The latest episode of LBTV features Luke Bryan in rehearsals for the My Kinda Party 2012 Tour, as well as for the opening weekend of the tour with Jason Aldean and opening act Lauren Alaina.
Dierks Bentley heads to Indianapolis on Sunday to perform as part of the festivities leading up to this year’s Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants on Sunday, February 5th. A sports fan, Dierks isn’t necessarily picking a winner (well, he’s not telling us), but he’s looking for a good game between the two titan teams. “I’m really just pulling for a great game,” says Dierks. “As a fan, I just really want to see a game that isn’t over by half-time. I want to see something that goes into the fourth quarter, maybe even deeper. It would be so cool…I was kind of pulling for this rematch in some ways. There are a lot of great story lines to play out in…this year’s playoffs.”
Dierks is getting ready to release his new studio album, Home, February 7th. It features the title track, which is currently scaling the Top 10 on the country charts.
Dierks Bentley talks about this year’s Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants.
Dierks Bentley (Super Bowl 2012) OC: …be cool. :42
“That’s really tough. I mean, you’ve got 2 teams with great quarterbacks that have Super Bowl history between them. Tom Brady is unbelievable — won so many Super bowls. I think this is his fifth Super Bowl appearance, but the last time these two teams met, Eli won and the Giants. So, I’m really just pulling for a great game. As a fan, I just really want to see a game that isn’t over by half-time. I want to see something that goes into the fourth quarter, maybe even deeper. It would be so cool. I had a chance to be at the last meeting between these two teams in Phoenix, and saw the catch and all this stuff. So it was a great game. I was kind of pulling for this rematch in some ways. There are a lot of great story lines to play out in this particular, this year’s playoffs. But I have a feeling that…a little payback. It’s gonna be cool.”
Lady Antebellum are hitting the road Friday (January 27th) to kickoff their Own the Night 2012 World Tour, taking along Darius Rucker and Thompson Square. The trio have been very busy during their time off, which included a marriage AND engagement. “We’ve been off for about a month, which has probably been the longest break we’ve had since we started as a band, in all seriousness,” said Dave. “So, it’s been a fantastic break. Hillary got married and I got engaged, and Charles has been running around on 10 different vacations. [laughter] So, to get back to touring is something I know we just can’t wait for.”
If you caught one of their shows this past fall, the trio have made a few changes. “We’ve got a couple new little surprises we’re gonna throw into this set,” says Charles.”We feel like we’ve got it to a great place, and we’ve thrown in some more fun things.” What they are keeping for their arena tour is the “inner circle” where fans actually are part of the show.
The trek, which will definitely feature Lady A’s latest single “Dancin’ Away With My Heart,” kicks off Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, then makes stops in Des Moines, Iowa and Bloomington, Illinois. The tour has already sold more than a half-million tickets.
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood says they’re looking forward to being on the road after a month off.
Lady A (tour kickoff 2012) 1 OC: …the fall. :28
“We’ve got Darius Rucker and Thompson Square out this year, which we’re just thrilled about. We’ve been off for about a month, which has probably been the longest break we’ve had since we started as a band, in all seriousness. So, it’s been a fantastic break. Hillary got married and I got engaged, and Charles has been running around on 10 different vacations. [laughter] No, but to get back to touring is something I know we just can’t wait for. It’s kicking off all across the U.S. and Canada, but yeah, we love what we did in the fall and this is a continuation of the tour from the fall.”
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott talk about changing up the 2012 leg of their Own the Night just a bit.
Lady A (tour kickoff 2012) 2 OC: (Hillary) …of the show. :21
CHARLES: “We’ll change up a couple of the songs. Rehearsing last week, we got a couple new little surprises we’re gonna throw into this set. We got to really hone in the set I feel like too over the fall, and we feel like we’ve got it to a great place, and we’ve thrown in some more fun things, but…” HILLARY: “And we’ve had such great feedback with the design of the stage, you know, with the inner circle where the fans, they’re a part of the show.”
ERIC CHURCH GARNERS ACM NOMINATIONS FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR AND VIDEO OF THE YEARBlood, Sweat & Beers Arena Tour Sets First Week Venue RecordsNashville, Tenn. (Thursday, January 26, 2012) – Eric Church surprised fans at the 2011 ACM Awards with his Awards show performance debut of his hit “Smoke A Little Smoke” from the RIAA Certified Gold sophomore release, Carolina. Many speculated it was the start of incredible things to come for the EMI Records Nashville singer, and they were right. Additional milestones soon followed: No. 1 album debut on the Top 200 Billboard charts with CHIEF, his first-ever GRAMMY nomination for Album of the Year, his first No. 1 single with “Drink In My Hand,” which was recently RIAA Certified Gold, and now, his first industry-voted ACM nominations for Album of The Year for CHIEF and Video of The Year for “Homeboy.”“I’ve never minced words about the fact that my passion is making great records for the sake of the music,” says Church. “The fact that the ACM’s have nominated us for the album category is quite the honor and frankly the one I revere the most. “Homeboy,” both musically and visually, is a song that tells a compelling story. I have a very special place in my heart for the video, and I’m very grateful that it is getting recognized. It’s been one hell of a year!”Turning heads out on his first-ever headlining arena tour, Eric Church: The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, Church is seemingly on fire right now when it comes to inching closer to achieving sought-after megastar success. He set venue records in Southaven, MS over the weekend with a record attendance for a show in that arena – beating a record previously set with his performance alongside Jason Aldean. After witnessing his live show, the Los Angeles Times said, “Vehement… propelled further still by the voices of his fans singing along.” Followed by the Oakland Tribune who said, “[Church is] arguably the hottest artist in country these days… this guy’s a major talent and soon to be one of country’s premier stars.”To purchase tickets for Eric Church: The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, which includes special guest Brantley Gilbert, visit www.ericchurch.com. VIP Packages are also available for fans that want to experience an up-close, exclusive backstage acoustic concert.The ACM Awards winner for the Album of the Year and Video of The Year categories will be announced LIVE on CBS on Sunday, April 1 at 7 p.m. CT / 8 p.m. ET.For more information on Eric Church, visit his official website at http://www.ericchurch.com.
The nominations for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards have been announced, and Capitol/EMI acts are up for numerous awards. The trophies will be handed out live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas April 1st beginning at 8pm ET/PT delayed on CBS.
Lady Antebellum leads group nominations with five nods, including Vocal Group of the Year, which they have won for two consecutive years. They are also nominated for Album of the Year for Own The Night as artists and producers, and for Song and Video of the Year for “Just A Kiss.”
Eric Church scores a pair of nominations, including the prestigious Album of the Year for his R.I.A.A. gold-certified Chief. He also picks up a nod for the insightful video for “Homeboy,” which was shot at the old Tennessee State Prison.
Dierks Bentley, who is scaling the charts with his inspirational anthem and ACM-nominated “Home,” could potentially take home two awards for Song of the Year honors as both artist and composer.
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott discusses how the band’s ACM-nominated album, Own The Night, documents specific moments in life that shape the person you become.
Lady A (theme of OTN) OC: …who you are, you know? :20
HS: “The theme that I’ve kind of seen throughout it is a lot of these songs are about very specific moments in time. It’s not just an overall emotion or an overall feeling that’s portrayed in a song, It’s just very specific to moments that throughout your life end up defining who you are.”
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott explains the band’s personal connection to their ACM-nominated Song of the Year, “Just a Kiss.”
Lady A (Just a Kiss story) OC: …personal experience. :25
“The song, we pulled from our own personal experience with Charles [Kelley] meeting his wife and the first night he met his now-wife and the magic that was there and how the restraint he knew to have because she was something special. And that’s a lot like where I’m in my life too with recently engaged and really in love and blissfully happy. So, it’s all from personal experience.”
AUDIO: Eric Church talks about making his ACM-nominated album, Chief.
Eric Church (making of Chief) OC: …its heartbeat. :59
“We have built our career on the backs of our fans. We have not cared what else was going on around us. The other thing, we went and played shows, and we have given those fans the keys to this vehicle, and we said, ‘Drive it!’ And they have told people about it, and they’ve spread the word, and they’ve preached that gospel, and they’ve just become an army out there. This record when we made it, it needed, for me, to sound like a live show. It needed to sound like we had recorded it live, like you were watching something that we didn’t rehearse, that we didn’t think out. And there’s so many tracks on this record, where I am interacting with the musicians, because I am in the room with them, and either I will sing a melody line or the guitar will be playing a melody line, and we’ll pick up on each other, and it will turn into this little jam moment. And that is where the magic happens. We didn’t plan it, we didn’t talk about it, there’s as much unrehearsed magic on this record as we’ve ever had. There’s a lot of mistakes on it, and I think that’s part of a live show. We mess up every night live, and we talk about it after a show. We left it on this record. Those mistakes are in there, and I think that’s what gives it its heartbeat.”
AUDIO: Eric Church talks about his ACM-nominatedvideo for “Homeboy.”
Eric Church (Homeboy video) 2 OC: …love that shot. :24
“And seeing the story line develop, and being in the place, I mean I’ve been there, I was feeling the stuff the kid was feeling, that despair. I think we have all been in places like that. It just came across great. I love the lighting. I love the angles. I love the slow motion. The slow motion is one of the coolest things. There’s a scene with a match where he lights a match and throws it at the camera, and you can see the match extinguish itself, in super, super, super slow motion. I love that shot.”
AUDIO: Dierks Bentley describes his hopes for his ACM-nominated Song of the Year, “Home.”
Dierks Bentley (Home-hopes) OC: …come together. :32
“The song is written in a way that is open-ended as far as how people, what they want to walk away with. I mean I think it’s obvious that it’s a song about our country and about the ups and downs and the scars we have in our past, but at the end of the day, no matter what side of the fence you’re on, where you stand on certain issues, or where you come from, your background, we all live here. You have to walk through the front door of your house every day. This is our house. This is our home. This is our country. You know, I hope in some sense that it brings people together, and finds a bit more in common than we don’t. I hope people feel inspired and come together.”
Keith Urban was honored at a party at a local Nashville hotspot to celebrate the success of his recent No. 1 hit, “Long Hot Summer,” along with his co-writer and friend Richard Marx and producer Dann Huff. The two singer-songwriters revealed that writing “Long Hot Summer” was more than just putting words to music; it was actually a testament to their friendship. “We had an ‘issue’ with each other and I learned a lot about the importance of friendship,” says Keith. “[The song] wasn’t born of a quota to write a song. It was born of a want for us to reconnect, and the song was a by-product of that desire.” While they had to reschedule the party a couple of times, the celebration was very important to both of them. “This is important,” says Richard. “I love this guy, and this song is a great testament to our friendship.”
A special moment came near the end of the fete when Keith pulled a couple of young adults up on stage to perform “Long Hot Summer,” along with him and Richard. He combed through tons of YouTube videos to find two talented aspiring musicians and fly them to Nashville to join him for the party. Patrick Woolam, who fronts his own band in Kansas City, was featured on lead vocals, while Leslie Strong, from Hazard, Kentucky, showcased her talents on the guitar and matched Keith lick for lick. The two didn’t appear nervous at all in front of an industry crowd made up of publishers, producers, songwriters and label executives, and in fact, seemed like they belonged on stage.
This was the pair’s third hit song they wrote together. Their first, “Better Life,” went to No. 1 in 2004, while “Everybody” hit the Top 5 in 2007.
- Keith’s current single, “You Gonna Fly,” is sitting in the Top 5 of the country charts.
AUDIO: Keith Urban talks about why “Long Hot Summer” was more than just a song for both him and Richard Marx.
Keith Urban (#1 party for Summer) OC: …that desire. :52
RICHARD “This was a very special No. 1 song for me, and for personal reasons between me and Keith and…” KEITH: “Tell ‘em. Tell ‘em.” RICHARD: “It’s nobody’s business.” KEITH: “No, but we’d had an ‘issue’ with each other, that’s all I’m gonna say, and I learned a lot about the importance of friendship. This guy was so incredibly gracious and good, and I learned a lot about what it takes to be a good friend. And I wanted to really make it up to Richard, and show him that our friendship really means something to me. And so, I said, ‘Please, I really want to write together again. We should really do that.’ We talked about it for a long time, and we eventually did. And I’m so glad that we got to not only write the so0ng, but for the song to take us to this point…It wasn’t born of a quota to write a song. It was born of a want for us to reconnect, and the song was a by-product of that desire.”
AUDIO: Richrd Marx talks about how special “Long Hot Summer” is to him.
Richard Marx (Summer #1 party) OC: …friendship. :30
“I hear such great joy in this particular song. I love this song. I freakin’ love this song! They’re all special for their own reasons, but this one’s really kind of fun to [celebrate], and it’s why we’ve really been actively, there’s been a couple of times because of his surgery, etc. that we weren’t going to do a celebration. We were maybe going to go out to dinner next time I was in Nashville or something. It became sort of like this unspoken, this is important, because it’s really like, you know, I love this guy, and this song is a great testament to our friendship.”
AUDIO: Patrick Woolam recalls how he got the news he was going to perform with Keith Urban.
Patrick Woolam (Keith) OC: …just amazing. :39
“My drummer was in contact with him first. They asked for my name, and he called me and said, ‘Are you sitting down?’ And I said, ‘Yeah,’ and that usually means something bad. He said, ‘Well, you’re going to be singing with Keith Urban next Wednesday.’ And so I told him, ‘Why don’t you call me back when you’re done messing around with me?’ So, I hung up the phone on him, and he texted me, and he said, ‘Here’s the number. You just call this lady, and she’ll take care of you and you’ll see that it’s real.’ So, it’s just been an incredible opportunity, and I’m so excited to be a part of this and I’m just enjoying every moment of this…and Keith is just a phenomenal person. I mean, just talk about a stand-up guy. To have this happen and have him put in the time and effort to do this is just amazing.”
AUDIO: Leslie Strong, who smoked the guitar parts on ‘Long Hot Summer’ with Keith Urban at his No. 1 party, says she wasn’t nervous at all to play with one of the best guitarists around.
Leslie Strong (not nervous) OC: …cool gig, you know? [laughs] :05
“There should’ve been, but no. I don’t know why. It’s a cool gig, you know? [laughs]”
Reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum has already sold more than half a million tickets for their upcoming OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR, which kicks off this Fri., Jan. 27, in Tulsa, OK with Darius Rucker and special guest Thompson Square.Advance sell-outs at some of the nation’s biggest arenas include the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Allstate Arena in Chicago, American Airlines Center in Dallas and the DCU Center in Worcester, MA to name a few.“We have been really involved in the planning of our tour every step of the way…I remember drawing out an idea for our set design on a paper plate, so to now see it come to life is just crazy,” said Lady A’s Hillary Scott. “We are just so invested in every moment and making it a great experience for the fans, and we’re really excited for everything 2012 has in store.”
“It has only been four years since we were driving around in Charles’ Jeep Cherokee and sharing a hotel room,” added Dave Haywood. “This tour is what we’ve always dreamed of!”The OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR is an extension of last year’s critically acclaimed OWN THE NIGHT 2011 TOUR. Of the show, the Sioux City Journal said, “They had some of the best staging we’ve seen in years. Songs flowed effortlessly; visuals enhanced just about everything,” while the Arizona Republic hailed the trio’s “impressive vocals and energetic stage presence.”Fresh off celebrating their No. one hits “We Owned The Night” and “Just A Kiss” in Nashville this week, the trio’s third single “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” off their GRAMMY nominated, PLATINUM album OWN THE NIGHT has cracked the Top 20 on the country radio charts in just three weeks.For a full list of upcoming tour dates and appearances, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.
So many great and exciting things have happened during Lady A‘s our time off, and they’re sharing their excitement in the latest episode of Webisode Wednesdays. Don’t miss our live chat tomorrow night, January 26th, at 6pm CT on www.ladyantebellum.com!
Luke Bryan performs the hit “I Don’t Want This Night To End” in Orlando, Florida just moments after he’s been notified that it is the No. 1 song in America.
During a break from rehearsing for the 2012 Country & Cold Cans Tour, Dierks Bentley‘s band held the First Annual “Feel That Fire Hot Wing Eating Competition.” Take a look at DBTV, Episode 51 to see who came out on top.