• BRANDON LAY RELEASES “FOR MY MONEY” MUSIC VIDEO.

    Today, EMI Records Nashville’s Brandon Lay releases the music video for “For My Money,” his “rich new single” (Sounds Like Nashville) currently climbing country airplay charts. Brandon, who wrote the “For My Money” with Andrew DeRoberts, describes the song as “deception and flirtation at its best.”

    Director Tim Nackashi brings the “fake it ‘til you make it” sentiment of the song to life giving a party-goer’s perspective with an uncut walk through a Hollywood Hills bungalow scene until the camera descends down from the night sky on to Brandon playing the blues-infused track poolside.

    Watch “For My Money” Music Video HERE

    Brandon had been out on tour with Brantley Gilbert until recently when the remaining March dates of the Fire’t Up Tour 2020 were postponed due to the current pandemic. While social distancing, Brandon has surprised fans regularly with live streaming performances and q&a on his socials including “Locker Room Talk,” where Brandon fields questions and a little good-natured torment from those who know him best, his crew, bandmates and close friends. Find Brandon on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

    For more information on Brandon, his music and touring, please visit www.BrandonLay.com.

  • DIERKS BENTLEY’S “I HOLD ON” WAS NO. 1 SIX YEARS AGO TODAY (MARCH 24TH).

    Six years ago today (March 24th), Dierks Bentley topped the country charts with “I Hold On,” a song that has both personal and universal meaning to the artist and seems to have more meaning to all of us during this time in the world than ever before.

    “These verses are snippets about my life and just things about me, and it’s kind of a song of self-discovery too, you know,” says Dierks. “Who am I after all these years? What’s important to me? Why do I do certain things that I do? Why do I hold on to certain things that I hold onto? It’s a little bit of me trying to figure out who I am, and then the choruses, it’s who we are as Americans, as a people, as human beings, I guess. There are things that we really value and that we hold on to ‘em really tight – faith, love and freedom.”

    “I Hold On” was Dierks’ 11th No. 1, and it’s from his album, Riser.

    Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about his song, “I Hold On.”

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    Dierks Bentley (I Hold On) 1 OC: …at the end. :33
    “It’s so me. It’s so personal, and yet it’s universal at the same time. You know, these verses are snippets about my life and just things about me, and it’s kind of a song of self-discovery too, you know. Who am I after all these years? What’s important to me? Why do I do certain things that I do? Why do I hold on to certain things that I hold onto? It’s a little bit of me trying to figure out who I am, and then the choruses, it’s who we are as Americans, as a people, as human beings, I guess. There are things that we really value and that we hold on to ‘em really tight – faith, love and freedom. In a way, it’s kind of a love song too, kind of wrapping up at the end.”

  • 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.”

  • THIS DAY IN MUSIC HISTORY: Eric Church releases his second album Carolina in 2009 on March 24th.

    Eric Church released his second album, Carolina, 11 years ago today (March 24th). The album, which went gold in 2011, spawned hits such as “Smoke a Little Smoke,” “Love Your Love the Most” and “Hell on the Heart,” as well as fan favorites “Lotta Boot Left to Fill” and “His Kind of Money (My Kind of Love).” Eric wrote or co-wrote all 15 songs on the collection.

    He’s currently making his way up the country charts with his latest song, “Monsters.”

    Audio / Eric Church says he owes a lot to his hit, “Smoke a Little Smoke,” from his Carolina album.

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    Eric Church (Smoke a Little Smoke) OC: …that song. :36
    “I think subject-matter wise, it’s another situation where everybody told me…you’re nuts to release that song, there are other things that’ll be easier to get up the chart. I saw the crowd though, I followed the crowd. They’d go crazy on that, and they still do. I mean, I think it’s one of those songs. In our set, what they do during that song, when they tear those walls down and they tear it down, is very, very hard to recover from, show-wise. So, I just followed the crowd on it. And I said, ‘You know, this is what some people think we shouldn’t release, but I’ve seen how people respond to it. Let’s put it out.’ And, it took off. Then the digital part, the sales part, was just huge for that song. I owe a lot to that song.”

  • KEITH URBAN PERFORMS HIS SECOND URBAN UNDERGROUND ON MONDAY (MARCH 23RD).

    Keith Urban performed his second “Urban Underground” live stream on Monday (March 23rd). He kicked it off with a message to everyone from him and his wife Nicole Kidman. He then launched into a fan request for “Never Coming Down,” followed by “You’re Gonna Fly.” Nic played multiple parts in the video, including those of her husband’s roadie, his audience, while dancing around while her husband performed many of his hits in their home studio, Skye Studio. The 30-minute show also featured “Somewhere in My Car,” a tribute to the late great Kenny Rogers on “The Gambler.” Keith said it has been probably 25 years since he performed the song. Keith also performed his latest song, “God Whispered Your Name,” which Nic says is her favorite while she sang along. The reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year also revealed there’s a video to the song coming out very soon. Check out the Facebook Live link below.

    In other Keith news, it was announced he will host this year’s ACM Awards, which had been moved from April 5th to September 16th.

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  • SAM HUNT EXPLAINS HOW HE CAME UP WITH THE TITLE SOUTHSIDE FOR HIS UPCOMING ALBUM.

    Sam Hunt is getting ready to release his new album, Southside, in less than two weeks. When he was coming up with titles for the new collection, he kept going back to “Southside,” which was among the list of titles he had written down.

    “The album title came well after all the songs were finished. I essentially sat down and made a list of potential titles and just off the top of my head, I just sort of started writing down words or phrases that felt like the songs or felt like the record,” says Sam. “Southside was the one that just kept standing out. I didn’t put a whole lot of thought into why that was the case. Southside just for me is a phrase that just feels like my rural and urban roots, you know, where I’m from, I kind of feel like I’m from the southside of that place, and obviously, the word south is in the title so there’s association with being from the South. More than having a really good backstory for the title, it just felt – when I looked at it on the page – it felt like the record.”

    Sam recently released his new single, “Hard to Forget.” Check out the video below.

    Southside Track List:

    1. “2016” (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Josh Thompson)
    2. “Hard To Forget” (Sam Hunt, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Ashley Gorley, Audrey Grisham, Russ Hull, Mary Jean Shurtz)
    3. “Kinfolks” (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Josh Osborne, Jerry Flowers)
    4. “Young Once” (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Matt Jenkins, Josh Osborne)
    5. “Body Like a Back Road” (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally)
    6. “That Ain’t Beautiful” (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally)
    7. “Let It Down” (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Chris LaCorte, Josh Osborne, Ernest K Smith)
    8. “Downtown’s Dead” (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally, Charlie Handsome)
    9. “Nothing Lasts Forever” (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally)
    10. “Sinning With You” (Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne, Paul DiGiovanni, Emily Weisband)
    11. “Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90’s” (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Chris LaCorte, Josh Osborne, Ernest K Smith)
    12. “Drinkin’ Too Much” (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally, Stuart Hine)

    Audio / Sam Hunt says the title of his upcoming album, Southside, just seemed to fit the collection of songs on the record.

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    Sam Hunt (Southside album title) OC: …like the record. :47
    “The album title came well after all the songs were finished. I essentially sat down and made a list of potential titles and just off the top of my head, I just sort of started writing down words or phrases that felt like the songs or felt like the record. Southside was the one that just kept standing out. I didn’t put a whole lot of thought into why that was the case. Southside just for me is a phrase that just feels like my rural and urban roots, you know, where I’m from, I kind of feel like I’m from the Southside of that place, and obviously, the word south is in the title so there’s association with being from the South. More than having a really good backstory for the title, it just felt – when I looked at it on the page – it felt like the record.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (available April 3rd)

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  • KIP MOORE OPENS TAB TO PROVIDE MEALS TO PEOPLE WHO NEED THEM AND SHARES WAYS HE’S STAYING HEALTHY.

    Kip Moore is doing his part during these trying times, including opening a tab at a local Nashville restaurant, the Wild Cow, to provide free meals for those who are struggling during this time. Kip also teamed up with Eat Well through his foundation Kip’s Kids Fund to provide more than 3,000 meals to kids in North and West Nashville who aren’t receiving the food and nourishment they need during school closures (see video from Eat Well below).

    In the meantime, Kip is following the CDC guidelines and self-quarantining himself at his getaway place in Kentucky and spending time eating right, rock climbing, learning Spanish and more.

    “I’m doing a lot of the same things I’ve always done to stay healthy. I’m trying to eat right, take care of my body,” says Kip. “But I have followed the guidelines of quarantining myself. I’m trying to do everything asked of me. I’m currently in the mountains and I’m rock climbing. I’m completely solo. I’m off the grid. I’ve stocked up on a lot of frozen meats. I’ve got a little lodge up here in Kentucky, so I’m hanging out here, so that’s where I’m spending my time. I’ve always wanted to learn Spanish. I’ve always been able to dabble in it, but I want to get better at it. So, the first thing I did was I downloaded the dual lingo app, and it’s very elementary. Every single morning, I try to spend 45 minutes to an hour with that app, and the other thing that I’ve been trying to do is I have been outside trying to work on my skateboard game.”

    Kip is also making his way up the country charts with his latest song, “She’s Mine.”

    Audio / Kip Moore talks about what he’s been doing since the world has had to practice social distancing due to the Coronavirus.

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    Kip Moore (what he’s been doing) OC: …skateboard game. :47
    “I’m doing a lot of the same things I’ve always done to stay healthy. I’m trying to eat right, take care of my body. But I have followed the guidelines of quarantining myself. I’m trying to do everything asked of me. I’m currently in the mountains and I’m rock climbing. I’m completely solo. I’m off the grid. I’ve stocked up on a lot of frozen meats. I’ve got a little lodge up here in Kentucky, so I’m hanging out here, so that’s where I’m spending my time. I’ve always wanted to learn Spanish. I’ve always been able to dabble in it, but I want to get better at it. So, the first thing I did was I downloaded the dual lingo app, and it’s very elementary. Every single morning, I try to spend 45 minutes to an hour with that app, and the other thing that I’ve been trying to do is I have been outside trying to work on my skateboard game.”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (do your part)

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  • LITTLE BIG TOWN POSTPONES THE NIGHTFALL TOUR.

    Country foursome, Little Big Town, will postpone The Nightfall Tour to resume in August amid health concerns over the coronavirus. Previously purchased tickets will be honored at all of the newly rescheduled dates.

    “This tour means everything to us, but amid the health concerns surrounding our country, we feel like the only thing to do to protect the health of our fans, band, crew, and families is to postpone the upcoming spring shows,” said the band.  “We are already counting down the weeks to be back out there with you all, celebrating life, love, music, and health with a new and different appreciation. Previously purchased tickets will be honored for all rescheduled dates. Stay safe and healthy and try to enjoy this unexpected time to spend with your loved ones.”


    August 8                                 Denver, CO: The Paramount Theater

    August 9                                 Denver, CO: The Paramount Theater

    August 10                               Denver, CO: The Paramount Theater

    September 24                         Phoenix, AZ: Arizona Federal Theatre

    October 1                                Detroit, MI: Fox Theater

    October 22                              Chicago, IL: The Chicago Theater

    October 23                              Chicago, IL: The Chicago Theater

    January 7                                Portland, OR: Keller Auditorium

    January 8                                Seattle, WA: The Paramount Theater

    January 9                                Seattle, WA: The Paramount Theater

    January 15                              Oakland, CA: The Fox Theater

    January 16                              Oakland, CA: The Fox Theater

    January 22                              Salt Lake City, UT: Eccles Theater

    January 23                              Salt Lake City, UT: Eccles Theater

    For any additional information in your affected market, please visit the specific venue’s website.

  • DARIUS RUCKER ANSWERS THE CALL FOR THE #DEEPCUTCHALLENGE FROM TIM McGRAW AND BRAD PAISLEY.

    Darius Rucker was challenged by Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley for the #deepcutchallenge. Tim picked a John Schneider song, while Brad Paisley picked a song from Steve Wariner. Darius answered with a Foster & Lloyd deep cut “You Can Come Cryin’ To Me” from their self-titled 1987 album.

    Darius challenged Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Charles Kelley.

     

     

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  • KEITH URBAN IS SET TO PERFORM LIVE AGAIN ON MONDAY (MARCH 23RD).

    Keith Urban had such a great time performing for fans last week, he’s decided to do it again. Titled Urban Underground, the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year will go live at 4pm CT/5pm ET/2pm PT on Monday (March 23rd). Make sure to tune in.