Little Big Town stopped by ABC’s “The View” last week to perform their latest smash, “Your Side of the Bed.” They also joined host Sherri Shepherd and guest co-host Margaret Cho at the table to sample some of Kimberly Schlapman’s favorite dishes from her GAC-TV show, Simply Southern. Check out the video clips below:
While most high school seniors are getting ready for prom and graduation, Lauren Alaina was hitting the road performing for thousands of fans each night, followed by an intense study session. The energetic 18-year-old recently graduated from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, and she says it tops the list of all of her accomplishments so far, even when she’d get frustrated at being the only one on the road who had homework after the show.
“When you work so hard to make some things happen…right ‘til the last day, I was worried that I wasn’t going to get everything finished and turned in. And I did, and it was like, ‘[heavy sigh] I did it!,’” says Lauren. “It’s not easy when you’re 16, 17, 18 years old, and you’re on the road touring with Jason Aldean, Sugarland and Luke Bryan. And then when everyone else would finish up the shows and do whatever they wanted to do, I was on the bus doing school work. That’s not fun. When it was that final day and I walked across that stage, it was the best feeling in the world.”
Lauren has hit the country charts with “Barefoot and Buckwild,” the first single from her forthcoming album.
Lauren Alaina (graduating) OC: …in the world. :51
“I have accomplished so much in the past two years that have meant so much to me, but graduating, it’s at the top of the list! It was an accomplishment that I wasn’t sure I was going to make, and when you work so hard to make some things happen…right ‘til the last day, I was worried that I wasn’t going to get everything finished and turned in. And I did, and it was like, ‘[heavy sigh] I did it!’ ‘Cause there were days where I was like, ‘I’ll just get my GED. It’s fine.’ I’d get so frustrated. It’s not easy when you’re 16, 17, 18 years old, and you’re on the road touring with Jason Aldean, Sugarland and Luke Bryan. And then when everyone else would finish up the shows and do whatever they wanted to do, I was on the bus doing homework. That’s not fun. When it was that final day and I walked across that stage, it was the best feeling in the world.”
Sometimes when you’re out on the road, like Luke Bryan and his crew, you’ve got to search out some entertainment. In the latest episode of LBTV, the guys hike to a waterfall to risk life and limb so they can do a little cliff jumping. Check it out!
Luke Bryan premiered the video for his latest smash hit, “Crash My Party,” on the Today show on Thursday (June 20th). The reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year shows off his romantic side near the end of the clip, setting up a makeshift table outside with wildflowers he picked himself to surprise his lovely wife, Caroline.
Check out the clip below.
“Crash My Party” is the first single from his forthcoming album, due August 13th.
Luke will return to NBC’s Today show on August 16th to perform during the show’s Summer Concert Series.
Drake White hit the road on Toby Keith’s Hammer Down Tour recently, and the newcomer has become fast friends with Kip Moore, who’s also on the bill. The two artists and their bands and crew hang out backstage playing cornhole and other assorted games, and they sometimes gather around for an impromptu jam. Drake and Kip are also major students of their craft, soaking up and learning all they can from Toby. After their sets in Pittsburgh, the two went out in the crowd to catch Toby’s show…with the help of a disguise.
“Kip’s like, ‘Man! I really wanna go out and check out what [Toby] does.’ And Manny, his bass player, said, ‘Man, I’m not going out there with you, unless you take your red hat off, take your sleeveless shirt off and put some sleeves on.’ Kip was like, ‘Alright man, I’ll do it.’ And Manny was like, ‘Watch – he’ll come out with like a backwards green hat on’ and this and that. I was like, ‘That’d still be fun. We might get attacked a little bit, but it’ll be fun,’” says Drake. “He comes out with a straight up Twisted Sister look – a long blonde wig, borrowed a headband from my drummer, and wore the headband, wore the shades. I put a different hat on, and we walked around the side and just got up on the grass. If you come around from the back, [you] can just kinda slide in. As a matter of fact, a couple of places that we slide in, people are like, ‘Y’all can’t stand there. Y’all can’t stand there. We’ve been sitting here all day.’ We’re like, ‘Cool.’ So, we move, and after about two or three of those, we found us a spot.”’
Drake, who’s making his way up the country charts with “The Simple Life,” returns to the Hammer Down Tour Friday (June 21st) in Holmdel, New Jersey.
AUDIO: Drake White talks about tourmate, Kip Moore, dressing up in costume to go out in the crowd to watch Toby Keith perform on the Hammer Down Tour.
Drake White (on tour with Kip) OC: …us a spot. 1:01
“After we get finished with our show and Kip gets finished with his show, and we’re kinda sitting [backstage] decompressing, chilling out, having a good time, and Kip’s like, ‘Man! I really wanna go out and check out what [Toby] does.’ And Manny, his bass player, said, ‘Man, I’m not going out there with you, unless you take your red hat off, take your sleeveless shirt off and put some sleeves on.’ Kip was like, ‘Alright man, I’ll do it.’ And Manny was like, ‘Watch – he’ll come out with like a backwards green hat on’ and this and that. I was like, ‘That’d still be fun. We might get attacked a little bit, but it’ll be fun.’ He comes out with a straight up Twisted Sister look – a long blonde wig, borrowed a headband from my drummer, and wore the headband, wore the shades. I put a different hat on, and we walked around the side and just got up on the grass. If you come around from the back, [you] can just kinda slide in. As a matter of fact, a couple of places that we slide in, people are like, ‘Y’all can’t stand there. Y’all can’t stand there. We’ve been sitting here all day.’ We’re like, ‘Cool.’ So, we move, and after about two or three of those, we found us a spot.”
MCA Recording artist Kip Moore’s current Top 10 single “Hey Pretty Girl” and chart-topping “Beer Money” have officially been certified GOLD by the RIAA, for sales over 500,000 downloads each. The GOLD tracks can both be found on Moore’s UP ALL NIGHT, the best selling debut album of any country artist released last year.
“’Pretty Girl’ and ‘Beer Money’ have been fan favorites on the road since we started playing them,” said Moore. “Having the fans also want to have the music after the show – to connect and respond to our music that way, too – just fuels our fire even more.”
Friday morning, fans can tune-in to catch Moore perform his hit songs on Fox & Friends’ All American Summer Concert Series beginning at 6:00A ET on FOX News (check local listings).
Moore’s current Top 10 hit “Hey Pretty Girl” follows two consecutive No. one hits off his debut album UP ALL NIGHT. His first career No. one single, “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck,” held the top spot on both charts for two weeks making him the first solo artist in four years to have a debut album’s first single go No. one for multiple weeks. He has already sold out dozens of headlining shows this year, sometimes in just minutes. Moore continues to headline his own dates and is also currently opening for superstar Toby Keith through the summer. For more information and for a full list of tour dates, visit www.kipmoore.net.
AUDIO: Kip Moore talks about his latest single, “Hey Pretty Girl,” and what sparked the idea for the song.
Kip Moore (inspiration behind Hey Pretty Girl) OC: …about it. :48
“You know, I actually wrote that the day after I had a conversation with my guitar player, Dave Lapsley. Me and Dave had been playing together for 10 years, ever since I moved to town, and I love Dave with all my heart. Dave was my guy, man, that’d I’d go hang out with and raise hell with. And when he told me his wife was pregnant, there was a complete change in Dave. He was being like, ‘Dude, we gotta make this thing happen now. We’re not making enough money, and I’ve got to support a family now.’ And I saw everything kind of change. Even though I don’t have a wife and kids, it kind of made me see it through his eyes. Even though I don’t want that right now, the next day I went into the [writing] room and I was just talking to Dan Couch about it, and I was like, ‘I hope to have that thing that I see in Dave’s eyes now one day, and I hope I want to go through life with somebody like that, and this is how I hope it is,’ and that’s what we tried to capture that day writing about it.”
A big thanks to everyone who was able to tune in to the live stream from the set of Dierks Bentley‘s music video for “Bourbon In Kentucky”, the first single from RISER. For those of you that couldn’t be there, we got you covered. Watch the stream from beginning to end below.
Nashville, TN (June 19, 2013) – ACM Entertainer of The Year Luke Bryan will premiere the new video for his current single “Crash My Party” Thursday (June 20th) during the fourth hour of NBC’s TODAY Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb. The premiere will give fans a taste of what they can expect from Luke’s upcoming August 16th appearance on the TODAY 2013 “Summer Concert Series.” Luke once again rejoined longtime director Shaun Silva to create the video, which can also be viewed in its entirety exclusively at TODAY.com and KLGandHoda.com all day tomorrow and across all platforms beginning Friday. “Crash My Party,” written by Rodney Clawson and Ashley Gorley, is the lead single off of Luke’s highly anticipated forthcoming album, which will be in stores on August 13th.
Nashville, TN – June 19, 2013 – On a short break from the Locked & Reloaded Tour, award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley is headlining some of the summer’s biggest festivals with a hit-packed show that has the capacity crowds on their feet from the first notes of “Am I the Only One” at the top through the final patriotic chants of the crowd with the emotional closing song “Home.” With eight years of tireless touring under his belt, Bentley has hit a new stride that’s catching attention from coast to coast.
“From the initial response from the crowd, he wasn’t the only one who wanted to have a little fun. The Capitol recording artist continued to keep up the intensity throughout his performance, and with a long history at radio — including ten number ones — he was able to keep the hits coming.” – Billboard
“…it’s hard to imagine many country stars topping Bentley, who soon made use of every inch of his big two-tier stage.” – The Oklahoman
“Talk about getting things started in a rip-roarin’ fashion…Dierks Bentley gave the space a big opening that will be hard to match.” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Bluegrass, outlaw and honky-tonk music and lyrics were better represented on Saturday night than has been typical for recent country shows…” – The Roanoke Times
“Bentley took crowd participation to new levels, seemingly touching every hand in the pit, allowing a female crowd member to strap on and strum his guitar, and tossing another ax to an audience member to take home.” – The Reading Eagle
“His own energy level running flat out the whole time, Bentley used every square foot of the gigantic concert stage. Sometimes he’d start out singing at one end of it, and end up singing on a microphone at the other end, or up on risers at the back of the intricate stage set, or out at the end of the runway. He definitely gave the audience a show.” – Times Record News
Bentley kicked off summer with the release of “Bourbon In Kentucky,” the lead single off his upcoming seventh studio album RISER, due out later this fall, and he will pick back up in July on the Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley: Locked & Reloaded Tour through October.
Since moving to Nashville, Bentley has forged his own artistic path in an industry built predominantly on formula. He has mixed elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, maintaining an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound. His album HOME debuted at No. 1 and spawned three consecutive chart-topping hits, marking 10 career No. 1 songs for Bentley as a singer and songwriter. His five previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies, garnered 11 GRAMMY nominations and earned him an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry. For more information, visit www.dierks.com.
Kacey Musgraves, Lauren Alaina are among the artists included in Seventeen magazine’s The Hottest Country Singers! Katie Armiger and Hunter Hayes are also on the list.
Little Big Town will appear on ABC’s The View on Wednesday (June 19th). The foursome will perform their current single “Your Side Of The Bed” and appear in the show’s “Ladies Who Lunch” segment, featuring food created by Kimberly Schlapman and seen on her GAC cooking show, Kimberly’s Simply Southern.
Darius Rucker will chat about his latest album, True Believers, his recent No. 1 song “Wagon Wheel,” golfing and his love of the Miami Dolphins when he stops by ESPN at 12:15p ET on Wednesday (June 19th). Send in your questions here.