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“This is exactly the record I want to put out. I don’t know what’s going to happen with it, but I can
at least tell you that the one certainty I do have about this record, is I’m proud of it.” – Jordan Davis

To bring Jordan Davis to that admission has been a life’s journey. In stepping back with country
music’s biggest stars to emerge in recent years of his latest album Bluebird Days, he tells not only the
magic of a song like CMA Song of the Year “Buy Dirt,” but of the evolution of Jordan Davis the
person, the songwriter, and the artist.

Sometimes, a popular song becomes more than just a hit—it turns into a phenomenon. And that’s
what happened with “Buy Dirt,” Davis’ 2021 duet with Luke Bryan. It reached Number One on the Hot
Country Songs chart and was one of the Top Five most streamed country songs in both 2021 and
2022. That kind of success brings expectations, but—as Davis discovered when he set to work on his
follow-up album Bluebird Days—it can also lead to a new sense of possibility.
“There’s pressure, definitely,” he says. “It’s not about trying to recreate ‘Buy Dirt,’ but we can
approach songs like we approached that one, and that’s to write something that people are going to
feel, and not just hear.”

“I’ve settled into a really good headspace in writing songs, which is rooted in being honest—about
past things that I’ve gone through, good or bad, and about some things that have kind of scared me
about the future. So, the best thing for me is that ‘Buy Dirt’ opened up a whole other lane of songs
that I think people can really connect with.”

With Bluebird Days (Davis’ second full-length album, following 2018’s Home State, which included the
Platinum-selling No. 1 hits “Singles You Up,” “Take It from Me,” and “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot;”
he’s also released two EPs), the Shreveport, Louisiana-born singer-songwriter digs deep into his own
experiences for a collection that offers a wide range of emotions, meditations, and memories,
matched by his signature sound, blending traditional and contemporary genres and styles. With a
young family and a career that’s rapidly on the rise, he was still surprised to see the depth that this
material was reaching.

“As you start writing for a record, you’re kind of stockpiling songs and at some point, you go back and
take inventory,” he says. “As I started looking back on the songs I’d written, I was like, ‘Wow, I really
wrote about that’ or ‘I showed that side that I never had.’ There’s a song called ‘Short Fuse’ that’s
about a temper that I have. A lot of people don’t see that, and unfortunately, the people that do see it
are the people I’m closest to, and it’s a song about me trying to change that.”
The title track examines his life as a child of divorced parents. While initially nervous to put the song
on the record, he reflects that ultimately, “I know a lot of people are going to connect with that and go,
‘Man, I feel the exact same way.’”

He points to “Fishing Spot” as an especially personal moment on Bluebird Days. “I bought a fishing
boat—that was, like, the biggest purchase I’ve made,” he says. “It’s very unassuming, it’s nothing
special at all. But I fell in love with fishing because of my grandfather. And I remember that first day
thinking, ‘This is cool, man—I got this boat, and one day me and my son and my daughter can come
fish,’ and then an overwhelming sadness came over me.”

“I think it’s just that it was kind of a pipe dream,” he continues. “We didn’t grow up with a ton of
money, so the idea of having a boat and being able to go out and do whatever at this point in my life
was just kind of crazy. I did a lot of talking to my grandfather out there that day, and that’s definitely
one song that comes from a very real place.”

For the first time, Davis included two songs that he didn’t have a hand in writing—although, with
“Money Isn’t Real,” it wasn’t for lack of effort. “I’d been trying to write a song called ‘When the Money
Runs Out,’” he says. “I’d started it, thrown it away, restarted, and it was terrible. But I wanted to touch
on how my relationship with money was not good. I truly thought that the more that I had, the less
problems I would have, and that’s not true at all. It can make things easier, but it is not a problem
solver. And the way these writers did it was brilliant, exactly what I was trying to say.”

Davis thinks it’s no accident that he recorded this album almost exactly ten years after he moved to
Nashville to take his shot at a music career, with all the reflection that anniversary stirred up. “I was
working a bartending gig that I really wasn’t super happy about,” he says, “but it was keeping me in
Nashville so that I could wake up at eight o’clock—after getting home at 1:30—go write a song for five
hours and then go right back to the bar and wash, rinse, repeat. If I were to go back and tell that guy,
‘Hey, man, in ten years, you’re gonna have a pretty successful touring schedule, you’re gonna have
four or five Number Ones, and you’re gonna have a CMA Song of the Year that you co-wrote with
your brother?’ I would just say ‘Thanks for the optimism, I appreciate it, but that’s not happening—
you’re crazy.’”

“So, I look back and think about how fortunate I’ve been to meet the people I’ve met, to get to write
songs with the people I get to write songs with. Every once in a while, you need a ball to bounce your
way, and I was blessed to get some of those bounces.”

As serious as some of the themes on Bluebird Days are, this sense of joy also shines through on
songs like “Damn Good Time” and “One Beer in Front of the Other.” Davis notes that “Tucson Too
Late” is probably the most traditional country song he’s ever recorded (“There’s not many songs I’ve
put out narrating somebody else’s story”), comparing it to Keith Whitley’s classic “Miami, My Amy.” He
credits the album’s daring, exciting sonics to producer Paul DiGiovanni—”I truly let Paul run wild; he’s
the best in town. I trust him and that belief hasn’t let us down yet.”

To Davis, there was one overarching ambition for the project. “The big thing for me was to show my
growth,” he says. “Growth in shows, growth in the songwriting, growth in the topics we’re touching on.
I really wanted to show how I’ve changed as an artist and a songwriter, for the better, than on my first
album.” And he credits much of that determination to the example of artists with whom he’s been
fortunate enough to work and tour.

“Luke Bryan, Kane Brown, Luke Combs—those guys know exactly what they do, who they want to
be, what they want to say,” he says. “You don’t have a career like Luke Bryan’s without saying, ‘Hey,
this is me, this is what I do.’ That’s what I take away from those guys, to be confident in who you are
and what you do.”

Davis draws on that confidence to take a major step forward, allowing all the ways he’s challenged
himself to give him a greater sense of certainty and conviction. “There are a lot of things I can’t
control,” he says, “but I can control the records I make, and I want to know that I did everything
possible to make the best music I could. So far, I feel sure that I’ve done that.”

Now with Bluebird Days, Davis can undoubtedly say, “This is exactly the record I want to put out. I
don’t know what’s going to happen with it, but I can at least tell you that the one certainty I do have
about this record, is I’m proud of it.”

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GEORGE STRAIT’S ‘THE KING AT KYLE FIELD’ ON TRACK TO SURPASS 2014 AT&T ATTENDANCE RECORD.

The demand for George Strait‘s only show in Texas in 2024, ‘The King at Kyle Field’ on June 15th, is so great that he is on track to best his own all-time indoor attendance record of 104,793 set in 2014 at his final Cowboy Rides Away finale at AT&T Stadium. The San Antonio Express-News reported the news earlier this week.

“George has always said he has the best fans, and there’s nothing like a Texas crowd,” shares longtime promoter and founder of Messina Touring Group, Louis Messina. “We knew the show at Kyle Field would be exciting as it’s the first-ever one of its size to be held in the stadium, but even I didn’t expect we’d sell over 100,000 tickets in just a few days. He’ll play to more people in one night than we did at AT&T in 2014! It’s a testament to George’s reputation as an entertainer and performer that here we are, still setting records and personal bests years later.”

Announced on March 19, it’s the shortest time in Strait’s career that a single show has moved over 100,000 tickets. On June 15th, the King of Country Music will be joined by special guests Parker McCollum and Catie Offerman.  Just fyi–it’s a great present for Parker to perform with the King since it’s also his birthday on June 15th.

The news follows the recent announcement that Strait will once again team up with Chris Stapleton to perform one-off stadium dates this year with stops at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, Chicago’s Soldier Field, Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium and more. Joining Strait and Stapleton for those nine dates are special guests Little Big Town.

Strait’s 2024 Concert Calendar:
5/4  Lucas Oil Stadium  Indianapolis, IN
5/11 EverBank Stadium  Jacksonville, FL
5/25 Jack Trice Stadium  Ames, IA
6/1  Bank of America Stadium  Charlotte, NC
6/8  MetLife Stadium  East Rutherford, NJ
6/15 Kyle Field  College Station, TX
6/29 Rice-Eccles Stadium  Salt Lake City, UT
7/13 Ford Field   Detroit, MI
7/20 Soldier Field   Chicago, IL
12/7 Allegiant Stadium  Las Vegas, NV

For more information and to purchase tickets to all upcoming dates, visit GeorgeStrait.com.

TYLER HUBBARD FEELS VERY STRONG ABOUT HIS NEW ALBUM.

Tyler Hubbard’s new album, Strong, drops on Friday (April 12th), and one word kept popping up while writing and recording the project.

“It kind of came organically in a funny way where we kept referring to everything, well, that’s a strong take or that’s a strong mix or man, that’s a really strong song for this next album, or that’s a strong photo or whatever,” says the Georgia native. “And as we were trying to title this project, we just kept saying that and finally, I’m just like, ‘Guys, why don’t we just call it Strong? You know, it feels like it’s overall pretty strong project. I would confidently say that I’m proud of it, and I love the heart behind the actual song and I love the depth of the word strong, so let’s just roll with that and see where it goes.’ So, it felt right.”

Tyler co-produced the project alongside Jordan Schmidt and wrote or co-wrote all 13 songs on the album, including his Top 5 hit, “Back Then Right Now.”

Strong Tracklist:

  1. Wish You Would (Tyler Hubbard, Corey Crowder and Chris LaCorte)
  2. Park (Tyler Hubbard, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley and Canaan Smith)
  3. A Lot With A Little (Tyler Hubbard, Casey Brown and Parker Welling)
  4. Night Like That (Tyler Hubbard, Andy Albert and Jordan Schmidt)
  5. Take Me Back (Tyler Hubbard, Corey Crowder and Chris LaCorte)
  6. Back Then Right Now (Tyler Hubbard, Jessie Jo Dillon, David Garcia and Geoff Warburton)
  7. Vegas (Tyler Hubbard, Andy Albert and Jordan Schmidt)
  8. Turn (Tyler Hubbard, Casey Brown and Josh Miller)
  9. American Mellencamp (Tyler Hubbard, Jaren Johnston and Jordan Schmidt)
  10. BNA (Tyler Hubbard, Chase McGill and Jordan Schmidt)
  11. Summer Talkin’ (Tyler Hubbard, Jessie Jo Dillon, Jesse Frasure and Ashley Gorley)
  12. ‘73 Beetle (Tyler Hubbard)
  13. Strong (Tyler Hubbard, Matt Dragstrem and Josh Miller)

Tyler is back on the road with Kane Brown on his In The Air Tour on Thursday (April 11th) in Kansas City, Missouri and on Friday (April 12th) in Rosemont, Illinois.

 

Audio / Tyler Hubbard talks about titling his new album, Strong.

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Tyler Hubbard (Strong title) OC: …it felt right. :31
“As far as naming the album this, you know, it kind of came organically in a funny way where we kept referring to everything, well, that’s a strong take or that’s a strong mix or man, that’s a really strong song for this next album, or that’s a strong photo or whatever. And as we were trying to title this project, we just kept saying that and finally, I’m just like, ‘Guys, why don’t we just call it Strong? You know, it feels like it’s overall pretty strong project. I would confidently say that I’m proud of it, and I love the heart behind the actual song and I love the depth of the word strong, so let’s just roll with that and see where it goes.’ So, it felt right.”

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NEWS AND NOTES: Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town

Don’t forget to catch Chris Stapleton on NBC’s Saturday Night Live this weekend (April 13th). He is the musical performer on SNL with Barbie actor — and apparently a big fan of Stapleton’s — Ryan Gosling as the host.

 

Keith Urban‘s #1’s Volume 1 and Volume 2 will be available on two different vinyl albums beginning April 26th. The collection features Keith’s very first No. 1 song to his latest and includes duets with Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Julia Michaels, as well as a special limited-edition poster with each vinyl.

Keith Urban #1’s Vol. 1- VINYL (Cola Bottle Clear)

SIDE A

1)- Somebody Like You

2)- Days Go By

3)- The Fighter (featuring Carrie Underwood)

4)- Grace Of God

5)- You Look Good In My Shirt

6)- Blue Ain’t Your Color

SIDE B

7)- Wasted Time

8)- Long Hot Summer

9)- You’ll Think Of Me

10)- Sweet Thing

11)- Better Life

12)- Raise ‘Em Up (featuring Eric Church)

 

Keith Urban #1’s Vol. 2- VINYL (Grape)

SIDE A

1)- John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16

2)- Break on Me

3)- We Were Us (with Miranda Lambert)

4)- Little Bit of Everything

5)- Without You

6)- You Gonna Fly

SIDE B

7)- Coming Home (featuring Julia Michaels)

8)- Kiss A Girl

9)- Only You Can Love Me This Way

10)- Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me

11)- Making Memories of Us

12)- Once in A Lifetime

 

 

You can now pre-order Darius Rucker’s new memoir, Life’s Too Short, which comes out May 28th. He says there are some stories in the book that people who know him would be surprised about, and it’s stories he’s always wanted to tell. Pre-order here: dariusrucker.lnk.to/LifesTooShort

 

Little Big Town recently sat down with CBS Mornings to talk about going on tour with their pals Sugarland. Click here to watch the interview. More with LBT in the coming weeks.

 

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