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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.

 

NEWS AND NOTES: Keith Urban, Maddie & Tae, Priscilla Block, Toby Keith,

Keith Urban is featured on the soundtrack for the new Garfield Movie on the lead single, “Let It Roll,” which features Snoop Dogg. The track will be released on April 12th with the original motion picture soundtrack, which includes contributions from Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso), Jon Batiste and more, following on May 17th. The Garfield Movie will open nationwide May 24th.

 

Kelly Clarkson covered Keith Urban‘s 2002 six-week No. 1 smash, “Somebody Like You,” for the Kellyoke segment of her daytime talk show. Keith re-posted the video and wrote, “Kelly!!!!!! loooooove you singing this. hell, I love you singing anything….do you take requests?”

Little Big Town will be featured on a new episode of CMT Storytellers on Friday (August 5th). The show airs at 8pm ET/7pm CT on CMT.

 

 

Maddie & Tae and Priscilla Block will perform at Ascend Amphitheater during CMA Music Fest week for Tracy Lawrence and Friends concert, featuring Tracy, as well as Chris Young, Riley Green, Charles Esten and more.

The late Toby Keith will be honored at Sunday night’s (April 7th) CMT Music Awards. Lainey WilsonBrooks & Dunn and rocker Sammy Hagar will perform a tribute to the acclaimed singer-songwriter. The tribute will also include appearances by Lukas Nelson and former professional baseball pitcher Roger Clemons. CMT will also air a television special, CMT Music Awards Celebrates Toby Keith, on April 11th at 10pm ET. The 2024 CMT Music Awards will air live from Austin, Texas, on Sunday (April 7th) at 8pm ET on CBS and streaming live and on-demand on Paramount+.

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Mickey Guyton is among the artists who have been announced as presenters at Sunday night’s (April 7th) CMT Music Awards. She’ll be joined by Amber Riley (Glee), Billy Bob Thornton (Slingblade, 1883, Goliath), Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Emma Roberts, Gayle King (CBS Mornings), Jane Seymour, Jelly Roll, Max Theriot (Fire Country), Megan Moroney, Minnie Driver, Parmalee and others. The 2024 CMT Music Awards airs live from the Moody Center in Austin, Texas on Sunday (April 7th) on CBS and streaming live and on-demand on Paramount+.

 

 

KEITH URBAN JOINS NBC’S THE VOICE AS THE MEGA MENTOR THIS SEASON.

Keith Urban is joining NBC’s The Voice as this season’s Mega Mentor. Beginning with next Monday’s (April 8th) episode, Keith will mentor the remaining artists who have made it through the battle rounds and get ready for the knockout rounds. Coaches Reba McEntire, John Legend, Chance the Rapper and Dan + Shay will choose the inner from their team to advance to the playoffs before the live shows start.

Keith spent a lot of his own time competiting in talent competitions on TV, even when he was just nine years old. While it was a bit of a brutal experience, it made him work even harder on his chosen craft.

“I was on a few singing talent TV shows when I was a kid, a bunch of them actually,” Keith recalls. “The first one I did I was nine-years-old and my Mom and Dad got me on to a TV show called Pot of Gold. It was a singing competition show with three judges, one of whom was just a really unfiltered, unapologetic, vicious, scathing kind of judge. (laughs) This was a long time before Simon Cowell’s template. This guy had it nailed, and at nine-years-old I was subjected to this, and I got kind of crucified by this judge. It didn’t faze me, you know? And then I went on other shows after that, but my experience with all of those was really loving good feedback, constructive feedback, even if it was something I needed to work on. I remember the judge telling me to kindly learn how to sing in tune. (laughs) I’m like, ‘Okay?!’”

Keith has been a coach on The Voice in Australia, a mentor on NBC’s The Voice here in the States and now a Mega Mentor. He also spent several years at the judges table for “American Idol.”  The best part of this kind of job for Keith is the mentoring — helping contestants figure out what they need to work on to get better…in a nice way.

“Just getting good advice and honest advice was something I really loved and needed, so it was a no-brainer when I got asked to do it,” he says. “The first one I got asked to do was be a coach on The Voice in Australia on their first season, and I did it. I loved it. Then I did quite a few seasons of American Idol as a judge on American Idol and loved it. So, when The Voice here in the States asked me to come and be a mentor and now a Mega Mentor, whatever that means – I feel like a Transformer – I jumped at the opportunity, because the mentoring part I particularly love. I love that the most. I love being able to try and help an artist navigate some things they’ve got to work on and try and be constructive and helpful but also do it in a supportive way. Nobody wants to get humiliated in front of people, but you do need honest advice as well, so I love that opportunity.”

Keith previously appeared on The Voice as an advisor to Blake Shelton during Season 15 and also served as a coach in the Australian version of the competition show for Seasons 1, 10 and 11.

Keith recently released his new single, “Messed Up As Me,” and it’s currently closing in on Top 35 on the country charts.

 

Audio / Keith Urban talks about going on talent competition shows when he was a kid.

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Keith Urban (The Voice Mega Mentor) 1 OC: …I’m like, ‘Okay.’ :53
“I was on a few singing talent TV shows when I was a kid, a bunch of them actually. The first one I did I was nine-years-old and my Mom and Dad got me on to a TV show called Pot of Gold. It was a singing competition show with three judges, one of whom was just a really unfiltered, unapologetic, vicious, scathing kind of judge. (laughs) This was a long time before Simon Cowell’s template. This guy had it nailed, and at nine-years-old I was subjected to this, and I got kind of crucified by this judge. It didn’t faze me, you know? And then I went on other shows after that, but my experience with all of those was really loving good feedback, constructive feedback, even if it was something I needed to work on. I remember the judge telling me to kindly learn how to sing in tune. (laughs) I’m like, ‘Okay?!’”

Audio / Keith Urban talks about his love of mentoring younger talent in a nice, but honest way and why he jumped at the chance to be the Mega Mentor on NBC's The Voice this season.

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Keith Urban (The Voice Mega Mentor) 2 OC: …that opportunity. :50
“Just getting good advice and honest advice was something I really loved and needed, so it was a no-brainer when I got asked to do it. The first one I got asked to do was be a coach on The Voice in Australia on their first season, and I did it. I loved it. Then I did quite a few seasons of American Idol as a judge on American Idol and loved it. So, when The Voice here in the States asked me to come and be a mentor and now a Mega Mentor, whatever that means – I feel like a Transformer – I jumped at the opportunity, because the mentoring part I particularly love. I love that the most. I love being able to try and help an artist navigate some things they’ve got to work on and try and be constructive and helpful but also do it in a supportive way. Nobody wants to get humiliated in front of people, but you do need honest advice as well, so I love that opportunity.”

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