Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. The holiday is commonly associated with fireworks displays, parades, barbecues and concerts. Some of your favorite country stars take time to remember their Fourth of July traditions, memories and what the holiday really means to them.
Canaan Smith (Father’s Day) OC: …I love him. :35
“My dad, I think is just the greatest man. He’s always provided for us. He was always there. He was always a great dad. He worked his butt off, you know, and showed me what it was like to work hard and provide for a family, and I just hope I can do that one day too. We’ve always had a special bond. He’s been a songwriter and a singer too for a long, long time, and so I got to grow up listening to him do his thing, sitting in the other room while they do band rehearsal. I’d be sitting on the couch in the other room just taking it all in, dreaming one day to be behind that microphone, so he’s definitely been an inspiration. I love him.”
Canaan Smith (Father’s Day) 2 OC: …learned that too. :45
“I learned that music scores chicks. [laughs] My dad had a rehearsal one time at his piano player’s house, and I was sitting on the couch in the living room, and the piano player had two daughters that were around my same age, and they were sitting on either side of me on the couch. I thought I was king of the world, you know, watching this rock and roll band and a girl around each arm, and I was like six-years-old, eight-years-old something like that, old enough to know that was pretty awesome! My dad, he taught me hard work too. It took rehearsals. It took dedication. You can’t just get up on a stage and fly by the seat of your pants. You have to be prepared, and so I learned that too.”
Darius Rucker (Father’s Day) OC: …loving dad. :41
“I think if you asked my kids what kind of Dad I was they would probably say…Danny would say that I was a fun Dad. My little daughter would say that I was a fun dad; she thinks I’m a lot of fun. I think if you caught them at the right moment they would say I was mean [laughs] because when I’m home I’m not afraid to discipline them. I’m all fun until it’s not fun anymore and then daddy’s not the fun guy. I think that they’d say that I was a fun Dad, I’m a loving Dad and I think they would say that. I’m gone so much that when I’m home, I just shower love upon my kids. I say ‘I love you’ probably fifty times a day. We hug, we kiss all the time. I’m always wanting them to know how much I love them. So I’d hope they’d say that I was a loving dad.”
Dierks Bentley (how fatherhood has changed him) OC: …different. :07
“There’s a whole kind of universe that opens up that I didn’t know existed, and I’m not the center of it, which is really cool. It just makes you look at everything totally different.”
Eric Church (Father’s Day) OC: …always admired. :29
“My dad is a, I’m trying to find the right words to describe him. My dad is a great guy, honest guy, very call it like he sees it, which is where I get a lot of that. No BS. I’m gonna tell you how I feel whether you like it or not. I’m that guy, I’m me…My dad’s that way, so I get a lot of that from him. There’s also an honesty and an integrity that my dad carries himself with that I’ve always admired.”
Eric Paslay (Father’s Day) OC: …ceiling fan. :21
“He just taught me that working hard and sticking it out, even when you know things aren’t right, if you stick it out, it’s worth it in the end. He just taught me to work hard, and there’s a lot of things that you don’t need to pay someone to do, and it feels more rewarding when you’re able to put in new light fixtures or paint your own walls or put in a new ceiling fan.”
Keith Urban (Father’s Day) OC: …experience that. :36
“The first thing is probably just having someone call you dad. I’m like, ‘Omigosh! I’m her dad! That’s amazing.’ That’s probably the first thing to me. I don’t know, I mean, the different personalities that our two daughters have, that’s amazing. It’s such a long list I think. I always say…I think for the people that haven’t had kids – which I hadn’t for a long, long time. I didn’t have kids ‘til later on, and being around it is not the same as having them, you know? I realize that it’s not something that can be explained until you actually sort of have it, so I’m glad I got to experience that.”
Kip Moore (Father’s Day-dad’s influence) OC: …of us singin’ ‘em. :29
“He would just play all those classic records – Little River Band, Jackson Brown, Springsteen, Seeger, Willie Nelson, the Red-Headed Stranger, Kristofferson, Sam Cook – like classic music. He’d be singing the songs and telling us why it was such good music. And I looked up to him so much, that’s the music I gravitated towards and that’s what I continue to listen to. Whenever I think about those old fishing trips, that’s what I think about is on the way down there, him singing those songs and all of us singin’ ‘em.”
Lady A (Father’s Day-Dave) OC: …like that. :39
“My dad was a really hard worker growing up and was always great, however hard he worked, he’d always make important time for family, important time to be home for dinner and be there for a lot of special moments for us growing up. For all the money he would make, he would always give a portion of it back to charity or to the church, and so that was always important for me to watch. We had a great relationship growing up. My dad plays guitar; he’s very musical. I learned how to play acoustic guitar with him playing ‘Day Tripper’ by the Beatles and all these old songs we’d play together when he’d show me how to play these James Taylor songs and things like that. So, definitely want to pass along music, of course, to my children, as well, like that.”
Lady A (Father’s Day-Hillary) OC: …my children. :33
“I definitely got my Type-A personality from my dad. He’s the same way, but one thing I’m so appreciative of – especially from a father-daughter relationship – my dad always, always talked to me, even when I didn’t want to talk to him. He would force me to communicate and talk through things, and not always the easy stuff, which is such a rare quality in a man, truthfully. And so, I am very, very thankful for that. I think it helped me find the right husband for me, and I also know that it will help me be that much of a better communicator to my children.”
Lady A (Father’s Day-Charles) OC: …rubbed off. :23
“My father definitely passed down his work ethic to me. I idolized my dad a lot and would always like to be by his side when he did certain projects, and so I learned a lot from him about that, and just always respected him and just the way he could see a project from start to finish with such dedication, and so I’ve taken that into this and into this group, and hopefully, some good has rubbed off.”
Little Big Town (Jimi-Father’s Day) OC: …beautiful. :32
“It’s still such a new experience for us, and man, I’m telling you, people can tell you all day long how great it’s going to be, but it still never touches it. That little man looking back at me, it’s the most unbelievable feeling. And every day, for me who hates mornings [laughs], waking up to a slap in the face; he’s like pounding on me, then he’s like kissing on me and stuff. It’s unbelievable. It’s absolutely beautiful.”
Sam Hunt (Father’s Day) OC: …he’s great. :27
“I’m obviously biased about my parents, but I’ve been around a lot of great men of integrity, but he is by far the best man that I know. He’s just taught me so much about being a man, doing the right thing, knowing the difference between right and wrong. And even though I don’t always follow his lead, I definitely know better because of him, and that means a whole lot to me. I was just really fortunate to have him as a dad, and he’s great.”
Scotty McCreery (Father’s Day) OC: …was to me. :29
“My father has been incredible to me my whole life. I remember going to the baseball field when I was five-years-old and he played ball in college, so he was always trying to teach me the mechanics, but more so than that, he was teaching me the life lessons growing up. Those are the things you learn on the field – becoming a man out there. So, he’s always had my back and he’s always teaching me those values and those morals that are important to a young kid and also a growing young adult. So, love my daddy, love my father, and I just hope that one day I can be half the dad he was to me.”
Dierks Bentley should keep one eye open on his Sounds of Summer Tour, because his tourmates Kip Moore and Canaan Smith have some ideas of how to prank him.
Kip has already retaliated, after Dierks forced them into his annual polar jump in January, by spraying graffiti on his beloved Big White truck and putting a goat in the bed of the vehicle. So, he’s kind of laying low for the time being. However, he does warn Dierks, he will come after him if he tries to pull something else. “If he slips up and gets me, I’m just gonna one-up him, so the best thing he can do is just let the whole thing go.”
Canaan, though, is deviously planning on something to get Dierks back. “. I have ideas, ideas churning in my head. But as an example of a recent prank, I got my band on April Fool’s Day. I told them I wanted to start this tradition right before we would go on stage, let’s eat a lucky Oreo,” says Canaan. “I snuck out to the bus, and I replaced all the cream in the Oreos with toothpaste, with minty white toothpaste, and strategically replaced them perfectly back in the package, so that they would just have no clue what was about to hit them.”
The next stop on the Sounds of Summer Tour is June 18th in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
Kip Moore (laying off pranks on Dierks) OC: …thing go. :13
“I’m laying off of [Dierks]. I got a feeling that he’s got it coming for me, so I need to kind of chill out. But if he does, if he slips up and gets me, I’m just gonna one-up him, so the best thing he can do is just let the whole thing go.”
Canaan Smith (pranks) OC: …kind of stuff. 1:08
“I can’t give away my secrets. I have ideas, ideas churning in my head. But as an example of a recent prank, I got my band on April Fool’s Day. I told them I wanted to start this tradition right before we would go on stage, let’s eat a lucky Oreo. That was my idea. Why an Oreo? You’ll see why. But they didn’t know why. I said, ‘Let’s eat a lucky Oreo.’ I even primed it earlier in the day to make them think there was nothing wrong with these Oreos. I bought the Oreos earlier in the day. I’m like, ‘Hey! Here’s the idea guys. Let’s eat Oreos tonight.’ We’re all just eating out of this box of Oreos. But then later on, I snuck out to the bus, and I replaced all the cream in the Oreos with toothpaste, with minty white toothpaste, and strategically replaced them perfectly back in the package, so that they would just have no clue what was about to hit them. Right before we went onstage, I said something about, ‘Alright this is our first night, new tradition, love you boys, let’s do this! Here’s your Oreo.’ Boom. Pop it. Right away, one of ‘em called me an [beep] hole and went and threw up in the trash can. They’re all just like pissed, and now they’re threatening to get me back. But, yeah, I love that kind of stuff.”
Dierks Bentley was named People’s Hottest Country Guy in the new issue of the magazine, right before he kicks off his Sounds of Summer Tour.
Dierks was also named an honorary co-chairman of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Foundation’s Hat in the Ring Society.
Little Big Town’s “Day Drinking” is featured in a new commercial for Twisted Tea — Hard Iced Tea.
Kip Moore is among the artists taking part in the annual Music City Gives Back concert Tuesday (June 9th) on Nashville’s Lower Broadway. The event, which also features Rodney Atkins, Tyler Farr, Lee Brice and Maddie & Tae, will help raise money for the W.O. Smith Music School.
Brothers Osborne will perform at the Gratifonia Music Festival in Hughesville, Pennsylvania September 6th.
Kip Moore is about to head out on the road on the Sounds of Summer Tour with Dierks Bentley, Canaan Smith and Maddie & Tae. As the title may indicate, they’re going to be playing mostly outdoor amphitheaters, where temperatures will certainly soar throughout the day.
Kip says there’s really not a way to keep cool during those amphitheater shows. “I don’t know if there’s anything you can [do], I know that everybody’s gonna say, ‘Aw, take a drink,’ or whatever. There’s no possible way in those sheds when that sun is beating down that there’s any way to stay cool,” he says. “It’s all about just laying it all out. You got time to cool out after. But while you’re on, there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Kip is making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “I’m to Blame,” which is from his forthcoming album, Wild Ones, which is set for release August 21st.
Kip Moore (advice for playing outdoor shows) OC: …about it. :17
“I don’t know if there’s anything you can [do], I know that everybody’s gonna say, ‘Aw, take a drink,’ or whatever. There’s no possible way in those sheds when that sun is beating down that there’s any way to stay cool. It’s all about just laying it all out, you got time to cool out after. But while you’re on, there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Nashville, TN – June 3, 2015 – MULTI-PLATINUM artist Kip Moore announced plans for his “Comeback Kid Skatepark Project,” a charitable initiative that will oversee the construction of a series of skateparks to benefit communities and “comeback kids.” At a press conference today, Moore along with Mayor Karl Dean and Salemtown Board Co, revealed the phase one cities of the project including Nashville, TN; Boston, MA; San Marcos, TX; and Annapolis, MD. The inspiration for the name of the project comes from “Comeback Kid,” a personal anthem from Moore’s upcoming album WILD ONES.
“What started off as a pipe dream of mine years ago, has truly become a passion project,” said Moore. “It came from me wanting to give kids in inner cities a safe outlet, where they can form the bonds I know can be made from having somewhere awesome to go and be a part of something they enjoy. I wrote the song ‘Comeback Kid’ at a time when I felt like a comeback kid, but now when I sing it I think less about myself and more about the kids we are doing this for and how much I admire and respect them. We’re starting with these four cities, but the plan is to keep growing this as far and wide as we can.”
Each park will have a unique design to provide the perfect first step for anyone of any age to learn how to skate. Making the most of the size and space available, most skate spots will range from 1,500 to 3,000 square feet and will include elements such as quarter pipe, bank-to-curb, hubba ledges, hand rail and step up. Most of the phase one skateparks will be up and running by this Fall.
The “Comback Kid Skatepark Project” is the first initiative of “Kip’s Kids Fund,” a donor-advised fund through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) focused on youth and teens. As an avid rock climber, surfer, skateboarder and outdoor enthusiast, Moore has been drawn to the outdoors and alternative sports for much of his life. He also has a heart for small town and inner city kids growing up with too few options. As a result, the “Kip’s Kid Fund” provides alternative outlets for youth to engage in healthy habits and physical activities like skateboarding, in addition to the traditional sports offerings where they live.
For video, photos and other press assets: click here.
Moore’s sophomore album, WILD ONES, is set to be released on Aug. 21. A super-sized record inspired by the grit, grind and glamour of the live shows, each track on WILD ONES was written by Moore and follows his debut album, UP ALL NIGHT, which spawned three No. One multi-platinum selling smash hits. His current single “I’m To Blame,” is steadily climbing the charts and was the second most added song during its debut week at country radio, marking Moore’s biggest first week for a new single. Earning critical acclaim for his “high energy” (Rolling Stone) live show with Chicago Sun Times heralding him as “carving his own niche in country music,” Moore will head out on the road for Dierks Bentley’s 2015 Sounds Of Summer Tour, which kicks off this weekend in Raleigh, NC on 6/5.
For more information and the latest updates, visit www.kipmoore.net.
Kip Moore (Comeback Kid) OC: …provide here. :22
“The name of the project comes from a song that I wrote called ‘The Comeback Kid,’ which is going to be on the new record. I’ve always kinda felt like the underdog in my life. I’ve always had to scratch and claw for every single inch that I feel like I’ve ever gotten in this world, and I feel like it represents and embodies what these kids are all about. They’re fighters, and sometimes you need a little help in that fight, and that’s what I hope we can provide here.”
Kip Moore‘s highly anticipated sophomore album on MCA Nashville, WILD ONES, is set for release August 21st. Fans can pre-order the album with an exclusive merch package here.
“WILD ONES really encompasses everything I’ve been through out on the road since the first album, it embodies us as a band every night out on stage, it alludes to the traveling circus it sometimes feels like we are a part of,” said Moore. “I’m so glad that I’m able to finally let the fans know when to expect what we’ve been working on so passionately for the past couple years, to let them know the wait is nearly over.”
Each song on the 13-track disc was born on the road during soundchecks, inside backstage dressing rooms and in Moore’s bunk at night, and recorded during “time off” from playing more than 200 shows a year.
Driven forward by electric guitars and gang vocals, “Lipstick” is the album’s most heartfelt tribute to the road, with each verse rattling off a list of the favorite cities Moore and his bandmates have played in the past. Other songs, like “That Was Us,” take a look backward, sketching a picture of the archetypal small-town Saturday nights that filled Moore’s teenage years in Georgia. “Magic,” anchored by one of the anthemic, open-armed choruses of Moore’s career, is loud and lovely, and “Comeback Kid” packs its punch the opposite way: by dialing back the volume and delivering quiet praise to the underdog in all of us. The new album also features the playful lead single, “I’m To Blame,” which is climbing the country radio charts now.
“I’m truly hoping that people just simply love the project that I’ve worked so hard on,” says a heartfelt Kip. “I hope that people take the time to actually listen to this record as a whole, as a whole body of work and appreciate what we’ve done as a band, and I hope that it puts us to the next level.”
WILD ONES TRACK LIST:
- Wild Ones (Kip Moore, Chris DeStefano, Brett James)
- Come And Get It (Kip Moore, Brett James, Manny Medina)
- Girl of Summer (Kip Moore, Troy Verges, Blair Daly)
- Magic (Kip Moore, Westin Davis, Luke Dick)
- That Was Us (Kip Moore, Westin Davis, Dan Couch)
- Lipstick (Kip Moore, Justin Weaver, David Frasier, Westin Davis)
- What Ya Got On Tonight (Kip Moore, Troy Verges, Blair Daly)
- Heart’s Desire (Kip Moore, Dan Couch, Adam Browder, Erich Wigdahl)
- Complicated (Kip Moore, Chris DeStefano, Rodney Clawson)
- I’m To Blame (Kip Moore, Justin Weaver, Westin Davis)
- That’s Alright With Me (Kip Moore, Dan Couch, Luke Dick)
- Running For You (Kip Moore, Troy Verges, Blair Daly)
- Comeback Kid (Kip Moore, Erik Dylan, Ross Copperman, Jeff Hyde)WILD ONES follows Moore’s debut album, UP ALL NIGHT, which scored three No. One hit singles and notched two PLATINUM certifications with “Hey Pretty Girl” selling over 1 million and “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck” earning DOUBLE PLATINUM status. This summer, Moore will bring his “high energy set” (Rolling Stone) out on the road with Dierks Bentley for his 2015 Sounds of Summer Tour.
For more information, visit www.kipmoore.net
Kip Moore (hopes for new album) OC: …it can do. :34
“I’m truly hoping that people just simply love the project that I’ve worked so hard on. I hope that people take the time to actually listen to this record as a whole, as a whole body of work and appreciate what we’ve done as a band, and I hope that it puts us to the next level. We want to continue growing as a band, and I hope this record achieves what I have in my mind, and I like to keep those things in my mind. I don’t like to say them out loud, but I hope this record does what I have in my mind thinking what it can do.”
Encino, CA (April 9, 2015) – The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced the full lineup of country music luminaries and chart-topping artists who will perform together on “ACM Presents: Superstar Duets” and make up the evening portion of the 3rd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival. Performances at the two-day outdoor music festival celebrating the 50th ACM Awards will begin at 7:30pm on Friday, April 17th and continue Saturday, April 18th on the Main Stage inside of Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX. A two-hour special including performances from the event will air on Friday, May 15th on the CBS Television Network.
Friday’s lineup will include special collaborations by Alabama & Eli Young Band, Brooks & Dunn & Reba, Darius Rucker & Sara Evans, Dierks Bentley & Kip Moore & Ashley Monroe, Dwight Yoakam & Sam Hunt, and Luke Bryan & Ronnie Milsap, along with a special performance by Brantley Gilbert.
Saturday’s lineup will include duet performances by Alan Jackson & Cole Swindell, Clint Black & Joe Nichols, Eric Church & Marty Stuart, Florida Georgia Line & David Lee Murphy, Hunter Hayes & Brett Eldredge, Keith Urban & John Anderson, Lady Antebellum & Brandy Clark, Miranda Lambert & Patty Loveless, and The Band Perry & Deana Carter along with special performances by Kenny Chesney and Jake Owen.
Ticket packages to the ACM Party for a Cause Festival INCLUDING the 50th ACM Awards are available NOW at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets to the 50TH ACM Awards sold out last spring in a record 18 minutes but as staging changes became final for the ACM Awards, seats to the previously SOLD OUT Awards show and festival are now available.
lease see a full lineup of tentatively scheduled performances below for “ACM Presents: Superstar Duets” listed by order of appearance and subject to change. For additional updates please visit www.ACMcountry.com.
Friday, April 17, 2015 (Listed in Order of Appearance)
· Brantley Gilbert
· Dwight Yoakam & Sam Hunt
· Darius Rucker & Sara Evans
· Alabama & Eli Young Band
· Brooks & Dunn & Reba
· Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore & Ashley Monroe
· Luke Bryan & Ronnie Milsap
Saturday, April 18, 2015 (Listed in Order of Appearance)
· Clint Black & Joe Nichols
· The Band Perry & Deana Carter
· Lady Antebellum & Brandy Clark
· Hunter Hayes & Brett Eldredge
· Jake Owen
· Kenny Chesney
· Alan Jackson & Cole Swindell
· Miranda Lambert & Patty Loveless
· Keith Urban & John Anderson
· Eric Church & Marty Stuart
· Florida Georgia Line & David Lee Murphy
The 3rd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival, beginning at 12:00 PM on April 17-18, 2015, will include multiple stages for ongoing LIVE country music performances, interactive experiences, a family-friendly country marketplace with food trucks and vendors from around the country, and much more, all leading up to the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be broadcast LIVE for the first time ever from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Proceeds from the event will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music and military philanthropies including Folds of Honor Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, Navy SEAL Foundation, and Task Force Dagger Foundation.
ACM Presents: Superstar Duets is produced for television by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan and R.A. Clark are executive producers. Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman and Tom Forrest are co-executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.
Nashville, TN – April 7, 2015 – MULTI-PLATINUM selling artist Kip Moore completely disrupts a throwback style wedding, and does it with a smile, in the raucous new music video for his anthemic single “I’m To Blame,” premiering on VEVO today. The video for the lead single of Moore’s upcoming sophomore album was directed by Peter Zavadil, with Moore coming up with the concept himself.
“I was picturing those terrible powder blue old school tuxedos,” said Moore. “The idea started there and we really wanted to have some fun with it, I try not to take myself too seriously all the time! This song is the beginning of new music from me and I have been so excited to get it out there for everyone to hear. We’ll be playing a lot of new stuff on the road this summer. My band probably hates me because I change up the set list so much. I love sharing as much new music as possible with the fans who have been coming to see me play year after year. It’s a great way to test out songs too because you’ll find out right away if something is working or not, they aren’t shy about letting you know! ”
To watch the video click here.
“I’m To Blame,” the lead single from Moore’s upcoming sophomore album, is steadily climbing the radio charts and has already become a fan favorite during Moore’s live shows. Currently gearing up to head out on the road on Dierks Bentley’s 2015 Sounds Of Summer Tour, the singer-songwriter has earned critical acclaim for his “high energy” (Rolling Stone) live show with Chicago Sun Times heralding him as “carving his own niche in country music…that sets him apart from the flock of country music rockers.” Named American Country Countdown Award’s “Breakthrough Artist Of The Year,” Moore earned PLATINUM certification for his No. One smash hit “Hey Pretty Girl,” and DOUBLE PLATINUM status for his chart-topping breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck.” For the latest updates, visit www.kipmoore.net.
Kip Moore’s latest single, “I’m to Blame,” is setting the tone for his forthcoming album, due out later this year. Kip co-wrote the gritty tune with Westin Davis and Justin Weaver, and he says it is the product of his growth as a writer and an artist.
“I just think it sets the tone for not afraid to go to different places as an artist, as a writer,” says Kip. “A lot of times when things are successful, people want you to stay in one spot. They’re used to you doing one kind of thing. ‘You’ve got to keep doing this thing over and over.’ It’s like, ‘Nah.’ You grow as a person; you grow as an artist. That was what kind of sparked the whole idea was my growth as a writer and as an artist.”
Kip joins Dierks Bentley on the Sounds of Summer Tour, which kicks off June 5th in Raleigh, North Carolina. The trek will also feature Canaan Smith and Maddie & Tae.
Kip Moore (growth sparked idea for new album) OC: …an artist. :2
“I just think it sets the tone for not afraid to go to different places as an artist, as a writer. A lot of times when things are successful, people want you to stay in one spot. They’re used to you doing one kind of thing. ‘You’ve got to keep doing this thing over and over.’ It’s like, ‘Nah.’ You grow as a person; you grow as an artist. That was what kind of sparked the whole idea was my growth as a writer and as an artist.”