In this week’s Urban Chat video, Keith Urban checks in and shares a beautiful sunset!
Lady Antebellum‘s Charles, Dave and Hillary have had an amazing few days in Dublin, Ireland. And when you are in a foreign city there is nothing better than enjoying the traditional and local fare. Lady A did as the Romans, or Irish, did and enjoyed the classic Guinness beer on stage during their show at the historical Olympia Theatre. Watch below and let us know if you’ve ever tried a Guinness beer in Ireland, or somewhere else!
Luke Bryan is set to perform during Good Morning America’s “Summer Concert Series” on Friday (July 13th). Now in its fourth year, the series features music’s biggest names, with performances held in New York City’s Central Park. Fans can catch Luke’s performance between 7:00-9:00am on ABC.
“I have a big smile on my face every time I talk about being on Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series,” says Luke. “Life’s good. To be a kid from Leesburg, Georgia, and to now be at the point in my career where I’m performing on Good Morning America in the heart of New York City at one of the most recognizable places in the world makes me super excited. It’s gonna be fun.”
The concert is free and open to the public. Viewers interested in joining “GMA” in Central Park are encouraged to arrive at Rumsey Playfield via the 72nd street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6:00am when the park opens. For more information on how to attend, click on the “GMA” web site at gmaconcerts.com.
Luke just came off of a two-week run at the top of the charts with “Drunk on You” from his platinum-certified tailgates & tanlines album. He’s getting ready to release his next single from the same album in the coming weeks.
AUDIO: Luke Bryan explains what he likes to do when he’s in the Big Apple.
Luke Bryan (GMA-NYC) OC: …it’s fun. :30
“With me, New York City’s just about kinda getting out there and…trying to find a great restaurant, and it seems like I’m always around Times Square and getting out there and see a little bit of that and seeing Central Park and taking a little bit of that in. I’ve yet to do the World Trade Center location…I’ve never really had time to do tourist-y stuff. It’s, I’m typically there doing business and media stuff, but I love being in the city, and it’s fun.”
Jon Pardi goes skeet shooting in the third installment of his webisode, ‘My Name is Jon.’
Darius Rucker has been putting the finishing touches on his upcoming third album for Capitol Records Nashville. He revealed on Friday night after his appearance at the Grand Ole Opry performance, that one of the new songs is “Wagon Wheel,” originally recorded by Old Crow Medicine Show. He was invited by the group to perform the song with them on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.
On the tune, he enlisted the help of his tourmates Lady Antebellum to sing backup on the tune. “We cut it, and after we finished it, it was great,” says Darius. “And then so [producer] Frank [Rogers] and I were talking about what we’re gonna do, and I was like, ‘You know, I’m on tour with Lady A. Let’s see if they’ll sing on the backgrounds.’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, ask ‘em.’ And they loved the song and came in and did it, and that song went from being…I cut it to put it as the last song on my record, to end the record that way, and when they were done, I was like, ‘Man, it’ll probably be second, and [laughs] if it’s the first single, I’m OK with that too.’”
AUDIO: Darius Rucker talks about getting Lady Antebellum to sing on “Wagon Wheel,” a song appearing on his upcoming album.
Darius (Lady A Wagon Wheel) OC: …hear it. :31
“We cut it, and after we finished it, it was great. And then so Frank [Rogers] and I were talking about what we’re gonna do, and I was like, ‘You know, I’m on tour with Lady A. Let’s see if they’ll sing on the backgrounds.’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, ask ‘em.’ And they loved the song and came in and did it, and that song went from being…I cut it to put it as the last song on my record, to end the record that way, and when they were done, I was like, ‘Man, it’ll probably be second, and [laughs] if it’s the first single, I’m OK with that too.’ It was just so great…and it’s really great to get a song that’s so big in its own way, but there’s so many people out there that haven’t heard it, you know, that should hear it.”
Grammy Award winner Keith Urban graces the cover of American Airlines’ American Way Magazine this month, to give travelers across the globe his perspective on ‘one of our country’s leading arts and entertainment cities’, his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. A longtime supporter of countless Nashville-based charities, citywide initiatives and of some of Nashville’s best-loved institutions, Urban came to Nashville in 1992 to pursue his musical career.
He has played an integral role in the preservation of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and has consistently lent his support for citywide initiatives for the betterment of Nashville and its population.
In American Way’s cover story, Urban dishes on some of his favorite down home eats, sings his praises of some of his favorite places to go for live music and tells what makes Nashville special to him.
Favorite Eats: “I loved going to the meat-and-three joints, for funky, earthy food,” says Urban. “A lot of those are still around like Brown’s Diner, Rotier’s Restaurant and Jacks Bar-B-Que. (So) if you want something that’s unique to Nashville, those are some of the places to go.’
Favorite Live Music Hotspots: “A lot of the places that I went early on to hear live music are still there!” says Urban. He points to places like 12th and Porter and the Exit/In, which have been Nashville staples for more than 25 years.
Why Nashville: ‘This is a real family-oriented place,” says Urban. There’s a lot of focus on family, which suits us perfectly.”
Go to http://www.americanwaymag.com/travel_destinations and click on “an old star shines”.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The members of Little Big Town are hoping their new song is a hit — on TV.
They co-wrote and recorded the theme song for ABC’s new show “Good Afternoon America.” The song is called “Good Afternoon.” The nine week summer series starts Monday (2 p.m. ET), anchored by Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer, according to the Associated Press.
Little Big Town singer Karen Fairchild calls it an unexpected opportunity and says the band loved getting the chance to write and record a song for the show.
They’ll perform the tune on air August 2nd, along with their hit single “Pontoon,” which is currently shooting up the country charts!
Keith Urban is back in the U.S. and straight from his clothes closet, the superstar gives fans a quick update in-between writing sessions with David Lee Murphy and Luke Laird.
Luke Bryan will perform the National Anthem at Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in Kansas City next week. The “Drunk on You” singer is looking forward to being there, for both professional and personal reasons. “To have the opportunity to perform the National Anthem at the All-Star game is really special for me. I have a lot of dear friends in Major League Baseball and a lot of people I’ve met over the years and so many little connections, and some of those guys will be there rooting me on to sing the National Anthem,” says Luke, adding, “Certainly it’s nice to have guys like Chipper Jones (Atlanta Braves) and Adam LaRoche (Washington Nationals) to ask hitting tips to pass along to my kids. So, my boys love baseball, and we’re gonna enjoy going and doing the anthem and catching the game.”
The Georgia native, who is currently spending his second consecutive week at the top of the country charts with “Drunk on You,” played baseball as a child. “I was the catcher for most of my Little League years, and in high school, I was a left-fielder.”
Luke’s performance, as well as those of American Idol winner Phillip Phillips and Kellie Pickler (who will sing “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch), will air Tuesday (July 10th) – along with the game – on FOX beginning at 8pm ET.
AUDIO: Luke Bryan talks about performing the National Anthem at the upcoming MLB All-Star Game next week.
Luke Bryan (All-Star Game) OC: ….and kids. :36
“To have the opportunity to perform the National Anthem at the All-Star game is really special for me. I have a lot of dear friends in Major League Baseball and a lot of people I’ve met over the years and so many little connections, and some of those guys will be there rooting me on to sing the National Anthem. You know, the Anthem is always pretty tough thing to sing, and you never want to mess it up, and it’s always a really personal thing to me…I’m going to really enjoy being up there, being at the All-Star game, taking the family and kids.”
Luke Bryan (baseball) OC: …catching the game. :29
“Baseball for me was really my sport. If I excelled at a sport, I probably excelled the most at baseball and enjoyed that the most. And certainly spend a lot of time with my boys teaching them the game, and certainly it’s nice to have guys like Chipper Jones and Adam La Roche to ask hitting tips to pass along to my kids. So, my boys love baseball, and we’re gonna enjoy going and doing the anthem and catching the game.”
AUDIO: Luke Bryan, who will perform the National Anthem at next week’s MLB All-Star Game, reveals what positions he played in baseball.
Luke Bryan (baseball positions) OC: …left-fielder. :06
“I was the catcher for most of my Little League years, and in high school, I was a left-fielder.”
Lady Antebellum had an incredible North American Leg of their Own The Night Tour…and even more fun with all the shenanigans they got themselves into over the last several months — including bowling for fun and the trek’s final U.S. weekend where Charles Kelley “punked” tourmate Darius Rucker by dressing up as Prince to perform “Purple Rain.” — They’re all featured in the band’s latest Webisode Wednesday.
Oh–and make sure to send Lady A’er, Dave Haywood, wishes for a Happy Birthday (July 5th)!