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ERIC CHURCH SCORES NO. 1 SONG WITH “SOME OF IT.”

Continuing a dominant year characterized by unrivaled success on the road, Eric Church now pairs that feat with chart-topping success at Country radio as current single “Some Of It” tops both the Billboard and Mediabase charts.

“Some Of It” was written by Church together with Jeff Hyde, Clint Daniels and Bobby Pinson and is the second single off Church’s sixth studio album, Desperate Man, praised as one of 2018’s top albums by American Songwriter, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Stereogum, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, USA Today and Vulture, among others.

Vulture adds, “‘Some Of It’ coyly opens with a list of simple truths — ‘Beer don’t keep, love’s not cheap, and trucks don’t wreck themselves’ — and builds to a chorus about life being a game of patience and learning. You think he’s singing about the value of wisdom, and then the bridge deals a haymaker: ‘What really makes you a man / Is being true to her till your glass runs out of sand’,” before noting he “weaves excellence out of ordinary threads.”

However, the reflective track almost didn’t make the album. Church notes, “I was playing the album for a dear friend of ours and my wife was with me. This person loved the album, but my wife said, ‘but let me play you what did not make it,’ and the first thing she played was ‘Some Of It.’ It was always a favorite song of mine, and I listened to it that night and it is just… I am going to regret if I do not record this song. I called my manager that night and said, ‘hey we have got to talk.’ The recording was done, the record was essentially done, but I said, ‘I have got to do this, I have to add this song.’  Initially, all the stuff that I thought was going to be the pillars for this album just bombed. But I think it’s really interesting that the album took on an identity that allowed ‘Some Of It’ to make it from where it started to where it is now, and it just fit in the dialogue. To me, it made the album. I loved the album before it was on there – but it might be my favorite album now that it’s on there, so that’s the way I look at it.”

Additionally, Entertainment Weekly praised Church’s mastery of such “meditative mid-tempo numbers reflecting on simple truths – none better than the hard-won wisdom of ‘Some Of It’” at his recent Nissan Stadium show in Nashville, where he broke the venue’s concert attendance record with more than 56,000 fans just two weeks before awing the same stadium’s audience with a 30-minute, solo acoustic CMA Fest set that featured a medley of 17 hits.

Church also used his solo stadium show to debut the chart-topping song’s music video directed by Reid Long, which continues the jailbird storyline of his “Desperate Man” video.

The critically-acclaimed Double Down Tour continues this fall, resuming on Sept. 13 in Green Bay, Wisc. Complete list of remaining 2019 Double Down Tour dates are as follows:

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

For more information, visit www.ericchurch.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter @ericchurch and on Instagram @ericchurchmusic.

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 in October 2018. The album also debuted at No. 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200. Rolling Stone describes the album in their July 2018 cover story 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 included a massive stop at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, where Church broke the venue’s concert attendance record with 56,521 fans and nearly tripled the attendance record he set at Bridgestone Arena in 2017.

Audio / ERIC CHURCH EXPLAINS HOW “SOME OF IT” ENDED UP ON HIS NEW ALBUM, DESPERATE MAN.

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Eric Church (Some of It) OC: …on there. 1:16
“I was playing the album for a dear friend of ours, and my wife was with me and it was just the three of us playing the album and as we listened to the album. This person loved the album, but my wife said, ‘But let me play you what didn’t make it.’ The first thing she played was ‘Some of It.’ And I hadn’t listened to it in a while, and it was always a favorite song of mine. It’s why it was the first one we took in, and I listened to it that night and I’m like…I’m gonna regret if I don’t record this song. I called my manager that night and said that we gotta talk. The recording was done, the record was essentially done, but, um, I said, ‘I gotta do this. I gotta cut this song.’ I think my hesitation was because, initially, all the stuff that I thought was gonna be the pillars for this album just bombed…so I was scared of that song. I thought this is another song that was in that group that I’m gonna bump and I’m gonna go a different way. But I think it’s really interesting that the album took on an identity that allowed some of it to make it from where it started to where it is now. And it just fit in the dialogue, it fit into what the entire album’s talking about and, it really made it uh, to me it made the album. I loved the album before it was on there, but it might be my favorite album now that it’s on there.”

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

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

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IT’S A GIRL FOR ADAM HAMBRICK AND HIS WIFE!

Adam Hambrick and his wife Merritt welcomed their new baby girl – Heidi Celeste – on Friday (July 19th). Weighing in at 8 pounds, 7 ounces, Heidi joins her big sister, Gracie (age 3).

Adam took to his socials to announce the birth, and referencing his song “Rockin’ All Night Long,” — “Wow what a weekend. Our family is proud to welcome our 2nd daughter, Heidi Celeste Hambrick,” writes Adam. “Mom and baby were blessed with a safe delivery and are doing very well. Remember all that “bloodshot eyes, watch the sunrise” stuff? Yeah, we’re doing that again.”

“Becoming a dad for the second time is gonna be amazing,” he told us a recently. “My three-year-old is gonna kill it as a big sister.”

 

Audio / Prior to his second daughter being born this past Friday, Adam Hambrick said he was looking forward to being a father for a second time.

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Adam Hambrick (becoming a dad for the second time) OC: …little girl. :42
“Becoming a dad for the second time is gonna be amazing. My three-year-old is gonna kill it as a big sister. She’s already talking about ‘My baby this’ and ‘My baby that.’ It’s hilarious. It’s just super fun.  There’s just a lot of, there’s gonna be a big transition, ‘cause when we had Gracie, I wasn’t on the road just a ton. So, now having a little more of a robust touring schedule, it’s gonna be difficult. It’s gonna be a big transition. We have a lot of family who help us, and we have a good community of friends. It’s gonna be a difficult road that we’re gonna be walking, but it’s one that we’re excited to walk. We can’t wait to meet our second little girl.”

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KIP MOORE SET FOR BUD LIGHT DIVE BAR TOUR KICKING-OFF IN DETROIT NEXT MONTH.

Kip Moore announced he will serve a special live stint as part of a six-date BUD LIGHT DIVE BAR TOUR today. Set to take place across the U.S., the popular BUD LIGHT DIVE BAR series is known for bringing sell-out artists to intimate dive bar stages. The exclusive run will kick-off in Detroit, MI on 8/15 and fans can only win tickets beginning today, July 22nd through radio contesting, social media promotion and giveaways. For more information and to enter for a chance to win, visit kipmooredivebartour.com.

Moore also shared today that he will continue his “wildly successful” (Chicago TribuneROOM TO SPARE: ACOUSTIC TOUR for a third leg, following two previously sold-out runs meeting capacity crowds at every stop in the U.S., Canada and The U.K. The unique setting sees Moore strip back his notorious live show, with an intimate acoustic approach that engages the audience on another level. Moore has invited special guests Tucker Beathard, Devin Dawson and Kylie Morgan along for select dates, with the run set to begin in Grand Rapids, MI on 10/10. Tickets will go on sale beginning July 26th at 10am local time at kipmoore.net.

“Connecting with people through our live show brings me pure joy,” explained Moore. “I’m really looking forward to the Bud Light Dive Bar dates as it will take us back to where we started and where our journey began. It also gives us the opportunity to get a little wild with the show. Then we’ll be able to strip it back down this fall with the next leg of acoustic dates. The rapport we’ve felt with the crowds through the acoustic shows has been really special and I’m so glad the fans are enjoying it and we get to bring it to even more cities.”

BUD LIGHT DIVE BAR TOUR Dates 
8/15 Detroit, MI (Royal Oak, MI)
8/16 Cleveland, OH
8/17 Cincinnati, OH
8/20 Indianapolis, IN
8/22 Chicago, IL
8/23 Madison, WI

ROOM TO SPARE: ACOUSTIC TOUR Dates 
10/10 Grand Rapids, MI – Fountain Street Church*
10/11 Mount Vernon, KY – Renfro Valley Entertainment Center*
10/12 Evansville, IN – Victory Theater*
10/17 Torrington, CT – Warner Theatre**
10/18 Ithaca, NY – State Theater**
10/19 Morristown, NJ – Mayo PAC**
10/24 Greenburg, PA – The Palace Theatre**
10/25 Rochester, NY – Kodak Center Theater**
10/26 Rutland, VT – Paramount Theater**
11/08 Eugene, OR – McDonald Theater*
11/09 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theater*
11/14 Birmingham, AL – Alabama Theater****
11/15 Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre****
11/16 Pensacola, FL – Saenger Theatre****
11/21 Durham, NC – Carolina Theater****
11/22 Charlottesville, VA – Paramount Theater****
11/23 Hanover, PA – Eichelberger Performing Arts Center
12/05 Tucson, AZ – Fox Tucson Theatre****
12/06 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren****
*Dates with Kylie Morgan
**Dates with Tucker Beathard
****Dates with Devin Dawson

Moore’s highly-successful acoustic tour was sparked by his recently released ROOM TO SPARE: THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS EP. The collection follows his third studio album SLOWHEART, which garnered instant praise from critics as his “most complete, cohesive declaration of his artistic sensibilities yet” (NPR,) as well landing on multiple “Best Of” lists including Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, UpRoxx, Bobby Bones Show, Taste Of Country, Sounds Like Nashville, The Boot, PopMatters and Whiskey Riff. SLOWHEART includes Moore’s fourth No. One single “More Girls Like You” and follows the critical acclaim that surrounded Moore’s sophomore album WILD ONES and his PLATINUM debut album UP ALL NIGHT that spawned three No. One hit singles, including GOLD certified “Beer Money,” PLATINUM certified “Hey Pretty Girl,” and the DOUBLE PLATINUM breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck.” For more information, visit kipmoore.net.

BILLY CURRINGTON SAYS IT’S ALL IN THE “DETAILS.”

Billy Currington released his new single “Details” today. Written by Nicolle Galyon, Mark Trussell, and Stephen Lee Olsen, the lyrics paint a vivid picture about a man who is so enamored by his girlfriend, that everything else in his life seems to fade into the background when she is around. The laidback new song will hit country radio on August 5th. Billy is currently on the road for his headlining Stay Up ‘Til The Sun Tour which runs through the Fall.

The talented Georgia native has spent more than a decade in the spotlight proving he’s truly a man for all seasons. Currington has earned 12 No.1 singles to his name, including the double-platinum hits “People Are Crazy,” “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” and most recent multi-week No. 1 hits, “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” and “Do I Make You Wanna.” Possessing one of the smoothest and most distinct voices in any genre of music, Currington is equally skilled at delivering upbeat summertime anthems as well as exploring the complexities of life and love with a poignant ballad. His latest album Summer Forever debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

Audio / Billy Currington says he loves everything about his new single, "Details."

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Billy Currington (Details) OC: …on the radio. :34
“I think ‘Details’ is the perfect first song off this new collection of songs that we’ve put out on the radio and wherever you’re going to put it, because of the fact we really match. I love to sing this song. I loved recording it. I loved the feel of the song when I first heard it, and I love the feel of it when I play it live now. It’s just a great song to be a part of, and like most of all, like I said, the feel, it’s got that swagger, that laid-backness that I connect with. So, I just cannot wait to hear ‘Details’ on the radio.”

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KEITH URBAN RELEASES VERTICAL VIDEO FOR HIS LATEST HIT, “WE WERE.”

Keith Urban released a vertical video for his latest smash, “We Were,” exclusively on Spotify.

 

 

Keith will perform “We Were,” as well as many more of his huge hits when he performs at the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 26th, followed by WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota December 1st.

 

KACEY MUSGRAVES HAS ANNOUNCED MORE DATES FOR HER “OH, WHAT A WORLD: TOUR II.”

Due to overwhelming demand, six-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist Kacey Musgraves has announced five additional tour dates on her Oh, What a World: Tour II. Produced by Live Nation, these U.S. tour dates will see Kacey headlining some of the biggest venues of her career, including Dallas’ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory on October 10th and 11th, New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on October 15th and 16th, and Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena with special guest Maggie Rogers on October 25th (see full list of dates below). Kacey announced these tour dates this morning on NBC’s TODAY, where she performed her hits “Slow Burn,” “Lonely Weekend,” “Happy and Sad,” and “Oh, What a World” as part of the show’s summer concert series.

Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, July 26th at 10am at LiveNation.com. Citi is the official presale credit card of the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Monday, July 22nd at 10am local time until Thursday, July 25th at 10pm local time through Citi EntertainmentSM. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.

Kacey has experienced a whirlwind year following the release of her #1 third studio album Golden Hour in March 2018. Kacey took home Album of the Year at the GRAMMY Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and Academy of Country Music Awards, and Golden Hour was named one of the best albums of 2018 by everyone from NPR, Time, The Associated Press and GQ to Rolling Stone, Billboard, Pitchfork, and Complex. Vogue proclaimed Kacey’s “mesmerizing blend of emotional directness and swirling pop melodies, old-school musicianship and new-school production, is a cross-genre triumph that feels so right for now,” and V pronounced, “a masterpiece of crossover country, the record showcased a heartfelt and accessible style, place her both in the glittering center of pop culture and the ears of listeners of every stripe.”

Golden Hour has taken Kacey around the globe; in addition to headlining shows in North America, the U.K., Europe, Japan, China, New Zealand, and Australia, Kacey performed at Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in South Africa. This year, she performed at festivals from Bonnaroo to Governors Ball, and became the first-ever female country artist to play Coachella. She continues to hit the festival circuit with upcoming performances at the Newport Folk Festival, FloydFest, Hinterland Music Festival, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands. In celebration of Golden Hour’s success, Kacey has been honored at Billboard’s Women in Music event, Variety’s Power of Women event, and she has recently celebrated the opening of her exhibit, All of the Colors, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, on display through June 2020

KEITH URBAN WILL CELEBRATE MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES WITH THE RELEASE OF NEW VINYL.

As country superstar and 2019 CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban continues his summer North American “Graffiti U World Tour,” two of his acclaimed albums, Keith Urban and Defying Gravity, will be released on vinyl on September 13 via Capitol Nashville/UMe. The vinyl releases commemorate two milestones in the multi-GRAMMY winner’s career: the upcoming 20th anniversary of his eponymous breakthrough and the recent 10th anniversary of his Defying Gravity. Both will be released on standard weight black vinyl as well limited edition color vinyl with Keith Urban, which is making its first-ever vinyl release, pressed on lavender vinyl, and Defying Gravity, which was previously only released on vinyl in a limited edition, on white vinyl. All versions are available for pre-order now.

Pre-order Keith Urban: https://UMe.lnk.to/KeithUrbanLP
Pre-order Defying Gravity: https://UMe.lnk.to/DefyingGravityLP

Released in 1999, Keith Urban was Urban’s first platinum-selling album, introducing him to the world and propelling him into country stardom. Four singles from the quintessential album earned spots on Billboard’s Hot Country Chart, with the song “But For The Grace Of God” reaching #1, “Where the Blacktop Ends” reaching #3, and “Your Everything” reaching #4. For his self-titled album, Urban worked with Grammy-award winning producer Matt Rollings of Lyle Lovett’s Large Band. Together, the two produced 12 songs, nine of which Urban co-wrote. The Billboard Top 200 album also featured a number of tracks co-written by Mardi Seidel and Emily Robison of Dixie Chicks, Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go’s, and Steve Wariner. Two decades after the release of Keith Urban and his enduring critical success, his breakthrough album will always mark a pivotal moment in Urban’s career, as he told The Boot, “It’s a monumental feeling to get to the top of the charts. Especially now, there’s so many records out.”

Defying Gravity, released a decade ago, was Urban’s first album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200, which also soared to #1 on the Top Country Albums chart. The multi-platinum global blockbuster featured the hit singles “Sweet Thing,” “Kiss A Girl,” and “Only You Can Love Me This Way.” Urban worked with longtime producer Dann Huff, CMA-nominated songwriter Monty Powell, and country mega-hit songwriter Steve McEwan. Hit singles “Sweet Thing” and “Only You Can Love Me This Way” garnered Urban his third GRAMMY and eleventh #1 hit song. Defying Gravity received rave reviews with All Music describing the album as “seamlessly combining hook-laden crafty songwriting with a pop sensibility in the modern country vernacular that blazes a new trail,” and Entertainment Weekly declaring he “has a gift for making radio-baiting hooks and production feel enthusiastically fresh.”

Now, for the first time ever, these momentous, platinum-selling albums are available on vinyl in wide release, allowing fans to celebrate the album that started it all for the Australian musician and the album that would cement his place as country royalty.

Keith Urban Track List

SIDE A
1. It’s A Love Thing
2. Where The Blacktop Ends
3. But For The Grace Of God
4. Your Everything
5. I Wanna Be Your Man (Forever)
6. A Little Luck Of Our Own

SIDE B
1. You’re The Only One
2. If You Wanna Stay
3. Don’t Shut Me Out
4. Out On My Own
4. Rollercoaster
5. I Thought You Knew

Defying Gravity Track List

SIDE A

  1. Kiss A Girl
  2. If Ever I Could Love
  3. Sweet Thing
  4. ‘Til Summer Comes Around
  5. My Heart Is Open

SIDE B

  1. Hit The Ground Runnin’
  2. Only You Can Love Me This Way
  3. Standing Right In Front Of You
  4. Why’s It Feel So Long
  5. I’m In
  6. Thank You

 

Audio / When his song “Where the Blacktop Ends” was released in 2001, Keith Urban talked about wanting to record the song that Steve Wariner co-wrote with Allen Shamblin for his self-titled album.

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Keith Urban (Blacktop) OC: …what we do. :34
“It’s actually a song that Steve (Wariner) brought into Capitol Records as we’re still recording my album. He brought in a demo – Steve does great demos – and it was just such a great sounding song and I could really hear myself do it. So, I heard it and asked if I could do it, and he said, ‘Yeah, you can record it if you let me come and play on it (door shuts). So, you know, I had my arm twisted (smiles) and was very happy for Steve to come; he sang and played on it. I think it fits perfectly with what we do.”

Audio / When he released “Sweet Thing” from his 2009 Defying Gravity, Keith Urban said he and co-writer Monty Powell loved writing about “courtship.”

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Keith Urban (Sweet Thing) OC: …that innocence. :29
“We had an unexpectedly warm, sunny day here in Nashville during the winter, and I was writing with Monty Powell, and it was just a fun, easy song to write… But I love, Monty and I both love writing about courtship, you know, courting and again, if you’re not in love and want to be, that’s a beautiful part of it. If you’ve been in love for a long time, that’s a nice thing to be reminded of in your own relationship and try not to lose a bit of that innocence.”

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THROWBACK THURSDAY TO WHEN ERIC CHURCH RELEASED HIS DEBUT ALBUM, “SINNERS LIKE ME.”

Throwing it back over a decade ago when Eric Church released his debut album, Sinners Like Me, on this date (July 18th) in 2006.

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The collection of songs featured such signature songs as “Guys Like Me,” “How ‘Bout You,” “These Boots,” “Pledge Allegiance to The Hag” and “Lightning.” The North Carolina native co-wrote all 12 songs on the record based on his own experiences.

Audio / Not long after he released his debut album, Sinners Like Me, he talked about

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Eric Church (Sinners Like Me album) OC: …about it. :18
“I think throughout the whole record, you’re gonna get songs that tell it like it is and are very much who I am, what I think, what I believe. It’s okay if you believe it. It’s okay if you don’t. I think the main thing is we try to put it out there and give people a chance to see what they think about it.”

NEWS AND NOTES: Kacey, Gary, Dierks, Chris, Travis and more

Don’t forget to tune-in or set your DVRs since Kacey Musgraves will headline NBC’s Today Show Summer Concert Series on Friday (tomorrow morning).

Gary Allan is set to headline this year’s 9th Annual Kickin’ for a Kure concert in San Antonio on Saturday (July 20th).  The concert series has raised over $500,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since its inception.

Dierks Bentley and Chris Stapleton are among the artists to donate a percentage of their single-day earnings as part of the Music Health Alliance’s Heal the Music Day on October 18th. The organization helps provide access to healthcare through services that PROTECT, DIRECT & CONNECT music professionals with medical and financial solutions.

Travis Denning will hit the road with pal Riley Green on the Get That Man a Beer Tour, kicking off Sepember 5th in Statesboro, Georgia. Tickets go on sale this Friday (July 20th).

GEORGE STRAIT ANNOUNCES SPECIAL EDITION RE-ISSUE OF STRAIT OUT OF THE BOX: PART 1.

MCA Records Nashville has been home to American music icon George Strait for 30 studio albums-and-counting with the latest offering taking a retrospective look at his illustrious career: a limited-edition special re-issue of his 1995 Strait Out of the Box: Part 1. The best-selling box set will be available exclusively at Walmart starting September 13th with pre-orders beginning today.

The 72-track collection takes a delightful trip through Strait’s early recording career, specifically 1981 to 1995, and features 31 No. 1 singles such as “You Look So Good in Love,” “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” and “Check Yes or No.” What makes the collection even more special is the fact that each track was personally selected by the Texan himself.

In addition to the physical box set, a revamped Strait Out of the Box: Part 1 & 2 playlist is available to stream HERE, and fans can watch George Strait’s full collection of music videos HERE, newly remastered in HD.

Also on September 13th, Strait celebrates the release of the official soundtrack for Country Music – A Film By Ken Burns, an eight part PBS documentary spanning the history of country music. Strait will join artists such as Randy Travis and The Judds on the soundtrack via his signature hit “Amarillo By Morning.”

These announcements are yet another piece of a momentous year for the Country Music Hall of Fame member who released 2019’s best-selling Country album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, on MCA Nashville March 29th. Produced by Strait and Chuck Ainlay, the album quickly became Strait’s record-extending 27th No. 1 Billboard Country album. Comprised of 12 original titles plus Strait’s version of the Johnny Paycheck classic “Old Violin,” Honky Tonk Time Machine marks an incredible 30th career studio album for Strait.

With an unparalleled 60 singles hitting the top of the charts – more than any other artist in any genre – during the span of his 30+ year career, Strait is the undeniable “King of Country Music.” He has collected 33 Platinum or multi-Platinum-selling albums, more than any country artist and ranking third across all genres behind only The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Strait is the only act in history to have a Top 10 hit every year for over three decades and has sold nearly 70 million albums and earned more than 60 major entertainment industry awards

Strait also recently announced his return to the heartland in 2020 via performances at INTRUST Bank Arena on Friday, January 24th for Visit Wichita Presents Strait to Oz and in Kansas City for Strait to the Heartland at Sprint Center on Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26, 2020. Additionally, fans can catch Strait later this year at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Aug. 17; at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas on Nov. 22 and 23; and four additional “Strait to Vegas” shows at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Aug. 23 and 24, and Dec. 6 and 7. For more information, visit www.GeorgeStrait.com.

Strait Out of the Box: Part 1 Track List:

Strait Out Of The Box: Part 1

DISC ONE (1976-1983)

  1. I Just Can’t Go On Dying Like This
  2. (That Don’t Change) The Way I Feel About You
  3. I Don’t Want To Talk It Over Anymore
  4. Unwound
  5. Blame It On Mexico
  6. Her Goodbye Hit Me In The Heart
  7. If You’re Thinking You Want A Stranger (There’s One Coming Home)
  8. Any Old Love Won’t Do
  9. Fool Hearted Memory
  10. Marina Del Rey
  11. I Can’t See Texas From Here
  12. Heartbroke
  13. What Would Your Memories Do
  14. Amarillo By Morning
  15. I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name
  16. A Fire I Can’t Put Out
  17. You Look So Good In Love
  18. 80 Proof Bottle Of Tear Stopper

 

DISC TWO (1983-1987)

  1. Right Or Wrong
  2. Let’s Fall To Pieces Together
  3. Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind
  4. The Cowboy Rides Away
  5. The Fireman
  6. The Chair
  7. You’re Something Special To Me
  8. Haven’t You Heard
  9. In Too Deep
  10. Lefty’s Gone
  11. Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her
  12. It Ain’t Cool To Be Crazy About You
  13. Ocean Front Property
  14. Rhythm Of The Road
  15. Six Pack To Go (Duet With Hank Thompson)
  16. All My Ex’s Live In Texas
  17. Am I Blue
  18. Famous Last Words Of A Fool

 

DISC THREE (1987-1991)

  1. Baby Blue
  2. If You Ain’t Lovin’ (You Ain’t Livin’)
  3. Baby’s Gotten Good At Goodbye
  4. Bigger Man Than Me
  5. Hollywood Squares
  6. What’s Going On In Your World
  7. Ace In The Hole
  8. Love Without End, Amen
  9. Drinking Champagne
  10. I’ve Come To Expect It From You
  11. If I Know Me
  12. You Know Me Better Than That
  13. The Chill Of An Early Fall
  14. Lovesick Blues
  15. Milk Cow Blues
  16. Gone As A Girl Can Get
  17. So Much Like My Dad
  18. Trains Make Me Lonesome

 

DISC FOUR (1991-1995)

  1. Wonderland Of Love
  2. I Cross My Heart
  3. Heartland
  4. When Did You Stop Loving Me
  5. Overnight Male
  6. The King Of Broken Hearts
  7. Where The Sidewalk Ends
  8. Easy Come, Easy Go
  9. I’d Like To Have That One Back
  10. Lovebug
  11. The Man In Love With You
  12. Just Look At Me
  13. Stay Out Of My Arms
  14. Big Ball’s In Cowtown (With Asleep At The Wheel)
  15. The Big One
  16. Fly Me To The Moon (Duet With Frank Sinatra)
  17. Check Yes Or No
  18. I Know She Still Loves Me

    Audio / George Strait’s first No. 1 hit was “Fool Hearted Memory,” which hit the top of the charts in 1982.

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    George Strait (1st No. 1) OC: …incredible feeling. :34
    “It was pretty incredible, because I just felt fortunate to get a record contract. I’d been trying to do that for quite a few years. I went to Nashville and I cut ‘Unwound’ and they signed me on that record, which gave me a chance to do an album when ‘Unwound,’ I think went to five or six on the charts, so they let me do an album. I felt real fortunate just to be able to do that, and to have one go No. 1 was an incredible feeling.”

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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.