
    “I grew up going to the Krewe of Centaur Parade, just right down at the end of my street. So, to go back and be the Grand Marshal, it’s one of those things that you never expected, but so far everything has been an unexpected ride these last couple of years. This is just the cherry on top – to go back, hometown and be part of something that had such a huge part of my childhood. It’s gonna be a pretty special night.”

  • ACM AWARDS NOMINATIONS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED, AND CHRIS STAPLETON IS LEADING THE LIST.

    The nominations for this year’s ACM Awards have been announced and the reigning Male Artist of the Year Chris Stapleton leads the list (ties with Dan + Shay) with six nods, including Entertainer of the Year. He is also nominated twice, as both artist and producer, for Album of the Year for From A Room: Volume 2, which he won last year for From A Room: Volume 1. Plus, he’s nominated for Song of the Year twice, as both artist and songwriter, for “Broken Halos.” He’s also up for Male Artist of the Year. He’s won numerous awards over the past few years, and while he’s grateful for every single trophy he takes home, he has a special affinity for the Album categories.

    “They are all significant and if you get one award for anything it’s a treat. But any of the awards that awarded the album, the album awards, because I really wanted to make an album that was good,” says Chris. “I wanted that to be a thing, again, more than I wanted it to be, ‘Well here’s the single and eight other songs.’ So, the album awards for me were important in that we did our job in a good way, you know. Just I have such an affinity for albums that I don’t know if I want those more or if they mean more, but they are all meaningful.”

    Kacey Musgraves earned five nominations in three categories, including a nod for Female Artist of the Year. Additionally, she is nominated in the Album of the Year Category twice, as both artist and producer, for Golden Hour, as well as in the Song of the Year category twice, as both artist and songwriter, for “Space Cowboy.” Kacey, who took home four Grammy Awards a couple of weeks ago, most recently won an ACM in 2016 in the Video of the Year category for “Forever Country” and previously won in the Album of the Year category in 2013 for Same Trailer Different Park.

    Dierks Bentley received four nominations, including his fourth nod for Album of the Year for The Mountain. Dierks is also nominated for “Burning Man” (featuring Brothers Osborne) in both the Music Event of the Year category and Video of the Year category. He is also nominated for Male Artist of the Year. If he were to win for Video of the Year this year, it would mark his third win in this category.

    Reigning Duo of the Year and Video of the Year winners, Brothers Osborne earned four nominations in three categories, including a nod for Duo of the Year. They are also nominated for Music Event of the Year for “Burning Man” with Dierks Bentley. Additionally, Brothers Osborne are nominated twice in the Video of the Year category for songs “Shoot Me Straight” and “Burning Man.” The guys tweeted, “Unreal. Beyond grateful. Love y’all.”

     

    Luke Bryan has won a handful of ACM Awards over his career, including the New Artist of the Year Award in 2010 and following it up with two Entertainer Awards just a few years later. He tell us he is honored to be included in both the Entertainer and the Single of the Year categories. “The opportunity to go to the ACMs with two nominations – Entertainer of the Year and Single of the Year – is just a huge honor for me. When I was able to record ‘Most People Are Good,’ I just felt like it was a really, really important song for the world to hear, an important song for me to have in my live show and to put out on radio, and to have it nominated is so rewarding for me and I’m so happy for the songwriters. And also, to have an Entertainer of the Year nomination is a huge honor for me. It’s something that I really, really work hard at every year to try to be a better Entertainer, a better singer and a better performer.”

     

    Keith Urban has a pair of nominations at this year’s ACM Awards, including Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. Keith picked up the CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year in November and says he is absolutely elated.”

    Maddie & Tae are looking forward to being in Vegas for this year’s ACM Awards where they’re nominated for Duo of the Year.

    Jordan Davis, who was the most played new artist of 2018, is up for New Male Artist of the Year.

    The 54th Annual ACM Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 7th at 8pm ET on CBS.

    Entertainer of the Year
    Jason Aldean
    Luke Bryan
    Kenny Chesney
    Chris Stapleton
    Keith Urban

    Album of the Year
    Dan + Shay — Dan + Shay
    Desperate Man — Eric Church
    From A Room: Volume 2 — Chris Stapleton
    Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves
    The Mountain — Dierks Bentley 

    Single of the Year
    “Down to the Honky Tonk” — Jake Owen
    “Heaven” — Kane Brown
    “Meant to Be” — Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
    “Most People Are Good” — Luke Bryan
    “Tequila” — Dan + Shay

    Female Artist of the Year
    Miranda Lambert
    Ashley McBryde
    Maren Morris
    Kacey Musgraves
    Carrie Underwood

    Male Artist of the Year
    Dierks Bentley
    Luke Combs
    Thomas Rhett
    Chris Stapleton
    Keith Urban

    Group of the Year
    Lady Antebellum
    LANCO
    Little Big Town
    Midland
    Old Dominion

    Duo of the Year
    Brothers Osborne
    Dan + Shay
    Florida Georgia Line
    LOCASH
    Maddie & Tae

     Song of the Year
    “Break Up in the End” (Cole Swindell) — Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill, Jon Nite
    “Broken Halos” (Chris Stapleton) — Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton
    “Meant to Be” (Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line) — David Garcia, Tyler Hubbard, Joshua Miller, Bebe Rexha
    “Space Cowboy” (Kacey Musgraves) — Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
    “Tequila” (Dan + Shay) — Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers
    “Yours” (Russell Dickson) — Casey Brown, Russell Dickerson, Parker Welling

    Video of the Year
    “Babe” — Sugarland featuring Taylor Swift
    “Burn Out” — Midland
    “Burning Man” — Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne
    “Drunk Girl” — Chris Janson
    “Shoot Me Straight” — Brothers Osborne
    “Tequila” — Dan + Shay

    Music Event of the Year
    “Burning Man” — Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne
    “Drowns the Whiskey” — Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert
    “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” — David Lee Murphy featuring Kenny Chesney
    “Keeping Score” — Dan + Shay featuring Kelly Clarkson
    “Meant to Be” — Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

    New Female Artist of the Year
    Danielle Bradbery
    Lindsay Ell
    Ashley McBryde
    Carly Pearce

    New Male Artist of the Year
    Jimmie Allen
    Luke Combs
    Jordan Davis
    Michael Ray
    Mitchell Tenpenny

    New Duo or Group of the Year
    High Valley
    LANCO
    Runaway June

    Songwriter of the Year
    Ross Copperman
    Ashley Gorley
    Shane McAnally
    Chase McGill
    Josh Osborne

    Audio / Chris Stapleton is going into this year's ACM Awards with six nominations, but one probably means the most to him.

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    Chris Stapleton (affinity for albums) OC: …any one of them. :45
    “They are all significant and if you get one award for anything it’s a treat. But any of the awards that awarded the album, the album awards, because I really wanted to make an album that was good. I wanted it, I wanted that to be a thing, again, more than I wanted it to be, ‘Well here’s the single and eight other songs.’ So, the album awards for me were important in that we did our job in a good way, you know. Just I have such an affinity for albums that I don’t know if I want those more or if they mean more, but they are all meaningful. They are all are things that one of them would feel like a career. One of them. Any one of them.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about his ACM nominations for Male and Album, but he's also nominated for two other awards.

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    Dierks Bentley (ACMs 2019) OC: …of it. :26
    “It’s like, ‘Wow!’ I look at that list of artists and there’s Luke Combs is probably gonna be a staple on there now, and Thomas Rhett’s gonna be in there every year and it’s gonna be harder, there’s less space. There’s only five guys in there, and to be one of those I think I appreciate it now more than ever. The album, obviously, is like the biggest nomination ever to get for anything. It’s one of the tangible results that you get to physically see from like putting time in the whole, the year and a half that goes into making that. I was very appreciative of it.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan, who is poised to enter the top of the country charts with “What Makes You Country,” is humbled by his two ACM nominations this year for Entertainer and for Single of the Year for “Most People Are Good.”

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    Luke Bryan (ACM 2019 reaction) OC: …the ACMs. 1:05
    “The opportunity to go to the ACMs with two nominations – Entertainer of the Year and Single of the Year – is just a huge honor for me. When I was able to record ‘Most People Are Good,’ I just felt like it was a really, really important song for the world to hear, an important song for me to have in my live show and to put out on radio, and to have it nominated is so rewarding for me and I’m so happy for the songwriters. And also, to have an Entertainer of the Year nomination is a huge honor for me. It’s something that I really, really work hard at every year to try to be a better Entertainer, a better singer and a better performer. Nothing is better than going to the ACMs in Vegas, having a couple of nominations and just being out there and enjoying the party and being in the room and seeing what happens. I’m humbled by it, and it’s gonna be exciting the night of the ACMs.”

  • VALENTINE’S DAY: AJ, Billy, Carrie, Dierks, Eric, Jordan, Josh, Keith, Little Big Town, Luke

    Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special someone. The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century.

    Over 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion; 2.2 million marriages take place in the United States annually, which breaks down to more than 6,000 a day.

    Thursday is Valentine’s Day (February 14th), and we’ve got some thoughts and feelings and more about love, romance and marriage from several of your favorite country artists. A few are new and some have become our favorites over the years. Which country stars are romantic? Which ones aren’t? Which ones have a good reason to celebrate the holiday that’s all about love?

     

    Audio / Alan Jackson talks about his love for wife, Denise, over the years.

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    AJ (Valentine’s Day) OC: …continue to. :24

    “We got a lot of history together now, and we’re happier than we’ve ever been. So, she’s still beautiful, and she’s always inspired songs. I mean, one of my early hits was a song called ‘I’d Love You All Over Again,’ I wrote for her for our 10th anniversary. I mean, there’s been a zillion songs that have pieces of our good days and bad days inspired, and they continue to.”

    Audio / Billy Currington recalls his first real Valentine’s Day.

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    Billy Currington (Valentine’s Day memory) OC: …took off running. :21
    “Yeah, I remember my first girlfriend. I was in first or second grade, but anyway, I remember it was Valentine’s Day and your mom going, ‘You’ve got to give your girlfriend something, and you’ve got to go give it to her.’ I’ll never forget — we got her a box of chocolates or whatever it was. I remember going down to her classroom and knocking on the door, getting her to come to the door. I remember handing it to her, and then I took off running.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood is all about the chocolate most couples give each other on Valentine’s Day.

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    Carrie Underwood (Valentine’s Day-chocolate) OC: …white chocolate. :14
    “Chocolate’s every woman’s friend – in their time of need or in their time of happiness or in their time of sadness or madness, chocolate is my friend. Anything with caramel in it, ooooooooh. White chocolate’s good too. You can’t beat some good white chocolate.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley explains the realities of Valentine’s Day.

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    Dierks Bentley (Valentine’s Day realities) OC: …that’s awesome. :53
    “I’m gonna be the voice of truth and honesty for Valentine’s Day for a lot of the guys out there listening and for some of the girls listening, as well too. You may like this; you may not, but Valentine’s Day is a really difficult day for guys. When you’re single, it’s stressful for like a month leading up to it, and inevitably, you do something wrong. You don’t get the wrong thing or you say too much, and she’s wanting to get engaged faster than you want to get engaged. I don’t know. It’s just a very stressful holiday. I’m at a time in my life where I got a five-year-old, a three-year-old and a zero-year-old, and we’re just really trying to survive on a day-to-day basis. I mean, we get about four hours of sleep, and we’re literally in survival mode. So, I think there should be a hall pass for guys in that phase of their life. It doesn’t take much at this stage for us to get excited. A dinner alone is heaven. I mean, if we can just have a dinner and a glass of wine, that’s awesome.”

    Audio / DIERKS BENTLEY SAYS THE MOST INTERESTING GIFT HE AND HIS WIFE CASSIDY HAVE GIVEN EACH OTHER WERE MIXTAPES OF SONGS.

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    Dierks Bentley (Valentine’s Day-most interesting gift he’s given his wife) OC: …formulate yourself. 1:19
    “When ‘What Was I Thinkin’’ was released in 2003, I didn’t know what my life would look like, and all of a sudden, I found myself out on the road full-time, just gone. So, the place where I was staying, I had some friends pack it up and move it into a storage facility. This year, I got that whole thing dumped back out into my house. I’m going through just years of old stuff, and in there I found some letters that she and I had written back and forth when we were dating. I was working at The Nashville Network and she was working out in San Francisco and found some letters I had written her and I’d gotten back and some stuff she’d sent me, including a CD of songs she’d been listening to, back when you made CD mixes and there’s like these three hearts on that CD. I just found that it was so meaningful for me those gifts you give each other before any money, before anything else was going on, just music, giving of mixtapes was so cool. She reminded me of a mixtape I sent her. I’d sent it to her via FedEx, because it was so important she get this as quickly as possible. This was sadly before, I guess we had internet back then, but you really couldn’t send songs over the internet. I think the most interesting thing I’ve given her and she’s given me was just mixtapes, because there’s nothing like music to put into words and the thoughts you have in your head that you can’t formulate yourself.”

    Audio / Eric Church says his wife, Katherine, loves him in spite of everything. “Like Jesus Does.”

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    Eric Church (Valentine’s) OC: …love song is. :18

    “True love to me is when you love a person in spite of all their fallibilities, and for me, I have a lot of ‘em. I’m definitely at times hard to love, and that’s what’s great about Katherine and the way she loves me. She loves me in spite of those things and really for those things.

    Audio / Jordan Davis talks about a couple of his favorite love songs.

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    Jordan Davis (love song) OC: …well done! :25
    “I guess Valentine’s Day gets you to thinking about love songs. You know, me and my wife’s first dance was ‘I’m Gonna Lose You’ [by] John Legend and Meghan Trainor. I think that’s just an amazing love song. I think also a love song that I heard the other day? ‘Strawberry Wine’ from Deana Carter? Great love song. I listened to that a lot. Ooooh Deana Carter. Well done.”

    Audio / Josh Turner says his wife would call him a romantic, but now that they have four children, it takes a bit of work to make time for each other.

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    Josh Turner (Romantic) OC: …long time to come. :26
    “If you ask my wife Jennifer if I was a romantic, she would definitely say, ‘Yes,’ but she knows that sometimes my hectic schedule and our busy lifestyles can kind of interfere with the romantic side of things. But we do try to make efforts towards being together and having adult conversations and taking time away from the children and doing things that husbands and wives do, so we’ll definitely try to continue that for a long time to come.”

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about the support he and his wife, Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman, give each other, which is especially important when two creative artists are married to each other.

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    Keith Urban (Nicole support) OC: …very important. :17
    “I feel very blessed that I have the support of my family like I do. It’s a beautiful thing having two artists because we understand the passion and the responsibility of what we get to do. It’s very important.”

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman says falling in love with her husband, Stephen Schlapman, came as a big surprise.

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    Little Big Town (Kimberly falling in love) OC: …healed me. 1:20
    Kimberly: “Well, I wasn’t planning on falling in love, at all. I didn’t want to…I wasn’t sure that I ever would.  So, my husband now and I were just really good friends, and after my late husband died all my friends were calling me, all the time. Just checking up on me. He was just an old friends. We had known each other for about six years and he started calling me just like everybody else did.  But, he started calling me more than everybody else did [laughs]. We had both been through similar losses, he hadn’t lost a mate but he had lost a close friend, so we kind of bonded over that. I grieved, kind of, at him a lot. He took my grief, I had a lot of grief left, and he just took it and listened and accepted it and was so understanding and let me talk about my late husband all the time. We still talk about him a lot, and he’s totally fine with it. He says that, that made me who he fell in love with and he never minds if I bring anything from the past up which is just really sweet. I was shocked, I remember when I first realized that I was having feelings. I just thought, OK, this is so weird.  What is this?  I haven’t felt this in a long, long, time. This is weird. But, eventually I allowed myself and it’s been the most beautiful gift of my life. It pulled me out of the deepest hole that I’ve ever been in and healed me.”

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook had a chemistry performing together, but it wasn’t until they each found themselves single…at the same time…that sparks flew romantically. The pair, who wed in 2006, have a son, Elijah.

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    Little Big Town (Jimi & Karen fell in love) OC: (Kimberly) …to be together. :48

    JIMI: “We were in the band a long time before there was ever anything which is interesting. I think there was always something underlying there that we were kind of trying to ignore. And then when the opportunity came, when all of us, ended up single kind of at the same time, a very strange turn of events for the band in a lot of different ways. And those feelings, you were able to come out with them finally. It was like, we’re single. Let’s get together. And, you know, she has a beautiful heart and she’s absolutely gorgeous and I just love her dearly.”

    PHILLIP: “Get a room!” [laughs]

    KIMBERLY: “They’re a perfect match. They really are. They were meant to be together.”

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet was ready for love when he met Rebecca, his wife since 2007.

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    Little Big Town (Phillip – reasons fell in love) OC: …real love. :17

    “I think everything that I had gone through before had prepared me to be ready to see that there was genuine love there for me, and my Rebecca.  So, it was just a great time, I wouldn’t have been ready before I met her…Now it’s just been a really great journey to heal through the past and to know real love.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about his favorite love song.

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    Luke Bryan (love song with Caroline) OC: …That’s it! :11
    “Caroline and I, we had a love song in college. It was Lenny Kravitz’ [starts singing] ‘I just can’t get you off of my mind.’ That’s it!”

    Audio / Luke Bryan reveals what he’s doing on Valentine’s Day this year.

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    Luke Bryan (Valentine’s Day 2019) OC: …somewhat romantic. :33
    “For Valentine’s Day this year, I’m working every day around Valentine’s. I’m doing Idol. Actually, Idol is filming on Valentine’s Day, and so I have approached Caroline about maybe flying out to L.A. I think we’re gonna have a short taping day at Idol, so maybe we can have a Valentine’s dinner at one of her favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. I’ll try to make it somewhat romantic.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about marrying Caroline, his college sweetheart.

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    Luke Bryan (married college sweetheart) OC: …married. :27
    ”I married my college sweetheart. We dated back in college and broke up for nearly six years, and while I was off doing my Nashville stuff and touring and writing songs, she was finishing getting her career kind of going. Man, we just kinda bumped into each other one night, and it was like bam, here we are married.”