• NEWS AND NOTES: Darius, Luke, Lady A, Sam, Vince and more.

    Darius Rucker will once again take on Big Band tunes in a one-night show at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Tuesday (February 17th). The concert benefits the MUSC Children’s Hospital Fund, a non-profit organization that helps provide the best possible healthcare experience for MUSC’s youngest patients and their families.

    Luke Bryan enjoyed his time as Grand Marshal of the Endymion parade and headlined the huge post-parade Extravaganza at the Superdome several hours later. Pals Willie and Korie Robertson (Duck Dynasty) joined Luke and his wife Caroline for some of the festivities.

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    Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley won a closest-to-the-pin contest and assured a victory for Team Clint Eastwood during the 3M Celebrity Challenge at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last week in Pebble Beach, California. Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney and Clay Walker also played in the tournament.

    Sam Hunt shot the video for his latest hit, “Take Your Time,” last week in Nashville.

    Vince Gill and his lovely wife Amy Grant will return to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for eight Christmas shows this year beginning December 2nd. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster.

  • VALENTINE’S DAY: AJ, Billy, Canaan, Darius, David, Dierks, Josh, Keith, LBT, 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, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.

    141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion. (This total excludes packaged kids valentines for classroom exchanges.) (Source: Hallmark research)

    2.2 million marriages take place in the United States annually, which breaks down to more than 6,000 a day.

    Saturday is Valentine’s Day (February 14th), and we’ve got some thoughts and feelings more about love, romance and marriage from several of your favorite country artists. Some 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 / 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 hitswas 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 / Canaan Smith says he tries to show his wife how special she is every day.

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    Canaan Smith (Valentine’s Day) OC: …get lucky. :25
    “I bet I’m just like 99.9% of the rest of the men in the world who could really care less about that holiday. I want my wife to feel special, so I’m gonna take part in it. I’m gonna do my part to make her feel special and loved, but is it necessary? Shouldn’t we do that every day? I mean, it kinda is just another way to get a bunch of money out of us, but oh well. We’ll go see a movie or something. Maybe I’ll get lucky.”

     

    Audio / Darius Rucker knew he would marry his wife, Beth, on their first date.

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    Darius Rucker (wife) OC: …her and country music saved my life. :43

    “I don’t know what it was about her. I mean, it was EVERYTHING about her. I knew, I told her I was going to marry her on our first date, [laughs] yeah. Beth’s a strong woman. It takes a strong woman to be married to a musician, especially a musician who was drinking and partying as hard as I was, and I think life for us is where we are now. It took a long time for us to get to where we are now, and we say to each other all the time, ‘I love us. I love our family. I love us.’ And I thank her every day for staying with me and being the strong woman she is, because with Hootie & the Blowfish, I could be gone for three months and then I’d come home for two days and then I’d be gone again for a month, and she put up with all that crap. You know, her and country music saved my life.”

     

    Audio / David Nail says his songwriting abilities sometimes work against him with his wife, Catherine, especially around Valentine’s Day.

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    David Nail (Valentine’s Day) OC: …line for me. :47
    “Very early on when we first started dating, the fact that I was a songwriter actually worked against me, because anytime I would say anything or write a letter, it was ‘Oh, you’re a songwriter. This just comes natural.’ So, I’ve always had to really watch what I say and how I say it and try to make it sound as genuine and regular Joe as possible. So, I definitely think as a creative person I have that romantic side that most creative people do. Sometimes I can get a little carried away and head into cheesy land a little too far, so I try to keep it as regular as possible. [Valentine’s Day] pretty traditional with us. She’s a big chocolate person, so you obviously can’t go wrong there, and a nice dinner. It’s pretty straight down the line for me.”

     

    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 / 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 hitswas 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 / Dierks Bentley explains how his heart got bigger and his love deepened when he became a father.

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    Dierks Bentley (Valentine’s Day) 2 OC: …could before. :27

    “You get married and that’s a long-term, bigger image of what love can be. Then you have a child, and your heart gets spread so thin and it’s so vulnerable, like it’s a really tough, tough feeling, and it can kill you. It can really be painful at times, and at the same time, it’s so great. But it definitely stretches your heart…and it doesn’t change anything, it just makes your heart, I think it just makes it bigger. I think you just find that you can love more than you ever thought you could before.”

     

    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 says love means being aware of each other even as the newness of the relationship wears off.

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    Keith Urban (Valentine’s Day) OC: …just me or… [laughs] :60

    “I mean for me, I think a lot of it has to do with just staying present, because you know, when we start relationships, we’re so capable of honoring each other at the beginning off a relationship with cards and flowers and chocolates and attention and affection and priority. And then all of that all too many times starts to drift away, and it drifts away because it’s easy at the beginning. It just happens naturally. You’re almost overdoing it sometimes in the beginning. I was listening to the radio, [and] they’re talking about when is a relationship too soon to give Valentine’s gifts? [laughs] If you’ve been dating a guy six days, and it just started before the 14th…[laughs] and some woman said, ‘I was dating this guy three weeks and it was Valentine’s Day, and he gave me an iPad for Valentine’s Day.’ [laughs] That’s a ridiculous gift for Valentine’s Day. Is it just me, or…[laughs]”

     

    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 will be on a float for the Krewe of Endymion Mardi Gras Parade, along with a nighttime performance, for Valentine’s Day, and he’s a bit worried about it. He’s planning on taking his wife Caroline to New Orleans for the holiday.

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    Luke Bryan (Valentine’s Day 2015) OC: …be toast. :43
    “The biggest challenge of that day is obviously being Grand Marshal of the Parade and then, I’ve got to be on the float, like, once you’re on the float, you’re on the float. And then I’m like, ‘Alright, don’t get drunk. Don’t get drunk. Don’t get drunk.’ And I don’t know if there’s any way around that, and then I’ve got to do the show at like 11:30p, so man, we may have a no cell phone clause on that show, a no Youtube (video). See, first of all, I’ve NEVER been to Mardi Gras, and I’m the worst about getting excited about something and then overdoing it. So, yeah, I’ll be toast.”

     

  • VALENTINE’S DAY LINERS: Brothers Osborne, Canaan, Darius, David, Dierks, Church, Paslay, Gary, Strait, Jennifer, Jon, Josh, Kacey, Keith, Kelleigh, Kip, LBT, Luke, Sam

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey, this is T.J., and I’m John, and we’re Brothers Osborne. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey, what’s up guys? I’m Canaan Smith, wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Valentine’s Day)

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    “What’s up y’all? This is Darius Rucker, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER David Nail (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey, this is David Nail, wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey, it’s Dierks Bentley, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”


    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Eric Church, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

     

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hi! This is Eric Paslay, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey, this is Gary Allan, wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER George Strait (Valentine’s Day)

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    “This is George Strait, wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Jennifer Nettles (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Jennifer Nettles, hoping you have a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hi! It’s Jon Pardi, and I hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Josh Turner, and I want to wish you and your sweetheart a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hi, this is Kacey Musgraves, and I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. This is Keith Urban. Make the day special for your ‘Once in a Lifetime’ love.”

    Audio / LINER Kelleigh Bannen (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey y’all, it’s Kelleigh Bannen, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

     

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! What’s happening, everybody? This is Kip Moore. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

     

    Audio / LINER LBT (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! We’re Little Big Town. Happy Valentine’s Day!”

     

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey y’all, it’s Luke Bryan. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

     

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Valentine’s Day) 2

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    “Hey y’all. It’s Luke Bryan. Happy Valentine’s Day. Make sweet love to your other.”

     

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hi! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

     

  • LUKE BRYAN HOLDS STEADY AT NO. 1 FOR A SECOND WEEK IN A ROW.

    Luke Bryan continues his reign at the top of both country charts this week with his latest smash, “I See You.” The song is the sixth No. 1 song from his multi-platinum album, Crash My Party.

    “What an amazing situation to be in to have six No. 1s off an album. When we got to the fourth No. 1, we kinda started talking about, ‘Well, what if we could get five?’ And then the fifth one happened so fast,” says Luke. “I just have been in the situation to where I’m like, ‘Man! I’m glad when singles can go fast, because that adds to the live show. When people come back to see my show this year that they saw last year, I’ll have four more hits to throw at ‘em, and heck, that’s 20 minutes of new music that they’ll have at the live show.’ So, I love that. You do that for a few years, then you’ve got a lot of variety of hits to throw at people for your live show.”

    *Luke is getting ready to hit stores with his latest – and final – Spring Break album, Checkin’ Out, March 10th.
    *Luke is nominated for four ACM Awards this year, including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year (“Drink a Beer”) and Vocal Event of the Year (“This is How We Roll” with Florida Georgia Line).

    Audio / Luke Bryan says with his recent accomplishment – six No. 1 singles from Crash My Party alone -- he always dreamed of having a live show full of hit songs.

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    Luke Bryan (having 6 #1s from CMP) OC: …that position. 1:10
    “What an amazing situation to be in to have six No. 1s off an album. When we got to the fourth No. 1, we kinda started talking about, ‘Well, what if we could get five?’ And then the fifth one happened so fast. That’s been the most amazing thing about my career on this album is, I just have been in the situation to where I’m like, ‘Man! I’m glad when singles can go fast, because that adds to the live show. When people come back to see my show this year that they saw last year, I’ll have four more hits to throw at ‘em, and heck, that’s 20 minutes of new music that they’ll have at the live show.’ So, I love that. You do that for a few years, then you’ve got a lot of variety of hits to throw at people for your live show. I mean, I remember, ‘Gol, what will life be like when I can do a show full of hits?’ I remember being a kid going to country concerts and every song was a hit from Alan Jackson.I’d be like, ‘Wow! This is awesome. This is awesome. He’s playing hits.’ So, it’s neat to be in that position.”

     

  • LUKE BRYAN IS SET TO RELEASE HIS FINAL SPRING BREAK ALBUM, CHECKIN’ OUT, MARCH 10TH.

    NASHVILLE, TN – (February 4, 2015)  – The 50th ACM Awards Show co-host and reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan will release his final Spring Break album, Spring Break…Checkin’ Out on March 10.  
    “My fans have been so wonderful to embrace these special spring break albums over the last seven years,” shared Luke.  “We’ve created a lot of amazing memories writing these songs and performing them at the beach shows in Florida.  Those concerts are among the most enjoyable of my career!” 
    Spring Break…Checkin’ Out will be available in record stores as well as digitally and will contain five *new, original songs all co-written by Luke plus all six songs from last year’s EP.  Pre-order the album at http://umgn.us/LBSBCO .
    Spring Break…Checkin’ Out
    1. My Ol’ Bronco
    2.  Games
    3.  She Get Me High
    4.  Spring Breakdown
    5.  Good Lookin’ Girl
    6.  Checkin’ Out
    7.  You And The Beach
    8.  Night One
    9.   Like We Ain’t Ever
    10. The Sand I Brought To The Beach
    11. Are You Leaving With Him
    Walmart will carry an exclusive deluxe package, Luke Bryan Spring Break…The Set List: THE COMPLETE SPRING BREAK COLLECTION ZinePak, which will include a two-disk set with all 25 songs plus a 48-page magazine with exclusive interviews and photos from each of the previous spring break releases including the five new songs from this year. This limited-edition commemorative collectible is available only at Walmart and Walmart.com while supplies last.
    Luke’s collection of all six previous Spring Break releases combined have over 1.1 million sales to date.
    Luke will play two free concerts at Spinnaker Beach Club in Panama City, Florida on March 11 and 12.  Over 230,000 fans came out for last year’s shows.    
    Last week, Luke received four nominations for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist, Song of the Year for “Drink A Beer” and Vocal Event for “This Is How We Roll” with Florida Georgia Line.  Luke will co-host the 50th ACM Awards for the third consecutive year with Blake Shelton on April 19 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on the CBS Television Network.
    Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke Bryan has placed 12 singles at No. 1 and sold nearly 7 million albums with 27 million digital tracks from his four studio albums and has been named Entertainer of the Year for both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.  Luke achieved the best touring year of his career in 2014 with 1.7 million fans attending his concerts.  In 2015, he will play his first-ever shows in Europe, release his final Spring Break album on March 10, be honored with a summer exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and will embark on a new tour in May, “Kick The Dust Up Tour.”
    Visit www.LukeBryan.com or follow Luke on Twitter @LukeBryanOnlineInstagram and Facebook.

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about doing just one last Spring Break album.

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    Luke Bryan (Spring Break 7) OC: …stuff like that. :50
    “We had thought last year was probably gonna be the last year, but when we got down to [Panama City] and there was like 200,000 people going crazy on the beach, and then we realized if we do one more EP and then put ‘em together, we can do one more physical album. So, we started planning it kinda realized that this would be the last year, and I have been jokingly saying that it has been pretty nice to continue Spring Break well into my ‘30s. I feel like I’ve done a lot better than my other buddies, because they certainly haven’t been going to Spring Break and partying with a bunch of college kids. But, it’s been fun. It’s been amazing to be able to go down there and do the Spring Break shows every year and get inspiration for new songs and new tours and tour ideas and stuff like that.”



    Audio / Luke Bryan says his Spring Break shows have always been a highlight each year.

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    Luke Bryan (Spring Break 7) 2 OC: …endeavors. :24
    “Historically, if you go back, it’s always been one of the highlights of my year going down and doing the show, just ‘cause it’s hard to turn down that much fun. It gives me a sadness to have to let it go, but we feel it’s time and I’ve got some fun stuff in order music-wise that will turn into other fun endeavors.”



  • LUKE BRYAN IS NO. 1 WITH LATEST SINGLE.

    Luke Bryan climbs to the top of both country charts this week with his latest smash, “I See You.” The song is the sixth No. 1 song from his multi-platinum album, Crash My Party.

    Luke is excited to get out there and play his latest hit for his fans. “‘I See You,’ for me, I felt like I wanted to play it live. I just loved the intensity of how edgy the song is. I had never went that far with almost kind of a rock feel, and I just felt like it was a hit, and I just really wanted to get it in the hands of my fans.

    Luke is getting ready to hit stores with his latest – and final – Spring Break album, Checkin’ Out March 10th.

    Audio / Luke Bryan wants to see how his latest No. 1 single, “I See You,” does on the road.

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    Luke Bryan (I See You) OC: …the road. :22
    “‘I See You,’ for me, I felt like I wanted to play it live. I just loved the intensity of how edgy the song is. I had never went that far with almost kind of a rock feel, and I just felt like it was a hit, and I just really wanted to get it in the hands of my fans. And now I’m excited to see how it does on the road.”

     

  • ACM AWARDS NOMINATIONS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED.

    The nominations for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards have been announced, via its social media outlets.
    The awards show will take place April 19th at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan return to co-host the event.

    Entertainer of the Year
    Jason Aldean
    Garth Brooks
    Luke Bryan
    Miranda Lambert
    Florida Georgia Line

    Male Vocalist of the Year
    Jason Aldean
    Dierks Bentley
    Luke Bryan
    Eric Church
    Brad Paisley
    Blake Shelton

    Female Vocalist of the Year
    Brandy Clark
    Miranda Lambert
    Martina McBride
    Kacey Musgraves
    Carrie Underwood

    Group of the Year
    Lady Antebellum
    Little Big Town
    Rascal Flatts
    The Band Perry
    Zac Brown Band

    Album of the Year

    Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason Aldean
    Producer: Michael Knox
    Record Label: Broken Bow Records

    Pain Killer, Little Big Town
    Producer: Jay Joyce
    Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

    Platinum, Miranda Lambert
    Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
    Record Label: RCA Nashville

    Riser, Dierks Bentley
    Producers: Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston
    Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

    The Outsiders, Eric Church
    Producer: Jay Joyce
    Record Label: EMI Records Nashville

    Vocal Duo of the Year
    Brothers Osborne
    Florida Georgia Line
    Dan + Shay
    Maddie & Tae
    The Swon Brothers

    New Artist of the Year (currently open for fan voting)
    Brett Eldredge
    Tyler Farr
    Sam Hunt
    Kip Moore

    Thomas Rhett
    Chase Rice
    Cole Swindell
    Dan + Shay

    Single Record of the Year (awarded to artist/producers/record company)

    “American Kids” Kenny Chesney
    “Automatic” Miranda Lambert
    “Dirt” Florida Georgia Line
    “Drunk On A Plane” Dierks Bentley
    “I Don’t Dance” Lee Brice

    Vocal Event of the Year
    Lonely Tonight – Blake Shelton Featuring Ashley Monroe, Producer: Scott Hendricks, Record Label: Warner Bros. Records
    Meanwhile Back At Mama’s – Tim McGraw Featuring Faith Hill,  Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw, Record Label: Big Machine Records
    Somethin’ Bad – Miranda Lambert Duet With Carrie Underwood, Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, Record Label: RCA Nashville
    The South – The Cadillac Three Featuring Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley & Mike Eli, Producers: Dann Huff, Justin Niebank, Record Label: Big Machine Records
    This Is How We Roll – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Luke Bryan

    Video of the Year
    American Kids – Kenny Chesney. Director: Shaun Silva, Producer: Don Lepore
    Cop Car – Keith Urban, Director: John Urbano, Producer: Michelle Abnet
    Drunk On A Plane – Dierks Bentley, Director: Wes Edwards, Producer: Clarke Gallivan
    I’m Not Gonna Miss You – Glen Campbell, Director: James Keach, Producer: Julian Raymond
    Somethin’ Bad – Miranda Lambert Duet With Carrie Underwood, Director: Trey Fanjoy, Producer: Trent Hardville

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet talks about his hopes for Pain Killer.

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    LBT (hopes for Pain Killer) 2 OC: …test of time. :24
    PHILLIP: “Winning awards and having success, commercial success with Tornado, I think, gave us a bigger platform, and for me, I hope that platform – I’m really proud that we made Painkiller, because it’s the best thing we’ve ever done and that we have a platform to share it on is amazing. So, I think we wanted to step up to the challenge and know there’s a great platform here, what are we going to put on it? And we wanted something to stand the test of time.”

     

    Audio / Kacey Musgraves is passionate about her song, “Follow Your Arrow.”

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    Kacey Musgraves (Follow Your Arrow) 2 OC: …accepting other people. :43
    “I get like fired up when I talk about this song, because it’s so fun to play and it’s always interesting. I’m always wary whenever I play it a little bit because it does push some buttons, but people young and old seem to get a kick out of it and just appreciate that fact that like I’m showing love to people who don’t usually get that in our genre. And, too, it’s just funny because no matter what side of the coin you’re on, gay, straight, left, right, black, white, anything, I mean there’s always going to be an opposing opinion so it doesn’t matter. Like society is going to have an opinion either way. You’re never going to make society happy completely. I mean if you’re too fat, then you need to lose weight, but if you lose too much weight, then oh, she’s on crack. It’s just about being who are and accepting other people.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley says his ACM-nominated album Riser is a snapshot of his life at the moment.

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    Dierks Bentley (Riser snapshot) OC: …decided for me. :45
    “I think every record I’ve made has always been a little bit of a Polaroid snapshot of where I was at that place and time when I made it. This particular album just has a lot of scenery in the picture. I mean there’s a lot that’s gone on in the last two years, more so than any other time in my life. You look at some of the bookends of the making of this record – my Dad passing away at the start of the process and then my son Knox being born at the end of the process. It was unexpected…when I made this record I just wanted to have the best songs. I wasn’t sure what they were going to be about, but I wanted them to be the best. I wanted to write my best songs, I wanted to write a lot of songs. I wanted to listen to a lot of outside songs and find the best songs that I could for whatever I was going to write about, but I wasn’t sure what it was gonna be, and then life came along and decided for me.”

    Audio / Eric Church says the story of his ACM-nominated “Give Me Back My Hometown,’ appeals to him as a songwriter.

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    Eric Church (Give Me Back My Hometown) OC: …songwriter. :41
    “I love that it’s about ‘Give Me Back My Hometown,’ but it’s about a guy that’s still in his hometown. He’s in the most familiar place, the place he knows better than anything, but because his female lover left him there, all those places that he knows so well, become so haunting and foreign to him. The loneliness and sadness of it, it’s one of the sadder songs we’ve ever done. To be at the place that you grow up at that is your home, and the person that left you there took that from you, there’s nothing lonelier than that. So, I love that dichotomy of ‘Give Me Back My Hometown,’ when the person’s in it, they’re standing in it, and that appealed to me as a songwriter.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about one of his favorite songs on the album, “Drink a Beer.”

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    Luke Bryan (Drink a Beer) OC: …the album. :50
    “‘Drink a Beer’ is the best way I can describe it is — it’s the coolest sad song I’ve ever heard.  It’s the saddest sad song you’ve ever heard but it’s like it could be played at any really environment and you’re not going to tank the mood. You’re just going to make people reflect and the perfect way you’re going to make them revert back to somebody that they lost, whether it’s their granddad that they used to sit on a boat and drink a beer with. It’s whoever in your life that you’ve lost that you would have shared a beer with, and I think it’s just a perfectly written sad song, and it’s one of those that I’m honored that it found its way to me and I’m honored that it can be on the album.”


  • SUPER BOWL 2015: Canaan, Darius, Dierks, Easton, Keith, Lady A, Little Big Town, Luke, Sam

    This Sunday (February 1st), millions of people around the world will be tuning in to the Super Bowl (the Big Game), including some of your favorite country artists. Some will be rooting for the Seattle Seahawks, while others will be pulling for the New England Patriotsto win the Big Game. Canaan Smith, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Easton Corbin, Kip Moore, Keith Urban, Sam Hunt and Little Big Town are definitely fans of football…Check out all the action at the University of Phoenix stadium on Sunday at 6:30pm ET on NBC.

    A handful of artists will be out in Phoenix for events preceding Sunday’s game.

    Dierks Bentley returns to his home state to perform at the annual Night Before concert, along with Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line. The show takes place January 31st at the US Airways Center.

    Sam Hunt will perform at the first-ever DIRECTV Super Fan Festival in Glendale, Arizona, along with the Zac Brown Band, Thomas Rhett and the Cadillac Three.

    The members of Little Big Town are set to perform at this year’s Taste of the NFL Party With a Purpose Saturday in Scottsdale, Arizona. It’s a strolling wine and food event featuring a chef from each NFL city serving their signature dish, alongside a current or alumni NFL player. All proceeds go to benefit food banks in every NFL city. “It’s a privilege to perform at this year’s Taste of the NFL event and to help raise funds and awareness for hunger relief,” says LBT’s Karen Fairchild. “Working together to support the fight against hunger is something that we are very passionate about. We are excited to help support local food banks and are eager to defeat hunger throughout the U.S.”

    Audio / Canaan Smith always has a good time watching the Super Bowl.

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    Canaan Smith (Super Bowl) OC: …It’s cool. :21
    “Super Bowl’s all about pizza and commercials. You gotta sit down, you gotta drink your beer, get a little buzz. It’s pepperoni and banana peppers for me and my family. We sit down, we have a a good time, we have friends over. We have a nice TV, plenty of space. We have a good time. Usually, when it’s all said and done, we have a little dance party afterwards too. It’s cool.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker is a HUGE football fan, as everyone probably knows by now. He even has a special man cave with probably six or seven (or more) televisions mounted on the wall to catch all of the games being played during the season. He explains why he loves football so much. SIDENOTE: He’s a huge Miami Dolphins fan, and word has it, just to be able to meet then Dolphins quarterback, Dan Marino, he asked him to be in a Hootie & the Blowfish video for “Only Wanna Be With You.”

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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.”

    Audio / Easton Corbin says you can’t go on the bus during football season without a game being on the television.

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    Easton Corbin (football) OC: …that’s on. :07
    “That’s all that’s on the bus on the weekends. That’s it, and we’ve got three TVs on the bus, so that’s all that’s on.”

    Audio / Keith Urban says his wife, Nicole Kidman, got him interested in football.

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    Keith (Nicole and football) OC: …new to me. :04

    “She’s a big NFL fan, and she sort of turned me on to it.”

     

    Audio / The members of Lady Antebellum reveal their favorite tailgate foods, just in time for the Big Game.

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    Lady A (tailgate food) OC: (Charles) …football watching. :21
    HILLARY: “Honestly, chips and salsa, salsa or cheese dip or something. That’s like what I always go for. I could eat that every meal. No joke.” DAVE: “Best tailgate food is a big ole burger soaked in Dale’s sauce. That’s all you need.” HILLARY: “Or bratwurst. I forgot that. Those are good.” CHARLES: “Cold beer! A couple of little finger foods, but without cold beer, it’s not football watching.”

    Audio / Little Big Town’s beautiful and talented Karen Fairchild was a badass growing up when she was playing quarterback for her powder puff football team.

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    LBT (football story) OC: …my lip. :40
    “I was the quarterback to my powder puff team. I was running the ball and I came around the corner – this was in high school – and a foreign exchange student, I think her name was Inga (KIMBERLY: “Inga.”), and I didn’t want to fumble ‘cause my brother and my dad were there, and I come from this very athletic family, so I held onto the ball. I knew I was going to go down, so I let my head hit first and I bit all the way through, but I didn’t fumble and I had a hole in my face, though. The sad thing is that it was just flag football, but I left my flags on and cleats and everything, ‘cause it looked cool, and I had blood running all down my jersey. I went to the emergency room like that, and they sewed up my lip.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan gives his pick for this year’s Big Game matchup between Seattle and New England. Luke Bryan (Super Bowl food) OC: …over again. :22 “Definitely Super Bowl is like the queso, the Frito Lay scoops with the Ro-tel situation. I guess it’s like, what’s the black-eyed pea stuff too? All of that, just stuff that you can sit there and have lots of sodium, and then just, it’s like Thanksgiving all over again.” Former UAB quarterback Sam Hunt talks about his thoughts on this year’s Super Bowl matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.

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    Luke Bryan (Super Bowl 2015) OC: …love ya! :26
    “My thoughts on the Super Bowl – I am, hmmmm, that’s a toughie. Patriots and Seattle – I’m completely neutral. I’m gonna sit back and enjoy the Super Bowl, kind of lean to the Patriots a little bit, ‘cause I’m East Coast. Seattle’s way out there, but I love Seattle, so don’t take it personally. Love ya!”

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about some of the food he likes to have while watching the Super Bowl.

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    Luke Bryan (Super Bowl food) OC: …over again. :22
    “Definitely Super Bowl is like the queso, the Frito Lay scoops with the Ro-tel situation. I guess it’s like, what’s the black-eyed pea stuff too? All of that, just stuff that you can sit there and have lots of sodium, and then just, it’s like Thanksgiving all over again.”

    Audio / Sam Hunt, a former UAB quarterback, talks about his thoughts on this year’s Super Bowl matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.

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    Sam Hunt (Super Bowl 2015) OC: …pick a team. :46
    “I don’t have a die-hard team, but when it comes to playoff time, Super Bowl time, I definitely come in and get caught up in that whole world. I was pulling for (Green Bay Packers Quarterback) Aaron Rodgers, and especially after he hurt his leg, I thought it would be really cool for him overcome that. So close. He’s such a phenomenal quarterback. He did a really great job. But all of the quarterbacks at this point are gonna be at the top of their game, and it’s hard not to be a fan of any of them – anybody who’s that talented at that level at anything. I was pulling for Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay, but now that the Super Bowl’s here, I don’t know. I’m gonna have to kind of educate myself on the seasons that each one of them has had, see who I feel like deserves it most and pick a team.”



  • LUKE BRYAN LOOKS AHEAD TO THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS NOMINATIONS.

    The nominations for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards will be revealed on Tuesday (January 27th), and one artist who hopes his name will be among those called is the 2013 ACM Entertainer of the Year,Luke Bryan.

    “When the nominations come out, they’re always something you’re very excited about. I mean, it’s a huge awards show [with] a lot of implications,” says Luke. “The ACMs have been amazing to me in getting me here and showcasing who I am as an artist. So, I’ll be biting my nails and see what happens.”

    The 50th Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live – for the first time — from the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas April 19th at 8pm ET on CBS. Luke and Blake Shelton return as co-hosts.

    Luke’s latest single, “I See You,” is sitting inside the Top 3 on the country charts.

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about ACM nominations day, which is coming up on Tuesday (January 27th) this year.

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    Luke Bryan (pre ACM nominations 2015) OC: …to saying. :37
    “When the nominations come out, they’re always something you’re very excited about. I mean, it’s a huge awards show and a lot of implications…the ACMs have been amazing to me in getting me here and showcasing who I am as an artist. So, I’ll be biting my nails and see what happens, and it’s an amazing night and an amazing day to hear what you’re nominated for, and you never know. You never know what’s gonna get in and what’s not. I’m truly just honored to be in the game, and to be a former ACM Entertainer of the Year is still something I can’t even get used to saying.”

     

     

     

  • LUKE BRYAN ANNOUNCES THE ‘KICK THE DUST UP TOUR,’ STADIUM DATES, HALL OF FAME EXHIBIT AND HIS SEVENTH AND FINAL SPRING BREAK ALBUM.

    Nashville – (January 21, 2015) – The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and co-host of the 50th ACM Awards Luke Bryan announced his plans for 2015 during a press conference hosted this morning in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.  The press conference was streamed live at www.lukebryanlive.comand can still be viewed online.

    Luke will launch a new tour, “Kick The Dust Up Tour,” on May 8 in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  Last year Luke played before 1.7 million fans and due to the highly successful “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” and it’s all sell-out run including four stadium dates, this year’s tour will include seven stadium concerts- June 6 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver; June 20 at TFC Bank Stadium in St. Paul; Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville on July 11; Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium on July 18; Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco on August 29; the FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on September 5; and wrapping the tour at Ford Field in Detroit on October 30.  Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch will open the “Kick The Dust Up Tour” and Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett will be added as special guests on all the stadium shows.

    Fans can purchase tickets beginning Jan. 30 for select cities as part of Live Nation’s Country Megaticket at www.Megaticket.com and can check www.lukebryanlive.com for opportunities to enter to win fly away promotions to the stadium shows or further information about additional on sales.  Live Nation is the national tour promoter for the “Kick The Dust Up Tour” and Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is a sponsor.  Cabela’s CLUB Visa Members will have access to presale tickets and preferred seats in select markets. Complete details are available at www.cabelas.com/lukebryan. Citi is the official credit card of Luke Bryan’s “Kick The Dust Up Tour.  Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass Program beginning today. For complete presale details visitwww.citiprivatepass.com.

    • Luke will release his seventh Spring Break album on March 10, “Spring Break…Checkin’ Out.”  This will be the final project of Luke’s Spring Break series and it will be available in stores as well as digitally.  The collection of Spring Break releases combined have over 1.1 million sales to date.  Luke will return to Panama City Beach for two free shows on March 11 & 12 at Spinnaker Beach Club where last year’s concerts brought in a combined 230,000 fans.
    • This May, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil a new exhibit highlighting special treasures from Luke’s career giving fans an inside look to one of country music’s hottest entertainers.  The exhibit will run through November 2015.
    • During February and March, Luke will head overseas for his first international performances in the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Sweden and Norway, including four C2C: Country to Country shows.

    2015 International Shows:

    2-28        Stockholm, Sweden              C2C: Country to Country at Ericsson Globe

    3-1          Oslo, Norway                        C2C: Country to Country at Spektrum

    3-3          Glasgow, UK                        Clyde Auditorium

    3-4          Munich, Germany                 Theaterfabrik

    3-6          Berlin, Germany                    C-Club

    3-7          London, UK                           C2C: Country to Country at O2 Arena

    3-8          Dublin, Ireland                       C2C: Country to Country at Dublin Arena

     

    2015 “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” remaining shows:

    2-10        Grand Rapids, MI               Van Andel Arena

    2-11        Evansville, IN                       Ford Center

    2-12        Louisville, KY                       KFC Yum! Center

    2-18        Estero, FL                              Germain Arena

    2-19        Orlando, FL                          Amway Center

    2-21        Orlando, FL                          Amway Center

    5-1          Hamilton, ON                       FirstOntario Centre

    5-2          Ottawa, ON                           Canadian Tire Centre

    5-3          London, ON                          Budweiser Gardens

    5-6          Winnipeg, MB                      MTS Centre

    5-7          Winnipeg, MB                      MTS Centre

     

    2015 “Kick The Dust Up Tour”:

    1-23-26  *Cancun, Mexico                  Crash My Playa                  

    2-14        *New Orleans, LA               Endymion Extravaganza/Mardi Gras Parade

    3-22        *Houston, TX                       Houston Rodeo

    4-12        *Florence, AZ                      Country Thunder USA

    5-8          Grand Forks, ND                  Alerus Center

    5-9          Sioux Falls, SD                     Denny Sanford Premier Center

    5-14        Boise, ID                               Taco Bell Pavilion

    5-15        Spokane, WA                       Spokane Arena

    5-16        Tacoma, WA                        Tacoma Dome

    6-4          Albuquerque, NM                Isleta Amphitheater

    6-6          Denver, CO                          Sports Authority Field at Mile High

    6-18        Tulsa, OK                              BOK Center

    6-19        Bonner Springs, KS             Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

    6-20        St Paul, MN                          TFC Bank Stadium

    6-25        Virginia Beach, VA             Farm Bureau Live

    6-26        Washington, DC                  Jiffy Lube Live

    6-27        Washington, DC                  Jiffy Lube Live

    6-28        *New York, NY                     FarmBorough Festival

    7-9          *Durant, OK                         Choctaw Events Center

    7-11        Nashville, TN                      Vanderbilt Stadium

    7-16        St. Louis, MO                       Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

    7-17        St. Louis, MO                       Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

    7-18        Cincinnati, OH                    Paul Brown Stadium

    7-24        Indianapolis, IN                   Klipsch Music Center

    7-25        Indianapolis, IN                   Klipsch Music Center

    7-26        *Twin Lakes, WI                  Country Thunder Festival

    7-30        Scranton, PA                        The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

    7-31        Pittsburgh, PA                       First Niagara Pavilion

    8-1          Pittsburgh, PA                       First Niagara Pavilion

    8-15        *Brownsville, OR                 Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival

    8-21        Atlanta, GA                          Philips Arena

    8-22        Atlanta, GA                          Philips Arena

    8-26        Salt Lake City, UT              USANA Amphitheatre

    8-27        Salt Lake City, UT              USANA Amphitheatre

    8-29        San Francisco, CA             Levi’s Stadium

    9-3          Darien Center, NY               Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

    9-4          Darien Center, NY               Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

    9-5          Cleveland, OH                    FirstEnergy Stadium

    9-11        Philadelphia, PA                  Susquehanna Bank Center

    9-12        Philadelphia, PA                  Susquehanna Bank Center

    9-18        Tampa, FL                            MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

    9-19        West Palm Beach, FL         Cruzan Amphitheatre

    9-20        West Palm Beach, FL         Cruzan Amphitheatre

    9-24        Charlotte, NC                       PNC Music Pavilion

    9-25        Raleigh, NC                          Walnut Creek Amphitheatre

    9-26        Raleigh, NC                          Walnut Creek Amphitheatre

    10-15     Sacramento, CA                  Sleep Train Arena

    10-16     San Diego, CA                      Sleep Train Amphitheatre

    10-17     Irvine, CA                             Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

    10-18     Irvine, CA                             Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

    10-22     San Antonio, TX                  Alamodome

    10-23     Dallas, TX                             Gexa Energy Pavilion

    10-24     Dallas, TX                             Gexa Energy Pavilion

    10-28     Chicago, IL                           United Center

    10-29     Chicago, IL                           United Center

    10-30     Detroit, MI                           Ford Field

    *Festival / event dates (not “Kick The Dust Up Tour” date / line up)

    Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke Bryan has placed 11 singles at No. 1 and sold nearly 7 million albums with 27 million digital tracks from his four studio albums and has been named Entertainer of the Year for both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.  Luke’s latest album Crash My Party was 2013’s best-selling country album which sold over two million copies with 8 million digital downloads, is certified Double Platinum, won the Billboard Music Award for “Top Country Album” and contains five consecutive No. 1 hit singles- “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Crash My Party,” “Drink A Beer,” Play It Again” and “Roller Coaster.”  Luke made Billboard chart history last year by reaching the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart with “Play It Again” and “This Is How We Roll” with Florida Georgia Line claiming the No. 2 spot.  Luke became the first artist to ever hold the two top positions since the chart began in 1990.

    Luke Bryan achieved the best touring year of his career in 2014 with 1.7 million fans attending his concerts.  Highlights from his “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” included four sold-out stadium shows where a combined 225,000 people attended; setting an all-time country record for sold tickets at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh and at Soldier Field in Chicago; selling out two shows in New York City’s Madison Square Garden and becoming the first country artist to play Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.  The tour also had sold-out double plays in eleven cities and broke numerous venue attendance records along the way.

    Luke is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and will co-host the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards with Blake Shelton for a third consecutive year on April 19, 2015.

    For up to date information on Luke, the tour and tickets go to www.lukebryan.com or www.livenation.com.

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    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about the title of his 2015 tour -- Kick the Dust Up.

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    Luke Bryan (2015 Tour announcement) OC: …of the tour. :23

    “The new tour, which I think starts in May, will be called Kick the Dust Up [Tour]. “Kick the Dust Up,” I’m not a co-writer on, but we love the title, we love what it says, we know that that song title and song will be on the next album, and we felt it was a good name of the tour.”



    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about his special guests for both the Kick the Dust Up Tour and his stadium dates.

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    Luke Bryan (2015 Tour announcement) 2 OC: …super excited. :34
    “Dustin Lynch and Randy [Houser] will be fixtures throughout the year for all the shows, but when we go into stadium markets – I’m so excited to announce that we will have Florida Georgia Line with us, ah, and we will have Thomas Rhett will be a part of that. We feel that nothing will be a better time than in the summertime rolling into a big stadium and having all of these guys a part of the show, and we’re super excited.”