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Jordan Davis transformed himself from a Nashville newcomer into a countrywide chart-topper with 2018’s Home State. Inspired equally by the old-school songwriters of his parents’ generation and the high-production dynamics of modern country radio, Home State was a once-in-a-decade debut, filled with fresh material — including the Number 1 hits “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot,” “Take It From Me,” and “Singles You Up” — that bridged the gap between the classic and the contemporary.

That unique sound owed its diversity to Jordan’s roots in Shreveport. Raised by a family of songwriters (including his uncle, Stan Paul Davis, who wrote hit songs for Tracy Lawrence during the 1990s), he grew up in the cultural melting pot of northern Louisiana, within a day’s drive of New Orleans’ jazz clubs, Mississippi’s juke joints, and East Texas’ country saloons. Music was everywhere, and Jordan happily soaked it up. “I never felt drawn to one specific genre,” he remembers. “I was just drawn to songwriting. It didn’t matter if I was listening to folk music or southern rock — if it was a well-crafted song, it would pull me in.”

Years later, Jordan’s the one pulling people in. Buy Dirt, his eight-song follow-up to his self-titled EP and his debut album, Home State, is a record for the modern-day Spotify generation — for music fans whose tastes are all-encompassing, influenced by genre-crossing playlists and the ever-widening range of contemporary country music. Songs like “Drink Had Me” and “Lose You” mix Nashville twang with poppy punch, rooted in beats that owe as much to the dance club as the honky tonk. At the same time, Jordan fills Buy Dirt with the same ingredients that made classic country so great: southern storytelling, timeless melodies, a blue-collar work ethic, and the willingness to break new ground.

“I’ve always loved artists who take risks,” he says. “I’m in a different spot in my life than I was when I released Home State. We all are! 2020 was a tough time for everyone. I was able to use that time to recenter some things in my world, and I didn’t want those lessons to go to waste. I wanted to create something special. The best way to that was to write honestly, and we did a lot of that on this record.”

Teaming up with producer Paul DiGiovanni and all-star co-writers like Hillary Lindsey, Ashley Gorley, Emily Weisband, Josh Kerr, and more, Jordan Davis created Buy Dirt during a year that found the whole world on edge. There was an election. A pandemic. A period of social and civil unrest. Looking to write uplifting music that celebrated the commonalities that bind us together rather than the differences that drive us apart, he focused on universal experiences: breakups (“Almost Maybes”), boozy nights (“Drink Had Me”), old flames (“Need To Not”), self-improvement (“Trying”), and long-lasting love (“I Still Smoked”). Tipping his hat to those who came before him, he also recorded an abbreviated version of John Prine’s “Blow Up Your TV,” which opens the EP.

Featuring an appearance by Luke Bryan, “Buy Dirt” isn’t just the record’s title track. It’s also the centerpiece. Written amidst the chaos and uncertainty of Covid-19, “Buy Dirt” focuses on the things that truly matter. The song finds its narrator sitting on a back porch with his grandfather, listening to the old man dispense pearls of wisdom between sips of hot coffee. For Davis, the story goes even further than that.

“When Covid hit, I was worried that I’d lost a career that I’d spent my entire life building,” he admits. “It took me a couple months to realize I already had everything I needed — a roof over my head, a beautiful daughter that I could watch grow up, and an amazing wife. I had my family, faith, and friends. As humans, we always want what we don’t have… but it’s good to take a step back and refocus on what’s really important.”

The conversation depicted in “Buy Dirt” reminded Davis of a night he spent with Luke Bryan. The two musicians had first met at an awards show, then bumped into each other on the golf course throughout the years that followed. “We sat around the fire after a golf tournament one day, smoking cigars and talking about everything but music,” Davis recalls. “That conversation always stuck with me. Luke isn’t just a great entertainer; he’s a great Dad, a great husband, and a great friend, too. That’s what ‘Buy Dirt’ embodies. When I wrote ‘Buy Dirt,’ I knew he could relate to the song’s message. I took a chance and asked him to join me on the recording, and he said yes.”

Had Luke Bryan joined Jordan Davis on 2018’s Home State, it might have come across as an established country headliner voicing his support for a young up-and-comer. This is something different. Here, the two artists are genuine peers, handing down advice to those within earshot.

“Those years I spent in college, driving around with the radio on… Luke Bryan was the radio,” Jordan says. “He’s the guy I was always listening to. I don’t know what I would’ve done if someone had told me I’d be teaming up with him in 2021, singing a song that means so much to me. It’s such a special moment. Something to be grateful for.”

These days, Jordan Davis has much to be grateful for. With Buy Dirt, he stakes his claim as a country innovator, both expanding and modernizing his sound without abandoning his love for the classics. It’s there — in the grey area between eras — that he’s built his career, digging deep into his own sonic territory. And there are diamonds in the dirt.

 

 

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BREAKOUT COUNTRY MUSIC STAR PRISCILLA BLOCK TAKES HER WELCOME TO THE BLOCK PARTY TOUR OVERSEAS FOR FIRST WORLD TOUR DATES FOLLOWING WILDLY SUCCESSFUL U.S. TOUR DATES.

Priscilla Block has announced dates for her Welcome to the Block Party World Tour, which follows her first headlining U.S. dates where she sold out 11 of 14 shows during the tour’s initial run. Priscilla is one of Country music’s most exciting new artists who has been taking the music world by storm since her RIAA Gold-certified “Just About Over You” captured audiences via TikTok. Since then, her undeniable voice and candid lyrics have cultivated a loyal fanbase and her debut album, Welcome to the Block Party (Mercury Nashville), has garnered her an ACM Award nomination for New Female Artist of the Year, quickly followed by another nomination for Breakthrough Video of the Year at the 2022 CMT Awards.

“I’m beyond blown away at the success of my first headlining tour!” says Block. “I’m still such a new Artist and it’s a little scary to go out and play on your own, but the fans have shown up all Spring, and I couldn’t be more grateful! I love being able to play my full album and bring all the deep cuts to life on stage. We got sassy with it, we got trashy with it, baby! I absolutely loved being able to elaborate on my own stories and where I’ve come from to my fans.”

Since hitting the road, Priscilla has been meeting countless fans who keep showing up to the Block party! Her hit songs like “Just About Over You,” “Wish You Were the Whiskey,” the body-positive anthem, “Thick Thighs,” and current radio single, “My Bar,” have fans singing every word in packed venues from Atlanta, GA to Columbia, MO.

 

 

Now, the rising singer-songwriter is gearing up for her first-ever headlining dates overseas.

“The US Tour was such a success, we’ve decided to take this thing overseas!” says Block. “I had the opportunity to play C2C this year and it was unreal. I can’t wait to get back to Europe and show everyone what the full Block Party is all about!”

Tickets for the Welcome to the Block Party World Tour will be available for purchase on Friday, May 20th at 10:00am BST / 4:00am CST.

Welcome to the Block Party World Tour Dates:

8.22.22                  Glasgow, UK                       King Tuts                                      Tickets Here
8.24.22                  London, UK                         Lexington                                    Tickets Here
8.26.22                  Leicestershire, UK             The Long Road Festival              Tickets Here
8.27.22                  Leicestershire, UK             The Long Road Festival              Tickets Here
8.29.22                  Dublin, IRE                          Workman’s                                  Tickets Here

This summer, Priscilla will make her debut performing during Nashville’s famed CMA Music Fest and will also appear as a special guest on select dates with Country star, Jon Pardi. Fans can also see Priscilla at the upcoming Boots & Hearts Festival in Ontario, Canada on August 7th as she joins the all-star line-up including Shania Twain, Lindsey Ell, Tyler Rich, among many others. Tickets for the Boots & Hearts Festival can be found here.

KEITH URBAN MADE HIS 20TH APPEARANCE ON THE ELLEN DeGENERES SHOW DURING HER FINAL SEASON.

Keith Urban appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, marking his 20th appearance on her wildly popular daytime talk show, his first being in 2004. He also gave an intimate performance of his No. 1 song, “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” Following his performance, his gave her the guitar on which he wrote a long note thanking her for her friendship and support over the years. Keith’s wife Nicole Kidman also signed the guitar, as well.

 

Keith is making his way to the top of the country charts with his latest song, “Wild Hearts.”

THE DESIGN NETWORK PREMIERES NEW SERIES WITH THREE-TIME GRAMMY WINNER DARIUS RUCKER.

The Design Network has announced a brand new show featuring multi-Platinum music star, Darius Rucker. “Rucker’s Reno” follows the three-time GRAMMY winner as he revives a historic mansion in the heart of his Charleston, S.C. hometown, turning a vacant city landmark into a modern treasure for his family to enjoy.

“Rucker’s Reno” stares history in the face, exploring how the American South has evolved since the days of slavery, and has since offered a more equitable and inspiring narrative for locals – through the creative lens of home design. The entire new six-part series from The Design Network is available early to viewers now on Samsung TV Plus, Samsung’s free video streaming platform, before rolling out to other services on May 30th.

 

With an eye for design and innate love of Charleston, Darius and his team tackle the restoration of this home one room at a time, while also stopping by some of the city’s finest establishments. Together with the series’ Title Sponsor, South Carolina Tourism, Rucker showcases the best parts of Charleston’s vibrant culture, meeting up with local chefs, entrepreneurs, fishermen and friends as he highlights some of the top attractions in the area, from generations of tea growers to the many outdoor activities this city by the sea has to offer.

“We are thrilled to have been entrusted to tell this story and work with Darius and his amazing design team,” said Jason Harris, founder and CEO of The Design Network. “It’s a big moment for our burgeoning network. It’s the perfect project, with the perfect person at the perfect time.’

“It’s always an honor when I get to showcase my hometown of Charleston to the world, and I’m thankful to The Design Network for such a great platform to do just that,” Darius Rucker said. “The team on this project was so talented and made it such a fun, creative process from start to finish. I can’t wait for everyone to see the transformation!”

“We know our viewers love all things design and culture, which makes Samsung TV Plus the perfect place for ‘Rucker’s Reno’ to arrive first,” said Takashi Nakano, senior director of content acquisitions and business development for Samsung TV Plus. “We are excited to partner with The Design Network and bring Darius’ inspirational story set in the beautiful city of Charleston to our viewers.”

Join Darius Rucker as he transforms his home from the inside out and becomes your private guide to Charleston, S.C. “Rucker’s Reno” premieres on all platforms Monday, May 30th at 8/7 p.m. CT on The Design Network, with an exclusive series run on Samsung TV Plus beginning today, May 16th.

Click here to read an interview  with Darius about the project with Architectural Digest.

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