• NEWS AND NOTES: Keith Urban, Jon Pardi, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Eric Paslay

    Keith Urban will team up with John Mayer again to perform on The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles. The TV special, which will also feature Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, John Legend and the Eurythmics, airs Sunday, February 9th at 8pm ET on CBS, exactly 50 years ago to the day, date and time of the Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. broadcasts on CBS Sunday, February 9th at 8 p.m. ET, exactly 50 years to the day, date and time of the Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

    Jon Pardi performed at the ESPN BCS Championship Ultimate Tailgate Party on Monday afternoon prior to the game pitting Auburn against Florida State.

    Luke Bryan closed out 2013 with one of the year’s best-selling albums overall! Nielsen SoundScan released the 2013 year-end album tallies and the ACM Entertainer of the Year’s Crash My Party, hit the list at No. 3 with sales of more than 1.52 million copies, behind Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience and Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2

    Darius Rucker has been tapped to perform at the T.J. Martell Foundations 2014 Nashville Honors Gala on March 10th, along with Kenny Chesney. The two will pay musical tribute to the honorees, which include Universal Music Group Nashville President Mike Dungan and Kenny’s manager Dale Morris. Proceeds from the event will go to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.

    Eric Paslay has been tapped to tour with Brantley Gilbert, who will launch his Let It Ride 2014 Tour March 27th in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. The trek, which is currently scheduled to wrap May 18th in Denver, will also feature Thomas Rhett.

  • DBTV CAPTURES ALL THE HEART-POUNDING ACTION FROM DIERKS BENTLEY’S 2014 POLAR PLUNGE. (VIDEO)

    Catch Dierks Bentley at his annual Polar Plunge in the new episode of DBTV (see below). This year, due to an alligator problem, Dierks had to improvise.

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  • DAVID NAIL IS ‘A FIRE’ ABOUT HIS NEW ALBUM. (AUDIO)

    Nashville, TN – MCA Nashville recording artist David Nail is set to release his third album I’m A Fire on March 4th. On I’m A Fire, the Grammy nominated Missouri native teamed back up with Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay and Glenn Worf at the helm.

    I’m A Fire has started off with a bang by the first single off the album, “Whatever She’s Got,” reaching GOLD Certification by the RIAA. The hit single, a song that Nail recorded for his wife Catherine, currently sits in the top-10 on the Billboard Country Airplay charts and continues to rise fast.

    Nail, who co-wrote four of the 11 songs, says “There’s so many moments on this record that make me think about the last four years that I’ve been married, and I’m a Fire just sums it all up.” He adds “It [the title track] says, ‘I’ve walked through flames, come out on the other end, and the foremost reason is because of you.’”

    Many of Nashville’s finest songwriters are featured on the album. Along with David, you can also find songs by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Scooter Carusoe, Jay Knowles, Lee Thomas Miller, Neil Thrasher, Jaren Johnston, Tom Douglas and even Brett Eldredge.

    I’m A Fire boasts 11 tracks including “When They’re Gone (Lyle County)” which features harmonies by past tour mates Little Big Town, “Kiss You Tonight” a song that expresses the strong emotion that we all feel at some point in our lives for another, the steamy “Burnin’ Bed” and one of the most special moments on the album, the cover of Glen Campbell’s “Galveston;” which Nail turns into a duet with in one of country music’s sweetest songbirds, Lee Ann Womack.

    Full track listing for I’m A Fire:

    1. Whatever She’s Got [Written by Jimmy Robbins and Jon Nite]

    2. Broke My Heart [Written by David Nail, Scooter Carusoe and Jonathan Singleton]

    3. Burnin’ Bed [Written by Bob DiPiero, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally]

    4. When They’re Gone (Lyle County) [Written by Brett Eldredge and Scooter Carusoe]

    5. Brand New Day [Written by David Nail, Scooter Carusoe and Shane McAnally]

    6. Kiss You Tonight [Written by David Cook, Jay Knowles and Trent Summar]

    7. The Secret [Written by David Nail and Scooter Carusoe]

    8. Countin’ Cars [Written by Lee Thomas Miller, Michael Dulaney and Neil Thrasher]

    9. Easy Love [Written by David Nail and Lee Thomas Miller]

    10. I’m A Fire [Written by Jaren Johnston and Tom Douglas]

    11. Galveston [Written by Jimmy L. Webb]

    For more information on David Nail and for a full list of tour dates visit www.davidnail.com

    Follow @DavidNail on Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidnail

    Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidNail

    Audio / David Nail (songwriting)

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    AUDIO: David Nail explains how writing songs is more of a subconscious effort than a forced one.

    David Nail (songwriting) OC: …weighing on me. :35
    “I always remember kind of writing poems and stuff. I guess that’s how it starts for everybody. I’ll go back home sometimes and find some old notebooks where I first was attempting [songwriting], and it’s pretty comical, I guess, to go back and look at it. But I’ve never really looked at writing as a job and I’ve never been mentally able to turn that knob on and off like that. It’s more or less medicine for me. It’s just kind of subconsciously drawn to the computer or the guitar or pen and paper if something’s weighing on your mind. And sometimes I’m really surprised at what comes out, because I wasn’t aware that that was weighing on me.”

     

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  • AMERICAN IDOL RETURNS NEXT WEEK. (VIDEO)

    American Idol will return with a set of two-hour episodes; the first will air on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 and the second will run on the following day.

    Check out clips from the new season with judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. below.

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  • ERIC CHURCH NAMED ONE OF THE TOP TOURING ACTS OF 2012. (AUDIO)

    ERIC CHURCH NAMED A TOP TOURING ACT OF 2012

    “The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour” sells over 765,000 tickets in 2012, positioning Church at No.11 on Pollstar’s Worldwide Ticket Sales Chart

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It’s only fitting in a year that landed GRAMMY nominee and CMA Award winner Eric Church at the top of the country singles chart with the two week No. 1 “Springsteen” that both Church and The Boss share something else in common – top placement on Pollstar’s Worldwide Ticket Sales Chart. Church joins the company of Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Coldplay, Roger Waters, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, Cirque du Soleil, Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Metallica and Dave Matthews Band. With over 765,000 tickets sold, Church’s The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour ranks at No. 11 on the chart published today at Pollstar.com.
    “To be listed beside these acts—based solely on the number of tickets sold throughout the year on our tour—is just incredible. I distinctively remember playing for eight people just over two years ago in a club in Texas, so to hear that that number has grown to what it was in 2012 is a true testament to the fans, their passion, and my band and crew’s dedication to making our show the best it can be night after night,” shares Church.

    The number of tickets sold on The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour in 2012, which covered 101 tour dates, matches what he sold in the prior six years of his touring career.

    Church was also the only country artist to be mentioned by name in a recent The New York Times feature, “The Best Concerts of 2012, as Seen by Times Critics” noting his March 14 show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York was “a mean show.” The recap further raved that Church delivered his “post-outlaw anthems” with “verve and tension, as if he might not be allowed to for much longer.” The list also includes Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Jay-Z and Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, and The Rolling Stones, among others.
    In 2013, Church will release a live album and join Kenny Chesney for the stadium dates of his No Shoes Nation Tour, commencing March 16, 2013 in Tampa, Fla.
    For more information, please visit www.ericchurch.com.

    AUDIO: Eric Church says his Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour has exceeded all expectations.

    Eric Church (Beers tour) OC: …this case, you know. :19
    “I’m blown away. This whole year, to have it all kinda, I don’t know, it’s like all of a sudden we’ve had so many things happen that we’ve been waiting on for a long time. It’s like it’s happened all at once. But when you put out a record or when you put a tour on sale, you never really know. It’s a leap of faith. And we’ve always really trusted our fans to be there for us, and especially in this case, you know.”

  • KACEY MUSGRAVES EXCITED TO HIT THE ROAD WITH LITTLE BIG TOWN! (AUDIO)

    Little Big Town will kick off their headlining tour, Tornado, at the end of the month, and at select shows, they’ll have hot newcomer Kacey Musgraves along for the ride. Kacey, whose hit “Merry Go ‘Round” is hitting some high notes on the charts, is thrilled to begin 2013 on tour with LBT. “I’m really excited to start 2013 off with a group of people that not only are so hardworking and determined and talented, but they’re also so sweet. They have been so good to me and supportive, and you won’t meet nicer people,” says Kacey. “I have a couple of friends that play in their band, so it’ll be fun to have friends that are in my band that are some of theirs, so it’ll be kind of like a big family.”

    The trek, which is set to hit more than 25 cities in North America, kicks off January 31st in Murray, Kentucky and will also include David Nail on the bill, as well.

    AUDIO: Kacey Musgraves is excited to kick off the year being on tour with Little Big Town.

    Kacey Musgraves (LBT tour) 1 OC: …big family. :24
    “I’m really excited to start 2013 off with a group of people that not only are so hardworking and determined and talented, but they’re also so sweet. They have been so good to me and supportive, and you won’t meet nicer people. And I have a couple of friends that play in their band, so it’ll be fun to have friends that are in my band that are some of theirs, so it’ll be kind of like a big family.”

    AUDIO: Kacey Musgraves is looking forward to hitting the road with Little Big Town later this month.

    Kacey Musgraves (LBT trek) OC: …be fun. :10
    “It’s gonna be in a bunch of theaters, so that’ll be fun. I get a 30-35 minute set, so I’ll get to play a bunch of songs. It’s just gonna be fun.”

  • DIERKS BENTLEY TAKES THE PLUNGE IN 2013! (VIDEO)

    Take a look at Dierks Bentley‘s annual — and highly anticipated — lake jump with the band in Orlando before their performance at this year’s Capitol One Bowl, where Georgia took on Nebraska.

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  • GARY ALLAN’S LATEST ALBUM, ‘SET YOU FREE,’ FINDS HIM IN A GOOD PLACE. (AUDIO)

    Due to the success of Gary Allan’s latest Top 10 single, “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” his new album, Set You Free, has been moved up a couple of months and will hit stores January 22nd. The new collection is the follow-up to the California native’s 2010 offering, Get Off On the Pain, and every album is a reflection of where he is at in his life. “I think every album that I’ve made is a stamp on where I was at that moment in time, and this one is definitely no different,” says Gary. “I’m in a good place.”

    When he first came to Nashville in pursuit of a country music career, Gary sat down with one of the town’s most prolific songwriters and colorful characters, the late Harlan Howard. “He kinda laughed as we were writing and playing around and he goes, ‘Well, you can write. Your problem is you ain’t got nothin’ to say,” Gary laughs. “He goes, ‘You haven’t lived long enough. You haven’t been through…you need to get divorced a few times.’ [laughs]”

    Gary has certainly lived quite a bit since he released his first album, 1996’s Used Heart for Sale, and it shows…in his music.

    AUDIO: Gary Allan has a lot of inspiration when it comes to writing about his life, which makes for really good albums, such as his new one, Set You Free.

    Gary Allan (album is a reflection of life) OC: …few times. [laughs] :31
    “I think every album that I’ve made is a stamp on where I was at that moment in time, and this one is definitely no different. I’m in a good place. I think with all the travel and all that stuff gives you the tools to write stuff like that. I can remember when I first came to town Harlan Howard was sitting down with me and he kinda laughed as we were writing and playing around and he goes, ‘Well, you can write. Your problem is you ain’t got nothin’ to say.’ [Gary laughs] He goes, ‘You haven’t lived long enough. You haven’t been through…you need to get divorced a few times.’ [laughs]”

  • DARIUS RUCKER JUMPS ON THE ‘WAGON’ WITH HIS LATEST SINGLE. (AUDIO)

    Darius Rucker has just released his new single, “Wagon Wheel,” and it was because of his daughter’s high school talent show that he came up with the idea to record the Old Crow Medicine Show popular sing-along tune. “We were watching my daughter, and the faculty band gets up. It’s just the faculty from her school, and they play ‘Wagon Wheel.’ And I’m sitting in the audience, and they get to the middle of the chorus, and I turned to my wife, and I go, ‘I’ve got to cut this song,’” recalls Darius. “I’m serious. This all happened in three-and-a-half minutes, four minutes, while they’re playing the song. And so I’m texting [producer] Frank Rogers, ‘Do you know this ‘Wagon Wheel’ song?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah. It’s by Old Crow Medicine Show.’ He said, ‘A lot of people have cut it.’ I said, ‘I don’t care! [laughs] I’m cutting it!’”

    The song, which is based on a portion of the song “Rock Me Mama” written by Bob Dylan and later finished by Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show, has been recorded by numerous artists including Little Feat, Jeremy McComb and Mumford & Sons…and can be heard in just about every club in America.

    You may recall Darius made a surprise appearance with Old Crow Medicine Show at the Grand Ole Opry last July for a special rendition of the song.

    AUDIO: Darius Rucker explains how he came up with the idea of recording “Wagon Wheel” for his new album.

    Darius Rucker (Wagon Wheel) OC: …finished it. :43
    “Somebody had played ‘Wagon Wheel’ for me years ago. It was one of those things that didn’t really…and I didn’t really get it. So, I’m at my daughter’s high school talent show, and I’m sitting in the audience with my family. We were watching my daughter, and the faculty band gets up. It’s just the faculty from her school, and they play ‘Wagon Wheel.’ And I’m sitting in the audience, and they get to the middle of the chorus, and I turned to my wife, and I go, ‘I’ve got to cut this song.’ I’m serious. This all happened in three-and-a-half minutes, four minutes, while they’re playing the song. And so I’m texting Frank Rogers, ‘Do you know this ‘Wagon Wheel’ song?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah. It’s by Old Crow Medicine Show.’ He said, ‘A lot of people have cut it.’ I said, ‘I don’t care! [laughs] I’m cutting it!’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, dude. We’ll try it. We’ll cut it.’ And so…I cut it, and it was great after we finished it.”

  • GARY ALLAN & JOE’S BAR DONATE BIG MONEY TO ACM LIFTING LIVES. (PHOTO)

    Encino, CA (January 3, 2013) – Singer-songwriter Gary Allan headlined Joe’s Bar on Saturday, December 15th with a portion of the proceeds benefitting ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music.  The show raised more than $11,000 for ACM Lifting Lives, which will go to help fund organizations that are improving lives through the power of music. Gary Allan has previously been involved as a volunteer artist in ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, held annually for campers with developmental disabilities in Nashville, TN.

    Ed Warm, co-owner of the two-time ACM Nightclub of the Year and board member of both the Academy of Country Music and ACM Lifting Lives, spearheaded the show.  This is the second Joe’s Bar performance that has benefitted ACM Lifting Lives.  The first, in 2011, featured performances by ACM Award winner LeAnn Rimes and Crystal Bowersox

    “Joe’s and Gary Allan are both long time Lifting Lives supporters  and we were all thrilled to come together with the help of WUSN for a night of great live music to benefit a great cause,” said Warm. “We hope to do more of these concerts in 2013.” 

    About ACM Lifting Lives

    ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.  Each year, ACM Lifting Lives provides grants to music therapy and music education programs.  Other giving includes serving members of the country music community who face unexpected medical or financial hardship through the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund and partnering with artists to improve lives through music. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.