• The King Crowns His 60th # 1 Single (story/audio)

    GEORGE STRAIT: The King Crowns the Top of the Chart!

    In August 1982, Ronald Reagan was President…Pete Rose was still playing baseball…the first edition of USA Today was still a few weeks away from being published…Cheers was a month away from premiering on NBC…and George Strait reached the top of the country chart for the first time in his career with his fourth chart single, “Fool Hearted Memory.” 30 years and nine months later, George finds himself at the top of the heap again this week as “Give It All You Got Tonight” climbs to #1 on the Mediabase chart.  “I still feel like it’s quite an accomplishment,” he admits, noting that while his name may be next to the song title on the chart, the credit for reaching the pinnacle is shared by many. “It’s pretty much of a group effort and, so, I still get very excited to have one.” (AUDIO 1)

    “Give It All You Got Tonight” is the first single from George’s new album, Love Is Everything, released last week. While noting the song is “a little different for me,” he finds it very easy to relate to the lyrics and the story. “It’s kind of about parking, which I’ve done a few times,” he says with a hearty laugh. (AUDIO 2)

     

    George Strait admits it still feels good – even after 60 trips to the top – to reach #1 on the charts. (:35)

    “It’s not like it was then when I hadn’t ever had one, but still…I still feel like it’s quite an accomplishment – not only for me, but for everybody involved because there’s a lot of other people involved in these things, too. You know, you’ve got your people around you that work with you that support you…and your record company and the people that work there and work hard trying to get these records out and so…it’s pretty much of a group effort and, so, I still get very excited to have one.”

     

    George Strait talks about his #1 song, “Give It All You Got Tonight.” (:27)

    “The first time I heard it, I thought, ‘Hmm…that’s a great song. A little different for me, you know? A little risqué kinda, you know?’ I’m thinking, ‘I don’t know if I can pull this off or not.’ But I just love it. I mean, it’s…like I said, it’s a little different. The melody’s a little different. Great lyrics. It’s kind of about parking, you know? (laughs) Which I’ve done a few times, you know, back in the early days (laughs).”

  • MEMORIAL DAY SOUNDBITES: Dierks, Church, Josh, Keith, Kelleigh, Little Big Town, Luke (AUDIO)

    School is letting out for a few months; dads are firing up the bar-be-cues; pools, lakes and beaches will be packed with families celebrating warm days together. It’s the unofficial kick-off to summer…and it’s Memorial Day Weekend.

    Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. However, by the turn of the 20th century, Memorial Day celebrated Americans who have sacrificed their lives in all wars. The holiday also typically marks the start of the summer vacation season.

    Some of your favorite country artists talk about their favorite summertime activities – besides traveling around and performing for fans – as well as what it means to be free because of the brave men and women willing to fight and sacrifice for our freedom.

    AUDIO: Dierks Bentley, whose own father was a World War II veteran, talks about the sacrifices made by U.S. servicemen and women.

    Dierks (Memorial Day) OC: …upon them. :37
    “On the most basic level, I think, for me on the road, I just think about being gone two, three days at a time, maybe a couple of weeks at a time, you know. That seems like a long time when you have kids and family, but these soldiers, they’re gone for months and years at a time – they’re doing 12 to 15 to 18 months — and they have family back home. That, in itself, is such a huge sacrifice, and that’s just the beginning of it. That’s just scratching the surface of what these guys [and gals] are doing every day – preparing for battle, actually being in battle, being wounded in battle, sometimes dying in battle. So, this country obviously, we would not exist without those courageous men and women, and our future depends upon them.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley (Memorial Day)

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    AUDIO: Eric Church talks about the freedoms he’s able to enjoy because of those fighting for our right to be free.

    Eric Church (Memorial Day) OC: …those freedoms.
    “It’s about, especially the soldiers I come in contact with on the road, and not only that, to be able to make the music that I’m able to make, to say what I want to say, and that freedom to be able to do those things and to be in a country where we’re able to do that and to be in a country where we’re able to play that stuff on the radio. I don’t think you’re going to have any American argue that America isn’t the best place to live, and I’m certainly one of them. I’m very proud to be from here and very proud that we have the soldiers. I know there are a lot of other countries out there in the world that don’t want to live the way we do, and that’s fine, they can keep living the way they are, but I’m very proud of it. I think that’s a time to celebrate being proud to be an American and celebrate those freedoms…and celebrate the people that are over fighting for those freedoms.”

    Audio / Eric Church (Memorial Day)

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    AUDIO: Josh Turner talks about his boat, which will most likely be on the water when he’s not on the road this summer.

    Josh Turner (Summer) OC: …just ride. :12
    “I have a nice boat that I got a couple of years ago. I have it set up for saltwater and fresh water. I’m not much of a water skier, my legs are too skinny for that, but I just try to tube and have fun and just ride.”

    Audio / Josh Turner (Summer)

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    AUDIO: Keith Urban wrote and recorded last year’s hit, “For You,” for the film, Act of Valor, which was inspired by real life events and stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs. After hanging out with the SEALS, he was very impressed with their commitment of service.

    Keith Urban (SEALS mantra) OC: …conviction. :30
    “They have a mantra, and they say ‘the only easy day was yesterday’ and they had this spirit of brotherhood and that’s a particular thing that’s the way in which, I think, it exists is very specific to the Seals. I mean, military in general have this very strong brotherhood code; it’s a particular kind of thing in the Seals. As was the testament, to Lt. Roark who is the lead guy in the film; when he was interviewed and talked about funerals he had been to, and he says ‘There isn’t really any one of us who isn’t just a little bit jealous of the guy who’s died,’ and ok, I heard that, that’s a particular way of being that I cannot relate to. That is an unbelievable depth of commitment and conviction.”

    Audio / Keith Urban (SEALS mantra)

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    AUDIO: Kelleigh Bannen says she’s very thankful for our men and women in uniform.

    Kelleigh Bannen (Memorial Day) OC: …our families. :10
    “I am so thankful for our men and women in uniform, and it is their sacrifice and them putting their lives on the line that allow us to be able to celebrate with our families.”

    Audio / Kelleigh Bannen (Memorial Day)

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    AUDIO: Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild says they’re overwhelmed by the huge sacrifices that both the military and their families make in order to be free.

    LBT (Memorial Day) OC: …whenever we can. :44
    KAREN: “It’s such a huge sacrifice what these men and women do for us, not only the ones that are serving, but the families that are left here at home. Kimberly and I met a young girl…she’s 21 years old, and she has a third baby, and her husband has served multiple times overseas. She’s raising these children at home and doing a great job and the best that she can, and he’s serving our country. He’s making a monstrous sacrifice, but so is she, and so are those children. And we just can’t take it for granted. I mean, it’s just a huge commitment that they make, and what an honor. We love to be able to sing for them and entertain them and to say thank you whenever we can.”

    Audio / LBT (Memorial Day)

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    AUDIO: While Luke Bryan’s on the road with his Dirt Road Diaries Tour this summer, he’s going to check out some places where he can catch up on his favorite summer pastime – fly-fishing.

    Luke Bryan (favorite summer activities) OC: …the family. :10
    “My favorite summer activity is definitely the opportunity to go fly-fishing out West when I’m out there touring, or really, just fly-fishing anytime…and obviously, getting a week off down at the beach with the family.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan (favorite summer activities)

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  • MEMORIAL DAY LINERS: Billy, Easton, Church, Paslay, Jon, Josh, Keith, Lauren, LBT, Luke, Sugarland (AUDIO)

    LINER Billy Currington (Memorial Day)
    “Hey guys, I’m Billy Currington. I just wanted to say thank you to all our servicemen and women and their daily service to our country.”

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Memorial Day)

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    LINER Easton Corbin (Memorial Day)
    “Hey everybody! It’s Easton Corbin here, wishing you a happy and safe Memorial Day, and I also want to send a special thanks out to our men and women in our Armed Forces.”

    Audio / LINER Easton Corbin (Memorial Day)

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    LINER Eric Church (Memorial Day Weekend)
    “Hey everyone, this is Eric Church, hoping you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Memorial Day Weekend)

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    LINER Eric Paslay (Memorial Day Weekend)
    “Hey! This is Eric Paslay, hope you have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day Weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Memorial Day Weekend)

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    LINER Jon Pardi (Memorial Day Weekend)
    “Hi! It’s Jon Pardi, hoping you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Memorial Day Weekend)

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    LINER: Josh Turner (Memorial Day)
    “This is Josh Turner, wishing you a safe and Happy Memorial Day holiday.”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Memorial Day)

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    LINER Keith Urban (Memorial Day Weekend)
    “Hi Everyone, this is Keith Urban. Please take time to remember all those who sacrificed their lives during this Memorial Day Weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Memorial Day Wkend)

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    LINER Lauren Alaina (Memorial Day)
    “Hey! This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a Happy Memorial Day Weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (Memorial Day)

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    LINER LBT (Memorial Day)
    “Hi! This is Little Big Town. Take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day Weekend.”

    Audio / LINER LBT (Memorial Day)

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    LINER Luke Bryan (Memorial Day)
    “Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, hoping you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Memorial Day)

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    LINER Sugarland (Memorial Day)
    “Hey! We’re Sugarland, and we just wanted to say thank you to all our servicemen and women and their daily service to our country.”

    Audio / LINER Sugarland (Memorial Day)

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  • WISH GEORGE STRAIT A HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    George Strait has a Birthday App, where you can send a message to the King of Country Music, as he turns 61 on Saturday (May 18th). You can find it on Facebook, and it also allows you to call in and record a congratulations message for what will hopefully be his 60th No. 1 single with “Give It All We Got Tonight.” In addition, you can hear a clip of the song and have a link to buy it sent to your phone. The app also features all of the celebrity messages to George and a video piece from him about the new album!

    Click here to leave a message.

  • DARIUS RUCKER PREPARES TO RELEASE HIS NEW ALBUM, ‘TRUE BELIEVERS.’ (AUDIO)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Friday, May 17, 2013 – Platinum-selling Capitol Nashville recording artist Darius Rucker will release his third country album, True Believers, on Tuesday, May 21. The album, produced by Frank Rogers, features the current smash hit single “Wagon Wheel” which has just been certified Platinum by the RIAA. In support of his new album, Rucker will perform on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on May 21 and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on May 22.
     
    “I could not be more proud of this album, and I can’t wait for the fans to hear it,” said Rucker, who co-wrote ten of the twelve tracks. “They have always been my ‘true believers,’ and I hope they love the new music as much as I do.”
     
    The album is aptly named, as Rucker’s fans are indeed “true believers.” His official Facebook page (facebook.com/dariusrucker) recently surpassed one million fans, while the music video for “Wagon Wheel” has received more than six million views on YouTube. Directed by Jim Wright, the video features guest appearances from Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” stars Jase, Korie, Sadie, Si, and Willie Robertson.
     
    True Believers Track Listing:
    “True Believers” (Darius Rucker, Josh Kear)
    “Miss You” (Darius Rucker, Frank Rogers)
    “Wagon Wheel” (Bob Dylan, Ketch Secor)
    “Love Without You” (Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally)
    “Radio” (Darius Rucker, Luke Laird, Ashley Gorley)
    “Lost In You” (Darius Rucker, Mark Nesler, Phillip White)
    “I Will Love You Still” (Darius Rucker, Josh Kear)
    “Take Me Home” (Darius Rucker, Frank Rogers, Monty Criswell)
    “Shine” (Darius Rucker, Frank Rogers)
    “Heartbreak Road” (Darius Rucker, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins)
    “Leavin’ the Light On” (Darius Rucker, David Lee Murphy, Phil O’Donnell)
    “Lie To Me” (Darius Rucker, Rodney Clawson, Bob DiPiero)
     
    Rucker’s first two country albums, Learn To Live and Charleston, SC 1966 both topped the Billboard Country Album Chart and produced five No. 1 singles including “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” He received the CMA Award for New Artist of the Year in 2009. Last October, Rucker fulfilled a childhood dream when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
     
    Last week Rucker launched the True Believers Tour on May 9 in Estero, Fla. The tour will visit more than 20 cities across the U.S. before wrapping up in Clarkston, Mich. on June 30. Joining him 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 Jana Kramer.
     
    Upcoming True Believers Tour dates:
    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
     
    Rucker will once again host his sold-out, fourth annual “Darius and Friends” benefit concert in Nashville, Tenn. on June 3 at the Wildhorse Saloon. The event, which unofficially kicks off CMA Music Festival week, benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
     
    For more information, please visit www.dariusrucker.com.

    AUDIO: Darius Rucker says he branched out on his new album, True Believers.

    Darius Rucker (third album) OC: …with great stuff. :49
    “I think the first two records, especially the first record, I wanted people to know how much I love the music with the first two records. And then the second record- Frank and I even said to each other, you know, let’s just pick up where we left off of the first record. It wasn’t really trying to do anything new. We were just trying to do- we just had more to say with the first record so we just wanted to pick up where we left off and write songs like that. Well this record, it was totally different. It was, you know, okay now we gotta- this is an important record. Now we gotta wow them, we gotta get some songs that are really going to blow people away. And you know, I didn’t feel like I had rest on anything that I had done before. I couldn’t rest on the last two records because even though they had been successes. I had to really go out and prove to everybody that we could make a great record. And so when we were writing, we thought that, even the guys we decided to write with — we had written with everybody, so let’s get the guys that we know were going to come up with great stuff.”

  • JENNIFER NETTLES ANNOUNCES SHE WILL RELEASE A SOLO ALBUM.

    Acclaimed country artist Jennifer Nettles announced today that she will release her first solo album this fall. The power vocalist – and multiple Grammy, AMA, ACM Awards, CMT Awards and CMA Awards winner – has enlisted the help of esteemed producer Rick Rubin on the project. Rubin, previously co-president of Columbia Records and founder of Def Jam Records, has worked with a variety of artists such as Johnny Cash, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Sheryl Crow, The Avett Brothers, Lana Del Ray, Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Dixie Chicks.

    “I am absolutely thrilled and wholly proud to be working with Rick”, said Nettles. “If you ask any musician who is on their producer ‘bucket list’, Rick would be on each and every one.”

     
    This weekend, Jennifer will be in Las Vegas as a presenter at the Billboard Music Awards on May 19TH.
  • SCOTTY McCREERY CELEBRATES HIS OWN DAY IN HIS HOMETOWN BY GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.

    It was proclaimed Scotty McCreery Day in Garner, North Carolina on Tuesday (May 14th). Scotty – who took time off from his busy touring schedule to return home – marked the occasion by giving back to his hometown and his former school, Timber Drive Elementary. 

    The 2011 American Idol winner presented flowers to his former music teacher, Beth Palmieri, and donated seven new Lenovo computers to her classroom. He also delivered cases of peanut butter to Amy White, founder and director of development of Community of Hope Ministries in Garner.

    Scotty is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “See You Tonight.”

     

  • LADY ANTEBELLUM DEBUT ATOP BILLBOARD’S TOP 200 ALBUM CHART WITH ‘GOLDEN.’ (PRESS RELEASE & AUDIO)

    Nashville, TN – May 15, 2013 – The seven-time GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum scores their third consecutive debut this week atop Billboard’s all-genre Top 200 Chart with their fourth studio album GOLDEN, which sold more than 167,000 copies in its first week. 

    “It’s been so fun to get feedback from our fans,” said Hillary Scott. “There are so many ways for us to hear from them and I love finding out how people are relating to different songs. We’re really proud of this album and thankful for all the fans and to Country Radio for supporting both ‘Downtown’ and now ‘Goodbye Town’ this week!” 

    People awarded the new album 3.5 out of 4 stars, calling it “their best yet.” 

    “…GOLDEN] proves the trio can credibly expand their canvas as songwriters and artists without sacrificing the lush harmonies and seductive melodies that helped get them to their current golden state.”  – The Boston Globe

    “Lady Antebellum shine on their new album, GOLDEN, offering up a bittersweet batch of bright, rich tracks that often hide a deeper layer…”  – Rolling Stone

    “Lady A continues to experiment and grow while sounding like no one else in contemporary country music.”  – Associated Press

    “…GOLDEN, the band’s fourth and finest album.”  – Washington Post

    “Imparting honest lyrics with spot-on harmonies swathed in infectious melodies, GOLDEN is ultimately a shining example of what Lady Antebellum does best. With it seamless mingling of poignant ballads and upbeat tunes, it’s a stone cold winner from country music’s top trio.”    – American Songwriter

    This Sunday, Lady A will appear on a special edition of ABC’s 20/20 and perform their new single “Goodbye Town” on ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night on CBS.

    Since their 2006 inception, Lady A has risen quickly to become Country Music’s most influential current group. The group has won the “Vocal Group of the Year” honor from both the CMA and from the ACM’s three times in a row, earned seven GRAMMY awards and sold 11 million albums worldwide. Nine of the band’s singles are certified Gold, with four surpassing the Platinum mark. For a full list of upcoming performances and for more info on new music, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

    AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood talks about finding the best songs they could for this album.

    Lady A (album) OC: …we can find.  :43
    “We go through a lot of songs. We also, I think, got pitched the best songs we’ve ever gotten pitched. For us, the best song wins, you know, whether or not we wrote it, whether or not it came from someone else, whether or not we wrote it with our entire band, with eight people. To u,s what matters is the song and we line ’em all up together and you know, I think the cream rises to the top. There were a couple songs that we’ve had for a long time and a couple that came in, I mean we wrote ‘Golden’ the last- late at night, and the next morning recorded it in the studio. So,  there’s a couple that come in last minute that, we just kind of have that excitement for late in the game. But there’s some — ‘It Ain’t Pretty’ — some of these songs, we’ve had for a year or two and  some of these that we actually looked at for the last record. So, it’s good to have a big pile for us and to have to really sift through and find the best 10,11,12 that we can find.”

  • KIP MOORE MAKES A LOVE CONNECTION. (VIDEO)

    Kip Moore appeared on the nationally syndicated Bobby Bones Show on Wednesday morning (May 15th) to serenade Marisa, a listener and big fan. He sang his current hit single, “Hey, Pretty Girl,” and after he was finished, Marisa’s boyfriend proposed. By the way, she said, “Yes.” Check out the sweet video below.

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  • GEORGE STRAIT SAYS ‘LOVE IS EVERYTHING.’ (AUDIO)

    George Strait released his new album, Love is Everything, this week. He says the song, written by Pat McLaughlin and Casey Beatherd, was the perfect title for the new collection. “If you don’t have love, what do you have? I don’t care if you have love for your wife, your husband, your children, your dogs or horses, golf clubs, you know, love is what makes the world go ‘round,” he says. “It says a lot of things about what you do out of love, and you do ‘em, not because you have to, but because you want to.”

    Love is Everything features what looks like to be his 60th number-one single, “Give It All We Got Tonight.”

    AUDIO: George Strait talks about the title track for his new album, Love is Everything.

    George Strait (Love is Everything) OC: …love the song. :34
    “If you don’t have love, what do you have, you know? I don’t care if have love for your wife, your husband, your children, your dogs or horses, golf clubs, you know, love is what makes the world go round. And I just think it was the perfect title, plus it’s a beautiful song written by Pat McLaughlin and Casey Beatherd. Just a beautiful song, and it says a lot of things about what you do out of love, and you do ‘em, not because you have to, but because you want to. And so, I just love the song.”