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NEWS AND NOTES: Kip Moore, Brothers Osborne, Keith Urban, Tyler Hubbard

Kip Moore has been tapped to perform during this year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, taking place June 15th-18th in Manchester, Tennessee. He’s scheduled to perform on Sunday, June 18th. The four-day event will include headliners Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, Odesza, Paramore and L’il Nas X, among others. Early Access ticket sales will begin Thursday (January 12th) at 10am, but if you cannot get there, then you can watch the festival stream on HULU.

Several famous faces are set to honor the late Leslie Jordan. Reportin’ for Duty: A Tribute to Leslie Jordan will be held February 19th at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, Eddie Vedder, and others, in addition to special appearances by Jim Parsons, Anthony Mason, Mayim Bialik, Cheyenne Jackson, Max Greenfield and Margaret Cho. Tickets go on sale Friday (January 13th) and all proceeds from the event will benefit the EB Research Partnership, an organization that funds research to treat and cure Epidermolysis Bullosa.

John Osborne from Brothers Osborne plays guitar on Elle King’s song, “Tulsa,” which she just released from her upcoming album, Come Get Your Wife. The track also features Ashley McBryde on backing vocals.

Guitar virtuoso and legend Jeff Beck passed away on Tuesday (January 10th) after contracting bacterial meningitis. The music world mourned the loss of the icon, including one of country music’s best guitar players — Keith Urban. On Wednesday (January 11th), he posted a heartfelt tribute to him, saying, “I was shocked and saddened to hear that Jeff Beck had ‘portaled into the next realm.’ It’s impossible to label or frame his gift, his music, his ART, or to try and quantify his impact on not only guitarists, but all kinds of musicians, singers, and music lovers all over the world. He’s absolutely one of the few faces on the Mt. Rushmore of guitar players.” Keith was able to stand side stage, along with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, last year and was mesmerized by his talent firsthand.

Tyler Hubbard will be featured on CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown this weekend. Catch him on Saturday (January 14th) beginning at 9am ET/8am CT and Sunday (January 15th) beginning at 8am ET/7am CT.

 

CHRISTMAS 2022: Keith Urban

Keith Urban and his family, including wife Nicole Kidman and daughters Sunday and Faith, usually head Down Under for the holiday, visiting family and hitting the beach, which is what he did on Christmas Day when he was a kid.

“We had great Christmases growing up. I really, really enjoyed them,” says Keith. “Mostly, we’d go to the beach, you know, ’cause there it’s summertime. Load up the station wagon and head off to the beach.”

He and his family still love to do that when they’re in Australia since it’s summer there. “We still love going to the beach at Christmas time, as long as we’re in Australia, because it’s like the Fourth of July. It’s huge. Everybody’s out. It feels very celebratory. It’s in the ‘90s. It’s crazy, but having grown up with that, it feels very natural to me. Albeit it, we still had all of the same Christmas songs, so we’re in like 90-degree heat with shorts and tank tops singing ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland,’ and I remember getting Christmas cards of like Santa on a surfboard, so that probably explains a lot.”

Keith also enjoys a holiday movie or two. “I love A Christmas Story, that’s a good one, and It’s a Wonderful Life, of course. I have one of my main guitars is called Clarence, and it’s named after the angel (in It’s a Wonderful Life), and then for some reason, I swear, no matter what you’re doing flicking around the TV, but you’re gonna land on Charlie Brown (Christmas). I don’t know how that happens, but it happens every year.”

One of his favorite Christmas gifts as a child was a toy that was not easy to tear up. “I got a yellow Tonka truck when I was about 6, I think, and it’s probably still (one of) my favorite Christmas gift ever. Those things last forever, too.”

Keith released his first Christmas song, “I’ll Be Your Santa Tonight,” a couple of years ago (see video below), and he’s climbing the country charts with his latest single, “Brown Eyes Baby.”

Audio / AS A KID IN AUSTRALIA, KEITH URBAN HEADED TO THE BEACH FOR CHRISTMAS. BECAUSE IT'S SUMMER DOWN UNDER DURING THE HOLIDAYS, MOST FAMILIES HANG OUT IN THE SURF AND SUN.

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Keith Urban (Christmas-beach) OC: …to the beach. :24
“I have great memories of getting up early and going and jumping on your parents’ bed and getting them up. You know, and then of course you tear open the presents and then it’s done and it’s like eight in the morning, and you’ve got all morning now to sort of wish you had more presents to open. We had great Christmases growing up. I really, really enjoyed them. Mostly, we’d go to the beach, you know, ’cause there it’s summertime. Load up the station wagon and head off to the beach.”

Audio / KEITH URBAN SAYS HE AND HIS FAMILY STILL LOVE GOING TO THE BEACH AT CHRISTMAS.

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Keith Urban (still loves going to the beach at Christmas) OC: …explains a lot. :33
“Yeah, we still love going to the beach at Christmas time, as long as we’re in Australia, because it’s like the Fourth of July. It’s huge. Everybody’s out. It feels very celebratory. It’s in the ‘90s. It’s crazy, but having grown up with that, it feels very natural to me. Albeit it, we still had all of the same Christmas songs, so we’re in like 90-degree heat with shorts and tank tops singing ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland,’ and I remember getting Christmas cards of like Santa on a surfboard, so that probably explains a lot.”

Audio / KEITH URBAN TALKS ABOUT A FEW CHRISTMAS MOVIES HE ENJOYS WATCHING DURING THE HOLIDAYS.

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Keith Urban (Christmas movies) OC: …every year. :17
“I love A Christmas Story, that’s a good one, and It’s a Wonderful Life, of course. I have one of my main guitars is called Clarence, and it’s named after the angel (in It’s a Wonderful Life), and then for some reason, I swear, no matter what you’re doing flicking around the TV, but you’re gonna land on Charlie Brown (Christmas). I don’t know how that happens, but it happens every year.”

Audio / Keith Urban talks about what gets him in the Christmas spirit.

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Keith Urban (what gets him in the Christmas spirit) OC: …goes away. :10
“The lights going up, uh, the lights, the music, all of that, the house sort of transforming into Christmas. I love it. It’s sad when it all has to go away.”

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CHRISTMAS 2022 LINERS

Audio / LINER AJ (Christmas)

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“Hi! This is Alan Jackson, and I’m wishing y’all a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Happy Holiday Season)

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“Hi! Billy Currington here, wishing you and your family a safe and Happy Holiday Season.”

Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Christmas)

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“Hey! This is T.J., and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Christmas)

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“Hi! I’m Carrie Underwood, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Christmas) 2

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“Hey, it’s Carrie Underwood. From our house to yours – Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Catie Offerman (Christmas)

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“Hey everybody, this is Catie Offerman, wishing you a very Merry Christmas, y’all.”

Audio / LINER Catie Offerman (Christmas) 2

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“Hey everybody, this is Catie Offerman. Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Catie Offerman (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey everybody, this is Catie Offerman. Happy Holidays.”

Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Christmas) 1

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“Hey y’all, this is Caylee Hammack, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Christmas) 2

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“Hey y’all, this is Caylee Hammack. Merry Christmas!”

Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey y’all, this is Caylee Hammack. Happy Holidays, everybody!”

Audio / LINER Chrissy Metz (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey! This is Chrissy Metz, wishing you Happy Holidays.”

Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Christmas)

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“Hey y’all! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Christmas)

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“Hey! This is Dierks Bentley, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey everybody! It’s Dierks Bentley, wishing you a very Happy Holiday season.”

Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I’m Dierks Bentley, wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season.”

Audio / LINER Eric Church (Christmas)

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“Hey everybody! It’s Eric Church, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER George Strait (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey everybody! This is George Strait, wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday season.”

Audio / LINER Hootie & The Blowfish (Christmas)

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“Hey Everybody, we’re Hootie & The Blowfish, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Christmas)

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“Hey y’all this is Jon Langston, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey y’all, this is Jon Langston. Happy Holidays.”

Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Merry Christmas)

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“Hey! This is Jon Pardi, wishing you a Merry Christmas!”

Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Christmas)

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“Hey! I’m Jordan Davis, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey! I’m Josh Turner, wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season.”

Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Christmas)

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“Hey! This is Kacey Musgraves, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Christmas)

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“Hi folks, this is Keith Urban, wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Holiday season)

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“Hi everyone, this is Keith Urban, wishing you and all your family the very best this holiday season.”

Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Christmas)

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“Hey guys, this is Kip Moore, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey y’all, it’s Kip Moore. Happy Holidays!”

Audio / LINER Kylie Morgan (Christmas)

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“Hey y’all, this is Kylie Morgan, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER LBT (Christmas)

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“Hey! We’re Little Big Town, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER LBT (Very Merry Christmas)

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“Hey! We’re Little Big Town, and we just want to say Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER LBT (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey! We’re Little Big Town. Happy Holidays!”

Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Christmas)

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“Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey! It’s Luke Bryan. Happy Holidays!”

Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Christmas)

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“Hi! We’re Maddie & Tae, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Happy Holidays)

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“Hi! We’re Maddie & Tae. Happy Holidays.”

Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (Christmas)

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“Hey! It’s Mickey Guyton, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Parker McCollum (Christmas)

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“Hey, I’m Parker McCollum, and I’m wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.”

Audio / LINER Priscilla Block (Christmas)

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“Hi! This is Priscilla Block wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

 

Audio / LINER Reba McEntire (Christmas)

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“Hey-Reba here-hoping you have a very Merry Christmas. Ho, Ho, Ho.”

 

Audio / LINER Reba McEntire (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey, this is Reba, wishing you a Happy Holiday Season.”

Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Christmas)

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“Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey everybody! I’m Sam Hunt. Happy Holidays!”

Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Christmas)

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“Hi! This is Shania Twain, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Taylor Swift (Happy Holiday Season)

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“Hey, this is Taylor Swift, wishing you a very Happy Holiday Season.”

Audio / LINER Travis Denning (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey! I’m Travis Denning. Happy Holidays.”

Audio / LINER Tyler Hubbard (Christmas)

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“Hey y’all, it’s Tyler Hubbard. Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Tyler Hubbard (Christmas) 2

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“Hey y’all, it’s Tyler Hubbard, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”

Audio / LINER Tyler Hubbard (Happy Holidays)

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“Hey y’all, it’s Tyler Hubbard. Happy Holidays.”

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