• Sam Hunt Kinfolks
  • Luke Bryan What She Wants Tonight
  • Little Big Town Overdrinking
  • Carrie Underwood Drinking Alone
  • Jordan Davis Slow Dance in a Parking Lot
  • Brandon Lay For My Money
  • Eric Church Monsters
  • Caylee Hammack Family Tree
  • Clare Dunn Money's All Gone

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LUKE BRYAN WRAPS SIX CONSECUTIVE SOLD OUT CRASH MY PLAYA.

Luke Bryan wrapped his sixth consecutive sold-out CRASH MY PLAYA event in the Riviera Cancun region of Mexico on Saturday night. Luke headlined two of the four nightly concerts with Jason Aldean and Old Dominion headlining the additional nights. The event also included performances by Dustin Lynch, Lee Brice, Scotty McCreery, Granger Smith, Jordan Davis, Jon Langston, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack, Kendell Marvel and DJ Rock.

CRASH MY PLAYA kicked off last Wednesday with four fun filled days of performances with daily pool parties, nightly concerts and the addition this year of late-night party sets. Fans experience one of a kind performances from all the artists participating as they join each other on stage or hang out side of stage to watch the fun. Among the many guest and surprise appearances included Luke welcoming and introducing Old Dominion to their first headline CRASH MY PLAYA set, Dustin playing a marathon 3-hour pool party set, Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum) making a surprise appearance at the festival performing a few songs with Luke and Jason, then Luke’s Mom LeClaire joining for a dance onstage and Dustin singing with Luke to close out the festival on the rainy final night.

Luke also filmed a new music video during his time in Mexico that will be out some time after his new album BORN HERE, LIVE HERE, DIE HERE is released on April 24th.

CRASH MY PLAYA 2020 was hosted at just one resort for the first time at the Moon Palace Cancún which ranks among the best in the region on TripAdvisor. The four-night tropical getaway and concert experience was designed and produced by CID Presents as the ultimate all-inclusive Caribbean concert vacation. Guests were not only treated to poolside and nightly beachfront concerts, but were also provided with airport transportation, 24-hour concierge, optional daily activities and off-site adventures such as ATV’s and Zip Lines, Catamaran, Snorkeling, Deep Sea Fishing and more. The event was self-produced by the production arm of CID Entertainment, the premier music travel and fan-focused experiential agency. Having developed and implemented VIP and travel packages for Luke’s tours for years, CID was the perfect partner for CRASH MY PLAYA, designing a country music festival where fans could see their favorite artists on stage and enjoy the sun, beach, food and adventures with their friends.

Plans for CRASH MY PLAYA 2021 are underway.

Luke is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest smash hit, “What She Wants Tonight.”

LITTLE BIG TOWN DEBUTS AT THE TOP OF THE BILLBOARD COUNTRY ALBUM CHART THIS WEEK WITH NIGHTFALL.

Little Big Town, has earned the top spot on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with their latest release, Nightfall. The album, released on January 17, has critics and fans alike enamored by its powerful and touching lyrics paired with the band’s harmonic vocals.

Though released during the first month of the year, with its meaningful lyrics, organic instrumentation and pure chemistry between the beloved group, Nightfall is poised to be one of the best albums country music has to offer in 2020. – Sounds Like Nashville

Nightfall has also garnered the foursome a 2020 Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their empowering song, “The Daughters.” The song serves as an inspirational and motivational call for young girls to pursue their passions and believe in themselves regardless of societal expectations of women.

Nightfall finds Little Big Town in prime form, using harmonizing and honesty to get themselves through the high times and the low moments. – Entertainment Weekly

Little Big Town also recently kicked-off The Nightfall Tour with a full album showcase at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall followed by a two-night sold-out engagement at The Apollo Theatre.

Be sure to catch performances by Little Big Town during their upcoming appearances on Late Night with Seth Meyers this Wednesday (January 29th) on NBC and LIVE! with Kelly & Ryan Friday (January 31st) on ABC.

 

JON PARDI SAYS HAVING A HIT SINGLE IS A GREAT WAY TO KICK OFF 2020.

Jon Pardi is closing in on the top spot of the country charts with “Heartache Medication,” the first single and title track from his latest album. He says having a hit record is a great way to kick off a new year and a new decade.

“It’s country. It’s fun. It’s upbeat, and I love the song. I love how country it is. I love that the fiddle kicks it off, and just for a new decade, kicking off with a song with a fiddle and keeping it more on the low-key country-side. Even getting to No. 2 has been an awesome way to kick off the new decade, so that’s probably the biggest thing to me is putting a new record out and getting all the way to 2, and hopefully No. 1, and just getting ready for the next single and getting ready for touring and it’s all coming together.”

Jon has several fairs, festivals and rodeos on the books this year. Go to jonpardi.com for more information on tour dates, music and more.

Audio / Jon Pardi says his latest single, "Heartache Medication," nearing the top of the country charts is a great way to kick off a new decade.

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Jon Pardi (Heartache Medication nearing top of the charts) OC: …coming together. :42
“‘Heartache Medication’ kicking off the record, Heartache Medication the album, it’s the first single off that record. It’s country. It’s fun. It’s upbeat, and I love the song. I love how country it is. I love that the fiddle kicks it off, and just for a new decade, kicking off with a song with a fiddle and keeping it more on the low-key country-side. Even getting to No. 2 has been an awesome way to kick off the new decade, so that’s probably the biggest thing to me is putting a new record out and getting all the way to 2, and hopefully No. 1, and just getting ready for the next single and getting ready for touring and it’s all coming together.”

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SEVERAL COUNTRY FAVORITES TALK ABOUT FOOTBALL AND THIS YEAR’S SUPER BOWL.

This Sunday (February 2nd), millions of people around the world will be tuning in to the Super Bowl (the Big Game), including some of your favorite country artists. Some will be rooting for Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, while others will be pulling for the Jimmy Garoppolo-led San Francisco 49ers.

Check out all the action at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida at 6:30pm ET on FOX.

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Audio / Billy Currington says he loves watching football.

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Billy Currington (football fan) OC: …love football. :36
“I’m a big football fan. I mean, when I was growing up, if you asked me who my favorite team is now, I couldn’t tell you. But when I was a kid, it was the Dallas Cowboys. And I don’t know if it was because my mom bought my brother a Pittsburgh Steelers pennant for some reason, and bought me a Dallas Cowboys pennant, and of course over the year I fell in love with the Cowboys, and then I wanted a jersey the next Christmas, and then the next one, I wanted [more Cowboys stuff]. So, I became a long-term fan with those guys. But I like it all now that I’m older. I’ll watch any game, it doesn’t matter who’s playing. But [I] love football.”

Audio / Darius Rucker will headline the NFL’s On Location premium pregame parties prior to Super Bowl LIV in Miami this weekend. Darius is a HUGE football fan, as everyone probably knows by now, and he explains why he loves football so much. SIDENOTE: He’s a huge Miami Dolphins fan, and word has it, just to be able to meet then Dolphins quarterback, Dan Marino, he asked him to be in a Hootie & the Blowfish video for “Only Wanna Be With You.”

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Darius Rucker (football) OC: …football season. :20
“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve loved football, and I love how physical it is. I love the chess match of the game. I love the speed of the game. I love college football, but for me watching pro football is better because the speed is so much more. For me, there’s two times a year, man — football season and waiting for football season.”

Audio / Keith Urban says his wife, Nicole Kidman, got him interested in football.

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Keith (Nicole and football) OC: …new to me. :04

“She’s a big NFL fan, and she sort of turned me on to it.”

Audio / LAUREN ALAINA LOVES WATCHING FOOTBALL.

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Lauren Alaina (Super Bowl) OC: …I love it. :30
“My dad raised me to love football, so I think it’s like kind of in my blood to be obsessed with it. I feel like the guys are so passionate and they try so hard. Those people love playing that game as much as I love singing. I just love the heart and the drive and the passion behind it. I feel like those boys are playing as hard as they can – in college football and pro football – because it’s what they love to do and it’s their passion, and I just, I don’t know. I love it.”

Audio / LAUREN ALAINA TALKS ABOUT SOME OF HER FAVORITE FOODS THAT SHE’D LOVE TO HAVE DURING SUNDAY’S BIG GAME, BUT THEY’RE ONES SHE’S REALLY TRIED TO CUT OUT SINCE SHE’S GOTTEN HEALTHY.

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Lauren Alaina (Super Bowl foods she wishes she could eat) OC: …with cheese? (laughs) :30
“Gosh, let’s see cheese dip. I would really like some cheese dip in my life again. Um, I’m a big fan of wings and hot dogs and pizza and cheesecake and poppers and cheese sticks and cheese, anything that has to do with cheese. Did you realize everything I named besides the wings, which you dip in blue cheese, had to do with cheese?” (laughs)

Audio / Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet are looking forward to watching this year’s matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers…even though his team, the Tennessee Titans, were knocked out during the AFC Championship game.

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LBT (Super Bowl 2020) OC: (Phillip) …win this game. :29
JIMI: “This game is gonna be fun. Of course, my team is the Tennessee Titans, so I don’t have quite the heart connection that I do with these two teams. (Phillip: “I like Mahomes though.”) But I’m excited because I think it’s gonna be a great game. They match up very interestingly, and I think it’s gonna be fun to watch. I don’t think anybody’s gonna stop Mahomes, though. Shew. The 49er defense, they are for real.” PHILLIP: “If you can pick apart the 49er defense, you can win this game.”

Audio / Little Big Town’s beautiful and talented Karen Fairchild was a badass growing up when she was playing quarterback for her powder puff football team.

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LBT (football story) OC: …my lip. :40
“I was the quarterback to my powder puff team. I was running the ball and I came around the corner – this was in high school – and a foreign exchange student, I think her name was Inga (KIMBERLY: “Inga.”), and I didn’t want to fumble ‘cause my brother and my dad were there, and I come from this very athletic family, so I held onto the ball. I knew I was going to go down, so I let my head hit first and I bit all the way through, but I didn’t fumble and I had a hole in my face, though. The sad thing is that it was just flag football, but I left my flags on and cleats and everything, ‘cause it looked cool, and I had blood running all down my jersey. I went to the emergency room like that, and they sewed up my lip.”

Audio / Luke Bryan talks about some of the food he likes to have while watching the Super Bowl.

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Luke Bryan (Super Bowl food) OC: …over again. :22
“Definitely Super Bowl is like the queso, the Frito Lay scoops with the Ro-tel situation. I guess it’s like, what’s the black-eyed pea stuff too? All of that, just stuff that you can sit there and have lots of sodium, and then just, it’s like Thanksgiving all over again.”

Audio / Sam Hunt talks about this year's matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers.

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Sam Hunt (Super Bowl 2020) OC: …one for the books, for sure. :35
“I think it’s gonna be exciting. It’s like the new generation Super Bowl almost. The quarterbacks are great. I really like that Mahomes guy. I mean he represents a whole new era of quarterback. The game has changed a lot over the years, and it is, it’s exciting to see two teams…I like watching great offenses. I like quarterbacks who throw the ball around, score lots of points, and these two teams do that. They’ve got a lot of exciting players. So, I think this one’s gonna be one for the books, for sure.”

Audio / SAM HUNT LOVES THAT THE SUPER BOWL MIXES HIS TWO LOVES – MUSIC AND FOOTBALL.

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Sam Hunt (Super Bowl & music) OC: …combined there. :24
“It’s become such a massive pop culture event, and I love that they’ve incorporated music and entertainment with the sport itself and the entertainment value that comes from that. It encompasses just a strong representation of American culture, and I’m a huge music fan, obviously, and I’m a huge sports fan, so those are two of my favorite worlds combined there.”

 

KASSI ASHTON PREMIERES “STRIKING” NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR HER SONG, “HOPELESS.”

Kassi Ashton is one of the most compelling rising stars in Nashville and with her latest song “Hopeless,” the desperation of unrequited love is palpable in every note.

The song, written by Kassi with Josh Kerr and Jason Saenz, is available at all digital retailers.

“Kassi Ashton isn’t afraid to push creative limits” says CMT of the “striking” music video for “Hopeless,” which premieres today across the platform. Watch Kassi Ashton’s “Hopeless” video HERE

“I wanted to visually show the mental asylum we put ourselves in when we feel hopeless and alone,” Kassi shares with CMT. “That’s where the stark room and bare mattresses come from, sort of an alternate mental version of your bedroom where you cry over a lost lover. It’s my favorite video I’ve ever done.”

Kassi brings a whole new attitude to country music. The California, Missouri singer/songwriter touched down with a string of critically acclaimed tracks released by UMG Nashville in conjunction with Interscope Records. Her introductory release “California, Missouri” stirred up widespread critical acclaim from Taste of Country, CMT, The Boot, and many more. Named “Who to Watch” by Huffington Post, The Tennessean, and radio personality Bobby Bones. Rolling Stone lauded her as “a devilish songwriter who isn’t afraid to flip convention on its head,” while Refinery29 claimed, “she blends pop aesthetics with a presence doused in no-fucks-left-to-give authenticity,” and PAPER Magazine called her “the next big country superstar.”

Spending much of the fall as direct support for Maren Morris, Kassi’s live performances have led many to the shared opinion, “Everyone needs to know this girl … Love her voice, love her attitude, love her vibe.” Fans can find Kassi out now with Jordan Davis on the Trouble Town Tour with upcoming dates in Charlottesville, Va.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Atlanta, Ga.

 

GARY ALLAN GOES ON A SAFARI AND COMES FACE-TO-FACE WITH ALL SORTS OF ANIMALS IN THE WILD.

Gary Allan has a very adventurous and creative spirit. In between writing and recording songs, playing shows, making jewelry, Gary is crossing off a bucket list item as he’s on a safari in Africa. The California native has received kisses from a giraffe, taken selfies with elephants, witnessed an elephant crossing and had a bull elephant square off against him and his fellow vacationers and so much more. In one post on his Instagram account, he says “Crazy fun here. Saw zebras , giraffes, lions , elephants, hippos and hyenas today . More to come!!”

 

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When Gary returns, he’ll head to Texas to play Rodeo Austin on February 8th.

 

GET TO KNOW JON LANGSTON, PART THREE.

Jon Langston is putting his stamp on country music with his latest song, “Now You Know,” as well as having fans sing every word to every song he plays during his shows – it’s quite amazing. So, with his song “Now You Know,” we’re illuminating different aspects of Jon in order for you to get to know him a little bit better.

Jon loves Mexican food, but his favorite meal has to be from a popular Chicago steak house.

“I think my favorite meal would have to be a ribeye from Chicago Cut, ’cause I love the city of Chicago, I love that restaurant and I love their steaks,” says Jon

“Now You Know” more about Jon Langston. We’ll be back with more tidbits about the Georgia native in the coming weeks.

Jon has been in Mexico for Luke Bryan’s annual Crash My Playa festival this past week. For more information on tour dates, go to jonlangston.com.

Audio / Jon Langston (favorite meal)

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Jon Langston (favorite meal) OC: …their steaks. :10
“I think my favorite meal would have to be a ribeye from Chicago Cut, ’cause I love the city of Chicago, I love that restaurant and I love their steaks.”

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HOT COUNTRY KNIGHTS DROP VIDEO FOR “PICK HER UP.”

After Hot Country Knights released their debut single, “Pick Her Up,” the mullet-sporting supergroup dropped a video for the tune. The clip features Saved By the Bell‘s “Kelly Lapowski” (otherwise known as actress Tiffany Amber Thiessen), as well as the iconic Travis Tritt. Check it out below:

 

THE HOT COUNTRY KNIGHTS DRIVE INTO COUNTRY RADIO WITH ’90s INFUSED DEBUT SINGLE “PICK HER UP” FEAT. TRAVIS TRITT.

Some said this moment would never happen. But despite 30 wasted years and countless bad decisions, the ’90s influenced band Hot Country Knights has finally come riding in with the release of their debut single “Pick Her Up” featuring Travis Tritt. Produced and written by Dierks Bentley along with co-writers Jim Beavers and Brett Beavers, the classic barnstormer features rollicking guitar solos and a freewheeling guest appearance from a ’90s icon as it embodies the bounding rhythms and bright, organic euphoria of live Country music. The track is available today at all digital retailers and will impact country radio on February 3rd.

“The sound behind ‘Pick Her Up’ is Hot Country Knights 101…it’s so hot that I have advised the radio promotion department at UMG to wear oven mitts when delivering it to Country radio,” said lead singer Doug Douglason. “Travis is an old buddy of ours…we go way back and everybody knows when you need a hit…you call Tritt. We appreciate his support and all our friends in the biz that are coming together right now to help us finally get our shot.”

Famous for never giving up on the dream of the ’90s, the Hot Country Knights are comprised of band leader Douglas (“Doug”) Douglason, lead bass player Trevor Travis, lead guitarist Marty Ray (“Rayro”) Roburn, keytar/fiddle player Terotej (“Terry”) Dvoraczekynski, steel guitarist Barry Van Ricky and percussionist Monte Montgomery. With tongue firmly in cheek, The Hot Country Knights revive a comedic element which has long been integral to the Country genre, but has rarely been seen since the days of Grand Ole Opry stars like String Bean Akeman, Minnie Pearl and others. As dedicated road warriors, they’ve basically lived out of a van their entire existence. For more information on The Hot Country Knights visit www.hotcountryknights.com.

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NEWS AND NOTES: Alan, Keith, Shania, Hot Country Knights

The Country Music Association presents the Joe Talbot Award to Alan Jackson on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 during Opry at the Ryman in Nashville.

Alan Jackson was presented with the Joe Talbott Award during his performance at the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman on Friday (January 17th). The award recognizes outstanding leadership and contributions to the preservation and advancement of country music’s values and traditions. Alan is the fourth artist to receive the award from the Country Music Association, joining Merle Haggard, George Jones and Marty Stuart as fellow recipients.

Keith Urban and Shania Twain have been announced as presenters at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards, along with Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker, Bebe Rexha, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Common, Dua Lipa and many others. The 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday (January 26th) at 8pm ET/5pm PT on CBS.

The Hot Country Knights will be making a big announcement on Thursday morning (January 23rd).

 

 

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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.