• HALLOWEEN LINERS: Darius, Dierks, Church, Eric Paslay, Kelleigh (AUDIO)


    “Hey! What’s up, y’all? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a very Happy Halloween.” 

    “Hey! It’s Dierks Bentley, wishing you a Happy Halloween.” 

    “Hey! This is Eric Church, wishing you a very Happy Halloween.” 

    “Hey! This is Eric Paslay, wishing you a very Happy Halloween.”

    “Hey! This is Kelleigh Bannen, wishing you a very scary and Happy Halloween.”

  • HALLOWEEN AUDIO: Darius, Dierks, Alan, Lady A, Luke, Jon, Kelleigh (AUDIO)

    Halloween is right around the corner, and the holiday has some of your favorite country stars getting into costumes, and recalling memories of Halloweens past.

    AUDIO:  Dierks Bentley talks about the Halloweens of his childhood.

    Dierks Bentley (Halloween) OC: … …around home. [laughs]  :23
    “Oh, when I was a kid, I was all into fireworks. Growing up in Arizona, we couldn’t get ’em, so we’d have ’em shipped in illegally. I still remember the name of the guy we’d call. His name was Joe, and he’d bring in, ship ’em in a package with no writing on ’em. We were all about M-80s in the mailboxes and bottle rocket wars. To me, as a kid, Halloween was fireworks, was blowing up stuff around home. [laughs]”

    AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood recalls one of his most embarrassing Halloween costumes.

    Lady A (Dave Haywood costume memory) OC: …50 feet. :20
    “I was a die (1/2 of a pair of dice) for Halloween. I had a big cardboard box that I had painted white and had the polka dots and stuff. And I remember I was walking up this hill to go to this hill and literally fell back down the entire hill [laughter], rolling in this giant cardboard box that I couldn’t do anything about, because I rolled down about 50-feet.” 

    AUDIO: Alan Jackson used to take his daughters trick-or-treating when they were young kids, but he recalls one costume that he hated. It was an infant costume that made one of the girls look like a little peapod.

    AJ (Halloween) OC: …cute, but…[laughs] :17
    “Aww, I remember some, when they were infants, they had like these little, they looked like a little pea pod, you know, or something. It’s like a little green pea or something. And I thought man, that’s awful. But Denise liked it, and I guess it was cute, but…(laughs).”

    AUDIO: Darius Rucker loves Halloween, especially because it’s his kids’ favorite holiday.

    Darius (Halloween) OC: …I’m into. :06
    “Halloween’s big for me, because the kids love it. It’s my kids’ favorite holiday, so anything they’re into, I’m into.”

    AUDIO: Darius Rucker talks about his favorite Halloween costume, and what, or should we say who, he’s going to dress as this year.

    Darius Rucker (Halloween 2012) OC: …make it happen. [laughs] :25
    “Last year, er the year before, was my favorite one. My son was Darth Vadar and I was Luke Skywalker, and he would walk around saying, ‘I am his father.’ [laughs] That was, that was funny. [The kids] are doing something, but this year, I’m going as Brad Paisley. We haven’t decided what that entails yet, but I know it’s got a Justin Bieber wig involved, and I’m going as Brad [with] some sideburns. I’ll make it happen. [laughs

    AUDIO: Luke Bryan says you can tell a lot about your neighbors from what kind of Halloween candy they hand out.

    Luke Bryan (Halloween) OC: …your teeth. :21
    “We’re looking forward to trick-or-treating, and doing it in our neighborhood. You can find out a lot about your neighbors by what kind of candy they put out. So, well, like full bars of Snickers bars, that’s what, and Reese’s cups, [but] the old chocolate popcorn ball of stuff, that’s no good either, like Dots – you get Dots one time of year and they pull your teeth.”

    AUDIO: Jon Pardi talks about his favorite Halloween costumes as a child.

    Jon Pardi (Halloween) 1 OC: …the Superman. :15
    “Man, I went through phases of costumes – the Superman costume, then it was a ninja, then I was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle one year. I remember rockin’ the Superman.”

    AUDIO: Jon Pardi reveals his favorite Halloween candy.

    Jon Pardi (Halloween candy) OC: …during Halloween. :06
    “Man! The candy corn is pretty good, and that’s seasonal, so it only kinda pops out during Halloween.” 

    AUDIO: Jon Pardi will be onstage for Halloween this year, and he tells us his plans for him and his band, The All Nighters.

    Jon Pardi (Halloween 2012) OC: …as a group. :10

    “We’re playing in Cincinnati on Halloween, and I alays try to get the band – because my band is supercool and we always work together – so, I think we’re going to be pirates again. We’re usually always pirates, something we can do as a group.”

    AUDIO: Kelleigh Bannen and her husband, Jeff, have two pugs – Rugby and Cabell – who they like to dress up for Halloween.

    Kelleigh Bannen (Halloween) OC: …to say. :31
    “Target is one of the best places to get dog costumes on the cheap. Last year, we had a landshark and a caterpillar [laughs], and they’ve been a bumblebee. And for me, it’s about that moment when the three to four-year-old child who’s walking around the neighborhood too realizes that your dog is also dressed like a pumpkin and so is he, and he loses his mind over it. So, it’s all about the comedic value for us with the dogs and the costumes. But I am that person, I’m embarrassed to say.”


    NASHVILLE, TN – Known for their distinctive styles of music, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley announce their 2013 Locked & Reloaded Tour. Set to kick-off January 17th, Miranda and Dierks bring to the stage scores of # 1 singles, chart topping albums and trophies from The Grammy’s, CMA’s ACM’s and CMT’s.

    “Making music for our fans is the best job in the world,” says Miranda.  “It’s especially great being able to take to that music on the road with someone I respect as an artist and human being. This will be a tour of ‘epic badassery,’” she laughed.  

    Dierks Bentley added, “Some of my favorite times on tour over the years were with Miranda and her crew. We have a lot in common musically and our fans do too.  It’s going to be a killer year.”

    Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert is the reigning two-time CMA and reigning three-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year. Her current album, Four The Record, made history when it debuted atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, making Miranda the first country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of her first four albums debut at # 1. Four The Record won the ACM Album of the Year Award and garnered rave reviews. Her headlining ‘On Fire’ Tour played to more than one million fans this year. Miranda dedicates much of her time to her MuttNation Foundation which has raised more than $700,000 to fund no-kill animal shelters, pet adoption, spay and neutering of pets and much more.

    Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter, Dierks Bentley has forged his own brand of country music combining classic country songwriting, influences of bluegrass instrumentation and the energy of rock‘n’roll.  Bentley’s sixth studio album HOME, released earlier this year, debuted at No. one and has spawned three chart-toppings hits, marking 10 career No. one songs as a singer and songwriter. HOME is also currently nominated for three 2012 CMA award nominations for “Album of the Year” and “Single” and “Song of the Year” for its title track. His five previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies and earned him an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry. 

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    Kelleigh Bannen recently shot the video in Nashville for her debut single, “Sorry on the Rocks,” her first video! The clip is more a piece surrounding the beautiful singer-songwriter, but it has quite the story behind it. “There was this really sweet actor who played my bad boyfriend,” says Kelleigh. “First, they had us do a photo shoot in the morning, so there were photos in the house of us like cuddling or looking like a couple.”

    Kelleigh said it was a bit uncomfortable trying to get cozy with a man who wasn’t her husband. “I’m married. I’ve been married for a while, so it was funny just holding hands with someone else that wasn’t Jeff [Grossman]. I kept getting real embarrassed about it, but he was really great and so sweet, and his wife was there too, so it wasn’t weird. But it was like, ‘Oh, that’s new. I haven’t been holding hands with anyone other than Jeff in a long time.’”

    “Sorry on the Rocks” is available NOW on iTunes.

    Check out the Behind-the-Scenes look at Kelleigh and the crew making the video for “Sorry on the Rocks” below!

    AUDIO: Kelleigh Bannen talks about her “love interest” in the music video for “Sorry on the Rocks.”

    Kelleigh Bannen (Sorry video) OC: …long time.’ :29
    “It was very art-directed, so it was just kinda me in this house, and there was this really sweet actor who played my bad boyfriend. And that was a whole other thing too. I’m married. I’ve been married for a while, so it was funny just holding hands with someone else that wasn’t Jeff. I kept getting real embarrassed about it, but he was really great and so sweet, and his wife was there too, so it wasn’t weird, but it was like, ‘Oh, that’s new. I haven’t been holding hands with anyone other than Jeff in a long time.’”

    AUDIO: Kelleigh Bannen talks about her video for “Sorry on the Rocks.”

    Kelleigh Bannen (Sorry video) 2 OC: …Rocks.’… :14
    “First, they had us do a photo shoot in the morning, so there were photos in the house of us like cuddling or looking like a couple, and he wasn’t supposed to be drunk then…and then he comes back…he was actually a really adorable drunk. He was very likeable even when he was ‘Sorry on the Rocks.’”


    Jon Pardi and the band throw down at Joe’s on Weed St. to give the crowd in Chicago a preview of the big Year of the Pardi celebration coming up in December. While up there, the guys couldn’t hit up Chicago without throwing back some beers at Wrigley for a Cubs game!

    Video / My Name Is Jon, Episode 5: Pardi Goes To Chicago


    In the latest Urban Chat, Keith Urban wanted to share with his fans a BEAUTIFUL view during his morning walk! You can almost smell the salt air wafting up from the ocean waves crashing against the rocks.

    Video / Urban Chat: Video 26: Early Morning Walk With A View


    Here’s an acoustic version of Luke Bryan singing a new song titled “Drink A Beer” live from his Farm Tour 2012.

    Video / Drink A Beer - Live from the Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2012


    ON THIS WINTER’S NIGHT Available In Stores This Monday, October 22nd
    Nashville, TN – Oct. 19, 2012 – In the spirit of next week’s release of ON THIS WINTER’S NIGHT, CMA’s reigning “Vocal Group of the Year” Lady Antebellum announced today that they will perform a special holiday concert, SunTrust Bank Presents Lady Antebellum “On This Winter’s Night,” at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Dec. 3rd. Lady A will create an unforgettable night of holiday music accompanied by a symphony orchestra and their biggest hits backed by their live band. Opening the festive evening, also sponsored by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, will be the a cappella group Breath of Soul that was hand-selected by the trio through online submissions. Pre-sale tickets go on sale beginning Mon., Oct 22 with the public on-sale scheduled for Fri., Oct. 26th at 10:00A CT here. GAC will also air the special concert for fans across the country beginning Wed., Dec. 5th at 7:00P CT.
    “Christmas is such a magical time of year, so we really wanted to plan something special to share these holiday songs,” said Lady A’s Hillary Scott. “The Schermerhorn is such a gorgeous venue and the perfect place to celebrate the season with fans, friends and family surrounding us.”
    Lady A is currently nominated for “Vocal Group of the Year” and “Album of the Year” for the upcoming 46th Annual CMA Awards airing Nov. 1 on ABC. The seven-time GRAMMY winning group is also nominated for six ACA’s, one AMA and is planning the release of their first concert film OWN THE NIGHT WORLD TOUR available beginning Dec. 4 on DVD, Blu-ray and at all digital retailers. For more information on the upcoming holiday events or new releases, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

    The online and social response from the fans to Lady A’s a cappella contest has been so fantastic! The Top Five finalists, Breath of Soul, Rubyfruit, OSA Vocal Rush, Shot in the Dark and Acappella, have rallied around their performances and received some incredible support from the online community. Charles, Hillary and Dave have been watching the progress of this contest and couldn’t be more excited about how it has all come together. So much so, that they will be announcing the winning a cappella group, along with the special event they will be a part of in Nashville on Friday, October 19th!

    The votes, Tweets, Facebook posts, and online shout outs have been so helpful to Lady A throughout this contest, and Charles, Hillary and Dave are set to choose the winner.

    Check out the five finalists here!


    Lady Antebellum are ready to release their much-anticipated Christmas album, On This Winter’s Night, Monday (October 22nd). The trio, who co-produced the album with Paul Worley, wrote the title track and arranged two other tracks – “The First Noel” and “Silent Night (Lord of My Life).”

    Lady A’s Charles Kelley says his perfect “winter’s night” would be to have his family all together. “As you get a little older and everybody has their jobs and then families and kids, it definitely becomes a harder and harder thing to get everybody together at once,” says Charles. “I think that’s one thing that I kind of yearn for is a time to get all the family together at one time…it would be pretty special to have everybody in the room and almost kind of get back to where we were as kids — all waking up at Christmas morning and walking down and having that tradition.”

    The 12-song collection also features such classics as “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home),” “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “This Christmas,” “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Blue Christmas” and “Silver Bells.”

    Lady A are set to perform during the ABC-TV special, CMA Country Christmas, when it tapes Saturday, November 3rd at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

    AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley describes his perfect winter’s night.

    Lady A (Perfect Winter’s Night-Charles) OC: …that tradition. :48
    “The perfect winter’s night for me would be just all the family together. As you get a little older harder thing to get everybody together at once…I think that’s one thing that I kind of yearn for is a time to get all the family together at one time. We always have about half of them, and it’s all a matter of just getting everybody down at the same time. But it would be pretty special to have everybody in the room and almost kind of get back to where we were as kids, you know, all waking up at Christmas morning and walking down and having that tradition.”