American Idol returns March 3rd and with it, so do Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie as the show’s judges. While the bond between the three has solidified even more this season, Luke says the most important aspect of the talent competition is the contestants.

    “It’s always about the contestants,” says Luke. “That’s what makes the show fun for us – the surprises, the talent, the youthfulness of the talent. I mean, we have so many 15, 16, 17-year-olds that are unbelievable, and watching them handle the pressure and have fun and the tears and the joy and the smile and all that. So, we’re loving it.”

    The Georgia native and four-time Entertainer of the Year says he loves being a judge on the show and helping make dreams come true. “We love the role – me and Katie and Lionel and Ryan – we’re having a great time doing this. If we weren’t having a good time, it would change the whole dynamic. To be able to facilitate these kids’ dreams is very special.”

    Luke is currently poised to hit the top of the country charts with his latest smash, “What Makes You Country.”

    The new season of American Idol premieres Sunday, March 3rd at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC.


    Audio / Luke Bryan says the most important part of American Idol is the contestants.


    Luke Bryan (American Idol about the contestants) OC: …very special. :42
    “It’s always about the contestants. That’s what makes the show fun for us – the surprises, the talent, the youthfulness of the talent. I mean, we have so many 15, 16, 17-year-olds that are unbelievable, and watching them handle the pressure and have fun and the tears and the joy and the smile and all that. So, we’re loving it. We love the role – me and Katie and Lionel and Ryan – we’re having a great time doing this. If we weren’t having a good time, it would change the whole dynamic. To be able to facilitate these kids’ dreams is very special.”


    Multi-award-winning singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina heads to late night this Tuesday (February 19th) to sing her latest tune, “Ladies in the ’90s,” for her debut performance on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”

    Lauren co-wrote “Ladies in the ’90s” with Jesse Frasure and Amy Wadge. The fun, upbeat song pays homage to an era and the artists who helped define Lauren’s youth and cultivate her love for music and song. Including nods to Alanis Morissette, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Madonna, Reba, Shania, and more, fans can listen to “Ladies in the ’90s” and hear Lauren’s full 90s playlist HERE

    As the reigning ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year, Lauren is also on one of the hottest tours of the year with Blake Shelton on the Friends And Heroes 2019 Tour. They are currently coming out of a huge opening weekend in Oklahoma City, Kansas City and Sioux Falls before heading to Indianapolis, Buffalo and Pittsburgh this weekend with upcoming dates Louisville, Jacksonville, St. Paul and more. For more information, visit www.LaurenAlainaOfficial.com.

    In addition to hitting the road with five major tours in the past 12 months alone (Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson, Cole Swindell, Jason Aldean and Cole Swindell/Dustin Lynch), Lauren has also earned back-to-back major awards for ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year and CMT Collaborative Video of the Year, she co-hosted the prestigious 12thAnnual ACM Honors, and she performed on the 38th annual broadcast of the top-rated PBS special “A Capitol Fourth” alongside music legends CeCe Winans, the Temptations, The Beach Boys, Pentatonix and more. For ABC’s CMA Fest TV special, Lauren joined her good friend Kane Brown for an electric performance of their now 4x Platinum-selling No. 1 hit, “What Ifs,” which went to No. 1 simultaneously topping five Billboard charts.


    Kacey Musgraves has just been announced as a presenter for this year’s Oscars. Fresh from winning four GRAMMY Awards, including Album of the Year for Golden Hour, she’ll join previously announced presenters Gary Oldman, Allison Janney, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Chris Evans, Brie Larson, Daniel Craig, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Charlize Theron, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Emilia Clarke, Samuel L. Jackson, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Momoa and Sarah Paulson, among others.

    The 91st Academy Awards will be handed out live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday (February 24th) at 8pm ET/5pm PT on ABC. The Oscars will also be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

    Kacey, who has hit the airwaves with her new single, “Rainbow,” from her Grammy-winning album, takes her Oh, What a World Tour to Portland, Oregon on Monday (February 18th) and Seattle on Tuesday (February 19th).


    EMI Records Nashville/32 Bridge Entertainment artist Jon Langston celebrated CRS week with a late-night performance on Wednesday at Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink which included a surprise visit from the bar’s namesake superstar showing his support for Langston. Fans lined up out the door to be admitted to the show and once inside, the rowdy crowd sang along to every song in Langston’s set. For more information about this event, click HERE.

    Due to an overwhelming demand from his fans for new music, the Georgia native also released new song, “Dance Tonight.” Written by Langston and Jody Stevens, “Dance Tonight” tells the sweet story of a man who will do anything to make his significant other happy, even if it is as simple as dancing together at home to her favorite records. Langston’s debut and current single, “When It Comes To Loving You,” continues to climb the country radio charts.

    Langston kicks off his Dance Tonight Tour with back-to-back sold-out shows in Chicago, IL and Lansing, MI. Additionally, Langston hits the road this summer on Luke Bryan’s Sunset Repeat Tour. To see all of Langston’s upcoming tour dates, fans can check out his website jonlangston.com.



    February 16                 Joe’s On Weed Street                         Chicago, IL – SOLD OUT
    February 22                 Tequila Cowboy                                 Lansing, MI – SOLD OUT
    March 1                       Whiskey Barrel Music Hall                Laconia, NH
    March 21                     The Music Farm                                 Charleston, SC
    March 22                     Saddlebags                                         Savannah, GA
    March 28                     Midnight Rodeo                                 Springfield, MO
    March 29                     Slide & Ride Saloon                           Martin, TN
    April 12                       The Tavern                                         Milledgeville, GA
    April 13                       Barrelhouse LIVE                              August, GA
    April 19                       Grizzly Rose                                       Denver, CO
    April 20                       Warehouse 2565                                 Grand Junction, CO


    Singer-songwriter Jon Langston grew up on the music of his heroes like Alan Jackson and the Eagles. Then, following multiple concussions and the end of his Division I football career, Jon focused on music and worked to develop his own style and sound while drawing from that variety of influences. In 2013 with the release of his first song, “Forever Girl,” Jon’s live shows began to grow, and he found himself opening for Chase Rice at Georgia’s Kennesaw State University.  It was his first-ever full band show, and when the crowd sang “Forever Girl” along with him, Jon knew he wanted to pursue a career in music. The now 27-year-old Music City resident has since signed a publishing deal with Sony ATV, management with KP Entertainment, landed a record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville, and is fostering his own voice in country music. The Georgia native is the first artist under Luke Bryan’s new label, 32 Bridge Entertainment, and will be worked in conjunction with EMI Records Nashville. He recently released his major label debut and current single “When It Comes To Loving You” which landed in the Top 5 of the all-genre iTunes Chart and has accumulated over 9 million streams.


    Dierks Bentley and the world’s leading live entertainment company Live Nation announced that Seven Peaks Music Festival will officially return for a second year on Aug 30 – Sept 1 over Labor Day Weekend. Set against the heart-stopping mountain views of Buena Vista, CO, fans traveled from 49 states and as far as Australia for the inaugural event in 2018.


    By signing up to the festival’s official newsletter at SevenPeaksFestival.com, fans can gain access to a special Pre-Sale code to purchase passes before they go on sale to the general public. Additionally, Alumni fans, that bought passes for the inaugural year, will have the first chance at passes with the Alumni Pre-Sale. More information on the upcoming event including lineup and ticket details will be revealed in the coming weeks.

    To be considered for on site media credentials please reach out to press@sevenpeaksfestival.com.

    Follow further Seven Peaks Festival updates on Facebook: Seven Peaks Festival, Twitter: @sevenpeaksfest and Instagram: @sevenpeaksfest.

    About Dierks Bentley:
    Pegged as “one of Country music’s most enviable brands, equal parts affability and authenticity” (Forbes), Bentley continues to be a dominant voice for the genre with over 8.6 billion overall digital streams. Reaching a new creative high while “making music designed to challenge” (New York Times), Bentley co-wrote 10 of his current album THE MOUNTAIN’s (Capitol Records Nashville) 13 tracks, which earned him the highest debut sales  of his career and became his seventh chart-topping album. Critics continue to applaud “one of the most joyful, brazen, and cohesive collections of his career” (Entertainment Weekly) as it was featured as one of “2018 Best Albums” by Esquire, USA Today, Rolling Stone, The Tennessean, and more as it was also of the only Country albums on Billboard’s all-genre year end list. THE MOUNTAIN garnered multiple nominations including “Album of the Year” nods from the ACM and CMAs and has been streamed more than 245 million times. Bentley has amassed 18 career No. Ones, billions of digital streams, countless nominations from the  ACMs, Billboard Music Awards and more while earning 13  GRAMMY  nominations – including at least one stemming from each of his last six albums. Bentley will make notable stops throughout the country on his 2019 BURNING MAN TOUR with special guests Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and the Hot Country Knights, including his return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena next week after making a sold-out headlining debut in 2016. For more information, visit www.dierks.com.

    About Seven Peaks Music Festival:
    Seven Peaks Music Festival is the latest addition to Live Nation’s family of country festivals spread across the country including Watershed in George, WA; Faster Horses in Brooklyn, MI; Country LakeShake in Chicago, IL and Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale. FL. Launched in 2018, the three-day, two-stage camping experience festival offers an eclectic and comradery-filled lineup with fans enjoying the unexpected with late-night jams and surprise guests, as well as activity-filled excursions during the day. PEOPLE heralded the festival’s “authenticity in every component” with Rolling Stone praising the “community-first, play-every-set take on a country festival.” The natural beauty of the site’s sprawling grounds provides the perfect homegrown vibe for a Labor Day weekend camp out under the stars, where festival-goers will have multiple camping options from tents to full-sized RV accommodations. For more information visit sevenpeaksfestival.com.

    Audio / Dierks Bentley says his Seven Peaks Festival is really special for a variety of reasons.


    Dierks Bentley (Seven Peaks 2nd year) 1 OC: …people. :45
    “This festival is, the word special gets overused, but it is really special. One of the ways you can tell a festival is really good is when the artists want to come back and play it again. Last year, Miranda Lambert, she was supposed to fly off, but she actually stayed an extra day because she was having so much fun being there and everyone who was there last year wanted to come out again. You’re talking about year two. I can’t announce who’s coming, but the festival is early on, so I can’t pay some of these huge prices that some of these guys get, but I have some friends coming out [this year] that are actually doing it for a reduced rate because they just want to be there. They’re like, ‘Man! I’ll do whatever it takes. I just want to be there. It sounds like a vacation. It sounds so fun.’ So, that’s a big tell. The fact that we had fans from 49 states says a lot. This year is gonna be crazy attendance-wise, because I know every person is going to tell at least one or two people to come with ’em.”



    PLATINUM-selling duo, Maddie & Tae revealed the “wistful” (Rolling Stone) acoustic performance video for “Die From A Broken Heart,” today exclusively on Rolling Stone, watch it HERE. The candid, heart-wrenching track is the second song off their forthcoming album due this year. In “their finest moment yet,” (Esquire) the song has universally resonated, breaking into Spotify’s Viral 50 charts in both the U.S. and Canada, wrapping the year on Esquire’s Top Country Songs of The Year list.

    Rolling Stone praises the duo for their “signature harmonies” showcased in the “new acoustic version foregrounding their sisterly vocal interplay.”

    Award-winning duo Maddie & Tae are drawing praise for their new single “Friends Don’t,” anchored around their stellar vocal pairings and some of the tightest harmonies on Music Row (Rolling Stone). “The sound is identifiable while still representing a distinct step forward” (Billboard), giving fans a taste of what to expect from their highly-anticipated forthcoming full-length album, due in 2019. Maddie & Tae first broke out in 2013 with their brilliant take down of bro-country, “Girl In A Country Song,” which took Country radio by storm, skyrocketing to the top of the charts and quickly going PLATINUM. The duo became only the third female duo in 70 years to top the Country Airplay charts, also earning trophies from the Country Music Academy and Radio Disney Music Awards along with multiple ACM, CMA and CMT Award nominations. Receiving widespread praise from NPR, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, Glamour and others, country music’s hottest stars including Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice and Brad Paisley have welcomed Maddie & Tae on the road, with Carrie Underwood recently inviting the duo out as direct support on her 2019 Cry Pretty Tour 360 kicking-off in May. For additional information, visit www.maddieandtae.com.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Darius, Keith, Carrie, Little Big Town, Dierks, Lauren, Maddie & Tae and more

    The King of Rock and Roll is getting a star-studded treatment as the Elvis All-Star Tribute recreates his iconic ’68 Comeback Special on Sunday night. Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town and Darius Rucker are joined by Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Post Malone, Mac Davis, Shawn Mendes and Kelsea Ballerini, and hosted by Blake Shelton. Check out a few of the performances below. As a companion album to the TV special, The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special is now available in digital and CD formats. The album contains 15 remastered Elvis performances from the “stand-up” and “sit-down” shows filmed for the 1968 broadcast, as well as three original studio recordings inspired by the upcoming tribute. The Elvis All-Star Tribute two-hour special airs Sunday (February 17th) at 9pm ET on NBC.

    Everyone knows how much Darius Rucker loves golf, and that includes the PGA. They’ve just named him brand ambassador for PGA Tour as part of their Live Under Par campaign. As part of his new role, Darius will make regular appearances as a commentator on PGA Tour Live, and in-person at tour events.  “I am so proud to be a part of the PGA Tour,” he says. “Proud they want me to be out there representing them in a different way. I’ve been friends with so many guys on the tour and have done some really cool things with them over the years. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

    Darius Rucker, Lauren Alaina and Maddie & Tae, among many other artists will take part in the ACM’s 7th Annual Party for a Cause, taking place at different events April 5th – 7th in Las Vegas leading up to the ACM Awards on April 7th. Scotty McCreery, Morgan Evans, Chris Lane, Brett Young are also among the performers of the three-day event benefitting ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, which works to lift lives through the power of music. Tickets are now on sale at partyforacause.com.


    The sentimental video centers around a professional bull rider who struggles to get his life back on track as he battles with substance abuse and includes a surprise ending that will tug at your heartstrings.


    “We’re very excited to release this emotional example of someone’s life being changed by another,” says John Osborne. “We’re never truly ourselves without the ones we love.” TJ adds, “the directors, Wes and Ryan, knocked this video out of the park. We’re beyond proud of this one.”

    The five-time GRAMMY nominees again partnered with directors Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver, the same team from the ACM and CMA Award-winning video for their Top 10 hit “It Ain’t My Fault” as well as their comical “Shoot Me Straight” video.


    Climbing the country radio charts, “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)” is Brothers Osborne’s current single which they recently performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, watch HERE. The wistful and reflective track is featured on their critically-acclaimed sophomore album, Port Saint Joe, which was nominated for Best Country Album at the 2019 GRAMMY Awards and landed on Several Best of 2018 Lists including Esquire, Rolling Stone, NPR, American Songwriter and more. The Washington Post says, “with this second album, Brothers Osborne continue to put their own stamp on country music, fusing Southern rock with outlaw country and it’s been a winning formula.” While Rolling Stone notes, “Port Saint Joe capitalizes on TJ and John Osborne’s strengths, TJ’s earthy baritone that projects vulnerability with John adding dazzling guitar solos.”


    The Maryland Natives are currently on the road as part of their headlining world tour which started in the UK and Canada and kicked off the US portion in front of a sold-out crowd in Chicago last month. The duo continues to sell out every venue they’ve played so far including three sold-out nights at the famed Ryman Auditorium this week. The duo will continue to hit over 40 markets through April including upcoming sold-out shows in Washington DC, Milwaukee and St. Louis. Later this year, the singer/songwriters will join Chris Stapleton’s “All-American Road Show” tour.


    For a full list of tour dates, news, images and more, visit www.BrothersOsborne.com



    Kassi Ashton, one of Nashville’s most compelling rising stars, has released the new music video for her song “Violins” today. A vibrant and entertaining reflection of the song’s empowering lyrics, the piece finds her shutting down an immature suitor amidst the fitting backdrop of a high school gymnasium. Kassi’s creative fingerprint impressively extends beyond the music and into the choreography and fashion elements of the video as well. Throughout, she shows off skillful majorette dance routines and even dons various stylish band outfits that she hand-made herself.

    “Violins,” first released on January 25, was produced by Luke Dick and Luke Laird, and co-written by Kassi, Luke Dick and Natalie Hemby. The music video was shot in Nashville and marks Kassi’s first collaboration with director Kristin Barlowe.

    “Visuals are so important to me, because that’s the way I understand and explain everything in my life,” Kassi said about the video. “It is no different with my music. When I allowed my brain to think of all the possibilities of what this video could look like, a million ideas soaked in red light came out. Kristin Barlowe, in all her magic, and her entire team perfectly translated my thoughts to the screen.”

    About Kassi AshtonKassi Ashton brought a whole new attitude of her own to country music upon arrival in 2017. The California, Missouri singer and songwriter initially touched down with a string of critically acclaimed tracks. Released by UMG Nashville in conjunction with Interscope, her introductory release “California, Missouri” stirred up widespread critical acclaim from Taste of Country, CMT, The Boot, and many more. As her profile grew, she lent her voice to the standout “Drop Top” on Keith Urban’s chart-topping 2018 album, Graffiti U. He went on to describe her as “such a unique, original creature.” Expanding on her confessional and catchy storytelling, she maintained momentum on the summer solo song “Taxidermy.”  Named “Who to Watch” by Huffington Post and The Tennessean, radio personality Bobby Bones included her among his Class of 2018. Rolling Stone lauded her as “a devilish songwriter who isn’t afraid to flip convention on its head,” and Refinery29 also claimed, “she blends pop aesthetics with a presence doused in no-fucks-left-to-give authenticity.” She continues to defy convention and define a signature style on the 2019 single “Violins”—and a whole lot more to come.




    Instagram: @KassiAshton

    Twitter: @KassiAshton


    George Strait released his new song, “Every Little Honk Tonk Bar,” on Monday (February 11th). The song, which he co-wrote with his son Bubba and tunesmith Dean Dillon, will be featured on his upcoming album, Honky Tonk Time Machine.

    “We were down at my ranch in south Texas writing and it was kind of towards the end of the night and we were pretty much done,” recalls George. “I was tired and ready to go to bed, but we were going, ‘Does anybody have anything else?’ Bubba goes, ‘Whiskey is the gasoline that lights the fire that burns the bridge.’ And Dean and I go, ‘What? Where did that come from?’ [laughs] So, anyway, that’s how it started and we finished it that night.”

    Honky Tonk Time Machine will be available March 29th. Comprised of 12 original titles plus Strait’s version of the Johnny Paycheck classic “Old Violin,” Honky Tonk Time Machine marks an incredible 30th career studio album for Strait. Strait, who produced the album alongside Chuck Ainlay, wrote eight of the 13 tracks including “Sing One with Willie” featuring Willie Nelson that the pair happily debuted at a recent Nashville show marking the first time the two country icons have ever shared the stage.

    With an unmatched 60 singles hitting the top of the charts – more than any other artist in any genre – during the span of his 30-year career, Strait is the undeniable “King of Country Music.” He has collected 33 Platinum or multi-Platinum-selling albums, more than any country artist and ranking third across all genres behind only The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Strait is the only act in history to have a Top 10 hit every year for over three decades and has sold nearly 70 million albums and earned more than 60 major entertainment industry awards, including induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

    Audio / George Strait talks about writing “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar” with his son Bubba and singer-songwriter Dean Dillon.


    George Strait (Every Little Honky Tonk Bar) OC: …that night. :34
    “So, ‘Every Little Honky Tonk Bar’ was written by me and my son Bubba and Dean Dillon. We were down at my ranch in south Texas writing and it was kind of towards the end of the night and we were pretty much done. I was tired and ready to go to bed, but we were going, ‘Does anybody have anything else?’ Bubba goes, ‘Whiskey is the gasoline that lights the fire that burns the bridge.’ And Dean and I go, ‘What? Where did that come from?’ [laughs] So, anyway, that’s how it started and we finished it that night.”

    Audio / LINER George Strait (Every Little Honky Tonk Bar) 1


    Audio / LINER George Strait (This is Every Little Honky Tonk Bar)


    Audio / LINER George Strait (That was ELHTB)