Eric Church is getting ready to release his live album, Caught in the Act, next month. The special collection will include songs from his three albums, Sinners Like Me, Carolina and Chief, such as “Before She Does,” “How ‘Bout You,” “These Boots,” “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag” and “Springsteen,” among others. The North Carolina native said taping the album reminded him of when he played the bars and clubs before getting his record deal. “We kinda left the lights up, so you could kinda look around and see everybody,” says Eric. “You could see the emotion, you could see the face[s], you could hear ‘em. I felt at home. I felt like I was back in those bars and clubs that I love so much, and theaters, that I’ve had that interaction, that connection with individual people.”

    The album was recorded at Chattanooga’s Tivoli Theatre in October and will be available for presale on March 13th. A double vinyl version of the record will also be made available on National Record Store Day, Saturday, April 20th. The package will include four additional tracks and a special whiskey-infused seven-inch.

    Eric is currently heading up the country charts with his latest single, “Like Jesus Does.”

    AUDIO: Eric Church talks about taping his live album, which comes out April 9th.

    Eric Church (taping live album) OC: …individual people. :37
    “It was interesting for us, because we came straight from arena shows and we’re doing the same thing, not the same thing, but a similar thing every night, to completely pulled out of our element, like we’re back in bars and clubs. We made the set list up that day around a drum kit, going, ‘What have we not played in a while. Let’s do everything, you know, do all our songs.’ I just enjoyed seeing the people. We kinda left the lights up, so you could kinda look around and see everybody. You could see the emotion, you could see the face[s], you could hear ‘em. I felt at home. I felt like I was back in those bars and clubs that I love so much, and theaters, that I’ve had that interaction, that connection with individual people. It wasn’t just groups of ‘em, it was individual people.”


    Little Big Town are poised to hit the top of the country charts with their latest single, “Tornado,” the follow-up to their very first number-one song, “Pontoon.” The song has been getting a lot of positive reaction, especially from their female fans. ““Women like to beat their chest a little bit and put a man in their place every now and then,” says LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman. Bandmate Karen Fairchild says she likes to sing the tune while thinking of someone who’s been wronged. “I use a different motivation every night. It’s not Jimi. Everyone thinks it might be [husband] Jimi [Westbrook], but it can be anything,” she says. “I just like to get up there and think about somebody who doesn’t want to take anyone’s BS anymore, you know, whatever girl is out there.”

    Make sure to catch Kimberly on NBC’s Today Show (9am hour) on Monday (March 4th), where she’ll be whipping up a new recipe from her GAC cooking show, Kimberly’s Simply Southern.

    Little Big Town will be back on the road on Thursday (March 7th) on their Tornado Tour.

    AUDIO: The members of Little Big Town talk about the reactions they’re receiving from their fans, more especially, their female fans.

    LBT (Tornado reaction) OC: …it so much. :43
    KIMBERLY: “Women like to beat their chest a little bit and put a man in their place every now and then. It’s good for a woman.” PHILLIP: “I see several women in the audience out there kinda like stomping their feet and putting their fists in the air. It’s like their power anthem.” KAREN: “Yeah, I love the hands go up in the air and they spin it all around, you know, like waving in the air as though they have someone in mind. I like to sing that song with someone in mind too. I use a different motivation every night. It’s not Jimmy. Everyone thinks it might be Jimmy, but it can be anything. I just like to get up there and think about somebody who doesn’t want to take anyone’s BS anymore, you know, whatever girl is out there. It’s fun. Glad the fans are digging it so much.”

    Video / Little Big Town - Tornado


    In this week’s Urban Chat, Keith Urban shares some songs and artists he’s currently loving and gives an update on a killer week in Las Vegas on American Idol!

    Video / Urban Chat: Video 44: Update and a little Joe Diffie!



    “Luke Bryan: Spring Break…Here To Party” CMT Special Debuts Today

    NASHVILLE, TN – (March 1, 2013) – Capitol Records Nashville recording artist and 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards show co-host Luke Bryan will release his next spring break themed album on March 5, 2013, SPRING BREAK…HERE TO PARTY. In celebration of the new CD Luke will perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on release date March 5, Jimmy Kimmel Live! on March 6 and on March 14 Luke will make his first appearance on Conan.
    Today CMT is debuting a television special, “Luke Bryan: Spring Break…Here To Party,” about the creation of his spring break concert series and music over the past 5 years. Fans can enjoy footage of Luke onstage and off stage. Go to www.cmt.com to view schedule of additional air dates.
    In additional promotion for the album, Luke will once again play concerts at Spinnaker’s Beach Club in Panama City, set for March 12 and 13. Last year’s shows saw over 40,000 fans flock to the beach each day to see Luke perform. Spring breaking fans can also enjoy a “Dirt Road Diaries Tour” show the following day on March 14 at the Amphitheatre at the Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama.

    Luke will also make appearances on CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown and GAC’s Headline Country in the month of March; check local listings for dates and times. GAC’s Top 20 Countdown will film an episode at Luke’s Orange Beach, Alabama show which will air on Friday, March 22, 8:00 p.m. /ET.

    SPRING BREAK…HERE TO PARTY will be available in record stores, and digitally, and will contain many of the songs released on his previous Spring Break EP’s. In addition, Luke has co-written two original songs for the album- “Just A Sip” and “Buzzkill.”
    1. Suntan City
    2. Just A Sip
    3. Buzzkill
    4. If You Ain’t Here To Party
    5. Little Bit Later On
    6. In Love With The Girl
    7. Shore Thing
    8. Sorority Girl
    9. Shake The Sand
    10. Love In A College Town
    11. Wild Weekend
    12. Cold Beer Drinker
    13. Spring Break-Up
    14. Take My Drunk A** Home

    AUDIO: Luke Bryan says his Spring Break music is a way to express himself creatively.

    Luke Bryan (Spring Break album) OC: …creatively. :39
    “This whole Spring Break idea started from writing music without parameters. You know, if we want to drop a little cuss word in there or something, we don’t sweat it. And that frees us up more creatively to where we don’t get too bound by what’s going on when we’re in the writing room. My whole idea is that if 10 years down the road, and we’ve done 10 Spring Break albums and two or three of those Spring Break songs went on to become big hits that were kind of quirky songs that were spawned from it, then this whole ride has been a success, and it’s fun putting the songs out. So, it’s a fun little thing to kind of free yourself up a little bit creatively.”


    Award-Winning Country Star Announces Dates of the True Believers Tour Featuring Special Guests Justin Moore, Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Capitol Records Nashville recording artist Darius Rucker is calling all ‘true believers’ to meet him out on the road this summer for his newly announced headlining tour in support of his upcoming True Believers album release this spring.
    The True Believers Tour kicks off on May 9 in Estero, Fla. and will work its way through more than 20 cities across the U.S. before wrapping up in Clarkston, Mich. on June 30.
    Rucker will treat concert-goers to tunes from across all three of his country albums, including current critically-acclaimed single “Wagon Wheel” and any number of his five No. 1 hits like “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright” and more.
    “This is going to be an exciting summer,” predicts Rucker. “I’ve got an album I can’t wait for y’all to hear and I’m hitting the road with a great group of artists. We’re gonna have a good time!”
    Joining Rucker on select dates will be special guests RIAA platinum-selling Rodney Atkins, top-charting country singer Justin Moore, and 2013 ACM New Female Vocalist winner and New Artist of the Year nominee Jana Kramer.
    Rucker will be offering two pairs of tickets to each tour date through an auction on www.DariusRucker.com with proceeds benefiting both the Country Music Association’s “Keep The Music Playing” initiative and the Academy of Country Music’s “Lifting Lives” program. “Keep the Music Playing” supports music in our schools and has funded music labs and more than 4,000 instruments in 80 Nashville Metro schools. ACM “Lifting Lives” is dedicated to improving lives through the power of music – its beneficiaries include the Holston Home in East Tenn. where Atkins was adopted as a child, Pattinson’s Academy in Rucker’s hometown of Charleston, S.C., and ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, students of which accompanied Rucker in a very special ACM Awards performance of a song written and recorded by the campers, “Music from the Heart.”
    For more tour and ticket information, please visit www.DariusRucker.com.
    Darius Rucker – True Believers Tour
    May 9, 2013 | Estero, Fla. | Germain Arena*
    May 10, 2013 | Pensacola, Fla. | Pensacola Civic Center*
    May 17, 2013 | Savannah, Ga. | Savannah Civic Center*
    May 18, 2013 | Alpharetta, Ga. | Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park*
    May 19, 2013 | Knoxville, Tenn. | Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum**
    May 24, 2013 | Little Rock, Ark. | Riverfront Park**
    May 30, 2013 | Greensboro, N.C. | Greensboro Coliseum Complex*
    May 31, 2013 | Simpsonville, S.C. | Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park*
    June 1, 2013 | Virginia Beach, Va. | Patriotic Festival*
    June 6, 2013 | Morrison, Colo. | Red Rocks Amphitheatre**
    June 9, 2013 | Grand Prairie, Texas | Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie**
    June 13, 2013 | N. Lawrence, Ohio | Clay’s Park Amphitheater**
    June 14, 2013 | Buffalo, N.Y. | Coca Cola Field+
    June 15, 2013 | Baltimore, Md. | Pier Six Pavilion**
    June 20, 2013 | West Long Branch, N.J. | The MAC at Monmouth University**
    June 21, 2013 | Bangor, Maine | Waterfront Park**
    June 22, 2013 | Gilford, N.H. | Meadowbrook-US Cellular Pavilion**
    June 27, 2013 | Toledo, Ohio | Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre**
    June 28, 2013 | Highland Park, Ill. | Ravinia Festival**
    June 29, 2013 | Normal, Ill. | The Corn Crib**
    June 30, 2013 | Clarkston, Mich. | DTE Energy Music Theatre**
    * denotes Justin Moore and Jana Kramer
    ** denotes Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer
    + denotes Sheryl Crow, Rodney Atkins, Gloriana and Jana Kramer
    AUDIO: Darius Rucker announces his True Believers headlining tour.

    Darius Rucker (True Believers tour) OC: …what happens. :19
    “It’s gonna be pretty much the rest of the year once we start. The True Believers Tour is gonna be me and Rodney Atkins and Justin Moore and Jana Kramer and some other guys, not all together, like Justin and Rodney are here and there, but Jana’s gonna be out for most of it. It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s going to be my first country headlining tour, so you know, we’ll go out and see what happens.”



    ACM PRESENTS: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night 


    Tickets on Sale NOW at Ticketmaster.com for Taping of CBS Television Network Special at the

    MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Monday, April 8, 2013

    Encino, CA (February 28, 2013) – The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today that country music superstars Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, and chart-topping R&B artist, Ne-Yo are the first to be added to the all-star lineup performing at the ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night, taping Monday, April 8, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The special will be broadcast at a later date on the CBS Television Network.

    ACM PRESENTS: TIM McGRAW’s SUPERSTAR SUMMER NIGHT will feature high-octane performances and musical collaborations in a two hour star-studded concert event to benefit ACM Lifting Lives. Fifteen-time ACM Award winner Tim McGraw is spotlighting the hottest music of the summer and calling on his friends to help kick off the 2013 touring season.

    “There’s no better time for live music than in the heat of the summer,” said McGraw. “Country music is hotter than it has ever been, and with some help from a few friends in other genres too, we’re going to get summer started off right. I’ve been lucky enough to have all these artists join me on tour, and it’ll be fun to get everyone back together to help raise money and bring some attention to Lifting Lives. Not enough people know what good work the organization does, and when I was asked to help put this show together, it was a no-brainer.”

    Tickets for ACM PRESENTS: TIM McGRAW’s SUPERSTAR SUMMER NIGHT are on sale NOW at Ticketmaster, priced at $105, $155 and $205. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy, and an organization that McGraw was closely affiliated with during his last tour. For more information, log onto www.ACMLiftingLives.org or www.ACMcountry.com or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.

    The special will be produced for television by dick clark productions and will be taped at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Monday, April 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM PT, with the broadcast airdate to be announced at a later time on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers. Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

    About Tim McGraw

    For 20 years, McGraw has been providing that kind of powerful connection with his audience. With Two Lanes of Freedom, his new album—and first release for Big Machine Records—the singer is covering his broadest emotional range yet, with a set of songs that looks forward and back, gets deep and gets loose, and reveals that even the biggest stars can continue to grow with consistency and maturity.

    In his record-shattering career, McGraw has sold more than 40 million albums, and dominated the charts with 33 No. 1 singles. Since the release of his debut album in 1993, he has won three GRAMMYs, 15 Academy of Country Music Awards, 12 Country Music Association Awards, and 10 American Music Awards, while simultaneously maintaining a parallel career as a successful actor in such films as “The Blind Side,” “Country Strong,” and “Friday Night Lights”—as well as hosting Saturday Night Live, a rare honor for a singer in any genre. McGraw has never been afraid of breaking new ground; over the years, he has collaborated with musicians from Nelly to Tony Bennett to Def Leppard and Ne-Yo.

    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.


    When Luke Bryan and the boys were in Bloomington, Illinois recently, they hit the ice rink to show off their hockey skills in the latest episode of LBTV.

    Video / LBTV Thursday 2013! Episode 6


    Luke Bryan‘s Spring Break…Here To Party album hits stores on Tuesday (March 5th), and one of the new songs on the project is “Buzzkill.” Check out the video for “Buzzkill” below, and tune in to CMT on Friday (March 1st) at 10am ET for the special highlighting the making of his new spring break project! The special repeats on Sunday at 4am and 9am ET.


    While in NYC for a visit to Good Morning America and a performance at NashBash, Lady Antebellum previewed new music off their new record Golden coming May 7th. Check it out in this week’s webisode below.

    Video / Lady Antebellum - Webisode Wednesday - Episode 237


    Kacey Musgraves‘ debut album, Same Trailer, Different Park, is now available for pre-order on iTunes! The collection, featuring her Top 10 single, “Merry Go Round,” will officially be released March 19th.

    Video / Get to Know Kacey Musgraves