• KACEY MUSGRAVES HAS ANNOUNCED MORE DATES FOR HER “OH, WHAT A WORLD: TOUR II.”

    Due to overwhelming demand, six-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist Kacey Musgraves has announced five additional tour dates on her Oh, What a World: Tour II. Produced by Live Nation, these U.S. tour dates will see Kacey headlining some of the biggest venues of her career, including Dallas’ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory on October 10th and 11th, New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on October 15th and 16th, and Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena with special guest Maggie Rogers on October 25th (see full list of dates below). Kacey announced these tour dates this morning on NBC’s TODAY, where she performed her hits “Slow Burn,” “Lonely Weekend,” “Happy and Sad,” and “Oh, What a World” as part of the show’s summer concert series.

    Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, July 26th at 10am at LiveNation.com. Citi is the official presale credit card of the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Monday, July 22nd at 10am local time until Thursday, July 25th at 10pm local time through Citi EntertainmentSM. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.

    Kacey has experienced a whirlwind year following the release of her #1 third studio album Golden Hour in March 2018. Kacey took home Album of the Year at the GRAMMY Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and Academy of Country Music Awards, and Golden Hour was named one of the best albums of 2018 by everyone from NPR, Time, The Associated Press and GQ to Rolling Stone, Billboard, Pitchfork, and Complex. Vogue proclaimed Kacey’s “mesmerizing blend of emotional directness and swirling pop melodies, old-school musicianship and new-school production, is a cross-genre triumph that feels so right for now,” and V pronounced, “a masterpiece of crossover country, the record showcased a heartfelt and accessible style, place her both in the glittering center of pop culture and the ears of listeners of every stripe.”

    Golden Hour has taken Kacey around the globe; in addition to headlining shows in North America, the U.K., Europe, Japan, China, New Zealand, and Australia, Kacey performed at Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in South Africa. This year, she performed at festivals from Bonnaroo to Governors Ball, and became the first-ever female country artist to play Coachella. She continues to hit the festival circuit with upcoming performances at the Newport Folk Festival, FloydFest, Hinterland Music Festival, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands. In celebration of Golden Hour’s success, Kacey has been honored at Billboard’s Women in Music event, Variety’s Power of Women event, and she has recently celebrated the opening of her exhibit, All of the Colors, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, on display through June 2020

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Kacey, Gary, Dierks, Chris, Travis and more

    Don’t forget to tune-in or set your DVRs since Kacey Musgraves will headline NBC’s Today Show Summer Concert Series on Friday (tomorrow morning).

    Gary Allan is set to headline this year’s 9th Annual Kickin’ for a Kure concert in San Antonio on Saturday (July 20th).  The concert series has raised over $500,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since its inception.

    Dierks Bentley and Chris Stapleton are among the artists to donate a percentage of their single-day earnings as part of the Music Health Alliance’s Heal the Music Day on October 18th. The organization helps provide access to healthcare through services that PROTECT, DIRECT & CONNECT music professionals with medical and financial solutions.

    Travis Denning will hit the road with pal Riley Green on the Get That Man a Beer Tour, kicking off Sepember 5th in Statesboro, Georgia. Tickets go on sale this Friday (July 20th).

  • KACEY MUSGRAVES’ NEW “ALL OF THE COLORS” EXHIBIT OPENS UP AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM.

    (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)

    Kacey Musgraves had a chance for reflection, emotion and gratitude when her exhibit, All the Colors, opened at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The display features detention slips from school, song lyrics, baby photos, senior yearbook, outfits, light up boots and so much more of her storied life and career.

    For the Golden, Texas native, it was emotional going through the items featured in the exhibit.

    “I’m very proud of my story and where I am right now,” says Kacey. “Something that I try really hard to work at is being present in the moment, and there’s so many beautiful things happening all the time, and I don’t think that a human really knows how to do that, how to be good at that. So, I didn’t think it would make me super-emotional – iI think it takes a lot for me to do that – but to see everything laid out in a physical sense, a timeline, it really healthy and beautiful thing for me because there’s so much that you forget and you just, I’m somebody who gets really excited about what’s in front of me and then I check it off and I move on to the next thing. It’s fun for me to do that, but there’s a lot that gets lost in the blur of all of the busyness, and but there’s a lot to be celebrated and a lot to be remembered. So, it’s actually really beautiful and really gratifying, and I’m really grateful for the opportunity to share those things.”

    The exhibit runs through June 7th, 2020, and in support of the exhibition, she will participate in a conversation at the CMHOF Saturday (July 6th).

    To see all of Kacey’s remarks at the opening, click here.

    Kacey takes her Oh, What a World: Tour to Minneapolis July 12th.

    Audio / Kacey Musgraves gives an emotional speech about her All the Colors exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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    Kacey Musgraves (CMHOF exhibit) OC: …share those things. 1:02
    “I’m very proud of my story and where I am right now. Something that I try really hard to work at is being present in the moment, and there’s so many beautiful things happening all the time, and I don’t think that a human really knows how to do that, how to be good at that. So, I didn’t think it would make me super-emotional – I think it takes a lot for me to do that – but to see everything laid out in a physical sense, a timeline, it is really healthy and beautiful thing for me because there’s so much that you forget and you just, I’m somebody who gets really excited about what’s in front of me and then I check it off and I move on to the next thing. It’s fun for me to do that, but there’s a lot that gets lost in the blur of all of the busyness, and but there’s a lot to be celebrated and a lot to be remembered. So, it’s actually really beautiful and really gratifying, and I’m really grateful for the opportunity to share those things.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Shania, Kacey, Carrie, Keith, Luke, Chris and more

    Shania Twain appears on ABC’s Strahan & Sara on Thursday (June 20th) to talk about her Las Vegas Residency, as well as the new movie she is filming.

    Kacey Musgraves is nominated for two awards at this year’s Teen Choice Awards. She’s up for Choice Country Artist and Choice Country Song for “Rainbow.” Voting continues through June 25th, with the show airing August 11th at 8pm ET on FOX.

    Carrie Underwood is featured on the cover of the new issue of People Magazine. Along with being named at the top of the 100 best things in America, she also talks about family, faith and some of the personal pain and trauma she experienced over the last couple of years. The issue hits newsstands on Friday (June 21st).

    Luke Bryan has been tapped to perform during NBC’s annual Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks, live from New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge. The coverage will air live at 8pm – 10pm ET on NBC. Maren Morris and Brad Paisley will also perform.

    Keith Urban returns as the presenting sponsor of this year’s Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament for the fourth year. The 33rd annual golf outing, which will benefit the United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee organization, will take place August 19th at the Old Natchez Country Club in Nashville.

    Chris Stapleton has given his talents to Ed Sheeran’s new album, No. 6 Collaborations Project. He teamed up with the pop superstar and Bruno Mars for a song titled “Blow” for the project, due July 12th. Also appearing on the project are Khalid, Cardi B, Eminem, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Camila Cabello, among others.

     

  • FATHER’S DAY LINERS 2019

    Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey Everybody! I’m Adam Hambrick, wishing you a very Happy Father’s Day.”

     

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Father's Day)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Billy Currington, wishing you a very Happy Father’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER Brandon Lay (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Brandon Lay, wishing all you Fathers out there a very Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is TJ, and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne, wishing all you fathers out there a very Happy Father’s Day.”

     

    Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Father's Day)

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    “Hey y’all! This is Caylee Hammack. For all you Dads out there, Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey! What’s up? This is Clare Dunn, wishing you a Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker wishing you a Happy Father’s Day.”

     

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Father’s Day)

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

    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Gary Allan, and I want to wish all the dads out there a Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Father's Day)

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    “Hey y’all, this is Jon Langston, wishing you a very Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Father’s Day)

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    “Jon Pardi here. Happy Father’s Day to all you father’s out there.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Father's Day) beer

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    “Hey! It’s Jon Pardi, wishing all the fathers out there a very Happy Father’s Day. Here’s to you,  Senior.  Insert beer can opening sample (sound effect). (laughs)

    Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey! I’m Jordan Davis, wishing you all a Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey y’all! This is Josh Turner, and I just want to wish all you father’s out there a Happy Father’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves. Happy Father’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey everyone! It’s Keith Urban, wishing all you Dads out there a Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey! It’s Lauren Alaina. Happy Father’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER LBT (Father’s Day)

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    “Hi! This is Little Big Town, wishing all you father’s a Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Father's Day)

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    “Hey! This is Luke Bryan, wishing all the Fathers out there a very Happy Father’s Day. Here’s to you, Dad.”

    Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Maddie and I’m Tae, wishing all you fathers out there a Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Father’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Sam Hunt. To all you Fathers out there, Happy Father’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Father’s Day)

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

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Caylee, Kacey, Lauren, Travis, Kassi

    Caylee Hammack will make her national television debut on Wednesday (May 29th) during the 10am (local time) hour of NBC’s Today Show. She will perform her song, “Family Tree.”

    Kacey Musgraves is among the recipients for the Academy of Country Music’s 13th Annual ACM Honors, which will be presented August 21st at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. She will receive the Jim Reeves International Award, in recognition of her efforts to spread country music around the globe by playing shows in Japan, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Other honorees include Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Rodney Crowell, Shane McAnally and many others. The film A Star is Born will received the Tex Ritter Award.


    Lauren Alaina
    is set to play in Craig Campbell’s 7th Annual Celebrity Cornhole Challenge at the Nashville Omni during this year’s CMA Music Fest on June 4th. The benefit will raise funds and awareness for colorectal cancer. Jerrod Niemann, Jimmie Allen, Tyler Rich and Teagan Marie will also take part.

    Travis Denning, Kassi Ashton, Caylee Hammack will be among the artists performing on the DISH Presents Next From Nashville Stage during the ACM Festival of the Year, Faster Horses, taking place July 19th-21st in Brooklyn, Michigan. Previously announced performers include Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band, Brothers Osborne, Kip Moore, LANCO, Maren Morris, Cassadee Pope, Michael Ray, Mitchell Tenpenny and Brett Young.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Darius, Hootie & the Blowfish, Kacey, Keith, Shania, Travis

    Darius Rucker and his band Hootie & the Blowfish will perform on the season finale of NBC’s The Voice this week. The group is expected to sing “Let Her Cry,” which is featured on their multi-platinum album, Cracked Rear View, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Taylor Swift is also slated to perform during the show. The Voice will air on Tuesday (May 20th) beginning at 9pm ET on NBC.

    Kacey Musgraves will perform during the Today Show’s 2019 Citi Concert Series this summer. She’ll take the stage in Rockefeller Center July 19th. Other artists as part of the lineup include Sheryl Crow, Thomas Rhett, Jonas Brothers, The Chainsmokers, Dan + Shay, Maggie Rogers and Lizzo, among others. Additional performances will be announced throughout the season.

    Keith Urban, the reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year, has been announced as headliner for this year’s Stars for Second Harvest Show (produced by songwriter Craig Wiseman), taking place June 4th at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

    Shania Twain will appear in the new film, I Still Believe, the follow-up to 2018’s I Can Only Imagine. She’ll portray Terry Camp, the mother of Jeremy Camp, a real-life Christian music star who has scored numerous No. 1 songs and several awards. Shooting begins this month in Alabama, according to Variety, and is set to open March 2020.

    Travis Denning will be heading across the pond this fall on the CMA’s Introducing Nashville Tour. The trek, which also features Chris Lane, Danielle Bradbury, Rachel Wammack and Devin Dawson, will kick off October 10th in Oslo, Norway and will wrap October 20th in Brighton, England. Stops include Stockholm, Hamburg, Berlin, Amsterdam, Manchester and Glasgow.

     

     

  • KACEY MUSGRAVES RELEASES A VISUAL VIDEO FOR HER SONG “OH, WHAT A WORLD.”

    Kacey Musgraves has released a visual music video for her song “Oh, What a World,” which is featured on her award-winning album, Golden Hour. She posted a message to her fans to give them the first look. She said, “Though we’re all just trying to figure out how best to navigate though this crazy and sometimes mean world – I’m truly stunned & in awe of the beauty of our precious Earth and all the creatures in it. Worked hard on this for a long time with the SUPER talented @trippyogi to make something special for your eyes. XO”

     

    Check it out below:

     

     

     

    Kacey is making her way up the country charts with “Rainbow,” and she’s taken her “Oh, What a World: Tour” to the land of Oz. She performs in Brisbane, Australia May 10th, followed by dates in Sydney and Melbourne before traveling to New Zealand and then Japan and China. She’ll return to the States June 1st.

  • KACEY MUSGRAVES SIGNS WITH NEW YORK MODELING AGENCY.

    Kacey Musgraves has signed a modeling contract with IMG Models, home to Bella and Gigi Hadid, Amber Valletta (who stars in Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” video), Gisele, Chrissy Tiegen, Karlie Kloss and Hailey Bieber.

    She posted the news on her socials on Tuesday, while attending the 2019 Met Gala in NYC.

     

     

    Kacey is making her way up the country charts with “Rainbow,” and she’s taken her “Oh, What a World: Tour” to the land of Oz. She performs in Brisbane, Australia May 10th, followed by dates in Sydney and Melbourne before traveling to New Zealand and then Japan and China. She’ll return to the States June 1st.

     

  • CMT MUSIC AWARDS 2019: Brothers O, Carrie, Darius, Dierks, Eric, Jordan, Kacey, Keith, LBT, Luke, Maddie & Tae

    The nominations for the 2019 CMT Music Awards have been announced, and Brothers Osborne are among the leaders with three nods. The two are up for overall Video of the Year (“Burning Man” with Dierks Bentley), Duo Video of the Year (“I Don’t Remember me (Before You)”) and Collaborative Video of the Year (“Burning Man” with Dierks Bentley),

    Carrie Underwood pulls down two nods, including Video of the Year for “Cry Pretty” and Female Video of the Year for “Love Wins.” Dierks Bentley earns a pair of nods for Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year for “Burning Man” with Brothers Osborne.

    Eric Church is nominated for overall Video of the Year and Male Video for “Desperate Man,” while Kacey Musgraves is also nominated for Video of the Year for “Rainbow,” as well as Female Video of the Year for “Space Cowboy.”

    Keith Urban earns a pair of nominations for Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year for “Coming Home” featuring Julia Michaels.

    Luke Bryan is nominated for Male Video of the Year for “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” as well as Collaborative Video of the Year for “Straight to Hell” with pals Darius Rucker, Jason Aldean and Charles Kelley.

    Little Big Town earns a nod for Group Video of the Year for “Summer Fever,” while LBT members Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman earned a nod with Gladys Knight for CMT Performance of the Year from the 2018 CMT Artists of the Year.

    Jordan Davis picks up a nomination for Breakthrough Video of the Year for his No. 1 hit, “Take It From Me,” while Maddie & Tae are nominated for Duo Video of the Year for “Friends Don’t.”

    Little Big Town will host the 2019 CMT Music Awards, which will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena June 5th at 8pm ET/7pm CT.

     

    2019 CMT Music Awards Nominees:

    VIDEO OF THE YEAR

    “Cry Pretty,” Carrie Underwood
    “Drunk Girl,” Chris Janson
    “Break Up in the End,” Cole Swindell
    “Speechless,” Dan + Shay
    “Burning Man,” Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne
    “Desperate Man,” Eric Church
    “Simple,” Florida Georgia Line
    “Rainbow,” Kacey Musgraves
    “Good as You,” Kane Brown
    “Coming Home,” Keith Urban feat. Julia Michaels
    “Miss Me More,” Kelsea Ballerini
    “She Got the Best of Me,” Luke Combs
    “Girl,” Maren Morris
    “Someone I Used to Know,” Zac Brown Band

     

    FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

    “The Joke,” Brandi Carlile
    “Love Wins,” Carrie Underwood
    “Space Cowboy,” Kacey Musgraves

    “Miss Me More,” Kelsea Ballerini
    “Girl,” Maren Morris
    “Keeper of the Flame,” Miranda Lambert
    “Closer to You,” Carly Pearce

     

    MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

    “Break Up in the End,” Cole Swindell
    “Desperate Man,” Eric Church
    “Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert
    “Lose It,” Kane Brown
    “Get Along,” Kenny Chesney
    “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” Luke Bryan
    “Life Changes,” Thomas Rhett

     

    DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR

    Brothers Osborne – “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)”
    Dan + Shay – “Speechless”
    Florida Georgia Line – “Simple”
    Locash – “Feels Like A Party”
    Maddie & Tae – “Friends Don’t”
    Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift – “Babe”

     

    GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR

    Eli Young Band – “Love Ain’t”
    Lanco – “Born to Love You”
    Little Big Town – “Summer Fever”
    Midland – “Burn Out”
    Old Dominion – “Hotel Key”
    Zac Brown Band – “Someone I Used To Know”

     

    BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR

    Ashley McBryde – “Girl Goin’ Nowhere (At Marathon Music Works)”
    Jimmie Allen – “Best Shot”
    Jordan Davis – “Take It From Me”
    Mitchell Tenpenny – “Drunk Me”
    Morgan Wallen – “Whiskey Glasses”
    Runaway June – “Buy My Own Drinks”
    Tenille Townes – “Somebody’s Daughter”

     

    COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

    Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell – “What Happens In A Small Town”
    Darius Rucker feat. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Charles Kelley – “Straight To Hell”
    Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne – “Burning Man”

    Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert – “Drowns The Whiskey”
    Keith Urban feat. Julia Michaels – “Coming Home”
    Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift – “Babe”

     

    CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

    Boyz II Men and Brett Young – “Motownphilly (From CMT Crossroads)”
    Luke Combs and Leon Bridges – “Beautiful Crazy (From CMT Crossroads)”
    Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile – “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (From 2018 CMT Artists of the Year)”
    Brett Eldredge and Meghan Trainor – “Let You Be Right (From CMT Crossroads)”
    Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman and Gladys Knight – “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night” (From 2018 CMT Artists of the Year)
    Zac Brown Band and Shawn Mendes – “Keep Me In Mind (From CMT Crossroads)”

    Audio / BROTHERS OSBORNE SAYS IT'S AN HONOR TO BE NOMINATED AT THIS YEAR'S ACM AWARDS.

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    Brothers Osborne (being nominated) OC: (TJ) …but it really is. :26
    JOHN: “One of the things I love about the country music genre is “It sounds cliché to say it’s an honor, but it really is that it’s a family. We’re all really, really close. We’re all a bunch of misfits thrown together. We’re all a little different, but we love one another and respect one another, and I’m just honored for the both of us to be a part of this awesome family.” TJ: “I will say to add on that, it sounds cliché to say it’s an honor to be nominated, but it really is.”

    Audio / BROTHERS OSBORNE’S TJ OSBORNE TALKS ABOUT THE SONG “I DON’T REMEMBER ME (BEFORE YOU).

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    Brothers Osborne (I Don’t Remember Me (Before You) 1:05
    “There was a bit of the song that was a little on the nose. I don’t – it started the first tag (sings) which was an idea Shane had. He showed up that day and goes ‘I don’t remember my life before I had my babies.’ He said, ‘I literally can’t think of who I was. I don’t remember who I was before [my] husband Michael.’ And we thought man, that is a really interesting thing. An incredible idea. I’m sure it’s been done to some extent, but I can’t really recall that subject being said that way. And so, we were all about it. We loved the idea and the concept, but when Jay [Joyce] heard it, he goes, ‘Man, I think it would be really cool to save the ‘before you’ till the end of the song and I instantly was like, ‘Man, I think that’s a killer idea.’ John and I were all about it. And so, it ends now (sings) it kind of goes in a turn around. You don’t know what the hell I’m talking about. ‘I don’t remember me,’ you keep hearing this, and then at the end is the reveal ‘I don’t remember me before you,’ which I think is great. It also made it problematic [for] the title of the song.”

    Audio / DIERKS BENTLEY TALKS ABOUT HAVING BROTHERS OSBORNE FEATURED ON HIS LATEST NO. 1 SONG, “BURNING MAN.”

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    Dierks Bentley (Bros O on Burning Man) OC: …great hang. :26
    “I’m a huge fan of those guys. They’re friends. We play in a side band together, a ‘90s country cover band called the Hot Country Knights with a K for anyone who wants to look us up. So, we’re just pals, and it’s like this song feels like something that they would sing, you know? It feels like if they’d got this one before I did, they probably would’ve cut it. It was so easy. I just called ‘em up and sent the song and got a huge ‘Yes’ back from both of them right away. They came into the studio like two days later. It was just a great hang.”

    Audio / ON THE SET OF THE VIDEO FOR “STRAIGHT TO HELL,” LUKE BRYAN TALKS ABOUT TAKING PART IN THE VOCAL COLLABORATION WITH DARIUS RUCKER, JASON ALDEAN AND LADY ANTEBELLUM’S CHARLES KELLEY.

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    Luke Bryan (STH idea) OC: …and Charles. :16
    “Darius called me up and asked me to be a part of this song. When I was in college, I’m Going ‘Straight to Hell’ was one of the biggest college anthems that there was, and I was honored to be a part of this with Darius and Jason and Charles.”

    Audio / ON THE SET OF THE VIDEO FOR “STRAIGHT TO HELL,” DARIUS RUCKER EXPLAINS HOW THE COLLABORATION ALL CAME TOGETHER.

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    Darius Rucker (STH) OC: …great day. :30
    “This is an old Drivin’ ‘N Cryin’ song. It came out in ’89 when I was just playing clubs with Hootie [& the Blowfish]. It was a big song to us. It was a big song to everybody around us. It was a big Southern song, and I always thought it was a country song. Drivin’ ‘N Cryin’ is a big rock band, and I always thought it was a country song. I wanted to cut it and Charles told me I should cut it one day, and I just started calling my friends. I called Charles. I called Jason. I called Luke, and I said, ‘Hey man, I’m doing this song.’ They all loved the song, and we got to do a video for it. This is really cool, man. It’s been a great day.”

    Audio / KACEY MUSGRAVES SAYS SHE WROTE “RAINBOW” AS A MEMO TO HERSELF, BUT SAYS IT CAN HELP PEOPLE ACTUALLY SEE THE SUN THROUGH THE CLOUDS.

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    Kacey Musgraves (Rainbow) 1 OC: …make it through. :48
    “The song ‘Rainbow’ was actually written a handful of years ago as sort of a little bit of a memo to myself. I think we can all get stuck in a mindset that things are never gonna improve or you can easily focus on kind of the bad parts of whatever you’re going through and not really realize that if you pulled your head above the water you’d see that the sun is actually shining and that everything’s actually okay. I think one of the reasons that people may relate to the song a lot is because, though it was written to myself, I think that it can take the shape of like whatever someone’s going through – whether it’s coming out and not having the support or just any kind of a situation that they don’t feel like they may make it through.”

    Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD SAYS SHE HOPES “LOVE WINS” SHOWS PEOPLE THEY ALL DESERVE LOVE AND RESPECT.

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    Carrie Underwood (Love Wins) 3 OC: …one another. 57
    “One of the things that I was very careful about when we were writing the song, I’m like I don’t want to make it sound too easy because it sounds so easy. ‘Let’s just all love each other and get along. Oh okay, I never thought of that. Let’s try that.’ I feel like it maybe there’s a song on the radio or somebody says something, and you have a conversation with somebody that maybe you’re like today I’m going to try seeing things from a different point of view, then you’re one step closer, even if it’s just a little step. We’re just one step closer to each other. So, I love the fact that I feel like this song is kind of saying no matter who you are, what you feel, what you think – we didn’t want it to be political. We didn’t want it to be polarizing. We wanted it just to acknowledge that we’re in a broken world. We’re all human beings. We all deserve love. We all deserve respect and we all should try to show that to one another.”

    Audio / MADDIE & TAE’S MADDIE MARLOW SAYS THE DUO’S NEW SINGLE, “FRIENDS DON’T,” IS BASED ON A TRUE STORY.

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    Maddie & Tae (Friends Don’t) OC: …likes it. [laughs] :22
    “So, the story behind our song ‘Friends Don’t’ is actually my sister’s story. My little sister back home in Texas was kind of dating this guy and they’re kind of in the friend’s zone, but they like each other, but they really didn’t know what was going on. And so, Tae and I got inspired by her story and wrote it. She kinda gets frustrated when we write songs about her, but I know she secretly likes it.” [laughs]