• NEWS AND NOTES: Luke Bryan, Parker McCollum, The War And Treaty, Darius Rucker

    Luke Bryan and R&B singer Ne-Yo will headline FanDuel’s inaugural Kentucky Derby Party, which will take place on Friday, May 3rd at Paristown Arts and Entertainment District in Louisville, Kentucky. “Partnering with FanDuel for the Kentucky Derby party is an absolute honor,” said Luke Bryan in a press release. “It’s such an iconic event filled with tradition and history, and I hope fans are ready for an unforgettable night – it’s going to be a party!”

    In an interview with CMT Hot 20 Countdown’s Cody Alan, Parker McCollum played “Light It Up or Burn It Down.” Parker was also surprised to find out his “Burn It Down” video was No. 1 on the countdown.

     

    The War And Treaty were special guests at the WWE’s Smackdown and Wrestlemania 40. One-half of the duo, Michael Trotter, Jr., got to meet one of his idols, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. In one social post, Michael wrote, “In the 90s, the height of the bullying almost took me out of the race. My mom was so tired of seeing me come home and lock myself in my room to cry. I needed something strong. I needed a new attitude so I did what I knew to do and that was go to WWE to get strength, to get courage, to get me the proper tools to start ‘opening up a can of whoop ass’…If you told that bullied kid that he’d be singing at one of the BIGGEST WRESTLEMANIAS EVER! If you told him he’d meet Triple H and The Rock, and so many others, I’d laugh and say ‘yeah right.’ You’re never too old to see childhood dreams come true.” The Grammy-nominated duo also performed at the huge event.

    Darius Rucker was spotted in the stands in Cleveland, Ohio for the women’s final four to watch the South Carolina Gamecocks win Friday night (April 5th) to advance to Sunday’s (April 7th) championship game against the Iowa Hawkeyes. He wasn’t the only famous face in the crowd; Ted Lasso‘s Jason SudekisMachine Gun Kelly and Kylie Kelce, the wife of Super Bowl star and Cleveland Heights native Jason Kelce.

  • DARIUS RUCKER ANNOUNCES THE LINEUP OF THE THIRD ANNUAL RIVERFRONT REVIVAL.

    For the third year in a row, Charleston native Darius Rucker has curated an all-star roster of talent for his hometown music festival, Riverfront Revival set to take place on Friday, October 11th, and Saturday, October 12th at scenic Riverfront Park in North Charleston. Fans can now purchase daily tickets in addition to weekend passes and get a first look at the talented lineup, featuring a melody of nineties, Americana, rock and country tunes.

    Riverfront Revival is thrilled to announce its two headlining acts at this year’s festival: multi-Diamond, two-time GRAMMY Award-winning and internationally acclaimed band Hootie & the Blowfish, of which Rucker is a member, and GRAMMY Award-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band. Tedeschi Trucks Band will headline Friday night to kick off the two-day affair, and Hootie & the Blowfish will cap off the festival on Saturday as they officially end their 2024 “Summer Camp with Trucks” tour with Riverfront Revival festival-goers. Guests can expect the last show of Hootie & the Blowfish’s tour, their first since 2019, to culminate in emphatic fashion in their home state of South Carolina along the backdrop of the Cooper River in a can’t-miss performance.

    “I can’t think of a better way to close Riverfront Revival out with a bang than next to my Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates,” shares Darius. “Charleston and the band both mean so much to me and are an integral part of who I am, so I’m thrilled to bring these two parts of my life together for everyone to celebrate and enjoy.”

    The Revivalists, Paul Cauthen, Southall, Grace Bowers & the Hodge Podge and July Moon will also grace the stage on Friday night with can’t-miss performances. On Saturday, guests can expect performances by Jamey Johnson, Collective Soul, Arrested Development, Hailey Whitters, Sister Hazel, Shane Profitt, Gritty Flyright, Brady Smith and Elizabeth Covington.

    Tickets can be purchased at RiverfrontRevival.com. A portion of the proceeds will again be donated to the Arts in Healing program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and local nonprofit Just Be You.

  • BRYCE LEATHERWOOD’S “THE ONE MY DADDY FOUND” PAYS TRIBUTE TO HIS PARENTS’ 25-YEAR LOVE STORY.

    As Republic Records / Mercury Nashville recording artist Bryce Leatherwood embarks on his debut headlining Neon Does Tour, which kicked off last night in Statesboro, Georgia, the country crooner turned off the neon and found inspiration from home with his latest release, “The One My Daddy Found,” out now.

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    Written by Leatherwood alongside Lynn Hutton and Chris Dubois, “The One My Daddy Found” finds Leatherwood reflecting on his parents’ 25-year love story, noting all of the qualities from their relationship he aspires to in his own life.

    “My parents’ relationship is one I’ve always admired and has served as the basis of what I hope my future resembles,” Leatherwood shares of the song’s inspiration. “I wouldn’t be where I am without my parents supporting my music career and to thank them, I wanted to give them a song that captures how important they are to me.”

    “The One My Daddy Found” is Leatherwood’s latest release as he continues to tease new music to come. The song comes as Leatherwood was featured in Boot Barn’s 2024 spring campaign Taking Flight, a highlight on up-and-coming country musicians.

    Leatherwood’s Neon Does Tour will continue tonight in Knoxville, TN before making additional stops in Birmingham, AL, Indianapolis, IN and more. To purchase tickets, visit bryceleatherwood.com.

     

    Neon Does Tour:

    April 5 // Knoxville, TN // Open Chord

    April 7 // Decatur, GA // Eddie’s Attic

    April 11 // Columbus, OH // The Basement

    April 12 // Charlotte, NC // The Evening Muse

    April 18 // Birmingham, AL // Zydeco

    April 19 // Athens, GA // 40 Watt Club

    April 20 // Tifton, GA // Terminal South

    May 9 // Chicago, IL // Carol’s Pub

    May 10 // Indianapolis, IN // 8 Seconds Saloon

    May 11 // Louisville, KY // PBR Louisville

    About Bryce Leatherwood:
    Bryce Leatherwood is a 23-year-old singer/songwriter who aims to carry the torch of country music and continue the legacy of legends prior. Bryce was born and raised in Woodstock, GA, and his passion for music began at an early age. Working on his grandfather’s farm every summer, Bryce was exposed to the classic country hits of George Jones, Merle Haggard and Conway Twitty. Soon thereafter, Bryce began picking up guitars and playing the traditional country music that still inspires him today. Bryce’s music career began to blossom in Statesboro, GA, where he attended Georgia Southern University. During his time in Statesboro, Bryce played college venues and continued to hone his stage presence and his country music repertoire. In late 2021 while still enrolled in college, Bryce formed his band and began playing all around the Southeast. Bryce’s goal was to take the stage and play the best of country music to all ages and audiences. After graduating college, Bryce set his mind on a new task. In 2022, he competed on the NBC hit television show The Voice and was crowned the Season 22 winner in December of 2022. Following his success on “The Voice,” Bryce signed with Republic Records / Universal Music Group Nashville and is currently hard at work on new music.

     

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  • SAM HUNT’S LOCKED UP EP OUT NOW.

    Sam Hunt releases his Locked Up EP today. The four-song project includes Hunt’s current Top 5 hit song “Outskirts,” the “Locked Up” title track, plus two new songs “Country House” and “Last Hurrah.” Hunt co-wrote three of the four tracks, and enlisted fellow songwriters Ross Copperman, Zach Crowell, Jeremy Flowers, Luke Laird, Michael Lotten, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne for the project.

    Locked Up EP Track Listing

    1. Locked Up (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
    2. Country House (Sam Hunt, Ross Copperman, Michael Lotten, Josh Osborne)
    3. Last Hurrah (Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
    4. Outskirts (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers, Josh Osborne)

    Listen to Locked Up HERE

    Hunt wraps his current arena-headlining Outskirts Tour this month then heads out on his recently announced summer amphitheater Locked Up Tour kicking off June 28th. The 20-city Locked Up Tour continues through September with dates across the U.S. and Canada, and features support artists Russell Dickerson, George Birge (U.S.), and Dalton Dover (Canada). General on sale begins today, Friday, April 5 at 10 a.m. local time in most markets. Fans can also purchase VIP Packages, which may include premium tickets, VIP Lounge access, exclusive VIP gift item, specially designed tour poster & more. VIP package contents vary based on offer selected. For more information, visit vipnation.com and SamHunt.com.

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  • PARKER McCOLLUM ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL DATES FOR HIS BURN IT DOWN TOUR.

    Parker McCollum, has announced additional dates for his explosive Burn It Down Tour for this Fall. The already impressive 41-date run will add 13 more stops reaching the West Coast and taking on some of the biggest venues in the country. Joining Parker on the road this year are Corey Kent, Chayce Beckham, Ashley Cooke, Catie Offerman, Dasha, Elvie Shane, George Birge, Kassi Asthon, Kylie Morgan and MacKenzie Porter.

    Newly Added Tour Dates:

    9.13.24 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
    9.14.24 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
    9.19.24 Portsmouth, VA Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion
    9.20.24 Simpsonville, SC CCNB Ampitheatre at Hertiage Park
    9.21.24 Orlando, FL Addition Financial Arena, University of Central Florida
    9.27.24 Evansville, IN Ford Center
    9.28.24 Springfield, MO Great Southern Bank Arena
    10.10.24 Washington, D.C. Theater at MGM National Harbor
    10.11.24 Boston, MA MGM Music Hall at Fenway
    10.12.24 Philadelphia, PA Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
    10.24.24 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
    10.25.24 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
    10.26.24 Stateline, NV Tahoe Blue Event Center

    Tickets for Parker’s newly added dates are on sale Friday, April 12th at 10:00am local time.

    Fans can catch Parker on-stage at the upcoming CMT Music Awards where he’ll be joined by Country powerhouse, Brittney Spencer, for an unforgettable performance of his hit, “Burn It Down.” The CMT Music Awards will air live from Austin, Texas on Sunday (April 7th) on CBS.

    Parker is also set to host the upcoming Parker McCollum and Friends: ACM Lifting Lives LIVE, presented by Choctaw Casinos & Resorts on May 15th at TopGolf at The Colony, TX ahead of the 59th ACM Awards the following evening. The all-star event will raise money and awareness for ACM Lifting Lives, which works to improve lives through the power of music.

    Tickets for Parker McCollum and Friends: ACM Lifting Lives LIVE are available here.

    For a full list of Parker’s upcoming tour dates and tickets, please visit parkermccollum.com.

    ABOUT PARKER MCCOLLUM:
    Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Parker McCollum released Never Enough, a statement album that cements his status as one of country music’s undeniable new stars, on May 12 via MCA Nashville. Along with headlining his own tour this summer, McCollum will play stadiums with Morgan Wallen on Wallen’s One Night at a Time World Tour. McCollum has been named an ‘Artist to Watch’ by Rolling Stone, Billboard, SiriusXM, CMT, RIAA, and more with American Songwriter noting, “The Texas native teeters on the edge of next-level superstardom.” MusicRow listed McCollum as their 2021 Breakout Artist of the Year and Apple also included him as one of their all-genre “Up Next Artists” Class of 2021. A dedicated road warrior, McCollum made his debut at the famed Grand Ole Opry in 2021 and he already sells out venues across the country (over 40 sold out shows nationwide in 2021) including record-breaking crowds in Dallas (20,000), The Woodlands (16,500), Austin (7500+), Lubbock (7700+), Jackson, MS (5000+), Kearney, NE (3000+), Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, and three nights at Fort Worth’s iconic Billy Bob’s Texas. In March 2022, McCollum made his debut at RODEOHOUSTON to a sold-out crowd with over 73,000 tickets sold, returning to perform at the Opening Day celebration in 2023. He recently made a dream come true with his first-ever Austin City Limits performance, kicking off their 2023 season.  In 2022, McCollum earned his first ACM Award for New Male Artist of the Year, took home “Breakthrough Video of the Year” (a fully fan-voted honor) at the 2022 CMT Music Awards and scored two back-to-back CMA Awards nominations (2022 & 2023) for New Artist of the Year.

  • LUKE BRYAN RELEASES HIS NEW SINGLE, “LOVE YOU, MISS YOU, MEAN IT.”

    Five-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan is releasing a new song today across all digital platforms with “Love You, Miss You, Mean It.” He first showcased the song in late February, performing it during Country Radio Seminar in Nashville at Universal Music Group Nashville’s annual luncheon and then shared the performance with his fans on social media.

     

    “Love You, Miss You, Mean It,” written by Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, Jordan Minton and Jacob Rice, will impact country radio on Monday (April 8th). Three major radio chains will spotlight the single- iHeartCountry, Audacy and Beasley. Get the song HERE.

     

    “This song was special from the first time I heard it,” said Luke. “I knew it would resonate. It’s about young love and that whole process of trying to make relationships work through the on again and off again cycles. My wife and I went through that journey during college and I know a lot of people out there have too.”

    On April 17th, Luke will kick off his 2024 “Mind Of A Country Boy Tour” in Canada in Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome with Chayce Beckham and Tenille Arts joining. The tour will run through mid-September. As he has done for many years, Luke will welcome multiple special guests throughout the tour: Tenille Arts, Chayce Beckham, George Birge, King Calaway, Dillon Carmichael, Larry Fleet, HunterGirl, Ella Langley, Tracy Lawrence, Kameron Marlowe, Chase Matthew, Meghan Patrick, Lily Rose, Josh Ross, Alana Springsteen, Zach Top and DJ Rock. The tour boasts two stadium dates this year, Truist Field in Atlanta on August 17th with Bailey Zimmerman, Kameron Marlowe and Chayce Beckham and Wrigley Field in Chicago on August 25th with Bailey Zimmerman, Tracy Lawrence and Chayce Beckham.

    During his career Luke has performed for more than 14 million fans inclusive of his numerous headline tours, “Crash My Playa,” “Luke Bryan: VEGAS” and “Farm Tour.” “Mind Of A Country Boy Tour” is aptly titled after a song from Luke’s highly anticipated upcoming album. The tour is produced by Live Nation. Tickets on sale NOW at LukeBryan.com.

     

    Mind Of A Country Boy Tour” Schedule:

     

    4/17/2024 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
    4/18/2024 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
    4/24/2024 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre
    4/25/2024 Winnipeg, MB Canada Life Centre
    6/13/2024 Jacksonville, FL VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
    6/14/2024 Orange Beach, AL The Wharf Amphitheater
    6/15/2024 Orange Beach, AL The Wharf Amphitheater
    6/21/2024 Endicott, NY En-Joie Golf Course*
    6/22/2024 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
    6/27/2024 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
    6/28/2024 Detroit, MI Pine Knob Music Theatre
    6/29/2024 Detroit, MI Pine Knob Music Theatre
    7/11/2024 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
    7/12/2024 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
    7/13/2024 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
    7/18/2024 Gilford, NH BankNH Pavilion
    7/19/2024 Gilford, NH BankNH Pavilion
    7/20/2024 Gilford, NH BankNH Pavilion
    7/26/2024 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center Omaha
    7/27/2024 Ridgedale, MO Thunder Ridge Nature Arena
    7/28/2024 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    8/1/2024 Idaho Falls, ID Hero Arena Inside Mountain America Center
    8/2/2024 Nampa, ID Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
    8/8/2024 San Diego, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
    8/9/2024 Los Angeles, CA The Kia Forum
    8/10/2024 San Bernardino, CA Glen Helen Amphitheater
    8/15/2024 Kansas City, MO T-Mobile Center
    8/17/2024 Atlanta, GA Truist Park
    8/22/2024 Oklahoma City, OK Paycom Center
    8/24/2024 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
    8/25/2024 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field
    9/5/2024 Somerset, WI Somerset Amphitheater
    9/7/2024 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Music Center
    9/12/2024 West Palm Beach, FL iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
    9/14/2024 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

    *Not a Live Nation date

    for full list of opening acts on each show go to www.lukebryan.com

     

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    “‘Love You, Miss You, Mean It’ is obviously about kids falling in love and that was their saying to let each other know that they loved one another. It’s about young love. It’s about going off to college and trying to make that work and it not working and then going full circle. I’ve kind of lived that world with my relationship with my wife and I, and I know a lot of other people out there have too.”

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  • SAM HUNT LOCKED UP EP AUDIO TOOLKIT.

    We have compiled an array of content — a variety of liners and soundbites – from SAM HUNT to equip you with everything you might need to put together your own radio special; roll-out tracks leading up to –and following — the release of his new LOCKED UP EP to use in news feeds, specials and much more. Check out all of details below (including audio liners and soundbites, as well as transcriptions) to create your own content surrounding Sam’s EP release.

    Sam Hunt is set to release his brand-new four song EP, Locked Up, on Friday, April 5th. The new project includes the title track, his current Top 3 hit song “Outskirts,” plus two brand new songs. Sam co-wrote three of the four tracks, and enlisted fellow songwriters Ross Copperman, Zach Crowell, Jeremy Flowers, Luke Laird, Michael Lotten, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne for the project.

     

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  • SAM HUNT READY TO RELEASE LOCKED UP EP.

    Sam Hunt is releasing his Locked Up EP on Friday (April 5th). The four-song project includes the title track released on Friday, his current Top 3 hit song “Outskirts,” plus two brand new songs. Sam co-wrote three of the four tracks, and enlisted fellow songwriters Ross Copperman, Zach Crowell, Jeremy Flowers, Luke Laird, Michael Lotten, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne for the project.

    Locked Up EP Track List:

    1. Locked Up (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
    2. Country House (Sam Hunt, Ross Copperman, Michael Lotten, Josh Osborne)
    3. Last Hurrah (Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
    4. Outskirts (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers, Josh Osborne)

    Hunt makes his performance debut of new song “Locked Up” at the 2024 CMT Music Awards on Sunday (April 7th) airing live on CBS from the Moody Center in Austin, Texas on CBS and streaming live and on-demand on Paramount+.

     

    Audio / Sam Hunt explains why the four songs on his new EP go well together.

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    “The four songs really go with all the songs I’ve put over the last couple and a half years, but I didn’t want to put them all together on a project considering all those songs have already been out. So, these songs do go together, but they also go together with all 10 songs when you add ‘em up. But I had 3, let’s see, ‘Outskirts’ has been out, but I had three new songs finished, but had I had all the other seven finished, I would’ve have put ‘em all out together, but (ha) this is the first time that I had more than just one at a time finished, so I decided to put them out in an EP form.”

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    “These four songs reflect, I don’t know, the last three or four years of my life and that season I’ve been in, that writing season, and I hope they’ll listen to them with the other seven songs as well, because they all go together. Yeah, I hope that they can appreciate all the things about these songs that they might have appreciated about songs in the past. There are some themes I touch on that I’ve touched on in the past and some new direction, but overall the sound, I think, is pretty consistent with what I’ve done in the past. It’s a chapter that I’m closing and hopefully will start the next one soon after.”

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith Urban, Maddie & Tae, Priscilla Block, Toby Keith,

    Keith Urban is featured on the soundtrack for the new Garfield Movie on the lead single, “Let It Roll,” which features Snoop Dogg. The track will be released on April 12th with the original motion picture soundtrack, which includes contributions from Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso), Jon Batiste and more, following on May 17th. The Garfield Movie will open nationwide May 24th.

     

    Kelly Clarkson covered Keith Urban‘s 2002 six-week No. 1 smash, “Somebody Like You,” for the Kellyoke segment of her daytime talk show. Keith re-posted the video and wrote, “Kelly!!!!!! loooooove you singing this. hell, I love you singing anything….do you take requests?”

    Little Big Town will be featured on a new episode of CMT Storytellers on Friday (August 5th). The show airs at 8pm ET/7pm CT on CMT.

     

     

    Maddie & Tae and Priscilla Block will perform at Ascend Amphitheater during CMA Music Fest week for Tracy Lawrence and Friends concert, featuring Tracy, as well as Chris Young, Riley Green, Charles Esten and more.

    The late Toby Keith will be honored at Sunday night’s (April 7th) CMT Music Awards. Lainey WilsonBrooks & Dunn and rocker Sammy Hagar will perform a tribute to the acclaimed singer-songwriter. The tribute will also include appearances by Lukas Nelson and former professional baseball pitcher Roger Clemons. CMT will also air a television special, CMT Music Awards Celebrates Toby Keith, on April 11th at 10pm ET. The 2024 CMT Music Awards will air live from Austin, Texas, on Sunday (April 7th) at 8pm ET on CBS and streaming live and on-demand on Paramount+.

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    Mickey Guyton is among the artists who have been announced as presenters at Sunday night’s (April 7th) CMT Music Awards. She’ll be joined by Amber Riley (Glee), Billy Bob Thornton (Slingblade, 1883, Goliath), Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Emma Roberts, Gayle King (CBS Mornings), Jane Seymour, Jelly Roll, Max Theriot (Fire Country), Megan Moroney, Minnie Driver, Parmalee and others. The 2024 CMT Music Awards airs live from the Moody Center in Austin, Texas on Sunday (April 7th) on CBS and streaming live and on-demand on Paramount+.

     

     

  • ERIC CHURCH AND OUTSIDERS SPIRITS ANNOUNCE NEXT RELEASE FROM WHISKEY JYPSI.

    From the makers of award-winning Legacy Batch 001, Eric Church and Outsiders Spirits have announced the release of its all-new Whiskey JYPSI Explorer Series. The Explorer Series continues the brand’s focus on sourcing the highest quality whiskeys and ingredients while finishing these spirits with combinations of distinctive and exceptional woods from around the globe. The series features well-aged, mature whiskeys never younger than six years old and ranging between 100-107 proof.

     

     

    “When we started the company, we had a long-term goal of creating the highest quality whiskeys in the world while having a diversity of products to satisfy the palate of a variety of whiskey drinkers,” said Outsiders co-founder Raj Alva. “Our first launch was an ultra-premium product. This next one is going to be more accessible. It’s unique because it’s going to be finished using woods from across the globe. That’s why we called it Explorer.”

    Explorer’s inaugural release is a blend of two six-year-old bourbons – a low rye distilled in Kentucky and selected for its sweetness, and an Indiana high rye chosen for its spice. The combined mash bill of 66% corn, 30% rye and 4% malted barley is then slowly reduced to 103 proof and finished using two oak varietals – French Oak (Quercus robur) from France’s famed Forest of Tronçais and American Oak (Quercus alba) from the Appalachian Mountains. Each of these woods was specifically chosen to work in concert with the sweetness and spice of the blend – and both are steeped in rich backstories that connect their origins to the roots of country music.

    “This is why I wanted to get into the whiskey business,” said Church, a ten-time GRAMMY nominee. “It’s a creative process, an adventure, and a story – like music. And you never know where you’re going ‘til you get the song written or the whiskey is made.”

    Whiskey JYPSI’s Explorer is priced at $69.99 and will be available beginning today, April 2nd, in select liquor stores across Tennessee with more markets to follow and online at www.whiskeyjypsi.com.

    Outsiders Spirits chose oak staves from France’s Forest of Tronçais for the first release of Explorer because of its accentuated notes of spice and leather. The oak trees from this forest have been used to make barrels for centuries and have housed some of the finest Bordeaux wines ever made. The Forest of Tronçais was originally overseen by the Duke of Bourbon (foreshadowing its use in Explorer) and was later planted with oak trees by Louis XIV to supply timber for the French navy. The Tronçais region was also home to early European troubadours whose musical traditions of merging melodies and poetry ultimately migrated to the Appalachian Mountains – which became the heart of America’s singer-songwriter tradition.

    The American Oak staves used in the first Explorer release come from those same Appalachian Mountains, where cooler conditions lead to slower growth and a tighter grain. This results in a specific mix of sweetness, richness, depth, and viscosity the Outsiders team wanted to pair with the spice of the French Oak as a key finishing component in their new release. Explorer’s Appalachian Oak was also harvested near where Outsiders Spirits co-founder Eric Church grew up in North Carolina.

    “We only want to make incredible whiskey, and do it our way,” said Outsiders Spirits whiskey maker Ari Sussman. “Part of that is making sure it’s not just a whiskey – it’s a story highlighting the places, cultures and agricultures that are part of our explorations.”