• DARIUS RUCKER’S “WAGON WHEEL” CERTIFIED 8X PLATINUM.

    Darius Rucker was surprised with a plaque celebrating the RIAA’s recent 8x-Platinum certification of his hit song “Wagon Wheel” during a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum yesterday, February 12. Since topping the charts for back-to-back weeks in 2013, “Wagon Wheel” has now become one of the top five best-selling Country songs of all time and Rucker is now the only solo male country act to achieve the honor of an 8x-plus multi-Platinum song in RIAA’s history.

     

    Lured under the pretense of seeing his exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Rucker was surprised when he rounded the corner to see his record label of 14+ years, UMG Nashville, holding a plaque. “What are y’all doing here?!” Rucker remarked, taking in the presence of label heads and esteemed industry guests from the RIAA gathered around his exhibit, which features the suit he wore in the “Wagon Wheel” music video alongside other memorabilia from his remarkable career. After hearing the news – and pausing to really read the plaque’s inscription – an in-awe Rucker added, “I don’t believe you. I don’t believe this! Wow, what a testament to the fans and their love of Country music.”

    “Wagon Wheel,” originally released by Old Crow Medicine Show in 2004, was written by the band’s lead singer, Ketch Secor, and was based on a sketch by Bob Dylan, who is credited as a co-writer. The single was featured on Rucker’s Gold-certified, No.1 album True Believers and has since accumulated over 960 million global streams. “Wagon Wheel” also won a GRAMMY for Best Country Solo Performance at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, the third of Rucker’s career.

    “Even in my wildest dreams for ‘Wagon Wheel,’ the singer was never me or Bob,” remarked Secor upon learning of the song’s new accolade. “It could have been a lot of different people who had the big hit with it. It could have been one of those perfect-smile guys with the made-for-TV personalities. That it was instead a salt of the earth singer like Darius is something divine I’ll leave to the theologians to figure out.”

    Mike Dungan, UMGN Chairman & CEO, recalls the conversation he had with Rucker when he first decided to record the song: “Darius called my cell phone one night and told me that he was in the audience for the talent show at his daughter’s high school. He said, ‘Hey man, do you know that song ‘Wagon Wheel?’ I just watched a band full of kids perform it, and it reminded me of how great that song is, and I want to cut it.’ I said, ‘you’re crazy,’ to which he said, ‘well I’m cuttin’ it! I’ll talk to you later!’ We (the label) thought that this was going to either be huge… or a disaster. He was right, everybody’s happy, life is good!”

    “On behalf of RIAA, we’re so pleased to mark such an amazing accomplishment,” said Jackie Jones, Vice President of Industry Relations at the Recording Industry Association of America. “A certification of this magnitude is incredibly rare—occurring only a few times in our organization’s history. Darius, his team and the entire UMG Nashville family should be very proud of this historic moment in music.”

    The Associated Press broke the news, capturing the plaque presentation surprise which can be viewed HERE.

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  • HOT COUNTRY KNIGHTS DELIVER BLISTERING COVER OF “HONKY TONKIN’S WHAT I DO BEST” FOR JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!

    After making their television debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week, the Hot Country Knights deliver an explosive cover “Honky Tonkin’s What I Do Best” by Marty Stuart feat. Travis Tritt. As its lyrics epitomize the mentality behind the ’90s influenced band, the Knight’s revive the rocking classic with blended vocals accompanied by their self-styled choreography. The exclusive online performance serves as an ode to their musical heroes such as Stuart and Tritt, who is featured on the Knights debut single “Pick Her Up.” Produced and written by multi-Platinum entertainer Dierks Bentley along with co-writers Jim Beavers and Brett Beavers, the classic barnstormer now at Country radio finds Doug Douglason and Tritt trading vocals filled with “humorous lyrical content” (Billboard).

    To watch the Hot Country Knights perform “Honky Tonkin’s What I Do Best” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! click here: https://umgn.us/HCKHonkyTonkin

     

    Additionally, those who missed the Knights television debut can watch the performance of their new original song “Asphalt” here: https://umgn.us/HCKKimmel

    Some said this moment would never happen. But in spite of 30 wasted years and countless bad decisions, the Hot Country Knights stake a “triumphant come back of the ‘90s” (CMT). Famous for never giving up on the dream of the ‘90s, the Hot Country Knights are comprised of band leader Douglas (“Doug”) Douglason, lead bass player Trevor Travis, lead guitarist Marty Ray (“Rayro”) Roburn, keytar/fiddle player Terotej (“Terry”) Dvoraczekynski, steel guitarist Barry Van Ricky and percussionist Monte Montgomery. The Knights will embark on the 2020 ONE KNIGHT STAND TOUR when it launches April 7 in San Diego, CA, and it includes major market stops at iconic venues such as Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theater, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and what is sure to be an unforgettable night at the Talladega Superspeedway. Tickets are on sale now as they have enlisted support from some of Country music’s most buzzed about new artists with Hannah Dasher, Tenille Townes, Rachel Wammack and Lainey Wilson splitting the dates. For more information on each date, visit www.hotcountryknights.com.

  • LUKE BRYAN WILL PERFORM THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT NHL’S NASHVILLE PREDATORS GAME THIS WEEK TO RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS FOR CHD.

    On Thursday (February 13th), the Nashville Predators Foundation will host Hockey Has Heart Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Night in support of the cardiac research and support that takes place at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. CHD, which impacts 40,000 newborns in the United States per year, results when the heart, or blood vessels near the heart, don’t develop normally before birth.

    Prior to the 7 p.m. CT matchup between the Predators and Islanders, joined by two young CHD patients, country music super star Luke Bryan will perform the National Anthem. When Luke and his wife Caroline Boyer Bryan lost their niece, Sadie Brett Boyer, to complications of CHD in 2017, they came together with Brett’s parents, Ellen and Bo Boyer, to create The Brett Boyer Foundation in her honor. Since the foundation’s inception, the Bryan and Boyer family has been committed to raising awareness and funding research surrounding CHD.

    In addition to Luke’s presence on behalf of The Brett Boyer Foundation, multiple CHD non-profits will be in attendance on Thursday to promote CHD awareness and research. Bright Heart FoundationAdult Congenital Heart AssociationHaley’s HeartsWorld of Broken Hearts and WubbaNub will host a mixer in the Bridgestone Arena meeting rooms for over 200 heart warriors and their families who will be at the game. WubbaNub Founder & CEO Carla Schneider will be in attendance and was instrumental in collaborating with the Preds to create the special Preds CHD Bear. Additionally, representatives from each organization will be on site to further support the CHD families and educate Preds fans.

    As the guests of honor that evening, the young CHD patients and their families will receive the star treatment on Thursday. Following the mixer, the kids will have the opportunity to high five the team as they take the ice, ring the “Mayor of Smashville” siren and even enjoy all the action from Pekka Rinne‘s 365 Fund suite or Matt Duchene‘s Hockey Tonk.

    To support the CHD fundraising efforts just in time for Valentine’s Day, fans are invited to stop by the Predators Foundation area (outside of Section 106/107) or the team store to purchase an adorable Preds WubbaNub pacifier (0-6 months) for $20. The WubbaNub is also available online. All proceeds will benefit CHD research and support at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Additionally, limited CHD t-shirts will be available for purchase. Donations will also be accepted.

    To join us in Smashville for Hockey Has Heart CHD Awareness Night on Thursday, or for tickets to Luke Bryan’s July 30 show at Bridgestone Arena, please visit Ticketmaster.com.

  • JORDAN DAVIS NAMED CELEBRITY AMBASSADOR FOR THE RYAN SEACREST FOUNDATION.

    Jordan Davis has been named as a new Celebrity Ambassador for the non-profit Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF). As ambassador, Jordan will help the organization by creating awareness, visiting patients in various studios at Childrens Hospitals around the nation, raising money and much more.

    “I am beyond honored to be the newest ambassador for the Ryan Seacrest Foundation,” says the Louisiana native. “It’s been so rewarding to visit the different hospitals all over the country and spend time with the amazing kids and their families, as well as doctors and nurses.”

    Jordan, who became a father late last year, has already visited four different Seacrest Studios, and he recently launched an online auction where fans will have the opportunity for a meet-and-greet and behind-the-scenes experience, with all funds raised supporting the organization.

    “We are so thankful to have Jordan join us as a Celebrity Ambassador,” said Meredith Seacrest, RSF’s Executive Director and COO. “Over the last few years, we have been amazed by his ability to bring smiles to children and teens in Seacrest Studios – even in the toughest of circumstances.” For more information, go to ryanseacrestfoundation.org.

     

     

    Jordan is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest hit, “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot” and performing for crowds on his Trouble Town Tour, which makes stops in Council Bluffs, Iowa February 20th and a two-night stand in Denver February 21st and 22nd.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Luke, Sam, Keith, Chris, Brothers O, Dierks, Billy, Jon, Travis

    Luke Bryan will appear on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday (February 12th), along with his fellow Idol judges.

    Sam Hunt will perform his latest smash, “Kinfolks,” on Thursday’s (February 13th) episode of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!

    Keith Urban’s All for the Hall benefit show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena this week raised more than $800,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The massive line-up included performances by Keith, Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Ingrid Andress, Tenille Townes, Tanya Tucker and many more.

     

    The ninth-annual Watershed Music and Camping Festival announced country superstars Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban and Thomas Rhett will headline the event at George, Washington’s Gorge Amphitheatre July 31st-August 2nd. The three-day festival will also include performances by Jon Pardi, Billy Currington, Travis Denning, Kelsea Ballerini, Randy Houser and many others. Passes go on sale February 21st at 10am PT at watershedfest.com.

  • MADDIE & TAE CELEBRATE RIAA GOLD CERTIFICATION FOR “DIE FROM A BROKEN HEART.”

    Photo I.D. (L-R): Mercury Nashville VP of Promotion Damon Moberly, Red Light Management’s Haley McLemore, UMG Nashville SVP of A&R Stephanie Wright, Maddie Marlow, Tae Dye, UMG Nashville EVP of A&R Brian Wright, UMG Nashville EVP of Promotion Royce Risser. (February 7, 2020) © Grand Ole Opry, photo by Chris Hollo

    PLATINUM-selling duo Maddie & Tae celebrated RIAA GOLD certification for their current single “Die From A Broken Heart” ahead of their performance at the Grand Ole Opry this past Friday (2/7). Pegged as “their finest moment yet” (Esquire), “Die From A Broken Heart,” struck immediate fan connection garnering over 130 MILLION streams, while the “revealing” (PEOPLE) official music video torpedoed upon release as the best performing first week for a country female in 2019 with over 30 MILLION video streams to date. Approaching the Top 30 at Country radio, the song will appear on the duo’s upcoming sophomore album THE WAY IT FEELS (Mercury Nashville), out on April 10th.

    Award-winning duo Maddie & Tae are drawing praise for their new music “anchored around their stellar vocal pairings and some of the tightest harmonies on Music Row” (Rolling Stone) with a “sound that’s identifiable while still representing a distinct step forward” (Billboard). Maddie & Tae first broke out in 2013 with their brilliant “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 Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice and Brad Paisley have welcomed Maddie & Tae on the road, with the pair set to support Lady Antebellum’s 2020 OCEAN TOUR following their own headlining TOURIST IN THIS TOWN TOUR. For additional information, visit www.maddieandtae.com.

    Audio / Maddie Marlow from Maddie & Tae talks about the overwhelming reaction the duo has received from fans for their song, "Die From a Broken Heart."

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    Maddie & Tae (reaction to Die From a Broken Heart) OC: (Maddie) …so cool. :58

  • SAM HUNT RETURNS THIS WEEK TO ABC’S JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!

    Sam Hunt returns to ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! this Thursday (February 13th) to play is latest hit single “Kinfolks.” Already with over 105M streams and currently in the Top 2 on the country radio airplay charts, “Kinfolks” is a recent release from Hunt’s upcoming April 3rd album, SOUTHSIDE (MCA Nashville).

    Listen to “Kinfolks” HERE  |  Preorder SOUTHSIDE HERE

    Additionally, Hunt hits the road in May for The Southside Summer Tour 2020 with special guests Kip Moore, Travis Denning, and ERNEST. The 41-city run across North America goes on sale today (February 11th) exclusively to Citi members via www.citientertainment.com with public on-sale opening this Friday (February 14th) on www.ticketmaster.com.

    Find The Southside Summer Tour 2020 Playlist HERE

    For more information, visit www.SamHunt.com.

     

    About Sam Hunt:
    Multi-Platinum-selling, award-winning hitmaker Sam Hunt recently introduced fans to his new song, “Kinfolks”- already Top 5 at country radio. Leaning on the sentiment of “you can’t make old friends,” Hunt exemplifies the importance of bringing a new relationship into the mix and comfortability of home. “Kinfolks” follows Hunt’s GRAMMY-nominated, Triple-Platinum-selling debut album, Montevallo (MCA Nashville), which topped the Billboard Country Albums Chart in its first week and it remains the best-selling debut album for a country artist since 2011; and his three-week No. 1, 6x Platinum-selling, GRAMMY-nominated smash, “Body Like A Back Road.”

    Montevallo produced four No. 1 singles and five Platinum and Multi-Platinum-selling hits including “Leave the Night On,” “House Party,” “Take Your Time,” “Break Up In A Small Town” and “Make You Miss Me.” Then, Hunt’s “Body Like A Back Road” release shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart where it remained for an unprecedented 34 consecutive weeks, shattering the record for most weeks atop the nearly 59-year-old chart. “Body Like A Back Road” was also the No. 3 most-downloaded all genre song of 2017.

    Called “stylistically provocative” by The New York Times and “deceptively phenomenal” by The Washington Post, Hunt has received accolades from Associated Press, Billboard, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, SPIN Magazine, Village Voice, The New York Times, The Washington Post and more. Since the Montevallo’s 2014 release, Hunt has accumulated over 6.85 billion global streams and has earned 22 million RIAA certified units. Hunt is currently in the studio finishing up a new project expected in the new year. For information on Sam Hunt, visit www.SamHunt.com.

  • LUKE BRYAN HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN AMERICAN IDOL.

    We’re just one week away from the premiere of the new season of American Idol, and your judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie are ready to help all of the competitors realize their star potential. For all of those of you who may be trying out, heed the words of advice from Luke.

    “To be an American Idol, you’ve got to have the star, the star factor, the sparkle in your eye,” says Luke. “You’ve got to control the room. Own the room. Own the moment. It’s got to be God given. It’s got to be God given talent. But you also have to work really, really hard for it and you have to learn how to fight. I’m yet to learn how to navigate this competition. But if you don’t come in there with that idol factor, that star quality that makes me and Lionel and Katy just light up. When you walk in the room, you’re gonna have. You’re gonna have a little bit of trouble being the next American Idol.”

    The new season of American Idol premieres Sunday (February 16th) at 8pm ET on ABC.

     

    Meanwhile, Luke is making his way near the top of the country charts with his latest smash, “What She Wants Tonight.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan explains what it takes to be an American Idol.

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    Luke Bryan (American Idol-what it takes) OC: …next American Idol. :35
    “To be an American Idol, you’ve got to have the star, the star factor, the sparkle in your eye. You’ve got to control the room. Own the room. Own the moment. It’s got to be God given. It’s got to be God given talent. But you also have to work really, really hard for it and you have to learn how to fight. I’m yet to learn how to navigate this competition. But if you don’t come in there with that idol factor, that star quality that makes me and Lionel and Katy just light up. When you walk in the room, you’re gonna have. You’re gonna have a little bit of trouble being the next American Idol. “

  • RISING COUNTRY STAR JON LANGSTON UNVEILS NEW SONG “DRINKS.”

    32 Bridge Entertainment/EMI Records Nashville’s, Jon Langston, unveiled his new song, “Drinks,” today. Listen HERE. Penned by Langston, Jared Mullins, and Matt Alderman, the ballad captures the feelings of heartbreak and longing following the end of a relationship. The song has been a staple in Jon’s live show over the past year and one he is excited to share with fans. “I’ve been wanting this song to be out for a long time,” states Jon. “We’ve been playing it live this past year and the fans are ready for it too! I’m really excited for the world to hear this one.”

    Additionally, Jon released the lyric video for, “Drinks,” today and fans can check out his personally curated playlist. “Drinks” is the latest from the Georgia native following the release of his EP, Now You Know, this past October. The lead single from the project also titled, “Now You Know,” is currently sitting at 36 and climbing the charts at country radio. Jon’s catalog has since accumulated over 500 million career streams.

     

    Jon just wrapped a performance at Luke Bryan’s sold-out Crash My Playa in Mexico and is currently on the road performing numerous headlining shows across the country. He also joins Morgan Wallen on upcoming dates for his Whiskey Glasses Roadshow Tour. A full list of Jon’s tour dates can be seen below.

    Jon Langston Tour Dates:

    February 7 | Columbus, OH – Tequila Cowboy

    February 8 | Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center

    February 13 | Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford

    February14 | Tuscaloosa, AL – Druid City Music Hall

    February 15 | Rome, GA – Brewhouse Music & Grill

    February 20 | Rockford, IL – District Bar & Grill

    February 21 | Springfield, IL – Boondocks

    February 22 | Columbia, MO – The Blue Note

    February 28 | Shelby Carter Township, MI – Coyote Joe’s

    February 29 | Flint, MI – The Machine Shop

    March 6 | Memphis, TN – The Bluff

    March 7 | Poplar Bluff, MO – Black River Coliseum

    March 13 | Martin, TN – Slide & Ride Saloon

    March 19 | Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore*

    March 20 | Raleigh, NC – The Ritz*

    March 21 | North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues*

    March 22 | North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues*

    March 26 | Milledgeville, GA – Ned Kelly’s

    March 27 | Tifton, GA – Terminal South

    March 29 | Kissimmee, FL – Country Thunder Florida

    April 9 | Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore*

    April 10 | Boston, MA – House of Blues*

    April 11 | Boston, MA – House of Blues*

    April 16 | Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle*

    April 17 | Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle*

    April 18 | Savannah, GA – Grayson Stadium

    April 19 | Fort Lauderdale, FL – Tortuga Music Festival

    April 23 | San Jose, CA – San Jose Civic*

    April 24 | San Bernardino, CA – Brandin’ Iron Nightclub

    April 29 | Garden City, ID – Revolution Concert House*

    April 30 | Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex*

    May 1 | Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium*

    May 2 | Grand Junction, CO – Warehouse 2565

    June 14 | Hunter, NY – Hunter Mountain

    June 19 | North Lawrence, OH – Clay’s Park Resort

    July 10 | Fort Laramie, OH – Country Concert

    August 6 | Oro-Medonte, ON – Boots and Hearts Music Festival

    *Whiskey Glasses Roadshow Tour

  • VALENTINE’S DAY AUDIO 2020: AJ, Billy, Jon, Jordan, Keith, LBT, Luke and more

    Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special someone. The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century.

    Over 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion; 2.2 million marriages take place in the United States annually, which breaks down to more than 6,000 a day.

    Friday is Valentine’s Day (February 14th), and we’ve got some thoughts and feelings and more about love, romance and marriage from several of your favorite country artists. A few are new and some have become our favorites over the years. Which country stars are romantic? Which ones aren’t? Which ones have a good reason to celebrate the holiday that’s all about love?

     

    Audio / Alan Jackson talks about his love for wife, Denise, over the years.

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    AJ (Valentine’s Day) OC: …continue to. :24

    “We got a lot of history together now, and we’re happier than we’ve ever been. So, she’s still beautiful, and she’s always inspired songs. I mean, one of my early hits was a song called ‘I’d Love You All Over Again,’ I wrote for her for our 10th anniversary. I mean, there’s been a zillion songs that have pieces of our good days and bad days inspired, and they continue to.”

    Audio / Billy Currington recalls his first real Valentine’s Day.

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    Billy Currington (Valentine’s Day memory) OC: …took off running. :21
    “Yeah, I remember my first girlfriend. I was in first or second grade, but anyway, I remember it was Valentine’s Day and your mom going, ‘You’ve got to give your girlfriend something, and you’ve got to go give it to her.’ I’ll never forget — we got her a box of chocolates or whatever it was. I remember going down to her classroom and knocking on the door, getting her to come to the door. I remember handing it to her, and then I took off running.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood is all about the chocolate most couples give each other on Valentine’s Day.

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    Carrie Underwood (Valentine’s Day-chocolate) OC: …white chocolate. :14
    “Chocolate’s every woman’s friend – in their time of need or in their time of happiness or in their time of sadness or madness, chocolate is my friend. Anything with caramel in it, ooooooooh. White chocolate’s good too. You can’t beat some good white chocolate.”

    Audio / DIERKS BENTLEY SAYS THE MOST INTERESTING GIFT HE AND HIS WIFE CASSIDY HAVE GIVEN EACH OTHER WERE MIXTAPES OF SONGS.

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    Dierks Bentley (Valentine’s Day-most interesting gift he’s given his wife) OC: …formulate yourself. 1:19
    “When ‘What Was I Thinkin’’ was released in 2003, I didn’t know what my life would look like, and all of a sudden, I found myself out on the road full-time, just gone. So, the place where I was staying, I had some friends pack it up and move it into a storage facility…and in there I found some letters that she and I had written back and forth when we were dating. I was working at The Nashville Network and she was working out in San Francisco and found some letters I had written her and I’d gotten back and some stuff she’d sent me, including a CD of songs she’d been listening to, back when you made CD mixes and there’s like these three hearts on that CD. I just found that it was so meaningful for me those gifts you give each other before any money, before anything else was going on, just music, giving of mixtapes was so cool. She reminded me of a mixtape that I had sent her. I’d sent it to her via FedEx, because it was so important she get this as quickly as possible. This was sadly before, I guess we had internet back then, but you really couldn’t send songs over the internet. I think the most interesting thing I’ve given her and she’s given me was just mixtapes, because there’s nothing like music to put into words and the thoughts you have in your head that you can’t formulate yourself.”

    Audio / Jon Pardi says he has learned a lot about love and about Valentine’s Day from his fiancé Summer.

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    Jon Pardi (Valentine’s Day) OC: …for you. (laughs) :38
    “One thing Summer’s taught me is that gifts are cool, diamonds, blah, blah, blah, but take your time and clear your mind and write something about what she means to you on a card. It’s probably the least expensive and the biggest price you can give her is just to write and tell her how much you love her on a card. That’s what she taught me for Valentine’s Day. So, I just do that; it’s way cheaper. (Laughs) And of course, I always say to her, I say, ‘Babe-every day is Valentine’s Day for you.” (laughs)

     

    Audio / Jordan Davis talks about meeting his wife in New Orleans. They were both there attending separate weddings.

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    Jordan Davis (meeting wife) OC: …here we are. :47
    “My college roommate was getting married in New Orleans. My wife was in New Orleans for a totally separate wedding. Both wedding parties were staying at the same hotel, so we met, the first time, in the lobby of the hotel. I’m actually wearing a necklace that has the coordinates to that hotel. Then the next day, me and my brother walk into a bar in New Orleans, and her and her friends were sitting in the corner, and I was like, ‘Hey-that’s the girl from the lobby.’ She was actually dating somebody at the time. But we kind of exchanged numbers and stayed in contact, and about two months later, a month later, she came into town for CMA Music Fest and told me that she no longer had a boyfriend, and here we are.”

    Audio / Josh Turner says his wife would call him a romantic, but now that they have four children, it takes a bit of work to make time for each other.

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    Josh Turner (Romantic) OC: …long time to come. :26
    “If you ask my wife Jennifer if I was a romantic, she would definitely say, ‘Yes,’ but she knows that sometimes my hectic schedule and our busy lifestyles can kind of interfere with the romantic side of things. But we do try to make efforts towards being together and having adult conversations and taking time away from the children and doing things that husbands and wives do, so we’ll definitely try to continue that for a long time to come.”

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about the support he and his wife, Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman, give each other, which is especially important when two creative artists are married to each other.

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    Keith Urban (Nicole support) OC: …very important. :17
    “I feel very blessed that I have the support of my family like I do. It’s a beautiful thing having two artists because we understand the passion and the responsibility of what we get to do. It’s very important.”

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook had a chemistry performing together, but it wasn’t until they each found themselves single…at the same time…that sparks flew romantically. The pair, who wed in 2006, have a son, Elijah.

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    Little Big Town (Jimi & Karen fell in love) OC: (Kimberly) …to be together. :48

    JIMI: “We were in the band a long time before there was ever anything which is interesting. I think there was always something underlying there that we were kind of trying to ignore. And then when the opportunity came, when all of us, ended up single kind of at the same time, a very strange turn of events for the band in a lot of different ways. And those feelings, you were able to come out with them finally. It was like, we’re single. Let’s get together. And, you know, she has a beautiful heart and she’s absolutely gorgeous and I just love her dearly.”

    PHILLIP: “Get a room!” [laughs]

    KIMBERLY: “They’re a perfect match. They really are. They were meant to be together.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about his favorite love song.

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    Luke Bryan (love song with Caroline) OC: …That’s it! :11
    “Caroline and I, we had a love song in college. It was Lenny Kravitz’ [starts singing] ‘I just can’t get you off of my mind.’ That’s it!”

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about marrying Caroline, his college sweetheart.

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    Luke Bryan (married college sweetheart) OC: …married. :27
    ”I married my college sweetheart. We dated back in college and broke up for nearly six years, and while I was off doing my Nashville stuff and touring and writing songs, she was finishing getting her career kind of going. Man, we just kinda bumped into each other one night, and it was like bam, here we are married.”