• DRAFT DAY IN NASHVILLE BEGINS TODAY WITH LUKE BRYAN, DIERKS BENTLEY, KEITH URBAN, DARIUS, VINCE, LBT AND MORE.

    The NFL Draft has taken over downtown Nashville, and the entire city, including the country music industry is celebrating the Draft coming to Music City USA.

     

    You can catch Luke Bryan tonight (April 25th) for ABC’s first time prime-time coverage of the NFL Draft, live coast-to-coast from Nashville, Tennessee, on “2019 NFL Draft on ABC,” beginning at 8pm ET on ABC and via streaming.  

    “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts and ESPN’s Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and the entire College GameDay Built by The Home Depot eight-time Emmy® Award-winning crew will headline night one of ABC’s coverage of the NFL Draft. Actor Jeremy Renner (The Avengers: End Game) will also join the crew.  Luke’s NFL Draft appearance will be a reunion for Bryan and College GameDay, as Bryan served as the show’s guest picker during the show’s 2018 season-opening episode.

    Dierks Bentley will headline a free outdoor concert on Saturday (April 27th) as part of the 2019 NFL Draft and St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon and ½ Marathon at the Draft Main Stage in downtown Nashville.

     

    Also, more than 20 Nashville-based acts representing diverse genres of music will perform during the three days of activities on the Draft Main Stage and at the NFL Draft Experience, a free admission football festival held outside Nissan Stadium.

    Tim McGraw will be the headline for the NFL Draft on Friday (April 26th) and GRAMMY-winning gospel music great CeCe Winans will sing the National Anthem to help open NFL Draft activities today.

    Darius Rucker is a well-known football fan, having said there are two times of the year — “Football season and waiting for Football season.” He’s been a Miami Dolphins fan since he was five years old, and when his band decided to make a video for “Only Wanna Be With You,” he wanted former Dolphins QB Dan Marino in the video, just so he could meet him.

     

    The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 25-27 and is expected to bring in more than 300,000 people to downtown over three days, which would be an NFL Draft record.

    For a schedule of the NFL Draft, go to ABC.com  and ESPN.com. For a list of fun events and performances, go to titansonline.com.

    Audio / Darius Rucker, a professed Miami Dolphins fan since he was five, talks about how much he loves football.

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    Darius Rucker (football) OC: …football season. :20
    “Ever since I was five years old, I’ve loved football, and I love how physical it is. I love the chess match of the game. I love the speed of the game. I love college football, but for me watching pro football is better because the speed is so much more. For me, there’s two times a year, man — football season and waiting for football season.”

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    Video / Jason Fitz goes one-on-one with Nashville Legacies, as ABC/ESPN bring you an exclusive NFL Draft 2019 All Access Pass.

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  • LUKE BRYAN TO APPEAR ON ABC’S FIRST PRIME TIME COVERAGE EVER OF THE NFL DRAFT ON THE “2019 NFL DRAFT ON ABC.”

    Luke Bryan will join ABC’s first time prime-time coverage of the NFL Draft, live coast-to-coast from Nashville, Tennessee, on “2019 NFL Draft on ABC,” THURSDAY, APRIL 25th (8:00-11:30 p.m., EDT), on The ABC Television Network and via streaming.  The appearance was announced tonight on ABC’s live “American Idol” telecast from Los Angeles.
    “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts and ESPN’s Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and the entire College GameDay Built by The Home Depot eight-time Emmy® Award-winning crew will headline night one of ABC’s coverage of the NFL Draft.
    Bryan will join the GameDay hosts on night one. His NFL Draft appearance will be a reunion for Bryan and College GameDay, as Bryan served as the show’s guest picker during the show’s 2018 season-opening episode on Saturday, Sept. 1.
    “American Idol” mentor Bobby Bones will serve as roving reporter from the streets of Nashville on both nights, sharing the enthusiasm of the city, fans’ passion and provide a behind-the-scenes look of the NFL Draft for viewers at home.  As previously announced, Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback and 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes also will be a special guest with Roberts before round 1 of the NFL Draft kicks off.
    ABC will provide differentiated coverage for Rounds 1-3 in prime time that focuses on the journey of the NFL Draft prospects, as viewers go up close and personal to understand the part their families play in their success and the hard work involved in attempting to become an NFL Draft selection. In addition, ABC broadcasts will center on the energy and excitement of the complete event, as coverage will include celebrity appearances and other nods to the host city of Nashville.
    ABC will simulcast ESPN’s telecast of Rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
    Schedule:
    Thursday, April 25 (8:00-11:30 p.m. EDT): NFL Draft, Round 1 – ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
    Friday, April 26 (7:00-11:30 p.m. EDT): NFL Draft, Rounds 2 and 3 – ABC, ESPN/ESPN2, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
    Saturday, April 27 (12:00-7:00 p.m. EDT): NFL Draft, Rounds 4-7 – ABC (simulcast of ESPN telecast), ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
  • NEWS AND NOTES: Luke, Maddie & Tae, Travis, Clare, Carrie, Vince, Dierks and more

    Luke Bryan is toting some heavy metal. His song “Drunk On You” was certified five-times platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). In addition, the Georgia native’s “Light It Up” and “Most People Are Good” was certified platinum, while his “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” have been certified gold. On the album side, Luke’s What Makes You Country has been certified gold.

    Maddie & Tae, Travis Denning and Clare Dunn are scheduled to perform at the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this weekend (April 12th – 14th).

    Dierks Bentley will release the music video for his new song “Living,” on Friday.

    Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill are among the artists helping the Grand Ole Opry kick off its CMA Fest Week, beginning June 4th and running through June 8th. More artists will be unveiled in the coming weeks at opry.com.

  • LUKE BRYAN AND KEITH URBAN JOIN THE LIST OF PERFORMERS AT THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS.

    Luke Bryan and Keith Urban, along with Blake Shelton and Old Dominion, have been announced as the latest performers for this year’s ACM Awards. A host of presenters have also been announced, and they include Lauren Alaina, Beth Behrs, Clint Black,Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jessie James Decker, Hunter Hayes, Jay Hernandez, Lady AntebellumMidland, Nancy O’Dell, Danica PatrickCarly Pearce, Dennis Quaid, Michael Ray, Cole Swindell and Wilmer Valderrama.

    They join previously announced performers Jason Aldean (ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award honoree), Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Combs (ACM New Male Artist of the Year), Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Khalid, Miranda LambertLANCO (ACM New Group of the Year), Little Big TownAshley McBryde (ACM New Female Artist of the Year), Reba McEntireMaren MorrisThomas RhettChris StapletonGeorge Strait and Carrie Underwood.

    The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 7th at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

  • LUKE BRYAN WILL PERFORM HIS NEW SINGLE, “KNOCKIN’ BOOTS,” ON THIS WEEK’S ACM AWARDS.

    Luke Bryan will perform his new single “Knockin’ Boots” for the first time on television at the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards on April 7th. The twice-named ACM Entertainer of the Year is nominated once again in that category in addition to a Song of the Year nomination for “Most People Are Good.” The ACM Awards will telecast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7th at 8pm PM ET/delayed PT on CBS.

    Last Friday, Luke performed “Knockin’ Boots” acoustically for his fans online. Watch it HERE

    “Knockin’ Boots” was written by Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson and Jon Nite and is available at all digital retailers HERE. “Knockin’ Boots” follows Luke’s recent 22nd career #1 single “What Makes You Country,” the fourth consecutive #1 song from his What Makes You Country album.

    ABC’s American Idol is currently underway as Luke joins Katy Perry and Lionel Richie at the judges table for the second season.  After wrapping Idol in mid-May, Luke will launch his “Sunset Repeat Tour” with special guests Cole Swindell and Jon Langston on May 31. The tour will include Luke’s third trip to Gillette Stadium having performed two shows in July 2016 as part of his “Kill The Lights Tour” and his Foxborough debut in August 2014 in front of a sold out crowd on his “That’s My Kind Of Night Tour.”

    About Luke Bryan
    Luke is a two-time Academy of Country Music and a two-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, a five-time host of the ACM Awards, a NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year and was named a CMT Artist of the Year six consecutive years. Luke has more certified digital singles than any other country artist with 46 million tracks and 12 million albums with four Billion music streams. Luke has placed 22 singles at #1, 12 of which he co-wrote. In each of the last several years, Luke’s headline tours have performed for 1.5 million fans or more and last year headlined the most stadium shows in one year of his career, now totaling 34 stadium concerts to date. Last summer Luke opened Nashville’s only six-floor entertainment facility in the heart of Music City, LUKE’S 32 BRIDGE FOOD + DRINK.

     

    Visit www.LukeBryan.com or follow Luke on Twitter @LukeBryanOnline, Instagram and Facebook

  • ACM AWARDS 2019: Luke Bryan

    Luke Bryan goes into this year’s ACM Awards with a pair of nominations. The two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year is once again nominated for Entertainer, and he’s also up for Single of the Year for his multi-week No. 1 “Most People Are Good.” The Georgia native is very proud of both nominations.

    “I’m very, very proud to be nominated for Entertainer of the Year at the ACMs. That’s always the highlight going out there. If I’m nominated for Entertainer of the Year, it’s such a big deal for me, but to have ‘Most People Are Good” nominated, is so, so special for me for my fans and the songwriters of that song and to have the opportunity to potentially win an ACM Award is such a big deal for me. So excited.”

    Click here for more audio with Luke on his two ACM nominations.

    The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 7th at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

    This spring Luke, who just released his new song “Knockin’ Boots,” continues at the judges table for the second season of ABC’s American Idol and will launch his “Sunset Repeat Tour” on May 31st with special guests Cole Swindell and Jon Langston. The tour will include Luke’s third trip to Gillette Stadium having performed two shows in July 2016 as part of his “Kill The Lights Tour” and his Foxborough debut in August 2014 in front of a sold out crowd on his “That’s My Kind Of Night Tour.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan is very excited to be nominated for two ACM Awards this year.

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    “I’m very, very proud to be nominated for Entertainer of the Year at the ACMs. That’s always the highlight going out there. If I’m nominated for Entertainer of the Year, it’s such a big deal for me, but to have ‘Most People Are Good” nominated, is so, so special for me for my fans and the songwriters of that song and to have the opportunity to potentially win an ACM Award is such a big deal for me. So excited.”

  • LUKE BRYAN RELEASES BRAND NEW SINGLE, “KNOCKIN’ BOOTS.”

    Luke Bryan  released his new song, “Knockin’ Boots,” this morning (March 29th), and the tune has all the makings of a huge summer hit. The four-time Entertainer of the Year, who has two nominations for the upcoming ACM Awards as Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year for “Most People Are Good,” couldn’t wait to record the song, written by Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson and Jon Nite. “Knockin’ Boots” is the first of new music coming from Luke by the end of 2019. “Knockin’ Boots” is available at all digital retailers now and can be found HERE

    “From the moment I heard this song I knew I had to get in the studio and record it,” said Luke. “I just couldn’t get it out of my head.  This may be the fastest turn around I have ever done with a song.”

    Luke teased the song on his socials last night.

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    “Knockin’ Boots” follows Luke’s recent 22nd career #1 single “What Makes You Country,” the fourth consecutive #1 song from his What Makes You Country album.

    The Georgia native said he’s looking forward to playing the song on the road this summer. “This song sets the tone for my new album because it’s a different sounding song for me. The production is really, really sparse, and it really is open, and it breathes and it kinda lets me tell the story about the song,” says Luke. “The main thing about the song is it’s just fun. It’s gonna be so fun to have out for the summer tour.”

    This spring Luke continues at the judges table for the second season of ABC’s American Idol and will launch his “Sunset Repeat Tour” on May 31 with special guests Cole Swindell and Jon Langston. The tour will include Luke’s third trip to Gillette Stadium having performed two shows in July 2016 as part of his “Kill The Lights Tour” and his Foxborough debut in August 2014 in front of a sold out crowd on his “That’s My Kind Of Night Tour.”

    Visit www.LukeBryan.com or follow Luke on Twitter @LukeBryanOnline, Instagram and Facebook

     

    Audio / Luke Bryan explains what his new single, “Knockin’ Boots,” is all about – fun.

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    Luke Bryan (Knockin’ Boots) 1 OC: …significant other. :10
    “‘Knockin’ Boots’ is about dancing, fun, it feels country and it’s also about, hey, lovin’ on your significant other.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan says “Knockin’ Boots” is a different sounding tune for him and will be a big addition to his live show this summer.

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    Luke Bryan (Knockin’ Boots) 2 OC: …new album. :28
    “This song sets the tone for my new album because it’s a different sounding song for me. The production is really, really sparse, and it really is open, and it breathes and it kinda lets me tell the story about the song. The main thing about the song is it’s just fun. It’s gonna be so fun to have out for the summer tour, and certainly to be the first single off the new album, it sets the tone for the album of ‘We’re gonna have some fun on the new album.’”

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  • LUKE BRYAN ADDS GILLETTE STADIUM DATE TO HIS SUNSET REPEAT TOUR.

    Four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan announced today (March 1st) he is adding a stop on his Sunset Repeat Tour” to visit New England country music fans with a show at Gillette Stadium on June 21st, 2019. The concert will include special guests multi-platinum singer/songwriter Cole Swindell, 2018 Academy of Country Music New Male Vocalist of the Year Brett Young and EMI/32 Bridge Entertainment recording artist Jon LangstonDJ Rock will also appear.
    The June 21st show will be the third trip to Gillette Stadium for Luke, as the country music star performed two shows in July 2016 as part of his “Kill The Lights Tour” and made his Foxborough debut in August 2014 in front of a sold out crowd on his “That’s My Kind Of Night Tour.”
    Tickets to the June 21st show will go on sale to the public Friday, March 8th, at 10am at www.ticketmaster.com.
    Citi is the official presale credit card of Luke Bryan’s “Sunset Repeat Tour at Gillette Stadium.” As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Monday, March 4th at 10am local time until Thursday, March 7th at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass Program­­­­­­­­. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.
    In each of the last several years, Luke’s headline tours have performed for 1.5 million fans or more. In 2018, the Georgia native played the most stadium dates in one year and has played 34 career stadium concerts to date.
    Click HERE for Luke’s “Sunset Repeat Tour” playlist.
  • LUKE BRYAN, ALONG WITH HIS AMERICAN IDOL JUDGES, SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA.

    Luke Bryan was joined by his fellow American Idol judges Lionel Richie and Katy Perry when they appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday (February 27th). They discussed what fans can expect and more from the new season of the hit competition show.

     

    Luke, Katy and Lionel played “Name That Judge Jam” on GMA. Check it out below.

    You can also catch the three of them on ABC’s Nightline on Thursday (February 28th), followed by appearances on Live With Kelly & Ryan on Friday (March 1st) and The View on Monday (March 4th).

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Kacey, Luke, Adam, Brothers O, Lauren

    Kacey Musgraves paid tribute to Selena at the Houston Rodeo on Monday (February 25th), singing “Como La Flor,” the last song the Queen of Tejano Music performed at her last show—the Houston Rodeo — almost exactly 24 years after Quintanilla-Pérez performed her last concert at the venue on February 26, 1995.

     

    Luke Bryan will join his fellow American Idol judges on ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday (February 27th) and will follow that up with an appearance on Nightline on Thursday (February 28th) and Live with Kelly & Ryan on Friday (March 1st). They’ll stop by The View on Monday (March 4th). The new season of Idol premieres Sunday (March 3rd) at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Adam Hambrick will hit the road with Brett Young next month. The trek kicks off in Denver, Colorado on March 14th.

     

    Lauren Alaina has been tapped as the only country artist as part of the new Pandora Stories, which allows artists of various mediums — musicians, actors, athletes, authors and more — a different way to connect with fans. John Legend, Daddy Yankee and Perry Farrell are also participating.

    Brothers Osborne’s John Osborne will be featured on the cover of the April issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine.