Dierks Bentley hosted his sixth annual Miles & Music for Kids celebrity motorcycle ride and benefit concert on Sunday (October 16th) in Nashville. More than one-thousand motorcycle riders participated in the event, which began south of Nashville and ended at Riverfront Park in downtown Nashville with a concert, featuring Dierks and special guests including Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, Eli Young Band, Colt Ford and Josh Thompson. More than $200,000 was raised from this year’s ride and concert in Nashville, and all proceeds from the event benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Expanding to other cities, such as Chicago, Columbus (Ohio) and Atlanta, the event has raised more than $1.5 million.
Keith Urban presented labelmate Eric Church with an RIAA certified Gold plaque for Eric’s new album, Chief, backstage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thursday (October 13th). The album has sold more than 500,000 copies since its release at the end of July. Keith invited Eric to be a special guest during his Get Closer 2011 World Tour stop to perform “Springsteen,” a track from Chief, for a sold out crowd.
Check out Eric’s facebook page for a photo.
Lady Antebellum will return to the Mother Church of Country Music, the legendary Ryman Auditorium, to perform a special acoustic performance exclusively for their fan club members. Tickets went on sale Friday (October 14th) for Own the Night: Unplugged, taking place November 14th. The trio’s Own the Night 2011 Tour launches November 11th in Knoxville, Tennessee, along with Josh Kelley and Randy Montana.
- Lady A are nominated or Vocal Group of the Year at this year’s CMA Awards, taking place November 9th, and broadcast live beginning at 8pm ET on ABC.
- The band is also nominated for three American Country Awards, which will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on FOX beginning at 8pm ET.
Dierks Bentley had an AWESOME first weekend on the Country & Cold Cans Tour. In this week’s DBTV, Episode 38, go behind the scenes as the tour takes off with Dierks, Jerrod Niemann and Eli Young Band.
Eric Church surprised the crowd at Keith Urban’s show on his Get Closer 2011 World Tour stop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thursday night (October 13th). The pair performed Eric’s song, “Springsteen,” from his No. 1 debut album, Chief. Radio station WMIL caught all the action on flip cam – check it out below.
Alan Jackson is among this year’s five inductees, along with Garth Brooks, to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and his induction – in the songwriter-artist category – will take place during a ceremony on Sunday (October 16th). Alan says it’s “one of the coolest honors” he has ever received. “I’ve always been more about the music and I’ve always been, especially proud to be able to be a writer and to have songs that affect people and that they enjoy. And you know to be included in the writers here in Nashville – that’s some of the best music in the world that comes out of this town.”
AJ (Songwriters HOF) OC: …of this town. : 19
“Man, that’s one of the coolest honors for me. I’ve always been more about the music and I’ve always been, especially proud to be able to be a writer and to have songs that affect people and that they enjoy. And you know to be included in the writers here in Nashville – that’s some of the best music in the world that comes out of this town.”
Dierks Bentley hosts his sixth annual Miles & Music for Kids celebrity motorcycle ride and benefit concert on October 16th in Nashville. The ride will begins in Columbia, Tennessee and will end at Riverfront Park in downtown Nashville with a concert featuring Dierks and special guests including Eli Young Band, Colt Ford and Josh Thompson. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Dierks (Miles & Music 2011) 2 OC: …part of it. :15
“It’s been a lot of fun. I think what fans love about it is it’s a different type of show. It’s not a huge production deal. It’s really a friendly, fun, family type of deal. I really enjoy those days and look forward to them. It’s cool to see that people are making an event out of it coming from all over to be a part of it.”
Luke Bryan talks about the encore for his headlining fall tour, and you even get a sneak peek of the surprises that are in store for his fans. He says it’s a chance for him to be a little bit creative. Check out the below video to get a sneak peek.
If you’ve ever wanted to be (I mean smell) like Keith Urban, or wanted your man to be (again, smell) like Keith, now is your chance! The entertainer has released his new men’s fragrance, PHOENIX by Keith Urban. In creating the cologne, Keith said the process was one of “self-discovery” and really opened him up. “I grew up with a father that had a real appreciation for specific things – certain leathers and fabrics and the way they felt, the way they smelled,” he tells Reuters. “It’s inherent in what I do musically, because I’m very particular about the way I write songs and put a tune together.” He adds, “I’m a romantic at heart and there’s certain woods and leathers and fragrances I love because they make me feel a certain way. I’d never really stopped to think about the way something made me feel. I started thinking about why I choose one smell over another.”
Keith was adamant that he didn’t want the fragrance to be named after him. “That was brought up and I said, ‘No way.’ Some poor guy is going to have a girl say, ‘Oh you smell great, what are you wearing?’ And the guy has to say, ‘I’m wearing Keith Urban,’” he laughs. “Phoenix is a nice name he can say instead.” He also enlisted his wife’s help in crafting the fragrance. “Even though I’m making a men’s cologne, it’s predominantly so that women would enjoy it. I wanted a female take on what this cologne was like, so, of course, I asked my wife.”
- Keith is set to release his new single, “You Gonna Fly,” next week. It’s the follow-up to his current No. 1 hit, “Long Hot Summer.”
- Keith, who is nominated for both CMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year, is set to wrap his Get Closer 2011 World Tour Saturday (October 15th) in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
LUKE BRYAN’S “FARM TOUR” PLAYS FOR 42,000 FANS
Local Colleges to Receive “Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship”
Nashville – (October 12, 2011) – CMA Awards nominee Luke Bryan wrapped his third annual, “Farm Tour” over the weekend and performed for nearly 42,000 fans in the 6 cities-Clemson, South Carolina and Athens, Macon, Claxton, Valdosta and Carrollton, Georgia.
Local schools in all six towns will receive a “Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship,” which will be given to a student from a farming family who is in financial need.
Those colleges include:
Seneca, SC – Clemson University
Colbert, GA – University of Georgia
Macon, GA – Mercer University
Claxton, GA – Georgia Southern University
Valdosta, GA – Valdosta State University
Carrollton, GA – University of West Georgia
Great American Country’s “Top 20” and “Headline Country” shows were filmed during the Claxton show on Oct. 5. “GAC’s “Top 20” is set to air this Friday, Oct. 14 and “Headline Country” will air Thursday, Nov 3. Also on Oct. 5, Luke was surprised with a plaque signifying that his current album tailgates & tanlines has been certified Gold® by the RIAA for sales of 500,000. He also received a plaque for his first Platinum® single for sales of 1 million— the album’s lead smash hit “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” which Luke co-wrote with fellow Georgian Dallas Davidson.
The idea for the Farm Tour concerts came from Luke as a way to give back to local farming communities by celebrating and lifting up the American Farmer and offering a fun escape with the outdoor shows. DEKALB was the presenting sponsor.