• NEWS AND NOTES: Vince, Brothers O, Kacey Musgraves

    Vince Gill appears on wife Amy Grant’s new holiday album, Tennessee Christmas. The two pair up for “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The new collection will be available October 21st.

    Brothers Osborne and Kacey Musgraves are set to perform at the annual Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tennessee September 25th. Hall & Oates, Beck, Grace Potter, Lori McKenna, Margo Price and Anderson East, among others, will also perform during the two-day festival.

    Kacey Musgraves and Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon have become friends over the past couple of years. Last year, Kacey (along with Reba and several other folks) attended the opening of Reese’s Draper James store in Nashville, then while on a photo shoot for her fall line on Nashville’s Broadway, Reese popped in her favorite boot store and picked up a pair of Kacey’s Lucchese “Golden Arrow” boots. Just this week, Reese missed Kacey’s performance at The Greek Theatre in L.A., but sent along a note and a bottle of pink champagne.

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Vince, Kip, David, Clare, Keith, Eric, Easton

    Vince Gill performed “Go Rest High on That Mountain” during a memorial service for golfer Arnold Palmer in Latrobe, Pennsylvania on Tuesday (October 4th). He called him his “favorite person he’d ever met.”

    Kip Moore and his bass player and bandmember Manny Medina co-wrote the song, “Drive,” that appears on popular British duo The Shires’ album, The Universe, which was released last week. The foursome wrote the song at last year’s C2C Festival.

    The inaugural Beach Town Music Festival in Vero Beach, Florida has been postponed due to Hurricane Matthew. The festival, which was scheduled for Friday (October 7th) and Saturday (October 8th), featured performances by David Nail, Clare Dunn and headliner Jake Owen.

    Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Eric Paslay and Easton Corbin are scheduled to play Country 500 festival at Dayton International Speedway over Memorial Day Weekend (May 26th – 28th, 2017).

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Vince, Kacey, Chris, Darius, Lady A, Brothers O

    Vince Gill, Kacey Musgraves and Chris Stapleton shared the same stage in a songwriters’ round with James Taylor and Joe Walsh Tuesday night (September 27th) for the Country Music Hall of Fame’s All For the Hall Los Angeles benefit.

    Since Darius Rucker performs a lot of shows, he doesn’t get to see a lot during his downtime. However, he made an exception the other night to catch the Violent Femmes.

    The  members of Lady Antebellum are currently in Los Angeles, staying in the same house and writing songs for their upcoming project.

     

    Brothers Osborne‘s “Stay a Little Longer” helped The Voice contestant Josh Gallagher get picked by Blake Shelton.

    Speaking of TJ and John Osborne, the two have recorded a video urging folks to register to vote. Check it out below.

    Video / Brothers Osborne urge people to vote by holding their breath.

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Dierks, Vince, Luke, Chris, Lauren

    Don’t forget to tune into ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday (August 31st) to watch Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley and Cam announce some of the nominees for this year’s CMA Awards.

    Luke Bryan and Zac Brown Band have been announced as headliners for next year’s We Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The three-day event, which will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2017, will take place August 3rd – 5th.

    Vince Gill, along with Patty LovelessCharlie Worsham and The Time Jumpers are set to perform a free show at Nashville’s Walk of Fame Park September 25th, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the CMA Awards.

    Luke Bryan was just added to the list of artists performing at Charlie DanielsVolunteer Jam. The event, to celebrate Charlie’s 80th birthday, will feature additional performances by Chris Stapleton, Kid Rock, Travis Tritt and Larry the Cable Guy and will take place November 30th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

    Lauren Alaina will perform her hit single, “Road Less Traveled,” on NBC’s Today Show September 8th.

  • VINCE GILL CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY AS A MEMBER OF THE GRAND OLE OPRY.

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    Multi-Grammy award winner and MCA Records Nashville recording artist Vince Gill celebrated his milestone 25thAnniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry® with two memorable shows ‪Saturday night, claiming “This is a pretty sweet night.” Gill, one of the Opry’s most beloved and frequent players, was inducted as an Opry member on August 10, 1991.

    Gill celebrated the special night he claimed was “the best night ever” doing what he loves most- performing, collaborating and sharing the stage with family and close friends including Amy GrantRodney CrowellPatty LovelessThe Time JumpersAshley MonroeAndrea ZonnBill Anderson, Jenny Gill, Paul Franklin, and Charlie Worsham. After opening the night with his classic hit “One More Last Chance,” an emotional Gill welcomed everyone saying, “This evening is filled with people I hold more than dear. They have made my entire life.” 

Gill and friends had so much fun reminiscing and playing music that the first show ran almost an hour over its two-hour schedule, treating the audience to almost three hours of music. “Sorry we made you late,” Gill said to a packed audience at the top of the night’s second show. “We were having a blast in here.” The fun included both Amy Grant and Rodney Crowell joining in the Saturday night tradition of dancing with the Opry Square Dancers.

    Throughout the night, Gill’s friends and family told stories and reminisced. Daughter Jenny Gill told the audience of the time when she was in first grade and her dad finally got the call he had been waiting for– the Grand Ole Opry calling to invite him to make his Opry debut. However, he had to decline the long-awaited opportunity, saying he was already booked. He had promised Jenny he would accompany her on guitar on “You Are My Sunshine” for her school’s talent show. She remarked, “It’s a great thing they called him back, don’t you think?”

    Longtime friend Patty Loveless said before the two performed Gill’s iconic classics “When I Call Your Name,” and “Go Rest High On That Mountain,” “It’s always been an honor to sing with Vince Gill.”

    “Vince has truly become family to all of us at the Opry,” said Pete Fisher, Vice President and General Manager, Opry. “Like Mr. Acuff before him, his dressing room door is always open, and he’s often ready to pick one backstage and catch up with friends in the wings as well as to collaborate with them musically on the Opry stage.”

    “It is obvious in watching clips from Vince’s Opry induction 25 years ago that Opry patriarch Roy Acuff was a big Vince Gill fan and that he was hoping Vince would help carry on the magic of the Opry for future generations,” added Fisher. “Though Roy died the next year, there is no doubt he would be proud tonight of all that Vince has accomplished and everything he has meant to Mr. Roy’s beloved show.”

    About Vince Gill:
    Combining unequaled musicianship and creativity with a strong sense of tradition — and a personality that has won him a reputation as one of the nicest people in country music — Vince Gill is one of the most honored artists in the music’s history, and one of the youngest to earn membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

    A talented guitar picker by the time he was in his teens, Vince began his career playing with bluegrass bands — first in his native Oklahoma, then in Kentucky with the Bluegrass Alliance and, briefly, Ricky Skaggs’ Boone Creek. Moving to Los Angeles, he signed on with fiddler Byron Berline’s Sundance before joining the pop-country-rock Pure Prairie League. He followed that with a stint in the Cherry Bombs with Rodney Crowell and work backing Rosanne Cash. In 1984, he moved to Nashville and signed his first recording contract as a solo artist, occupying himself with work as a sideman in studios and onstage.

    Though several of his songs flirted with Top 10 status, Vince’s real breakthrough came in 1990 when “When I Call Your Name” reached No. 2. For the next decade, he was a steady presence in the Top 10, racking up several dozen hits that ranged from soulful country ballads (“I Still Believe in You,” “Tryin’ to Get Over You”) to feel-good country rockers (“Liza Jane” and “What the Cowgirls Do”).

    Rewarded by his peers with a long list of Country Music Association awards and Grammy trophies (the most for a male country artist), he’s sold more than 26 million albums while being hailed as a soulful singer, innovative instrumentalist, and creative force who showed a strong grasp of country traditions from bluegrass to honky tonk.
    In more recent years, Vince has settled into a unique role as one of country music’s youngest “elder statesmen.” An eloquent spokesman for the Grand Ole Opry and for the Country Music Foundation, he has headed all-star casts at prestigious venues around the country, hosted the CMA Awards for multiple years, made guest appearances onstage and on recordings with artists ranging from the world-famous to the obscure, and toured extensively.
 Vince is also a member of the 4-time Grammy-nominated band, The Time Jumpers.

    Vince’s current album on MCA Records is Down To My Last Habit and on September 9, The Time Jumpers will release their third album, Kid Sister.

    About the Grand Ole Opry
    : The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®.  Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with ‪Tuesday Night Opry shows ‪through December 13 and Wednesday shows through August 10.  To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn.  Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP).  For more information, visit opry.com.

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    Photo By: Chris Hollo
  • NEWS AND NOTES: Billy, Easton, Canaan, Vince, Darius

    Billy Currington, Easton Corbin and Canaan Smith, along with Cole Swindell, Michael Ray and Maddie & Tae helped raise more than $250,000 during a concert last week for the One Orlando Fund to help victims and their families of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.

    Vince GillRicky Skaggs and Patty Loveless performed “Go Rest High on That Mountain” during Ralph Stanley’s funeral in McClure, Virginia on Tuesday (June 28th).

    Darius Rucker has earned himself another accolade – he’s getting his own Madame Tussaud wax figure. He tweeted a photo on Wednesday as he was “getting fitted.” Can’t wait to see the final product!

    Easton Corbin is featured in a new initiative with Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts, giving access to mash-ups by NE-YO, DNCE and Keke Palmer, inspired by Pop-Tarts’ new mash-ups with soda flavors – Frosted Crush Orange and Frosted A&W Root Beer. Fans can download the Smule app and record their own mash-ups (or “duets”) with the four artists. Easton and Keke did a version of the country singer’s hit “Baby, Be My Love Song,” as well as Keke’s “Enemiez.”

     

  • VINCE GILL CELEBRATES 25TH YEAR AS AN OPRY MEMBER WITH A LIMITED EDITION VINYL OF HIS LATEST ALBUM.

    Vince Gill  is celebrating his 25TH year as a member of the Grand Ole Opry with the release of a Limited Edition Vinyl version of his latest album, Down To My Last Bad Habit.

    Fans can pre-order autographed copies of the historic package—which includes a stylish T-Shirt illustrated with a photo of one of Vince’s favorite guitars—by going to http://goo.gl/vmqL6N.  Orders will arrive on or around July 15.  After that date, only the album will be available at retail that carries vinyl.

    The vinyl edition, which contains all the songs found on the original CD, features a brand new cover designed by Hatch Show Print, the legendary printer of show business posters that is now a part of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

    “No one appreciates the virtues of digital recording more than I do,” Vince says.  “But there’s something magical about the sound and feel of vinyl that a whole new generation is discovering. It’s something that’s yours, something you can share with friends.  Listening to those well-worn vinyl albums in my family’s collection—and reading all that wonderful ‘insider’ information on the back—inspired me in ways that nothing else could.”

    When it was released in February, Down To My Last Bad Habit sent reviewers scrambling for superlatives.  “Soulful yet sophisticated, emotionally raw yet gleaming with studio polish,” said USA Today. Rolling Stone praised Vince’s “exquisite guitar work and soulful vulnerability,” while The Boot enthused, “[This is] quite possibly the most perfect project—from a vocal and instrumental perspective—that he has recorded in his career.”

    Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on August 10th, 1991, Vince is also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, as well as a 20-time Grammy winner.

    Gill continues his 2016 with dates in Torrington, CT (July 15); Cohasset, MA (July 16); Hyannis, MA (July 17) and throughout the rest of the year.

  • DAVID NAIL REVEALS THE TRACK LIST FOR HIS UPCOMING ALBUM, FIGHTER.

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    David Nail has officially revealed the track listing as well as album art for his upcoming album, Fighter. Fans were the first to hear the exciting news, via David’s social accounts, regarding his fourth studio album which will be released on July 15th. Fighter features 11 tracks overall including Nail’s current hit single “Night’s On Fire” written by Jonathan Singleton and Deric Ruttan. Nail wrote or co-wrote seven songs for Fighter and teamed up with the same producer from his previous successful albums, Frank Liddell, for the project.

    “I truly believe this album, from top to bottom, is the first time I have been able to tell my story in real-time of where I am right now as an artist, a husband and a father,” said David Nail. “I wrote more songs for this album than I have for any of my other three so it’s already more personal. Fighter speaks to my journey, my life and now to where I am personally and professionally.”

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    is available for pre-order now: http://umgn.us/fighterD2C

    Fighter Track List:

    1.Good At Tonight (TJ Osborne, John Osborne, Troy Verges, Barry Dean)
                *Featuring Brothers Osborne

    2.Night’s On Fire (Jonathan Singleton, Deric Ruttan)

    3.Ease Your Pain (Chris Stapleton, Lee Thomas Miller, Jesse Frasure)

    4.Home (David Nail, Barry Dean, Lori McKenna)
             *Featuring Lori McKenna

    5.Lie With Me (Abe Stoklasa, Marc Beeson)

    6.I Won’t Let You Go (David Nail)
            *Featuring Vince Gill

    7.Fighter (David Nail, Scooter Carusoe, Troy Verges)

    8.Babies (David Nail, Scooter Carusoe, Lee Thomas Miller

    9.Got Me Gone (David Nail, Dave Barnes, Jonathan Singleton)

    10.Champagne Promise (David Nail, Lee Thomas Miller)
           *Featuring Logan Brill

    11.Old Man’s Symphony (David Nail)
            *Featuring Bear Rinehart and Bo Rinehart of NEEDTOBREATHE

     

    Nail recently released Uncovered, an EP featuring four cover tracks such as Adele’s “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” and The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” in response to growing fan demand for new music. Praised as a “must-hear,” Uncovered also includes a remake of “Looking For A Good time” from Nail’s highly-acclaimed debut album I’m About To Come Alive.

    Considered to have one of the most distinctive and powerful voices in country music, the Missouri native’s most recent album, I’m A Fire, received massive acclaim and landed on many BEST OF lists including Rolling Stone Country, NPR, iTunes and Billboard. The album’s first single, “Whatever She’s Got,” was a No.1 certified Platinum hit and was named one of the Top 3 country songs of 2014 by Billboard.

    No stranger to the road, Nail’s own headlining tour I’M A FIRE TOUR was named one of the Must See Concert Tours by Rolling Stone Country. He has toured with Taylor Swift, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Sugarland, Gavin DeGraw, Kenny Chesney and most recently with Darius Rucker’s Southern Style Tour. For all tour dates go to http://www.davidnail.com.

    Follow @DavidNail on Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidnail

    Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidNail

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Chris, Kacey, Vince, David, Church, Lady A, Kip and more

    Don’t forget to catch Keith Urban perform on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (11:35p ET) on Friday (May 6th), the day his new album, Ripcord, is released. Keith will also be profiled on CBS Sunday Morning this Sunday (May 8th).

    Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson are set to headline the 15th Annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, taking place over two consecutive weekends – September 30th – October 2nd and October 7th – 9th – at Austin’s Zilker Park.

    Vince Gill and David Nail are among the artists taking part in the 26th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game during this year’s CMA Music Festival. The players will put on their gloves June 7th at 3pm and play against each other at the new First Tennessee Park in Nashville. Tickets for the game are available at Ticketmaster. More names will be announced in the coming weeks. Proceeds will benefit City of Hope’s mission to eradicate cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

    This year’s Faster Horses Festival will feature performances from Eric Church, Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean on the main stage. The lineup for the second stage includes Kelleigh Bannen, Haley Georgia, Aubrie Sellers, LanCo, Mo Pitney and many others. The festival is taking place July 15th – 17th in Brooklyn, Michigan.

    It seems Kip Moore may have gone back into the studio following his European trek to lay down some cool lyrics and funky beats. Check out his Instagram video below. In the meantime, he’s making his way up the country charts with his latest hit, “Running for You.” Kip is set to go on the road on Miranda Lambert’s Keeper of the Flame 2016 Tour, along with Brothers Osborne, in just a couple of weeks.

    Video / Kip Instagram video in the studio

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  • KEITH URBAN AND VINCE GILL ARE READY FOR THE SIXTH ANNUAL ALL FOR THE HALL EVENT.

    Keith Urban is ready for the sixth annual All for the Hall benefit concert, along with co-headliner Vince Gill. The theme for the event, which takes place Tuesday (April 12th) at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, is Mashville: The Music City in 2016.

    It will feature performances by the show’s headliners, as well as Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Emmylou Harris, Maren Morris, Florida Georgia Line, Peter Frampton, Jason Isbell and Maddie and Tae. Check out his Twitter page to see photos from today’s rehearsals.

    Nashville has become a dynamic and diverse musical melting pot,” Keith said about this year’s theme in a prepared statement. “While it remains the home of country music, an unbelievably talented community of songwriters, producers, instrumentalists, singers, bands and solo artists are rapidly changing the entire musical landscape in Music City, U.S.A.”

    Audio / Keith Urban says the only challenge with his annual All for the Hall event may be culling down the guest list.

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    Keith Urban (All 4 the Hall) OC: …over the years. :50
    “It’s a labor of love in the best way. It really is. If I said there’s only one challenge with it, it’s condensing the guest list. It was, right from the beginning, it was like trying to put a wedding list together and which family member to invite. You have to either invite everybody or elope, right? But we’ve only got limited time and it’s very, very hard to have certain people who are very good friends of mine say, ‘What the…? What the…? Waiting for the call. Nothing.’ So, I thought how do I get around this problem? And then the idea of themes came up so at least there’s some type of criteria for me to put a guest list together. Otherwise, this show would be days and days long if I invited everybody I wanted. We get to do it every year, so I have a huge list of people I want to be able to invite over the years.”