Go behind the scenes on Lady A’s promotional trip to Canada last week as they celebrate OWN THE NIGHT going number one!
Alan Jackson is enjoying his ride up the country charts with “Long Way to Go,” the first release from his upcoming album, due in stores early next year. In the meantime, the country superstar is putting the finishing touches on the new album, and he’s eager to get the new music into the hands of his fans. “I try to find or find good songs or write some,” says Alan. “I think we got a good bunch of material together…so, I think it’s gonna be a fun time. I’m ready to put it out.”
- Catch Alan performing during the 80th birthday celebration for George Jones as GAC-TV airs Opry Live on October 4th at 8pm ET.
AUDIO: Alan Jackson is looking forward to putting out his new album.
AJ (new album) 092811 OC: …put it out. :22
“We’ve about finished it up. We’re doing some mixing on it now, but we’re pretty much done, and it’s just — I don’t know. I always just say it’s more of the same. I try to find or find good songs or write some. I think we got a good bunch of material together, got a good team over there with Mike Dungan and everybody’s excited. So, I think it’s gonna be a fun time. I’m ready to put it out.”
Dierks Bentley celebrated the recent No. 1 success of his hit, “Am I The Only One,” with a party Tuesday night (September 27th) at Nashville’s popular hotspot, Losers, along with co-writers Jim Beavers and Jon Randall. The song is proving to be a highlight of his live shows, where members of the audience actually crowd-surf during the song. A side note, Dierks and his co-writers wrote several verses of the song, even though only two made the cut on the record. However, if you see him live in concert, you might be lucky enough to hear a few of those unrecorded verses. Also attending the standing room only crowd were the honoree’s wife, Cassidy, and two young daughters, Evie and Jordan.
- Speaking of his live shows, Dierks will be hitting the road on his Country & Cold Cans tour, which is set to kick off on October 6 in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. He’ll be taking Jerrod Niemann and the Eli Young Band with him on the 22-city trek.
- Dierks is just starting to hit the airwaves with his new single, “Home.”
AUDIO: Dierks Bentley talks about his No. 1 hit, “Am I The Only One,” at his No. 1 party in Nashville on Tuesday night.
Dierks Bentley (No. 1 party) OC: …pretty fun. :49
“It’s huge. Yeah, it’s a huge song. I mean, just going back to the last show I played up in Minnesota the other night. Put a picture up on Twitter of a girl actually upside down. Like, her boots are up in the air. She was crowd surfing. She had her boots, (Laughs) and the rest of her body is buried somewhere. That was on “Am I the Only One.’ We’ve been starting the show off with “Feel That Fire.” So, it’s like a big — I always try to come out swinging punches. It’s a big show, and then that song comes in third. You really can’t do that song too late because it’s called “Am I the Only One that Wants to Have Fun Tonight.” You can’t really close the show with that song because it’s meant to be up front in the show. But the energy that comes up even higher when that song comes in is palatable. It’s been great for the live show. It’s a lot of fun. It really is. I actually wrote several verses to the song with Jim and J.R., but two only made the album. So, in the live show I’ve been introducing some of the other verses that didn’t make it. So, it’s been pretty fun.”
AUDIO: Dierks Bentley talks about writing “Am I the Only One.”
Dierks Bentley (Am I the Only One) OC: …a good time. :22
“Man, I wrote this song with some friends about some friends of mine that I couldn’t get to go out on the town on Friday night. They were giving me some pretty weak excuses, so I had to make fun of ‘em in the lyrics of this song. No one was actually watching American Idol, If one of my friends turned me down for American Idol on a Friday night, we would definitely have to exchange some words. Nothing wrong with American Idol, but you can Tivo that show and watch it any time you want. When it’s Friday night, it’s time to go out and have a good time.”
Eric Church Fan Hits 100th Show Milestone
New music video for single, “Drink In My Hand,” debutsNashville, Tenn. (Tuesday, September 27, 2011) – Eric Church has always credited his loyal fan base with his rise to fame and recognition, such as this year’s fan-voted ACM New Solo Vocalist Award, so when it came time to film the music video for the audience-inspired hit, “Drink In My Hand,” from his chart-topping release, CHIEF, Church knew he could leave it in their hands. The music video, filmed in Council Bluffs, Iowa on August 26 and 27, and directed by Peter Zavadil, showcases exactly what the fans have come to love from his live shows. One fan in particular, Aaron R. Shriver, knew he wouldn’t miss the special performances as they marked shows 98 and 99 for him with his 100th show milestone met on Sunday, Sept. 25 in Tinley Park, IL at First Midwest.
“I got to see Eric Church open the first night in Cincinnati, Ohio on the Bob Segar tour,” said Shriver. “That night I took my father to his very first Eric Church show. He saw the fire and passion in Eric’s stage presence, and now he is just as big of a fan as I am. I also saw Eric play in a Wal-Mart parking lot with just eight people in the crowd six months after he just played a huge sold-out arena. I will never forget those days, nor will I forget the day I heard CHIEF went No. 1–it was like an accomplishment for the entire [Church] Choir that has stood behind the one musician that we all believe in so much.”
Church recognized Shriver at Sunday’s show by bringing him on stage and presenting him with his guitar, a Gibson Hummingbird. [Footage of the presentation can be found HERE.]
“I am constantly blown away by the passion of our fans. It was really cool to be able to honor Aaron’s 100th show on stage and share that experience with everyone in the crowd,” shares Church. “Though he is the first, I look forward to more of our fans reaching that milestone. It is truly humbling.”
Church recently celebrated his own milestone with over 1,000 shows performed since he began touring in 2006.
The energy of the live show and the fans’ interaction was the inspiration for the single “Drink In My Hand” as well as the music video. Church was inspired to write the song after commenting on the audience’s synchronized motion to certain phrases in his songs and noted, “All the fans want to do is put a drink in their hand.” He later penned the tune with Michael Heeney and Luke Laird.
AWARD WINNING SINGER/SONGWRITER DIERKS BENTLEY INTRODUCES “HOME” FROM
HIS UPCOMING SIXTH STUDIO ALBUM
Nashville, TN – Sept. 26, 2011 – Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley releases the anthemic “Home” off his upcoming sixth Capitol Nashville album to country radio today. Bentley penned the poignant new track with Dan Wilson and Brett Beavers.
“One of the best parts of being a traveling musician is getting to meet people from all over the country and hear about what’s happening in their lives and their towns…the struggles and the joys,” says Bentley. “They’re the inspiration for this song. The lyrics speak to the challenges we’ve had as a country, but hopefully the song leaves you feeling inspired and optimistic.”
To watch a video of the making of “Home” from the studio, click here: http://www.thegreenroompr.com/dierksbentley_video.html
Bentley’s sixth Capitol Nashville studio project is scheduled for release in early 2012 and has already scored the No. 1 hit “Am I The Only One.” Bentley’s new album follows in the footsteps of his critically acclaimed UP ON THE RIDGE, which earned Album of the Year nominations at the ACM, CMA and GRAMMY Awards this year. His previous five albums have sold over five million copies, earned 10 GRAMMY nominations and spawned eight No. one hits.
Bentley will kick off the first leg of his “Country & Cold Cans” tour on Oct. 6 in LaCrosse, WI with 22 dates running through November.
The video for Eric Church’s “Drink in My Hand” is finally out, and it debuted on VEVO Monday (September 26th). The inspiration behind the song – and now the video – came from seeing his fans holding up their “adult beverages” high in the air during his shows, night after night. So, the performer decided to grab some footage of his live show in Council Bluff, Iowa on the off-chance he could make a video for the song. “It’s really just showing our live show and showing some of the stuff that went on during those shows in Council Bluff, and really just trying to show what ‘Drink in My Hand’ looks like live,” Eric recently told TasteofCountry.com. “We got some shots of the crowd, and at one point I jumped off into the crowd a little bit … it was pretty damn crazy! It was something that was fun to get on camera.”
- “Drink in My Hand” is the second single released from his latest chart-topping album, Chief.
- Eric is nominated for New Artist of the Year at this year’s CMA Awards, taking place live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 9th and airing on ABC-TV.
- Eric is currently touring with Toby Keith and will make a stop in Cincinnati on Thursday (September 29th).
Luke Bryan has partnered with PledgeMusic to raise more money for scholarships for this year’s Farm Tour. Fans who donate will be able to win t-shirts, hats and meet and greet passes to see Luke as well as the chance to gain access to a ton of exclusive Luke Bryan web content including videos, music, photos and blog posts, plus an exclusive, six-song acoustic tour bus session EP. The Farm Tour kicks off Thursday (September 29th) in Clemson, South Carolina, and you can visit PledgeMusic.com to make a donation to the Farm Tour Scholarship fund.
DIERKS BENTLEY TO PERFORM ON LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON ON SEPT. 29AS PART OF WEEK-LONG PINK FLOYD TRIBUTEMulti-Platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley will perform a version of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” on Sept. 29 as part of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’s week-long tribute to the legendary rock band. Bentley will represent the country genre alongside rock bands including Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, The Shins and MGMT. The tribute week celebrates the release of Pink Floyd’s two new box sets of remastered and previously unreleased material.
Luke Bryan kicks off his annual FarmTour Thursday (September 29th) in Clemson, South Carolina. The trek, in-between dates on his CMT Tour, is scheduled to run through Friday, October 6th in Carrollton, Georgia. Proceeds from the shows will be made available as a scholarship for a student from a farming family attending a local college in each community where the shows are taking place.
- On Monday (September 26th), Luke will be seen on Access Hollywood Live, followed by his first-ever appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday (September 28th).
- The Georgia native is scaling the country charts with his latest single, “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” from his new album, tailgates & tanlines.
- Luke is up for New Artist of the Year at this year’s CMA Awards, taking place live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 9th on ABC.
AUDIO: Luke Bryan talks about the production that goes into having his own headlining tour.
Luke Bryan (tour production) OC: …money’s worth. :38
“Talking about production, it’s nice to finally kind of plan up how you’re gonna have your show look and lots of lights around you, and being able to creat moments with lights, and have somebody on stage go and stand where the lights are doing this and that, and it’s nice to plan it all up. I mean, we’ve always, being an opener, you just go out there and the lights get turned on. But now, we can finally use all of our resources, all the people that are working so hard and make the lighting look even more special and make it look like a big show. And in the end, that kind of helps the overall aspect of fans really getting their money’s worth.”
LUKE BRYAN TO MAKE APPEARANCES ON“ACCESS HOLLYWOOD LIVE” AND “THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW”BEFORE TO LAUNCHING “FARM TOUR”Bryan’s Official Website Online with Redesign TodayNashville – (Sept., 22, 2011) – CMA Awards nominee Luke Bryan will head to the west coast after this weekend’s CMT ON TOUR dates and just prior to kicking off his 6-day run of “Farm Tour” shows to make his first-ever appearances on “Access Hollywood Live” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” These shows will air Monday, Sept., 26 and Wednesday, Sept., 28 respectively, please check local listings for times.Bryan’s “Farm Tour” will begin on Thursday, Sept., 29 in Clemson, South Carolina and will run through Friday, Oct., 6 in Carrollton, Georgia. Proceeds from these concerts will be made available as a scholarship for a student from a farming family attending a local college in each community where the shows are taking place.Today, Bryan’s official website www.lukebryan.com is up and running with a fresh new redesign. As always, it will provide fans with all the latest new and information.Bryan is continuing to promote his highly successful new Capitol Records Nashville CD, tailgates & tanlines, which was released in early August. His new single, “I Don’t Want This Night To End,” is at country radio now. Bryan is also nominated in the New Artist category for the upcoming “45th Annual CMA Awards” airing live Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/EST) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.