• LUKE BRYAN GETS THINGS ‘SHAKIN’ IN CONCERT! (VIDEO)

    Luke Bryan — who picked up a CMT Music Award last week for Male Video of the Year — gets the guys to do a little shakin’ on stage. Check out some of the best…or worst…or funniest!

    The Georgia native is currently sitting at No. 2 on the country singles charts with his latest smash, “Drunk on You.”

    Video / LBTV Thursdays 2012! Episode 20

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  • TAKE A LOOK BEHIND THE CURTAIN AS LADY A HEAT UP LAST WEEK’S CMT MUSIC AWARDS! (VIDEO)

    Lady Antebellum take fans behind-the-scenes of last week’s CMT Music Awards, their performance with Hot Chelle Rae, on the red carpet and more in the new episode of Webisode Wednesdays!

    Video / Lady Antebellum - Webisode Wednesday - Episode 203

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  • LITTLE BIG TOWN’S RIDE FOR A CURE RAISES $55,000 FOR THE TJ MARTEL FOUNDATION.

    NASHVILLE TN (JUNE 13, 2012) Little Big Town’s sixth annual Ride For A Cure event took place this past Sunday, June 10th in Franklin and Columbia, TN. The annual motorcycle ride portion of the event was cancelled due to inclement weather but the pre-ride Jam Session at Mickey Roo’s and All-Star Jam Session at the Harley-Davidson Columbia Superstore continued as planned.
    In total the highly anticipated event raised over $55,000 for the T.J. Martell Foundation, which specializes in finding cures for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS. This increases the total amount of money Ride For A Cure has raised since inception to over $310,000.
    One of the most coveted auction items of the day was an autographed Epiphone Guitar signed by Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts and Edens Edge and was purchased by Mike Wolfe from The History Channel’s successful reality show, American Pickers.
    About the T.J. Martell Foundation
    The T. J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. The T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research was founded in 1975 by music industry executive Tony Martell and his colleagues, in loving memory of his son, T.J., who died of leukemia. The Foundation has provided over $250 million dollars for research at top research hospitals in the United States including the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. For additional information on the T.J. Martell Foundation, visit TJMartellFoundation.org.
  • FATHER’S DAY: ALAN, DARIUS, DIERKS, ERIC, JON, KEITH, LITTLE BIG TOWN, LUKE AND MORE! (AUDIO)

    Father’s Day is Sunday, and we have many of your favorite country stars talking about their own fathers or being fathers themselves. Thanks Dad!!!! (fyi–there are a couple of soundbites attached below that haven’t been transcribed — i.e. Luke Bryan, etc.)

    AUDIO: Alan Jackson says he trusts his daughters when it comes to dating.

    AJ (daughters & dating) OC: …all of ‘em. :15
    “I’m not one of these daddies stands there with the shotgun or anything. I do like to know what’s going on, ’cause I know what I was like at that age, you know, but they’re good kids, and they’re smart, and they make good choices, and so you gotta trust them, and try to raise them well. I mean, my girls are very sweet…very proud of all of them.”

    AUDIO: Alan Jackson, whose new album Thirty Miles West is now in stores, allows his three daughters to live and learn.

    AJ (parenting style) OC: …what they did.  :19

    “We try to be just not pushy hands on parents. We let them live and be their own way. I’m not stern with them. You know, I’m funny and light, and try to give them guidance and let them live and learn their own ways. And that’s something, I think, my parents did. It was accidental, but that’s what they did.”

    AUDIO: Darius Rucker says his kids would said he was a fun dad, unless they did something wrong.

    Darius Rucker (Father’s Day) OC: …loving dad. :41

    “I think if you asked my kids what kind of Dad I was they would probably say…Danny would say that I was a fun Dad. My little daughter would say that I was a fun dad; she thinks I’m a lot of fun. I think if you caught them at the right moment they would say I was mean [laughs] because when I’m home I’m not afraid to discipline them. I’m all fun until it’s not fun anymore and then daddy’s not the fun guy. I think that they’d say that I was a fun Dad, I’m a loving Dad and I think they would say that. I’m gone so much that when I’m home, I just shower love upon my kids. I say ‘I love you’ probably fifty times a day. We hug, we kiss all the time. I’m always wanting them to know how much I love them. So I’d hope they’d say that I was a loving dad.”

    AUDIO: Darius Rucker says he and his wife have tried to be laid-back when it comes to him leaving to go on the road.

    Darius Rucker (balancing kids and career) OC: …daddy’s job. :25

    We balance it. The one thing we decided a long time ago when the kids were born was dad going away and coming back was not a big deal. Don’t bring a bunch of presents when you come home and don’t go, ‘Ah, I’m gonna miss you guys.’ Just go and then come back. And that has helped a lot with the kids because they’re cool with it. They sometimes may get upset when I’m only home for a day and leave the next day. They’re really cool with that, the way we’ve handled it is just, ‘It’s Daddy’s job.’”

    AUDIO: Dierks Bentley talks about his daughter, Evie, and her love of music.

    Dierks Bentley (Father’s Day-Evie) OC: …support her. :31

    “My daughter Evie, she just loves being out and about and seeing stuff. She’s got a real gregarious personality and loves to be around music. It’s everywhere she goes … my daughter’s exposure to music in general is crazy. It’s always around. There’s just music everywhere. She loves it, and I’m not trying to turn her into my 401k package down the road, but if she wanted to get into the business, I’d support her.” 

    AUDIO: Eric Church describes his father and the qualities he admires in him.

    Eric Church (Father’s Day) OC: …always admired. :29

    “My dad is a, I’m trying to find the right words to describe him. My dad is a great guy, honest guy, very call it like he sees it, which is where I get a lot of that. No BS. I’m gonna tell you how I feel whether you like it or not, I’m that guy, I’m me…My dad’s that way, so I get a lot of that from him. There’s also an honesty and an integrity that my dad carries himself with that I’ve always admired. I think the both of them combined, and they’ve been married for I think 40 years, to be together that long in this day and time is a feat in itself.”  

    AUDIO: Keith Urban – father to daughters Sunday and Faith — says there are a number of things that are at the top of the list of being a dad. 

    Keith Urban (Father’s Day) OC: …experience that. :36

    “The first thing is probably just having someone call you dad. I’m like, ‘Omigosh! I’m her dad! That’s amazing.’ That’s probably the first thing to me. I don’t know, I mean, the different personalities that our two daughters have, that’s amazing. It’s such a long list I think. I always say…I think for the people that haven’t had kids – which I hadn’t for a long, long time. I didn’t have kids ‘til later on, and being around it is not the same as having them, you know? I realize that it’s not something that can be explained until you actually sort of have it, so I’m glad I got to experience that.” 

    AUDIO: Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook says fatherhood is absolutely beautiful. He and wife Karen Fairchild became parents to Elijah Dylan on March 5, 2010.

    Little Big Town (Jimi-Father’s Day) OC: …beautiful. :32

    “It’s still such a new experience for us, and man, I’m telling you, people can tell you all day long how great it’s going to be, but it still never touches it. That little man looking back at me, it’s the most unbelievable feeling. And every day, for me who hates mornings [laughs], waking up to a slap in the face; he’s like pounding on me, then he’s like kissing on me and stuff. It’s unbelievable. It’s absolutely beautiful.” 

    LINERS:

    Hey! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Happy Father’s Day.

    Hey this is Eric Church wishing you a Happy Father’s Day.

    Hi everyone, this is Keith Urban, wishing all you dads out there a Happy Father’s Day.

    Hi, this is Little Big Town, wishing all you Fathers a Happy Father’s Day.

  • DARIUS RUCKER AIMS FOR ‘BRIGHTER SOUND’ FOR HIS UPCOMING ALBUM.

    Darius Rucker has been in the studio putting the finishing touches on his next album, the follow-up to Charleston, S.C. 1966. He’s looking forward to getting the music into the hands of his fans, and he tells TasteofCountry.com that his third solo country album with be a bit “brighter.” “Hopefully it has a brighter sound with different songs,” says Darius. “We just try to do something a little bit different every time to sound a little bit different and to make records that people want to listen to. I don’t think [the process of making albums] ever gets easy, but it’s fun.”

     

  • ALAN JACKSON DEBUTS AT TOP OF COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART!

    ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM SCORES BEST FIRST-WEEK SALES SINCE GOOD TIME 

     

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 13, 2012) Country superstar Alan Jackson’s Thirty Miles West has debuted at the top of Billboard’s Top Country Albums sales chart, making it his 13th album to debut in the #1 spot on release week. The album also bows at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums sales chart that includes all genres of music, bested only by chart-blazing Adele’s 21. This is the best first-week sales for Jackson since the release of his platinum-selling Good Time in 2008. Released on June 5, Thirty Miles West is Jackson’s first new release on ACR (Alan’s Country Records)/ EMI Records Nashville; the album was produced by Keith Stegall. 

    Thirty Miles West is already proving itself as an acclaimed recording. “Jackson handles both real-life drama and sly humor with laid-back grace – making Thirty Miles West another example of how to keep traditional country music relevant in modern times,” says the Associated Press, which also notes, “No other artist of his generation deserves this destiny more, for no other has better represented the traditions of country music than this Georgia native.” 

    Thirty Miles West is built on the twin pillars of Jackson’s trademark sound: country-soul ballads and twanging modern honky-tonk,” says the Chicago Tribune, adding, “He may be surrounded on the charts by a sea of Nashville pop and rock artists, but Jackson remains a country traditionalist to the bone.” 

    The new album resonates with “the straightforward, down-to-earth style that has helped to make him, both artistically and commercially, such an enduring success,” says the Philadelphia InquirerPeople notes, “Thirty Miles West is a journey worth taking”…and the New York Times says, “Jackson does sublimely expressive things with the album’s lead single, ‘So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore,’ a fine, old-fashioned tear-jerker that captures a distinctly masculine blend of gallantry, taciturnity and martyrdom.” 

    “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore” continues to climb the country charts, residing inside the Top 25 this week. The music video for the song, filmed at Coney Island in New York, has topped the GAC Top 20 and become a Top 10 hit on the CMT Top 20 Countdown. 

    Jackson wrote six of the 13 songs included on Thirty Miles West. Writing about the new album, Billboard reported, “Jackson is in an elite group of songwriters, including Paul McCartney and John Lennon, who’ve written more than 20 of their own chart-topping tunes. In the country format, he’s second only to Merle Haggard in terms of writing or co-writing number one hits that he’s also recorded.” 

    Thirty Miles West is Jackson’s 14th studio album; it’s the latest in an unbroken string of 20 albums that have reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart – that list also includes three hits collections, two holiday albums, and his acclaimed 2006 gospel album, Precious Memories, which remains one of the Top 3 best-selling Catalog Country Albums this week. 

    About Alan Jackson

    Alan Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music. Jackson is one of the 10 best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica. Jackson has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide, topped the country singles charts 35 times, and scored more than 50 Top-10 hits. He has written or co-written 25 of his 35 #1 hit singles. Jackson is a 17-time ACM Award winner, a 16-time CMA Award recipient, and a two-time Grammy-winning artist whose songwriting has earned him the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award and an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame as a 2011 Songwriter/Artist inductee.

  • ALAN JACKSON’S ‘THIRTY MILES WEST’ DEBUTS ATOP THE COUNTRY ALBUM CHART! (AUDIO)

    Alan Jackson’s Thirty Miles West debuts at the top of the Billboard country albums chart. The album sold more than 73,000 copies to enter at No. 1 on the country chart and at No. 2 overall. It’s his best chart peak since Good Time debuted at No. 1 on the Top 200 in 2008. The collection features his current Top 25 single, “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore,” as well as “Long Way to Go” and “Dixie Highway,” which features his fellow Georgian, Zac Brown. ““There’s some cool things on there. It’s kind of like most of my albums, just a mixture of uptempo and fun and serious things and heartache songs,” says Alan. “There’s ‘Dixie Highway’ — it’s a fun thing that’s just about kinda stuff I’ve written before about growing up in the South, and I got Zac Brown – he owed me a song since I sang with him on one, so he’s singing on it.” 

    AUDIO: Alan Jackson talks about his new album, Thirty Miles West. 

    Alan Jackson (new album) OC: …singing on it. :36

    “There’s some cool things on there. It’s kind of like most of my albums, just a mixture of uptempo and fun and serious things and heartache songs…there’s a song I wrote, it’s kind of hard to sing or listen to, because I wrote it when Denise when she found out she had cancer a year or so ago. It just knocked me down, and it was really tough, and this song came out of it. [There’s] a lot of emotion in that song. Then there’s ‘Dixie Highway’ — it’s a fun thing that’s just about kinda stuff I’ve written before about growing up in the South, and I got Zac Brown – he owed me a song since I sang with him on one, so he’s singing on it.”

  • JON PARDI TIPS HIS HAT TO HIS GRANDMOTHER FOR HIS LOVE OF COUNTRY MUSIC. (AUDIO)

    Jon Pardi has been singing and playing music since probably before he can remember, and country music was always his love. His grandmother played a huge role in his love of all things country music and would drag out her karaoke machine every time he visited. “My grandmother loved to sing, and she would sing anywhere she could, ‘cause it made her happy,” recalls Jon. “And so when my parents would leave me with her while they went to work, most of the time we were in the little room with George Strait tapes and Garth Brooks and Randy Travis, George Jones. I mean, all just traditional country singin’ and having a good time recording ourselves.” 

    He says she also helped him develop his performing skills, as well. “My grandma was a great performer, I mean that’s really all. She didn’t have the great voice, but she could definitely entertain a room, and I got some of that too I think from her.” 

    Jon is currently headed up the charts with his debut single, “Missin’ You Crazy.” 

    AUDIO: Jon Pardi says he got his musical talent and on-stage personality from his grandmother. 

    Jon Pardi (grandmother) OC: …from her. :36

    “My grandmother loved to sing, and she would sing anywhere she could ‘cause it made her happy. And so when my parents would leave me with her while they went to work, most of the time we were in the little room when George Strait tapes and Garth Brooks, and Randy Travis, George Jones, I mean all just traditional country singin’ and having a good time recording ourselves. And so growing up with that, it really just, I grew up singing so it really helped me get my voice in, and my grandma was a great performer, I mean that’s really all. She didn’t have the great voice, but she could definitely entertain a room and I got some of that too I think from her.”

  • ERIC CHURCH JOINS THE LIST OF CCMA AWARDS PERFORMERS.

    Eric Church has been added to the list of performers at this year’s Canadian Country Music Awards. The CCMAs will be handed out September 9th in Saskatoon, SK. He’s joined by Paul Brandt, George Canyon and previously announced performers Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, Deric Ruttan and Dean Brody. This will be Eric’s first time performing on the CCMA Awards stage.

  • JON PARDI: MY NAME IS JON, EPISODE 2! (VIDEO)

    Newcomer Jon Pardi is crisscrossing the country with his band, The All Nighters, and promoting his single, “Missin’ You Crazy!” Meet the band in the new episode of his webisode series, “My Name is Jon.”

    Video / My Name Is Jon, Episode 2: Meet The Band

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