Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. However, by the turn of the 20th century, Memorial Day celebrated Americans who have sacrificed their lives in all wars.
Some of your favorite country artists talk about what it means to be free because of the brave men and women willing to fight and sacrifice for our freedom as we lean into this Memorial Day Weekend..
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Brandon Lay (Memorial Day) OC: …without you. :37
“My dad was in the National Guard for six years, and his dad was in the Army and in North Africa during World War II. One of my good buddies, Dan Berry, is a captain at Fort Campbell. I’m incredibly humbled every time I’m around those guys, because it really just puts it in perspective. Memorial Day is a special time to remember and gain perspective that everything we enjoy comes with a price, and these guys have paid the ultimate price and so have their families. So, to anybody that’s served in the military, we salute you, and we couldn’t have the life we have without you.”
Dierks (Memorial Day) OC: …upon them. :37
“On the most basic level, I think, for me on the road, I just think about being gone two, three days at a time, maybe a couple of weeks at a time, you know. That seems like a long time when you have kids and family, but these soldiers, they’re gone for months and years at a time – they’re doing 12 to 15 to 18 months — and they have family back home. That, in itself, is such a huge sacrifice, and that’s just the beginning of it. That’s just scratching the surface of what these guys [and gals] are doing every day – preparing for battle, actually being in battle, being wounded in battle, sometimes dying in battle. So, this country obviously, we would not exist without those courageous men and women, and our future depends upon them.”
Eric Church (grandfathers in WW2) OC: …touching to me. :21
“Both of my grandfathers were World War II veterans. I mean, that’s something that’s very rare. I’m not unique, you know. There’s a lot of people out there like that that their grandfathers served. The way that I was raised was very much red, white and blue and very patriotic, and I think that it’s the fact that what they give up is the real thing that’s very touching to me.”
Eric Church (Memorial Day) OC: …those freedoms. “It’s about, especially the soldiers I come in contact with on the road. And not only that, to be able to make the music that I’m able to make, to say what I want to say, and that freedom to be able to do those things and to be in a country where we’re able to do that and to be in a country where we’re able to play that stuff on the radio. I don’t think you’re going to have any America argue that America isn’t the best place to live, and I’m certainly one of them. I’m very proud to be from here and very proud that we have the soldiers. I know there are a lot of other countries out there in the world that don’t want to live the way we do, and that’s fine, they can keep living the way they are, but I’m very proud of it. I think that’s a time to celebrate being proud to be an American and celebrate those freedoms…and celebrate the people that are over fighting for those freedoms.”
Jordan Davis (Memorial Day) OC: …gave it all. :29
“You know, both my grandparents were in the service; my cousin was also a Marine, so the military hits close to home. I mean I can’t say enough about ‘em. We live in the best country in the world, and it’s because of those guys and because of the people that came before ‘em. So, I can’t thank ‘em enough. I wish we had Memorial Day every day, but it is great to have one day to thank the men and the women that gave it all.”
Keith Urban (Memorial Day) OC: …families too. :35
“It’s one of the things I comment on fairly regularly when we’re playing concerts, especially outdoor festivals, where I look around and think it’s just amazing freedom to be able to do this, and it doesn’t effortlessly just come, you know? A lot of people are devoting their life, their entire life, to going out and protecting and defending and honoring their own calling. So, I feel immensely grateful for all of the men and women in the military, all in the armed forces, all around the world. The sacrifice they make, especially their families too.
Sam Hunt (Memorial Day) OC: …those freedoms. :40
“My granddad was in World World II. He was on the USS Texas battleship, and he was over at Normandy and over near Japan and he spent a lot of time right in the thick of World War II. He really took pride in what that meant, and it was something I got to see it first hand, as somebody who got to experience that; somebody who had that galvanized American trait. It’s hard to describe it. It was just somebody who’s been through that, seen that and really appreciates what that means. I try to channel that into my life, because I haven’t fought in any war, but I have a ton of respect for folks who have, folks who’ve sacrificed, families who’ve lost lives and just sacrificed years of their own lives and time and effort to maintain those freedoms.”
Keith Urban’s latest song, “We Were,” which was the most added song at country radio this week, had a surprise twist for the reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year. He found out late in the process one of his buddies actually co-wrote the song.
“The great thing is I had no idea who wrote the song when I went in and recorded it,” says Keith. “We recorded it last December. I went back in and re-sang it a few times. We had to do what they call label copies – you gotta go through and make sure the lyrics are right. So, I’m doing all that. So, I got sent a lyric sheet and it was the first time I saw the three writers’ names and I saw Eric there, so I texted him right away to let him know I cut that song.”
To say Keith was delighted when he found out Eric, along with frequent collaborators Ryan Tyndell and Jeff Hyde, wrote the song, is an understatement. “He obviously writes a lot of songs, ‘cause when I texted him and asked him, ‘Are you a writer on ‘We Were?’’ And he said, ‘Is that the one with something about a water tower skyline or something?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, that one.’ He said, ‘Yeah.’” (laughs)
After he found out who the writers were on “We Were,” he said it made a lot of sense. The three of them together have a particular thing, you know? I think they wrote ‘Springsteen,’ as well. They just have a good chemistry, the three of them. But Eric has such a knack for storytelling anyway and choosing images and lyrics that they seem like a thousand people must have used them before, and yet they’re completely original.”
When he’s not on the road performing at numerous fairs and festivals over the summer, he’ll be in the studio working on an upcoming album.
Keith Urban (Eric Church-writer on We Were) OC: …cut that song. :23
“The great thing is I had no idea who wrote the song when I went in and recorded it. We recorded it last December. I went back in and re-sang it a few times. We had to do what they call label copies – you gotta go through and make sure the lyrics are right. So, I’m doing all that. So, I got sent a lyric sheet and it was the first time I saw the three writers’ names and I saw Eric there, so I texted him right away to let him know I cut that song.”
Keith Urban (We Were-calling Eric) OC: …yeah. (laughs) :16
“He obviously writes a lot of songs, ‘cause when I texted him and asked him, ‘Are you a writer on ‘We Were?’’ And he said, ‘Is that the one with something about a water tower skyline or something?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, that one.’ He said, ‘Yeah.’” (laughs)
Keith Urban (We Were writers) OC: …completely original. :28
“It made sense when I heard it, not only Eric, but Ryan and Jeff as well. The three of them together have a particular thing, you know? I think they wrote ‘Springsteen,’ as well. They just have a good chemistry, the three of them. But Eric has such a knack for storytelling anyway and choosing images and lyrics that they seem like a thousand people must have used them before, and yet they’re completely original.”
Keith Urban (We Were-recording a great song) OC: …a great song. :03
“Yeah, I didn’t record it because he’s a buddy of mine. I recorded it because it’s a great song.”
Travis Denning‘s current single is “After a Few,” and he decided to catch up on HBO’s “Game of Thrones”…after a few. Watch him take in all of the action below.
— Travis Denning (@Travis_Denning) May 20, 2019
Travis performs at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday (May 21st).
For the first time in its 20+ year history, Music City’s Nissan Stadium will host a live show featuring a singular artist, sans opening act, as multi-Platinum superstar Eric Church is set to make his stadium-headlining debut this Saturday, May 25. As usual, the country music renegade is doing it his own way.
In keeping with all previous dates on the Double Down Tour, Church alone will perform three hours of music spanning his entire six-album catalog. Remarking on the true uniqueness of this touring approach, Pitchfork declares that he “proves himself the rare star trying to change the game from the inside” while Stereogum notes that he is “at the top of his genre because he breaks its rules in big, exciting, arena-filling ways.”
Last time a Church tour stopped in Nashville was indeed an “arena-filling” night, as he set an attendance record at Bridgestone Arena with 19,000 fans in the building. He will more than double that number as he elevates his current live show praised by People as “worthy of a title such as ‘Entertainer of the Year’” to stadium-filling status.
Prior to the groundbreaking show, the Church Choir Tailgate open to fan club members will take place on the stadium’s South Lawn. Starting at 3:00 p.m., the party will feature exclusive merchandise, games, food trucks, Jack Daniel’s drinks and a unique vinyl truck offering a special edition of Desperate Man that includes a live version of the title track pressed on sky blue vinyl. As doors open, fans will also be treated to the music video premiere for his current Top 15 single, “Some Of It,” on the stadium screens.
Upcoming Double Down TourDates
May 25 Nashville, Tenn. || Nissan Stadium
June 28 & 29 George, Wash. || The Gorge Amphitheatre
Sept. 13 & 14 Green Bay, Wis. || Resch Center
Sept. 20 & 21 Calgary, Alberta || Scotiabank Saddledome
Sept. 28 San Francisco, Calif. || Chase Center
Oct. 4 & 5 Grand Rapids, Mich. || Van Andel Arena
Oct. 11 & 12 Philadelphia, Pa. || Wells Fargo Center
Oct. 25 Little Rock, Ark. || Verizon Arena
Oct. 26 Birmingham, Ala. || BJCC Arena
Nov. 1 Manchester, N.H. || SNHU Arena
Nov. 2 Hartford, Conn. || XL Center
Nov. 15 & 16 Washington, D.C. || The Anthem
Nov. 22 & 23 Sacramento, Calif. || Golden 1 Center
About Eric Church
The three-time Country Music Association and six-time Academy of Country Music Award winner released his highly-anticipated album Desperate Man atop the Billboard Country Albums chart on October 5. The album also debuted at No. 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200. Rolling Stone describes the album as “classic Church: expertly crafted and country-radio-friendly, while also pushing boundaries in a way that sounds natural and unforced” and American Songwriter notes that it “sublimates the pain of a tumultuous year into his most adventuresome album yet.” Church has returned to the road for his 2019 Double Down Tour, visiting nearly 30 markets for back-to-back nights of two unique shows sans-opening act to give fans 6+ hours of his iconic music in each city. The tour also includes a massive stop at Nissan Stadium in Nashville where Church will more than double the attendance record set at Bridgestone Arena in 2017.
Photo Credit: Steven Stauffer
Photo ID (L-R): Red Light Management’s Zach Sutton, MCA Nashville VP Promotion Katie Dean, Jordan Davis, WME’s Becky Gardenhire, UMG Nashville COO Mike Harris
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – MCA Nashville’s Jordan Davis celebrated a milestone achievement Friday night before he played to a sold-out crowd at The Theater at Madison Square Garden as part of Old Dominion’s “Make It Sweet Tour.” Jordan’s debut album Home State has accumulated over 500 Million worldwide streams spurred by the success of his recent back-to-back No.1 hit singles “Singles You Up” and “Take It From Me.” Since its release, “Singles You Up” has dominated streaming charts spending over a month on the Spotify US Viral Chart (peaking at No.2) in addition to hitting the Spotify Global Viral Chart and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. Both tracks are included on Home State as well as Jordan’s current single “Slow Dance In A Parking” (listen HERE) which was No.1 most added at country radio its debut week and continues to climb the country airplay charts.
The accolades continue to pour in for the singer/songwriter after being named Billboard’s Top New Country Artist of 2018 and Country Aircheck/Mediabase’s Most Heard New Artist of 2018. Jordan just received his first nomination for the CMT Music Awards in the Breakthrough Video of the Year category after winning Best New Country Artist at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in addition to MusicRow’s Breakout Artist of the Year.
Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Jordan has made a strong impression on critics and audiences alike with his classic lyric-writing melded with tech-tinged production. After graduating from LSU in 2012 with a degree in Resource Conservation, Jordan moved to Nashville and honed his songwriting craft influenced by his love of lyrically-driven songwriters and genre-defying musicality. While recently back in his hometown, Jordan felt inspired to record a special cover from one of his influences, Van Morrison, listen HERE.
Jordan is currently on the road with Old Dominion as part of the “Make It Sweet Tour” with upcoming stops in Portland, ME, Gilford, NH and Farmingville, NY. He will next join Rascal Flatts on the “Summer Playlist Tour” starting this June. For a full list of tour dates, news, images and more, visit www.jordandavisofficial.com
Fans can click HERE to listen to Home State.
Jordan Davis (album title) 1 OC: …Home State. :39
“When it came time to name the record, you know, Louisiana is a big part of who I am and I love the fact that I’m from Louisiana and I call Louisiana my home state. One of the main reasons that it’s called that is that this record, the ideas for these songs, the inspiration behind these songs can all be traced back to Louisiana. All those songs [on the record] started in Louisiana, and I thought what better way than to kinda put a line through all of them and tie a bow on this whole record. I thought Louisiana was too much, and I’ve always loved that title, Home State.”
Jon Pardi announced his highly-anticipated new album, tour and single titled Heartache Medication, following his show-stopping performance on the season finale of “American Idol” with Idol winner Laine Hardy. Set for release on September 27th, Pardi’s upcoming album, Heartache Medication, includes the album’s lead single and title track (set to impact country radio June 3 and available now). Co-written by Pardi, Barry Dean and Natalie Hemby, Pardi revealed the new single showcases a taste of what is to come on the next record exclusively to the Associated Press, noting “the songs lift you up. They put you in a higher place.”
“The single ‘Heartache Medication’ has an 80’s George Strait ‘Fool Hearted Memory’ feel to it, and is something people can dance to,” said Pardi. “That’s something I really wanted for this album. There really are no sad songs on this record-it covers a range of subjects, but is ultimately about moving on, and having a good time.”
Recognized for his “state-of-the-art blend of traditional instrumentation and progressive grooves that points to country’s future” (Rolling Stone) and as “a leader among a growing number of artists bringing back fiddle, steel and twang while still finding ways to freshen the sound” (People), Pardi again serves as a co-producer on the new album, Heartache Medication. Heartache Medication is the follow up to Pardi’s co-produced Platinum-selling breakthrough #1 album California Sunrise, which featured Multi-Platinum, chart-topping hits including “Dirt on My Boots,” “Head Over Boots,” “Heartache on the Dancefloor” and “Night Shift.”
The CMA and ACM Award-winner also revealed plans for his HEARTACHE MEDICATION TOUR featuring direct support Riley Green,* with select pre-sale opportunities starting May 28 and tickets available to purchase everywhere starting May 31. Marking a career first, Pardi will headline back-to-back nights at the historic Ryman Auditorium, where he will kick off his headlining HEARTACHE MEDICATION TOUR in Nashville on Oct. 1 and 2.
Every online ticket purchase for the HEARTACHE MEDICATION TOUR will come with one CD copy of Pardi’s Heartache Medication album. Ticket purchasers will receive an additional email with instructions on how to redeem the CD. Pre-order the album Heartache Medication here, and purchase tickets to the upcoming HEARTACHE MEDICATION TOUR here.
Live Nation is serving as the official tour promoter for the Heartache Medication Tour.
*Riley Green on select Heartache Medication dates
HEARTACHE MEDICATION TOUR DATES
10/01/19: Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/02/19: Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/04/19: Minneapolis, MN, The Armory
10/05/19: Milwaukee, WI, Eagle’s Ballroom*
10/10/19: Oklahoma City, OK, The Criterion
10/11/19: Houston, TX, White Oak Music Hall
10/12/19: Helotes, TX, Floores Country Store*
10/24/19: Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
10/25/19: Boise, ID, Revolution Concert House and Event Center
10/26/19: Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot*
10/31/19: Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre*
11/01/1: San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre*
11/02/19: Bakersfield, CA, Rabobank Theater
*Does not include Riley Green; support to be announced soon
ABOUT JON PARDI
Jon Pardi’s Platinum-certified album California Sunrise (Capitol Records Nashville) debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart earning him CMA New Artist of the Year and ACM New Male Vocalist Of The Year. Pardi dominated the top of the country music charts with consecutive #1 hits and Multi-Platinum selling songs including “Dirt On My Boots” and “Head Over Boots,” “Heartache On The Dance Floor,” and the hit single “Night Shift.” California Sunrise followed Pardi’s album Write You A Song (Capitol Records Nashville), which debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and yielded Top 10 Gold-selling song “Up All Night,” “What I Can’t Put Down,” “Missin’ You Crazy” and “When I’ve Been Drinkin” (all co-written by Pardi). Pardi has made national TV appearances on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” NBC’s “TODAY,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and “American Idol”, as well as two large-event TV commercials including appearances during the Super Bowl and Grammy Award broadcasts. He continues to land on numerous “Best” lists including the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone Country and Rhapsody. The West Coast native and fast-rising newcomer has toured with country music forerunners Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Dwight Yoakam. For more information, visit http://www.jonpardi.com.
Jon Pardi (Heartache Medication) 1 OC: …singing it a lot. :44
“I am so excited about this new single, “Heartache Medication.” I love this song. This title is kind of different, you know kind of about drinkin’, getting to feel better, kinda lost somebody, it’s time to move on, but you’re not sad. You’re happy. It’s feel good, kind of like medication that you need. So, Heartache Medication that’s kind of the way we wrote it. I wrote it with Natalie Hemby and Barry Dean – great writers. It’s very upbeat and traditional, but it’s also just, I think, relevant in a way that it picks you up when you’re feeling down, or if you’re feeling good, it makes you feel extra good, and who doesn’t like a good ole fiddle intro? So, I think it’s gonna be awesome, and I hope y’all dig it, and I’ll be singing it a lot.”
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.
“Hi! I’m Adam Hambrick. Take time to remember our fallen heroes this Memorial Day Weekend.”
“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.”
“Hey everybody! This is Brandon Lay taking time to remember all of our fallen heroes on this Memorial Day weekend.”
“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.”
“Hi Everyone! This is Carrie Underwood, please take time to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice during this Memorial Day Weekend.”
“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.”
“Hi! I’m Jon Langston. Take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”
“Hey! It’s Jon Pardi. Please take the time to remember our fallen heroes this Memorial Day Weekend.”
“Hey-I’m Jordan Davis, taking time to remember all of our fallen heroes on this Memorial Day weekend.”
“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.”
“Hi everyone, this is Keith Urban. Now please take time to remember all those who sacrificed their lives during this Memorial Day Weekend.”
“Hi! This is Little Big Town, take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day Weekend.”
“Hey! It’s Luke Bryan. Please take time to remember our fallen heroes this 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.”
“Hey y’all—it’s Travis Denning. Take time to remember our fallen heroes during this Memorial Day weekend.”
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.
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