NEWS AND NOTES: Darius, Hootie & the Blowfish, Kacey, Keith, Shania, Travis

Darius Rucker and his band Hootie & the Blowfish will perform on the season finale of NBC’s The Voice this week. The group is expected to sing “Let Her Cry,” which is featured on their multi-platinum album, Cracked Rear View, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Taylor Swift is also slated to perform during the show. The Voice will air on Tuesday (May 20th) beginning at 9pm ET on NBC.

Kacey Musgraves will perform during the Today Show’s 2019 Citi Concert Series this summer. She’ll take the stage in Rockefeller Center July 19th. Other artists as part of the lineup include Sheryl Crow, Thomas Rhett, Jonas Brothers, The Chainsmokers, Dan + Shay, Maggie Rogers and Lizzo, among others. Additional performances will be announced throughout the season.

Keith Urban, the reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year, has been announced as headliner for this year’s Stars for Second Harvest Show (produced by songwriter Craig Wiseman), taking place June 4th at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

Shania Twain will appear in the new film, I Still Believe, the follow-up to 2018’s I Can Only Imagine. She’ll portray Terry Camp, the mother of Jeremy Camp, a real-life Christian music star who has scored numerous No. 1 songs and several awards. Shooting begins this month in Alabama, according to Variety, and is set to open March 2020.

Travis Denning will be heading across the pond this fall on the CMA’s Introducing Nashville Tour. The trek, which also features Chris Lane, Danielle Bradbury, Rachel Wammack and Devin Dawson, will kick off October 10th in Oslo, Norway and will wrap October 20th in Brighton, England. Stops include Stockholm, Hamburg, Berlin, Amsterdam, Manchester and Glasgow.




Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (Memorial Day)


“Hi! I’m Adam Hambrick. Take time to remember our fallen heroes this Memorial Day Weekend.”

Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Memorial Day)


“Hey guys, I’m Billy Currington. I just wanted to say thank you to all our servicemen and women and their daily service to our country.”

Audio / LINER Brandon Lay (Memorial Day)


“Hey everybody! This is Brandon Lay taking time to remember all of our fallen heroes on this Memorial Day weekend.”

Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Memorial Day) 2


“Hey! What’s up guys? We’re Brothers Osborne. We just wanted to send our thanks to all you service men and women and the ones who’ve gone before you for sacrificing time with your families, sacrificing your own needs and even sacrificing your lives so we can be free to do what we want to do. It means more than you’ll ever know.”

Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Memorial Day)


“Hi Everyone! This is Carrie Underwood, please take time to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice during this Memorial Day Weekend.”

Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Memorial Day)


“Hey everybody, this is Dierks Bentley. I just want to say thank you to the men and women in uniform on this day and every day.”

Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Memorial Day)


“Hi! I’m Jon Langston. Take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”

Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Memorial Day Weekend)


“Hey! It’s Jon Pardi. Please take the time to remember our fallen heroes this Memorial Day Weekend.”

Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Memorial Day)


“Hey-I’m Jordan Davis, taking time to remember all of our fallen heroes on this Memorial Day weekend.”

Audio / LINER Josh Turner (thanks to military)


“Hey! This is Josh Turner. I just wanted to say thank you to all of our servicemen and women for what you do around the world.”

Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Memorial Day)


“Hi everyone, this is Keith Urban. Now please take time to remember all those who sacrificed their lives during this Memorial Day Weekend.”

Audio / LINER LBT (Memorial Day)


“Hi! This is Little Big Town, take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day Weekend.”

Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Memorial Day-fallen heroes)


“Hey! It’s Luke Bryan. Please take time to remember our fallen heroes this Memorial Day.”

Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Memorial Day)


“Hey everybody—I’m Maddie, and I’m Tae, and we’re Maddie and Tae. Take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”

Audio / LINER Travis Denning (Memorial Day)


“Hey y’all—it’s Travis Denning. Take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”


After FIVE consecutive sold-out years, platinum selling superstar and American Idol judge Luke Bryan, along with CID Presents, announces the CRASH MY PLAYA 2020 destination event taking place January 22-25, 2020 in the Riviera Cancun region of Mexico. 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. An additional headliner and all special guests will be announced soon.
“I’m so appreciative that the fans have shown up and supported this destination concert weekend,” shared Luke. “To have one of my best friends Jason join us this year means it’s about to be epic!”
“We are so excited to introduce you to our new home, the Moon Palace,” said CID CEO, Dan Berkowitz. “We are so grateful to the Crash My Playa community for the five years of magic we’ve created together, and with our new home comes new opportunities to take it to the next level for year six. We will see you on the beach at the Moon Palace!”
CRASH MY PLAYA 2020 public on sale is Wednesday, May 22nd at 1pm ET at Previous Crash My Playa guests and Citi® cardmembers, the official presale credit card for Crash My Playa, will have access to purchase all-inclusive packages during the Citi presale Monday, May 20th at 1PM ET until Wednesday, May 22nd at Noon ET through Citi’s Private Pass Program at Members of Luke’s fan club and Luke’s fan app will have access to pre-sale packages on Tuesday, May 21 at 1PM ET via a personalized code at
CRASH MY PLAYA 2020 will be hosted at a new location, The Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort in Riviera Cancun, Mexico. From sun-up to sun-down, the resort sizzles with energy and is ranked amongst the best 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, Chichen Itza, and Rio Secreto. Packages will be available at both The Moon Palace as well as the more luxurious section of the resort – The Grand at The Moon Palace – for those looking for five-star accommodations.  This spectacular property allows all “Playa Crashers” to stay at one resort for the first time promising for an even more curated experience throughout the weekend which every attendee can participate in, including the legendary pool parties.
For more information about CRASH MY PLAYA 2020 and how to book all-inclusive packages as well as payment plan details, please visit:

Audio / Luke Bryan talks about his friend Jason Aldean joining him for the sixth installment of Crash My Playa.


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.”


Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood and Jon Pardi will all perform on Sunday night’s season finale of American Idol. Luke is set to perform “Knockin’ Boots,” his latest single, and he’ll perform with AI contestant Laci Kaye Booth.

Carrie returns to the show, which made her a winner in Season four, and she’ll sing her latest song, “Southbound,” while Jon Pardi teams up with finalist Laine Hardy to perform his latest hit, “Night Shift,” as well as his previous chart-topper “Dirt on My Boots.”

Fellow A.I. judges Lionel Richie and Katy Perry will also perform, as well as Adam Lambert, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Kool & the Gang, Montell Jordan and rock band Weezer.

The American Idol finale will air Sunday (May 19th) at 8pm ET on ABC.

Audio / Luke Bryan talks about going through year two of his role as a judge on ABC's "American Idol."


Luke Bryan (American Idol 2 finale) OC: …potential of year three. 1:00
“I think as we got into the first year and America really started watching what we were doing and then now, just the talent level this year has been amazing. I mean, our Top 10 was really, really something special to watch. Every person that’s went home in the Top 10 has been a dagger to the heart. I think we’ve really set forth what our show is about now. It’s about uplifting this talent, bringing ‘em, encouraging them, and just making sure that when they walk in the doors of Idol, we’re gonna give ‘em great feedback and we’re gonna look after ‘em and treat ‘em as good as we can. Tat’s the main thing. Me, Lionel and Katy, we have to enjoy our role, we have to enjoy interacting together, and it’s so fun being up there with them in the trenches and stressing with them about who’s going through to the next round and stuff like that. So, I’m loving the show and looking forward to the potential of year three



Travis Denning has released the official music video for his current single “After A Few,” watch HERE. Directed by Justin Clough, the mysterious video depicts scenes of Denning playing a heated game of poker in the back room of a smoky bar, while other shots illustrate his masterful guitar playing. The video parallels the song’s lyrics through the poker game by intensifying the stakes with the lead character’s relationship. The video was shot at Beer Sellar in Nashville, Tennessee.



“This video was so much fun to make, mainly due to the fact it was my first time acting in a video. Whether I did a good job or not is debatable,” jokes Travis. “But Justin Clough nailed the idea and the storyline. I think the big gamble of the poker game along with chasing the innuendo with someone that you love for all the wrong reasons go hand in hand when it comes to the emotions.”

2019 has been a busy year for Travis as he recently wrapped his first headlining “Heartbeat Of A Small Town” tour, and even performed at the famed C2C Festival in the UK as well as Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California. The singer/songwriter is set to perform at Nissan Stadium during the upcoming CMA Fest and it was just announced that he will return to Europe and the UK this October as part of CMA’s international touring series.

A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, Denning vividly remembers the moment he realized he wanted to pursue music for a living. He was seven years old sitting in his Dad’s truck and heard AC/DC for the first time. From then on, he was hooked and devoured all types of music from country, pop, rock and heavy metal. Travis started playing local bars at the age of 16 and built a solid following from his distinctive songs and raucous guitar licks. He moved to Nashville in 2014 and within a year signed a publishing deal with Jeremy Stover’s RED Creative Group. After securing outside cuts by Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Michael Ray and Chase Rice he caught the attention of Universal Music Group where he eventually signed a record deal in 2017. Travis released his new single “After A Few” which he co-wrote with Kelly Archer and Justin Weaver following his Top 40 debut single “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs”. Travis was selected as a CMA KixStart Artist Scholarship as well as Opry NextStage recipient and will receive unique opportunities to participate in events as well as connect with industry professionals.  When Travis is not touring, he is in the studio working on his debut album.

Audio / Travis Denning talks about the story line of his new music video for "After a Few."


Travis Denning (AAF video) OC: …act in it. :50
“One thing I loved about the treatment for the After a Few music video is Justin Clough, who directed it, just had this great idea of the similarities between the relationship and taking a gamble on that and actually taking a gamble on a poker game. And so, we decided to kind of have this story line of me and this girl that I just couldn’t help but go back to and every drink was a gamble into falling back in her arms. And then this other side where I’m going up playing poker and getting more confident and winning money and then finally, everything comes to a T with going all in on this hand, and all of a sudden, I’m all in with her. I just thought it was so cool, and it was just great how the cinematic aspect completely mirrored one another. It was fun to act in it.”

Audio / Travis Denning talks about the difference between his videos for "After a Few" and "David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs."


Travis Denning (AAF-DAP video) OC: …to see that. :23
“Filming ‘After a Few’ was so much more different from ‘David Ashley Parker,’ because I actually acted in this music video, and it was cool. It was something I wanted to do, and I really enjoyed it. I think one thing people can really expect is having a look at a different side of me. Hint, hint, it’s a side of me without wearing a hat, which a lot of people don’t see, so I’m just excited for people to see that.”


Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan are among the initial performers just announced for this year’s CMT Music Awards. They’ll be joined on the show by Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett. More performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

Fans can vote for the 2019 CMT Music Awards nominees at until 11:59pm on June 4th.

Little Big Town will host the 2019 CMT Music Awards, which will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena June 5th at 8pm ET/7pm CT.


After teasing his return to the recording studio, reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban released his new single today. “We Were” is a reflective, mid-tempo ode to mischievous youth. “I like the idea that life just happens,” says Keith. “At some point, whether in the moment or not, you just gotta go with it.”

The track’s emotive emotive and picturesque lyrics elicit memories to which most can relate. This, as Keith says, is what drew him to the song. “When I first heard ‘We Were,’ I not only heard it, but saw it. It made me feel something. The imagery is so strong — a stamp on the back of the hand, a Saturday night cover band, the girlfriend (or boyfriend) we ran with and a fake i.d., which of course I never had.  So many of us can relate or will relate at some point!”

“We Were” was written by Ryan Tyndell, Jeff Hyde and Eric Church and was co-produced by Keith Urban and Dann Huff.



Capitol Records Nashville’s Adam Hambrick celebrated his debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry Saturday evening. Introduced by long-standing Opry member, Jeannie Seely, Adam performed his debut single “Rockin’ All Night Long” and showcased his vocal ability singing his powerful song “Broken Ladder.” Playing the historic venue marked a special milestone moment for the singer-songwriter. “In a lot of ways, The Opry is the heart of country music. It’s where it was born, and it’s the common thread that winds through its history. To me, playing that stage is getting to be a part of a tradition that has shaped my love for music and storytelling,” states Adam.

Photo ID (L-R): Jeannie Seely, Adam Hambrick, Ricky Skaggs

Photo Credit: Chris Hollo

The night was especially meaningful to Adam as he stepped into the circle for the first time and spoke about the recent passing of his grandfather, who he had always hoped would see him play the Opry stage. The guitar Adam played for his debut was the one his grandfather gave him, as a moving tribute to the man who inspired his love of country music.

Earlier this year, Adam performed at the famed C2C Fest in the UK as well as Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California and just wrapped up a string of west coast dates opening for Brett Young. Adam recently released the “catchy summer anthem” (Billboard) “All You, All Night, All Summer,” listen HERE. Additionally, he wrote and recorded the heartfelt “Looking Out For Me” which is featured on the Breakthrough film soundtrack. Adam’s debut single “Rockin’ All Night Long” is currently climbing the charts at country radio.

To learn more about Adam and his music, check out his official website HERE.

Audio / Adam Hambrick said his grandfather, who recently passed away, was planning on coming to Nashville for Adam's Opry debut.


Adam Hambrick (Opry debut) OC: …on coming. 1:12
“Since moving to Nashville, I’ve taken just kind of a great interest in the history of country music and where country music comes from, why it is the way it is right now and maybe where it’s going. The Grand Ole Opry is the constant thread. I mean it’s the launch pad for country music as a genre, it’s a launch pad for artists throughout the years. It’s a really big honor to step on that stage and feel that kinship with so many artists and so many people who have come before, people who have sweat and bled to make it to that stage. The Grand Ole Opry is special because my Papaw, he was such a bluegrass fan – Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs – he loved bluegrass music and he made me love it. I knew at some point I’d be making a Grand Ole Opry debut, and we’d talk on the phone, and I’d always tell him, ‘Papaw, now whenever we make our Grand Ole Opry debut, you’ve got to come.’ He’d always say, ‘I’ll be there. I’ll be there.’ Which is funny, because Papaw does not leave the farm, did not leave the farm, right? Like he stayed in Arkansas and didn’t go anywhere. He knew about it. He knew when the date was, and he was planning on coming.”



Country music superstar and American Idol judge Luke Bryan is set to perform on the season 2 finale of ABC’s American Idol this Sunday, May 19th.  He’ll sing with Idol contestant Laci Kaye Booth and Luke will also perform his new single “Knockin’ Boots.”

On March 29 Luke livestreamed an acoustic performance of the “Knockin’ Boots” from his home on his Facebook page. The video was one of the most-viewed clips by a musician in its first seven days of release, racking up 1.7 million views (currently 2.8 million) landing it at the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top Facebook Live Videos chart.
“Knockin’ Boots” was written by Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson and Jon Nite and is available at all digital retailers HERE. The song follows Luke’s recent 22nd career #1 single “What Makes You Country,” the fourth consecutive #1 song from his What Makes You Country album.
After the American Idol finale Luke will launch his “Sunset Repeat Tour” on May 31st in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the BB&T Pavilion. The tour, which will also feature Cole Swindell and Jon Langston, will run through October and it was recently announced the schedule will include two stadiums dates- Gillette Stadium on June 21st and wrapping up the tour in Detroit at Ford Field on October 25th.


GRAMMY Award-winning MCA Nashville country star Vince Gill announced today that his new album, Okie, will be released on August 23. Along with the announcement comes the premiere of a new  focus track titled “A Letter To My Mama,” listen HERE.  Gill wrote or co-wrote all 12 songs on Okie.

The album’s title is taken from the once-derogatory term used to disparage migrants from Oklahoma to the nation’s west coast during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression eras. A proud Oklahoman, Gill has appropriated this term on an album that embraces his roots and explores some of the most important issues of our time.

“I thought this was going to be a songwriter record, not a concept album,” Gill says. “It wound up being more information than I’d envisioned. A friend sent me an email saying, ‘You could have only written this record after living a 60-year-plus life.’ He said, ‘There’s no struggle in these songs, just truth and your experience.”

Okie marks Gill’s most recent solo album since 2016’s Down To My Last Bad Habit and 2011’s Guitar Slinger.  In 2013, Gill partnered with famed steel guitarist Paul Franklin on Bakersfield as a tribute to the “Bakersfield sound” of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. With 21 GRAMMY Awards to his credit.  Gill has solidified his place as country music’s most eloquent and impassioned champion. He is both a world-class musician and a wide-ranging songwriter whose compositions earned him entry into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Gill has also made appearances on over 1000 artists’ records.

In 2017, Gill was invited to join the Eagles for their worldwide tour, and later this month he will again join the band for the European leg of their upcoming tour with stops in Antwerp, Belgium, Cologne, Germany and Amsterdam.

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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.