Dierks Bentley talks about his new album, Home, and how it is reflective of his real life as a musician, a husband and a father.
Both Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night and Eric Church’s Chief will be vying for a Best Country Album at this year’s Grammy Awards, taking place this Sunday (February 13th).
Lady A have spent numerous weeks at the top of the country album chart with their latest release, Own the Night, which has already been certified platinum. The collection has also earned the trio two No. 1 songs — “Just a Kiss” and “We Owned the Night.”
Last year, Lady A OWNED the Grammy Awards taking home five grammophone awards. Their hit single, “Need You Now,” earned Record and Song of the Year, as well as Best Country Song and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. They also came home with Best Country Album honors for their previous album, Need You Now.
Eric earned his first Grammy nomination this year, thanks to his chart-topping album, Chief. “The Grammys are the Holy Grail for every recording artist,” says Eric. “The thing I’m most proud of is we were able to get the Grammy nomination without ever changing what we do. I didn’t change the music or change the path that I was on to try to win awards or get nominated for awards. We just kept doing what we do.”
Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party, Blake Shelton’s Red River Blue, George Strait’s Here for a Good Time and Taylor Swift’s Speak Now are also up for Best Country Album.
Capitol Nashville’s Dierks Bentley, who released his latest album Home, and Lady Antebellum have been tapped as presenters on the show.
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will air live February 12th beginning at 8pm ET on CBS.
AUDIO: Own The Night is the title of Lady Antebellum’s third album, and the band’s Hillary Scott explains what kind of statement she hopes the album makes.
Lady Antebellum (Title statement) OC: …celebrate it. :23
HS: “Oh gosh. I mean, we hope that this album makes an honest statement and one of just truly enjoying your life, every moment in it, whether it’s a heartbreaking moment or a moment where you’re about to float off the ground you’re so head-over-heels for someone. It’s really embrace every single moment and choose to celebrate it.”
AUDIO: Eric Church talks about his very first Grammy nomination.
Eric Church (Grammy nod) OC: …going to the Grammys. :27
“The Grammys are the Holy Grail for every recording artist. The thing I’m most proud of is we were able to get the Grammy nomination without ever changing what we do. I didn’t change the music or change the path that I was on to try to win awards or get nominated for awards. We just kept doing what we do. You know, the places that the Chief record has taken us so far is unbelievable, and it’s been an unreal ride, and I’m very proud to have the Grammy nomination, and I look forward to going to the Grammys.”
Alan Jackson’s “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore,” written by Jay Knowles and Adam Wright (Alan’s nephew), has been hitting the airwaves in a BIG way! The video for the single is also enjoying its share of success, as well. In fact, the clip was No. 4 OVERALL on iTunes last week. It ranked just behind Nicki Minaj and ahead of Chris Brown. The digital single will be available on February 14th (Valentine’s Day).
While Alan didn’t write his latest single, he certainly has had his share of hit songs. He tells us there’s basically no formula to his songwriting, though. “I pretty much write what comes out at the time. I get ideas all throughout the year, you know,” says Alan. “It could be reflective, or it could be something situational that causes me to think about it, or it could be something goofy that’s on television or something…life always seems to bring something to write about.”
AUDIO: Alan Jackson says there’s no formula for writing songs.
AJ (song ideas) OC: …write about. :29
“I can’t say that I put that much thought into all of it. I don’t know why. I pretty much write what comes out at the time. I get ideas all throughout the year, you know. It could be reflective, or it could be something situational that causes me to think about it or it could be something goofy that’s on television or something. But you know, whatever, I just write down or jot down ideas and titles. Sometimes they come out as a song right away or sometimes they lay there for a while. But life always seems to bring something to write about.”
Darius Rucker is taking a break from the studio where he’s working on his next album to play a little golf…in Pebble Beach’s 3M Celebrity Challenge. The singer and comedian Bill Murray, who is also the defending pro-am champ, picked up a skin in the five-hole game to win $10,000 each for their respective charities.
ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman and actor Lucas Black were the big winners, capturing four skins and $40,000 apiece for their causes.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, playing alternate shot, Darius and Murray won the third hole with a birdie.
Clay Walker, George Lopez, Ray Romano, Chris O’Donnell, Huey Lewis, Michael Bolton and NFL quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys) are also playing in the tournament.
Behind the scenes video of Keith Urban performing at the Grand Ole Opry on February 3rd, 2012. The performance was Keith’s first after undergoing vocal surgery and marked the last performance on the Ryman Auditorium stage before it is redone.
During their times out on the road for the Own The Night 2012 World Tour, Lady A has one favorite place where they spend a lot of their time. Club La Bellum is the place backstage where all the magic happens. And in today’s Webisode, Charles gives everyone an inside look at five things that happen in Club La Bellum!
Dierks Bentley‘s latest album, Home, arrived in stores this week, and we’ve put together some fully-produced vignettes for you on some of the songs on the album. Here we’re featuring “Breathe You In” and “The Woods.”
Keith Urban is getting ready to begin his stint on the Australian version of The Voice. Below is the first commercial for the musical series, which will be shown down under.
Keith has always shown respect and sincere interest in the talents of others, and he’s very intrigued by the show’s concept. “It’s all about the voice, and I love the fact that we get to connect with that before everything else,” he explains. “I can’t see what these people look like; same as when I hear a song on the radio by a new artist, I don’t know what they look like.”
He’s joined by other coaches Seal, Good Charlotte‘s Joel Madden and Australian pop-star and actress Delta Goodrem. The show is set to begin later this year.
The Voice — both the U.S. and Australian versions — consists of three phases: the blind auditions, the battle phase and live performance shows. When choosing their teams, the coaches cannot see the singers, concentrating only on their voices.
In the meantime, Keith, who is closing in on the top of the country charts with “You Gonna Fly,” will take his own voice to Austin, Texas February 10th.
Dierks Bentley wanted to send you guys a special message from New York on album release day.
Dierks Bentley’s new album, Home, arrived in stores today (February 7th). He kicks off the collection with his previous No. 1 hit, “Am I the Only One,” which he says is “the key” to the entire record. “This is the song that’s the bridge between Up on the Ridge, the bluegrass experience and then circling back around to what I do,” says Dierks. “It’s been a huge song, as far as tying over the two projects, so I put it first ‘cause I just kinda think it sets the tone for the album.”
- Dierks latest single, “Home,” is sitting at No. 7 on the country singles charts.
- By the way, you can take Dierks “Home” with you – not just the album, but the man himself!!! All you have to do is check out cmt.com to enter their “Bring Dierks to Your Home” sweepstakes, and have a chance at winning a private acoustic concert from Dierks in your hometown for you and 100 of your friends. The contest ends March 28th.
AUDIO: Dierks Bentley explains why he put “Am I the Only One” as the first track on his new album.
Dierks Bentley (AITOO 1st on album) OC: …the album. :42
“The first song that kinda is the key to this whole record is ‘Am I the Only One.’ This is the song that’s the bridge between Up on the Ridge, the bluegrass experience and then circling back around to what I do. Just a song I wrote with oddly enough the two guys that are really responsible, a big part of the two worlds I live in – one being Jim Beavers, who I’ve written a ton of songs like “Sideways” with and ‘How Am I Doin’.’ And then Jon Randall, who produced the Up on the Ridge record, the bluegrass record. So, the three of us got together, and it’s the only time we’ve gotten together to write a song, and that’s the song we wrote. [laughs] It’s been a huge song, as far as tying over the two projects, so I put it first ‘cause I just kinda think it sets the tone for the album.”