• DIERKS BENTLEY TAKES FANS BEHIND-THE-SCENES FOR HIS ‘LOCKED & RE-LOADED TOUR!’ (VIDEO)

    Want to see what The Locked & Reloaded Tour is all about? The latest episode of DBTV has Dierks Bentley and the whole crew locked and loaded in Columbia, Knoxville and Roanoke during the first week out.

    Dierks is currently sitting inside the Top 10 with his latest single, “Tip It On Back,” which he performs to a enthralled crowd night-after-night.

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  • GARY ALLAN PERFORMS ‘EVERY STORM (RUNS OUT OF RAIN).’ (VIDEO)

    Gary Allan performs his hit song, “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” on NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Wednesday night (January 23rd). It’s the first single from his brand new album, Set You Free, which arrived in stores this week!

  • LUKE BRYAN KICKS OFF FIRST WEEKEND OF ‘DIRT ROAD DIARIES TOUR.’ (PRESS RELEASE)

    LUKE BRYAN KICKS OFF
    “DIRT ROAD DIARIES TOUR”
    WITH SOLD-OUT WEEKEND
     
     Nashville- (January 23, 2013) – Luke Bryan launched his headline tour, the “Dirt Road Diaries Tour,” over the weekend with the first dates of sold-out shows in Evansville, Indiana, Huntsville, Alabama and Memphis, Tennessee. The tour, which has sold-out all concerts on the first leg, will resume this weekend with shows in Estero and Orlando, Florida and features opening acts Florida Georgia Line and Thompson Square.
    Also over the weekend, Luke’s followers on Twitter surpassed the one million mark!
    “Dirt Road Diaries Tour” -first leg:
    1-25 Estero, FL Germain Arena
    1-26 Orlando, FL Amway Center
    2-7 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
    2-8 State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center
    2-9 Charleston, WV Charleston Civic Center Coliseum
    2-15 Toledo, OH Huntington Center
    2-16 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
    2-17 Bloomington, IL US Cellular Center
    2-18 Bloomington, IL US Cellular Center
    2-21 Ft Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
    2-22 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
    2-23 Columbia, MO Mizzou Arena
    2-28 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
    3-1 Sioux City, IA Tyson Events Center
    3-2 Moline, IL i wireless Center
    3-14 Orange Beach, AL Amphitheatre at the Wharf
    3-21 Florence, SC Florence Civic Center
    3-22 Fayetteville, NC Crown Center
    3-23 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
    “Dirt Road Diaries Tour” – second leg:
    5-17 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
    5-18 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live
    5-31 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
    6-1 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
    6-2 Boston, MA Comcast Center
    6-13 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
    6-14 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    6-15 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
    7-11 Birmingham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
    7-12 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    7-13 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
    7-20 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
    7-21 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
    7-26 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
    7-27 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
    8-8 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
    8-9 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
    8-10 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    8-11 San Diego, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
    formerly Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
    8-23 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
    8-24 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
    8-25 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
    9-12 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
    9-14 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
    9-20 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
    9-21 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
    9-26 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
    9-27 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
    9-28 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
    10-17 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
    10-18 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
    10-19 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
    10-25 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK GARY Amphitheatre
    10-26 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
  • SCOTTY McCREERY RETURNED TO ‘AMERICAN IDOL.’ (AUDIO)

    Scotty McCreery returned to American Idol in Charlotte on Wednesday night. The Season 10 winner, who’s at work on the follow-up to his debut album Clear As Day, greeted the contestants waiting in line to audition…signed autographs…received a marriage proposal…and ran into a former junior high classmate.

    Ever since the day the 19-year-old singer from North Carolina took home the coveted title in 2011, he basically can’t go anywhere in public without being recognized.

    AUDIO: Scotty McCreery talks about going out in public.

    Scotty McCreery (going out in public) OC: …it’s fun. :09
    “It’s definitely weird, you know. It’s a big life change. It’s just one of those trade-offs that comes from doing this kind of job, but it’s fun. It’s fun.”

  • SING ALONG TO LADY ANTEBELLUM’S LATEST SINGLE, ‘DOWNTOWN.’ (VIDEO)

    Why don’t you sing along to Lady Antebellum‘s new single, “Downtown,” with their lyric video. Check it out below!

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  • KACEY MUSGRAVES SET TO RELEASE HER DEBUT ALBUM, ‘SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK,’ MARCH 19TH. (PRESS RELEASE)

    SINGER/SONGWRITER KACEY MUSGRAVES TO RELEASE HER DEBUT ALBUM, SAME TRAILER DIFFERENT PARK, ON MARCH 19

    MUSGRAVES RECEIVES NOMINATION FOR NEW FEMALE VOCALIST FOR THE 48TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS 

    EMBRACED BY ROLLING STONE, ESQUIRE AND NPR

    Nashville, TN – Mercury Records singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves will release her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, on March 19th. The album is co-produced by Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Luke Laird and features her current single and top 15 hit “Merry Go ‘Round.” Musgraves wrote or co-wrote all tracks on the album.

    “The making of this record was such a fun and meaningful time for me,” said Musgraves. “As a writer, singer and producer I learned so much throughout the whole process. I am proud and excited to present a project alongside Shane McAnally and Luke Laird that came from a very real and inspired place in my brain and heart.”

    The 24-year-old Texas native has garnered massive critical acclaim with the release of “Merry Go ‘Round” and her reputation for portraying an honest and sometimes uncomfortable truth has been featured in multiple press outlets. Esquire named Musgraves as one of their “15 Music Artists to Watch” and said “This supernaturally effortless East Texan is a songwriter’s songwriter to the point where it’s going to be as fun hearing the songs that don’t wind up on the radio as the ones that do.”

    Rolling Stone gave “Merry Go ‘Round” FOUR STARS and named it one of their “50 Best Songs of 2012” while NPR named her as their “Best New Artist of 2012” and included her in the “Best Music in 2013 preview.”

    Musgraves recently received her first country music award nomination for New Female Vocalist for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards held in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7. Fans can vote at www.VoteACM.com and www.GACtv.com/ACM January 21st – February 4th.

    Little Big Town has invited Musgraves to open their Tornado Tour starting January 31st in Murray, KY and this summer she will join Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Nation stadium tour. For a full list of tour dates please visit www.kaceymusgraves.com

    Download “Merry Go ‘Round” on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/KMMerryGoRound

    Follow @KaceyMusgraves on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KACEYMUSGRAVES

    Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaceyMusgravesOfficial

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  • LADY ANTEBELLUM HITS THE AIRWAVES WITH THEIR NEW SINGLE, ‘DOWNTOWN.’ (AUDIO)

    Lady Antebellum have just released their brand new single, “Downtown,” the first single from their upcoming album due out later this year. The song is fresh, upbeat, sassy and fun, and as Lady A’s Hillary Scott says a bit “quirky.” She also is proud of the girl in the song as she stands up for herself. “I liked the girl in the song is not afraid to just be like, ‘What are you doing? Why aren’t you doing this?’” says Hillary. “Like being so forward and strong, just empowered, I think. I loved it. I love the voice that she has in the song.”

    “There’s some sass to this track that makes it really fun to sing…it’s definitely a roll down the windows and bob your head kind of thing,” said Lady A’s Hillary Scott in a press release. “We thought it was a fun way to launch the next record and a fitting preview of what’s to come!”

    Lady A will debut the track next week on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (January 28th) and fans can catch a second performance the following week on CBS’s The Talk (February 6th). The group also announced this week that they will collaborate with Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks for an all new CMT CROSSROADS episode set to tape next week in Los Angeles and air later this year.

    AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott loves that the girl in the band’s new single, “Downtown,” is strong and unafraid.

    Lady A (strong girl) OC: …in the song. :16
    “I just loved it. I thought it was playful. I liked the girl in the song is not afraid to just be like, ‘What are you doing? Why aren’t you doing this? Like being so forward and strong, just empowered, I think. I loved it. I love the voice that she has in the song.”

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    AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott says the band’s new single is “fun.”          

    Lady A (quirky song) OC: …seriously. [laughs] :23
    “I think there’s a really cool quirkiness to the song and to the delivery and to, you know, the way it was written – and I can say that ‘cause we didn’t write it. It’s just fun and quirky, and that’s so unlike us, that image. I think it just shows that we’re all continuing to grow and change and not take life so seriously.”

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    AUDIO: Lady Antebellum intro liner for “Downtown”

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    AUDIO: Lady Antebellum :90 vignette for “Downtown.”

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  • KACEY MUSGRAVES COMES BY HER ARTISTIC TALENT NATURALLY. (AUDIO)

    Kacey Musgraves came by her artistic talent naturally. Her parents, sister, grandmother and cousins are all creative, but in different ways. The Texas native’s talent is obviously her penchant for capturing real life in song and music and being a conduit for that message with her voice. Her mother not only taught her to sing harmony, but also is an artist herself. “My mom’s an artist with all different kinds of mediums – paint – but she’s always working on something different. Last time, she had like this huge, life-sized horse that she had made out of driftwood, and it was beautiful,” says Kacey. “My Mee Maw, she’s a soap maker. She makes soap, and they’re beautiful and they smell really good and they’re all-natural. My sister has an Etsy store, and she’s constantly creating something and sewing pillows and taking pictures.” Her parents also own a print shop, which among other things, creates graphic designs for labels, T-shirts and more.  

    • Kacey is currently sitting inside the Top 15 on the country charts with her debut single, “Merry Go Round.”
    • Kacey is up for ACM New Female Artist of the Year, along with Jana Kramer and Sunny Sweeney. Fans can begin to vote today (January 21st) for their favorite artist at voteacm.com.
    • Kacey has been chosen as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, which will showcase the rising talent from female artists and will feature exclusive content such as video premieres and performances. Check it out at CMT.com.

    AUDIO: Kacey Musgraves comes from a very creative and artistic family.

    Kacey Musgraves (creative family) OC: …and music. :51
    “There’s not any musicians, per se, in my family. I mean, my mom has like a musical ear and can pick stuff out on the mandolin. She kinda taught me to sing harmony. But they’re all very creative in their own right, and it’s weird…my mom’s an artist with all different kinds of mediums – paint – but she’s always working on something different. Last time, she had like this huge, life-sized horse that she had made out of driftwood, and it was beautiful. My Mee Maw, she’s a soap maker. She makes soap, and they’re beautiful and they smell really good and they’re all-natural. My sister has an Etsy store, and she’s constantly creating something and sewing pillows and taking pictures. My dad and my mom have had a print shop for the past 20-plus years, where they do stuff like Kinkos, like faxes and copies, but then they also do graphic design for labels and T-shirts and stuff like that. So, everyone  just kind of has their own, I don’t know what it is. Mine was singing and music.”

  • GEORGE STRAIT KICKS OFF ‘THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY’ TOUR! (AUDIO)

    LUBBOCK, Texas – Friday night, January 18, 2013, the King of Country Music, George Strait, kicked-off the first of 21 tour stops on his 2013 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour in Lubbock, Texas at United Spirit Arena with special guest Martina McBride. An audience of 15,326 was afforded what will soon be a rare occurrence–seeing Strait and his Ace In The Hole Band live in concert.
    The evening began for many with a VIP reception in the aptly named “The King’s Tavern” which features multiple traveling memorabilia cases on display as part of “The King’s Exhibit” with featured items ranging from Dusty Chandler’s jacket, Strait’s lead character in Pure Country, to his Country Music Hall of Fame medallion from his November 2006 induction.
    After a riveting set from McBride (full set list below), Strait sauntered to the stage and opened his nearly 100 minute set with his 2011 anthem and the title of his last recording, “Here For A Good Time.”
    Partway through the show Strait broke stride after he performed his current single, “Give It All We Got Tonight,” and introduced U.S. Marine Corps E-3/Lance Corporal Christopher Allen to a captivated audience. Allen was then recognized as the 287th recipient of the Military Warriors Support Foundation’s (MWSF) “Homes 4 Wounded Heroes” (H4WH) program and the first awardee to receive a key directly from Strait. The presentation was made possible through Strait’s longtime friend, Lieutenant General Leroy Sisco, U.S. Army (Retired) who shares, “Our foundation is thrilled at this opportunity to work with such an incredible patriot as George Strait and with his help we are going to change the lives of the heroes and their families by awarding 100% mortgage-free homes at the next 20 concerts on George’s ‘The Cowboy Rides Away’ finale tour.”
    The Allen family will receive a one-story home with 1,717 sq. ft. of living space and is a spacious 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom home in Bakersfield, California complete with a pool and a two car garage. The homes made available for the program are donated to MWSF through partnerships and, as unveiled at the show in Lubbock, will be awarded to one service member at every tour stop on The Cowboy Rides Away Tour.
     
    The Cowboy Rides Away Tour Set List from Lubbock, Texas, January 18, 2013:
    Martina McBride:
    “When God-Fearin’ Women Get The Blues”
    “Wrong Baby Wrong”
    “Wrong Again”
    “Teenage Daughters”
    “I’m Gonna Love You Through It”
    “Anyway”
    “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden”
    “Heartaches By The Number”
    “Wild Angels”
    “My Baby Love Me”
    “First Cut Is The Deepest”
    “Free Fallin'”
    “King Of The Road”
    “Love’s The Only House”
    “This One’s For The Girls”
    “A Broken Wing”
    “Independence Day”
    George Strait:
    “Here For a Good Time”
    “Ocean Front Property”
    “Check Yes Or No”
    “I Saw God Today”
    “Drinkin’ Man”
    “A Showman’s Life”
    “Love’s Gonna Make It”
    “Arkansas Dave”
    “80 Proof Bottle of Tear Stopper”
    “Honky Tonk Crazy”
    “Blame It On Mexico”
    “Hit Me In The Heart”
    “Marina Del Rey”
    “King Of Broken Hearts”
    “Where The Sidewalk Ends”
    “The Chair”
    “How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls”
    “Stars On The Water”
    “Give It Away”
    “Living For The Night”
    “Amarillo by Morning”
    “Give It All We Got Tonight”
    “I’ll Always Remember You”
    “Troubadour”
    “Unwound”
    “Same Kind Of Crazy”
    “All My Ex’s Live In Texas”
    “Folsom Prison Blues”
    “Cowboy Rides Away”
    Upcoming 2013 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour dates:
    Jan 19 | Chesapeake Energy Arena | Oklahoma City, Okla.
    Jan 25 | EnergySolutions Arena | Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan 26 | Idaho Center | Nampa, Idaho
    Jan 31 | Sleep Train Arena | Sacramento, Calif.
    Feb 1 | SaveMart Center | Fresno, Calif.
    Feb 2 | MGM Grand Garden Arena | Las Vegas, Nev.
    Feb 15 | Xcel Energy Center | St. Paul, Minn.
    Feb 16 | Alerus Center | Grand Forks, N.D.
    Feb 22 | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, N.Y.
    Feb 23 | XL Center | Hartford, Conn.
    Mar 1 | Thompson-Boling Arena | Knoxville, Tenn.
    Mar 2 | Rupp Arena | Lexington, Ky.
    Mar 17 | Reliant Stadium | Houston, Texas
    Mar 22 | Bi-Lo Center | Greenville, S.C.
    Mar 23 | Greensboro Coliseum | Greensboro, N.C.
    Apr 5 | The Pit | Albuquerque, N.M.
    Apr 6 | Pan American Center | Las Cruces, N.M.
    Apr 12 | Verizon Arena | N. Little Rock, Ark.
    Apr 13 | New Orleans Arena | New Orleans, La.
    Jun 1 | Alamodome | San Antonio, Texas*
    * On sale date March 9, 2013
    For more information on MWSF, please visit www.militarywarriors.org. For more information on The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, please visitwww.georgestrait.com.

    AUDIO: George Strait explains one of the reasons why they chose the cities for his final tour, The Cowboy Rides Away.

    George Strait (cities on tour) OC: …set them up. :22
    “We’re trying to go to cities that we have been going to for a long, long time.  We’re trying to make one final appearance there. Like I said earlier, what if something comes up there that I want to do? I won’t have a problem, I’ll go do it. That’s kind of the way we chose the dates and set them up.”

  • GARY ALLAN ‘SET’ TO HIT STORES WITH NEW ALBUM THIS WEEK. (AUDIO & VIDEO)

    Gary Allan arrives in stores with his new album, Set You Free, on Tuesday (January 22nd). Gary co-wrote five of the 12 songs on the project, including his current hit, “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” as well as co-produced the project with producers Mark Wright, Jay Joyce and Greg Droman.

    The California native is very proud of his eighth studio album. “Anytime you put something out there, it’s nerve-wracking, and you just hope somebody likes it, but this is one of my favorite things I’ve done,” says Gary. “I’m really excited to get this out and see it fester and see what people gravitate towards.”

    Catch Gary performing his hit single, “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” on NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Wednesday (January 23rd).

    Set You Free Track List:
    1. “Tough Goodbye” (Josh Thompson / Tony Martin)
    2. “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)” (Gary Allan / Hillary Lindsey / Matt Warren)
    3. “Bones”  (Keith Gattis)
    4. “It Ain’t The Whiskey” (Greg Barnhill / Jim Daddario / Cole Deggs)
    5. “Sand In My Soul” (Brad Warren / Brett Warren / Blair Daily)
    6. “You Without Me” (Gary Allan / John Lancaster / Rachel Proctor)
    7. “One More Time” (Gary Allan / Matt Warren / Hillary Lindsey)
    8. “Hungover Heart”  (Matt Warren / James LeBlanc)
    9. “No Worries”  (Gary Allan / Odie Blackmon / Pat McLaughlin)
    10. “Drop”  (Joel Shewmake / Bruce Wallace / Brian White)
    11. “Pieces” (Gary Allan / Odie Blackman / Sarah Buxton)
    12. “Good As New” (Pat McLaughlin / Billy Burnette)

    AUDIO: Gary Allan says he’s very proud of his new album, Set You Free.

    Gary Allan (best album) OC: …right now. :12
    “This whole album, I’m really proud of the whole thing – that’s the best way to feel when you turn it into the label ‘cause I don’t ever choose. I don’t like to pick singles. I like [the label] to pick. I’ve got a great team right now. All of our ducks are in a row right now.”

    Audio / Gary Allan (best album)

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    AUDIO: Gary Allan says he’ll be a little nervous as he releases his new album, Set You Free, this week.

    Gary Allan (release week) OC: …be positive. :28
    “For me, it’s nerve-wracking in the sense, not watching the numbers, but watching what resonates and what people gravitate towards. I had the exact same feeling when I finished the record and I had to play it for Mike Dungan, the new head of our label, I felt like I was auditioning for my job. And anytime you put new music out there, because I’m so anti-people’s opinion when I’m making it, so when you’re done and you do put it out there, you just pray that it’s gonna be positive.”

    Audio / Gary Allan (release week)

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    AUDIO: Gary Allan says he is excited to release his new album, Set You Free.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

    Gary Allan (one of favorite albums) OC: …gravitate towards. :12
    “Anytime you put something out there, it’s nerve-wracking, and you just hope somebody likes it. But this is one of my favorite things I’ve done. I’m really excited to get this out and see it fester and see what people gravitate towards.”

    Audio / Gary Allan (one of favorite albums)

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    Video / A New Album and Moment in Time

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