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MICKEY GUYTON RELEASES NEW SONG “LOVE MY HAIR.”

Capitol Nashville’s Mickey Guyton releases new song, “Love My Hair” today from her forthcoming debut album Remember Her Name out September 24th. Written by Mickey with Anna Krantz, the personal “Love My Hair” continues the theme of self-acceptance and embracing differences that is a thread throughout Remember Her Name.

If I could go back to twelve

I would tell myself

That straight up or down

Baby, that’s your crown

Whoever made up those rules

They don’t apply to you

Straight up or down

Turn the world around

“I wrote ‘Love My Hair’ after seeing a video of a little Black girl who was sent home from school because she was told that her hair was too distracting,” shares Mickey.  “Seeing this young girl’s embarrassment and agony brought me back to my own struggles with self-love and I wanted to write a song to this little girl facing adversity because of what God gave her. I want her and anyone facing similar struggles to feel seen.”

 

Listen to “Love My Hair” HERE

 

Mickey earned her first ever CMA nomination yesterday for New Artist of the Year, adding to the incredible year that has seen her co-hosting the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards in April with labelmate Keith Urban, a historic performance and nomination for “Black Like Me” on the 63rd GRAMMY Awards in March and “Black Like Me” being named a Top 5 song of 2020 (all genre) by NPR and The Associated Press.

Billboard recently featured Mickey on their cover and The New Yorker also profiled her in a recent issue.  Over the last year she has been featured in American Songwriter, BBC News, CBS This Morning, Disney+ Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts, Ebony, Elle, Entertainment Weekly, Essence, HITS, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine’s Vulture, New York Times, PEOPLE, Pollstar, Rolling Stone, Today Show, USA Today, Variety, VIBE, Vogue, Washington Post and many more.

Today, Mickey also has her rendition of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” available as part of The Metallica Blacklist celebrating the band’s 30th anniversary celebration reissue of The Black Album. Listen HERE

 

Mickey Guyton’s Remember Her Name Track List:

  1. Remember Her Name (Mickey Guyton, Parker Welling, Blake Hubbard, Jarrod Ingram)
  2. All American (Mickey Guyton, Victoria Banks, Emma-Lee, Karen Kosowski) Different (Mickey Guyton, Emma-Lee, Karen Kosowski)
  3. Love My Hair (Mickey Guyton, Anna Krantz)
  4. Lay It On Me (Mickey Guyton, Jaden Michaels, Gavin Slate)
  5. Higher (Mickey Guyton, Nathan Chapman, Fraser Churchill, Preston Glass, Narada Walden)
  6. Dancing In The Living Room (Mickey Guyton, Karen Kosowski, Victoria Banks, Emma-Lee)
  7. Do You Really Wanna Know (Mickey Guyton, Melissa Fuller, Andy Skib)
  8. Black Like Me (Mickey Guyton, Emma Davidson-Dillon, Fraser Churchill, Nathan Chapman)
  9. Words (Mickey Guyton, Abbey Cone, David Kalmusky)
  10. What Are You Gonna Tell Her? (Mickey Guyton, Karen Kosowski, Victoria Banks, Emma-Lee)
  11. Smoke (Mickey Guyton, Nathan Chapman, Balewa Muhammad)
  12. Rosé (Mickey Guyton, Karen Kosowski, Victoria Banks)
  13. Indigo (Mickey Guyton, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz, Mozella)
  14. If I Were A Boy (Toby Gad, Brittany Jean Carlson)
  15. Better Than You Left Me (Fly Higher Version) (Mickey Guyton, Nathan Chapman, Jennifer Hanson, Jenn Schott)

KACEY MUSGRAVES RELEASES HER star-crossed ALBUM TODAY.

Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves’ highly anticipated fourth studio album star-crossed is available today via Interscope Records/UMG Nashville featuring previously released title track “star-crossed” and single “justified” (see full tracklist below). Kacey has also shared the music video for the track “simple times,” featuring Victoria Pedretti (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, You), singer-songwriter Princess Nokia, and Symone (RuPaul’s Drag Race winner). Watch the video here. star-crossed is available now for purchase here: https://kacey.lnk.to/starcrossed

 

star-crossed : the film is now exclusively streaming on Paramount+ in the US, Latin America, Australia, the Nordics and Canada. Fans outside of these markets can watch on MTV across its worldwide network of channels in nearly 180 regions. star-crossed : the film is presented by Interscope Films and is an Anonymous Content Production in association with UMG Nashville, Sandbox Entertainment and Golden Girl Productions.

star-crossed has been critically acclaimed by everyone from Associated Press, NPR, The New York Times, Billboard, SPIN, and Pitchfork among others. USA Today raved “the genre-defying singer is back with an even more sonically adventurous new effort,” The New York Times described star-crossed as “the psychological hangover to “Golden Hour,” and Stereogum detailed it as “Golden Hour‘s emotional inverse.” Kacey celebrated the star-crossed release with a chat on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night and will top it all off with a CBS This Morning interview with Gayle King airing tomorrow.

Kacey just announced special North American headlining tour dates in support of her new record and film. The limited 15-city tour titled, “star-crossed: unveiled” is promoted by AEG Presents and kicks off January 19, 2022 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The tour concludes on February 20, 2022 in Los Angeles, California at STAPLES Center (see below for full tour dates). King Princess and MUNA are confirmed as support artists for these dates. Tickets are on sale to the general public now at http://www.kaceymusgraves.com/tour.

star-crossed track list:

  1. star-crossed
  2. good wife
  3. cherry blossom
  4. simple times
  5. if this was a movie..
  6. justified
  7. angel
  8. breadwinner
  9. camera roll
  10. easier said
  11. hookup scene
  12. keep lookin’ up
  13. what doesn’t kill me
  14. there is a light
  15. gracias a la vida

2022 star-crossed: unveiled US tour :

  1. Jan 19 / Saint Paul, MN / Xcel Energy Center
  2. Jan 20 / Chicago, IL / United Center
  3. Jan 21 / Kansas City, MO / T-Mobile Center
  4. Jan 23 / Cleveland, OH / Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
  5. Jan 24 / Toronto, ON / Scotiabank Arena
  6. Jan 26 / Philadelphia, PA / Wells Fargo Center
  7. Jan 27 / Boston, MA / TD Garden
  8. Feb 3 / Washington DC / Capital One Arena
  9. Feb 5 / New York, NY / Madison Square Garden
  10. Feb 9 / Atlanta, GA / State Farm Arena
  11. Feb 11 / Nashville, TN / Bridgestone Arena
  12. Feb 14 / Dallas, TX / American Airlines Center
  13. Feb 16 / Denver, CO / Ball Arena
  14. Feb 19 / Oakland, CA / Oakland Arena
  15. Feb 20 / Los Angeles, CA / STAPLES Center

BROTHERS OSBORNE EARN THREE NOMINATIONS FROM THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR, VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR, AND MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR.

Today, Brothers Osborne earned three nominations from the Country Music Association: Album of The Year for their acclaimed album Skeletons, Vocal Duo of the Year, and Music Video of The Year for “Younger Me.” Said the duo about their nominations: “Beyond honored. And a nom for Album of the Year. A big one. We put every ounce of ourselves into our current album, Skeletons. The recording process was interrupted by psychological and physical struggles, a tornado, and a pandemic. Considered quitting in the middle of making this album due to exhaustion and mental health struggles. Genuinely felt like the last album we were ever going to make so we decided to put it all on the table, leaving nothing in the coffers. This industry is so rewarding yet incredibly difficult all at the same time. To any new artists out there… Stick with it. Stay patient and in the moment. Success comes to those who earn it, but happiness comes to those who enjoy it. If it’s hard now, it won’t be forever. See y’all at the CMAs.” The 55th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville Wednesday, November 10 on ABC.

The band recently shared the music video for their latest single “I’m Not For Everyone,” from their third studio album Skeletons. The video, directed by Wes Edwards and Ryan “Flash” Silver, features Leslie Jordan waltzing unscathed through a raucous bar fight. Watch the music video for “I’m Not For Everyone” here. Members of The Family, Brothers Osborne’s official fan club, had an exclusive look at the video yesterday, and fans can sign up to the club here.

Recently, John and TJ announced plans for their headlining WE’RE NOT FOR EVERYONE TOUR launching this summer. The GRAMMY-nominated duo will hit almost 50 markets including New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta and more. Tickets are on sale now here brothersosborne.com.

The band was featured on the cover of Billboard’s Country Power Players issue. Read the full feature here.

Recently the band appeared on CBS Sunday Morning (watch HERE) where they spoke to correspondent Anthony Mason regarding their upbringing in the blue-collar town of Deale, Maryland and journey to Nashville to pursue their musical ambitions. They also discussed John’s personal battle with mental health and TJ’s experience publicly revealing that he is gay.

WE’RE NOT FOR EVERYONE TOUR Dates:
Sep. 10              Memphis, TN                             The Orpheum Theatre
Sep. 11            Pelham, AL                              Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sep. 16              Nashville, TN                              Ascend Amphitheater
Sep. 17              Rogers, AR                                  Walmart AMP
Sep. 18              Oklahoma City, OK                    The Criterion
Sep. 22              Irving, TX                                   The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Sep. 23              Houston, TX                               White Oak Music Hall – Lawn
Sep. 24              Austin, TX                                  Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater**
Sep. 25              Helotes, TX                                Floore’s Country Store**
Sep. 30              Asheville, NC                             Rabbit Rabbit
Oct. 1                Atlanta, GA                                Fox Theatre
Oct. 2                Jacksonville, FL                           Daily’s Place
Oct. 8                Denver, CO                                Mission Ballroom
Oct. 10              Phoenix, AZ                               Arizona Federal Theatre
Oct. 12              Los Angeles, CA                          Greek Theatre
Oct. 13              Santa Barbara, CA                      Santa Barbara Bowl
Oct. 15              San Diego, CA                            Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
Oct. 16              Sacramento, CA                         Memorial Auditorium
Oct. 17              San Francisco, CA                       The Masonic
Oct. 20              Portland, OR                              Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Oct. 21            Abbotsford, BC                        Abbotsford Centre
Oct. 22              Seattle, WA                               WaMu Theater
Oct. 28              New York, NY                             Beacon Theatre
Oct. 29              Hampton Beach, NH                   Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom*
Oct. 30              Albany, NY                                 Palace Theatre*
Nov. 11             Kansas City, MO                         Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Nov. 12            Minneapolis, MN                    The Armory
Nov. 13             Chicago, IL                                 Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
Nov. 18             Richmond, VA                            Altria Theater
Nov. 19             Washington, D.C.                       The Anthem
Nov. 20             Moon Twp, PA                           UPMC Events Center
Apr 30             Indio, CA                                 Stagecoach
May 08            Birmingham, England             O2 Academy Birmingham
May 09            London, England                     The Roundhouse
May 11            Cambridge, England               Cambridge Junction
May 13            Manchester, England              Albert Hall

SAM HUNT RELEASES HIS BRAND NEW SONG, “23,” TODAY.

Multi-Platinum-selling superstar Sam Hunt releases brand new song “23” today.

Written by Hunt with Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, and Chris LaCorte (who also produced the track), “23” has the singer thinking back warmly on a past relationship. Using an early photo of his wife Hannah’s aunt and uncle when they were a young couple for his song art, Hunt further illustrates the nostalgia and fondness of days gone by. Despite moving on with new cities, jobs and life, the story goes:

 

You’ll always have long blond hair

You’ll always be Memphis queen

You’ll always be my first time in New Orleans

 

No matter where I go, no matter what I do

I’ll never be 23 with anyone but you

You can marry who you want

Go back to Tennessee

But you’ll never be 23 with anyone but me

 

We’ll always have Folly beach

We’ll always have delta nights

We’ll always be in-between real love and real life

At a recent session at Ocean Way studio in Nashville, Hunt and his band performed a scaled back version of the new song. Fans can watch the performance of “23” HERE

“23” is the first new track from Hunt since last year’s chart-topping album SOUTHSIDE featuring a string of back-to-back No. 1 hits with “Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90’s,” “Kinfolks,” and “Hard To Forget.” The Platinum-selling project debuted to critical acclaim with the album and various tracks landing on multiple “Best of” lists for 2020 including The New York Times Best Albums and NPR’s Best Songs (“Hard To Forget”). The album earned additional praise from American Songwriter, Associated Press, Billboard¸ Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Pitchfork, Slate, The Ringer and more.

Fans can find Hunt touring across the country with upcoming shows from Hollywood, Fla. to Huntington Beach, Cali. For information on Sam Hunt, visit www.SamHunt.com.

 

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NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Reba, Little Big Town, Chris, Carrie, Kacey, Darius

Keith Urban, Reba McEntire and Little Big Town have been added to the list of artists taking part in Loretta Lynn’s Hometown Rising benefit show on Monday (September 13th) at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. The event, which also added Brittney Spencer and BRELAND to the lineup, will raise money for those impacted by the deadly and devastating floods that hit Middle Tennessee last month. Previously announced artists include Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. The event will stream live on Circle Network, as well as on Circle All Access’ Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.

Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town and Reba McEntire will sing some of Kenny Rogers‘ biggest hits as the global superstar’s life and legacy is honored in a new star-studded concert special, Kenny Rogers: All In For The Gambler. The celebration, which will also feature Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Idina Menzel and more, was filmed at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville before Rogers’ untimely passing. The live concert, which features on-stage tributes, stories and songs as he bid farewell to performing, will air September 23rd on CBS.

The official music video for Jason Aldean‘s duet with seven-time Grammy award winner Carrie Underwood, “If I Didn’t Love You,” premiered last night (September 8th). “Carrie was made for this song, but also for this video,” said Aldean. “I’m glad that she was down to get together to make it…it’s something that turned out a little outside of what I’d normally do, which is always cool.”

 

Kacey Musgraves appears on CBS’ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert tonight (September 9th). Check local listing for time.

Darius Rucker will perform the National Anthem at the Miami Dolphins home opening game September 19th at the Hard Rock Stadium.

 

 

 

ERIC CHURCH AND CHRIS STAPLETON LEAD THE LIST OF NOMINEES FOR THIS YEAR’S CMA AWARDS WITH FIVE EACH.

The 55th Annual CMA Awards take place on Wednesday, November 10th, and UMG Nashville will be represented in many of the night’s categories, including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist, Album, Group, Duo, Single, Song, Musical Event and New Artist.

With 30 CMA Awards nominations already under his belt, reigning Entertainer of the Year Eric Church scores five additional nominations this year, bringing his total to 35 nominations and four previous wins. In addition to a nod in the Entertainer of the Year category again this year, he claims his eighth nomination in the Male Vocalist of the Year category and fifth nomination in the Album (Heart), Single (“Hell Of A View”) and Song of the Year (“Hell Of A View”) categories. Heart was produced by Joyce and mixed by Hall and Joyce. “Hell Of A View” was written by Casey Beathard, Church and Monty Criswell, and was also produced by Joyce and mixed by Hall and Joyce.

Bringing his total nominations to 26, Chris Stapleton adds five CMA Awards nominations to his previous 21 in five categories – Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year(Starting Over), Single of the Year (“Starting Over”) and Song of the Year (“Starting Over”), including producer credits in both the Album and Single categories. This brings his total nominations in the Entertainer category to five and tallies his seventh nomination in the Male Vocalist category, which he’s won four times. Starting Over was produced by Dave Cobb and Stapleton and mixed by Vance Powell. “Starting Over” was written by Mike Henderson and Stapleton, produced by Cobb and Stapleton and mixed by Powell. Stapleton is a 10-time CMA Awards winner.

Brothers Osborne scores three CMA nominations. The pair return to this year’s ballot in the Vocal Duo of the Year category for the seventh consecutive year – a trophy they’ve claimed three times. This marks the brothers’ first nomination in the Album of the Year category, a nod they receive for Skeletons, while they collect their third nomination in the Music Video of the Year category for “Younger Me.” The “Younger Me” video was directed by Reid LongSkeletons was produced by Joyce and mixed by Hall and Joyce.

Dierks Bentley gets a pair of nods as Male Vocalist of the Year and Music Video of the Year for “Gone.”

Carrie Underwood returns to the Entertainer of the Year category, while Little Big Town is nominated for Group of the Year. Maddie and Tae are nominated in the Duo of the Year category.

 

 

Jordan Davis scores his very first CMA nomination in the Musical Event category for “Buy Dirt” featuring Luke Bryan.

 

Mickey Guyton also scores her first CMA nod in the New Artist of the Year category.

 

 

 

The 55th Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live on Wednesday (November 10th) at 8pm ET on ABC.

 

NOMINATIONS:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

  • Eric Church  
  • Luke Combs
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Chris Stapleton  
  • Carrie Underwood

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artist and Producer(s) 

  • 29 – Carly Pearce
    Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Jimmy Robbins
    Mix Engineer: Ryan Gore
  • Dangerous: The Double Album – Morgan Wallen
    Producers: Dave Cohen, Matt Dragstrem, Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome and Joey Moi
    Mix Engineer: Joey Moi
  • Heart – Eric Church
    Producer: Jay Joyce
    Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce 
  • Skeletons – Brothers Osborne
    Producer: Jay Joyce
    Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce 
  • Starting Over – Chris Stapleton
    Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
    Mix Engineer: Vance Powell 

 

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Gabby Barrett
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Maren Morris
  • Carly Pearce

 

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR  

  • Dierks Bentley 
  • Eric Church    
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • Lady A
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion
  • Zac Brown Band

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Brothers Osborne  
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer

  • “Famous Friends” – Chris Young with Kane Brown
    Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young
    Mix Engineer: Sean Moffitt
  • “The Good Ones” – Gabby Barrett
    Producers: Ross Copperman, Zach Kale
    Mix Engineers: Chris Galland, Manny Marroquin
  • “Hell Of A View” – Eric Church
    Producer: Jay Joyce 

    Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce
  • “One Night Standards” – Ashley McBryde
    Producer: Jay Joyce
    Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce
  • “Starting Over” – Chris Stapleton
    Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
    Mix Engineer: Vance Powell 

 

SONG OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Songwriters 

  • “Forever After All”
    Songwriters: Luke Combs, Drew Parker, Robert Williford
  • “The Good Ones”
    Songwriters: Gabby Barrett, Zach Kale, Emily Landis, Jim McCormick
  • “Hell Of A View”
    Songwriters: Casey Beathard, Eric Church, Monty Criswell  
  • “One Night Standards”
    Songwriters: Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde
  • “Starting Over”
    Songwriters: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton  

 

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artists and Producer(s) 

  • “Buy Dirt” – Jordan Davis and Luke Bryan
    Producer: Paul DiGiovanni  
  • “Chasing After You” – Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris
    Producers: Aaron Eshuis, Teddy Reimer
  • “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” – Elle King & Miranda Lambert
    Producer: Martin Johnson
  • “Famous Friends” – Chris Young with Kane Brown
    Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young
  • “half of my hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini (featuring Kenny Chesney)
    Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artist(s) and Director 

  • “Chasing After You” – Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris
    Director: TK McKamy
  • “Famous Friends” – Chris Young with Kane Brown
    Director: Peter Zavadil
  • “Gone” – Dierks Bentley
    Directors: Wes Edwards, Travis Nicholson, Ed Pryor, Running Bear, Sam Siske
  • “half of my hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini (featuring Kenny Chesney)
    Director: Patrick Tracy
  • “Younger Me” – Brothers Osborne
    Director: Reid Long  


NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

  • Jimmie Allen
  • Ingrid Andress
  • Gabby Barrett
  • Mickey Guyton 
  • HARDY

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

  • Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle
  • Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar
  • Aaron Sterling, Drums
  • Ilya Toshinskiy, Banjo
  • Derek Wells, Guitar

 

Audio / Chris Stapleton, who is up for two awards at Wednesday night’s CMA Awards, including Male Vocalist and Music Video of the Year, says he’s always grateful for the moment of recognition.

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Chris Stapleton (grateful for awards) OC: …grateful for the moment. :30
“Well I’ll take ’em home with me I guess once they send ’em Yeah I guess you have to at some point, but it still is a very… I’m thankful for it and it’s very nice and there’s a lot of great people doing a lot of great things making a lot of great music and working really hard and so when you get this kind of a thing going, I don’t think anybody deserves it. It’s a lot of luck and a lot of stars lining up so, I’m grateful for the moment.”

Audio / Eric Church talks about writing his CMA-nominated Hell of a View.

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Eric Church (writing HOAV) OC: …biggest ones. 1:11
“Writing ‘Hell of a View,’ we were in North Carolina. We were in the mountains, and actually that song, I’d went out for a jog one day. We had a pretty good weather day and Casey Beatherd, one of the writers on the song, had been with Monty Criswell earlier. They had kind of worked on some of the song and hadn’t played it for me yet. I went out to jog and I came back in, and Casey was kind of standing up looking out the window and I can tell he’s playing. And when I opened the door, he looked up at me and he said, ‘Don’t say anything. You’ve got to hear this. This is really good.’ He immediately started playing the first part of the song. [One] verse or so, I was hooked. I was in. I loved the way he had the line, ‘caught your wings on fire/when I smoked my Bronco tires out of town,’ and I just thought that was such a great line, and I was smitten with it at that point of time. So, we finished it that night, later that day/night and then recorded it, and it came out great. I knew it was pretty special when it went down. It was always a song that I knew was a big hit, but at the same time it has that timeless quality to it and it’s gonna be one of our biggest ones.”

Audio / BROTHERS OSBORNE’S JOHN OSBORNE EXPLAINS WHY THE DUO MADE THE ALBUM, SKELETONS.

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Brothers Osborne (how Skeletons was made) OC: …came about. 1:02
“Skeletons is a record that was essentially brought on because we wanted to play more new songs live. So going into this record T.J. and I decided let’s make a record that no matter what song we just cherry pick out of the record we can do it during our show. And that is how we decided the songs that we ended up on the record. And we started with just like every other artist, 30, 40 plus songs. We started whittling them down, ‘well we might be able to play that. I don’t know if we would be able to play that.’ And that’s how we ended up with Skeletons. And it was really birthed from just playing live shows. One of the cool things about this record is that this is the first record where our entire band is playing on it. Previous records our drummer Adam and our bass player Pete they were playing, but this one has our other guitar player Jason and our keys player Billy Justin now. And it made a huge difference because for the first time we all got in the studio after playing hundreds of shows together, we put the headphones on and started playing and it was like oh it’s just the guys. We’re jamming with the dudes. And that’s how the record came about.”

Audio / JORDAN DAVIS EXPLAINS HOW LUKE BRYAN ENDED UP ON HIS SONG, “BUY DIRT.”

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Jordan Davis (Luke Bryan on Buy Dirt) OC: …my songs now. 1:13
“I met Luke three or four years ago at an awards show after party, and got to hang with him, but I really kind of got to sit and talk with him after a round of golf one day, and we just really talked about everything under the sun aside from music. Luke kind of embodies what that song is. You know a lot of people get to see Luke on American Idol or on stage, but Luke Bryan really is a great guy. I sent him a message one day, a text message actually attached with the song, and I was like, ‘Hey Luke, I wrote this. It means a lot to me. You came to mind whenever I was thinking about it, through the writing process, and this song just kind of says what you’re about, and if you want to sing on it, great, no pressure. Don’t even feel the need to text me back or whatever. Just listen to it and let me know.’ And he got right back with me. He’s like, ‘Man I love the song. Let me live with it for a couple of days.’ And he called me back four or five days later and was like, ‘When do you want me singing on this thing?’ That was a pretty cool moment. I’m such a big fan of Luke, and he’s been a huge influence on me since I moved to Nashville, and pretty cool to have him on one of my songs now.”

LUKE BRYAN, DIERKS BENTLEY, DARIUS RUCKER AND MORE WILL TAKE PART IN THE CBS-TV SPECIAL, NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE: NASHVILLE’S BIG BASH.

Some of country music’s hottest superstars will ring in the new year when CBS presents NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE: NASHVILLE’S BIG BASH, Friday, December 31st (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT, 11:30 PM-1:30 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Originating from downtown Nashville across multiple locations, the star-studded special will be packed with high-energy performances celebrating the excitement and anticipation of a new year. First-announced performers include Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Brooks & Dunn, Dan + Shay, Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell and Zac Brown Band, with additional artists to be announced at a later date.

Music City has built an outstanding reputation for hosting the most musical New Year’s celebration and country’s biggest party. The five-hour celebration will feature nearly 50 performances from locations across the city, including the mainstage in Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park anchored by headliners Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band and Dan + Shay. The broadcast will cross multiple time zones, with the traditional countdown at midnight ET, culminating with the renowned Nashville music note drop and fireworks at midnight CT.

NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE: NASHVILLE’S BIG BASH is executive produced by Robert Deaton and Mary Hilliard Harrington in partnership with the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. The special will be directed by Sandra Restrepo.

PARKER MCCOLLUM SELLS OUT FIRST HEADLINING SHOW AT RYMAN AUDITORIUM.

On Wednesday night (September 8th), singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and Texas native Parker McCollum played to a sold out crowd in his first headlining show at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. McCollum released his MCA debut album Gold Chain Cowboy July 30th, which has been met with widespread critical acclaim. A dedicated road warrior, McCollum has been playing to record breaking crowds, and last night he played a rousing show full of singalongs by fans including his first-ever No.1 hit and his Platinum-selling debut single, “Pretty Heart,” “Like a Cowboy,” “Love You Like That,” as well as his current single “To Be Loved By You,” and “Rest of My Life,” which he wrote during the Covid lockdown. McCollum also performed the song written for his now-fiancée who made a brief appearance on stage to the delight of the crowd, “Hallie Ray Light.” The singer, who had the fans on their feet for most of the show, also wowed the crowd with Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” and George Strait’s “Carrying Your Love With Me.” Labelmate Catie Offerman joined McCollum for the finale of “Hell of a Year.”

“Sold out at the Ryman – I don’t know how much better it gets!” McCollum told the audience. “I don’t take it for granted – I appreciate being on this stage. The Ryman is all about country music. All I wanted to do was play country music for a living and you’re making that happen.”

McCollum, who is featured on Dierks Bentley’s Beers On Me Tour, was also the Opry NextStage featured artist for July.

Upcoming Parker McCollum Shows:

9/9       The Eastern, Atlanta, GA

9/10     Mars Music Hall, Huntsville, AL

9/11     The Blue Room, Statesboro, GA

9/12     Country Thunder Florida, Kissimmee, FL

9/16     Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, VA*

9/17     Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC*

9/18     PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC*

9/19     Born and Raised 2021, Pryor, OK

9/23     Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, SC*

9/24     Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY*

9/25     Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA*

10/1     Cook’s Garage, Lubbock, TX

10/2     The Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX

10/7     The Mill & Mine, Knoxville, TN

10/8     Manchester Music Hall, Lexington, KY

10/9     GLC Live at 20 Monroe, Grand Rapids, MI

10/16   Country Thunder Arizona 2021, Florence, AZ

10/21   Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, LA

10/22   Saenger Theatre Mobile, Mobile, AL

11/5     The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI

11/6     Roxian Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA

11/18   Joe’s Live, Rosemont, IL

11/19   Joe’s on Weed Street, Chicago, IL

12/2     The Factory, Chesterfield, MO

12/3     Egyptian Room at the Old National Centre, Indianapolis, IN

12/4     Goodyear Theater, Akron, OH

12/31   Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, TX

*Denotes the Dierks Bentley Beers On Me Tour

McCollum has been named an ‘Artist to Watch’ by Rolling Stone, Billboard, SiriusXM, CMT, RIAA and more with American Songwriter noting, “The Texas native teeters on the edge of next-level superstardom.” McCollum recently earned his first ACM nomination for New Male Artist of the Year and he made his debut playing the famed Grand Ole Opry in Feb 2021.

For more information, visit ParkerMcCollum.com

THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11TH: Alan Jackson, Brandon Lay, Darius Rucker, Eric Church, Jordan Davis, Keith Urban, Lauren Alaina, Luke Bryan, Travis Denning

On September 11, 2001, the world changed forever with the devastating attacks on both the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” embodied the thoughts and feelings of millions in the wake of the events that took place 20 years ago. (This Saturday is the 20th Anniversary of 9-11.)

There is audio from country superstar Alan Jackson sharing memories and thoughts on the events of September 11, 2001 and discussing his song, “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” as well as remembrances from Darius Rucker, Eric Church, Gary Allan, Lauren Alaina, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Jordan Davis, Lauren Alaina and Travis Denning.

The chorus and melody of “Where Were You…” came to Jackson in the middle of the night several weeks after the 9/11 tragedies. He awoke…sang the words into a recorder and wrote down key elements of the chorus…and completed the lyrics and verses later that same day. Initially reluctant to record the song, he was convinced by family and friends to share it with the world and debuted “Where Were You…” live on national television in early November at the 35th annual CMA Awards.

“Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” embodied the thoughts and feelings of millions in the wake of the 2001 events. Written by Jackson, the song was called “…one of the most touching, powerful songs to come after the tragedies” by USA Today and dubbed “a reflective hymn that Americans will be listening to well into the second half of this century” by Salon.comThe New York Times singled out “Where Were You…” as “one of his finest songs,” and Billboard noted “a multitude of songs have been written and recorded in the wake of September 11th, but none captures the myriad emotions unleashed by the terrorist attacks on an unsuspecting nation more perfectly than Jackson’s eloquent ballad.” The song went on to be honored with a Grammy, CMA and ACM Awards.

 

Audio / Alan Jackson explains why he feels “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” still resonates with music fans in concert 20 years after the events of September 11, 2001.

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Alan Jackson (20th Anniversary of Sept 11) OC: …it all started. 1:24
“Yeah, I mean it makes me feel really warm inside to know that that song and at the same time I feel a little bit surprised that it has lasted all this – these years. When I first wrote it, I didn’t think I would record it. And then we didn’t think it would ever – we would want to release it. At first I didn’t think I would ever write a song about the event because I just didn’t feel right about it and then this came out of nowhere and then it went on to be such an anthem for it for years. And now it’s kind of grown into just its own song outside of 9/11 where it’s just a song about faith and hope and love. And I see that in the crowds now. And a lot of my fans, younger fans weren’t hardly even around when 9/11 happened but they have connected with that song. And it’s one of the highlights of the show now and it’s just amazing that it has outlived where it really began. So, it can’t help but make me feel very proud that something like that has helped people through that hard time in the beginning and it still has a lasting affect outside of where it all started.”

Audio / Alan Jackson describes how the events of September 11, 2001 impacted him…and talks about writing “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” a few weeks later.

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AJ (Where Were You) 2 OC: …same feelings. 1:33
“Well, I don’t know – I think I was probably like most people that were impacted with that day and the months that followed. You know, everybody was glued to the news and television and I think it really affected a lot of people – their perspective on their lives and their jobs and their families and where they were and what they were wanting to do and how they looked at things. And I guess…I mean, that’s what I was thinking, too. And I just pretty much visualized a lot of those scenes and stories I’d heard and seen on television or heard people talk about. The song came out of nowhere in the middle of the night – the chorus did. Just a gift. And I got up and scribbled it down and put the melody down so I wouldn’t forget it, and then the next day I started piecing all those verses together that were the thoughts I’d had or visuals I’d had, and…that was about it. I think it was just really…I had so many people tell me that there’s always a line or something in there that they did, whether it was go to church or pick up their Bible or go see their mother or watch a sunset – I mean, just a lot of things in there people told me that they had actually done those things, so…I guess I was like everybody else, just feeling those same feelings.”

Audio / Alan Jackson recalls sharing “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” with all of us for the first time live on national television during the 35th Annual CMA Awards.

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AJ (Where Were You) 3 OC: …meant something. :56
“It was a tough performance for me. You know, just the whole idea of releasing that song was a little bit tough. I wasn’t sure I wanted to put that out, but everybody convinced me that it was the thing to do…and in retrospect, I agree with that. But, you know, I hadn’t really sung the song much, first of all. It was just in the studio, basically, and when I wrote it…so it’s hard to go out there and sing something new anyway, and just the topic made it nerve-wracking, too. You know, I didn’t think about what was going to happen or anything – we just sang it. And I just remember, other than being relieved that I got through it, I just felt very proud that it seemed to cause a reaction in people…and I was proud that I got to do it, and that it seemed like it meant something.”

Audio / Brandon Lay remembers being in class in high school when he found out about the tragic events of 9-11.

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Brandon Lay (9-11) OC: …changed forever. :52
“I remember 9-11 very vividly. I was in Ms. Munn’s College Algebra class. It was a Tuesday. We happened to be able to bring breakfast, it was our day to bring breakfast to school that day, and Megan Smith was in my class and she came in and said something’s hit one of the towers in New York. There was a bomb or something. And the principal came and pulled Ms. Munn out in the hall and told her. From then on, we listened to some of the radio that day. Obviously, when we got home, we saw the replay of all that, and it was just unbelievable. I was in my sister’s Honda Accord – I had just got my driver’s license – and I went to go fill it up with gas and there was none, and I just remember thinking this country we live in now has just changed forever.”

Audio / Darius Rucker recalls where he was on September 11th, 2001.

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Darius Rucker (9-11) OC: …vicious day. :24
“[On] 9-11, I was playing golf with a friend early in the morning. Had an apartment in New York, and I lived in New York kind of at the time. If you looked out my bedroom window, we saw the World Trade Center. I was on my way back home. I was playing a 7 o’clock round of golf, and then I was catching a noon flight, and when I was finishing up, we stopped in to get a drink and I looked and we saw the second tower come down. It was a vicious day.”

Audio / Eric Church was on his way to work when he heard the news of the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.

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Eric Church (9-11) OC: …that feeling. :23
“I was driving into work — the Shop-At-Home Network — I was listening to (WSIX’s) Gerry House, I remember that, and the news broke. [I] really couldn’t grasp what had happened until I got to work and saw it for myself on television. I remember I watched the second plane hit the tower in real time. I had just moved to Nashville earlier that year, and all I remember is wanting to go home and be with those I loved. I’ll never, I’ll never forget that feeling.”

Audio / Gary Allan was across the pond on September 11th, 2001, and was stuck in London for almost three weeks until his flight attendant wife was able to get him on a plane to come home.

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Gary Allan (September 11th) OC: …me outta there. 1:31
“I can remember exactly where I was on 9-11. I had played in Switzerland the 10th at Gstaad and the band flew home and me and Jake Kelly flew to London to do a show on September 11th in a bar. I was in the BBC doing media, I was sitting there doing interviews, and they had glass walls and there were cubicles, so I could see through into other offices.  I remember looking over, they were showing the first plane fly into the building, and I said, ‘Are they editing movies over there?’ And they all kind of looked at me pretty serious and said, ‘No, that’s live.’  And that was right when the second plane flew in, and I said, ‘That’s live?! That’s the twin towers?” And they said, ‘Yes.’ And I remember looking at John, my manager, and said, ‘Man, let’s get out of here!’ And that’s when the U.S. put out a statement saying that nobody’s flying into the U.S. If it flies, it dies, don’t approach us right now was the whole message. And I got stuck there for three weeks watching the media. It was really crazy times, just nobody really knowing, ‘cause it took us a while to get our heads around what had actually happened, but it was scary. I got trapped there for a couple of weeks. I remember my wife Angela got me out before the record label did. I remember going to the airport and John, my manager, saying you’re wasting your time, you’re not going to get out of here, and my wife at the time was a flight attendant, and she said, ‘Go sit at this terminal.’ That’s when you could just walk in and sit by a terminal. And I went in and sat there and eventually this flight attendant came out and said, ‘Are you Gary?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ She said, ‘Come on,’ and snuck me onto a plane and got me outta there.”

Audio / Jordan Davis recalls what he was wearing and where he was on September 11th, 2001.

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Jordan Davis (September 11th) OC: …happen again. :51
“Yeah, I think I was in second period, Louisiana studies, Miss Porter was the teacher. I was wearing my football jersey ‘cause we had a football game that night. And I think back on that as like how many times in your life can you explain in that much detail what you were wearing? The number – I was number 11, it was a blue jersey, white lettering with yellow numbers. I’d never had anything just hit me that (hard) and just be that scary. But I remember just for the rest of the day, there was no school. I mean, we obviously stayed there, but nobody was teaching. Every TV was on and everybody was glued to it. I don’t know, it was just something that I still kinda get chillbumps about now thinking back on it. It’s one of those things that you pray never to happen again.”

Audio / Keith Urban recalls being on the beach in Florida on September 11, 2001 and felt there was a really eerie feeling in the air, before heading back to his rental house and finding out what happened that would change the world forever.

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Keith Urban (September 11th) OC: …lot of people. 1:14
“Yeah, I was in Florida. We had just played a show on the night, either the 9th, I think it might have been the 9th or the 10th, somewhere around there. It was right before it. And then we decided to stay down and have a few days vacation on the beach down there and I remember that morning. I didn’t turn the news on and I was really grateful that I didn’t because I had a few extra hours before I was aware of this reality that was going on that would change everything. But the beach was deserted, and it was an eerie, ominous feeling in the air and I couldn’t put my finger on it. when we ended up going back to the house that we were renting we put the news on and that was the first time I saw what was happening and I couldn’t take it in. It was too surreal. Couldn’t fly anywhere. I had to send my tour bus to come down and get me and then bus all the way back to Nashville. My mom was staying with me at the time, and she was panicked and worried about me being away and was anxious for me to get home. It was a very, it was a really, really surreal traumatic time for a lot of people.”

Audio / Lauren Alaina was just a little girl when the tragic events took place on September 11th, 2001, but she remembers feeling very scared when her father picked her up at school and explained what happened.

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Lauren Alaina (September 11th) OC: …very scared. 1:11
“I was in first grade when 9-11 happened. I don’t have a ton of memories from that time period, but I do specifically remember 9-11, because my father came and picked me up at school which never, ever happened. Like I didn’t miss school, but I didn’t totally understand what was going on. My father explained it to us, and we went to the house. I think he just wanted our family to be together ‘cause it was so devastating and so scary, and nobody knew what was actually happening. And I just remember as a little girl knowing how serious it was. I didn’t know what was going on, but I remember my dad cried and it really affected my dad and little girls don’t see their dads cry very often, and I remember thinking this is not good. This is not good. For both of my parents to come home from work and for us to all be at home in the middle of the day, I just remember being seven years old being very confused and very scared.”

Audio / Luke Bryan just moved to Nashville about 10 days before the devastating terror attacks on the twin towers in New York City and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

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Luke Bryan (9-11 20th) OC: …when that happened. 1:01
“So, as we come up on the 20th Anniversary of 9-11, certainly a life-changing event for me and it was really, really challenging for me because I had just moved to Nashville. I moved to Nashville September 1st, 2001 and I’m in an apartment by myself down in Franklin. I never will forget. I was in bed and my sister called and said, ‘Turn on the TV. A plane had flown into the World Trade Center.’ I remember kinda getting my wits about me, and I turned it on and like so many other people, I saw the second plane hit. And at that moment a lot of innocence is forever lost and that’s certainly when the world changed. And I remember almost getting in the car and going home and spending some time with my family, but I wound up kinda toughing it out in Nashville. But it was a challenging moment being away from your family when that happened.”

Audio / Travis Denning recalls where he was, what he was doing and how worried he and his family were about his mother, who was in D.C. working out of the Pentagon on a worktrip on September 11th, 2001. Near the end of the soundbite, Travis gets a little emotional and the soundbite trails off.

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Travis Denning (Sept. 11th) OC: …makes me…(emotional trailoff). 2:18
“I was in Atlanta on a field trip and we were going to a shadow puppet play and we were actually currently making our own shadow puppets. I’m telling you, I can remember everything about this, and my teacher came in, Mr. Andy Payne who I went to church with and amazing guy, great guy, and he came into the room, the little workshop we were in and had to be 12:30p, one o’clock, and he just announced in the room, ‘Hey everybody. There’s been a change of plans. We’re not gonna go to the play, and we actually have to, we’re going to go back home.’ And we’re in Atlanta, so we’re an hour and a half from Warner Robbins. I walked past him, and I said, ‘Well, what’s going on?’ He didn’t even look at me. He just said, ‘Everybody, get your stuff and we’ll get back in the bus and we’ll get rolling.’ I thought that was pretty weird. We did not go back to the school. We got dropped off at a Chik-fil-a parking lot down the road from the school and all our parents were picking us up and cops were there, and then I remember just at that point something was very wrong. I remember my grandmother picked me up and took me to his house. My dad eventually got to the house. We did not turn on the TV until he got there, but as soon as he turned on the TV every channel had it on. And then it hit you like a freight train, and you just think we’re at war. And then it hits you why we left Atlanta is because nobody knew what was going on, and they thought Atlanta might be attacked. Just the overwhelming like uncertainty hit, and then just the worst part is it hits you that my mom is in D.C. She’s at the Pentagon, and the Pentagon was attacked and we couldn’t get ahold of my mom, but it worked out. It was all good  She was at the hotel. The impact blew out the windows at the hotel, but (pause) we couldn’t get ahold of her for a while, so…it’s weird. It’s still kinda like, makes me…(gets emotional)”

Audio / Travis Denning continues talking about the events of 9-11 and eventually getting ahold of his mother.

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Travis Denning (Sept. 11th) 2 OC: …that is nuts. :49
“So, eventually my dad got ahold of my mom and she was like, ‘Oh yeah. It has hit the fan here. It is so bad.’ They actually walked down to a separate hotel and got onto the roof and they were able to see directly into the Pentagon and see the crash. Ultimately too, she was like, ‘Well, I’m not getting home any time soon.’ And she ended up renting a car and about two days later pulled up in a rental vehicle. I remember everything about it. It was just so nuts. Then going back to school and just everybody talking about it. And on top of that it felt like the kids and the teachers were equally so astonished. It is wild. It’s just crazy that 20 years is coming up. That is nuts.”

LUKE BRYAN MAKES “WAVES” FOR THE SECOND WEEK IN A ROW.

Luke Bryan has scored a second week at the top of the country charts with the summer smash and his 27th No. 1 song, “Waves.”

The song was written by Zach Crowell, Ryan Hurd and Chase McGill and is the fifth #1 single off Luke’s BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE album.

 

Luke told Billboard, “It’s crazy to know we are five singles deep off the ‘Born Here Live Here Die Here’ album. The longevity that country radio and my fans have given my career truly means a lot. I have never taken for granted that I get to make my living doing something that makes me so happy. Thank you for this #1 and loving a song about summer love!”

“Waves” debuted at country radio in April as the most added song in the nation and Luke performed it for the first time on television on Good Morning America to promote the release of the deluxe edition of his BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE album. Combined, those projects boast FIVE #1 singles: “Waves,” “Down To One,” “One Margarita,” “What She Wants Tonight,” and “Knockin’ Boots.”

 

Audio / Luke Bryan talks about the song, "Waves."

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Luke Bryan (Waves) OC: …I heard it. :21
“’Waves’ is a song about kids falling in love during the summer and just all the images and everything about just how beautiful that summer love is and how the emotions just keep coming in waves. ‘Waves’ is kind of a play on words, and I feel in love with the song the second I heard it.”

 

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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.