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.
As Carrie Underwood prepares for the upcoming DENIM & RHINESTONES TOUR, she reflects on her Entertainer of the Year nomination for this year’s CMA Awards.
“It is, I mean, obviously such an honor to be nominated in Entertainer of the Year,” says Carrie. “Obviously, that’s such a tough category to be in, ‘cause there’s just so, I don’t even want to call it competition, there’s just so many hard working artists out there that are just pouring themselves and their time and their energy and their love and their artistry into what they do. Obviously just to even be in the final category is just absolutely amazing and hopefully, above all, we can all just remember that it’s a celebration of a great year in country music and in our careers as artists, so we’ll just see what happens, but definitely excited to be in that category.”
Carrie is also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year with Jason Aldean for “If I Didn’t Love You.” The 56th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 8th at 8pm ET on ABC.
Her tour will kick off on October 15th in Greenville, South Carolina, making stops in 43 U.S. cities including New York’s Madison Square Garden, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, and L.A.’s Crypto.com Arena before concluding in Seattle, Washington on March 17th. Carrie will be joined on THE DENIM & RHINESTONES TOUR by special guest Jimmie Allen on all dates.
Carrie is making her way up the country charts with her latest single, “Ghost Story.”
Carrie Underwood (CMA Entertainer 2022 nod) OC: …that category. :47
“It is, I mean, obviously such an honor to be nominated in Entertainer of the Year. Obviously, that’s such a tough category to be in, ‘cause there’s just so, I don’t even want to call it competition, there’s just so many hard working artists out there that are just you know pouring themselves and their time and their energy and their love and their artistry into what they do. You know, obviously just to even be in the final category is just absolutely amazing and hopefully, above all, we can all just remember that it’s a celebration of a great year in country music and in our careers as artists, so we’ll just see what happens, but definitely excited to be in that category.”
EMI Nashville’s Kylie Morgan and her fiancé Jay Allen (who is a contestant on NBC’s The Voice) made the hard decision today to postpone their destination beachside wedding, which was scheduled for this Saturday in Fort Myers, Florida, due to Hurricane Ian.
Earlier this week, she and Jay posted a video to socials giving a head’s up that the wedding might be canceled, but the two weren’t quite sure if the trajectory of the massive storm would end up hitting Fort Myers.
Wedding Update: Given the current circumstances with #HurricaneIan and its uncertain path, we are currently taking every precaution to ensure safety for all. Continued in the caption… Love, Jay & Kylie (hopefully Allen soon) https://t.co/xhGwZsvmVt
— Kylie Morgan (@kyliemorgan) September 27, 2022
Today, they made the decision to postpone the wedding, since their wedding venue is under water due to the catastrophic storm. While their disappointment was palpable, their concern and worry over the safety of the residents of Florida was their top priority.
“I just wanted to say that our thoughts and our prayers are with Fort Myers, and all of Florida,” says Kylie. “This is affecting so many, us included with having to move our wedding this weekend. We were supposed to have a beautiful, sunny wedding on Fort Myers Beach, and now our venue is completely under water. But that is literally the last of our priorities. We just want to make sure everyone is safe, and that we continue to pray for everyone affected by this. Sending all of our love and all of our light and just sending positive vibes. There will be a lot of work to be done for the aftermath of the hurricane, but we will get through this.”
The pair dated for six years before getting engaged in June 2021 at a local hangout during the popular Whiskey Jam showcase.
Kylie is making waves at radio with her single, “If He Wanted To He Would,” and on digital platforms with her song, “Bridesmaids.”
Kylie Morgan (Wedding Postponement) OC: …through this. :39
“Hey y’all. This is Kylie Morgan. I just wanted to say that our thoughts and our prayers are with Fort Myers, and all of Florida. This is affecting so many, us included with having to move our wedding this weekend. We were supposed to have a beautiful, sunny wedding on Fort Myers Beach, and now our venue is completely under water. But that is literally the last of our priorities, we just want to make sure everyone is safe, and that we continue to pray for everyone affected by this. Sending all of our love and all of our light and just sending positive vibes. There will be a lot of work to be done for the aftermath of the hurricane, but we will get through this.”
Today, Luke Bryan announced 2023 dates for his Las Vegas headlining engagement at Resorts World Theatre. The five-time entertainer of the year added twelve more dates for “Luke Bryan: Vegas” due to ticket demand for the must-see, high-energy show.
“I love doing these headlining shows in Vegas because the intimate room at Resorts World allows me to really connect to the crowd in such a different way,” says Luke. “Sitting at the piano each night has become one of my favorite moments in the show.”
Tickets and a limited number of premium VIP packages for the new 2023 show dates will go on sale to the public beginning Friday, September 30 at 10 a.m. PT at axs.com and rwlasvegas.com/entertainment.
Show dates include:
- February 2023: 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11
- March 2023: 22, 24, 25, 29, 31
- April 2023: 1
Citi® is the official presale credit card of Luke Bryan’s headlining engagement at Resorts World Theatre. Citi® card members will have access to purchase presale tickets to the new shows from September 28 at 10:00a.m. PT through September 29 at 10:00p.m. PT through the Citi Entertainment® program. For complete presale details, visit citientertainment.com.
Previously announced “Luke Bryan: Vegas” show dates that are currently on sale include:
- November 2022: 30
- December 2022: 2, 3, 7, 9, 10
“Luke Bryan: Vegas” features only-in-Las Vegas production elements including a shifting stage that lifts the country superstar and his band to the rhythms of his hit songs as well as a catwalk that descends from the ceiling and elevates Bryan to eye-level with the mezzanine seats.
Since opening in February 2022, the Las Vegas headlining engagement has been praised by fans and media critics alike. Billboard stated, “it is impossible to not have fun at a Bryan show,” Rolling Stone said the performance was, “a spectacle that featured top-end technology, pyrotechnics, a slew of No. 1 songs,”and CMT noted, “when Bryan’s residency opened at Resorts World Las Vegas Friday night – he delivered the jackpot.”
The 5,000-capacity theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas, exclusively programmed and operated by Concerts West / AEG Presents, is a state-of-the-art, multi-level venue designed by the award-winning international design firm, Scéno Plus. The intimate venue, with the furthest seat only 150 feet from the stage, features unparalleled comfort, unobstructed sightlines and an unmatched spatial audio experience through more than 200 L-Acoustics speakers powered by L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology.
Luke is currently scaling the country charts with his latest single, “Country On.”
About Luke Bryan
Since his debut, Bryan has garnered 29 No. 1 hits and has more RIAA certified digital singles than any other Country artist with 68.5 million. His worldwide global streams are over 18.9 billion and he has sold nearly 13 million albums. His headline concert tours have played sold-out shows for 12 million fans inclusive of 36 stadium concerts, Farm Tours, Spring Break shows, and seven sold-out ‘Crash My Playa’ destination concert events. The Georgia native is currently headlining his “Raised Up Right Tour.” Bryan has won over 50 major music awards including five wins as Entertainer of the Year. His third and most recent Entertainer win was awarded by the Academy of Country Music in 2021. Additional awards include six recognitions as a CMT Artist of the Year, NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year, the first-ever recipient of the ACM Album of the Decade Award for Crash My Party, seven CMT Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, and four American Music Awards—as well as being named Billboard’s Top Country Artist of the 2010s, the Most Heard Artist of the Decade by Country Aircheck, and the Artist Humanitarian Recipient by the Country Radio Broadcasters last year. On Nov. 9, Luke and NFL superstar Peyton Manning will host “The 56th Annual CMA Awards” live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena 8:00-11:00 PM/EST on ABC. In 2023, Luke, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie are back for their sixth season as celebrity judges on ABC’s American Idol.