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LUKE BRYAN TAKES OVER BROADWAY FOR CAPITOL STREET PARTY!

CAPITOL RECORDS NASHVILLE TO HOST “CAPITOL STREET PARTY 5: LUKE BRYAN TAKES BROADWAY” ON OCTOBER 17th 

Capitol Street Party 5 moves to Lower Broadway with headliner Luke Bryan along with Kelleigh Bannen and Jon Pardi performing at the free and open to the public music event  

Nashville, TN – “Capitol Street Party 5: Luke Bryan Takes Broadway” will take place on Wednesday, October 17 at 7pm.  The free music event, which is open to the public, is moving from Demonbreun Street to Lower Broadway this year.  Live performances by superstar Luke Bryan and newcomers Kelleigh Bannen and Jon Pardi will literally take to the street, as a stage will be set up on Broadway between 1st and 2nd Avenues.  Bryan performed at the inaugural Street Party in 2007 and this year will mark the fourth time that he has participated in the event.

“This is definitely not a party to miss!” shares Bryan. “We promise to make this a great night of music in the heart of Nashville.”

Sponsors include Wrangler, Middle Tennessee State University, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Carl Black Chevrolet, United States Marine Corps, Concrete / TEC Direct Media, The Tennessean, Coca-Cola, Miller Lite, and Live at LongHorn. Additional partnerships include: Whiskey Bent Saloon, Silver Dollar Saloon, and Bootleggers Inn.

About Luke Bryan:

Country superstar Luke Bryan has had quite a year, celebrating three back-to-back Platinum singles “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)”, “I Don’t Want This Night To End” and “Drunk On You,” all from his Platinum-certified album, tailgates & tanlines. The Leesburg, GA native has achieved 5 career #1 singles and is currently on the road with Jason Aldean’s  My Kinda Party tour, in addition to headlining his own dates and gearing up for his upcoming Farm Tour. Last week, Luke received two nominations for the 46th Annual CMA Awards, for “Male Vocalist of the Year,” as well as, “Album of the Year” for tailgates & tanlines.

About Kelleigh Bannen:

EMI Nashville recording artist Kelleigh Bannen is a Nashville native who always dreamed of becoming an artist.  After graduating from college in Virginia, Bannen made her way back to her hometown, where she began to write and craft her sound.  It was while on the “90in90” tour, in which Kelleigh played 90 gigs in 90 days to benefit the Butler Center for research that she connected with legendary country producer Paul Worley (Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride). In the past year, Kelleigh has been hard at work in the studio with Paul Worley and Jerry Smith recording her debut album. She is currently on her radio promo tour, supporting her debut single “Sorry On The Rocks.”

About Jon Pardi:

Hailing from a small town called Dixon in Northern California, Jon Pardi’s first taste of country music stardom started in his Grandmother’s house at the tender age of 3. The singer-songwriter spent his youth perfecting his craft – by 8 years old, he was playing the guitar and at 12, he was writing his own songs.  Determined to make his dream of country music fame a reality, Pardi moved to Nashville at 22 years old, where his unique musical style led to a record deal with Capitol Records Nashville. Pardi has shared the stage with Eric Church, Zac Brown Band, Dierks Bentley, Pat Green, Gary Allan and Luke Bryan.  Pardi’s first single “Missin’ You Crazy” is out at country radio now.

For information about “Capitol Street Party 5” check out www.facebook.com/capitolstreetparty.

LADY ANTEBELLUM WILL RELEASE NEW CHRISTMAS ALBUM, ‘ON THIS WINTER’S NIGHT.’ (AUDIO)

GRAMMY AWARD WINNING TRIO LADY ANTEBELLUM TO SPREAD THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT WITH RELEASE OF CHRISTMAS ALBUM  ON THIS WINTER’S NIGHT OUT OCT. 22 

Trio Receives CMA Nominations for “Album of the Year” and “Vocal Group of the Year” 

Nashville, TN – Sept. 10, 2012 – Reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum prepares for the changing seasons with the announcement of a Christmas album ON THIS WINTER’S NIGHT, available in stores on Oct. 22. 

“I love the excitement, the child-like spirit of innocence and just about everything that goes along with Christmas,” said Hillary Scott. “My little sister will be 12 this Christmas and it is always so sweet to see her wake up every Christmas morning and wonder what Santa brought her. It was that way for me growing up and it’s so amazing to be able to spend that time with her now.” 

“The perfect winter’s night for me would be with all the family together,” added Charles Kelley.  “As you get a little older and everybody has their jobs and then families and kids, it definitely becomes harder to get everybody together at once. It would be pretty special to have the whole family in the room and get back to where we were as kids…all waking up on Christmas morning, walking down and having that tradition.” 

“We recorded this album in two sections, but both times were in the summertime,” noted Dave Haywood. “It is always weird to be in the studio working on Christmas music in June and July, so we decorated the entire studio, we really did. We brought out lights, fake trees and decorated the place to get in the Christmas spirit. You’d leave the studio, and it’d be 100 degrees out in Nashville, but nonetheless, a great experience.“ 

Between legs of their OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR earlier this year, Lady A hit the studio in Nashville to record the new collection where they also return as co-producers alongside veteran producer Paul Worley. For the festive release, the trio penned the album’s title track and created their own arrangements for two of the disc’s additional 11 holiday classics. 

ON THIS WINTER’S NIGHT Track List:

1. A Holly Jolly Christmas
2. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
3. All I Want For Christmas Is You
4. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
5. This Christmas
6. The First Noel*
7. On This Winter’s Night
8. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
10. Silent Night (Lord Of My Life)*
11. Blue Christmas
12. Silver Bells 

*Arranged by Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott

 The Christmas album follows their Platinum third disc Own The Night, which debuted at the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and has spawned two No. 1 hits “We Owned The Night” and “Just A Kiss,” tallying six career chart-topping hits. After selling 10 million albums across the globe, the six-time CMA Award winning group received two nominations last week for Album of the Year for OWN THE NIGHT and Vocal Group of the Year for the upcoming 46th Annual CMA Awards scheduled to air Nov.1 on ABC. 

Lady A is currently in the studio in the beginning stages of recording new music while also preparing for the final leg of their OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR. The tour will come to a close in Oct. in Australia and has already wrapped legs in the US, Canada and Europe. For a full list of upcoming tour dates and for more info on new music, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood talks about recording their Christmas album during the summer.

Lady A (in studio-Dave) OC: …great experience. :48
“We recorded this record kind of in two sections, but both times were in the summertime, which is always weird to be in the studio in July and June. So, we decorated the entire studio, we really did. We brought out lights, little, you know fake trees all around and decorated the place to kind of get in the Christmas spirit. We kind of took the holidays to pick the songs. We thought about what songs to pick over Christmas, so we kind of would remember which songs are our favorites and which ones we really wanted to record…I feel like it came out great regardless of being in the middle of summer. You’d leave the studio, and it’d be 100 degrees out in Nashville, but nonetheless, just a great experience.”

LITTLE BIG TOWN’S ‘TORNADO’ HAS A DISTINCT VOICE. (AUDIO & LINERS)

Little Big Town’s highly-anticipated fifth studio album, Tornado, hits stores Tuesday. The band is on cloud nine, which is a feeling they’ve had since they were in the studio earlier this year working on the record. “We were feeling it in the moment in the studio, every song. But when you hear it, I think it has an overall feeling to it,” says LBT’s Phillip Sweet. “We laugh about like ‘Pontoon’ has a little bit of a swagger to it, but this whole record has this sentiment…it just has its own unique voice, and it really describes the mood that the band’s been in and the place that we’ve been in our career.”

Bandmate Jimi Westbrook agrees. “There was just this excitement from all of us that was just there, and I think it did – it created this whatever that feeling is [laughs] in the record,” he explains. “It’s that. It’s the tangible energy maybe of how much fun we were having and some freedom that we were feeling.”

The group, who are enjoying their first No. 1 single with “Pontoon,” will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday, as well as perform during the premiere week of The Ellen DeGeneres Show (September 13th). In addition, the band will perform on the upcoming ABC Television Special CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: COUNTRY’S NIGHT TO ROCK (September 17th) and will also be featured on CMT’s Unplugged Series which will premiere on CMT.com September 11th and on CMT September 18th.

AUDIO: Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet say the band’s album, Tornado, has an overall feeling to it.

LBT (album has a feeling to it) OC: …same feeling. :34
KAREN: “This record has a feeling to it. [PHILLIP: “Yeah.”] I mean, we were feeling it in the moment in the studio, every song. But when you hear it, I think it has an overall feeling to it. We laugh about like ‘Pontoon’ has a little bit of a swagger to it, but this whole record has this sentiment – and I don’t even know how to define what the sentiment is, it just has its own unique voice, and it really describes the mood that the band’s been in and the place that we’ve been in our career. It’s that same feeling.”

AUDIO: Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook talk about the “voice” of their new record, Tornado.

LBT (album attitude) OC: …we were feeling. :45
KAREN: “It does have a distinct attitude and a distinct voice.” JIMI: “We were just having fun [in the studio] and loving what was happening, and it seemed really spontaneous. We would cut a track, and just look at each other like, ‘Wow! This feels great!’ And of course our band being the ones that were playing with us and we’re on the road with those guys, and we have such a great relationship with them. There was just this excitement from all of us that was just there, and I think it did – it created this whatever that feeling is [laughs] in the record. It’s that. It’s the tangible energy maybe of how much fun we were having and some freedom that we were feeling.”

SNEAK PEEK: ERIC CHURCH’S VIDEO FOR ‘CREEPIN” COMING SOON!

Check out this “sneak peek” at the video for Eric Church‘s “Creepin’.” The clip should hit video outlets in the near future.

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LUKE BRYAN TALKS ABOUT HOSTING ‘COUNTRY’S NIGHT TO ROCK!’ (VIDEO)

Luke Bryan talks about hosting CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock with ABC’s Good Morning America. The ABC TV special airs September 17th at 8pm ET.

CATCH ALL THE ACTION WITH LUKE BRYAN ANNOUNCING THE NOMINATIONS FOR THE CMA AWARDS AND PERFORMING ON ‘GOOD MORNING AMERICA.’ (VIDEO)

Luke Bryan performs on Good Morning America one more time this summer. Also, he and his pal, Jason Aldean, present the nominations for this year’s CMA Awards live on GMA. All this and more in the latest episode of LBTV!

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KEITH URBAN GOES BACK TO SCHOOL FOR MUSIC STUDENTS. (AUDIO)

If he didn’t have enough talent already, Keith Urban could also teach music to enthralled students looking for inspiration to follow their dreams. The entertainer took part in a special

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum educational program for selected Metro Nashville Public School high school students from four different schools – Pearl Cohn, John Overton, Nashville School of the Arts and Cane Ridge High Schools. In this special program, students heard Keith talk about the craft of songwriting, his influences and creative inspirations, big moments in his career and more. They also participated in a Q-&-A session with the singer-songwriter-musician, asking questions about what advice would he give, based on his own experiences, the obstacles he overcame, the best advice he received his favorite instrument and more.

Keith told the students that he had devoted all of his time to music as a child, adding his dad, Bob, played drums and his grandmother taught piano lessons. “The first concert my parents took me to was Johnny Cash. I think I was five,” Urban recalled, “My dad had brought us little cowboy shirts, little boots and everything, it was adorable and off we go to see Johnny Cash.”

Urban also told the students that his parents were always very supportive of his dream of pursuing music … even to the point of letting him quit school at a young age.

“I joined my first band when I was 12 and mom and dad used to drive me around to all the gigs,” he said. “When I was 15, I quit school. [I’m] not suggesting you do that, but that’s what I did.”

Even though he had always loved music, Urban did not seriously think about songwriting until his early 20′s. Urban explains that his approach to writing is all about rhythm.

“I think the important thing is to respond quickly to ideas before they go, because they don’t hang around sometimes very long,” Urban said.

Approximately 200 Middle Tennessee high school students attended the program. During the 75 minute lecture, students listened intently to Urban and then took part in a question-and-answer session. Urban then treated the students to a private performance as he played a banjo that he bought in 1995 in the early days of his career and showed them riffs on his guitar demonstrating how he first writes songs. 

According to Nashville’s Tennessean, the country singer joked with a student, calling her “Barbara Walters,” when the local high-schooler took advantage of a question-and-answer session at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Thursday to ask him about swirling rumors that he would join the Fox reality singing competition, American Idol. “I would love to do it, and hopefully that happens,” Urban said after the audience full of teenagers stopped laughing. “I did get to do a similar role in Australia for ‘The Voice,’ and I really enjoyed it. The thing about those shows is that mentoring aspect; it’s all about passing it on. Keith credits an Australian talent quest for giving him his initial leg-up in the music industry. The singer says he won the contest and the opportunity to record a song, which ultimately led to his first publishing deal and the chance to work in Nashville.

Keith is currently riding high on the country singles charts with his latest single, “For You,” which he wrote and recorded for the Act of Valor soundtrack (check out the audio below — he was asked by a budding filmmaker about writing for a film).

AUDIO: Keith Urban turns the tables and questions a young lady from the Nashville School for the Arts about her plans on being a singer during his session at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum on Thursday.

Keith Urban (questions student) OC: …you’re welcome. 1:43

AUDIO: Keith Urban explains to the students how he came up with the song “For You,” which he wrote and recorded for the Act of Valor film soundtrack. He includes the guitar riff that kicks off the song, which is nearing the Top 5 on the country charts.

Keith Urban (For You conception) OC: …that perspective. 1:23

LUKE BRYAN RECEIVES 7-MILLION PLAQUE FROM JIMMY FALLON AND MAKES SECOND APPEARANCE ON GMA THIS WEEK!

LUKE BRYAN WRAPS BIG DAY IN NEW YORK WITH PERFORMANCE ON
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON
& 7 MILLION PLAQUE PRESENTATION
SECOND APPEARANCE ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA TODAY
Nashville- (Sept 6, 2012)- Platinum selling artist Luke Bryan wrapped a very busy day in New
York yesterday with his first appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where Jimmy surprised Luke after his performance with a plaque recognizing sales of sevenmi-llion downloads of tracks from his
Platinum-certified album tailgates & tanlines.
Earlier in the day, Luke made an unexpected appearance on Good Morning America to fill in for travel stranded Lady Antebellum to announce the nominees for the 46th Annual CMA Awards with his buddy Jason Aldean. Luke received his first nomination in the CMA “Male Vocalist of the Year” category as well as “Album of the Year” for tailgates & tanlines, which was produced by Jeff Stevens and Mark Bright.
Luke will make a second appearance on Good Morning America this morning to perform his new hit single “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.”

LADY A TAKE A LOOK BACK AT RECORDING THEIR FIRST SINGLE. (VIDEO)

As Lady Antebellum seriously start recording their fourth album, they wanted to take a look back at where it all began, recording their first single, “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore!”

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CMA AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2012: Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Eric Paslay (AUDIO)

Eric Church tops the list of final nominees for “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” with five nominations. The reigning CMA Female and Male Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton each received four nominations. Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town and Taylor Swift each received three nominations for Country Music’s Biggest Night™.

“The 46th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted for the fifth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Thursday, Nov. 1st (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

For the seventh year, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made live on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” with Aldean and Luke Bryan (who filled in for Lady Antebellum whose plane was delayed) delivering the news from the heart of New York City’s Times Square. They then dashed to nearby B.B. King Blues Club and Grill to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories during a press conference that was made available across the world via live stream at CMAworld.com.

Church received his first CMA Awards nomination last year for New Artist of the Year. A year later, he tops the list of nominees with five including Male Vocalist; Album for Chief, which was produced by Jay Joyce; Single of the Year for “Springsteen,” also produced by Joyce; Song of the Year for “Springsteen,” written by Church, Ryan Tyndell, and Jeff Hyde, a member of Church’s band; and Music Video of the Year for “Springsteen,” directed by Peter Zavadil

There was no place like Home for Dierks Bentley. He received three nominations including Album of the Year for Home, produced by Brett Beavers, Luke Wooten, and Jon Randall Stewart; Single of the Year for “Home,” produced by Beavers and Wooten; and Song of the Year for “Home,” written by Bentley, Beavers, and Dan Wilson, lead singer of Semisonic. 

Little Big Town made a splash with “Pontoon” in 2012. The popular group was nominated for Vocal Group of the Year in addition to capturing nominations for Music Video and Single of the Year for “Pontoon,” directed by Declan Whitebloom and produced by Jay Joyce respectively.

Church was not the only artist making his debut in the Male Vocalist category. Luke Bryan enters the elite list for the first time in 2012. Bryan also picked up a second nomination for Album of the Year for tailgates & tanlines, produced by Jeff Stevens and Mark Bright. Check out his reaction on People.com. “Man, that was a blast announcing the CMA nominations with my buddy Jason Aldean. I am so honored to be nominated in two great categories!” Bryan posted on his Facebook page following the show.

Previously, Church and Bryan received only best new artist nominations. Both made a splash – earning spots on the male vocalist and album of the year lists, joining Aldean, Shelton and Keith Urban. 

And they also shook up the album of the year list – Bryan for “Tailgates & Tanlines” and Church for “Chief.” Other nominees in that category included Lambert’s “Four the Record,” Bentley’s “Home” and Lady Antebellum’s “Own the Night.”

“Those are just really, really important categories and stuff that really anytime I get nominated and I look at the company that I’m in it’s pretty amazing,” Bryan said.

Keith Urban, completes the Male Vocalist of the Year category. Urban won the trophy three times (2004, 2005, and 2006).

Lady Antebellum, who is the reigning Vocal Group of the Year for the past three consecutive years, also earned a nod in the Vocal Group of the Year. Lady A is also nominated for Album of the Year for Own The Night, which the group produced with Paul Worley making them eligible to receive a second trophy for producing the nominated record.

The Song of the Year trophy is presented to and celebrates the songwriters. Nominees in addition to those previously mentioned include “Even if It Breaks Your Heart” by Will Hoge and Eric Paslay (recorded by Eli Young Band). The song was the first No. 1 for Hoge, who is a solo artist in his own right. Paslay also has a blossoming solo career and has penned songs for Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, and Love and Theft. This is their first CMA Awards nomination.

The Musical Event of the Year category always provides an eclectic mix of talent and unique collaborations and 2012 was no exception. In addition to the nominations for Chesney and Swift, Alan Jackson and Zac Brown were nominated for “Dixie Highway”; Willie Nelson, Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg), Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson received a nomination for “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die”; and Lionel Richie and Darius Rucker were nominated for “Stuck On You.”

Jackson’s nomination ties him with George Strait for the most career CMA Awards nominations with 81 each.  

Winners of “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Thursday, Oct. 4. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 22 (5:00 PM/CT).

Tickets for “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” go on sale to the public Saturday, Sept. 29 (10:00 AM/CT).

Single of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))

“Dirt Road Anthem”
Jason Aldean
Produced by Michael Knox
Broken Bow Records

“God Gave Me You”
Blake Shelton
Produced by Scott Hendricks
Warner Bros. Records

“Home”
Dierks Bentley
Produced by Brett Beavers and Luke Wooten
Capitol Records Nashville

“Pontoon”
Little Big Town
Produced by Jay Joyce
Capitol Records Nashville

“Springsteen”
Eric Church
Produced by Jay Joyce
EMI Records Nashville

Album of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))

Chief
Eric Church
Produced by Jay Joyce
EMI Records Nashville

Four The Record
Miranda Lambert
Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf
RCA Nashville

Home
Dierks Bentley
Produced by Brett Beavers, Luke Wooten, and Jon Randall Stewart
Capitol Records Nashville

Own The Night
Lady Antebellum
Produced by Paul Worley and Lady Antebellum
Capitol Records Nashville

tailgates & tanlines
Luke Bryan
Produced by Jeff Stevens and Mark Bright
Capitol Records Nashville

Song of the Year
(Award goes to Songwriter(s))

“Even If It Breaks Your Heart”
Will Hoge and Eric Paslay

“God Gave Me You”
Dave Barnes

“Home”
Dan Wilson, Brett Beavers, and Dierks Bentley

“Over You”
Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton

“Springsteen”
Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell, and Jeff Hyde

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church

Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town

The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Musical Event of the Year
(Award goes to each Artist)

“Dixie Highway”
Alan Jackson featuring Zac Brown
ACR/EMI Records Nashville

“Feel Like A Rock Star”
Kenny Chesney (duet with Tim McGraw)
Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville

“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die”
Willie Nelson with Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson
Legacy Recordings

“Safe & Sound”
Taylor Swift (featuring The Civil Wars)
Big Machine Records/Universal Republic Records

“Stuck On You”
Lionel Richie (with Darius Rucker)
Mercury Records Nashville

Music Video of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Director)

“Come Over”
Kenny Chesney
Directed by Shaun Silva

“Over You”
Miranda Lambert
Directed by Trey Fanjoy

“Pontoon”
Little Big Town
Directed by Declan Whitebloom

“Red Solo Cup”
Toby Keith
Directed by Michael Salomon

“Springsteen”
Eric Church
Directed by Peter Zavadil
 

AUDIO: Eric Church is shocked at receiving the most nominations for this year’s CMA Awards.

Eric Church (CMA nominations 2012) OC: …get this done. 1:13
“I really don’t know what to say. The funny part of the story is I’ve been on vacation for the last week and I lost my phone in the Gulf of Mexico when I was swimming. And I had no clue that even the CMA nominations were today and just landing on an airplane, and really just been unplugged and not paying attention to what’s going on in the world. I got whisked to my management office and they had a screen up that said we were the most nominated artist, so I’m still a little bit in shock. I’m truly speechless. I think it’s a testament to really fans that believed in the music and loved the music and told people about the music. Otherwise, we don’t really have really the track record to be the most nominated artist at this point in time in our career for the path that we’ve taken. I think it’s truly because of the fans and because they did something that’s, I think, really going to be judged as pretty special and pretty unique that we were able to get this done.”

AUDIO: The members of Little Big Town express their excitement over their 3 CMA nominations.

LBT on CMA nominations OC: (Phillip) …cloud nine right now. :22

“[SCREAMS] JIMI: “We were freaking out! It kinda sounded like that.” KIMBERLY: “Yeah, it did.” KAREN: “We’re so thrilled and so honored. The Group of the Year category is fierce, fierce. We’re so honored to be a part of it.” PHILLIP: “We literally were jumping up and slapping and high fives and hugging each other. I mean, we’re so thrilled. This is the best. Living on cloud nine right now.”

AUDIO: Dierks Bentley talks about the diversity of songs on his CMA-nominated album, Home.

Dierks Bentley (diversity of songs) OC: …I am, musically. :27

“I think what’s cool about this record, and one thing I tried to capture on it is a diversity of the music but it all falls within the confines of who I am as a country singer as far as loving the country sounds, the bluegrass sounds, loving some of the rock sounds and energy and mixing it all together on a record. I think it’s all there so I think there’s a diversity of subject matter and sounds but in a way that it all kind of gels together pretty well and it’s a good description of who I am, musically.”

AUDIO: Lady A’s Charles Kelley says the band wrote songs about their experiences and real life for their CMA-nominated album, Own the Night.

Lady A (write what we know) OC: …relate to, you know? :09

“We just write about what we know, you know. We don’t know much about changing the world or politics, so we stick to love songs. And I think it’s stuff everybody can relate to, you know?”

AUDIO: Luke Bryan says his CMA-nominated album, tailgates & tanlines, is more than just a collection of party songs.

Luke Bryan (more than a party) OC: …live shows. :26

“I think it has serious stuff too. It’s a deeper deal too than just a party. I mean, I think what’s important to be able to do those fun songs but then to hit fans with a big thought song that really gets ‘em. People want to come and have a good time and I think that what you need to do with your albums. You can’t overload your album with it but you certainly need it for the live show and want it to happen in the live shows.”

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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.