• UPDATED UMG NASHVILLE COVID-19 QUARANTINE AUDIO AND LINERS, PART 2: Reba, Darius, Pardi, Brandon, Caylee, Chrissy, Langston, Kylie and more

    We will continue to update this story as we try to navigate our way through uncharted territory during this global pandemic.  Keep checking back.

    Country Music Stars and the entire country music industry and country music fans seem to be some of the first to show up to lend a helping hand, a voice and a song to get all of us through these tough times.

    Some of your favorite country stars are live streaming performances, answering your questions, revealing what they are doing to pass the time while social distancing and giving a message of hope to the rest of us.

    Find audio below as well as some recent social posts.

     

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    Audio / LINER Reba McEntire (COVID-19)

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    Audio / Reba McEntire (message and thoughts during COVID-19)

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    Reba McEntire (message and thoughts during COVID-19) OC: …I know I sure will. 1:50
    “Our Mama, Jacqueline McEntire, passed away March the 14th of this year, and so my two sisters and brother and I have been really busy here in Oklahoma taking care of her estate and Daddy’s estate, he passed away five years ago. So, we’ve been making sure we get everything separated and divided up amongst us. It’s been healing, sad, hmmm, we’ve found so many fun, wonderful things that we’d never seen before — letters from Daddy to Mama, pictures that I don’t know why she hadn’t shown us but we hadn’t seen ’em before. Mama had put ’em in a box in her closet. So, it’s really neat to see those things and oh, memory lane and so emotional, but gosh, we had a blast. It’s been so wonderful to get to stay with my sister in Chockie, Oklahoma with her and her husband Mark, Susie and Mark. We’ve just had the best time. Some people are in cities with millions, and we’re just here in this little bitty town in Chockie. There might not be more than 14 people here. It’s been a great time of rest, relaxation, meditation, getting to know your family better, my family. I’ve totally enjoyed it. My heart goes out to those peoople who did get sick during the Coronavirus. My heart goes out to the ones who have lost loved ones and family members and friends, but like the song says ‘What If,’ I think it’s really joined us together and made us a tightknit bunch. We’ll survive. We’ll go on, and I think we’ll love deeper, appreciate more and come out stronger at the end. I know I sure will.”

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Coronavirus liner)

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    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Coronavirus liner)

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    Audio / Jon Pardi talks about what he's been doing to keep busy during this time if social distancing.

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    Jon Pardi (what he’s been doing) OC: …know what I’m saying? :27
    “How I’m doing with social distancing? Well, I’ve got my country distancing, and I’ve been working on the land, praying for the sun and no more rain in Tennessee. I mean it’s just so rainy. I haven’t really gotten to see my family or anything, because everybody’s so far apart, but I’m hanging in there. Trying to write some music, watching TV, Netflix and stuff, so it’s been fun, getting back to my inner self, powering up the soul, know what I’m saying?”

    Audio / Jon Pardi reveals his favorite show on Netflix right now.

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    Jon Pardi (favorite show on Netflix) OC: …overdubbed. :09
    “My favorite show on Netflix right now is ‘The Money Heist.’ It’s originally in Spanish but overdubbed in English. It’s very good, even though you can tell that it’s overdubbed.”

    Audio / Jon Langston (what he's been doing)

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    Jon Langston (what he’s been doing) OC: …as possible. :09
    “Lately I’ve been turkey hunting a little bit and playing outside with my dog and trying to get outside in the yard and get as much done around the house as possible.”

    Audio / Caylee Hammack explains what she's been doing during this time of social distancing.

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    Caylee Hammack (what she’s been doing) OC: …stuck at home. :25
    “Hey y’all-this is Caylee Hammack, and the way I have dealt with social distancing is I have just really dove into all of the books I’ve bought over the past year that I’ve not been able to read and I haven’t caught up with. I have been gardening like crazy And really just cleaning and reorganizing my house and trying to make the best out of being stuck at home.”

    Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (COVID-19) 1

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    Audio / Brandon Lay reveals his favorite hobb9es.

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    Brandon Lay (fave hobbires) OC: …'”
    “Hey y’all, I’m Brandon Lay. My favorite hobbies are plaing basketball, working on tractors and listening to Fleetwood Mac.”

    Audio / Brandon Lay talks about what he's been doing during social distancing.

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    Brandon Lay (what he’s been doing) OC: …take advantage of. :33

    Audio / Brandon Lay sends heartfelt message to fans.

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    Brandon Lay (message to fans) OC: …before you know it. :23

    Audio / LINER Chrissy Metz (COVID-19)

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    Audio / LINER Kylie Morgan (COVID-19)

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  • CAYLEE HAMMACK “BARES HER SOUL” WITH THE RELEASE OF “SMALL TOWN HYPOCRITE” TO COUNTRY RADIO TODAY FOLLOWING OVERWHELMING RESPONSE.

    Capitol Records Nashville’s Caylee Hammack “bares her soul” (Billboard) with the release of her latest single “Small Town Hypocrite,” available at country radio today. Co-written and co-produced by Hammack, the autobiographical ballad ties together her “top-notch” writing skills and vocals that “carry a story of broken hearts and survival” (Rolling Stone). The prodigiously talented singer/songwriter shared more details “Behind The Song” with American Songwriter here, as the new single paints the unvarnished truth of Hammack’s personal journey of heartbreak and reflection. Critics and artists alike have been overwhelmingly quick to spotlight and applaud the career-song-in-the making since its release just over a month ago.

    “An autobiographical ballad about giving up her dreams for a man who she came to find out later was only holding her back, the pain is felt within every lyric she sings.” – Billboard

    “On the Georgia native’s new track, cadences reminiscent of Dolly Parton carry a story of broken hearts and survival” – Rolling Stone 

    “The track is a perfect wonder… The lyric is extraordinary, relating the saga of a woman who sets aside her dreams for a no-good guy, then summons the strength to move on. The vocal performance is quite moving, radiating vulnerability, heartache, bitterness and honesty. All in all, a fabulous little record.”  – Music Row 

    Hammack is also hosting “CMT’s Next Women of Country Goes Live” series inviting special guests each week, with previous guests including Ashley McBryde, Cassadee Pope, Tenille Townes and this week’s guest Lindsay Ell, as a medium to connect with audiences through music and conversation.  Fans can tune in each Tuesday at 5pm CT on CMT’s Facebook page to watch.

    Background on Caylee Hammack:
    Capitol Records Nashville’s Caylee Hammack grew up in the tiny town of Ellaville, Georgia where she used to pray every night as a kid, “God, just please make me different,” she remembers. Hammack is indeed refreshingly different. And at only 25, she has already packed a full life into just a few years, using fake IDs to get gigs around South Georgia, turning down a college scholarship for a love that burned out, sleeping in her car when she arrived in Nashville and then losing her home in an electrical fire. Her self-penned songs tug on her own life story – bad decisions, broken hearts, a quirky family lineage.

    Hammack’s debut Top 30 breakout single “Family Tree,” co-written/co-produced by Hammack was the most-added single at Country radio by a female artist in over three years and praised for its “soulful vocals and descriptive lyrics [that] shine” (Billboard). Hammack has brought her firebrand live set to opening slots for Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Trisha Yearwood, Brothers Osborne and some of country music’s biggest festivals. Next up, Hammack will return to the road later this year with Luke Bryan, Reba and Rascal Flatts. Hammack has also been the noted as an “Artist To Watch” by outlets including The Bobby Bones Show, Rolling Stone and HITS Magazine for her “voice to move mountains” (Rolling Stone). For more information, visit cayleehammack.com.

  • EASTER LINERS 2020

    Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (Easter)

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    Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Easter)

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    Audio / LINER Chrissy Metz (Easter)

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    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Easter)

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    Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Easter)

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    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (Easter)

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    Audio / LINER Parker McCollum (Easter)

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    Audio / LINER Kylie Morgan (Easter)

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  • OFFICIAL ACM PRE-SHOW TO FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY LAUREN ALAINA, INGRID ANDRESS, GABBY BARRETT, LEE BRICE, BLANCO BROWN, LINDSAY ELL, RILEY GREEN, MICKEY GUYTON, CAYLEE HAMMACK, ASHLEY McBRYDE, JAKE OWEN, CARLY PEARCE, TENILLE TOWNES & MORE + A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO JOE DIFFIE BY CHRIS YOUNG.

    The Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions revealed today the complete list of chart-topping hits and fan-favorite songs that will be performed during ACM® PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY, a new two-hour special hosted by CBS THIS MORNING’s Gayle King, to be broadcast Sunday, April 5 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT and 7:00-9:00 PM CT) on the CBS Television Network and on CBS All Access. The special will feature intimate conversations and at-home acoustic performances with Country Music’s biggest stars, along with clips from past ACM Awards® moments. It will be a night filled with entertainment, hope and reflection, bringing the healing power of music to Americans at a time when they need it most.

    Fans are invited to enjoy more performances by favorite Country Music artists on the official ACM PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY Pre-Show on the Academy of Country Music’s Facebook page as well as the Amazon Music Twitch channel on Sunday, April 5 at 7:00 PM ET / 6:00PM CT. Lauren AlainaIngrid Andress, Gabby Barrett, Lee Brice, Blanco Brown, Lindsay Ell, Riley Green, Mickey Guyton, Caylee Hammack, Ashley McBryde, Jake Owen, Carly PearceTenille Townes and more will appear from their homes to share heartfelt messages with their fans and perform acoustic versions of their hits. The Pre-Show will also pay tribute to 6-time ACM Award nominee Joe Diffie with a special performance by Chris Young. Fans can gear up for the main event with the ACM Presents: Our Country Playlist on Amazon Music. Starting Monday, fans will be able to re-watch the full Pre-Show and the individual performances via the ACM Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, as well as on the newly launched ACMOurCountry.com website.

    Beginning today, the Academy invites Country Music artists and fans alike to share a musical moment by posting their own performances to social media, tagging an official Academy social media handle, and using #ACMOurCountry to participate in a celebratory curated feed of performances featured on ACMOurCountry.com! This campaign will continue throughout the weekend leading up to ACM Presents: Our Country special on Sunday.

    “The Country Music community came together in an incredible way – and very quickly – for “Our Country,” and that outpouring of immediate artist support led us to develop a digital pre-show so that we could include even more artists in the Country Music celebration Sunday night,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “This allows more artists to share the positive messages of support and togetherness with the fans.”

    ACM PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY performances will include:

    • Kelsea Ballerini – “homecoming queen?”
    • Dierks Bentley – “I Hold On”
    • Kane Brown & John Legend – “Last Time I Say Sorry”
    • Luke Bryan – “Most People Are Good”
    • Brandi Carlile – “The Joke”
    • Eric Church – “Never Break Heart”
    • Luke Combs – “Beautiful Crazy”
    • Sheryl Crow – “I Shall Believe”
    • Florida Georgia Line – “Blessings”
    • Lady Antebellum – “What I’m Leaving For”
    • Miranda Lambert – “Bluebird”
    • Little Big Town – “Next To You”
    • Tim McGraw – “Humble And Kind”
    • Old Dominion (Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen) – “Some People Do”
    • Brad Paisley & Darius Rucker – “Mud On The Tires” & “Wagon Wheel”
    • Thomas Rhett – “Be A Light”
    • Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani – “Nobody But You”
    • Shania Twain – “Honey, I’m Home” & “Man! I Feel Like a Woman”
    • Carrie Underwood – “Drinking Alone”
    • Keith Urban – “Wasted Time”
    • Kenny Rogers Tribute – featuring Brad Paisley & Darius Rucker performing “Lucille” & “The Gambler” and Luke Bryan performing “Coward Of The County”

    As previously announced, iHeartMedia’s leading country radio host and ACM Radio Award National On-Air Personality of the Year Bobby Bones, a long-time ACM Lifting Lives® supporter, will introduce the ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund during the telecast. ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, created this fund to assist individuals working in the Country Music industry who are suffering a financial crisis as a result of the pandemic. Those in need can apply for funds at ACMLiftingLives.org.

    For more information on ACM PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY, visit ACMcountry.com. You can also like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards, follow on Instagram at @ACMawards and sign up for the FREE ACM A-List for more immediate updates.

  • ADAM HAMBRICK, CAYLEE HAMMACK AND KASSI ASHTON JOIN TENILLE TOWNES AND OTHERS FOR A QUARATINE VERSION OF “LEAN ON ME.”

    Music heals! Tenille Townes covers “Lean On Me” with Kassi Ashton, Adam Hambrick, Caylee Hammack, Abby Anderson, Keelan Donovan and Alex Hall.

     

     

  • UMG NASHVILLE NEW AND RECENT LIVE EVENTS.

    Here’s a list of events you don’t want to miss on Friday (March 27th) with Kylie Morgan, Brandon Lay, Dierks Bentley and more

     

     

    Singer/Songwriter Jordan Davis Celebrates Reflective New Track with the Song’s Muse, his Wife Kristen, on Instagram Live Tonight at 5 p.m. CT

    What you may have missed (but you can catch Brandon on Friday):

    Coming up next week–Caylee Hammack

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  • CAYLEE HAMMACK GOES LIVE TONIGHT (MARCH 24TH).

    Caylee Hammack is set to perform live and take questions on Facebook and Instagram tonight (March 24th) at 5pm CT.

    She says, “Okay, I’m too bored. Please keep me company. I’m going live on Instagram and Facebook at 5 tomorrow, so y’all bring the wine. We gonna drink, talk, I’ll answer questions and play songs. Nothing formal, wear your comfy clothes. Tell me what y’all wanna hear!”

    Caylee is making her way up the country charts with her debut single, “Family Tree.”

  • CAYLEE HAMMACK’S BAND FORM “FAMILY TREE” LAWN CARE CO TO HELP PAY THE BILLS WHILE THEY’RE OFF THE ROAD.

    In this new temporary world of self-distancing and quarantine due to the Coronavirus outbreak, many of Nashville’s touring musicians are not working…if they don’t play, they don’t get paid. Enter FAMILY TREE LAWN CARE CO, which was formed by a few of Caylee Hammack’s band members. They have taken the name from her radio single, “Family Tree,” and have had mowers, weedeaters, blowers and other equipment donated to them for their new business.

    “We decided to start FAMILY TREE LAWNCARE CO because we saw a need as concerts, tours and festivals were all canceled or postponed. We realized hundreds if not thousands of  industry professionals are now out of work, so we decided we’d start a lawn care company to hopefully provide work for ourselves and hopefully down the future, if dreams turn into a reality, we can provide work to other industry professionals, as well,” says guitarist Lance Herring. “We decided to call it Family Tree Lawncare Company, because we work for the UMG/Capitol recording artist Caylee Hammack, and her first radio single was titled ‘Family Tree,’ and we thought it was a very apt name to get this thing off the ground.”

     

    He continues, “People have been so kind to donate or lend us lawn mowers and weed eaters and blowers and equipment to get this thing off the ground and jump start our efforts to help provide us income for ourselves and other industry professionals. So, we’ll see where this thing takes us, but it’s been fun. We can be reached at familytreelawncareco@gmail.com. If you have a lawn that needs mowed or have  a piece of equipment that’s just sitting in your shed that’s not doing anything, we’d love to take that off your hands and put it to a good use.”

     

    Audio / Lance Herring, the guitarist for Caylee Hammack, explains why he and a couple of his bandmates decided to form the Family Tree Lawncare Co due to tours getting canceled and postponed.

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    Lance (Family Tree Lawncare Co) 1 OC: …good use.

    “We decided to start FAMILY TREE LAWNCARE CO because we saw a need as concerts, tours and festivals were all canceled or postponed. We realized hundreds if not thousands of  industry professionals are now out of work, so we decided we’d start a lawn care company to hopefully provide work for ourselves and hopefully down the future, if dreams turn into a reality, we can provide work to other industry professionals, as well. We decided to call it Family Tree Lawncare Company, because we work for the UMG/Capitol recording artist Caylee Hammack, and her first radio single was titled ‘Family Tree,’ and we thought it was a very apt name to get this thing off the ground. And people have been so kind to donate or lend us lawn mowers and weed eaters and blowers and equipment to get this thing off the ground and jumpstart our efforts to help provide us income for ourselves and other industry professionals. So, we’ll see where this thing takes us, but it’s been fun. We can be reached at familytreelawncareco@gmail.com. If you have a lawn that needs mowed or have  a piece of equipment that’s just sitting in your shed that’s not doing anything, we’d love to take that off your hands and put it to a good use.”

  • NOMINATIONS FOR THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED.

    The Academy of Country Music announced the nominations for this year’s awards show today, and Universal Music Group Nashville is celebrating its honorees.

    Eric Church, who performing for three-and-a-half to four hours each night on his recent Double Down Tour) leads our nominees with three, including his second nod for Entertainer of the Year. He was also nominated as artist and songwriter in the Song of the Year category for “Some of It” – marking his eighth and ninth nominations in the category.

     

    Reigning Female Artist of the Year Kacey Musgraves earned three nominations including her seventh nod for Female Artist of the Year. Additionally, she received her first Single of the Year nomination as both artist and producer for “Rainbow.”

    Carrie Underwood is nominated for a pair of awards, including Entertainer of the Year, as well as Female Artist of the Year.

     

    Newcomer Caylee Hammack also picks up two nominations, including New Female Artist of the Year, as well as Music Event of the Year for Fooled Around And Fell In Love” with Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde and Tenille Townes.

    Little Big Town also picks up a pair of nods for Group of the Year and Video of the Year for “Sugar Coat.”

     

    Luke Bryan is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, an award he’s previously won twice at the ACMs.

     

    Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban are nominated for Male Artist of the Year; Jon Pardi  is up for Album of the Year for Heartache Medication; Jordan Davis for New Male Artist of the Year; and Brothers Osborne and Maddie & Tae are up for Duo of the Year.

     

     

     

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    The 55th Academy of Country Awards show, hosted by Keith Urban, will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 5th at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

     

    ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

    Luke Bryan

    Eric Church

    Luke Combs

    Thomas Rhett

    Carrie Underwood

    FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    Kelsea Ballerini

    Miranda Lambert

    Maren Morris

    Kacey Musgraves

    Carrie Underwood

    MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    Dierks Bentley

    Luke Combs

    Thomas Rhett

    Chris Stapleton

    Keith Urban

    DUO OF THE YEAR

    Brooks & Dunn

    Brothers Osborne

    Dan + Shay

    Florida Georgia Line

    Maddie & Tae

    GROUP OF THE YEAR

    Lady Antebellum

    Little Big Town

    Midland

    Old Dominion

    The Highwomen

    NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    Ingrid Andress

    Gabby Barrett

    Lindsay Ell

    Caylee Hammack

    Tenille Townes

    NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    Jordan Davis

    Russell Dickerson

    Riley Green

    Cody Johnson

    Morgan Wallen
    ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett

    Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Thomas Rhett, The Stereotypes, Cleve Wilson

    GIRL – Maren Morris

    Producers: busbee, Greg Kurstin, Maren Morris

    Heartache Medication – Jon Pardi

    Producers: Bart Butler, Ryan Gore, Jon Pardi

     

    What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs

    Producer: Scott Moffatt

    Wildcard – Miranda Lambert

    Producer: Jay Joyce

     

    SINGLE OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    God’s Country – Blake Shelton

    Producer: Scott Hendricks

    One Man Band – Old Dominion

    Producer: Shane McAnally

    Rainbow – Kacey Musgraves

    Producers: Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves, Daniel Tashian

    Rumor – Lee Brice

    Producers: Lee Brice, Dan Frizsell, Kyle Jacobs, Jon Stone

    What If I Never Get Over You – Lady Antebellum

    Producer: Dann Huff

     

    SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

    10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber

    Songwriters: Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Jessie Jo Dillon, Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers

    Publishers: Beats and Banjos (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) / Shay Mooney Music (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) / Big Ass Pile Of Dimes Music (BMI), Big Machine Music (BMI) / Buckeye 26 (ASCAP), Jreynmusic (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) / Bieber Time Publishing (ASCAP), Universal Music (ASCAP) / Poo B Z Inc. (ASCAP), BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP).

    Girl Goin’ Nowhere – Ashley McBryde

    Songwriters: Jeremy Bussey, Ashley McBryde

    Publishers: Songs of Song Factory (BMI) / Universal Tunes (SESAC).

    God’s Country – Blake Shelton

    Songwriters: Devin Dawson, Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt

    Publishers: Relative Music Group (BMI), Administered by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing (BMI) / WB Music Corp. / Georgia Song Vibez / We-volve Music (ASCAP) / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. / Neon Cross Music (BMI).

    One Man Band – Old Dominion

    Songwriters: Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Brad Tursi

    Publishers: WB Music Corp/Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC (ASCAP) adm by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing. Rezsongs/Reehits World/Smacktown Music, a division of Smack Blue, LLC/Unfair Entertainment  (ASCAP) adm. by Me Gusta Music. We’re Really Doin’ It Publishing (ASCAP) adm by Words & Music. Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing/Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC (ASCAP) adm. by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing.

    Some Of It – Eric Church

    Songwriters: Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde, Bobby Pinson

    Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Longer and Louder Music, admin. by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC; Mammaw’s Fried Okra Music/Little Louder Songs, admin. by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing; New Writers Of Sea Gayle Music, admin. by ClearBox Rights; New Writers Of Sea Gayle Music/Not A Track Guy Music, admin. by ClearBox Rights (BMI).

    VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

    10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber

    Director: Patrick Tracy

    Producer: Christen Pinkston

    God’s Country – Blake Shelton

    Director: Sophie Muller

    Producers: Jamie Amos, Patrick Kennedy

    One Man Band – Old Dominion

    Director: Mason Allen

    Producer: Mason Allen

    Remember You Young – Thomas Rhett

    Director: TK McKamy

    Producer: Dan Atchison

    Sugar Coat – Little Big Town

    Directors: Alexa Kinigopoulos, Stephen Kinigopoulos

    Producers: Wes Edwards, Carlo Glorioso, Angie Lorenz

    SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR *(Off Camera Award)

    Ashley Gorley

    Michael Hardy

    Hillary Lindsey

    Shane McAnally

    Josh Osborne

    MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber

    Producers: Dan Smyers

    Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

    Dive Bar – Garth Brooks Featuring Blake Shelton

    Producers: Garth Brooks

    Record Label: Pearl Records, Inc.

    Fooled Around And Fell In Love – Miranda Lambert Featuring Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack & Elle King

    Producer: Jay Joyce

     

    Old Town Road – Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus

    Producers: Michael Trent Reznor, Atticus Matthew Ross, YoungKio

     

    What Happens In A Small Town – Brantley Gilbert Featuring Lindsay Ell

    Producer: Dann Huff

     

    Audio / ERIC CHURCH TALKS ABOUT THE ENERGY EXCHANGED BETWEEN HIM AND HIS FANS IN THE AUDIENCE AT HIS SHOWS

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    Eric Church (performing energy) OC: …type of crowd. :40
    “Well, I think for me every night I try to empty the tank. There’s always that energy floating around. It’s a palpable thing, and it’s up to me to start that exchange and get the crowd to give it back to me and then watch it build on itself and just to have that experience. We have one night here in whatever city we’re in, you know, we’ve got this night. I’m not gonna see you for a while you’re not gonna see me for a while, you know? And I love being able to capitalize on that moment and trying to live in that moment and get as much energy exchange between myself and the crowd as we can. I love that. That’s my favorite part of what we do. I love being around people, I’m very passionate about my music, and I love people who are passionate about the music too and I love playing a show for that type of crowd.”

    Audio / ERIC CHURCH TALKS ABOUT HIS SONG "SOME OF IT."

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    Eric Church (Some of It coming of age) OC: …figure it out. :56
    “That’s a song, a coming-of-age song, it’s an adult song. It’s adult music. If you listen to the thematics in that and what it’s about, it’s about being older and having some wisdom about you. I think that’s something that I appreciate in my fan base now that early on probably wasn’t there. We were young and drunk and fighting and stupid. But I think now to see them grow – to see the fan base grow – it’s just one of those songs that came along at the right time. And again, it was such a blessing that happened. It wasn’t going to be on the album. It was just one of those freak things that I put it on the album, the last song on the album. The album was done, and all of a sudden it becomes the pillar, one of the pillars on the album. I think again, you go back to it’s one of the great things about music, is you just never know what’s going to happen until it’s all said and done. You can try to plan all you want to, but you’ll probably not going to figure it out.”

    Audio / LAST YEAR, CARRIE UNDERWOOD TALKED ABOUT HER ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FOR LAST YEAR’S CMA AWARDS…AND THE SAME SENTIMENT HOLDS TRUE FOR THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS.

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    Carrie Underwood (Entertainer nod 2019) OC: …sorry boys! (laughs) :28
    “I personally feel like entertainer. It’s everything, right? So, I feel like people kind of narrow it down to tours, but I feel like there’s so many more components to it. And, you know, I’m blessed and lucky to be nominated, obviously, and fantastic company. It would be amazing, but of course, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want it. (laughs) Sorry boys.” (laughs)

    Audio / LUKE BRYAN TALKS ABOUT BEING NAMED ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR FROM BOTH THE ACM AWARDS AND CMA AWARDS.

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    Luke Bryan (Entertainer wins) OC: …got it right. :49
    “The title is what it is, you know? I mean, my focus in life when I’m on stage is entertaining these fans. If it’s my smile and my demeanor, if it’s my song that does it, if it’s me picking up a child out of the audience and letting them sing, it’s not being so premeditated that you can see it from a mile away. I mean, my main thing is be a fan up there that just gets to sing. That’s kind of how I’ve always approached it, and being called the Entertainer of the Year makes me want to do that to the best of my ability every night for the rest of my life as long as I’m on stage. I want people to leave my shows and go, ‘You know what? Whoever’s voting him Entertainer of the Year, they got it right.’”

    Audio / Jordan Davis reacts to his ACM Nomination for New Male Artist of the Year this year.

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    Jordan Davis (ACM nomination) OC: …in Vegas. :18
    “Hey! This is Jordan Davis, and I just want to say thank you to the ACMs (and) to all my supporters in country music for making me a nominee for the New (Male) Artist of the Year at the 55th ACM Awards. I grew up watching this and to be on it now is a dream come true. So, thank y’all so much. Looking forward to an awesome weekend in Vegas.”

    Audio / Caylee Hammack is overwhelmed by her two ACM nominations for Music Event and New Female Artist of the Year.

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    Caylee Hammack (ACM nominations) OC: …Thank you. (laughs) :47
    “I am blown away and just completely in awe in this situation to wake up and realize that I have two nominations for the ACMs. It’s, this is the biggest blessing in my life, I feel like right now, and I’m just so excited to be included in such a great group of women in the first place with Miranda Lambert pulling us all together to do that cover. It is amazing to see that it was nominated for Music Event of the Year and also as a young female artist in this industry, it is such a validating moment for me to be nominated as a New Female Artist of the Year nominee. Just thank you. Anybody, whoever it was, who had to kill somebody to get me there. Thank you!”(laughs)

  • CAYLEE HAMMACK DROPS A NEW SONG AND VIDEO FOR “SMALL TOWN HYPOCRITE.”

    Caylee Hammack released a new song and video for “Small Town Hypocrite.” A hauntingly stripped-down melody, Hammack’s raw vocals veer from fiery and demanding to quiet and vulnerable. Hammack co-wrote (Jared Scott) and co-produced (Mikey Reaves) the song that has already garnered attention from Billboard for the “emotional” track, declaring her “storytelling [is] at the forefront.” Led by strikingly-personal lyrics, that also hold the unique power to resonate with many, “Small Town Hypocrite” is a career song in the making. Hammack recounts how she left the guy she put her life on hold for, packed her things and drove to Nashville, even living in her car to finally follow her dreams.

    “This song is one of the most personal and difficult songs I’ve ever written,” divulged Hammack. “But, I like to think that is why it strikes a chord with people, a lot of us have been in a situation where we’ve taken stock of our lives and thought ‘what in the hell am I doing? This wasn’t what I signed up for and it definitely isn’t what I dreamed about.’ Performing it can be hard sometimes because it takes me back to those feelings and that place, but I know there is strength in being vulnerable too.”

    Check out the video below.

    The release of “Small Town Hypocrite” follows Hammack’s debut breakout single “Family Tree,” which is at Top 30 at country radio.  Caylee is set to hit the road with Reba McEntire next month. The trek kicks off kicks off March 20th in Evansville, Indiana.