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JORDAN DAVIS DOES AN AT-HOME VERSION OF “COOL ANYMORE” WITH JULIA MICHAELS.

Jordan Davis and Julia Michaels did an at-home version of their duet, “Cool Anymore.” Check it out below.

 

 

 

TRAVIS DENNING’S NO. ONE HIT SINGLE “AFTER A FEW” IS CERTIFIED GOLD BY RIAA.

Photo Credit: Bo Ibbotson
Top row left to right: Damon Moberly – Mercury Nashville VP Promotion, Royce Risser – UMG Nashville EVP Promotion, Mike Dungan – UMG Nashville Chairman/CEO, Brian Wright – UMG Nashville EVP A&R, Rob Femia – UMG Nashville SVP Business & Legal Affairs.
Bottom row left to right: Angie Coonrod – Red Light Management, Travis Denning, Tom Becci – Red Light Management, Jeremy Stover – RED Creative Group

Mercury Nashville Recording artist Travis Denning is racking up another accolade, with the news that his recent No. One hit single “After A Few” has officially been certified GOLD by the RIAA, with over 500,000 units of the song being consumed since its release. Denning was surprised by his team at Universal Music Group, Red Light Management, RED Creative and WME with a drive-by celebratory parade in Nashville, TN to mark the milestone, available to watch here. Denning co-wrote “After A Few” with Kelly Archer and Justin Weaver, and just released his instantaneous follow up single to country radio, “Where That Beer’s Been,” that is already being praised as “made for summer fun” (Taste Of Country) as Denning “cranks up the amps to highlight his guitar skills” (Rolling Stone).

“Definitely not the normal way to celebrate a gold record, but I was once again blown away by the love and support from my team,” shared Travis Denning. “The drive-by congratulations was awesome and hilarious. So happy and thankful to be able to finally say ‘After A Few’ is GOLD!”

A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, singer/songwriter Travis Denning first made waves showcasing his “future star power” (Billboard) with the release of his Top 40 debut single “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs” and most recently his No. One “sleek anthem” (Music Row) “After A Few.” Denning kicked off 2020 as direct support on Dustin Lynch’s STAY COUNTRY TOUR and has previously opened shows for Cole Swindell, Alan Jackson, LANCO, Riley Green and his first headlining “Heartbeat Of A Small Town Tour.” With over 281 million streams worldwide, Denning has been spotlighted for his head-turning sound and was selected this past year as an Opry NextStage recipient and CMA KixStart Artist, as he makes his mark within the industry. Inspired at a young age, Denning developed a love for country, pop, rock and heavy metal and started playing local bars from the age of 16, as he built a strong following from his distinctive songs and raucous guitar solos. A prolific writer with an unquestionable stage presence, Denning moved to Nashville and secured outside cuts by Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Michael Ray and more. Denning’s newest songwriting cut includes Michael Ray’s Top 20 single “Her World Or Mine.” For more information, visit travisdenning.com.

LUKE BRYAN HOSTS CMA BEST OF FEST NEXT WEEK.

While this year’s CMA Music Fest had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Country Music Association is bringing back many of the epic performances over the years in a new ABC special. Luke Bryan is set to host “CMA Best of Fest,” a three-hour retrospective airing Monday, July 13th at 8pm ET/7pm CT. The live concert experience features more than 25 unforgettable performances having aired on television over the last 16 years of “CMA Fest,” plus a brand new, not-to-be-missed performance with Luke and special guest Darius Rucker.

Artists appearing in the TV special include: Trace AdkinsLauren AlainaJason AldeanKelsea BalleriniDierks BentleyGarth BrooksBrooks & Dunn,
Brothers OsborneKane BrownLuke BryanKenny ChesneyEric ChurchLuke CombsBilly Ray CyrusDan + ShayLzzy HaleSam HuntJoan JettLady AMiranda LambertLil Nas XLittle Big TownTim McGrawMaren MorrisBrad PaisleyRascal FlattsThomas RhettDarius RuckerBlake SheltonCarrie UnderwoodKeith UrbanDwight Yoakam and Zac Brown Band, with special appearances by Bobby BonesJim GaffiganKirk HerbstreitPeyton ManningLionel RichieRob RiggleGwen StefaniMichael Strahan and Rita Wilson. “CMA Best of Fest” is executive produced by Robert Deaton.

“When Robert (Deaton) called me and he goes, ‘Luke, I know you’re kind of in quarantine, but would you want to come up and host the Best of Fest where we showcase great performances throughout the history of CMA Music Fest?’ And I said, ‘Robert, I’d love to.’ And I was glad to be able to work with Deaton and put on a show,” Luke tells Country Countdown U.S.A. “I think the fans’ll enjoy it. Obviously, it’s stuff they’ve seen before, but I think it’s going to be a pretty meaningful show.”

The festival will return to downtown Nashville June 10th-13th, 2021.

Audio / Luke Bryan talks about hosting the CMA Best of Fest TV special.

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Luke Bryan (CMA Best of Fest 2020) OC: …meaningful show. :30 (courtesy of Country Countdown U.S.A.)
“When Robert (Deaton) called me and he goes, ‘Luke, I know you’re kind of in quarantine, but would you want to come up and host the Best of Fest where we showcase great performances throughout the history of CMA Music Fest?’ And I said, ‘Robert, I’d love to.’ And I was glad to be able to work with Deaton and put on a show. I think the fans’ll enjoy it. Obviously, it’s stuff they’ve seen before, but I think it’s going to be a pretty meaningful show.”

OPRY MEMBERS VINCE GILL AND REBA McENTIRE TO PERFORM ON GRAND OLE OPRY JULY 18TH.

 Both Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame members Vince Gill and Reba McEntire will step into the circle together for the Grand Ole Opry’s 4,933rd consecutive Saturday night broadcast Saturday, July 18 on Circle TVwsmonline.com, and SiriusXMGill was inducted in the Grand Ole Opry on August 10, 1991. McEntire became a member of the Grand Ole Opry on January 17, 1987.

The two Oklahoma natives met in Nashville in 1988 when Gill sang background vocals on McEntire’s self-titled studio album, Reba. In 1990, the pair recorded their first of many duets, “Oklahoma Swing,” the second single from Gill’s breakthrough album, When I Call Your Name. In 1993, the duo reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart with their hit duet, “The Heart Won’t Lie” and made Country music history with the accompanying cinematic military-themed music video. Gill has said of his friend, “She is arguably one of the greatest singers that will ever draw a breath.”

“The Grand Ole Opry has always been very special to me and my family,” said McEntire. “It’s part of my history, my heritage and my future, and I’m so excited to get to share the stage with Vince again. Just like Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Brother Oswald, Porter Wagoner and Loretta Lynn, Vince is an Opry legend. I’m proud to be an Opry member and I’ll always be proud to stand on the stage with Vince. Things may be a little different right now, but one thing stays the same – the Opry continues to bring great Country music into the homes of the American people.”

As the Grand Ole Opry approaches its 95th year in the midst of a global pandemic, Opry members and special guest artists have kept the music playing from the unbroken circle and is reaching some of its largest audiences to date. The Opry has been reaching millions of fans and making new ones each week as it has logged viewers from over 100 countries worldwide who have been tuning in just since the live audience shows were paused in mid-March.

Though Opry shows with a live Opry House audience are paused, the show will be broadcast live on Circle and Gray TV stations, DISH Studio Channel 102, Sling TV and other TV affiliates. Opry Live 
on Circle will be hosted by Bobby Bones. The livestream on Circle All Access and YouTube channel will be guest hosted by Natalie Stovall, a member of the country trio Runaway June and host of Circle’s Southern Weekend. Opry announcer Mike Terry will be heard on 650 AM WSM and SiriusXM.

DARIUS RUCKER ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL EDITION OF ANNUAL “DARIUS & FRIENDS” CONCERT PRESENTED BY CDW AND INTEL TO BENEFIT ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL.

Three-time Grammy Award winner Darius Rucker will be joined by Clint Black and Tracy Lawrence on the iconic Grand Ole Opry stage for a virtual edition of his “Darius & Friends” concert powered by LiveXLive on Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m. CT, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

Together with LiveXLive, a global platform for live stream and on-demand audio, video and podcast content in music, comedy and pop culture, Rucker will bring this year’s show to fans as a pay-per-view live stream event available on LiveXLive.com/Darius and on LiveXLive’s app.

Now in its 11th year, the annual event has raised over $2 million to date. Rucker made a commitment to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2008, after touring the hospital known around the globe for treating childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Events like this help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

“Even though we can’t all get together for a normal concert right now, it’s important that we continue to support St. Jude and the amazing work that they do,” shares Rucker. “I hope we can bring a fun night of music to everyone watching from home while also raising money for this important cause.”

Tickets to the pay-per-view event start at $15 with VIP options offering limited-edition and signed posters priced at $50 and $100 respectively. All tiers go on sale tomorrow, July 10, at 10 a.m. CT via LiveXLive.com/Darius. The event is made possible with support from generous sponsors CDW, Intel, PNC Bank, Cigna, Hendrix Enterprises and Delta Dental of Tennessee.

Rucker will also appear on NBC’s “TODAY” tomorrow, July 10, to discuss his upcoming “Live from the Drive-In” concert at Nissan Stadium as well as forthcoming new music.

For more information, visit www.DariusRucker.com and follow on social media @DariusRucker.

About Darius Rucker
Rucker first achieved multi-Platinum status in the record industry as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish. Since releasing his first Country album in 2008, he’s enjoyed four No. 1 albums on the Billboard Country chart and nine No. 1 singles at Country radio, earning a whole new legion of fans. In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY Award for Best Solo Country Performance with his 8x Platinum version of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.” As a lifelong philanthropist, Rucker is a constant supporter of the MUSC Children’s Hospital in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. He has also raised millions of dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through his annual Darius & Friends benefit concert and golf tournament, as well as for more than 200 charitable causes supporting public education and junior golf programs in South Carolina through the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation. In 2019, Rucker embarked on the completely sold-out Group Therapy Tour with his Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates as they celebrated the 25th anniversary of generation-defining smash Cracked Rear View in addition to the November 1 release of Imperfect Circle, their first album in nearly 15 years.

MADDIE & TAE: REFRAMED DOCUMENTARY, EPISODE 4.

While “Girl In A Country Song” was climbing the charts for Maddie & Tae, it was also ruffling some feathers around Music City. Who says girls can’t have a little fun writing a song? Watch what happens next in episode 4 of Reframed: The Documentary.

Maddie & Tae are closing in on the Top 5 with their latest song, “Die From a Broken Heart.”

BROTHERS OSBORNE BRING THEIR “BAND IN A BOX” TO THE ELLEN DeGENERES SHOW.

If you missed it last week, check out Brothers Osborne performing their latest single, “All Night,” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

 

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ALAN JACKSON FEATURED ON CBS SUNDAY MORNING.

Alan Jackson was featured on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday (July 5th) about the future of fun in a pandemic world.  Check it out here.

LUKE BRYAN POURS HIMSELF A NO. 1 HIT – HIS 25TH – WITH “ONE MARGARITA.”

Luke Bryan has just scored his 25th No. 1 single on both the Country Aircheck and Billboard country charts with his latest single, “One Margarita.” The summer smash, written by Michael Carter, Matt Dragstrem and Josh Thompson, is the follow-up to his previous chart-toppers, “What She Wants Tonight” and “Knockin’ Boots,” all from his upcoming studio album, Born Here, Live Here, Die Here, due out August 7th.

The four-time Entertainer of the Year is set to headline the GMA Summer Concert Series on August 7th.

 

Luke’s TWENTY-FIVE #1 singles

“One Margarita”- written by Michael Carter, Matt Dragstrem and Josh Thompson

“What She Wants Tonight”- written by Luke Bryan, Ross Copperman, Hillary Lindsey and Jon Nite

“Knockin’ Boots”- written by Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson and Jon Nite

“What Makes You Country”- written by Luke Bryan, Dallas Davidson and Ashley Gorley

“Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset”- written by Zach Crowell, Ryan Hurd and Chase McGill

“Most People Are Good”- written by David Frasier, Ed Hill and Josh Kear

“Light It Up”- written by Luke Bryan, Brad Tursi

“Fast”-written by Luke Bryan, Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird

“Move”-written by Luke Bryan, Michael Carter, Jay Clementi

“Huntin’, Fishin’, And Lovin’ Every Day”- written by Luke Bryan, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip

“Home Alone Tonight”-written by Jody Stevens, Cole Taylor, Jaida Dreyer, Tommy Cecil

“Strip It Down”- written by Luke Bryan, Jon Nite, Ross Copperman

“Kick The Dust Up”- written by Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley

“I See You”- written by Luke Bryan, Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird

“Roller Coaster”- written by Michael Carter, Cole Swindell

“Play It Again”- written by Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley

“Drink A Beer”- written by Jim Beavers, Chris Stapleton

“That’s My Kind of Night”- written by Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley

“Crash My Party”- written by Rodney Clawson, Ashley Gorley

“Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”- written by Luke Bryan, Jeff Stevens, Shane McAnally

“Drunk On You”- written by Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins, Josh Kear

“I Don’t Want This Night To End”- written by Luke Bryan, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip

“Someone Else Calling You Baby”- written by Luke Bryan, Jeff Stevens

“Rain Is A Good Thing”- written by Luke Bryan, Dallas Davidson

“Do I”- written by Luke Bryan, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelly

About Luke Bryan
In 2019, Luke was named as the first-ever recipient of the ACM Album of the Decade Award for CRASH MY PARTY and wrapped the last ten years as the Most Heard Artist of the Decade by Country Aircheck. Since his debut in 2009, Luke has released 25 #1 hits and has more RIAA certified digital singles than any other country artist with 54 million. Luke has also tallied nearly 13 Billion streams, 12.5 million albums sold, plus four Platinum albums, two 4x-Platinum albums, seven RIAA certified albums, 22 Platinum singles and 12 Multi-Platinum singles.

Luke’s headline concert tours have played for over one million fans every year for the last six years with four of those reaching 1.5 million. In total, Luke has performed for nearly 12 million fans in the last ten years with seven headline tours including 36 stadium concerts, 11 Farm Tours, six years of Spring Break shows and six sold-out Crash My Playa concert events. He was recognized as a CMT Artist of the Year six consecutive times, was twice named the Entertainer of the Year by BOTH the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association and was honored as a NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year. In total Luke has won over 40 music awards including six ACM awards, six CMT Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards, two CMA awards, an iHeart and a Teen Choice award and more.

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

ERIC CHURCH’S 30-MINUTE MEDLEY AT LAST YEAR’S CMA FEST AIRS ON CMA STAY-CAY SPECIAL.

Exclusive never-before-seen video of Eric Church’s 30-minute acoustic medley set, performed at CMA Fest 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee, features hits from each of his six studio albums, including: “Mistress Named Music,” “Put a Drink In My Hand,” “Mr. Misunderstood,” “Talladega,” “Desperate Man,” “Some Of It,” “Smoke a Little Smoke,” “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag,” “Round Here Buzz,” “Cold One,” “Like a Wrecking Ball,” “Homeboy,” “Record Year,” “Give Me Back My Hometown,” “Sinners Like Me,” “Creepin’” and “Springsteen.”

 

 

 

He explains how he came up with the idea on the day of is performance, “I started doing this myself sometime in the afternoon. Our show was about 10 o’clock that night. I was having a bit of a brain thing where we just played Nissan and set the record, and in my opinion, the best show of our career, and then I’m back three weeks later, and I’ve got to figure out how to do something that’s gonna be memorable again. That was the hardest thing earlier in the day. I started working on it – I could do this. I could do that. I thought about doing all covers. I thought about just changing it up completely. I went through all these things in my head, and finally decided that probably the best avenue, the best path was me just to go out and play ‘Mistress (Named Music)’ like I was gonna play a bunch of the stuff – that had taken on its own form during the tour, people knew about it, it’d become popular, they probably thought I was gonna do ‘Piano Man.’ And then to go in and cover myself for those 17 songs, I thought, as it grew and as I kept going, it’d be a really neat thing. The fun thing for me was during the day was figuring out, ‘How can I play for 30 minutes and not stop’ – and that was my set time – ‘…can I pull all that off and then get back to Mistress at the end?’  So, I had a lot of fun just trying to figure that out. That was a challenge, and I love stuff like that…and I was by myself. I didn’t let anybody know. At this point in time, nobody knew. And I was working on it, working on it, and I wasn’t sure  it could happen. I’d think, ‘Eh,’ and I’d go back up and think about it for a minute, and go, ‘Eh.’ My fallback is I’m just gonna play five songs, and I’d go back and work on it again. Finally I thought, ‘I can do this. This is gonna be, it’s gonna be something. It’s gonna be ballsy.’ (laughs) I went and told the band, ‘The best thing that can happen is you guys leave, because if you’re still here, there’s a chance I’ll go back and do the other. I need you to go home and then I’m on my own.’ And then I told ‘em what I was doing, and they thought it was cool. I think that’ll be neat. So, they all grabbed their bags and got in their cars and they left. So, at that point in time, we’re about an hour before the show and the band’s gone. The bus is empty.”

 

Audio / ERIC CHURCH EXPLAINS HOW HIS EPIC 30-MINUTE MEDLEY AT CMA MUSIC FEST CAME ABOUT.

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Eric Church (CMA Fest show) OC: …bus is empty. 2:08
“I started doing this myself sometime in the afternoon. Our show was about 10 o’clock that night. I was having a bit of a brain thing where we just played Nissan and set the record, and in my opinion, the best show of our career, and then I’m back three weeks later, and I’ve got to figure out how to do something that’s gonna be memorable again. That was the hardest thing earlier in the day. I started working on it – I could do this. I could do that. I thought about doing all covers. I thought about just changing it up completely. I went through all these things in my head, and finally decided that probably the best avenue, the best path was me just to go out and play ‘Mistress (Named Music)’ like I was gonna play a bunch of the stuff – that had taken on its own form during the tour, people knew about it, it’d become popular, they probably thought I was gonna do ‘Piano Man.’ And then to go in and cover myself for those 17 songs, I thought, as it grew and as I kept going, it’d be a really neat thing. The fun thing for me was during the day was figuring out, ‘How can I play for 30 minutes and not stop’ – and that was my set time – ‘…can I pull all that off and then get back to Mistress at the end?’  So, I had a lot of fun just trying to figure that out. That was a challenge, and I love stuff like that…and I was by myself. I didn’t let anybody know. At this point in time, nobody knew. And I was working on it, working on it, and I wasn’t sure  it could happen. I’d think, ‘Eh,’ and I’d go back up and think about it for a minute, and go, ‘Eh.’ My fallback is I’m just gonna play five songs, and I’d go back and work on it again. Finally I thought, ‘I can do this. This is gonna be, it’s gonna be something. It’s gonna be ballsy.’ (laughs) I went and told the band, ‘The best thing that can happen is you guys leave, because if you’re still here, there’s a chance I’ll go back and do the other. I need you to go home and then I’m on my own.’ And then I told ‘em what I was doing, and they thought it was cool. I think that’ll be neat. So, they all grabbed their bags and got in their cars and they left. So, at that point in time, we’re about an hour before the show and the band’s gone. The bus is empty.”

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