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LUKE BRYAN HAS HIT THE AIRWAVES WITH ‘THAT’S MY KIND OF NIGHT!’ (AUDIO AND LINER)

Luke Bryan is starting to hit the airwaves with his new single, “That’s My Kind of Night,” and he says he’s “never been more excited about a song.” It’s the second release from his forthcoming album, Crash My Party, scheduled for August 13th. The uptempo, summertime song, written by Ashley Gorley, Dallas Davidson and Chris DeStefano, follows his recent three-week No. 1, “Crash My Party.”

“It’s a big ole party, riot. The second it comes on, you’ve got to dance and shake and move your head back-and-forth,” says Luke. “It’s right up my alley. The second I heard it, I was like no doubt I’m cutting it.”

Luke has started performing it during his shows on his Dirt Road Diaries Tour, which makes its next stop Friday (August 2nd) in George, Washington.

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AUDIO: Luke Bryan talks about “That’s My Kind of Night.”

Luke Bryan (That’s My Kind of Night) OC: …more excited about a song. :19
“It’s a big ole party, riot. The second it comes on, you’ve got to dance and shake and move your head back-and-forth. It’s right up my alley. The second I heard it, I was like no doubt I’m cutting it, and it’s gonna be a big ole fun, summertime, uptempo hit. I’ve never been more excited about a song.”

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ALAN JACKSON SET TO PLAY NASHVILLE’S FAMED STATION INN! (PRESS RELEASE)

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (July 31, 2013)  Country music singer-songwriter Alan Jackson will perform at Nashville’s Station Inn on August 27 at 8:30pm.

The show will feature the players from Jackson’s upcoming The Bluegrass Album, set for release September 24th. Jackson wrote eight of the fourteen songs on The Bluegrass Album, which will be released on ACR (Alan’s Country Records)/EMI Records Nashville and is produced by Keith Stegall and Jackson’s nephew, Adam Wright.

Tickets are $25.00 and may be reserved onsite and in person at the Station Inn beginning at 1:00pm on August 26 (the day before the show); tickets will be limited to four per purchaser, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. People reserving tickets must be present at the Station Inn the night of the show when doors open at 7:00pm – cash payment and a photo ID must be presented at that time, and all members of the ticket purchaser’s party must be present for admission.

The Station Inn is located at 402 12th Avenue South in Nashville (Phone: 615-255-3307).

About Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music.  He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts.  Jackson is one of the 10 best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica.

Jackson has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide, topped the country singles charts 35 times, and
scored more than 50 Top-10 hits.  He has written or co-written 24 of his 35 #1 hit singles.  Jackson is an 18-time ACM Award winner, a 16-time CMA Award recipient, and a two-time Grammy-winning artist whose songwriting has earned him the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award and an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame as a 2011 Songwriter/Artist inductee.

SCOTTY McCREERY GOES TO GRACELAND. (VIDEO)

Scotty McCreery recently fulfilled a life-long dream by making a trip down to Graceland in Memphis, home of his childhood idol, the one and only Elvis Presley. Check out the video from an episode of ScotTV.

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LADY ANTEBELLUM ANNOUNCE THEIR ‘TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR!’

Nashville, TN – July 29, 2013 – Seven-time GRAMMY award-winning trio Lady Antebellum has announced the first leg of their headlining TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR 2013. The group has invited Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves to join the arena tour kicking off Nov. 8 in Southaven, MS and running through December. Fans can purchase tickets and special VIP experiences beginning Sept. 13. Visit www.ladyantebellum.com for the most updated on-sale information and www.cidentertainment.com/ladyantebellum for VIP opportunities.
 
“We spent almost every day last year backstage writing for our album GOLDEN, so we were really focused on writing songs that would connect with the fans in these arenas.  We definitely learned a lot about ourselves as live performers and the type of catalog we wanted to have so that we could go out and try to give the fans the best show they’ve ever experienced,” explains Lady A’s Charles Kelley.  “All of that was the jumping off point for this tour, and now it’s time to take it to the next level.”
 
Last year, Lady A hosted over one million fans across the globe in 11 countries on their first headlining world tour, which earned them Billboard Touring’s “Breakthrough Award,” CMA’s “International Artists Achievement Award” and will accept the “Jim Reeves International Award” at this fall’s ACM Honors. The shows were inspirational and critics praised the band’s “youthful exuberance and unending energy.”
 
TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR 2013 Dates:

11/8

Southaven, MS

Landers Center

11/9

St. Louis, MO

Chaifetz Arena

11/10

Evansville, IN

Ford Center

11/12

Grand Rapids, MI

Van Andel Arena

11/15

Chicago, IL

Allstate Arena

11/16

Toledo, OH

Huntington Center

11/17

Cleveland, OH

Quicken Loans Arena

11/19

Fargo, ND

Fargodome

11/21

Rapid City, SD

Rusmore Plaza Civic Center

11/22

Denver, CO

Pepsi Center

11/23

Salt Lake City, UT

EnergySolutions Arena

12/3

Springfield, MO

JQH Arena

12/5

Minneapolis, MN

Target Center

12/6

Kansas City, MO

Sprint Center

12/7

Omaha, NE

CenturyLink Center

12/12

Cincinnati, OH

U.S. Bank Arena

12/14

Peoria, IL

Peoria Civic Center

The harmony-based trio Lady Antebellum continues to reaffirm the very beginnings of Lady Antebellum by focusing on deft songwriting and fresh uses of their talents, which was at the heart of what drew them together in the first place. Since its 2006 inception, Lady A has won the “Vocal Group of the Year” honor from both the CMA and from the ACM’s three times in a row and sold over 11 million albums worldwide. The trio has taken seven trips to No. one on the country radio charts, earned five Platinum singles including their recent “Downtown” and has been awarded with seven GRAMMY awards including the all-genre “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year.” In the end, the mix of their road experiences, songwriting and creative partnership have allowed the magic to remain – because they have kept the focus on the music.
 
Platinum-selling artist Kip Moore’s current No. one hit “Hey Pretty Girl” is the third consecutive chart-topper off his debut album UP ALL NIGHT, which was the best selling debut album from any country artist released last year. His first No. one single, “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck,” held the top spot on both charts for two weeks making him the first solo artist in four years to have a debut album’s first single go No. one for multiple weeks. Moore has already sold out dozens of headlining shows this year, often in just minutes and recently played his first stadium show as part of CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock.
 
Nashville-based singer/songwriter, Kacey Musgraves released her debut album Same Trailer Different Park this past spring to massive critical acclaim and recognition.  The album debuted at No. one on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart making her the first solo female in five years to open at No. one with a rookie release. She’s received ACM, CMT and Teen Choice Award nominations and her Top 10 single “Merry Go ‘Round” was recently certified Gold and follow up single “Blowin’ Smoke” is currently climbing the charts.

For an updates on tour dates and ticket info, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

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SHANIA TWAIN IS ‘STILL THE ONE’ IN VEGAS! (VIDEO)

NASHVILLE, TN (MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013) – International superstar and Las Vegas’ newest resident, Shania Twain will be returning to the stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for her critically-acclaimed, record-breaking, award-winning show SHANIA: STILL THE ONE this October.
 
In celebration of her upcoming return to the stage, Shania, who is one of the world’s best-selling female artists of all time, has released an exclusive behind-the-scenes video giving fans an inside look of her journey from backstage into the spotlight. Check out the video below.

After a four-month hiatus, Shania will begin her next run of 22 performances starting on October 15th and running through December 14th. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

SHANIA: STILL THE ONE is a concert celebration that takes guests on a spectacular journey through the various stages of Shania’s life and career in an unforgettable evening filled with music, multi-sensory experiences, fashion and a few unexpected surprises. The spectacular, high-energy production is a compilation of Shania’s most celebrated hits including “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!,” “You’re Still The One,” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” and features a 13-piece band and four male dancers. SHANIA: STILL THE ONE is designed to give audiences that intimate, only in Las Vegas concert experience – with no fan more than 120 feet from the magnificent stage. The high-tech production incorporates some unexpected surprises including multi-scent show projectors, a new 4D multisensory technology that has never been used before in a concert setting.

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KIP MOORE SCORES HIS THIRD NO. 1 SINGLE WITH ‘HEY PRETTY GIRL!’ (PRESS RELEASE & AUDIO)

Nashville, TN- July 29, 2013- Kip Moore‘s “Hey Pretty Girl” takes the top spot this week on the Country Aircheck/Mediabase country singles chart, marking his third consecutive No. 1. “Hey Pretty Girl” follows the two week chart-topping smash hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck” and “Beer Money” from his debut album, UP ALL NIGHT, which was the best-selling debut album from any country artist released last year and the first country album released since 2008 to spawn three back-to-back No. 1’s. In addition, he’s only the third artist to do so in the chart’s history. 

“It’s wild to me that it’s just been over a year since we put out my first album and we have three No. 1 songs,” said Moore. “Writing all of these songs and seeing them come to life through the fans’ eyes is humbling to say the least. The support from them and all the great people at radio has left me speechless. I’m almost done with the next album and I can’t wait to let everyone hear some of these new tunes.” 

Since the release of UP ALL NIGHT, Moore has been touring the country opening for Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert and Toby Keith in addition to headlining his own shows, sometimes selling out in minutes.  From national TV appearances like TODAYLate Night with Jimmy FallonConanThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno to his first stadium slot as part of CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock and a photo spread in PEOPLE Country’s “Hottest Guy’s” issue, Moore has captivated a loyal following in both fans and critics.  

This fall, Moore will join Lady Antebellum for their TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR 2013 kicking-off November 8th in Southaven, Mississippi, covering 40+ dates through December. For a full list of tour dates and more information, visit www.kipmoore.net

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DIERKS BENTLEY RETURNS TO HOST 7TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS IN SEPTEMBER. (PRESS RELEASE)

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ENCINO, CA (July 29, 2013) – Today the Academy of Country Music is announcing that country music superstar Dierks Bentley will return to host the 7th Annual ACM HONORS, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  The event will take place on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 7:00pm at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  Tickets priced at $40.00 will go on sale to the public at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office at 8:00 AM PST on Friday, August 2, 2013. 

This is Bentley’s second consecutive time hosting the event and the fourth time the ceremony will be held at the Ryman Auditorium. The evening is sponsored in part by American Airlines, City National Bank and Spot Shot®.   

Those being honored include Special Award recipients Jason Aldean, Guy Clark, Blake Shelton, Tommy Wiggins, Lady Antebellum and The Judds. Keith Whitley and Hank Williams will also be honored posthumously.  The evening also recognizes winners of the MBI (musician, bandleader, instrumentalist) and Industry categories, which are not presented during the live telecast of the Academy of Country Music Awards.  In addition, Dallas Davidson will be recognized as the winner of Songwriter of the Year.

ACM Award winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley has forged his own artistic path in an industry built predominantly on formula. He has mixed elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, maintaining an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound. His album HOME debuted at No. 1 and spawned three consecutive chart-topping hits, marking 10 career No. 1 songs for Bentley as a singer and songwriter. His five previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies, garnered 11 GRAMMY nominations and earned him an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry. Bentley is currently in the studio working on his upcoming album RISER and is out on the Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley: Locked & Reloaded Tour through October.

“I really didn’t know what to expect last year when they asked me to host, but it was a total blast.  There are no cameras like there are at a regular award show, so anything goes,” said Bentley. “The ACM put together a really special show honoring some important people in our business, and I’m just glad I earned an invitation back…despite some of my off-script jokes!”

“Dierks set a new standard for ACM Honors hosts last year, approaching the event with both reverence for each honoree and with a shot of colorful humor – the fans responded to him and we are so excited to have him return this year,” said Lisa Lee, producer and writer for ACM Honors.  “His talent, passion and respect for country music make him ideally suited to host this unique Academy event.”

The Academy of Country Music Special Awards are voted on by the ACM Board of Directors and are awarded during years that the Board of Directors feels there are clear and deserving candidates. Honorees include:

  • Jason Aldean – Crystal Milestone Award
  • Guy Clark – Poet’s Award
  • Blake Shelton – Gene Weed Special Achievement Award
  • Keith Whitley (posthumously) – Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award
  • Tommy Wiggins – Mae Boren Axton Award
  • Hank Williams (posthumously) – Poet’s Award
  • Lady Antebellum – Jim Reeves International Award
  • The Judds – Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award

The winners of the Musician-Bandleader-Instrumentalist (MBI) awards are voted on by Academy of Country Music members classified in the Artist-Entertainer/MBI category and the Producer/Engineer/Studio Manager subcategory (contained within the Affiliated category) on the final ballot.  Honorees include:

  • Chuck Ainlay – Audio Engineer of the Year 
  • Matt Chamberlain – Percussionist/Drummer of the Year
  • J.T. Corenflos – Guitarist of the Year 
  • Aubrey Haynie – Fiddle Player of the Year 
  • Mike Johnson – Steel Guitar Player of the Year
  • Jay Joyce – Producer of the Year
  • Michael Rojas – Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year
  • Jimmie Lee Sloas – Bass Player of the Year 
  • Ilya Toshinsky – Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year

The winners of the Industry Awards categories are voted on by the membership of the Academy of Country Music on the third and final ballot.  Honorees include:

  • Jerry Hufford, Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace – Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year
  • Ed Warm, Joe’s Bar – Promoter of the Year
  • Joe’s Bar (Chicago, IL) – Nightclub of the Year  
  • Red Rock Casino & Resort (Las Vegas, NV) – Casino of the Year
  • Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, TN) – Venue of the Year  

The Songwriter of the Year Award winner is determined by a vote of Academy of Country Music members classified in the Artist-Entertainer/MBI, Composer, Music Publisher/PRO and Record Company and the Producer/Engineer/Studio Manager subcategory (contained within the Affiliated category) on the final ballot.  Honoree includes:

  • Dallas Davidson

For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC and the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, please visit www.acmcountry.com. For information on ACM LIFTING LIVES, please visit www.acmliftinglives.org.

SUGARLAND’S KRISTIAN BUSH CREATES A NEW CHARACTER FOR ‘MY SINGING MONSTERS.’

JULY 29, 2013 – Big Blue Bubble Inc. has joined musical forces with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kristian Bush of Sugarland to collaborate on a brand new character for My Singing Monsters, their award-winning and critically-acclaimed title which is currently enjoying success on multiple platforms.

Bush contributed vocals and mandolin for the ‘Shugabush,’ which was designed and animated by the talented artists at Big Blue Bubble. The collaboration began when Bush – who was introduced to the game by his 11 year old son – tweeted his affection for the game. Creator Dave Kerr responded, and the two eventually connected off-line to dream up a new fedora-wearing, mandolin-strumming character. The Shugabush will make his debut in the game on Monday, July 29th.

“This whole experience has been a blast,” says Bush. “First of all, the music in My Singing Monsters is irresistible — that’s what drew me to the game. And since I love to dream big via social media, I’m so glad that Dave Kerr and his team at My Singing Monsters dreamed back. I’ve always wanted to let my inner monster out… and I think I’m finally about to impress my son.”

“Working with Kristian was an amazing experience! He was enthusiastic and upbeat throughout the process. I can’t wait for the public to see his groovy new monster.” says Dave. “Kristian’s sweet mandolin and unmistakable voice add great depth to the music in a way that only a true professional can.”

As the monster’s in-game bio attests, the Shugabush is “is a true embodiment of the spirit of collaboration.” Big Blue Bubble is excited to share this new content with its millions of players around the globe, and looking forward to developing even more in future updates to My Singing Monsters.

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About Kristian Bush
Kristian Bush is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who started his career with folk rock duo Billy Pilgrim in the early ’90s. In 2002, Bush founded country duo Sugarland; since then, he and partner Jennifer Nettles have surpassed sales of over 22 million albums worldwide, achieved eight No. 1 singles and won numerous honors including ACM, CMA, and AMA Awards. In 2011, he launched the music publishing company and songwriting collective Songs of the Architect (www.songsofthearchitect.com). Most importantly, he has the honor of being a dad to two amazing kiddos, Camille and Tucker, who discovered the Singing Monsters in the first place. For more information on Kristian, visit his website at KristianBush.com, or follow him on Twitter @kristianbush.

About Big Blue Bubble
Based in London, Ontario, Big Blue Bubble is a premium mobile game development studio. Founded by game industry veterans in 2004, Big Blue Bubble recognized the potential of the mobile market at an early stage, and seized the opportunity to raise the standards of mobile gaming. Today, Big Blue Bubble remains wholly focussed on mobile technologies and has firmly established themselves as a leader in this space, leveraging a freemium business model with innovative monetization strategies. Big Blue Bubble’s complete portfolio contains over 100 released games with distribution in over 130 countries with sales exceeding millions. Their excellence in mobile games has repeatedly been recognized internationally in numerous awards, including Mobile Game of Year for the past three years for their own original IPs: Thumpies, Burn the Rope, and My Singing Monsters.

VINCE GILL AND PAUL FRANKLIN WERE BLOWN AWAY BY MERLE HAGGARD’S LINER NOTES FOR ‘BAKERSFIELD.’ (AUDIO)

Vince Gill and his buddy, famed pedal steel player Paul Franklin, are set to release Bakersfield, a tribute to two of Bakersfield’s sons – Merle Haggard and Buck Owens — on Tuesday (July 30th). The legendary Merle wrote the liner notes for their new album, which came as a bit of a shock to both Vince and Paul.

“He said, ‘I like what you did with my songs, but I especially like what you did with the Buck Owens songs.’ And then he said so many people overlook what a great guitarist, what a great musician Buck Owens was, and then he comments on all of that,” says Paul. “You could tell that he really got what we were trying to do, and he said, ‘West Coast takes a bow.’ It was really amazing.”

“Just the most important thing for me to convey to him was how much reverence, how much respect I have for him,” says Vince. “He’s been a huge part of what I’ve tried to do. A great mentor and a great…you talk about building the house that you want to go, ‘Okay, I’d like to have a house like that. How’d he build that?’ That’s a great teacher.”

BAKERSFIELD TRACK LISTING:

1. Foolin’ Around/Buck Owens (Written by Harlan Howard and Buck Owens)

2. Branded Man/Merle Haggard (Written by Merle Haggard)

3. Together Again/Buck Owens (Written by Buck Owens)

4. The Bottle Let Me Down/Merle Haggard (Written by Merle Haggard)

5. He Don’t Deserve You Anymore/Buck Owens (Written by Arty Lange and Buck Owens)

6. I Can’t Be Myself/Merle Haggard (Written by Merle Haggard)

7. Nobody’s Fool But Yours/Buck Owens (Written by Buck Owens)

8. Holding Things Together/Merle Haggard (Written by Bob Trotten and Merle Haggard)

9. But I Do/Buck Owens (Written by Tommy Collins)

10. The Fightin’ Side Of Me/Merle Haggard (Written by Merle Haggard)

AUDIO: Paul Franklin and Vince Gill talk about Merle Haggard writing the liner notes for their new album, Bakersfield.

Paul and Vince (Merle’s involvement) OC: (Vince) …great teacher. 1:35
VINCE: “Paul came up with the best idea of the whole project was to ask Merle to write the liner notes, and he did.”

PAUL: “And, yeah. Of course, we’re sitting on pins and needles. It’s like, ‘Oh my God…’

VINCE: “What were you guys thinking?” [LAUGHS]

PAUL: “Yeah, what was his response? But his liner notes were, well, it made me cry when I did because he got it. His comments per song, and just you could tell he really listened over and over before he sent it back. It was a few days, and we’re sitting there going, ‘Okay, I hope he does.’ But he saw the musical side of it. He comments. He said, ‘I like what you did with my songs, but I especially like what you did with the Buck Owens songs.’ And then he comments about what a great, he said so many people overlook what a great guitarist, what a great musician Buck Owens was, and then he comments on all of that. You could tell that he really got what we were trying to do, and he said, ‘West Coast takes a bow.’ It was really amazing.”

VINCE: “I think that for me, just the most important thing for me to convey to him was how much reverence, how much respect I have for him. In the past years, I’d done a song that was a loose tribute to him called ‘Real Mean Bottle,’ and I wanted more than anything in the world just to hear it. I don’t know if he ever did. I hope he did, but he’s been a huge part of what I’ve tried to do. A great mentor and a great…you talk about building the house that you want to go, ‘Okay, I’d like to have a house like that. How’d he build that?’ That’s a great teacher.”

LADY ANTEBELLUM GIVE A LITTLE TEASER ABOUT GOING BACK ON THE ROAD. (VIDEO)

In a “Sunday Funday” video, Lady Antebellum reveal their forthcoming “on the road again,” along with a couple of special guests. Check back at ladyantebellum.com for all of the details.

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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.