• Sam Hunt Kinfolks
  • Luke Bryan What She Wants Tonight
  • Little Big Town Overdrinking
  • Carrie Underwood Drinking Alone
  • Jordan Davis Slow Dance in a Parking Lot
  • Brandon Lay For My Money
  • Eric Church Monsters
  • Caylee Hammack Family Tree
  • Clare Dunn Money's All Gone

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THE HOT COUNTRY KNIGHTS DRIVE INTO COUNTRY RADIO WITH ’90s INFUSED DEBUT SINGLE “PICK HER UP” FEAT. TRAVIS TRITT.

Some said this moment would never happen. But despite 30 wasted years and countless bad decisions, the ’90s influenced band Hot Country Knights has finally come riding in with the release of their debut single “Pick Her Up” featuring Travis Tritt. Produced and written by Dierks Bentley along with co-writers Jim Beavers and Brett Beavers, the classic barnstormer features rollicking guitar solos and a freewheeling guest appearance from a ’90s icon as it embodies the bounding rhythms and bright, organic euphoria of live Country music. The track is available today at all digital retailers and will impact country radio on February 3rd.

“The sound behind ‘Pick Her Up’ is Hot Country Knights 101…it’s so hot that I have advised the radio promotion department at UMG to wear oven mitts when delivering it to Country radio,” said lead singer Doug Douglason. “Travis is an old buddy of ours…we go way back and everybody knows when you need a hit…you call Tritt. We appreciate his support and all our friends in the biz that are coming together right now to help us finally get our shot.”

Famous for never giving up on the dream of the ’90s, the Hot Country Knights are comprised of band leader Douglas (“Doug”) Douglason, lead bass player Trevor Travis, lead guitarist Marty Ray (“Rayro”) Roburn, keytar/fiddle player Terotej (“Terry”) Dvoraczekynski, steel guitarist Barry Van Ricky and percussionist Monte Montgomery. With tongue firmly in cheek, The Hot Country Knights revive a comedic element which has long been integral to the Country genre, but has rarely been seen since the days of Grand Ole Opry stars like String Bean Akeman, Minnie Pearl and others. As dedicated road warriors, they’ve basically lived out of a van their entire existence. For more information on The Hot Country Knights visit www.hotcountryknights.com.

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NEWS AND NOTES: Alan, Keith, Shania, Hot Country Knights

The Country Music Association presents the Joe Talbot Award to Alan Jackson on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 during Opry at the Ryman in Nashville.

Alan Jackson was presented with the Joe Talbott Award during his performance at the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman on Friday (January 17th). The award recognizes outstanding leadership and contributions to the preservation and advancement of country music’s values and traditions. Alan is the fourth artist to receive the award from the Country Music Association, joining Merle Haggard, George Jones and Marty Stuart as fellow recipients.

Keith Urban and Shania Twain have been announced as presenters at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards, along with Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker, Bebe Rexha, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Common, Dua Lipa and many others. The 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday (January 26th) at 8pm ET/5pm PT on CBS.

The Hot Country Knights will be making a big announcement on Thursday morning (January 23rd).

 

 

CARRIE UNDERWOOD TAKES FANS BEHIND-THE-SCENES OF HER VIDEO FOR “DRINKING ALONE.”

Carrie Underwood takes fans behind-the-scenes of the music video for her latest hit, “Drinking Alone.” Shot in a bar in New York City, the clip was directed by Randee St. Nicolas, who Carrie has worked with a few times before. Check it out below.

 

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GEORGE STRAIT HEADS TO MINNEAPOLIS’ U.S. BANK STADIUM AUG. 22; ADDS MORE STRAIT TO VEGAS SHOWS.

George Strait kicks off 2020 with some big show announcements. The King of Country Music is heading to Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium on Aug. 22 with special guests Chris StapletonLittle Big Town and more. Tickets available Friday, January 31st at 10 a.m. CT at ticketmaster.com.

When the three acts were last together in the sold-out Mercedes-Benz Superdome at the 2018 Bayou Country Superfest, the New Orleans Advocate’s headline noted: “George Strait Ruled, Chris Stapleton Rocked,” while Little Big Town “Owned the Dome.”

Additionally, “Strait to Vegas” shows return to T-Mobile Arena August 28-29. There, King George will be joined by a special guest—acclaimed singer/songwriter and Monument recording artist Caitlyn Smith, whose highly anticipated second studio album, Supernova, will be released in March. Tickets available Friday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. PT via straittovegas.com.

Since his record-breaking Cowboy Rides Away Tour in 2014, Strait has performed for limited engagements
highlighted by the sold-out “Strait to Vegas” shows, most recently in December 2019. Ahead of the newly announced Aug. dates, Strait will also return to the heartland in 2020 with sold-out performances at INTRUST Bank Arena this Friday, Jan. 24 for “Visit Wichita Presents Strait to Oz” as well as “Strait to the Heartland” at Kansas City’s Sprint Center on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26.

With an unmatched 60 singles hitting the top of the charts—more than any other artist in any genre—during the span of his 30+ year career, Strait has collected 33 platinum or multi-platinum-selling albums, more than any country artist and ranking third across all genres behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley. The Texas troubadour is the only artist or act in history to have a Top 10 hit every year for over three decades and recently earned his 100th entry on the
Billboard Country Airplay chart with his latest single, “The Weight of the Badge.” He has sold nearly 70 million albums and earned more than 60 major entertainment industry awards, including induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

CELEBRATED COUNTRY MUSIC GROUP, LITTLE BIG TOWN, KICKS-OFF FIRST WEEKEND OF ‘THE NIGHTFALL TOUR’ WITH SOLD OUT SHOWS AT FAMED CARNEGIE HALL AND APOLLO THEATER.

Fresh off their ninth studio album release, Nightfall, Little Big Town kicks off their ‘The Nightfall Tour’ with sold-out shows at New York City’s historic venues, Carnegie Hall and a two-night engagement at The Apollo Theater.

The band’s full album showcase on January 16th at Carnegie Hall, marked the first time in 13 years a Country music act has performed at the world-renowned theatre, the last being Alan Jackson in 2013.

“Little Big Town’s mesmerizing harmonies soar on the excellent 13-track album Nightfall. Cinematic musical landscapes intrigue while each song’s storyline sets the stage for a memorable moment on their current tour.” Billboard

Nightfall has already garnered the foursome a 2020 Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their empowering song, “The Daughters.” The song serves as an inspirational and motivational call for young girls to pursue their passions and believe in themselves regardless of societal expectations of women.

“The foursome, Grammy-nominated for 2017’s The Breaker, continue their hot streak with this new set, packed with tear-jerking ballads (“The Daughters”) and cathartic anthems (“Next to You”). There are curves too, like “Wine, Beer, Whiskey,” a blaring, Mexican-horn-infused salute to good evenings (and rough mornings).”People Magazine

The band is currently making their way up the country charts with “Over Drinking” from their new album, Nightfall.

THE GRAMMY AWARDS 2020: Church, LBT, Brothers Osborne, Stapleton, Vince

This year’s Grammy Awards show is looming on the horizon and all of the artists are hoping to take home the bronze gramophone.

Eric Church has two nominations at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, including Best Country Album for Desperate Man and Best Country Song for his recent No. 1 smash, “Some Of It.”

Brothers Osborne are up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You),” while Little Big Town has a nod in the same category for “The Daughters.”

Vince Gill is nominated for Best American Roots Song for “I Don’t Wanna Ride the Rails No More,” and Chris Stapleton has a nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media for “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy” for Toy Story 4.

The 62nd GRAMMY Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles January 26th at 8pm ET on CBS.

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Brand New Man,” Brooks & Dunn With Luke Combs
“I Don’t Remember Me (Before You),” Brothers Osborne
“Speechless,” Dan + Shay
“The Daughters,” Little Big Town
“Common,” Maren Morris Featuring Brandi Carlile

Best Country Song
“Bring My Flowers Now,” Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker)
“Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” Jeremy Bussey & Ashley McBryde, songwriters (Ashley McBryde)
“It All Comes Out in the Wash,” Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
“Some of It,” Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde & Bobby Pinson, songwriters (Eric Church)
“Speechless,” Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers & Laura Veltz, songwriters (Dan + Shay)

Best Country Album
Desperate Man, Eric Church
Stronger Than the Truth, Reba McEntire
Interstate Gospel, Pistol Annies
Center Point Road, Thomas Rhett
While I’m Livin’, Tanya Tucker

Best American Roots Song
“Black Myself,” Amythyst Kiah, songwriter (Our Native Daughters)
“Call My Name,” Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan & Sara Watkins, songwriters (I’m With Her)
“Crossing to Jerusalem,” Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal, songwriters (Rosanne Cash)
“Faraway Look,” Dan Auerbach, Yola Carter & Pat McLaughlin, songwriters (Yola)
“I Don’t Wanna Ride the Rails No More,” Vince Gill, songwriter (Vince Gill)

Best Song Written for Visual Media
“The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy,” From: Toy Story 4 (Chris Stapleton)
“Girl in the Movies,” From: Dumplin’
“I’ll Never Love Again” (Film Version), From: A Star Is Born
“Sprit,” From: The Lion King
“Suspirium,” From: Suspiria

Audio / BROTHERS OSBORNE’S TJ OSBORNE TALKS ABOUT THE GRAMMY-NOMINATED SONG “I DON’T REMEMBER ME (BEFORE YOU).

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“There was a bit of the song that was a little on the nose. I don’t – it started the first tag (sings) which was an idea Shane had. He showed up that day and goes ‘I don’t remember my life before I had my babies.’ He said, ‘I literally can’t think of who I was. I don’t remember who I was before [my] husband Michael.’ And we thought man, that is a really interesting thing. An incredible idea. I’m sure it’s been done to some extent, but I can’t really recall that subject being said that way. And so, we were all about it. We loved the idea and the concept, but when Jay [Joyce] heard it, he goes, ‘Man, I think it would be really cool to save the ‘before you’ till the end of the song and I instantly was like, ‘Man, I think that’s a killer idea.’ John and I were all about it. And so, it ends now (sings) it kind of goes in a turn around. You don’t know what the hell I’m talking about. ‘I don’t remember me,’ you keep hearing this, and then at the end is the reveal ‘I don’t remember me before you,’ which I think is great. It also made it problematic [for] the title of the song.”

Audio / ERIC CHURCH TALKS ABOUT HIS GRAMMY-NOMINATED SONG "SOME OF IT."

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Eric Church (Some of It coming of age) OC: …figure it out. :56
“That’s a song, a coming-of-age song, it’s an adult song. It’s adult music. If you listen to the thematics in that and what it’s about, it’s about being older and having some wisdom about you. I think that’s something that I appreciate in my fan base now that early on probably wasn’t there. We were young and drunk and fighting and stupid. But I think now to see them grow – to see the fan base grow – it’s just one of those songs that came along at the right time. And again, it was such a blessing that happened. It wasn’t going to be on the album. It was just one of those freak things that I put it on the album, the last song on the album. The album was done, and all of a sudden it becomes the pillar, one of the pillars on the album. I think again, you go back to it’s one of the great things about music, is you just never know what’s going to happen until it’s all said and done. You can try to plan all you want to, but you’ll probably not going to figure it out.”

Audio / ERIC CHURCH TALKS ABOUT BEING CREATIVE IN THE STUDIO FOR HIS GRAMMY-NOMINATED ALBUM, DESPERATE MAN.

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Eric Church (creative process in the studio) OC: …the creativity. :57
“It was an interesting creative process. This record was made in the studio, from writing to completion, then any record we have ever made. It was really there, ‘cause I wrote songs there, we change things there. I played parts there, I never played, never thought of. I think maybe it was the first album in our career that there was more creative energy in the studio than any other, because it was written, made, conceived, it was all there. I mean, on ‘The Snake,’ for example, that background part was myself, Jeff Hyde and Joanna, and we tried to sound the old blues kind of sound. We were doing that creatively in the studio, and it made a really interesting thing. A lot of people will say, ‘Who sang that? who is that?’ Well it was us! We were feeling the creativity.”

Audio / Vince Gill talks about his Grammy-nominated song, "I Don't Wanna Ride the Rails No More."

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Vince Gill (I Don’t Wanna Ride the Rails No More) OC: …down the road. (laughs) 1:15
“I don’t think that I intended it to be so verbatim about trains. I think it’s about – it could very well be the bus for me. I don’t want to ride the bus no more. I’ve been riding this bus for 40 something years. But it’s just a song of reflection. My brother struggled in his life and probably a good chance he hopped a few trains in his life. And it just has such a – such a great history of Grapes of Wrath and just old school people hopping freight trains and struggling and riding them out. Maybe Dust Bowl folks riding them out, copping a ride on a train somewhere. I just think that that whole image of riding a train has just this great beauty to it. So, it’s really just a song of reflection, of a life that at times is lonely but ‘I don’t want to ride the rails no more. I want to find a woman’s love worth dying for.’ That’s yearning. It’s hopeful. Even, once again, you can get an element of some sense of hope in something then you just don’t depress the crap out of somebody and send them on down the road. (laughs)”

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LAUREN ALAINA LAUNCHES HER THAT GIRL WAS ME TOUR WITH MULTI-NIGHT SELL-OUT SHOWS.

Lauren Alaina kicked off her headlining That Girl Was Me Tour with special guest Filmore with back-to-back sold-out nights at Nashville’s Exit / In (Jan. 15-16) followed by a sold-out show at 8 Seconds Saloon in Indianapolis (January 18th).

Throughout her 90-minute set, Lauren takes fans on a journey with her from the lighthearted, with “Georgia Peaches” and “Ladies in the ’90s,” to the deeply personal, with “Doin’ Fine” and “The Other Side,” to the redemptive with No. 1 hit “Road Less Traveled.” Lauren owns the stage with every note, each song recorded by and/or written by the Georgia native, and her passionate fans stay in stride all night, singing every word including to brand new, unreleased music performed publicly only once prior to the tour. Opening night also saw surprise guests Devin Dawson and HARDY join Lauren on stage for a performance of the trio’s “One Beer.”

Another highlight of the night is Lauren’s inviting tune, “My Kinda People,” which lends its name to her My Kinda People charity. Always touched by the personal – sometimes uplifting, sometimes tragic – stories her fans share with her, the My Kinda People initiative began as a way for Lauren to give back when and where she could. In celebration of the Nashville tour kickoff, Lauren gave a contribution to Musicians On Call (MOC). Dear to Lauren’s heart, MOC is an organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. She has volunteered many times with MOC, seeing and experiencing firsthand the healing power of music.

The That Girl Was Me Tour continues this weekend in Columbia, Mo.; Rosemont, Ill. and Warrendale, Pa. (sold out), before heading to New York City’s Bowery Ballroom (sold out).

While in NYC, Lauren will also stop by NBC’s TODAY Show to perform her current radio single “Getting Good” on Monday, January 27th.

For more information on Lauren and the That Girl Was Me Tour, visit www.LaurenAlainaOfficial.com.

NEWS AND NOTES: Little Big Town, Kacey, Kassi, Keith and more

Little Big Town will perform on Live With Kelly and Ryan on January 31st.

Kacey Musgraves will be among the performers for this year’s Primavera Sound music festival. The 2020 event, taking place June 3rd through June 7th in Barcelona, Spain, will also feature performances by Maggie Rogers, Lana Del Rey, Bad Bunny, Beck, Tyler, the Creator and many more.

Kassi Ashton will release a new song “Hopeless” on Friday (January 24th).

Keith Urban is a huge Tennessee Titans fan, and while he had a private show on Sunday, he and his band watched the AFC Championship game during soundcheck at the venue. Later he posted how proud he was of the NFL team as well as the Kansas City Chiefs who advance to this year’s Super Bowl.

Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley and Jon Pardi will headline this year’s Windy City Smokeout country music and barbecue festival in Chicago. The three-day event, taking place July 10th through July 12th, will also feature performances by Morgan Evans, Ryan Hurd, Riley Green, Cody Johnson and many others.

 

 

LUKE BRYAN IS READY TO CRASH MY PLAYA.

Luke Bryan is ready to head south of the border for his sixth annual CRASH MY PLAYA 2020. The SOLD-OUT destination concert event in the Riviera Cancun region of Mexico is set to begin Wednesday (January 22nd) and will run through Saturday (January 25th). This year’s even will include Luke’s buddy Jason Aldean, as well as performances by Jordan Davis, Caylee Hammack, Jon Langston, Old Dominion, Lee Brice, Scotty McCreery, Granger Smith, Tenille Townes, Kendall Marvel, DJ Rock, and Dustin Lynch, who is the only artist who has appeared all six years of the event.

“Crash My Playa is the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done in my career. To get to go mid-to-late January down in Mexico, get a good suntan on and go sing your music and just have a big onstage party,” says Luke. “The past couple of years, I have called my buddy Jason Aldean, and he, I think he’s been having children. He’s been doing stuff like that, and finally he’s got a window where he’s gonna make it this year, and I’m excited to hang with him down at the beach. The beauty of having Jason is the night he’s on stage, I can crash the stage and vice versa. He and I can play some old songs he and I used to play when we were on tour together there. So, it’ll be real, real organic and authentic up there, and it’s just gonna be fun hanging with Jason in Mexico, and I’m so glad he signed on to be a part of it.”

The Caribbean beach vacation will be the biggest event yet and will feature Luke headlining two nights during the all-inclusive concert vacation. Jason Aldean will be making his debut Crash My Playa appearance headlining one of the four nightly concerts.

CRASH MY PLAYA 2020 will be hosted at just one resort for the first time in 2020 at the Moon Palace Cancún. From sun-up to sun-down, the resort sizzles with energy and is ranked amongst the best in the region on TripAdvisor. This oceanfront sanctuary offers a vibrant spectrum of magnificent rooms, all-inclusive food and drink, 24-hour concierge service, relaxing pools, on-site restaurants, and bars, as well as plenty of activities on both land and sea, including offsite adventures to Isla Mujeres, Rio Secreto, and Chichen Itza.

The Georgia native is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “What She Wants Tonight.” He just announced that he’ll release his seventh studio album Born Here, Live Here, Die Here on April 24th and will hit the road with his Proud to Be Right Here Tour on May 28th in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Audio / LUKE BRYAN TALKS ABOUT HIS FRIEND JASON ALDEAN JOINING HIM FOR THE SIXTH INSTALLMENT OF CRASH MY PLAYA.

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Luke Bryan (Crash My Playa 6) OC: …be a part of it. :52
“Crash My Playa is the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done in my career. To get to go mid to late January down in Mexico, get a good suntan on and go sing your music and just have a big onstage party. The past couple of years, I have called my buddy Jason Aldean, and he, I think he’s been having children. He’s been doing stuff like that, and finally he’s got a window where he’s gonna make it this year, and I’m excited to hang with him down at the beach. The beauty of having Jason is the night he’s on stage, I can crash the stage and vice versa. He and I can play some old songs he and I used to play when we were on tour together there. So, it’ll be real, real organic and authentic up there, and it’s just gonna be fun hanging with Jason in Mexico, and I’m so glad he signed on to be a part of it.”

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HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH HAVE A SPECIFIC SOUND THAT IS UNIQUE TO THEM.

Hootie and the Blowfish are climbing the country charts with their single, “Hold On,” which was written by Chris Stapleton and Jim Beavers, is the from the band’s album, Imperfect Circle.

“The one thing we figured out through the years is that the Hootie and the Blowfish sound is just what it is. We can take any song and it’s gonna sound like us, no matter what we try and do to it. I think it turns out to be a great thing for us ‘cause it doesn’t limit us to a certain category of song or genre. It just allows us to kind of pick the songs that are the best songs and not worry about anything else.”

The band has sold over 25 million records worldwide after they hit the airwaves in 1994 with such smash hits as “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You.”

Audio / Dean Felber of Hootie and the Blowfish talks about the band’s sound and why it works for them.

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Hootie & the Blowfish (HB sound) OC: …anything else. :25
“The one thing we figured out through the years is that the Hootie and the Blowfish sound is just what it is. We can take any song and it’s gonna sound like us, no matter what we try and do to it. I think it turns out to be a great thing for us ‘cause it doesn’t limit us to a certain category of song or genre. It just allows us to kind of pick the songs that are the best songs and not worry about anything else.”

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  • Alan Jackson with WUSN/Chicago’s Jeff Kapugi and Marci Braun, as well as UMG Nashville’s Mike Dungan and Steve Hodges.