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DIERKS BENTLEY AND LIVE NATION’S SEVEN PEAKS MUSIC FESTIVAL WILL FEATURE DISH MAIN STAGE PERFORMANCES BY KEITH URBAN, BENTLEY, KIP MOORE, OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW AND MORE.

Dierks Bentley and the world’s leading live entertainment company Live Nation shared the upcoming Labor Day Weekend’s (Sept. 3-5) stacked lineup today, following a special series of Bentley performing covers of some of the artists on his curated lineup, revealed exclusively with Billboard and available to watch here.

Set to take place against the the mountains of Buena Vista, Colorado, it was revealed that the festival will host headlining performances by Keith Urban and Dierks. Kip Moore, Old Crow Medicine Show, Randy Houser, Hot Country Knights, Clay Walker, Travis Denning, Ingrid Andress, Molly Tuttle, Mark Chesnutt, Caitlyn Smith, Hailey Whitters, Pam Tillis, Callista Clark, Jackson Dean, Ray Fulcher, Willie Jones, Caroline Jones, Rapidgrass, Reyna Roberts, Payton Smith and Aydamn will also perform.

 

 

 

Three-day passes go on sale beginning June 18th at 10am MT.

“Getting the green light to book artists and plan our third annual Seven Peaks was the single best piece of news I’ve gotten in the last year,” shared Bentley. “It is my favorite weekend of the year, and I know every fan and artist that has been there will tell you the same. It’s the only time my band and crew ever show up to a gig a week early too…because we can’t wait to be out there with our friends and fans soaking up the Colorado sunshine and mountain vibes.” 

For more information fans can visit sevenpeaksfestival.com, Facebook: Seven Peaks Festival, Twitter: @sevenpeaksfest and Instagram: @sevenpeaksfest.

This summer, Dierks will launch his 2021 BEERS ON ME TOUR with special guests Riley Green and Parker McCollum on August 13th at Salt Lake City, Utah’s USANA Amphitheatre. For tickets and more information visit Dierks.com.

Dierks is currently making his way to the top of the country charts with his latest song, “Gone.”

Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about Seven Peaks Festival and having Keith Urban headline the Saturday lineup.

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Dierks Bentley (Seven Peaks and Keith Urban) OC: …on Saturday Night. 1:04
“It really is an incredible process asking these artists to play and talking to and collaborating with my manager Mary Hilliard and Brian O’Connell from Live Nation. It’s just so fun when we get somebody, and we talk about it. And obviously the biggest one is your headliner Saturday night and having Keith Urban headline at Seven Peaks Festival is just unbelievable. He’s one of my best friends here in town, and he really is in my mind the best entertainer in country music. There’s nobody that can play guitar like him and just work a crowd like he does. He’s just so good on stage. It’s just what he was made to do. So, to have him out there in Colorado and his band and his energy on that stage, it’s just gonna be so fun. So, I’m so thankful we’ve got Keith this year. We’ve had some great headliners – Luke Bryan in the past, that was huge and just so excited to have Keith Urban, selfishly because he’s my friend, (laughs) so it’ll be fun to hang out with him all weekend. But I’m excited for our fans too to have him out there leading the circus on Saturday Night.”

BROTHERS OSBORNE RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR THEIR SONG, “YOUNGER ME.”

In case you missed it, Brothers Osborne performed the emotional “Younger Me” during this year’s “Can’t Cancel Pride” event broadcast by iHeartRadio. They performed the song in front of the Tennessee State Capitol Building in Nashville, and the black and white video also featured LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Watch their performance and the official music video for “Younger Me” below.

 

 

John and TJ, who are making their way up the country charts with their single, “I’m Not For Everyone,” hit the road with their We’re Not For Everyone Tour launching July 23rd in Louisville, Kentucky.

SAM WILLIAMS SIGNS WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP NASHVILLE.

Photo I.D. (L-R): Missi Gallimore (Owner & CEO, T.R.U.T.H. Management), Sam Williams, Cindy Mabe (President, UMG Nashville), Mike Dungan (Chairman & CEO, UMG Nashville)
Photo Credit: Katie Kauss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Tuesday, June 8, 2021) – UMG Nashville signs singer songwriter Sam Williams. The grandson of country pioneer Hank Williams and the son of outlaw legend Hank Jr., Sam Williams is the latest in a long line of American originals, however, he offers far more than just his family name. Sam sings with his own singular voice and he writes in his own singular style, fusing gut-wrenching honesty and plainspoken poetics with raw vulnerability and deep empathy.

Sam Williams celebrates the signing of his record deal with UMG Nashville on the front porch of his grandfather Hank Williams’ farmhouse. (Franklin, Tenn. – June 2021)
Photo Credit: Katie Kauss

“We are so proud and excited that Sam Williams is joining Universal Music Group,” says Cindy Mabe, President UMG Nashville. “Sam’s talent is timeless and boundless. He has such an incredible way of communicating and emotes as if he’s channeling feelings from another place; somewhere deep inside himself. His powerful, soulful vocals combine with his introspective storytelling to fully immerse you into Sam’s own life making you feel everything he feels. He’s such a special talent and I believe Sam’s music will help lead country music into its next evolution.”

Sam’s Glasshouse Children is expected later this summer. Early releases from the debut album, “Shuteye,” “Can’t Fool Your Own Blood,” “The World: Alone,” and the most recent “10-4,” have garnered critical acclaim from American Songwriter, Billboard, NPR, The Tennessean, Rolling Stone and more. Sam made his national television debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in April performing “Can’t Fool You Own Blood,” a song which earned the soulful performer a standing ovation following his Grand Ole Opry debut (view Sam’s My Opry Debut HERE). Pre-save Glasshouse Children HERE.

 

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LUKE BRYAN BRINGS BACK THE FARM TOUR FOR 2021.

As 2021 ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan gears up to hit the road for his coast-to-coast “Proud To Be Right Here Tour” in July, the rural Georgia native is proud to announce he is also bringing back his FARM TOUR this fall. After a forced hiatus in 2020, he will detour from his headlining tour to hit the harvest fields for his 12th FARM TOUR which is set to play on six farms from September 9 -18. Five of these farms have never-been-played before. Luke and team will set up stages in the fields of local farmers across those states.

 

 

Tickets for FARM TOUR are on sale June 11th at 10AM local time at www.lukebryan.com/FarmTour. Presale tickets for Luke’s Fan Club (the Nut House) and fan App are available beginning June 8 at https://www.lukebryan.com/all-access-pass

“I think I am more excited about this year’s FARM TOUR than any other year,” shared Luke. “Growing up in a farming family in rural Georgia I know how hard farming can be even on a good year, and how hard those families work- from sun-up to sundown. After the challenges we have all faced in the last year with so many people losing their jobs, struggling to put food on their tables, food supply chains jeopardized, grocery stores struggling to keep food on the shelves in some areas, it is so apparent to me, and I hope everyone, why our farmers are truly the backbone of our country. They never stopped providing for all of us. Ever. It’s time to thank our farmers, once again. It’s going to mean even more to me this year.”

FARM TOUR 2021
9/9        Marshall, WI                        Statz Bros. Farm
9/10       Cedar Rapids, IA                Brown Farms
9/11       Chillicothe, IL                     Three Sisters Park
9/16       Kingman, IN                       Martin Farms
9/17       Baltimore, OH                    Miller Family Farms
9/18       Fowlerville, MI                   Kubiak Family Farms

The tour is sponsored by Fendt, TRACKER OFF ROAD, Farmland, American Building Components (ABC™), DISH, Monster and Citi.

Citi is the official presale credit card of FARM TOUR. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning June 8 at 10AM local time through Citi Entertainment®. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.

Over 100,000 fans have attended the tour each year since its inception in 2009. Luke will continue giving back to the farmers by awarding college scholarships to students from farming families who are attending the local college or university near the tour stops. To date, more than 60 scholarships have been granted.

Luke has once again partnered with CID Entertainment and On Location to offer Harvest Time VIP Experiences throughout the 2021 FARM TOUR. Packages include a general admission ticket plus parking pass, early entry to the venue, access to a VIP viewing area, private restrooms, and a limited-edition merchandise gift. To view full FARM TOUR VIP Experience details, please visit https://www.cidentertainment.com/events/luke-bryan-farm-tour.

To listen to Luke’s Farm Tour playlist HERE.

About Luke Bryan
Since his debut, Luke has garnered 26 #1 hits and has more RIAA certified digital singles than any other country artist with 55 million, has nearly 15 Billion streams and sold 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. Luke 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 this April and he also holds two Entertainer honors by the Country Music Association. 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, 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 this February. Luke recently wrapped his fourth season as celebrity judge, alongside Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, on ABC’s American Idol. This spring he released a deluxe version of his #1 debuting BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE (Deluxe Edition).

Visit www.LukeBryan.com or follow Luke on Twitter @LukeBryanOnline, Instagram and Facebook.

Audio / Luke Bryan talks about the Farm Tour and how much it's grown over the years.

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Luke Bryan (Farm Tour) OC: …through the years. 1:04
“Well, yeah, I mean the Farm Tour has grown throughout the years, and the fact that we can set a stage up in a hayfield or some kind of field and people flock to it is what I envisioned when I created Farm Tour, and to obviously help some kids with scholarships and stuff like that. But the Farm Tour has grown every year, and it’s always something we look forward to. It’s really an exciting time to be able to just be out on a farm on a Fall night. Sometimes it’s cool and everybody’s got, it’s perfect jacket weather and everybody’s just enjoying music and having fun, and it’s happening in these little towns that have never gotten a show like this. So, it’s always fun knowing that I leave these little towns, and they can go, ‘Hey, we got to go party out in a field and hear a bunch of Nashville country music singers roll in,’ and give ‘em a great show. So many great memories through the years.”

KYLIE MORGAN GETS READY TO RELEASE HER DEBUT EP, “LOVE, KYLIE,” ON FRIDAY (JUNE 11TH).

EMI Records Nashville’s Kylie Morgan is set to release her debut EP Love, Kylie on Friday (June 11th) – pre-order the new album HERE.

Kylie co-wrote all six songs on her new EP and reveals a transparency and vulnerability that compels listeners to peel back the layers of her story.

 

“My brand-new and very first EP, Love, Kylie, is so important to me. I wanted to be able to put into words the emotions that you don’t know how to explain. Every song is from me to you,” says Kylie.

Produced by Shane McAnally and Ben Johnson, Kylie details her journey through relationships, life as an artist, and life experiences.

When it came time to name the EP, Kylie reached back to her early publishing pitches for inspiration. She named the EP Love, Kylie, which was the way she ended each pitch email. She found the sign-off made people feel like they were friends, and that’s how she hopes they feel listening to the EP. “It’s a pretty vulnerable state,” she said of releasing her first collection of songs. “I realized that every song that I’ve been writing has been either about me, about my family, about a friend, about someone I know. I wanted the whole EP to feel like a cohesive story and for every song to feel like a chapter.”

Kylie, a vivacious, auburn-haired spitfire with a powerful voice, a sharp songwriting pen and a keen sense of her artistry, released her new song “I Only Date Cowboys” a couple of weeks ago. The fiery new track is vintage Kylie, giving listeners a glimpse into her personality – listen HERE. Additionally, Kylie released her official music video for the lead track on the EP, “Shoulda,” a heavy up-tempo with a sassy, rapid-fire vocal about the should’ve known betters when dabbling with an ex – watch HERE.

Love, Kylie Track Listing
1. Shoulda (Kylie Morgan, Shane McAnally, Ben Johnson)
2. I Only Date Cowboys (Kylie Morgan, Nate Kenyon, Jay Allen)
3. Outdoor Voices (Kylie Morgan, Emily Falvey, Benjamin Joel Johnson)
4. Break Things (Kylie Morgan, Aaron Eshuis, James McNair, Nicolette Hayford)
5. Cheating On You (Kylie Morgan, Benjamin Joel Johnson, Geoffrey Warburton, Jeffrey Garrison)
6. Mad I Need You (Kylie Morgan, Nicholas Oliver Ruth, Emily Weisband) 

 

About Kylie:
The Oklahoma native starting writing songs at the age of 12 and gained national attention from music producers and television executives after releasing her music independently. This early success led Kylie to begin making regular trips to Nashville, crafting her voice and polishing her songwriting. When she turned 19, she made the decision to call Music City home. Recognizing Kylie’s unique talent, the SMACKSongs team signed her to their roster under the guidance of GRAMMY Award-winning songwriters, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. To give fans a glimpse into her upbringing and passion to pursue music, Kylie returned to her hometown of Newcastle, OK to film her “Hometown Heartland” series. Fans can watch all six episodes HERE. An avid yoga enthusiast, Kylie has earned her official Yoga Alliance Certification and participates in yoga daily. While stuck at home and unable to tour, Kylie created the #namasteathome series where fans can participate in short yoga flows/light workouts, watch HERE. Kylie was previously selected as one of three artists for the CMA KixStart program and was named as one of VEVO’s 2021 DSCVR Artists to Watch. The only country artist to make the list, the program highlights 19 of the world’s top emerging artists poised to break out over the next year. As part of the program, Kylie recorded acoustic performances of “Shoulda” as well as “Cuss A Little” which can be viewed HERE. Kylie has been named to several Artists to Watch lists including CMT, SiriusXM On The Horizon, Taste of Country and Pandora. Kylie has previously toured with artists including Dan + Shay, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kip Moore Gavin DeGraw, Brett Eldredge and Billy Currington.

For a full list of tour dates, news, images and more, visit www.KylieMorgan.com

 

Audio / Kylie Morgan says her debut EP, Love, Kylie, is very important to her.

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Kylie Morgan (EP brief) OC: …me to you. :11
“My brand-new and very first EP, Love, Kylie, is so important to me. I wanted to be able to put into words the emotions that you don’t know how to explain. Every song is from me to you.”

Audio / Kylie Morgan says she wrote "I Only Date Cowboys" when she saw her boyfriend -- now fiance -- back up a trailer and thought it was so attractive.

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Kylie Morgan (I Only Date Cowboys) OC: …cowboy hat. :27
“My song ‘I Only Date Cowboys’ was thought of when my boyfriend backed up a trailer for the very first time and I was super impressed. I knew that that was a trait that he learned on the farm, and I knew that so many girls would find that attractive. (laughs) I wrote the song ‘I Only Date Cowboys’ in hopes to target that certain audience that can’t say no to a guy in a cowboy hat.”

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CHRIS STAPLETON ADDS COLLABORATION WITH H.E.R. ; LITTLE BIG TOWN & MICKEY GUYTON WILL PRESENT FOR THE CMT MUSIC AWARDS AIRING WEDNESDAY.

CMT today revealed the final star-studded lineup of final performers and presenters for the 2021 “CMT Music Awards.” Adding to its already-stacked roster of world premiere collaborations, the show will feature H.E.R., making her first country awards show appearance, performing with Chris Stapleton; and a CMT main stage debut from Ingrid Andress, featuring a world premiere collaboration with JP Saxe. Hosted by superstars Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, the 2021 “CMT Music Awards” airs Wednesday, June 9th at 8p/7c on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT Australia.

Show presenters include Hollywood heavyweights and some of today’s biggest stars spanning music, television, sports and entertainment including Anthony Mackie, Brett Young, Busy Philipps, Carly Pearce, Dylan Scott, Gladys Knight, Iliza Shlesinger, Little Big Town, Michael Strahan, Mickey Guyton, Restless Road, Tennessee Titans’ Taylor Lewan, Trace Adkins and CMT Hot 20 Countdown hosts Cody Alan, Katie Cook and Ashley ShahAhmadi.

As previously announced, the two-and-a-half hour event will feature can’t-miss performances including BRELAND + Mickey Guyton, Brothers Osborne + Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood + NEEDTOBREATHE, Chris Young + Kane Brown, Chris Stapleton, Kelsea Ballerini + Paul Klein from LANY, Lady A + Carly Pearce + Lindsay Ell, Lauren Alaina + Jon Pardi, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Mickey Guyton + Gladys Knight, Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram + Jon Randall and Thomas Rhett. Blanco Brown, Dylan Scott, Hailey Whitters, Lainey Wilson, Niko Moon and Tenille Arts will perform live from the Ram Trucks Side Stage.

Country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show returns to celebrate music’s hottest stars, delivering two-and-a-half hours of nonstop performances and one-of-a-kind collaborations in and around Music City. Each winner is selected by the fans, with voting for the six “Video of the Year” finalists open now at vote.cmt.com. A full list of nominations can be found here.

PARKER McCOLLUM RAVES ABOUT HITTING THE ROAD WITH DIERKS BENTLEY.

Parker McCollum couldn’t be more complimentary about Dierks Bentley, who invited the Texas native along on his Beers On Me Tour, launching August 13th in Salt Lake City, Utah. Parker says there isn’t a nicer guy around than Dierks and he couldn’t say no to going on the road with him.

“I think anybody you talk to in Nashville or around town will all say the same thing — of all the superstars in town, Dierks is, without a doubt, one of the nicest, if not THE nicest, just most down-to-earth, genuine guy,” says Parker. “You know, he means well. He’s got great songs, he’s a great performer and he loves real country music. So, any time someone like that is asking me to go on tour with ‘em, man, I’d be hard pressed to say no.”

Parker is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest song, “To Be Loved By You.”

Audio / Parker McCollum says Dierks Bentley is one of the nicest guys around, and he can't wait to tour with him.

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Parker McCollum (Dierks) OC: …hard pressed to say no. :24
“Man, I think anybody you talk to in Nashville or around town will all say the same thing. Of all the superstars in town, Dierks is, without a doubt, one of the nicest, if not THE nicest, just most down-to-earth, genuine guy. You know, he means well. He’s got great songs, he’s a great performer and he loves real country music. So, any time someone like that is asking me to go on tour with ‘em, man, I’d be hard pressed to say no.”

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LITTLE BIG TOWN PERFORMS ON NBC’S TODAY SHOW.

Little Big Town performed “Next To You,” “Girl Crush,” “Wine, Beer, Whiskey” and “Pontoon” during NBC’s Citi Music Series on Today Show on Friday (June 4th). The group also chatted about getting back on the road to continue their Nightfall Tour which was cut short due to COVID-19.

 

 

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NEWS AND NOTES: Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Brothers Osborne

 

Keith Urban loves to collaborate with other artists. Case in point is his current single, “One Too Many” with P!nk. Keith is also featured on BRELAND’s new release, “Throw It Back,” which was released today (June 4th). “BRELAND is my brother from another mother,” says Keith. “I LOVE creating with him. Everything is so simpatico and matter of fact – here it is! I’m stoked that a song written from our very first time writing together (June of last year) is finally coming out.” This is not their first collaboration – the pair wrote and recorded “Out The Cage,” which is featured on Keith’s The Speed of Now Part 1. Check out the video that was shot at Analog in Nashville.

 

The Grand Ole Opry has released a limited-edition LP vinyl, Unbroken|Empty Room, Full Circle, which includes memorable performances recorded live from the Opry stage in front of an empty house due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Artists featured on the new LP include Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Luke Combs, Trace Adkins, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and many others. The collection is available exclusively on Opry.com and at the Opry’s Nashville-based retail outlets.

 

 

 

Brothers Osborne will be featured in an upcoming episode of Circle Network’s new show, “Landmarks: The Stages of Country Music.” The new series delves into artists’ relationships with iconic venues including The Grand Ole Opry, the legendary Ryman Auditorium, Tootsie’s, Billy Bob’s, The Station Inn, Gruene Hall and more. The show will also raise awareness for Save Our Stages, which supports independent live music venues.

KEITH URBAN’S GUITAR-PLAYING HAS A RHYTHMIC FOUNDATION.

Watching Keith Urban play guitar, or any instrument really, is like watching poetry in motion. He has a certain style of playing the reels you in no matter how many times you’ve seen him perform. He says his style is based on his father and on picking up the instrument and practicing every chance he could get.

“Probably a combination of my dad being a drummer, who’s obviously influenced the core of what is my music, but also I started playing guitar at six,” says Keith. “And when you sit in your bedroom playing acoustic guitar every day after school and many mornings before school with my parents telling me I’m running late, you get very rhythmic because it’s just me in the room with my guitar. I didn’t have a drum machine or anything like that, so I got very rhythmic in the way I play. So, it’s always been a big strong part of my music.”

Keith, who is making his way up the country charts with “One Too Many,” featuring P!nk, just announced rescheduled dates for his Las Vegas Residency at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace happening this fall.

Audio / Keith Urban talks about his style of guitar playing.

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Keith Urban (guitar playing) OC: …part of my music. :33
“Probably a combination of my dad being a drummer, who’s obviously influenced the core of what is my music, but also I started playing guitar at six. And when you sit in your bedroom playing acoustic guitar every day after school and many mornings before school with my parents telling me I’m running late, you get very rhythmic because it’s just me in the room with my guitar. I didn’t have a drum machine or anything like that, so I got very rhythmic in the way I play. So, it’s always been a big strong part of my music.”

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