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The writing on the wall just wasn’t enough
You were falling in love and I was falling apart…
Parker McCollum wants it both ways. Restless soul who can slam dunk a major venue. Texas spirit who can exist on mainstream country radio. Songwriter with a sense of turpentine and truth singing for people whose life isn’t quite the truckbed/field party revel much of country music would have you believe.
Coming up in Texas, selling out Stubbs, Billy Bobs and Nutty Browns, the brash young man with a taste for Rodney Crowell, Todd Snider and James McMurtry had just enough Houston gangster rap in the water to develop a swagger that’s miles from the good ole boy patina so many of his peers embody. But don’t let that bravado fool you, his passion for songwriting runs deep.
“I want to have Luke Bryan success, singing Chris Knight-caliber songs,” he declares. “To have longevity, you can’t sacrifice integrity to get on the radio. People know the difference, look at Willie, look at Strait. I knew I could do Texas and never leave, or come to Nashville and do the pop-country thing. My goal is to ride the middle.”
He exhales as he says this, takes in the landscape. He’s already notched a platinum-certified #1 with the banged-up declaration of love and betrayal “Pretty Heart.” He’s gone against the grain enlisting songwriter/musician/vocalist/producer Jon Randall; he’s known for his work as part of Emmylou Harris’ Grammy-winning Nash Ramblers, producer of Dierks Bentley’s Up To The Ridge and co-writer of the 2005 CMA Song of the Year “Whiskey Lullabye” and 2018 ACM Song of the Year “The Tin Man.”
“I was super burned out from co-writes,” he says of their initial meeting. “He saw it, took one look, and said, ‘Hey, let’s hang out.’ He’s not just done it all, he’s won awards for it… When the label didn’t want him to be my producer, I thought he was a perfect fit. They let us go in and cut some demos; ‘Pretty Heart’ was one of those.”
I been drinking like a drunkard in these Austin neon lights
Burning smokes and wondering if there’s anything I’ve done right…
Gold Chain Cowboy expands on that outcast drifter ethos with a collection of songs that are riddled with fuck-ups, disappointments, lost nights, real life snarls and the hunger that drives people on. Reckless, willing to reckon with the wreckage and shattered pieces of what was, McCollum’s major label debut isn’t a dead-end road, but more a cul-de-sac that too many people go ‘round and ‘round on.
“I was pretty lonely,” he offers, certifying his songs’ angst. “I was pretty young when I started selling out these places, you know? I was a rock star. But I wasn’t a rock star when I woke up, that was last night.
“There was no shortage of women. There were plenty around, random girls, but people you don’t care about – and they don’t care about you. It was a lot of cocaine and a lot of whiskey, smoking cigarettes to fill up the space. But I started thinking, ‘What am I gonna do when I get a little further along?’”
Figure McCollum, who admits a taste for flashy things, was raised a car dealer’s son. His mother’s family – “they’re a little rougher, they come from the land” – were dealing with cattle, ranching, the rodeo world. In many ways a classic Texas upbringing, even his music obsession started with his brother giving him The Traveling Wilburys, Volume 1 for his 11th birthday.
Working his Grandfather’s ranch with his older brother and a couple cousins one summer, he heard Ryan Bingham’s “Southside of Heaven” for the first time. It changed everything. “It was so simple – and stayed so simple. My sophomore and junior years, he put out two of the best records I’ve ever heard. It showed me what standards are, and that it could be done.”
Still, unhindered and young – wild living ensued. But that lust for life never got in the way of him writing songs, seeking to make the music better. Around Texas, he turned into a veritable Justin Bieber scream-inducing proposition. He didn’t care.
“I look back and think, ‘How did I go onstage like that?’” he marvels. “It makes me sick to think about it. I can’t believe I lived like that; but I liked all those things way too much. I didn’t want anything to step on my songwriting. It pays to be as real as it gets, so all that just goes into the bank for writing, I guess.”
There’s a picture frame hanging a little to the side
Some drugs on the counter in the kitchen by the wine
And I’m shaking like winter, but I just can’t eat
Four studios. Thirty musicians. Countless songs. Lots of ruminating. “I finally had my first big record deal, and the country closed down. I had to think about how did I want this record to go, trying to figure out who I am and where I am again. Just as I thought I’d done it, I had another chance to think about it.”
From the George Strait pluck of “Never Loved You At All” to the plaintive lonesome “Dallas,” the surging dumped by phone “Why Indiana” to the guitars forward tumbling pledge of always “Wait Outside,” McCollum changes gaits and gears through working class heartbreak and country. Gold Chain Cowboy offers a different take on being a good ole boy: dignity instead of pain, aching instead of numb.
It hurts a lot more than you know
It hurts a lot more than I show…
“Slow, sad country country love songs,” says McCollum, defining his sweet spot, “…about things going terribly wrong.
“I’m a hopeless romantic. Take all those heartbreak moments, they come from real places. Not always mine, but I’ve witnessed every one. Boil’em down, put’em in a song. That’s my deal.”
Straddling Texas and Nashville, not only has McCollum written on his own – the staggering Green Day-evoking “Rest of My Life” – he’s shared songwriting credits with Randall, Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Randy Montana, Rhett Atkins, Miranda Lambert and Songwriters Hall of Famer Tony Lane. Scraping the truth from sun-baked bones isn’t for the faint of heart, so McCollum proceeded with caution.
“With ‘Heart Like Mine,’ I’d had that first verse for four years. I’d been saving it, because I always knew it was special. I’d almost pulled it out a couple times in co-writes that weren’t working. But I knew not to.
“When I sat down with Tony, I knew he was the one. I told him those lines, and he went, ‘That’s fucking bad ass.’ We finished it in an hour… It was unbelievable. He had that line, ‘I’m good at getting lost, but I’m bad at getting found…’ He so got it.”
It’s easier to miss ya than it is to let you down
I knew from the start, I was from the wrong side of town
You told me I was different, we were two of a kind
Cause you got the only heart like mine…
Fluid, Gold Chain Cowboy moves effortlessly from the .38 Special surge and gaited drums of “Falling Apart” to the Tim McGraw-esque questioning on the gleaming “To Be Loved By You” into the loping steel guitar-soaked tavern country lament “Drinkin’” or the old school stroll “Heart Like Mine.” For the rush of energy, the raw voice, room left between the parts to let the loss and yearning permeate the tracks, Randall created a soundscape that echoes with the emotions most people would rather not look at.
“If you can make people feel sorry for you in the songs, or not sorry but feel that pain, it’s gold,” he confesses. “Sometimes it’s not me, but I know where it comes from, and I mean it. I mean it a lot.”
For McCollum, who cites “old school McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Gary Allen” as artists who own an emotional vista and a place on country radio, this project moves him closer to his larger dreams. “I love songs too much, though I don’t think you can love songs too much. Just you have to really make all of this about the songs. Everything is a melody or a hook to me, and then it’s how do you finish what there is in a way you can be proud of?
“George Strait was ‘the Man’ in my house, the artist of my childhood. No higher, no better! His voice, the way he understands and sings a song. He isn’t a writer, but ‘Baby’s Gotten Good At Good-Bye’? ‘Amarillo by Morning’ was the first song I remember turning up in my Grandpa’s truck. When music does that to you, you’re gonna hold songs in pretty high regard.
“When I’m writing, I tell people, ‘Put your map away… Put your handbook down. Close your eyes. Tell me what do you see?’ That’s where the best songs come from, the ones that are pure and inspired. I’ve lived every one of these songs… on every album… so I can’t lose ‘that guy.’ If I never did anything else, I’d have plenty to write about – and I don’t think that’s gonna happen.
Hell, maybe I’m right, maybe I’m wrong
Finding out why shouldn’t take this long
Easier said than done I guess
I’m a little bit harder to love than the rest

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD CELEBRATES A GREAT YEAR IN COUNTRY MUSIC WITH CMA ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR NOMINATION.

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.”

Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about her CMA Entertainer of the Year nomination at this year's CMA Awards.

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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.”

 

 

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KYLIE MORGAN SENDS LOVE TO EVERYONE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE IAN; POSTPONES DESTINATION WEDDING.

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.

 

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.”

 

Audio / Kylie Morgan sends her thoughts and love to everyone in Florida and reveals the postponement of her wedding to fiance Jay Allen.

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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.”

 

LUKE BRYAN ADDS 2023 SHOWS TO ELECTRIC HEADLINING DATES AT RESORTS WORLD THEATRE.

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.

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